Jim-Jams for Jamie appeal helps children in hospital again
The Jim-Jams for Jamie appeal celebrates the life of brave little boy from Kellfield near Selby who lost his life to a rare form of cancer in 2013
The idea is that you donate a pair of brand new pyjamas to help children who find themselves in hospital over Christmas.
Jamie’s Mum and Dad, Vicky and John Inglis, and his sister, say each year they run the appeal the number of donations goes up. Vicky told YorkMix: “Dare I even think then that this year we could hit 1,000 pairs this year?”
It was a brutal fight against Neuroblastoma which is a type of cancer that starts in early nerve cells. The Jim-Jams appeal was set up in memory of a son and brother who had a zest for life and a cheeky smile.
Vicky says: “Each year I want more and more children to benefit from my beautiful boy.
“I am missing him terribly. 9 years ago Jamie had a small gap in treatment and we flew home from Tubingen for just a few days. That was the last time we heard Jamie’s laugh in our home.
“On return to Tubingen Jamie had the most difficult time. I’ve lost count of the number of times we nearly lost him in that period from the November until January.
“We selfishly ‘hoped’ it wouldn’t be Christmas Day – he clung on. We then selfishly hoped it wouldn’t be Boxing Day – it nearly was.
“We kept that hope going that if we somehow made it through the next 24 hours, then where there was life – there was hope.
“All the while – the medical team expertly cared for Jamie in ICU every single minute of every day during the months he was there. They cared for us too when our hearts were breaking daily.”
Jamie died in January 2013.
Vicky gave us all the details of the appeal.
“It’s to provide comfort to children in hospital (aged 0 – 16 years) at Christmas time and beyond with a gift of brand new pyjamas.
“It’s so easy to take part.
“Gift wrap a brand new pair of Jim-Jams (boy or girl) Please remove hangers. Add a label with age and if suitable for boy, girl or both
“Send to The Selby Times, 11 The Crescent, Selby YO8 4PD
“To be received by Weds 17th November please as it takes a surprisingly crazy amount of spare time to sort into relevant age groups and hospitals”
To date – Jim Jams for Jamie has gifted 2,200 pairs of pyjamas. That’s 2,200 children in hospital who have benefited.