Wednesday, 20 July 2011


The other week I attended a fabulous charity fashion show event called ‘Fashion & Compassion’ in aid of the wonderful charity JUMP. I think the work they do is so inspiring and was absolutely thrilled to be a part of the whole fundraising experience.

To tell you about the charity ,J-U-M-P Stands for Jacobs Unique Memory Pot and is a registered charity providing memory packages for sick and disabled children and their families. J-U-M-P began in 2004 to form a Charity in memory of a remarkable little boy Jacob Hawthorn. Jacob was born with Muscular Dystrophy, a muscle wasting disease that severely affects movement and mobility.

Jacob’s family worked very hard to remove barriers that got in the way of Jacob living as normal a life as possible, his Mum took him on lots of lovely trips so that he could experience lots of different things. His favourite place was Disneyland Paris.

Sadly Jacob passed away on the 13th February 2004, his family found it difficult to deal with his loss, as any family would be. He was a brave, pleasant little boy, who rarely complained although he had a lot of illness to cope with. His family had a wonderful collection of pictures and short films of his adventures and found them a real priceless treasure to cherish his memory.

During the few days after Jacob passed away his Nanna thought what a wonderful tribute it would be to Jacob, to set up a Charity to capture memories for other children who face health challenges.

Hence J-U-M-P was formed. Jacob just loved the song JUMP and so it was fitting to use this as our Charity name. Personally I feel that this is a brilliant, moving, heart felt charity giving families priceless memories that they can cherish forever.

I attended with my lovely boyfriend, we had such a great night together. I was also joined by my other fellow Big Brother housemates Corin from BB11 & Luke Marsden BB9.

Luke, might I add, was quite the comedian and made my night! Music was provided by Lola ( The Only Way is Essex) and The X Factor girl band Husstle! There were also some gorgeous dresses on show.

I am happy to say that the Charity night was a complete and utter success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all! Over £2000 was raised, this was all from donations, ticket sales, raffle and auction and am absolutely thrilled I could be part of such a fantastic fundraising night for a wonderful charity.

Check out the website for more info and if you can please donate to help create some precious memories for families who need them most.

Karly. xx

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