A local schoolboy will be getting on his bike to raise vital funds for St Giles Hospice this weekend.
Jaxon Wright, age 7, will be taking part in a sponsored 15-mile cycling challenge around Chasewater reservoir, near Cannock Chase, this Saturday.
The local 7-year-old is supporting St Giles following the care his mom, Steph, received from St Giles before her death in 2020, following a five-year battle with breast cancer.
Steph died on Jaxon’s first day of school. She left behind her five-year-old son, Jaxon, who had only ever known his mommy to be poorly, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was just two months old.
To date, Jaxon has raised more than £1000 for St Giles. Jaxon’s dad, Aiden, said: “I have decided not to set a fundraising target, as whatever we raise will make a difference and I’m already so, so proud of my little boy for doing it. Whatever we raise is just a bonus.”
Jaxon said: “I’m doing this bike ride for St Giles Hospice because they looked after my mommy.”
Aiden continues: “We’re both so grateful to all of the team at St Giles for everything they’ve done for us as a family – we want services like this to continue to be available for other families like ours. Having just learnt to ride his bike, this summer Jaxon decided to take on a 15-mile bike ride to raise money for the hospice that cared for his beloved mommy.”
St Giles Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care, free of charge for people living with terminal illnesses, as well as providing support for their families and carers. The hospice spends around £10 million a year providing its specialist services, with 25% of this funded by the Government.
Selina Hughes, Regional Fundraiser at St Giles Hospice, said: “Jaxon’s enthusiasm is absolutely fantastic and we’re so grateful for his support. I’ll be there to watch him cross the finish line – it means such a lot to us that he is completing this challenge. We wish him the very best of luck on the day!”
To sponsor Jaxon, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aiden-wright2