Giving a gift to help brave Jack’s battle

Brave: Jack Johnstone with his dad Kev
Brave: Jack Johnstone with his dad Kev
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Little battler Jack Johnstone is hoping your unwanted Christmas presents will help improve his health.

Six-year-old Jack suffers from cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition which affects his lungs, and was recently rushed to hospital after turning blue.

Doctors told Jack’s parents Tina and Kevin that his chest had significantly deteriorated and that bugs in his lungs were making it difficult for him to clear a build-up of mucus.

The family is now trying to raise £3,000 to buy Farington Primary School pupil Jack a specialist bed which vibrates his body to help break up the sticky fluid and help him breathe more easily.

And that’s where your unwanted gifts come in. Jack’s auntie Katie and her friends Ryan Thompson and Carl Mayor are holding a fun night in Leyland and need raffle and auction prizes to help them raise cash.

Mum-of-two Tina, 38, of Gib Lane, Hoghton, said: “Recently Jack had an emergency stay in hospital where I was told his chest has significantly deteriorated.

“His quality of life and life expectancy have also reduced. That left us and Jack looking at what we can do to positively enhance his life and raise awareness about cystic fibrosis.

“Jack finds going into hospital quite traumatic and our five-year-old daughter Isobelle finds it really hard too, being away from me and her brother.”

Tina is holding a fund-raising event next month through her workplace, Four Seasons Healthcare, where she is a manager.

Katie, who lives with the family to help look after Jack, and her friends are organising a fun night at the Wagon and Horses pub in Leyland on February 22, featuring live music and karaoke.

Entry to the event, which runs from 7pm until late, will be free but they will raise cash through donation tins plus a raffle and auction.

Katie, 21, needs more raffle prizes to help make the night a success.

She said: “Jack is so brave but he has not been very well recently.

“He has to go into hospital every 10 weeks for two weeks at a time, to have intensive physiotherapy and monitor his oxygen levels.

“He misses his friends and is very close to his sister, so it’s not very nice for him.

“Jack needs to cough up the mucus but he can’t do it by himself.

“We are hoping a (cyclotherapy) bed will virbate his lungs enough to break the mucus up.

“We are hoping to raise £6,000 and give half to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as they have helped us a lot.”

Anyone who has prizes they wish to donate can contact Katie via email at