Pupils helping to keep Michelle’s memory alive

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Staff and pupils at Stamford Welland Academy have been showing their support for a former pupil who is taking on the ‘challenge of a lifetime’ in memory of his wife, Michelle.

Young widower, Jack Beniston, 22, from Stamford who is taking on a Sue Ryder trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, has been overwhelmed with the amount of support he has received from the community, including his former school.

It’s heart warming and chokes me up knowing that people, some that I’ve never met, want to help me raise lots of money in memory of Michelle

Jack Beniston

Jack, who launched his fundraising appeal in the Mercury back in February, has already raised in excess of £2,300 for Thorpe Hall who helped to care for his wife, Michelle who sadly passed away in October last year.

He said: “The support has been unbelievable. It’s heart warming and chokes me up knowing that people, some that I’ve never met, want to help me raise lots of money in memory of Michelle.”

Jack’s former PE teacher, Dominic Brister, from Stamford Welland Academy, encouraged the school to get behind Jack’s fundraising after reading his heart breaking story.

Since then, Dominic has gone out of his way to organise a special fundraising concert, titled ‘Music for Michelle’ which will take place on May 21 at Stamford Corn Exchange.

The evening of music will include performances from local singers and bands, including the school’s band and choir and even a performance from Jem’s Hip Hop.

All of the funds raised from the concert will go towards Jack’s new fundraising target of £5,000, which he hopes to reach by December - when he will take on the trek.

On the night there will also be a raffle and live auction including the prize of a Man City shirt signed by all of the players.

Jack, who recently visited the school with his daughter Martha, aged one, to give an assembly about his fundraising efforts, said: “It’s great to have the school on board, their support has been fantastic.

Dominic, who invited Jack to come and speak to the pupils, added: “It was great for the pupils to hear Jack’s story. After the assembly they were all talking about fundraising ideas.

“We all want to help Jack and something like this shows the pupils that you can really achieve your potential.”

As well as the concert the school is launching Michelle Mondays, which will be a regular fundraising event at the school in aid of Thorpe Hall.

They are already planning on doing a fundraising event which will involve each tutor group coming up with an innovative idea on how to do a mile for Michelle.

Tickets for the concert are priced at £5.50 each and can be purchased from Stamford Corn Exchange on 01780 766455. The concert will take place on May 21 at 7pm.

If you would like to donate any raffle or auction prizes for the event please contact Dominic on 07735614173.

You can also donate to Jack’s efforts.