Youngster’s efforts see hundreds raised for St Nicholas Hospice Care

A young fundraiser following in his mum’s footsteps raised more than £200 for a local hospice with his charitable efforts.

Five-year-old Jacob Black visited St Nicholas Hospice Care on Monday to hand over the £233.60 he had raised from his charity cake stall.

The sale saw the Ixworth Primary School pupil ask all of his friends and neighbours to come along so he could raise as much as possible for the charity, which cares for those across west Suffolk and Thetford in the final chapter of their lives.

Jacob said: “It was good. I really enjoyed it. We posted letters to all of the neighbours and I asked my friends too. I was worried we might not have enough cakes and when we had finished people would still want cakes.”

During the sale, which took place on August 26, visitors were able to enjoy a variety of tasty treats including banana loaf cake, coffee cake, lemon cakes, as well as flapjacks and cupcakes.

“We had lots of cakes, but my favourite was the ones with the cherries on,” said Jacob.

Jacob decided he wanted to raise funds for the charity after watching his mum Clare’s fundraising efforts which have included organising family fun days and completing the Great North Run.

To date Clare has raised more than £8,400 for the charity in memory of her friend John Birch who was cared for by the hospice before his death.

“I said I wanted to help the hospice like mum does,” said Jacob.

The money Jacob has raised will help the charity continue to care for people with long-term and life-threatening illness, whether they need help at the charity’s hospice in Bury St Edmunds or in their own homes.

To find out more about the hospice and the services and support it provides visit

Pictured above are Jacob Black who has raised more than £200 for St Nicholas Hospice Care alongside his mum Clare Black.

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