Jake, 9, spearheads children’s hospice campaign following battle with life-threatening kidney disease
17 NOVEMBER 2020
Jake chatted to Spurs star about his ‘Moments that Matter’ for new charity campaign
Jake, 9, born with polycystic kidney disease, has used his own personal experience to inspire others as part of a new charity campaign. The youngster has been chosen to spearhead Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice’s ‘Moments that Matter’ campaign following his unique lockdown experience. As part of the campaign he had a Zoom call with one of his heroes, Spurs star Lucas Moura.
During lockdown, Jake hadn’t left his house for six months, aside from hospital visits. The pandemic left Jake and his mum, Sam, with no choice but to completely shield. His first taste of ‘outside fun’ for over half a year was to Noah’s Ark’s new hospice building, The Ark in North London. He had the most wonderful time letting off steam in a safe, secure environment. As Jake says “We’d been trapped in the house for six months and going to The Ark felt like I was finally free. It was honestly the best time of my life”.
Jake was chosen to feature in the above video as part of the campaign to raise £1.2m in 36 hours for Noah’s Ark’s nurses and carers. The Moments that Matter campaign puts the spotlight on moments such as Jake’s, which truly matter to London’s most unwell babies and children, supported by Noah’s Ark.
Jake, an avid Spurs fan, was then invited to have a Zoom call with Lucas Moura, one of his heroes. Lucas named his own moment that mattered as his hat-trick to send Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019. Noah’s Ark are the official charity partners of Tottenham.
Anthony Hayman, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Noah’s Ark, said: “The joy that Jake experienced when he came to The Ark after being stuck inside for six months was a wonder to behold. That’s why this campaign is so important – we need to raise £1.2m in 36 hours because life without these moments that matter is unimaginable for Jake and other seriously unwell children”.
Support Noah’s Ark’s ‘Moments that Matter’ campaign at: www.charityextra.com/noahsarkmoments