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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Carlisle dad's neknomination twist raises cash for hospice

A big-hearted dad came up with a swashbuckling alternative to carrying out a neknomination.

Jon Haymes photo
Jack Sparrow at Asda, Carlisle

Jon Haymes morphed into movie character Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean to raise money for Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw Cumbria Children’s Hospice.

Jon, from Durranhill in Carlisle, decided to don the pirate costume after he was nominated by a friend to take part in the recent controversial neknominate craze.

Instead of downing an alcoholic drink in an unusual situation, Jon opted to spend an entire day as Jack, dropping into various locations around Carlisle and collecting donations from the public.

He explained: “I didn’t want to do the neknomination and wanted to do something positive rather than downing a pint and throwing it up.

Watch Jon's video diary of the day. Article continues below...


“The hospice was doing a pirates and princesses day and I already had a Jack Sparrow outfit as my daughter wanted me to wear it to Alton Towers a couple of years ago. I only get one day off a week so I spent it raising money for the hospices and I did a video blog.

“The response I received from the public was great – everyone loves Jack.”

The 39-year-old, who dubbed his fundraising bid A Jack Sparrowthon, collected £100 on the day.

He has raised a further £400 after posting a video showing his efforts on YouTube.

Jon revealed that the hospice holds a special place in his heart as his mother was cared for there before her death. Edna Haymes was diagnosed with cancer in her shoulder and lungs on Valentine’s Day in 2012 – she died three months later aged 59.

“The hospices are fantastic facilities that we have here in Carlisle and they mean a lot to me personally,” Jon added.

During his day as Jack Sparrow, Jon paid visits to Tesco, Asda and Telford Skoda car dealership, where he works as a sales executive, to collect donations. He also stopped off at the children’s Jigsaw hospice where he met youngsters Jack and Isaac.

Jon added: “They were both thrilled to get a visit from Captain Jack. The whole day was great although it was a little bit embarrassing – but it’s not too bad when you’re doing it for a good cause.”

Emma Marshall, from Eden Valley Hospice, said: “It’s been great having Jon – or Jack – going around Carlisle, visiting places that have taken part in Pirates and Princesses Day, including Jigsaw.

“The children who were present that day enjoyed seeing Captain Jack and I think Jon being able to see the work we do at the hospice was really beneficial for him.

“Not only is Jon fundraising for Jigsaw he’s also helping raise awareness and for that we are truly grateful.”

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