Owen and Andy Farrell visit Harpenden school for charity presentation

PUBLISHED: 12:00 24 January 2016

Andy and Owen Farrell receive a cheque from Aldwickbury School headmaster Vernon Hales and year 8 pupils Jack Beighton and Tim Davies on behalf of the charity Joining Jack

Andy and Owen Farrell receive a cheque from Aldwickbury School headmaster Vernon Hales and year 8 pupils Jack Beighton and Tim Davies on behalf of the charity Joining Jack

Archant

England rugby star Owen Farrell and his father Andy made a visit to a Harpenden school – after the school chose a charity close to their hearts.

Pupils at Aldwickbury School, in Wheathampstead Road, decided to raise money for Joining Jack, a charity designed to help research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

It was set up by Andy Johnson, a former team-mate of Andy Farrell’s at Wigan Warriors, after his son Jack was diagnosed with the disease, which is currently a terminal and incurable muscle-wasting disease.

Most patients are confined to a wheelchair by 12, with paralysis and breathing difficulties requiring ventilation following.

The Farrell’s soon became ambassadors for the campaign and Owen’s salute every time he kicks a penalty brought the charity to the attention of the school.

And at the school bazaar in November they managed to raise £5,319.29, which was presented to the Farrell’s at an assembly on Friday.

Headmaster Vernon Hales said: “The best bit is the boys chose it. They nominated it, discussed it in their classes and then voted on it.

“It’s one that obviously touched them. It’s one that affects mainly boys and was set up for a little boy who is about their age.

“The bazaar is a very special day. It’s the whole school community, boys from four to 13, all the mums and dads involved behind the scenes to make it happen.

“It’s nice to have a couple of people that the boys relate to come in and present the cheque.

“It was a great day in November and that was a special assembly.”

Andy Farrell spoke of Jack as a “cheeky young boy who loves to run around” and was delighted to accept the cheque.

He said: “Owen’s a big ambassador of the charity, making the sign when he kicks a goal and for that to be recognised by one of the young boys, Ben Morrow, is fantastic.”

“Coming to collect the cheque on Joining Jack’s behalf is a privilege to us.

“DMD is a disease we haven’t got a cure for but we’re getting close. We’re making great strides but we need as much exposure as we possibly can.

“Every single penny gets put in the right places to get the cure.

“We’re getting there, we have to get there. And we’ll do it for Jack.”

Owen Farrell was clearly touched that his gesture had captured the attention at Aldwickbury.

He said: “It’s good that people are realising and the only reason I do it is to raise awareness.

“And for a school like this to get behind it like they have shows that it is doing some good so that’s brilliant for me.

“To raise money like they have done is massive and it’s exactly what the charity needs.”

For more information on the charity, visit www.joiningjack.org

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Herts Advertiser visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Herts Advertiser staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Herts Advertiser account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

25 minutes ago

Plans to develop the Newberries car park in Radlett have been put on hold following a public outcry.

A former county coroner is to give a talk on death from a judicial perspective.

15:14

A selfless St Albans youngster has won the first of this year’s Maltings Community Hero Awards 2017.

There have been 62 thefts from cars in the St Albans district since the beginning of the month.

CountryPhile

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder
Zoo Watch CountryPhile

St Albans Sinkhole News

Saturday, December 31, 2016

With stories covering the likes of Bowie, Brexit, the BID, Butterfly World, The Brickyard and the Berlin Wall, it certainly hasn’t been a quiet year for the Herts Advertiser.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards