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Lincolnshire teenagers raise £26k after losing mum to cancer

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

Alex and Harry King have and continue to hold events to raise money for St Barnabas. Pictured is from left, Alex, 18 and Harry, 16.

Alex and Harry King have and continue to hold events to raise money for St Barnabas. Pictured is from left, Alex, 18 and Harry, 16 and their mum Jules King

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Two teenage boys who lost their mum to cancer two years ago have continued her valuable charity legacy, helping raise £26,000 for St Barnabas Hospice.

Jules King, 43, was diagnosed with bowel cancer which spread to her liver. She died on March 31, 2012.

But while battling the illness, Mrs King, an antenatal teacher from Dunholme, began fundraising for St Barnabas Hospice where she was so lovingly cared for.

She organised an auction which raised £9,000.

Since her death, her amazing sons Alex, 18, and Harry, 16, have carried on organising events in her name.

Their fantastic efforts have netted the rest of the total amount so far – and include a 10k sponsored run, mammoth cake sale and three live music gigs.

And the Bishop of Lincoln, The Right Reverend Christopher Lowson, has presented them with Princess Diana Champion Fundraiser Awards.

The boys, A-level students at William Farr School, Welton, together with friend Barney Aspinall, even shaved their heads. At the time Alex had dreadlocks and his brother wore his hair in an afro.

Now, they aare now planning a Midsummer Music event at The Garden House, Saxby, on July 5.

A mass shave of beards, legs and hair is also planned for leavers’ day at their school in the summer.

Alex, who has a conditional offer to read English at Cambridge, has spoken of his mother’s illness and publicised the fundraising campaign in front of the school.

The deputy head boy said: “Two hours before I was due to speak the first time, we got a phone call from the hospice saying mum had entered a critical condition.

“I made a decision to go back to school and do the assembly.

“Everyone was just hanging off my every word. There’s nothing special about me or Harry – we just set it up and did something to raise money.

“Mum went from Lincoln County Hospital to St Barnabas Hospice, which has a really tranquil atmosphere.

“The staff there really care and want to help people. It’s about making you as comfortable as possible.”

Harry said: “I think what we have done is exactly what mum wanted us to do. I think that’s why she started fundraising.

“She did it to inspire us and through that inspire others, which I think is working.”

“I have the utmost respect for St Barnabas Hospice.

“The staff are so hardworking and there’s so many things they do to make it a nice place to be.”

Dad Andy King said: “Jules, before she died, said she wanted to do something to put something back.“As a family we cobbled together some ideas and the initial fundraiser.After Jules died the boys continued to organise fundraising events.

“It would have been so easy for them to take the wrong path, with everything that had happened. I’m so proud of them taking the right path and continuing their studies at the same time.

“They inspire me to continue doing what I do.

“Their mum would be absolutely bowled over by what they have achieved – I think she will be looking down and saying: ‘Wow’.”

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  • Sweepclean  |  March 22 2014, 9:46PM

    Amazing lads you both are a credit to your parents, your Mum would have been so proud of you both. Well done lads keep up your studies.

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  • gazlincoln  |  March 22 2014, 8:42PM

    well done guys.

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  • herts_imp  |  March 22 2014, 6:41PM

    What a great story, sadly told without your Mum being here, I lost my wife from cancer and know how hard it must have been for you, how proud your Mum would have been of you both,good luck in your quest to raise more money

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