Grieving son’s charity mission

Jack Fletcher and (below) his mum Carmel
Jack Fletcher and (below) his mum Carmel

A TEENAGER who suffered heartbreak when he lost his beloved mum to cancer has launched a charity fundraising drive to raise cash in her name.

Nineteen-year-old Jack Fletcher’s mother Carmel Fletcher, nee Mooney, died in March last year aged just 54 after losing a brave battle against breast cancer and then a brain tumour.

The music student says he misses his mum, a former factory cook, so much that he is planning a number of fundraising events to rake in a £1,000 cash target for Cancer Research.

And his money-making schemes include a charity auction night with bands and singers for entertainment at Shotton Hall, in Shotton, on a date yet to be fixed, and a big busking event at a location yet to be chosen.

Jack, of Morton Square, in Peterlee, said: “What happened to my mam was awful. She found a lump in her breast and it travelled to her brain and took over really.

“I had started college and I was in my second lesson when my dad rang me.

“My mam had had a fit and after that she wasn’t really the same, it was horrible. She lasted six weeks after that and my dad and aunty and sister looked after her.

“I miss her terrible, she’s my mam, and I just wanted to do something and raise this money in her memory.”

He added: “My target is £1,000 but anything above that would be absolutely brilliant. I’m going to give it all to Cancer Research.”

Jack is in the early stages of planning for the events but has already set up a secure website for people to make donations, at

Alternatively, if anyone would like to donate items for the charity night contact Jack on 07538368225.