December 11 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
While most of his school-mates are happy watching cartoons or playing computer games, a seven-year-old charity champion from Reepham is putting on his boots for his latest fundraising challenge.
Jack Greves has been coming up with ideas to help BBC Children in Need since the age of five.
And this year the Reepham Primary School pupil will be walking 16 miles along the Marriott’s Way from Reepham to Norwich.
The youngster said he is motivated by helping children less fortunate than himself.
“It is because I have got things that they have not got,” he said. “I like other people having things and enjoying stuff.”
Jack’s previous efforts have including scaling a peak in the Lake District when he was five years old, and last year he hiked 11.4 miles from Cromer to Cley, raising more than £500. This year he hopes to raise £1,000 for his chosen cause.
Jack lives on Moorhouse Close in Reepham, with his mother Emily and his father Ben.
Mrs Greves said: “Jack likes raising money for other children to help make their lives better and happier.
“He is not spoilt, but we are in a fortunate position that we are able to do things for him, and he is aware that other children do not have that. “He is very aware of other people’s needs and children’s needs.”
Jack’s fundraising heroics began on a family holiday in the Lake District two years ago, when a last-minute decision to raise sponsorship for Children in Need resulted in an expedition to climb to Stickle Tarn.
Mrs Greves said: “It was quite sweet – there were a couple of people in the car park at the bottom who emptied their pockets before the climb and others put their hands in their pocket on the way up. He raised £75, because we only got the form as we were leaving to go on holiday.
“Last year he decided he wanted to do something and we planned for it properly. He walked from Cromer to Cley and raised £500. It was a really horrible day, but he kept going.
“Now we call it Jack’s Challenge. We just don’t know where it is going to lead. You hear about these people who go and climb Everest in their early 20s, so who knows.”
Jack’s walk starts at about 9am on Sunday. The family will collect donations along the way, or money can be donated via www.justgiving/emily-greves1 or by calling 01603 872883.