AN event has been held in memory of a boy who died from leukaemia aged just three.

Dad Stephen Boaz has been fundraising in memory of son Jack, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in 2018.

His health deteriorated rapidly and he lost his battle with the disease in September of that year.

Mr Boaz, with the help of family and friends, has been fundraising in honour of his son through his Captain Chaos’ challenges.

Jack swam with Worcestershire based Puddle Ducks swimming before his diagnosis so, to raise money, youngsters from the swimming school made their annual charity pyjamas week a special 'Swim for Jack’ event.

And it proved a massive success as the little swimmers raised an staggering £1,837, which is to be split between Birmingham Children’s Hospital and The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust.

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Mr Boaz said: “We are truly grateful to Puddle Ducks raising so much money for Captain Chaos Challenges.

“Our lives have been shattered forever by losing our beautiful boy.

“We hope the money we raise through Captain Chaos Challenges in Jack’s memory will help towards continued research into treatments for childhood cancers and provide hope for the thousands of children still suffering.

“Childhood cancer is not rare, but research is massively underfunded, so thank you to everyone at Puddle Ducks for their help.”

The annual event of wearing pyjamas is held by the swimming school to raise money for charity, but to also teach youngsters how it would feel if they ever found themselves in water fully clothed and how they can get back to safety.

Gary Horton, owner of Puddle Ducks Worcestershire, added: “We’re very proud of all of our little swimmers who took part in this year’s week in helping us to raise funds and in memory of Jack. The children love swimming in their PJs, while at the same time have the opportunity to learn some key safety skills, and of course we all really wanted to make a difference.”