Team Jak ap­peal

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The Team Jak Foun­da­tion ur­gently needs peo­ple in West Loth­ian to help it win a pres­ti­gious award - and time is run­ning out to vote.

The char­ity has been nom­i­nated in the SCVO Scottish Char­ity Awards 2018 in the Char­ity of the Year cat­e­gory, with the awards cer­e­mony set to take place in Ed­in­burgh on June 14.

And in ad­di­tion to the Char­ity of the Year cat­e­gory, Team Jak is has also re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion in the Peo­ple’s Choice Award cat­e­gory - but mem­bers of the pub­lic only have until to­mor­row (Fri­day, May 18) to cast their vote.

Al­li­son Barr, CEO of the Team Jak Foun­da­tion said: “The Team Jak Foun­da­tion are de­lighted to share that we have been nom­i­nated in the pres­ti­gious SCVO Scottish Char­ity Awards 2018.

“We are hum­bled to have been nom­i­nated in the Char­ity of the Year cat­e­gory.

“In ad­di­tion to this we are nom­i­nees in the Peo­ple’s Choice Award cat­e­gory and this is a pub­lic vote.

“We would be de­lighted if you could take a mo­ment to reg­is­ter your vote for Team Jak Foun­da­tion and help us to win this amaz­ing award.

“You only get one vote - so make it count for Team Jak.

“There are 40 amaz­ing char­i­ties in this cat­e­gory and so ev­ery vote makes a difference so share our page with your friends and fam­ily too.”

Al­li­son set up the Team Jak Foun­da­tion to help chil­dren suf­fer­ing for se­ri­ous ill­ness fol­low­ing the death of her teenage son Jak.

She opened Jak’s Den in Liv­ingston in De­cem­ber 2015 pro­vid­ing emo­tional, so­cial and prac­ti­cal sup­port to chil­dren and young peo­ple age 0-25 from all over Scot­land who have been di­ag­nosed with can­cer, a re­lated ill­ness and their fam­i­lies and friends or who have sadly been be­reaved.

The fa­cil­ity was Jak’s dream. The teenager passed away af­ter a brave bat­tle with rare can­cer Gama Delta T-Cell Lym­phoma aged 15 in 2015.

Al­li­son con­tin­ued: “Team Jak have big plans this year to open the new Jak’s Den Mark 2 in Liv­ingston, al­low­ing us to con­tinue to pro­vide a sup­port­ive and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment to all of the chil­dren and young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies af­fected by can­cer and other re­lated ill­nesses who visit us.

“We re­ally couldn’t do this with­out your on­go­ing sup­port and so I want to take the op­por­tu­nity to say a big thank you to all of our sup­port­ers - it means the world to us.”

To vote for Team Jak visit https://goodhq.org/#/scot­tish_ char­i­ty_awards_2018/Team_Jak_ Foun­da­tion.

Ap­peal for votes Al­li­son Barr of Team Jak is calling for back­ing for the group

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