Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jumping Jack's Cash Crusade; BLIND BOY'S EFFORTS NET CHARITIES MORE THAN PS6,000

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jumping Jack's Cash Crusade; BLIND BOY'S EFFORTS NET CHARITIES MORE THAN PS6,000

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk @lisachron

LITTLE Jack Thompson is jumping for joy over his latest achievement.

The outgoing nine-year-old is showing off his trampolining skills - despite him being registered blind.

He's winning trophies as he demonstrates his routines and has onlookers gripped with his precision. Jumping Jack was featured on ChronicleLive when we told how the little chatterbox already had three jobs.

We told how customers fell in love with him, while bosses had even given him miniature uniforms to make him feel part of their teams.

When Jack was four months old he was diagnosed with a brain tumour on his optic nerve which has left him registered blind.

But determined Jack has made his family proud after raising more than PS6,000 for charity, holding down a string of shop roles and winning trophies with his trampolining.

He is fearless, not frightened try anything. is starting his now Elaine His tenacity impressed bosses so much at Homebase, Sainsburys and Washington Wetland Centre that he now puts in regular shifts.

Jack is embracing his roles instore and at the wildlife park and wants to raise more for children's charities CLIC Sargent and Heel and Toe.

And now Jack is mastering the art of trampolining too.

Jack, a member of the Apollo Trampoline Club based at Washington Leisure Centre, said: "I love trampolining. I'm not frightened at all and I can go really high now.

"I'm starting to learn how to somersault and that is the next thing. "I'm quite confident with it, in fact, I have won four trophies in competitions. My trophies are sitting on my windowsill in my bedroom."

Mum and dad Diane and Jeff say there is no stopping him.

he's to He with somersaults Diane, 36, of Wardley, Gateshead, also mum to seven-year-old son Sam, said: "It was when he was out and about with nana that he came across trampolining. He tried it and loved it. …

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