'It couldn't have been more perfect' - Jamie's SSAFA Fun Day in Wickham Market raises £5,000
PUBLISHED: 17:03 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:03 07 June 2018
An inspirational Suffolk boy has raised more than £5,000 for the charity that supported his family following the death of his solder father.
Jamie Small, who attends Wickham Market Primary School, decided to organise a family fun day in aid of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, after watching last year’s Pride of Britain Award.
With help from his mother, Mandy Small, the young fundraiser set about booking entertainment, organising raffle prizes and publicising the event far and wide.
On Saturday, all his hard work was rewarded, when hundreds attended the event at Wickham Market school field.
“The day was a huge success, bigger than any of could imagine,” said Mandy.
“We raised over £5000 and there’s still money coming in.
“Hundreds of people came through the gate and thankfully the predicted thunder storm never came.
“Jamie was so happy with how it all went, in his words it couldn’t have been more perfect and he’s over the moon with how many people the money will help. He also wants to do it all again.
“I was speechless with how many people came and how generous everyone was.
“The day ran quite smoothly and I think everyone had a fantastic time.”
Jamie wanted to help SSAFA as a thanks for the help it provided following the death of his father, Corporal Chris Small, in November 2016.
Cpl Small had served 21 years in the Royal Logistics Corp, including tours of Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
After taking voluntary redundancy in 2014, however, he struggle to adjust to civilian life, and took his own life.
Mandy said SSAFA had been a “huge support during a horrendous time” by providing financial help and emotional support after his death.
Speaking previously about her son’s charitable nature, she spoke of her pride in his dedication to others.
“After everything Jamie has been through he has grown into an inspirational young man, full of love and ambition to help and protect others,” she said. “Every day he makes me proud and he is the one person who can make me smile whatever.”