Jack Ward, 12, accepts his pantomime prize from Andy McGuckin of Tressler Coachwork.

Jack, 12, helps others and wins prize for his family in space of a week

It has been a special week for 12-year-old Jack Ward. First he started making Christmas decorations to raise funds for Holy Cross Church and now he has been presented with tickets for his whole family to go to a pantomime.

The lad who attends Uckfield Community Technology College won the pantomime prize by guessing the number of balloons in a car displayed by Tressler Coachworks during late night shopping in Uckfield on Friday.

Jack guessed there were 157 balloons in the vehicle, just one short of the actual number and the closest estimate on the night.

His win means he will be able to treat mum Andrea, dad Paul and five-year-old sister Aimee to a trip to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Devonshire Park Theatre.

Andrea said Jack was very pleased with his win … though at first he was a bit disappointed because he thought he had won the car. “We go to the pantomime every year and love it, but we hadn’t yet got our tickets so the win is very exciting.”

On top of that Jack wowed his family after learning how to make intricate paper snowflakes from watching a YouTube video.

He had thought he might be able to earn some money by making and selling more but his mum suggested the best thing to do would be to make and sell them and raise money for a good cause.

Eventually he chose to raise money for the Holy Cross Christmas Tree Festival and by Monday evening he had £42 in the kitty. One of his snowflakes has also been given pride of place in the church.

Jack’s offer to help the church was made shortly before his family heard about a theft of donations from Holy Cross during the Festival of Christmas Trees.

His offer of help was much appreciated and the church told Jack in a Facebook post: “What a truly wonderful idea and thank you so much Jack for your incredible contribution to the festival.”

The Ward family lives on Manor Park Estate and Paul runs his own mobile car valeting business P and B.


Flashback to late night shopping in Uckfield where the Tressler Coachwork team are pictured with their car full of balloons. From the left are Andy McGuckin, Jo McGuckin, Vickie French and Cara McGuckin.

• Contact details for Tressler Coachwork – specialists in the repair of accident-damaged motor vehicles – can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Bodywork Repairs, Car Repairs or Vehicle Valeting.

See also:

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