Mum’s the word for teen fundraiser Jennifer

Teenagers aren’t best renowned for listening to their parents but 15-year-old Jennifer Shorrock, of Preston, went the extra mile literally, having heeded and taken inspiration from her mum, RPH Children’s Ward sister Nicola Shorrock.

Jennifer, a Year 11 pupil at Longridge High School, got together a group of seven school friends to walk a sponsored 10km stretch of the Guild Wheel that has so far raised £1,140 for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity’s £1 million Children’s Appeal.

Proud Nicola, who is also mum to 13-year-old Matthew, said: “My amazing daughter and her friends took time out of their final school year to help us raise money for our Children’s Appeal at the Royal Preston Hospital. They know that we are passionate about ensuring that children and their families coming into hospital are cared for in a bright and friendly environment and that admission isn’t a negative experience.

“The shopping list of items the appeal is fundraising for will ensure we can make not only the Children’s Ward itself but also, paediatric outpatients, better and more comfortable. On behalf of everyone who is involved in paediatric care at RPH, thank you for supporting Jennifer and her friends’ efforts to help out.”

Jennifer, who holds a black belt in ju-jitsu and bushido so teaches as well as trains at Preston’s Nippon UK dojo and is also a member of the city’s Fever Dance Company, did all the walk planning. To support her and her friends’ commitment to the cause, go to Nicola Shorrock is fundraising for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity (

To watch a video explaining the Children’s Appeal, become involved or make a donation, click here