The Jack Dulson Memorial Fund
Before opening the link to this web site you will know or indeed have guessed that Jack is no longer with us. As Jack’s family we have decided that it is important to share with you a little about his all too short life. The cause of death was identified as Pericarditis, which was brought on by the bacterial infection Staphylococcus aureus. Jack did not have any other underlying condition and was a fit and very healthy young man prior to suffering from this infection.
Thank you so much!
We have raised over £60,000
since the fund began in 2014.
We really couldn’t do it without you.
Financial information based on end of year accounts to March 2018.
To help youngsters achieve …
- To provide or assist in the provision of recreational and leisure time activities for children and young people up to the age of 18 in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving their conditions.
To raise awareness …
- To preserve and protect the physical and mental health of sufferers of Staphylococcus aureus and Pericarditis in the UK by the provision of support and practical advice and information.
“If sharing Jack’s story helps to save the life of even one other child, then going through the pain of publishing this will be worth it.”
Why Share Such Personal Information With Total Strangers?
You may ask why we would want to share such personal information with total strangers. The answer has always been fairly clear? We don’t.
We have always been a very private family, but whilst Jack was ill his family and friends searched the internet to find anything that might initially help him. Since his death we have found ourselves still searching for a reason why this could happen to someone so young and so fit.
At the time of creating this website there aren’t any clear answers. We are not ashamed to say that we have, quite naturally and sometimes obsessively, searched for information, just some explanation as to why it is our son that is no longer here. There was little to help us, especially when relating to the bacterial infection Staphylococcus aureus in someone so young. Jack should have been able to get over this if given antibiotics in the early stages, before the bacteria spread to his heart. The key here is that the symptoms were those that you see every day. Nothing out of the ordinary. Be aware that being told something is a virus isn’t always accurate. If your child isn’t getting better quickly, take them back to their GP, Walk In Centre or A&E. Quote this web page as a reference point.
This website is here to promote Jack’s fund, but also to give you the information you may need and to encourage you to get a second opinion and to go on ‘gut’ feel. You know your child better than anyone. Take a child back to the GP, call the NHS helpline, push for an early/urgent blood test to be done, ask for x-rays, even request a lumbar puncture and scans. Quite simply go back again and again, without any embarrassment, if symptoms go on for too long or your child isn’t improving substantially. If you need an answer to a question, go ahead and ask it. Never feel you are being a nuisance.
We are here to preserve and protect the physical and mental health of sufferers of Staphylococcus aureus and Pericarditis in the young in the UK by the provision of support and practical advice and/or information.
Why The Jack Dulson Memorial Fund Was Set Up
Our son, Jack, passed away on 3 April 2014 at the age of 9. He was ill from approximately 14 February, but especially from that weekend. He had a very high temperature and knee joint pain on 7 March when he was sent home from school and ultimately went to A&E, also that day. Jack and his family persevered with this diagnosis until they had to take him to his GP and to the hospital for blood tests during the week of 24 March. It seems that Jack’s symptoms were misinterpreted as a virus, eventually identified as a bacterial infection Staphylococcus aureus (see links below). The final cause of death was stated as Pericarditis.
Prior to this very short illness Jack had lived his all too short, happy, healthy life to the full (see Jack’s Story).
What we try our best to achieve (the charitable objects of the fund):
To preserve and protect the physical and mental health of sufferers of Staphylococcus aureus and Pericarditis in the young in the UK by the provision of support and practical advice and information.
To provide or assist in the provision of recreational and leisure time activities for children and young people up to the age of 18 in the interests of social welfare with the object of improving their conditions of life.
Donations go to ||Help Youngsters Achieve||
The Jack Dulson Memorial Fund Objective:
To help youngsters achieve what Jack would have been able to enjoy as well as to raise awareness of Staphylococcus Aureus and Pericarditis.
The Trustees of the fund are not paid for managing The Jack Dulson Memorial Fund.
The website is felt essential to raising awareness of what caused Jack’s untimely death in the hope that it helps other families and to promote fundraising events which will raise funds to help children achieve their dreams.
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Quite simply we make every effort to ensure that as much as possible from the money you donate goes to making another child happy. Thank you.
“We want to ‘make a difference’ and to ensure that Jack William Dulson is never forgotten.”