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Thank You Paul

Posted September 24th 2013

As a Charity we would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Kavanagh at this sad time, our hearts and thoughts are with you tonight. We were privileged enough to have Paul Kavanagh as one of the original Trustees that founded Brightest Star. We cannot thank Paul enough for the caring and generous work that he dedicated to Brightest Star. Paul will be a great loss to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him but no more so than to this mother who has lost a son, his wife who has lost as husband and his two daughters who have lost their dad. This poem brought tears to my eyes and made me think of Paul and Jack. I hope they are both happy wherever they may be tonight xx

Feel no guilt in laughter, he’d know how much you care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile that he is not here to share.
You cannot grieve forever; he would not want you to.
He’d hope that you could carry on the way you always do.
So, talk about the good times and the way you showed you cared,
The days you spent together, all the happiness you shared.
Let memories surround you, a word someone may say
Will suddenly recapture a time, an hour, a day,
That brings him back as clearly as though he were still here,
And fills you with the feeling that he is always near.
For if you keep those moments, you will never be apart
And he will live forever locked safely within your heart.

Join Jack's Army

Posted September 2nd 2013

As much as it is vital for Brightest Star to raise funds to enable us to achieve our aims, there is another key focus that sometimes gets lost. Close to my heart is raising awareness of the Charity, its aims and the tragic circumstances that led to it being founded. Each event this year has been a great success and each one of our supporters has been essential in ensuring that Brightest Star is recognised across the country.

Given the amazing uptake and feedback from the Men & Women’s 10k this year, Brightest Star is happy to announce that our next Official event will be the Great Scottish Run on 6th October 2013. This event is open to both men and women and there is the option of doing a 10k or the half marathon so there is something for everyone. Whether you want to walk, jog or run, we hope that you choose to join Team Brightest Star.

This is one of Scotland’s largest events and this year, it will be televised live on TV. What would be a better way to raise awareness of Brightest Star than to put your Green Jacks Army T-shirt on and take to the streets of Glasgow on Sun 6th October 2013.

Fathers Day 10k

Posted June 16th 2013

I have sat here for the last 30 minutes trying to think of what to write but the truth be told, I am lost for words tonight. I couldn’t let today finish without saying thank you to each and every one of you who took part, to all the supporters and to Team Brightest Star for their help today. The support today was nothing short of outstanding and I know I can say that on behalf of myself, Derek and our families.

I know for Derek it was hard to get up today on Fathers Day but Derek should be one proud dad tonight as he did Jack proud. I am sure the support that you all showed Derek today is what got him through another horrible 1st that no parent should ever have to experience.

Each and everyone one of you that ran by me today made me feel so proud of Jack & Brightest Star. Tonight my heart is heavy as my boy isn’t here to hold but thanks to all of you, Jacks memory will live on forever through Brightest Star. It has been a very emotional week so for tonight all I want to say from my broken heart is thank you.

Arlene Jacks Mummy xxxxxx

Jacks Army, What Can I Say?

Posted May 13th 2013

Jacks Army 10k

Well Jacks Army what can I say to this picture? Truth be told, I am lost for words after yesterdays turnout at the 10k. I tried to talk to as many of you as possible yesterday but I ended up lost in the sea of green so my apologies if I didn’t get to speak to you in person. I know the true feeling of having a broken heart but yesterday, my heart felt so much love and support from each and every one you. I have never seen so much green in all of my life, looking at you all united as one for Jack was just amazing.

For me, the countdown to the start was a tough one, all I could hear was Jack shouting out all of the numbers. All I wanted was to make him proud. As I looked to my side, I could see all of my family and friends also filled with emotion and behind us all of Jacks Army raring to go. We really did paint Glasgow green! I could see Jacks Army every step of the way but half way round, the emotion was just too much. I miss my boy every day, but yesterday highlighted the reality of life without him. Everywhere I looked all I could see was Jack on peoples T-shirts smiling back at me. What I would do to see that smile just one more time and hear him say “come on mummy”.

As fate would have it, I crossed the finish line to Rhianna's 'Diamonds' playing. For those of you who don’t know, this song was one of Jacks favourite songs and it was played at his funeral so that was my emotions running again. For me, the hardest part was crossing that line and Jack not being there to give me a big cuddle. My best friends and family held my hand and gave me cuddles every step on the way but nothing compares to Jacks cuddles.

To say thank you seems meaningless in comparison to what you all did yesterday. From your families and friends, to the supporters who lined the routes in the rain cheering on Jacks Army, to the face painters and our beauty technicians, we are all so grateful. Thanks to Team Brightest Star for all the preparations leading up to the day and for all of their hard work on the day. These events would be impossible without them; they do so much of the work for me and help me in my darkest of hours.

I only started Brightest Star 3 months ago tomorrow and without each one of you, it would not be the success that it is today. We hope that you will continue to support us and come along to our events as without your support, my aims for the charity will only ever be a dream. It is with your support that maybe one day these dreams will become a reality.

Arlene, Jack's Mummy xx