Firm gifts week-long break

Karl Smith, Nina Dorner, Aidan Jackowiak-Smith and Vicki Jackowiak.
Karl Smith, Nina Dorner, Aidan Jackowiak-Smith and Vicki Jackowiak.

A North East firm donated a family holiday prize to a hospice charity, which in turn has benefitted an Alnwick family.

South Tyneside-based HarperCo chief executive David Harper attended Ollie’s Ball and won the prize of a week’s holiday home in Anglesey, Wales.

Instead of using the prize himself, David suggested he donate it to a local charity, and his PA, Nina Dorner, suggested St Oswald’s Hospice.

The prize was donated to the children’s unit with the idea that a child and their family could enjoy a relaxing holiday.

After much interest, names were drawn from a hat and Aidan Jackowiak Smith and his family were chosen.

Aidan will be familiar to Gazette readers as, in conjunction with Alnwick-based MKM Building Supplies, we are currently running the Aid For Aidan appeal to transform the family’s new Alnwick home into a suitable living space for the youngster.

Massive progress has been made to the inside and outside of the property, with residents and businesses offering their services.

The three-year-old has Cloves Syndrome – which affects around 130 people worldwide – suffering swelling to his face and body.

Reacting to the news of the holiday, mum Vikki said: “We are busy getting our house renovated so we are living with my parents at the moment and it’s rather cramped, so a holiday away just the four of us is perfect for some family time.

“The holiday home looks fantastic, the views look lovely and there’s plenty of room for all of Aidan’s equipment.”

Nina visited the hospice to meet Aidan and his family and said: “It was an absolute delight to meet Aidan and his parents. I’m so pleased they will be able to take advantage of the holiday home, and it sounds like just what they need with all of the renovation works that are currently going on to transform their house for Aidan.”

HarperCo has also offered to cover all petrol expenses for the holiday during next week’s school half-term.