Jack, who's living with a tumour in his spinal cord, wished to be a millionaire.
“Jack is just a typical 10-year-old boy really.” Says mum, Vicky, “He’s always on the go. He never, ever sits still!”
They first realised something wasn’t right when Jack kept waking up in the middle of the night with neck pain and no pain killers could touch the pain. Vicky also remembers, “We noticed that he had a weak arm and couldn’t lift it up and he had cold hands.”
Jack was sent for an MRI scan and that’s when they found that he had a tumour in his spinal cord, which was putting pressure on his nerves.
The family were told that the tumour was inoperable due to its location.
A worrying time
Vicky says, “When Jack first found out he was worried, especially when he heard the word cancer. We had to have the difficult conversation that you never ever think you’re going to have with your child, but it was just about keeping Jack positive and saying look you’re going to come through this, you’ll be OK.”
He had 6 weeks of radiotherapy, as well as steroids and painkillers, to stop the tumour from growing and to help with many of the symptoms.
Vicky continues, “The tumour will never, ever go away, it’s something we have to live with and it will need really close monitoring.”
A millionaire’s life
Jacks’ wish gave him something else to focus on and to look forward to.
His wish was to be a millionaire and together with older brother, Joseph, Mum, Vicky and Dad, Ricky, he travelled down from Yorkshire to spend a long weekend in London.
After a night at The Premier Inn in Stevenage, where the team made up a special Pokemon bed for Jack, the family were whisked into London by limousine where they saw the sights in style, visited Madame Tussauds and had lunch at the Hard Rock Café.
Then it was time to check in to the exclusive Suri suite at The Dorchester Hotel, complete with its own dining room, cinema room and butlers.
The hotel thought of every detail, from infinite sweets, a candyfloss machine and popcorn maker, to names on the dressing gowns and pillow cases for Jack and Joseph.
The expansive suite was fit for a millionaire and even had gold strands in the carpet. Jack and his family enjoyed spending time together as a family, playing hide and seek in the huge space.
From supercars to super chefs
The following day, Jack got to visit 3 supercar showrooms, getting a real feel for what it’s like to go car shopping as a millionaire! He got to sit in a Maserati, but really loved the Ferraris and Lamborghinis.
Back in the suite, Jack enjoyed showing the cameraman around before he was kitted out in his own chef whites and taken down to the hotel kitchens. Jack and Joseph got a private cooking lesson with Executive Chef, Henry Brosni, learning how to make a chicken korma “with no bits!”
Vicky said, “The wish has just been amazing from start to finish. This is the kind of wish that money just could not buy. It’s been beyond anything we could have ever imagined.”
Jack added, “It was really cool staying at The Dorchester. We have never ever and probably never will ever again be coming to somewhere like this, so this is a once in a lifetime.”