Devoted sisters keeping alive Jenny’s legacy

CLOSE FAMILY: From left: Jo, Julie, Jenny and Janie

THE death of Jenny Jackson at the age of 40, two years ago, shocked the Leeds community.

Her twin, Janie Jackson-Spillman, described Jenny as “an incredible sister who was caring, thoughtful and beautiful inside and out”.

And Chazan Alby Chait, United Hebrew Congregation senior minister, portrayed Jenny as “a rose in the community,” saying it was “our collective responsibility to carry her legacy forward”.

Children’s charity PhysCap dedicated its 2016 Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in her memory as she was an integral member of the committee.

Now her three sisters, Jo Novick, Julie Borlant and Janie, together with brothers-in-law Ishai, Jeremy and Marc, have raised more than £26,000 for the Three Peaks Challenge.

PhysCap has chosen to allocate these funds for the construction of an outdoor play area at the East SILC John Jamieson School in Leeds. The playground in Jenny’s memory will open on Friday, April 27.

Assistant principal Vicky Fisher said: “All the pupils have special educational needs and disabilities.

“The children will benefit greatly from spending time outside, experiencing the rocking and swinging sensations provided by the new equipment and having fun while developing social skills and friendships.”

Julie will be running the London Marathon on April 22 for PhysCap in Jenny’s memory.

She said: “Jenny was a shining light and a ray of sunshine to everyone who had the privilege to know and love her.”

She added: “This will be my first long-distance running event and, as a running novice, every training week is a difficult challenge.

“But knowing I am running for Jenny and PhysCap is giving me the strength to persevere and keep going.”

Money raised will be dedicated by PhysCap to a group for Jewish children with disabilities who meet every Sunday morning at the community centre so they can play in a safe environment.

Older sister Jo said: “Jenny, a former weekly volunteer at Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, was loved there for her bubbly personality and her infectious smile.

“She had such a caring way about her and was adored by everyone who knew her. Not a day goes by without us all thinking of her.”


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