Jake organises charity event in dad’s memory

Jake Rogers with his class and school council members with headteacher Richard Haltof and his mum Jan Rogers
Jake Rogers with his class and school council members with headteacher Richard Haltof and his mum Jan Rogers

A boy whose dad died suddenly after a heart problem organised an event at his school to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Jake Rodgers was the driving force behind the Wear Red Day held at Hallbrook Primary School in Broughton Astley.

The seven-year-old’s dad Steve Rodgers died last year of ventricular hypertension, a condition which had gone undiagnosed.

Jake decided to hold the event at school to raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation to help the charity with its research into heart conditions.

Jake’s mum Jan Rodgers said: “He was really looking forward to the event.

“By him doing it, it’s something positive that will come out of losing his dad.

“It has been a really difficult year and it will be positive if it can help.

“It can’t help our family, but if it can help another family then that is good.”

The youngster decided to hold the event on Friday, February 7, when other Wear Red events were taking part across the country.

Each pupil at the Broughton Astley school wore red and paid a charity contribution.

The funds were then given to the British Heart Foundation.

“The event raised a total of £411.15.

Jan said: “We didn’t know about Steve’s condition, but hopefully research will be able to provide an insight into preventing this from happening to people in future so that maybe they can pick these things up before they happen.”

Jake also has a 12-year-old sister, Jenna, and their mum said she is very proud of both her children and how they have carried on following their dad’s sudden death.

She said: “Jake went round all of the different classes at school and told people what the event was for.

“I heard one boy say to his mother, ‘we have got to dress up in red tomorrow’, and his mum said, ‘yes it is for British Heart Foundation’, and the little boy said, ‘no, it is actually for Jake’s dad’.

“I just thought that was so nice. It’s nice that people are doing something to help.

“It can’t help us but it can help other people.

“Steve would have done anything for anybody.

“If he could help somebody he would.

“I think that Steve would have been very proud of Jake and I’m proud of him too.”

Jan added: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped out with the event on the day.”