Jack’s light will shine bright this Christmas

Selina Booth and Janet Cranley are holding a charity Christmas lights fun day in Cornholme.
Selina Booth and Janet Cranley are holding a charity Christmas lights fun day in Cornholme.

A woman has transformed her house into a winter wonderland to raise money in memory of a young boy who died after playing a deadly “choking game”.

Todmorden High School student Jack Pickles, 14, died in February after playing the game in his bedroom.

In the months since his Jack’s death, his mum Selina Booth has fought tirelessly to bring the game’s dangers to national attention.

The devastated mum has vowed to take her campaign national by setting up a charity - Our Jack - in her son’s memory.

Now Janet Cranley will donate money raised from her Christmas spectacular to help meet the £5,000 needed to set the charity up.

Janet, 57, said: “I’ve done it for about 15 years, but last year we decided we would do it for charity.

“This year, my daughter Kelly rang me up and said ‘mum, are you doing it for charity again this year’. She asked me who I was going to do it for and she said ‘why don’t you do it for Jack’’.

“I just want to support Selina to get the word out there, I hope it never happens to anyone else.”

The lights are officially switched on this Sunday at 4pm and Janet can’t wait to welcome visitors to her Parkside Road home in Cornholme. There will also be a Santa’s Grotto bringing even more Christmas cheer.

“There’s always a lovely atmosphere, people come from all over to see my lights and this year we want even more people to come,” she added.

“Please, please catch that bus to Cornholme and come and see us - it’s all for a brilliant cause.”

Janet thanked Morrisons in Todmorden, Kafe Central, Fielden Factors, Mad Hatter Fancy Dress and Grandma Pollards fish and chip shop for donations.

Selina said: “I always used to take Jack to see the lights in the past and it’s sad that this year it is for Jack, but I can’t thank Janet enough.”

Selina added that the charity will need sponsors, so if you or your business would like to get involved, email our.jack@mail.com.

And if you are out and about in Todmorden town centre on Saturday, look out for some festive fundraisers who will be collecting for the charity. Donate to Selina’s campaign at fundrazr.com/campaigns/514o73