Kind-hearted Glasgow schoolboy with 'health issues' donates birthday cash to help sick kids

Jack Murnaghan is helping put smiles on the faces of other hospitalised children
Jack Murnaghan is helping put smiles on the faces of other hospitalised children -Credit:Supplied

A kind-hearted schoolboy who is battling "ongoing health issues" has donated his birthday money to help other sick kids. Jack Murnaghan, 10, is regularly at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow and is now raising funds to support other children undergoing treatment.

Despite his own health troubles, Jack, from the East End of the city, wants to help put a smile on the faces of other struggling kids, Glasgow Live reports.

He selflessly donated £500 raised during a charity football tournament and early birthday party at SoccerWorld to the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity's Games for the Weans campaign.

The scheme raises money to buy video games, consoles, and adapted equipment for the boys and girls at the Sick Kids Hospital, to allow them to have some online fun while going through their treatment.

Jack's football tournament took place last Sunday and he made the donation on his birthday on Wednesday, May 15.

His mother, Kirsty O'Shea, was beaming with pride as she spoke of her lad's generous exploits. The mum-of-three said: "It's amazing and I don't think a lot of kids would even think about it.

"The first thing he said, when he knew it was £500 raised, was 'that's one PlayStation bought'. He was so excited and it made his day extra special knowing that he is helping other children.

"Whenever we are in hospital, they will give him things and volunteers will sit with him. It's something to make a long day go quicker for him. He has met children who are in there long term and understands parents don't always have the resources to go out and buy them something."

And Jack's fundraising hasn't stopped with his birthday football tournament. He began his quest in March and, over the next few months, will compete in the Lidl Tough Mudder, cycle from Glasgow to Loch Lomond, complete a one-mile swim on the loch, and zipline over the River Clyde.

The money Jack raises from his seven challenge campaign will be split between the GCHC and Children's Hospices Across Scotland.

Kirsty added: "Despite his illness, he still plays football and is an active boy and loves it. He is a determined boy and I'm proud."

You can support Jack's fundraiser HERE.

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