Student runs 84 miles in memory of friend
A SCHOOLBOY has run from London to Margate for charity in memory of his friend's brother.
Jack Packman, 17, from Broadstairs' St George's School, ran the 84 miles from Trafalgar Square to Botany Bay to honour Jordan Boyce, brother of school friend Georgia and son of school vice-principal Tony Boyce.
Sat 1 May 2001. - Jack Packman ran from London to Margate in three days in aid of Epilepsy Bereaved Charity. - Jack with friends & supporters at the finish at Botany Bay.
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS: Jack with supporters at the finish line in Botany Bay THDS010510jack-3
Jordan Boyce died while training to become a paramedic at Coventry University
Jordan died after a epileptic fit in 2008, aged just 18.
Jack took just three days to complete the journey, returning on May 1 and has so far raised £1,000 for the charity Epilepsy Bereaved which aims to educate people about sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) and offers support to those who have lost someone due to the condition.
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Principal of St George's school Kim Stoner said: "We are immensely proud of Jack. It was a fantastic achievement to run over 84 miles. He is a true inspiration to all of us.
"Jack has raised an incredible amount of money for SUDEP which is a charity close to our hearts at St George's."
Jack thanked family and friends for their support, particularly Sam Clark, 19, and Ryan Chantelle-Smith, 16, who followed Jack in a car giving support when he needed it.
Jack said: "It became really hard and by the time I got to Northfleet I thought I couldn't go on any more. But my support team were there to help me get going again. Reaching that finish line was the best feeling in the world."
Donate to Jack's run at www.justgiving.com/jack-packman
For information about sudden death in epilepsy, go to www.sudep.org