This month, as part of our Support in the Community Initiative, we’re shining a spotlight on our Charity of the Month – Team Jak.
The Livingston based charity was set up by former West Calder High School pupil, Jak Trueman, who had a rare and aggressive form of cancer called delta T-cell lymphoma.
Throughout his illness, Jak raised nearly £100,000 for various cancer charities. Just before his passing in 2015, Jak unveiled his plans to support other young people who found themselves in a similar position.
He called his charity Team Jak and tasked his mum, Allison, with creating Jak’s Den, a purpose-built respite centre aimed at providing emotional, social and practical support for young cancer patients and their family and friends.
Services and support include drop-in sessions, music therapy, counselling, pamper days, alternative therapies, Mini Denners, TJs Mindful Juniors, Teen Fun, bespoke emotional support, including Bag of Worries and Seasons for Growth groups and Angel family bereavement support in person and online.
Team Jak also run various activity days, including cake decorating and games sessions, like air hockey table footy and Xbox and PS4 challenges, arts and crafts and coffee mornings.
They also provide outreach services to homes and hospitals for children and families unable to visit a Den and visit schools to provide bereavement support to young people, siblings, classmates and teachers.
As part of our charity partnership Team Jak will receive a £250 Gift Card donation and free pop-up space in the mall on 17th and 18th June to help raise awareness of the support they offer at Jak’s Den. Why not pop along for more information?
You can also find out more about Team Jak, and the work that they do, via their website at www.teamjak.org.uk