Jak Trueman’s mum given fundraising award by PM

Allison Barr has been honoured for her fundraising work. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Allison Barr has been honoured for her fundraising work. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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JAK Trueman’s mother has been honoured by the Prime Minister after she set up a teenage cancer support centre in her son’s name.

Allison Barr, from Mid Calder, continued her 15-year-son’s work after he died in February after raising tens of thousands of pounds.

Allison with son Jak. Picture: Contributed

Allison with son Jak. Picture: Contributed

More than £150,000 has now been raised and funded the opening of Jak’s Den in Livingston earlier this month.

Ms Barr has now been named as a Point of Light, an award which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, by David Cameron.

He said: “Jak’s Den is a wonderful place for sick children and teenagers and their families to receive support and respite when they are seriously ill.

“Allison has shown incredible strength in taking on her son Jak’s dream to help other sick children. Jak and Allison both inspired so many people to support their work and have created a fantastic legacy.

“I am delighted to recognise Allison as the UK’s 423rd Point of Light.”

Ms Barr, who spoke to the Evening News on Thursday about the family’s Christmas preparations, said: “I am honoured to receive this prestigious award which recognises the amazing work my beautiful inspirational son Jak set out for us to realise. If we can make a difference to others going through what we did through Team Jak and Jak’s Den Mark 1 then Jak’s death will not have been in vain.”