The family of a former Altham St James school pupil who was born with serious complications have helped raise more than £3,000 to fund a new library to say ‘thank you’.
Jack Barnes was warned he might never walk or talk, but after years of intensive support he is on course to lead a full and active life.
The 11-year-old left the school at the end of the summer term and now attends Ribblesdale High School in Clitheroe.
However, his mum Heather Barnes said they wanted to give something back to Altham primary school and leave a lasting legacy for future students.
A fundraising event was held at the school and raised £3,200.
Jack , who lives at Altham Hall Farm with his parent Heather and Stuart and older brother Sam,was born with kidney, heart and bowel problems and required many operations in the first few years of his life.
Heather, 45, said: “He’s absolutely loved it at Altham primary. It is like a little family there and the teachers were amazing.
“We wanted to say thank you and to give something that all the kids will benefit from.
“They are looking to create a new library and also buy a new football strip with the money which is great.
“He’s missing Altham school and keeps asking when he’s going back.”
Sarah Kenyon, of the school, said they are ‘extremely grateful’ and hope to install the new library this month.