Post from around the world for boy whose first birthday party in three years was cancelled

Post from around the world for boy whose first birthday party in three years was cancelled
Jack surrounded by some of the post he received. Picture: Ciara Wilkinson

People from all over the world have given a boy with a rare condition “a birthday he will never forget.”Ruth Beattie appealed for people to send cards to her son Jack, who is (9) next Monday, after his party had to be cancelled due to Covid-19.It would have been his first party in three years - the last two years were as a result of having surgery related to having Osteogenesis Imperfacta or brittle bone disease.Ruth said it broke her heart when she had to tell him his party this year could not go ahead and instead she appealed for people to post him birthday cards.“The response has been unbelievable,” she said.The family live in Raphoe, Co Donegal but Ruth said they have had cards from all over the country as well as the UK.

We have had cards/parcels from Dublin, Carlow, Mayo, Donegal, Monaghan, Derry and London and that’s not even half of them opened.

“I’d like to thank each and everyone that took the time to make/send a card/parcel to Jack. It has been a very emotional and overwhelming few days to watch the delight in Jack’s face. This will be a birthday never to forget.”
Jack and his mum, Ruth. Picture: Ciara Wilkinson
Jack and his mum, Ruth. Picture: Ciara Wilkinson

She said the response has been “Unbelievable. I never imagined this response. I’m actually very emotional this last few days to see everyone come together at such difficult times.”

“I set out to do this thinking that my Facebook family would send cards to make Jack’s birthday special (and) not expecting it to go viral.”

Ruth had the support of the charity Little Blue Heroes and Jack is an honorary Garda. “Ever since he was made an honorary Garda in January 2018 up in Gardai Headquarters, he has the full uniform and goes on duty in Letterkenny Garda Station from time to time,” she said.

“All I can say is this is a birthday Jack will never forget. I had one wish to make him happy and my wish definitely came true.”

She said “thank you” to people from all over the world for what they have done and said, “I will be forever grateful to each and every one of them.”

Jack, Ruth and his dad Kenneth live in Raphoe and the address for people who would like to send him a card for his birthday is : Jack Beattie, Castleview, Raphoe, Co Donegal, F93 XW74.

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