Summer of events planned for Joining Jack

Jack Johnson with his dad, former Wigan Warriors player Andy, mum Alex and brother James
Jack Johnson with his dad, former Wigan Warriors player Andy, mum Alex and brother James

AS the summer begins, so do an array of events planned to raise money for Joining Jack, in a bid to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The charity is holding one of its flagship events, JJ at the Gee Gees next month.

The event will be held locally at Derby House Equestrian in Wrightington on June 22.

The Race Day has a packed itinerary, starting at 1pm with a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival.

Former rugby league star Brian Carney will be host for the day and an array of stars from the sporting world as well as others will also be present too.

A live Irish band will keep guests entertained while live racing is screened from Ascot with Apollo betting on hand to take the punts.

After the day’s racing, there will be a Hog Roast and a live performance from X Factor star Carolynne Poole.

Tickets cost £45 per head and can be purchased by calling 01257 426514.

For more information on then night, visit

Meanwhile, tickets are selling fast for a Sportsman’s Dinner, which is being held next week to raise money for Joining Jack and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Described as “The Ultimate Sportsman’s Dinner”, guests of honour will include some huge names from the world of sport,

Football legend Jimmy Greaves, one of England’s top all-time goalscorers, will be joined by rugby league royalty in the form of Andy Gregory, Gary Connolly and Paul Sculthorpe. Starting from 7pm, the night will include a three-couse dinner, live comedian, auction and competitions.

Tickets are priced at £45 or £60 for VIPs, which include player lounge access, drinks reception and a meet and greet with the stars and a photo opportunity.

The night is being hosted my non-profit organisation Falling Leaf. For tickets or more information, call 01942 705252 or 07739 478487.

Today also sees the start of a gruelling bike ride for the charity.

Latics fan Tom Kelly is cycling from Wigan to Athens for Joining Jack and Joseph’s Goal, which aims to find a cure for NKH.

Tom will be blogging throughout the ride at, where there is also information on how to donate.