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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Devoted Barrow daughter plans close shave for a ‘brilliant’ charity

THE daughter of a local rugby legend is having her head shaved as part of a fundraiser for the Alz-heimer’s Society that has supported her father.

SPORTING LEGEND Denis Jackson unveils a plaque at the official opening of Askam and Ireleth Bowling Club in July 1995. Mr Jackson was chairman of Ireleth and Askam Community Sports Committee in the 1990s. His daughter Louise is fund-raising for the Alzheimer’s Society, following her father’s diagnosis with the disease

Former Barrow RL player and coach, Denis Jackson, 70, has vascular Alzheimer’s and his health has deteriorated rapidly recently.

His daughter Louise Crowe says the help they have received from the society has been invaluable and now they want to give something back.

A free fundraising event will be held on June 22 in the car park of the Newton Inn, Dalton.

The event has been organised by Mrs Crowe’s childhood friend and Newton Road pub landlady Julie Garnett, 40.

Steeles Removals have donated a 45ft truck as a stage and the family fun day will kick off at 1.30pm until late.

The event will feature local singers, along with The Bay’s Danny Matthews, who will be shaving Mrs Crowe’s head, a bouncy castle, funfair and other family ev-ents.

Mrs Crowe, a Walney School teaching assistant and part-time barmaid, of Ireleth Road, Ireleth, said she knows first-hand how cruel the disease is after watching her father’s deterioration.

Mr Jackson signed as a professional for Barrow RL as a 22-year-old and also had spells with Workington, Blackpool and Whitehaven in his 13 years as a pro.

He was known as one of the game’s toughest players and was nicknamed “Stonewall”.

Mr Jackson also had two spells as Barrow first team coach, a year in charge of Millom and was chairman of the Barrow and District Amateur League.

He played a big part in Askam community events and fundraised to open The Jackson Park Bowling Green in 1995.

His family are very proud of him and his achievements and his two sons have gone on to play for Barrow rugby, his daughter also played for a while and his 10 grandchildren have all become involved in the sport.

Mrs Crowe said: “Every time I go and see him we lose a little bit more of him.

“He has these big brown eyes and I can still see a little twinkle in there for me.

“The Alzheimer’s Society can provide so much help and they were absolutely brilliant with my mum. It’s a disease that touches so many people.

“I am very proud of the man he was and I’m proud to be his daughter.

“My hair will grow back but we will never get dad back.’’

Anyone wishing to get involved as a volunteer or donate prizes or cash can contact the pub on 01229 462399.


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