Saturday 11 November saw the opening of Jake’s Climbing Wall at William
Farr School and what an occasion it was. We would like to thank each and
every person who helped to make Jake's Wall an incredible reality. After 3
years of the community working together towards the same goal, Saturday
was the perfect celebration of this. The atmosphere inside the gym all day
was electric with both young and old enjoying the challenge of Jake's Wall
with encouragement and non-stop cheers. The fantastic bakers who
provided cakes for “Jake’s Bakes Cake stall ensured we had refreshments
all day and an incredible sum of £411.84 was raised which will be split
between the Jake Shaw Climbing Trust & Teenage Cancer Trust in
memory of Jake's class mate & friend Emma McKinlay. Thanks also to all
the belayers; Jake’s friends who came from Sheffield University
Mountaineering Club, The Showroom and Lincoln Mountaineering Club
and worked hard all day to enable everyone to have a go!
The climbing wall idea evolved following a memorial football match and
cake stall organised by Jake’s school friends in August 2014. The
generosity of the initial donations were such it was decided by Jake’s
friends and teachers that the only fitting tribute for Jake – an avid climber –
would be to build a climbing wall in his memory. This would create
opportunities for other young people to come together and share Jake’s
passion, and to challenge and inspire them in the way it did for him. This
was an incredible challenge, but also a fantastic dream that we know would
have had Jake’s full approval, as well as probably a huge amount of
surprise!

Whilst the initial idea was embraced by us all, we did not have the
emotional energy to drive it forward and so the practical support of our
friend Steve Hall was enlisted and together we set up the Jake Shaw
Climbing Trust with a twofold aim: firstly, to build Jake’s Wall at William
Farr School, and secondly, to provide opportunities for young people to
climb and undertake outdoor pursuits.
The drive and determination of Jake’s friends, family, school staff, pupils
and the wider community has been both a uniting force and an incredible
support to us as a family. It would be impossible to name every person
who has contributed money and time, but you know who you are, and we
thank you all. Fundraising events have included the William Farr School
Friends’ Charity Ball, a Car Boot Sale, cake stalls, a wine tasting evening,

Rough Runner, half marathons, and Sheffield Mountaineering Club’s
Naked Calendar. There have been contributions from around the world,
including the famous International Duck Races! Further thanks need to go
to Peak Mountaineering for providing free climbing instructor training for
staff and for providing the Carabiner Competition and prizes at the Opening
Day.

We are not the first family to lose a child and nor sadly will we be the last,
but our personal climb has been aided by the phenomenal support and
love that has been shown to us by friends, family and the wider community.
It doesn’t take away the pain of losing Jake, but it does make it a little more
manageable, so for this we are very grateful.

We are immensely proud of Jake’s friends and the community spirit Jakes
Wall has inspired; it is a testament to what a community can achieve when
it comes together, amazing things happen when you commit to making a
dream a reality.

To see future generations benefit from the enjoyment, challenges,
teamwork and skills nurtured through climbing is a fabulous way to honour
Jake and ensure his spirit lives on. Long may Jake's Wall bring challenges
& smiles to people's faces & bring individuals and communities together.
Thank you all
Ian, Fiona and Sophie