Fundraiser launched to help family of teen moved to palliative care after suffering serious injuries diving from harbour arm

Jack Dolan suffered serious injuries after jumping from the Stone Pier

A teenage boy who was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after an incident at the Stone Pier in Margate on June 23 has been moved to palliative care.

Jack Dolan, 15, was unconscious in the water after diving from the Stone Pier in Margate.

The youngster, from Medway, was given emergency treatment by paramedics before being taken to King’s College Hospital by the Air Ambulance Charity Kent, Surrey, Sussex.

Tragically, despite the medical team’s best efforts an MRI scan showed there was no brain activity.

Jack’s parents Dave and Lisa have had to make the heartbreaking decision to let Jack pass peacefully.

A fundraiser has been launched by family friend Sam Cass to help ease financial pressures for Jack’s family while they are with him in palliative care.

On the fundraising page Sam says: “Lisa and Dave’s son, Jack, suffered a tragic accident. Unfortunately an MRI scan has shown there to be no brain activity and he is currently in the process of being moved to palliative care.

“This has crushed his family. As I’m sure everybody can understand, both Lisa and Dave are going to have to take the foreseeable off work to take care of other priorities.

“They have made the impossible decision to let Jack go peacefully and live on in our minds and hearts as the Jack we all knew and loved.

“The fundraiser is to raise money for them to help ease the pressure of upcoming palliative care and future funeral costs to give Jack the send-off that he deserves. This will hopefully be one less thing for the family to worry about.

“As most know Jack is the biggest Joker, with a heart of gold. He loves to show off in front of girls and won’t leave the house without doing his hair.

“He loves his family, will do anything for his sisters and this fundraiser is to take a little bit of the burden away from them.

“Many people love Jack and I’m sure they all wish the family wasn’t going through this right now.”

Some £4,000 has been pledged in just 48 hours.

Find the fundraising page by clicking here


  1. Sorry for what has happened to the lad ,but common sense check the depth of water, first by looking how far up the sea wall the water is.Is palliative care free (for a child)? most funeral directors do not charge for a child’s funeral? He is 15 ,as I said sorry for the lad and family

    • Ray The Bread – I’m guessing you haven’t ever sat by someone’s bedside in a hospital or hospice while they died. Whilst NHS palliative care is free (or where provided by a charity) I spent hundreds on food and accommodation and emergency supplies such as pyjamas, clean clothes, pants etc whilst waiting for my mum to pass away. It wasn’t a quick process and was around 10 days as it wasn’t a case of just switching off a machine as they had to starve her to death after she became brain dead as her body was still alive without a life support machine. It may be the same for this poor lad so his family may now have a long, drawn out process to witness and support him through. Yes it’s true that you probably don’t need to fundraise for the service as coffin (a lot of people don’t realise that UK funeral directors are encouraged (but not obliged) to provide free funeral services families of under 18s. But of course a family would want special extras such a headstones and a suitable wake in such tragic circumstances. I wouldn’t question the need for fundraising efforts as it’s a way for people to feel they’re helping in a most terrible hour of need.

      • Yes I have ,my parents and I did state the funeral costs are normally covered by the funeral directors. There was no mean intent on my post

        • There was no need to question a fund raiser. You don’t have to donate and others can. No one is forcing them. As the other poster says spending time with loved one in hospital gets very very expensive quickly. Then perhaps the family will need time to grieve, their jobs might not pay them. If people want to support others In their time of need it’s amazing and should be encouraged. The world needs to get more caring and not less.

          As for mentioned common sense. It’s tasteless at best.

          Anyway. My thoughts are with the family at what will be an indescribable time of pain. I hope they get as much support as they deserve and need to just get through. Find a way to carry on. I know I would struggle to even find the will to do simple things due to the grief.

      • Me too Liz. It took my father 8 days to die after his life support was turned off. This was in 1988, and the surgeons told me as the eldest son, and not my mother what was going to happen, so I had to tell my mother. I stayed with my father at the hospital to the end, to reassure my mother mostly, that someone would be there until the end. My fathers last words to me were “there’s something to be said for a heart attack”. He knew what was going to happen!

    • What 15-year-old from out of the area is going to go measuring the water, even by looking at the sea wall. If they have never seen how shallow it is before they won’t know. If they see others jumping in they will want to do the same.
      You could blame a compos mentis adult, but can’t really blame a child for not having common sense in everything they do. Parents will say “be careful” but they are growing up and are not fully mentally developed yet so will take chances. All teen boys take chances, they feel invincible. This was just an awful tragic accident.

      Sometimes it is best not to say anything unless it is in support.
      My heartfelt condolences to Jack’s parents, family and friends.

      The council only employ the RNLI Lifeguards from 13th July to 1st September this year so they were not available in June when this happened. They should give advice to beach and water users though when they are on duty.
      Hopefully Thanet District Council has warning signs in place at all it’s harbours to explain how shallow the water is when tide is low, with advice not to jump into the water, along with rescue life rings available.

  2. Ray the bread I assume you at 15 you were full of common sense and never did anything you regret?

    Also, you don’t know they didn’t check the water levels? If you read more than one article you’d see it was a tragic accident. Something he had done before just somehow went wrong.

    So yes he would get a free basic funeral, are his family not allowed to personalise it and make their final goodbyes a special one? The state won’t pay for a wake.
    A funeral isn’t just a a burial/ cremation, it’s a way for family and friends to say goodbye, grieve and try to remember the good times and memories.

    I have a question Ray, if this was a member of your family or a friend, would you say the same thing? “Sorry this has happened to my nephew Sis, but where was his common sense? He should have checked the water levels first” or if someone said to you ” Sorry about your child Ray the bread, but where was his common sense?”

    What happened to your comment sense? How do you think his family will feel reading your comments?

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