Help Jack get home to Mum

Closed Cause page created in the In Memoriam category by James McBain for Sally-Marie McBain

$9,225 donated
Given by 76 generous donors in 9 weeks

To raise funds in order for Sally-Marie to collect her sons ashes


Jack Wilton was a loving caring sharing 14-year-old boy who loved being loved. He could have been an entrepreneur. He could have been anything he set his mind to be. He was good at school, loved thinking outside the square, loved sport, loved people. Jack had a smile that could stretch to the moon and back and a wicked sense of humour. He always projected happiness. We all loved him. He loved us.

But something went wrong, and Jack passed away on the 11/11/2020.

Jack lived with his dad, stepmother and siblings in Christchurch. His mum, Sally-Marie, lives in Brisbane, with Jack’s older brother, Toby, and his younger sister Nova.

Due to Covid-19, urgent requests to bring Jack’s mum and siblings over for his funeral, sadly fell on deaf ears and as a result of being denied to see her son for the last time, Jack’s funeral was held in Rangiora on the 19th November 2020.

It was a beautiful send off for Jack. The Chapel was packed with whanau, friends, school buddies and teachers. All of Sally’s family and friends flew down to Christchurch from the North Island to stand on her behalf and farewell Jack.

Sally was fortunate to be able to see Jack’s funeral livestream and cast her love through televised zoom and her and Toby were able to speak.

Now that day has passed, we need to get Sally and Jack’s siblings, Toby and Nova, back to New Zealand to collect Jack’s ashes and other personal requests to do with Jack and then get them all back home together.

We hope to raise funds to go towards return flights from Brisbane to NZ, accommodation, managed isolation fee’s and funeral costs. Any donation big or small is greatly appreciated.

In memory of Jack, I personally am running 100km to raise awareness for mental health, starting at 5am on boxing day 2020. The run will be tracked and uploaded on completion. For training updates and pics along the way, follow on Instagram: jack_wilton_memorial_run

Look after your loved ones, give them love, give them time, show them they are appreciated.

James McBain's involvement (page creator)

I am Sally-Marie's brother and Uncle to Jack, Toby and Nova

Use of funds

Total costs for flights, accommodation and managed isolation is estimated to be about $15,000. Any money raised will go towards cost, and any excess will be donated to Youth Line in memory of Jack.

Latest update

Rangiora/Christchurch Update!  17 January 2021

Posted by: James McBain

Sally with support from her friend Bobby, travelled down to Christchurch on the 8th January.

From there, she met with with some of Jack's teachers, his principle and friends, where they shared stories and memories of Jack.

Parents of Jack's friend Neo, have also organised a memorial ride for Jack, through South Coast Riders SMC.

She visited some of Jack's favorite places, such as the local skate park and Waimakariri river, where she left a beautiful memorial message.

She then went to collect Jack's ashes from Lamb and Hayward, where she met with Heather, who cared for Jack and provided a beautiful service and send off.

Sally left Christchurch on Saturday 16th January, leaving with Jack's ashes and some of his belongings.

On behalf of Sally, I would like to thank Bobby for her ongoing support, all of Jack's friends, the families of friends, teachers, his principle, Heather and the team at Lamb and Haywards, South Coast Riders SMC, family, friends, and all the loving and caring people that has shown their support over this hard time.

The loving stories and memories about Jack, shared by so many, is touching to Sally and all the family and friends. Jack is well missed and still loved!

The next part of the journey for Sally, will be spending time with family and friends in NZ, before heading home to Australia, scheduled for early Feb.

Aroha nui,


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Just me again love you xx
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