Another busy month for the local charity who support children going through or post cancer treatment along with their family. Janet Walker-Smith (founder) said “The charity has had a busy time with more families being reached with the return of our lovely family liaison Geraldine Birch. With so many events planned coming up like the family fun day at the ONs in Northampton thanks to DHL, Rockingham Raceway in August with Sporting Bears, Gullivers Land in October, the Charity Ball and a big surprise being planned for the children for this years Christmas fantasy break, Gez will be very busy! We also were delighted to hear from a very special school in our area that received an outstanding Ofsted report, and one that holds very special with myself and the chairman. We are so delighted to share some special news for 2 very special people for next year’s Virgin London marathon, a big thank you to Hollowell for an amazing weekend and to Alistair we look forward to the upcoming event”.
A big thank you to everyone that cheered us on at this years Earls Barton carnival, and with thanks to Chloe, Nick and Sarah from the charity along with Michelle and James Barrow for bringing along Kettering Mcqueen we had an amazing time.
Last month we was at Hollowell and despite the weather being unsettled on Friday/Saturday, everyone embraced it and made the most of this amazing event, with Sunday proving to be extremely warm saw the car parks filled to the brim! A massive thank you to all our charity families who came along, it was lovely to see so many happy faces. The charity was helped on the day by volunteers Sarah, Chloe, Geraldine, Janet, Kevin and TJ, who all came along to help over the long weekend. Our thanks also go to Fay Weatherspoon of Wellingborough, for raising funds with face painting, for any child passing our stand. The whole atmosphere was fantastic yet again, we also met a children’s community nurse from Rugby, who looks after the Warwickshire region, she will now be signposting families to the charity that need our support. It was also great to see Richard & Jane Burton, who have agreed to be Mr & Mrs Christmas this year (don’t tell the children!), and Catherine & James Brown along with the lovely Ethan, commemorating the lovely memory of Oliver Burton, who so sadly passed away 5 years ago, a bitter sweet day remembering Sir Ollie! Catherine said “Hollowell will always hold a special place in our heart it’s where we first met”. Nicky and Millie mouse made an appearance giving many children a photo opportunity. We are delighted to say that we collected £157.15 over the weekend, with more to come from the Hollowell grant opportunity we applied for later this year.
Also at Hollowell we met so many kind companies that came to see us, a thank you to David of Tools For Self Reliance for donating £10; Newman & Reidy Car Dealers from Main Road, and the RFU with lots to tell us about Northampton Saints.
A massive thank you to Ray G Dickinson the Treasurer, of Rotary Club of Birmingham Endowment Trust, for raising funds of £500 and sending the charity every good wish in the work we do. The funds were used to purchase tickets for the 8 families that came to Hollowell.
A massive thank you to the year 10 children at Friars Academy, who have been running an Enterprise business raising an amazing £400 for our charity. The pupils have been running a coffee shop in town with waiting on tables, collecting/delivering orders, clearing up and dealing with finance. We are so delighted that the school and the year 10 children selected our charity, given the national high standard and recognition of their achievements in special needs for children.
We are extremely proud to announce that Mark Rainbow of Results Global Marketing, will be running for NCTLC Trust at next years “Virgin London Marathon”. We are also pleased to announce that with thanks to Clare Brooks of National Leukaemia Care, following Janet’s conversation to find another place for both brothers, Dave Rainbow will also be running. Results Global is a company we regularly feature, as the whole company continue to support us year in year out. Good luck Mark and Dave, we will be there to cheer you on!
We was delighted to be invited to by Peugeot Sport Club UK (PSCUK) to their Pugfest 2016 event, held in Cheltenham last month saw all the clubs come together from all around the UK as well as Belguim and France. The club provides a valuable connection to all Peugeot owner enthusiasts, with their own quarterly magazine Torque released internationally. They raised over £180 for the day from a tombola, and have taken the charity on for the year. Janet said “Everyone made us feel so very welcome and we met some wonderful generous people, the hospitality made both myself and Sarah very welcome, a massive thank you to the chairman Stuart Farrimond, all the club members and Adrian Sharpe for putting us forward”.
From our allotment Manager Alistair McCarter this month, he said “we will be having a fun day in August with: harvesting any crops that are ready and that would include beans, potatoes, courgettes and tomatoes. If we are lucky there may be a good crop of sweetcorn as well, making some summer flower wreaths, making some flower pot men, and creating some vegetable monsters. At present the allotment is looking extremely full and colourful and preparations are already being made for the event with his colleagues from the university”.
Sadly we have to say goodbye to Chloe Pestell one of our admin media ladies who is now moving on to full time employment. On behalf of the charity thank you for the amazing amount of hard work you have put in, to help make communication to our families and supporters so effective, we wish you the very best in your future career.