After bravely battling Neuroblastoma for just under a year, Jack gained his angel wings on the 21st July 2018 at just 4 years old.
From the moment of his diagnosis to this present day, the support we have received from people far and wide has been overwhelming, from complete strangers to our family football club Charlton Athletic. On this basis, we want to do what ever we can to improve the lives of children in and out of hospital in Jacks memory. From Christmas decorations and presents in the ward that he spent his last weeks, to enabling (due to the generosity of Charlton Athletic) children with life threatening or life limiting conditions and their families to enjoy a day out in an executive box.
Our shoe box campaign is going amazing. Thank you to everyone who has donated you are helping make someone’s Xmas special this year.
We have extended the deadline till the end of November so there is still time to get stuff to us.
My boy will be so proud!
You can still take part, by going onto our wish list and ordering an item from to into the boxes.
If you can help us finding these could you get in touch please!
Yesterday was the start of National Hunger and Homelessness awareness week!
This Christmas, with your help we are giving something back to those going through a hard time. 🎄
Our #itsnicetobenice shoe box appeal will close in 8 days time. Giving us time to distribute the boxes to homeless shelters and woman’s refuges across the north east.
There is still time to get involved!!
You can fill your open shoe box, just donate a few items or even use this link to purchase items and have them sent straight to us. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/ls/ref=aw_wl_sr_res_1_2…
Lets get the wall of boxes growing!!
Also a big thank you to the Ladys from BGL group Sunderland and Clare one of our foundation champions for wrapping shoe boxes for us!!
******* SORRY ITS A LONG ONE******
We know a lot of people are curious as to what it is we do on a day to day bases and because everyday is different for the BLF team we cannot just answer that in one go.
So we have decided to give you a weekly update!
This week we have spend a lot of time finalising our first finical audit report, you wouldn’t BELIEVE the amount of information needed to get the accounts finalised.
Myself and the staff have started seeing a councillor at least once a month, as you can imagine dealing with very poorly children on a daily bases it can be very hard, and takes its tole on your emotions. So i feel seeing a councillor is very beneficial to enable us to do our jobs the way we need to.
We continue to offer one to one support to our families that are fundraising, attending and holding events on behalf of the BLF children, and having meetings with businesses to gain support for individual causes.
Myself and Lynn went to London where I attended the woman of the year lunch during the day. Then on the evening, we met with Kaleigh Lau’s dad, Scott, and his team to discuss the DIPG research fund.
Whilst in the area it was lovely to have met up with the families of Alfie, Eden and Siobhans to discuss their next steps.
Back at the office the girls have been working hard on our #itsnicetobeniceshoe box appeal. It is so overwhelming to see all of the gifts you have purchased for people who need it most. With your help we will definitely put a smile on lots of peoples faces this Christmas.
As you can imagine this is just a small portion of our weekly activity’s, but we like to keep you all updated.
Thank you for continuing to support BLF xxx
This even was set up by a couple of our Foundation Champions and their friends.
We honestly cannot thank you all enough, for your continued support.
The final score was 7-3 to the Geordies.
Again a huge thank you to all involved
Anyone attending today’s Sunderland match make sure you get your self round the the shop where you can still buy our For Brad shirts!
They are now on sale and all funds made from shirt sales goes towards building a holiday home for children and their families❤️
This year to give something back to the community we are holding a its nice to be nice shoe box campaign. Where we will be giving out boxes full of things such as toiletries and small gifts homeless shelters and woman’s refuges across the north east to hopefully put a smile on the faces of people going through a difficult time.
If you would like to get involved and fill a shoe box or even just donate a few items we would really appreciate it.
Or you can order via this link and have items sent directly to us:
These two amazing shoe boxes have been dropped off at our office this morning.
A big thank you to the lady who dropped them off, they will really put a smile on someones face this Christmas.
If you would like to get involved and fill your own shoe box or even just buy some items for a shoe box we would greatly appreciate it.
Here are some idea’s:
Shower gels or soaps
Chocolate or sweets
Beauty products such as hand creams and moisturisers
If you have any questions about our shoe box campaign please pop us a message!
It’s with a heavy heart I share with you that beautiful Edie gained her angel wings yesterday after a brave battle with DIPG.
This is heartbreaking news and our thoughts are with Ashleigh, Steve and the rest of the family through this hard time. We hope that our super hero looks after yours in heaven ❤️
We are now supporting Layla’s legacy, Layla’s Legacy is a non-profit organisation that was founded in 2016, following the passing of Layla.
In April 2016, Layla was admitted to Freeman hospital for another open-heart surgery; unfortunately, this failed. She underwent multiple surgeries and procedures, then finally a heart transplant in this hospital stay alone. Sadly, this wasn’t enough to save our little girl’s life and she went to sleep forever on 7th October 2016. After living such a fast- paced life filled with love and joy given to us by Layla both in and out of hospital, we wanted to give something back; this is when Layla’s Legacy was created in her memory. We provide many items to families of Ward 23 and PICU within Freeman Hospital, Firstly we provide Journey boxes to every palliative care baby born and welcomed to the unit which help the families be able to document the amazing memories they make together both in and out of hospital, all babies born that come to Freeman Hospital are also provided with a set of 2 comforters so baby and mummy can still feel close together in moments which mean they must be apart. Birthdays are always a milestone no matter how big or small you are so for this reason we provide q party pack to each child spending their special day in freeman, these packs come with banners, balloons, and everything you need to decorate your own bed space/cubicle, not forgetting the cake everyone needs a birthday cake and finally a special visit from a character to wish the children well on their day. This is a very personal touch to each child as we believe in hospital or at home these children matter and should be treated in a way every child deserves to be. We also provide a small gift of a memorial bauble to bereaved families, with pyjamas and blankets on hand should the families need them in their time of need. Please support us in what we do and keep donating to this cause. Without the help from you, we can’t provide these items.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
To follow Layla’s amazing legacy on facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Laylas-Legacy-UK-495802894151707/