As of the 31st of December 2019, the charity has ceased operating and is now closed.
Dear Friend/Supporter of NC TLC Trust,
Ref: Charity Fundraising/Supporters/Community Supporters
I am writing to inform you that as a charity with over 12 years fundraising and support provision, we have come to a very difficult decision to wind the charity down. It is by no means an easy conclusion to come to, as you know this charity has been part of me and my family for over 13 years and we have raised well over half a million pounds with your help, looked after 200+ families, and have many beautiful memories with so many brave children. The Christmas Fantasy Trips to Disneyland Paris, North Cadbury Court, camping weekends and many other wonderful memories are cherished by the families. We are grateful for the donations towards psychological support services, wheelchairs and Maclaren Major Buggies, Gifts of Love, help towards funeral costs, hospital equipment, away days and so much more. Thank you so much for the wonderful, emotional memories.
Where will the money left in the charity account go this year? We want to continue TJ’s and our charity children’s legacy when we are gone, so the Trustees, my family and I have concluded that from this point there will be no further fundraisers or events. The money left in the charity account will go to the Nottingham Hospital Big Appeal for their children’s E39 scanner, which will help with operations on childhood brain tumours cancers etc… Funds will also be directed to the wards, helping to make improvements for families accompanying their children in the future, thus continuing the legacy of TJ’s and many other wonderful children’s fight against these horrible childhood cancers, helping other children long into the future when the charity is no longer.
It absolutely breaks my heart, but I knew that one day this day would come. For the reasons given, the time feels right due to my own health issues and I sincerely hope that you will love, respect and support our family’s decision at this emotional time. As highly thought of supporters, I wanted to say in writing how grateful I am for all your love and support over these important years and how important you were to our work. Without you, I could not have done what I have done to the best of my ability for these beautiful children and their families, and for that, the staff, trustees and volunteers will be eternally grateful to you. Thank you for the love and support from the local Earls Barton community and also to all of the companies, clubs, schools and individuals for their love and support of our work through Community Hours Days, fundraisers, charity and sporting events and donations.
On the 25th January 2020, at 4pm onwards at the Working Men’s Club, Earls Barton, we plan to hold an event to celebrate the work and lives of our angels and the wonderful children, supporters, families, friends and volunteers of the charity, bringing everyone together for one last time. We would very much like you, your friends and family to come as our guests and to raise a glass with us, and to all the wonderful work that we have done together over the years to say our final farewell. To go out with a bang, it will be a truly emotional day, bringing so much love.
I sincerely hope you understand that the time has come for myself and my family to look after the interests of TJ now as he goes into adulthood. We as a family have new aspirations to pursue, but I know you will understand the emotional journey I have taken to this point, to come to this time, as this was my baby, and has been part of my life and my families for so long.
The NC TLC trust will officially close its doors on the operation in Earls Barton on the 31st December 2019.
God bless and a huge heartfelt thank you to each and every single one of you once again. To all my trustees past and present thank you for getting our charity to the where it needed to be— going out on top.
Janet Walker Smith Founder/Operations and the Trustees of the charity, Steve Coe, Steve Pateman, Derrick Cooper, Kevin Smith husband to Janet and her family Casey Smith and TJ Smith