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Newsletter December 2016

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 is in its busiest time with Christmas now around the corner, and it with thanks to so many for making this our most successful Christmas yet. Our families are in for such a wonderful surprise, I can almost see their little faces with so much to look forward to. I was delighted to see so many people turned up for our 5th charity ball with a massive thank you  to BMW and congratulations to Ambivent, Results Global, StarVirtual, and to everyone in our community that continues to support us, as we could not do what we do best if it was not for you. I would like to wish all our little stars a very Merry Christmas, and truly a special thank you to everyone for supporting us, happy New Year for 2017”.

This year’s NCTLC charity Ball with its glitzy Vegas theme saw 250 people attend the inarguable event at the Radisson Park Inn. Events manager Gemma Martin put on a Tip Top evening, with the beautiful dancers from 2-2 stunningly dressed, the very talented Rebel King – Simon Patrick, Kevin Harwood from Cool Catz Disco, close-up magic with Clive Fletcher, fun photographs by Mark James of Spotlight Events, a stunning black Limo parked at the entrance thanks to Roger Joslin in Earls Barton, a sweet stand compliments of Sweet Like Candy and a very enthusiastic host known as the Preacher! The evening started with Opus Artistic Hair owner Teresa Gonzales with Katie and Louise giving up part of their Saturday afternoon to prepare many people for the evening. Then as guests arrived, they were welcomed with a glass of bubbly thanks to sponsor David Flinthill of Nobles Engineering Solutions, followed by a lavish meal at the hotel, speeches, a charity auction, raffle, awards, and dancing late into the night with the wonderful evening entertainment.

The 250 guests included very strong  supporters from the charity’s local community in Earls Barton, with larger corporate’s attending to offer their support: BMW Wollaston Motors, Ambivent, Results Global, StarVirtual, AKA, XEC and a 90 strong party thanks to Chris Kellet of D&S Autos with many from the conservative party  in Northampton. The floor also saw chairman Kevin Smith introduce the charity and where funds raised over the past year had been spent. He also expressed on behalf of the charity his thanks to the team that is NCTLC, and announced that all funds raised on the evening would be going to the local Northampton General Hospital’s Disney ward (more about that soon), as the charity now moves forward to supporting more families with what is available for them, as they face many hours of isolation with children undergo their treatment. The charity was delighted that Mr David Mackintosh MP for Northampton South took to the floor and expressed his recognition of the charity, along with new Leader for the Borough Council Jonathon Nunn. Proud parents Gary and Lorna Nix presented the Owen Joseph memorial trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Steve Dudson and everyone at Ambivent (pictured below), Mark/David Rainbow and team from Results Global received the Oliver Burton memorial trophy for Continual Support, Bryan Walters of StarVirtual received the Long-Standing Support trophy, 2 trophies were given in recognition of individual contribution to Ceri Smith & Maria Sparks, and TJ Smith picked up an acknowledgment award too.


The evening raised over £4,100 thanks to: Opus Artistic Hair, Nobles Engineering, an 11 lot auction, a raffle with many prizes being drawn with the Lazy Spa first, and Mark James of Spotlight Photography giving 15% of all money taken on the evening. The charity expressed a massive thank you to everyone that gave them auction prizes, and was able to debut the new charity video which will shortly be available on YouTube, thanks to producer Andy Kirk and his team from AKA Ltd, along with Colin Suiter for his amazing voice over. Janet Walker-Smith founder of the charity said, “I would like to express heartfelt thanks to everyone that helped and supported us on the night, and to all the supporters over the year that could not make it. We look forward to doing even more for our charity families, truly a fantastic glamourous evening with so many wonderful family, friends, and supporters – without you all, we could not do what we do”.


Christmas will be so special again thanks to so many companies that have helped us care, as this Christmas Russell Hyland, Mortgage consultant team manager of Nationwide Building Society, will be here with his team to offer a further valuable citizenship day. They will take to gift wrapping the amazing amount of gifts that fantastically WM Morrisons will be supplying again this year! It is the most special time of year to see the charity office transforms into Santa’s grotto, with gifts to be allocated for every child in the charity and those presents left will again go to both the Northampton Disney ward and Great Ormond Street. The families have an amazing time to look forward to for the Fantasy break, thanks to David Glover and Helen Blunt and everyone at Wollaston BMW for raising a staggering £18,100 with their customers’ charity event and auction last month at the Lighthouse in Northampton. For those families unable to go to Butlins this year, Santa’s helper AKA Maria Sparks will once again take to her sleigh, to personally hand deliver to every child and make sure no one is missed out for Christmas. To them all a big heartfelt festive thank you!


Each year one family has continued to support us since the charity was formed, and we were delighted to receive funds from this year’s Birchies Cup, held at Northampton Kingsthorpe golf course. Charlene Birch and Families Liaison volunteer Geraldine Birch presented a check in memory of their belated husband and son Corporal Marc Birch, for £1140 who tragically lost his life in 2008. As always to what you do year in year out and to everyone involved Thank you!


To Louisa Doherty of the Fox and Hounds Kingsthorpe and to all the customers for placing their spare change into the collection pots, they raised over £40 for the charity. Thank you once again for your continued support.

Should you wish to contact the office, please dial 01604 811025 or email should you like to offer any time, or would like to know further information.

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