Last month was the busiest in the history of the 7 years for the local charity, who support children going through or post cancer treatment along with their family, with another amazing month of donations being received from sponsors and large companies, with an over welcoming amount of resources given to see every child under the charity receive a gift from Santa Claus, along with taking a large number of gifts to National and Local Hospital’s Oncology wards, to ensure any child facing an overnight stays in Hospital during the Christmas period, would also receive a gift from the charity thanks to the generous donations from our Toy Appeal in November. Janet Walker Smith said “we are so overwhelmed by the donations and time given from so many to make the Christmas just gone the most successful ever, with ever child and more as we reach out to help in what ever way we can. A massive thank you to my team, to every organisation and individual that has helped make it such a success.”
With the lead up to the Christmas and the Butlins trip, the office in Baron Avenue was transformed into the most wonderful Christmas warm feeling, with everyone that came in adding to the atmosphere, giving their time to gift wrapping, distributing gifts, or help in anyway they could. Our thanks to all the Corporates that spared their staff the valuable time for our cause!
The Toy Appeal ran right up to the end of the year, and saw more national and local business as well as Local Agencies bringing in a sack of gifts to help children under our cause. We have so many to thank for the hoard of gifts that we were then able to send out marked From NCTLC Trust Children’s Charity, thanks to our sponsors (as below):
Nationwide teams (Moulton Park) helped with a further 2 Citizenship Days, with 20 persons in all giving their time to help with wrap the overwhelming number of gifts, categories them, labelling them, and sort out our much needed racking in our store room. Our thanks go to them for their hard work making an amazing amount of difference to the Office Team/Families. To the Team Managers Russell Hyland, Taya Nicholls, Tim Butler and Sarah Barton thank you to you and all your team!
Prior to the fantasy break Carol Walker from Daventry, had approached a number of grocery stores in the area to assemble 15 hampers for each family attending the break, thank you Carol from every family and the charity for the time that must have taken.
The Christmas fantasy break was truly amazing seeing all the families having the most wonderful time thanks to the hard work put in by Samantha Taylor, her amazing team of Red Coats and office Colleagues, Samantha said “It was great to coordinate, thank you for making it such a great experience for myself meeting new families and working with yourself and Jan”. Janet Walker-Smith said “they looked after the families from the moment we arrived, ensuring everything went so smoothly, making the Christmas fantasy break truly special for all the families, we cannot thank them enough, along with all the sponsors that made it possible to go”. The story was also covers by reporter Nick Spoors of the Northampton Chronicle and Echo on Christmas Eve.
Massive thank you to Malcolm Arnold Academy of Trinity Avenue Northampton whom held a Christmas Fayre & Concert in December with all profits passed to our charity thanks to organiser Diane Fisher, her team and all the children involved, they raised an amazing £988. Janet Walker-Smith attended and saw a wonderful festive evening with music & carols showcasing the work of MAA music department – Swing Band, Glee Choir, KS3 singing classes of Malcolm Arnold Preperatory School, Games & Dancing, along with Father Christmas, with his Elves.
With every child attending the Butlins trip receiving a present, this left a number of families unable to travel to the fantasy break, but thanks to Marie Sparks of Results Global Marketing in Brixworth, every child listed with the charity and their siblings received a couriered gift, thank you for giving up your time Marie. Results Global Directors Mark and David Rainbow (awarded our Owen Joseph Memorial Trophy) also gave a number of rare framed memorabilia to the charity for auction thank you both for your continued support.
44 Gifts were taken to Great Ormond Street, where TJ Smith (founder’s son) presented the gifts to the oncology ward “Elephant ward”, they were delighted to receive them knowing how all the sponsors above had presented them to the charity. On Christmas Eve Janet Walker-Smith took a further 54 Gifts to our local oncology ward at Northampton General “Disney ward”, and presented them to staff for the children in hospital over the Christmas period.
We was pleased to receive a donation from Dynamic Office supplies for their wear a Christmas jumper to work day, Laura Burton wrote “We raised just over £270.00 and would be delighted to donate it to your charity” Thank you for helping our cause.
The charity also welcomes 2 new starters Chloe Pestell and Sarah Walker, providing the valuable media attention the charity needs for communication. Please contact the office if you would like to offer any support or have any questions on 01604 811025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.