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Newsletter – June 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 “As the summer approaches we have been busy with finding events for the families, Chloe has been working hard on our new social media, along with our new website soon, Alistair has been keeping our Allotment in the most wonderful order and a big welcome to our new Trustee Fred Williams. We are looking forward to the EB Carnival, with Kettering McQueen, and with lots of support from various community groups we have been given some wonderful and thoughtful donations for our families.””.
We had a surprise visitor for the Earls Barton carnival celebrations, when Kettering’s McQeen will be here to represent the charity with our Disney theme characters, our thanks to the owners of the wonderful car.
The founder was invited to attend a presentation at the Methodist church in Daventry, who contacted Janet to support the charity. Janet said “thank you to all the wonderful people that go out of their way to help support the work we do.”

We are very pleased to share how “Dunstone Bennett Complementary Centre” benefits our families with direct access via the charity. Families are able to go along and receive Reiki, Reflexology, Indian head massages as well counselling. The charity was formed in 1999 and aims to increase public awareness about head, neck and mouth cancer so that people can spot the early signs of a problem resulting in a quicker diagnostic and treatment plan.

A big thank you to Valerie Burge and Friends in Earls Barton, when following a Ladies meal they kindly donated all the profits to the charity. Valerie wrote “We are really happy to donate the cheque for £80 to NC TLC Trust and hope that it can do a small amount of good”.

Some events the charity families coming up this year include:

  • A number of free allocated wristband, for an afternoon at the fun fair in June 10th 2-5pm at the Racecourse Northampton. A big thank you to the organisers for the generous offer.
  • Gullivers Land of Milton Keynes have also apporcahed the charity and offered 30 tickets for 1st or 2nd October weekend.

A big thank you to both organisers for the generous offers.
From our allotment Manager Alistair McCarter this month, – Despite the vagaries of the weather the allotment seems to be progressing well. We now have sweetcorn, a runner bean wigwam started, sweet peas and flowers for pressing and drying later in the season all started. Erica has enjoyed the water ladder, hopefully TJ will have a go soon. We have varieties of tomatoes ready to plant and some dwarf cherry tomato plants, suitable for growing in patio pots without the need for canes, for children to take home. Later this month we have some trouser legs to plant up for summer colour, sunflowers (including a large fluffy variety called Teddy Bear) and varieties of colourful and weird courgettes.

Annual Ball PosterTickets for this year’s VIVA Las Vegas Black Tie annual ball being held at the Northampton Radisson Park Hotel, with the winner of the European Elvis Tribute Award Simon Patrick are on sale, the evening will also include the fantastic DJs from Inspiration FM whom have supported the charity for many years now, playing tracks from 70s 80s and 90s, so do not forget your dancing or blue suede shoes! The event will also see the lovely dancers known as 2-2! So get your tickets now, they are available through at £45 for an individual or £400 for a table of 10, group booking.

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of our new Trustee, Fred Williams. Fred who lives in Earls Barton with his lovely wife Wendy with their 2 children brings many years of corporate management experience and knowledge to the charity board, on behalf of the charity welcome!

The charity is currently recruiting for a volunteer to take up the position of Grants Officer, to help support the charity’s families. The volunteer role is for someone to help source funding available for the charity events/projects as well as signposting charity families to grants and benefits available to them. Founder, Janet Walker-Smith said: “Families quite often approach us for advice with funding for aids in the home to help support their poorly children and there are pots of money available for families to apply for and a grants officer could help with, this is where we can help most by having the knowledge for our families.” Please contact the office on 01604 811025 or email for more information about the role.

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