Harry Smith was the younger brother of Thomas, after whom Thomas’s Fund was named, and a great ambassador for the charity. He died, aged 12, after a lifelong battle with the same neuro-degenerative condition, in December 2010.
Tim and Lucy decided to launch this special page in Harry’s honour, a place where special donors, fundraisers and contributors to Thomas’s Fund can be celebrated, along with their contributions, and even pictures. (Many donations have been made since December in Harry’s memory, which are greatly appreciated.)
Harry’s Hall of Heroes
Harry’s Hall of HeroesThomas’s Fund is very lucky to count many special, dedicated supporters who repeatedly help us. They have now been placed in Harry’s Hall of Heroes.
Jacob was sponsored to dress like this for a whole day at school!
Rowan Gate Primary School
The school gave a donation from a collection at its Nativity at Christmas
Taylor ran the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for Thomas’s Fund
31st Boys’ Brigade, Northampton
Why not join them on Friday evenings in term time at Queensgrove Methodist Church, Kettering Road, Northampton and contact them here
Earl Spencer and Andrew Collins
Jonny Gunthorpe, Damian Thantry and John Bowman
Tom & Matt Redmond, Sophie Baylis and Andy Dickson
Lynsey Jones and Karen Knipe
David and Jean Bees
U R Actors
With nine others, mostly Rotarians, Peter climbed Kilimanjaro in January 2011 to raise money for End Polio Now and for local charities. Peter’s personal choice was Thomas’s Fund. Peter got within 500ft of the main ridge (18,000-18,500 ft). You can donate at JustGiving
Gemma and Ros Wakefield
Tom and Betty Hall
Over the course of a year, they raised £300 for Thomas’s Fund. If you would like to join the Waendel Walkers Club, meet new people, improve your fitness and enjoy the countryside in all seasons and weather, and you are over 16, they are a great group of people so visit their website to find out more. The Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Thanks to the Walkers, too, for our photocopier!
An amazing and resilient young man who has raised £700 for Thomas’s Fund, Alfe was diagnosed at the age of five with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in his abdomen. After eight months of chemotherapy he went into remission. During his treatment a Thomas’s Fund therapist visited Alfe once a week at home and this visit really helped Alfe to deal with his feelings and have some control in his life by banging a cymbal or making up songs. Alfe wanted to help other children who were going through a similar experience to his own and after spending Christmas 2009 in hospital due to complications, he decided to design and sell Christmas cards to raise money to buy gifts for children who would be spending Christmas in hospital. After the success of the cards Alfe had lots more fundraising ideas and so his family – mum Karen, dad Darren and sister Sophie – set up Alfe’s Cause to raise funds for Northamptonshire children’s charities that had supported Alfe during his illness. During 2011 they raised money by holding a children’s disco, volunteering at Hollowell Steam Rally and hosting a Gala show. For 2012 they are focusing on a ‘Celebrating Siblings’ project where children and their brothers and sisters can come together and share creative experiences with the aim to decrease social isolation that is associated with childhood illness/disability.
France and John Maksinski
Frances and John raised £425 by organising, running and performing at the Manor Farm Music Festival at Ardley. Everybody had a great day.