Previously funded welfare projects

Since we were founded in 1988, we have supported a wide variety of projects providing support and care for children with cancer and their families.

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Paul O'Gorman Lifeline

John Smithies 01 October 2012
Since 1996, we have worked with a charity called Paul O’Gorman Lifeline, contributing over £9 million to help fund their life-saving work.
Since 1996, we have worked with a charity called Paul O’Gorman Lifeline, contributing over £9 million to help fund their life-saving work.

The Paul O'Gorman Lifeline helps to provide treatment for children from eastern Europe and central Asia with life-threatening illnesses. Expensive treatments Treatments for cancer are expensive and many poorer countries simply do not have the means to provide them.Three quarters of children diagnosed with cancer in the UK and other affluent countries now survive. Tragically, the outlook for children in less affluent countries is still very bleak.

Treatments for cancer are expensive and many poorer coun...
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The Amazing Great Children's Party

John Smithies 31 July 2010
Batman and Robin with children
July 2010 marked the 23rd anniversary of our amazing great day of fun for thousands of disabled, disadvantaged, leukaemic and seriously ill children.

We entertained around 6,000 deserving children – children whose lives are not the expected carefree ones of childhood because of some disability or a life-threatening illness, or perhaps a difficult or unhappy home

With the help and support of many volunteers and sponsors, we provided all the expected party fun – marvellous magicians, fantastic face-painters, fabulous food, rollicking rides and a star-studded stage show.

View photos from our Amazing Great Children's Parties

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Great Ormond Street Hospital redevelopment

John Smithies 01 August 2008
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
We have worked London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital to support two major capital projects: the Paul O’Gorman Patient Hotel and the redevelopment of their oncology and haematology facilities.

The team treats one in 10 of the children diagnosed with cancer in the UK.
Paul O’Gorman Patient Hotel Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we contributed £2 million to develop the Paul O’Gorman Patient Hotel in 2003 / 2004.

The Hospital has placed a growing emphasis on the development of its day care services so that children don’t need to be admitted unnecessarily. This has great benefits for children being treated for cancer.

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The Variety Club Children’s Nurses

John Smithies 01 January 2007
Child in hospital with medical staff
From 2004 to 2007, we made an annual grant of £60,000 towards the Variety Club’s innovative Paediatric Nursing Award scheme.

Through this scheme the Variety Club provides vital training grants for nurses working with children in the UK, covering travel and accommodation costs as well as course fees.

This enables nurses to undertake vital training that they would otherwise be unable to afford.

In this way the Variety Club helps nurses improve their skills in specialist areas and, as a result, have a direct impact on the standard of healthcare for children in the UK.

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Sussex Snowdrop Trust

John Smithies 01 January 2005
Joshua Whitesman
In 2005, we donated £20,000 to The Sussex Snowdrop Trust to support their work in caring for children with leukaemia.

Sussex Snowdrop Trust provide 'Care at Home' for local children who have a life-threatening illness or who may be terminally ill.

Based in the Chichester area of West Sussex, The Sussex Snowdrop Trust provides:
Care at Home by Children's Community Nurses and Nurse Support Workers Emotional support which is met by Snowdrop Counsellors Financial help for families coping with the day-to-day problems of caring for a very sick child.
The Trust funds two Community Paediatric Nurses and a Nursing Assistant who work close...
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St Oswald’s Hospice

John Smithies 15 January 2002
St Oswalds Hospice
In 2002, we donated £20,000 to help St Oswald's Hospice in Newcastle provide respite care for children with progressive, life shortening conditions.

St Oswald’s Hospice offers respite care in a purpose-built unit for children and young adults with progressive, life shortening conditions such as childhood cancer. It offers families the opportunity to spend time in a supportive and fun environment.

The facility provides accommodation for up to six children and young adults and their families at any one time. On average, fifty children and young adults are able to benefit from these services every month.

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Young Oncology Unit, Christie Hospital, Manchester

John Smithies 01 January 1998
A teenager with cancer in hospital
In 1998 we contributed £250,000 to The Christie Hospital in Manchester. This donation helped the hospital to develop new facilities for teenagers to receive treatment in an age-appropriate environment.

Teenagers with cancer have different needs to child or adult patient. In most hospitals, teenagers are treated either on a children’s or an adult ward.

The teenage years are a particularly difficult time to be hospitalised for an illness such as leukaemia.

Hospitalisation removes the young adult from their friends and peers at a critical time in their social development. It is easy for them to feel isolated and left behind.
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