Thank you to Colin Burford of Hornchurch Football Club for raising funds at a charity event on Friday 21st February 2020.
Colin did two of our 50:50 Competitions, a Ten Day Challenge and auctioned some signed books at the event.
Colin also took a picture of himself with Ray Parlour and Alan Brazil with one of our skydive posters.
For every family affected, the journey through cancer treatment after diagnosis is a long and difficult one, and your child ringing the bell at the end of that treatment is a huge milestone. However, contrary to popular understanding, it is far from the end.
Described somewhat ironically as “a gift that keeps on giving”, cancer brings with it an in-built fear of its return, and with some types of cancer that return carries a particularly high mortality rate.
Neuroblastoma is one of these types of cancer. It is the second most common form of solid tumour found in children, affecting approximately 100 children a year in the UK. However, neuroblastoma also has one of the lowest survival rates – statistically only two thirds of patients will survive to five years after their initial diagnosis. Survival rates for children diagnosed before their first birthday can be as high as 83%, but for those between 1-4years of age this drops dramatically to just 43%.
Relapse rates for high-risk neuroblastoma are estimated at 50-60%, and are most likely to occur within two years of the end of treatment.
These reasons, amongst others, are why so many families are seeking new ways to reduce the chances of a relapse in their child.
Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund has, for 27 years, been proud to support a number of children receiving treatment for a variety of types of cancer, and in the last few months we have been involved with supporting Harry and Lulu who have both been receiving treatment for neuroblastoma.
Both families have been desperately searching for an answer to prevent the return of their child’s cancer, and were offered the opportunity to apply for a medical trial at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Doctors at the centre are trialling a vaccine known as “Bivalent” which is designed to teach the body’s immune system to spot and attack cancerous cells. The hope is that this will, in turn, stop the growth of cancers and destroy any cancerous cells which may still remain in the body after treatment, thus preventing a relapse.
Sadly this trial is not available to everyone – your child has to fit a strict set of criteria, but even more challenging is raising the £200,000 required to pay for the treatment itself, and the travel to and from the United States. This is a huge challenge for these families, matched only by the desperation to do the best possible thing for their child.
We are delighted to hear that Harry is currently mid-way through his course of the Bivalent treatment, and Lulu has flown out to America in the past few weeks to begin her treatment too.
Whilst as a small charity we cannot fund their treatment wholly, we have been able to make a difference to Harry, Lulu and their families with direct financial support as well as encouraging our supporters to donate to their fundraising appeals to help them achieve their goal of reaching this potentially life-changing treatment.
We hope that, going forward, this vaccine is a huge success and becomes more widely available to children who really need it to secure a cancer-free future.
We couldn’t have asked for a better response to our third annual Superhero Fun Run which took place on Sunday 19th May 2019!
189 runners took on the 5k route around Raphael Park in Romford – more than both previous years! The weather stayed dry and Raphael Park was absolutely buzzing with runners, supporters and families enjoying a great day out together. The youngest entrant was just four and a half months old, whilst the most senior runner was a fantastic 74 years old - it really was a day for the whole family to enjoy!
In addition to the run, there were bouncy castles, basketball, football and nerf shoot-outs, an inflatable assault course, soft play for toddlers, a giant inflatable slide, sumo wrestling and face painting - all of which were free for superhero runners under 13, plus hot and cold food and drink vans, a slushie stall, go karts, tin-can alley and hook the duck!
“We just didn’t expect so many people to turn up on the day! 189 runners took part in the fun run itself, and so many more people just came along to enjoy the fun day and the atmosphere. We think we had more than 400 people there, all having a great time!”
Runners were joined by our mascot, Lenny the Lion, for the first part of the race and the brand new Mayor of Havering, Michael Deon Burton, was the special guest of the day. He helped to spur on the runners before the race began, and stayed to hand out medals at the finish line, as well as posing for many photos with the public!
We also had lots of support from the local community. 26 volunteers gave up their time to ensure everyone’s safety during the run and throughout the day, Steve Henderson from Henderson Perry Entertainment volunteered his services as DJ for the whole day, Millennium Cash and Carry donated bottled water for the runners, Havering Council gave advice and advertising support, Trophyland in Hornchurch donated finishers’ medals, Carly Faiers got the runners going with a warm up routine and items in the goody bags were donated by Rascal Confectionery, Tesco at Gallows Corner, Asda in Romford, Steve Weller and Helen Nye. Thank you to every one of you!
“We’re so grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of this event, but none more so than those who donated items or services and the volunteers who gave up their Sunday to help out”.
It is important to remember that the purpose of this event was to raise funds for us to continue making a positive difference to the lives of children with cancer and their families. The superhero fun runners raised more than £2,000 in sponsorship alone, and overall the whole day has raised over £5,000 so far with sponsorship money still coming in!
This is Oscar, and his brother and sister. Their mum and dad sent us a lovely message after they returned from their Respite Break at our holiday caravan in the New Forest.
Unfortunately their break started a little late and ended a little earlier than planned due to Oscar's health, but that is the whole point of a Lennox break - total flexibility at no cost to the family.
This is what they had to say -
"The caravan was just so so beautiful! You have made it so nice with all the little homely extras like the nice mugs and plaque on wall. Was just perfect. The children loved the pool and entertainment.
"Oscar is the one that is the biggest fan of the characters, and the entertainment team were great and got someone to dress as the pony before we left as he was the one Oscar desperately wanted to see, so he left happier.
"It brought back some memories for me also of my lovely dad and mum and my childhood holidays and to be able to share those with my children.
"I am so so grateful for the time we managed to have."
We would like to pay tribute to Bob Woodward LLD, OBE, who sadly passed away on Sunday at the age of 85.
Bob revolutionised children's cancer treatment when he founded CLIC (Cancer & Leukaemia in Children) in 1976 after personally witnessing the struggles of parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer - Bob's son Robert had been diagnosed in 1974, and sadly passed away in 1977.
Bob set up CLIC cottage, the first in-hospital accommodation, enabling families to stay with their sick children while they underwent treatment. The charity developed new research and treatments, as well as spending money, energy, and time working to improve the future for children affected by cancer.
We have been fortunate to work very closely with CLIC Sargent for many years, especially with their hospital-based support and social workers who do a truly fantastic job.
Since Bob first started CLIC, survival rates for childhood cancers have increased from just 3 in 10 to around 8 in 10 now.
In 2005, CLIC merged with Sargent Cancer Care for Children to form CLIC Sargent, undoubtedly the leading charity in the field of supporting children with cancer and their families.
During his lifetime, Bob raised over £100million for charity and deservedly received a Pride of Britain award, an honorary degree from the University of Bristol and an OBE from the Queen.
Our condolences go to Bob's family and friends. Thank you, Bob.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who donated a gift towards our Christmas Toy Appeal this year! Your generosity has helped to make Christmas extra special for families of children with cancer, and your gifts are now on their way to put smiles on faces all over the UK.
We are delighted to have already visited both Queens Hospital, Southend Hospital and Basildon Hospital, and we will soon be visiting Birmingham Hospital and Chorley Hospital with gifts for their children's oncology wards.
We hope these toys, games and books put smiles on lots of faces this Christmas!
Our special thanks for collecting and donating gifts for the appeal go to:
We would also like to thank our delivery elves for taking gifts to children in hospital for us:
We were delighted to be invited to attend the People of the Green & Friends Christmas Concert at St Michael and All Angels Church in Roxwell on Friday 7th December.
It truly was a wonderful evening of music, all performed to a live orchestra. It was a pleasure listening to the choir sing a variety of songs from Christmas classics to carols, and a few non-Christmas specialities too.
Thank you to Richard Langstone and everyone involved for allowing us to speak to the audience about Lennox and spread our message, and thank you also for supporting Lennox by raising funds for us across the two nights' performances.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. Thank You.
If you've seen our recent video promoting our Name the Christmas Elf Competition, you'll have seen beautiful little April-Leigh Bird.
Sadly, since we visited April two weeks ago, mum Cherise has just been given the devastating news that April now has only two to three months to live.
We are very sad to hear this news, but you can still help us to make a difference to April and her family this Christmas. A number of charities are running an appeal to get April as many Christmas cards as possible to show her that she is truly special. If you would like to send April a card, you can send them to our office and we will pass them all on.
Cherise has also said that if anyone is thinking of sending a small Christmas gift, April absolutely loves LOL Dolls. If you would like to send her one (they don't mind doubles!) you can also send them to us and we will deliver them on your behalf. She has asked just for the dolls please, and no clothing or bedding.
If you would like to make a donation, please send them to us at:
Lennox Children's Cancer Fund
1-3 Western Road
At some point soon, Cherise will also be launching a GoFundMe page to help give April the most fantastic send-off. When we know more details, we will post them here for anyone who may like to make a donation. Thank You!