We are delighted that our local B&Q Roneo Corner centre are fundraising for us throughout the Christmas period into the New Year!
The team kicked off with an '80s weekend' - as you can see from these fantastic photos - and they are already planning to do another 80s day later in 2017!
The team dressed up in their finest 80s outfits, played some classic 80s party tunes and faised funds to help children diagnosed with cancer and their families over the holiday period.
Roneo Corner, Hornchurch Rd, Hornchurch RM11 1PY
Thank you to East Edna, Romford Dance Studio, RUSS Club, Romford Fish Bar all our Lennox volunteers and most importantly, to everyone who came along and joined in to make it an afternoon of family fun!
Four year old Harrison was diagnosed with leukaemia just one day before his third birthday.
In December, Lennox funded the purchase of a rain cover and foot muff for Harrison’s pushchair and this summer the whole family spent a week of respite in the sunshine at our newly refurbished lodge.
Harrison has two siblings, Finlay and Libby, aged 11 and 12, who wanted to find a special way to say thank you.
In September, they battled through the muddy obstacle course of the Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder to raise over £150 in sponsors from friends and family.
Mum, Nikki Shaw, said “Libby and Finlay are going through a tough time seeing their brother being treated for leukaemia. I am really proud of them all.”
Thank you to Finlay and Libby for completing their challenge to help other children battling cancer.
David Mole, from Westwoodside in Doncaster, has a massive phobia of heights, so choosing to take on a bungee jump was not an easy decision! He visited the UK Bungee website where he found Lennox on the list of affiliated charities. David said "I thought it was an excellent cause providing families who are going through such a tough time a happy release from their situation".
David's phobia has prevented him from doing anything like this in the past so it was important to him that his challenge made a difference to someone else's life.
David said "Having researched my chosen charity and being a daddy myself, I cant describe the feelings reading what this charity achieves and the good it does to children's lives who are unfortunate to be living with cancer at such a young age."
Friends and family helped David to raise £450 through his JustGiving page, which he promoted through endless posts on social media. He also used his page to invite his sponsors along to have a laugh and see him face his fear by jumping off a platform at 160 feet above the ground.
David is now trying to find the courage to sign up for a skydive. He said "I thought that if I started small I could build up to the bigger height of jumping out of a plane. But according to people who have done both, they say the bungee is worse because you fall from a shorter distance... So on that note I'm really looking forward to the skydive!"
David is very proud of his achievement and we are all very thankful to him for his bravery. The funds he has raised will help us to give two families some wonderful memories on a Respite Break.
Lloyd Warbey is the presenter of the much-loved children's show Art Attack, which is currently shown on Disney and Disney Junior. He has always had a passion for performing and creativity so he is delighted to be able to inspire a new generation of children to think imaginatively and get creative.
Lloyd is from Romford in Essex, where our head office is based, so he knows the area well and is a huge supporter of the work we do. When we approached Lloyd to become an ambassador, he didn't need much convincing and hopped on board immediately!
He said " I am delighted to become an ambassador for Lennox, and I want to help raise the charity's profile as much as I can."
Lloyd is hoping to help by running Art Workshops in his free time and we cannot thank him enough for his enthusiasm and support.
He said "This is an incredible charity that has been going for over 20 years, bringing families together so that they can support each other and make sure that cancer doesn't stop children from being children!"
UK Railtours and their passengers spent four months raising funds through charity raffles after Phil Bicknell and John Farrow chose us as their charity beneficiary.
Natalie Thurlow was invited to Phil’s house in May to collect the cheque for an overwhelming £10,000!
Natalie said “I was singing at a gig, like normal, when my lovely friend Penny came up to me and said “Just so you know, I have put Lennox forward to my husband’s company, UK Railtours, as the next charity to receive £10,000!”. As I picked myself up from the floor, I asked a little more about this wonderful company!”
UK Railtours have run special excursion trains for day trips and land cruises throughout England, Wales and Scotland for over thirty years and have always run charity raffles. Their passengers, who have a history of being very generous, regularly raise £10,000 over a relatively short period of time!
This donation from UK Railtours will make a huge difference to our current appeal for funds to refurbish the family room at Queens Hospital in Romford.
Thank you very much to John Farrow & Phil Bicknell, everyone at UK Railtours and all the wonderful passengers that helped raise this fantastic amount of money.
The charity’s beautiful New Forest lodge has been providing holiday memories for more than 18 years. In that time, over 800 children with cancer have enjoyed family respite holidays at the lodge, usually during, or shortly after their treatment.
This year, the three bedroom lodge underwent a major refurbishment costing more than £19,000.
The refurbishment will make sure that the lodge continues to be a home from home for families who need a short break away from doctors, hospitals and treatment.
It is in high demand all year through, and the difference a respite break can make during the emotional rollercoaster of childhood cancer is simply immeasurable.
The £19k refurb included new double glazed windows and doors throughout, a new bathroom suite with re-tiling, a freshly painted kitchen with new oven, new sink and taps, new utensils and white goods, and most excitingly, a new dishwasher!
There are new mattresses and bedding in the bedrooms, while the lounge features new wooden furniture as well as a new three-seater sofa and a sofa bed.
Pete Lacey and Steve Farthing have been fundraising for Lennox since last Summer, and now have many successful events under their belts!
Their Mad Chat fundraising page on JustGiving has raised £6,274 - more than double their initial target! This has been achieved through a variety of events and fundraising activities, including two charity gigs, auctions, raffles, generous donations, matched giving from Barclay's Bank, ticket tales and cake/merchandise sales.
Pete and Steve's latest fundraising venture was a Mad Chat charity gig featuring the fantastic ska band 'Acoustic Skadom'! Natalie Thurlow popped along to represent the charity at The Dublin Castle Pub in Camden, and found herself saving the day after the sound guy didn't turn up. We later found our that he had been admitted to hospital after being knocked unconscious by a speaker! He was in no fit state to help out but thankfully he is okay now! Despite the initial hiccup, everyone had a great time and the event raised over £1,022!
Thank you so much to Pete Lacey, Steve Farthing and all at Mad Chat for raising such an amazing amount of money!
We've had an eggcelent time this Easter with more than 2,400 eggs being donated. That's no eggsaggeration! We were shell shocked by the generosity of the public and we've scrambled to get all the eggs delivered by the Easter Sunday deadline.
60 eggs were donated by H&T Pawn Brokers in Barking and delivered to Tropical Bay and Tropical Lagoon Children's Wards at Queen's Hospital. 100 eggs were collected by the students of Robert Clack School of Science and given to the children's ward at Basildon Hospital. Sue Packham and the staff at Wurth UK collected over 100 eggs which were split between Queen's Hospital and King George's Hospital. HMV in Birmingham collected 70 eggs and delivered them for us to Birmingham Children's Hospital! Plus 2,000 eggs were collected by CitySprint in Norwich, and delivered to Addenbrooke's Hospital, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Guys and St. Thomas Hospital, Queen's Hospital, King George's Hospital, Alderhey Children's Hospital, The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital and Evelina London Children's Hospital.
Not only did we bombard hospitals with Eggstreme chocolaty goodness, we also hatched a plan to surprise children at home by posting 80 eggs, that were donated to us by Time 107.5 FM!
Thank you to Sue Packham and everyone at Wurth UK, Time 107.5 FM and their listeners, HMV in Birmingham, CitySprint in Norwich, H&T Pawn Brokers in Barking and Robert Clack School of Science.
We hope everyone had an eggsplosive Easter! Needless to say, our brains are fried!
When CitySprint Couriers in Norwich heard about our Easter egg appeal for children in hospitals, they jumped straight into action and collected more than 200 eggs from their staff, customers, friends and families!
Unexpectedly, their CitySprint office was broken into and 150 of the chocolate eggs were stolen. CCTV footage from the break-in, which happened just one week before Easter, was given to police and an arrest was made.
As news of the theft spread, Easter egg donations started flooding in from kind-hearted members of the public, including many children who chose to give their own Easter eggs away. An astounding 2,000 eggs were collected in less than one week, plus donations totalling £93.50! Quite the egg-straordinary outcome!
Jim Jackson from CitySprint said "We have been delighted and overwhelmed by the support of all those that have donating eggs; we now have an astounding 2000 eggs at our Norfolk service centre alone. The eggs have been collected as part of an initiative across 40 CitySprint service centres nationwide which aims to share a 'mountain' of eggs to local charities this Easter. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that donated, as well as the teams in our service centres, whose dedication has ensured that CitySprint is set to deliver happiness to those most in need this weekend."
Getting 2,000 eggs delivered to hospitals up and down the country in time for Easter Sunday was a mammouth task, but we achieved it with the help of CitySprint's courier team, who delivered the Easter eggs for us, to Addenbrooke's Hospital, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Guys and St. Thomas Hospital, Queen's Hospital, King George's Hospital, Alderhey Children's Hospital, The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital and Evelina London Children's Hospital.
THANK YOU to everyone who generously donated Easter eggs or money, and especially to those at CitySprint in Norwich, who went above and beyond the call of duty!