A HUGE THANK YOU

We have been so fortunate to have received a grant from DWF Foundation to allow us to expand our Art and Craft bags project to Nottingham Children's Hospital, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham.  This funding meant that we were able to launch our support of this paediatric oncology unit earlier than expected. What a boost in these unprecedented...
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Bags and bags of Bags!

We were absolutely delighted to get back into the office, post lockdown and immediately got in touch with the wards that we have long term relationships with, but also some brand new paediatric oncology wards, to see if they'd like our bags. We reached out to 6 units and it was a resounding YES, PLEASE! from all of them!  So back in August, we...
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Looking back, moving forward

It has been just over three years since we started Fletcher's Fund and so much has happened since then. Time has just flown by. Our charity might be small, but we've got a big heart and although we can get overlooked in favour of larger charities, we are so lucky to have the support from our followers and those who have made donations. Each and eve...
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Gamechangers - The Kindness of Strangers

Fletcher's Fund may only be a small childhood cancer charity, but WOW – what a massive week we've had. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was going about my business, juggling the whirlwind that is parenting small children alongside running a charity, when I received the email. Out of the blue Steve Bland got in touch to say that he had been told about ...
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Look where we get to?

As some of you will know, we don't just work with children's oncology wards in the North of England and Scotland but also issue grants to families whose seriously ill children need a treat. Or, at least, we did give grants until COVID-19 put a brake on our finances and we hit the pause button. I am really keen to get back to making grant payments a...
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Coronavirus update and background

COVID-19 is proving to be a huge challenge for us all, and initially we decided to carry on making Fletcher's Fund grants and to switch to BACS payment facilities to ensure that all the families involved were protected. This, we thought at the time, was the best course of action. We were inundated with requests, which was fantastic and we are so pl...
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Scotland – here we come

In March 2020, Fletcher's Fund achieved registered charity status in Scotland – we're number SC049970. This has taken a lot of work and form filling* but it's been worth it. There are three units in Scotland - in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow – that we'd love to be working with very soon. And there are lots of Scottish families going through toug...
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Matilda's story

For February's blog, we decided to invite a family that we have supported to share their thoughts and feelings about how we help and what we do. Handing over to Rebecca, mum to Matilda. "Matilda was 5 years and 3 months when she diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in April 2017. She's now 8. Her siblings are Genevieve who is now 9, Te...
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50 pence challenge!

​We're looking to join forces with schools, nurseries or other settings to get involved in our 50p challenge! How will it work? Fletcher's Fund will give a class of average size (30/31 pupils) 50p each - so £15 per class - and we will challenge the class to use that money to fundraise for us. How much can they grow the 50p to? £1, £2, £5 - even mor...
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Come and join us! Be part of Team Fletcher

​Wow! I haven't blogged for a while. First up on the old New Year resolution list - BLOG more!  So I'm back at it after a short maternity leave. Archer is now 4 months old, and I went back to work after 8 weeks. I wanted to, as much as anything else. So I'm back to juggling work and the baby. All good fun, and I wouldn't want it any other way!...
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A huge September to end a busy summer

Wow! September already. This year is flying! We have had a really busy summer, with lots of supporters getting up and out to do their own fundraising and awareness raising, which has been amazing. From triple ironman challenges to sponsored steps and quizzes and soul nights, there really has being a whole variety of things happening that have been ...
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What's occurring?

 When we were creating this new website, the developer told me how important blogging was and encouraged me to keep up with it regularly. I promised him I would, so I think I owe Chris an apology! After a stern telling off at a couple of networking events we've seen each other at, I'm finally sitting down to do this!  A lot has being...
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A moment of reflection

Photo credit: the supremely talented, mad as a box of frog, joy of a human being Julie Winspear Photography
Earlier this week I travelled down to south Cumbria for a meeting. I sat there, telling the company about Fletcher, his story and then about how and why the Fund was created. I then moved on to telling them what we've achieved in the 2 years we've being doing this. And for a moment, I was astounded. Life happens so quickly, the charity is constantl...
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Why did we create a charity?

​Fletcher was a much loved and wanted first child. For a short nine months, we had a wonderfully normal family life, a life of sleepless nights, celebrating the milestones and learning to be parents. Then he got sick. Our life changed again from learning to be parents to learning to be parents of a seriously poorly child. We became cancer parents a...
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Ways for businesses to get involved

​Fletcher's Fund is a small charity. We often get overlooked by businesses when it comes to choosing charities to sponsor as we don't have the high profile of some of the nationals. That is fine, our time will come, and we will be up there with the more well-known charities one day – and there are always companies with a focus on local causes so we...
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Bags into Manchester

​We were delighted to donate 45 arts and craft bags to Ward 84 of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in January 2019. This means we are now supplying bags for children in paediatric oncology wards in Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds.
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Vroom vroom – we’ve got a van!

​In September 2018 we took delivery of a VW Transporter, kindly supplied free of charge by a lease hire company. It was incredibly generous of them and we'd usually be shouting their name from the rooftops to thank them but they asked to remain anonymous.The van means that we can transport the bags to the units easily as well as having a great vehi...
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