SW19 WI fundraised for Katie’s Lymphoedema Fund
The SW19 WI held craft fairs and raffles to raise funds for us in 2017 and 2018, raising £3,500 to date. The group marked Lymphoedema Awareness Week in 2018 by wearing odd socks!
Thank you to Jackie and all who supported.
Our first legacy from a remarkable lady (£20,000)
Dorothy Rose Norman 1922-2015
Dorothy Rose Norman suffered from Lymphoedema during her life and was one of our great supporters. She was also a very keen gardener at both of her homes in London and Hove. Before she died she wanted to support our garden plans for Katie’s Garden at RHS Hampton Court and donated the funds for the planting of the garden. She has also left Katie’s Lymphoedema Fund £20,000 in her Will.
Beside our centrally planned events, we have some wonderful supporters who ‘do their own thing’! See some details below.
Susan Hindmarch and her friends devised “Katie’s Books”. Fundraisers were asked to take a book and raise £60 by donations of £10, £5 or £1. Donors were asked to sign the book as a record of their support. These books have raised an astonishing £6,600!
Eve Perry’s Stall for Katie’s Fund
(St James’ School for Girls, Christmas Market 2009) “When I heard about Katie’s Fund and its amazing work I really wanted to find a way to help.
I had seen the beautiful Christmas cards that Pat Wohlrab designs every year and thought that it would be a good idea to sell them at my school’s Christmas Market.
I was the first child to apply for a stall at the fair (I’m 13) and mine was the only charity stall. The organisers wanted to know what I would be selling because they hire the stalls to lots of different people and didn’t want me to sell the same things as the others. I thought that they would be more likely to give me the stall if, as well as having the lovely cards, I had made some things myself, so I told them that I would have ‘home-made crafts’ too and they agreed to let me have a stall.
I asked my Mum and Granny if they would help me make some cute cat-shaped lavender bags based on a pattern in a friend’s book. Lots of people are keen on cats and I thought that if I used recycled fabric, I could sell the cats at a price that children as well as adults could afford. We started to make them a month before the fair. I made a list of everything I needed for the stall and made price labels the weekend before, so that I was sure not to have forgotten anything.
I set the stall up carefully so that visitors could see all the card designs, as well as the cats and the other lovely Italian lavender bags that Pat gave us to sell. I put leaflets about the Fund everywhere so that everyone understood what the stall was for. Lots of my friends helped on the stall and I made sure that they had read the leaflet about the Fund first.
It was really busy! We sold lots of cards and Italian lavender bags. The cats all went within the first hour. Another time I would have definitely made more.
It was a great privilege to be trusted to represent Katie’s Fund.
We raised £300 and hope that we have managed to help the Fund a little. It was great fun too! I would definitely do it again. If other children wanted to do something similar I think it would be a great!”
Danbury Bell Ringers
Two events in 2010 and 2011 raised a total of £500 (£200 and £300 respectively) so we are most grateful to The Danbury Bell Ringers for choosing us as the beneficiary for their fundraising!! They practice and perform the ringing of church bells, both tower and occasionally hand bells.
Thorndon Park Golf Club, Essex
A big thanks to a new fundraiser in 2009 – Carole Bradford, Lady Captain of Thorndon Park Golf Club in Essex. She and her ladies have raised an amazing £986 at three events: the Ladies’ Spring Meeting, the Ladies’ Open Meeting and a bridge afternoon with tea.
Will Greenwood’s Testimonial Year
Will Greenwood, England Rugby World Cup Winner and Sky Sports presenter, graced our luncheon in 2008 and very kindly presented our raffle prizes. Since then, Will has donated £4,000 from his Testimonial Year, which ran throughout 2007. The year was a big success with events ranging from a Boogie Wonderland ball, Rugby World Cup dinners, celebrity golf and celebrity cricket days and business breakfasts hosted by Sir Clive Woodward and Alastair Campbell. Will’s three main beneficiary charities were: Tommy’s Baby Charity, the PRA Benevolent Fund and Macmillan Cancer Support.
A star in every way – a big thank you to Will. www.willgreenwood.co.uk
Will Hindmarch Best of the Best
Thanks very much to another William – Hindmarch for a wonderful donation of £2000 in November 2008 from his company www.bestofthebest.co.uk.
A large well-known accounting firm became our first generous corporate sponsor beginning with a donation of £600 and then £3,500 to fund The Royal Marsden National Study Day on Lymphoedema which took place on Monday, 16th July 2007, furthering the knowledge of using Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) in the treatment of lymphoedema. At the event, Pat Wohlrab made a presentation on the work of Katie’s Lymphoedema Fund to 80 participants ranging from nurses to therapists and physiotherapists, from hospitals all over the UK. Interestingly we learned that lymphoedema can also occur in non-cancer patients. The day included a debate titled: “In today’s NHS, should manual lymphatic drainage be available to all patients with lymphoedema?” Other aspects of lymphoedema management were discussed.
Donations In Kind
A big THANK YOU to ALL.
An enormous thank you goes to Mike Fish, Shoal Computer Solutions who has dedicated a significant amount of time and thought to designing and delivering this wonderful website!
Raffle prize organisers and donors
From the very first lunch we have had some incredibly generous donors. In particular, Anya Hindmarch, who was a very good friend of Katie’s and she has supported the Fund with a fantastic handbag at every lunch to date! Maria Grachvogel has also been a great supporter with beautiful clothes and this year an internship for our Silent Auction! See the links page to see some of our other donors.
Particular mention must go to Soren and Fru Tholstrup who have been instrumental in coordinating raffle prizes for the lunch for many years. The quality of prizes is extraordinary!
Since 2009, our lunch tables have been beautifully decorated with flowers from The Tropical Plant Company of Columbia Road, at a greatly reduced price. At the lunches, we provide envelopes on the tables for guests to buy the flowers and take them home so we benefit from low prices AND from donations. Keeley who owns the company also donates a large plant for our raffle each year!
Fiona Spooner coordinated the table flowers in 2008, which were very kindly arranged and donated by Adam Garrett of Devine Flowers, Cookham.
In 2006 and 2007, Fiona Cartwright not only arranged the flowers but donated them as well!
Sterling Press, www.sterlingsolutions.co.uk, has given us great rates for the last two years for formatting and printing our newsletter. They even posted them out for free in 2007!
From stationery to printing to postage – Maziak Compressor Services Ltd – www.maziak.co.uk have been generous supporters for many years. For the last three years they have paid for the printing and posting of our newsletters at a cost of around £500 per year.