With the establishment of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, this is set to continue on a permanent basis.
Since our foundation we have helped many children from all walks of life. Donations have gone to:
The Jessie May Trust
This was established in by Chris and Philippa Purrington after the death of their baby daughter, Jessie May. It provides nursing care at home for children who have a terminal illness and are not expected to live beyond the age of 19.
Many of the children cared for by the trust have extremely severe physical and learning disabilities, needing specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This can place a huge strain on the family, quite apart from coming to terms with the reality that your child is not expected to reach adulthood.
The charity is 'forgotten', it receives no statutory funding at all and relies entirely on voluntary contributions, obtained through grant making trusts, private sector and the community.
Forgotten Children is donating £75,000 over three years to help maintain and develop the charity's services, in particular by increasing the number of qualified Jessie May nurses.
Every day, 10 families are told that their children have cancer. CLIC Sargent lends support to children with cancer and their families through every stage of the illness, from treatment to after-care.
Leukaemia Research is the only national research charity devoted exclusively to leukaemia, and the related blood disorders. They receive no government grants and depend entirely on voluntary donations. All donations go towards supporting doctors and scientists at hospitals and academic institutions throughout the country, which funds a wide range of projects, from basic laboratory research to clinical trials.
Leukaemia Research is the only charity in the UK dedicated exclusively to researching blood cancers and disorders including leukaemia, Hodkgin's and other lymphomas, and myeloma. 110,000 people of all ages are living with a blood cancer today. Leukaemia Research is committed to giving every one of them the best chance of survival.
500 children are diagnosed with leukaemia every year in the UK. Thanks to nearly 50 years of investment in the very best research, 8 out of 10 children now survive; previously only a few would have been cured. However we are still a long way off having a routine cure and treatments are harsh and can have dramatic long-term effects. The organisation wants to achieve so much more for patients of all ages, whatever blood cancer they have.
The Purley Youth Project
This is a charity of huge benefit to its local community, which organizes an after-school children's club in Purley, Surrey. For the majority of children who attend, the club provide vital respite from difficult home lives where trained volunteers pay attention to their problems and they can feel safe and relaxed. Furthermore, it provides respite for the parents of special needs children, who make up about half of the attendees.
The project is 'forgotten' as they receive no funding from the council, and rely on local volunteers to keep going. The 'Forgotten Children' grant has allowed them to purchase much needed art and sporting equipment, as well as subsidising trips away, once in a lifetime opportunities for the children, who would not otherwise have such experiences.
The Mitchemp Trust
Established in 1992 by two record-breaking Arctic climbers Major Richard Mitchell and David Hempleman- Adams, this fantastic organisation allows 400 vulnerable children each year to take part in summer residential events, helping to teach them to work together, take on new challenges and develop a greater sense of self-worth and confidence. They work in partnership with nomination agencies, to ensure that the children who would benefit most from the experience are identified. The Mitchemp Trust receives no government funding.
The Louise Willgrass Tsunami Fund
Forgotten Children made a one-off payment to the Louise Willgrass Tsunami Fund, set up in response to the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami on Boxing Day 2004. The Fund aims to help the many youngsters orphaned as a result of the tragedy.
Family Law Bursary
Forgotten Children are committed to supporting families who are separated, for whatever reason, with the result that the children have limited access to their father or mother. This is a highly complex legal area, with very few legal specialists focused on supporting those most affected. With this in mind, Forgotten Children plan to establish an annual bursary to fund case work to help resolve some of the increasing number of disputes in this area, where children are the innocent victims.