Big Charity Give Away


Over the years the Appeal has held a number of Big Charity Give Aways providing grants to charitable causes to continue their fantastic work across their communities.

It has always been important to the Appeal that money raised in a particular area is invested back into the region by supporting as many charitable organisations as possible.

The Appeal first held a Big Charity Give Away in 2010 which saw the Appeal award £100,000 to charities across Yorkshire.

Further giveaways then took place in 2014 and 2015, seeing a total of over £140,000 awarded to charitable groups from Yorkshire, Lancashire and Lincolnshire.

In 2015 the Appeal announced it had raised an amazing £7.6million. To celebrate this milestone, the Appeal set aside £100,000 for charities across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Lancashire to apply for a share of. But the Appeal was so overwhelmed by deserving applications that trustees eventually awarded just under £130,000.

Charities across Yorkshire, Lancashire and Lincolnshire - the regions where at that time, the Appeal's sister organisation Run For All staged its charity runs - were invited to apply for grants ranging from a couple of hundred pounds up to £15,000.

Among those who have received grants under the most recent Big Charity Giveaway were:

Breast Friends York - £1,540

The Lord Tavener's - £4,350

Friends of York Hospitals-£2,945.73

Calderdale Help in Bereavement Services - £4,755

Haworth Riding for the Disabled Group - £7,898



Sick Children's Trust-£9,267

Growing Works-£5,120

Hamara-Give A Gift Project- £12,410

Star Bereavement- £13,152

Cavendish Cancer Care-£15,000

Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust- £12,704

Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity-£500

North & West Yorkshire Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus-£500

Liz Johnson And Mike Tomlinson

CTI 2000-£500

Carer's Wakefield-£500

Bradford Disability Services-£500

Skipton Extended Learning For All-£500

Carer's Resources-£500

Blind Children UK-£500

Beamsley Project-£500

MPGN/DDD Support Group-£500

LS29 Special Needs Support Group-£500

Encephalitis Society-£500

Home Start-£5,000

Ilkley & District Good Neighbours-£500


Panathlon Foundation- £867.50

Twinkle House £3664.40

Legacy Rainbow Charity- £5,000

Child Action Northwest- £7098

KIDS Strut - £4,500

Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society - £1,500

Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning Community Interest Company - £1,500

Jubilee Christian Fellowship- £1,500

Anne Wells, Carers Resource who received £500 toward a residential trip for young carers said: "We are so grateful to you and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal trustees for including us in the successful charities - the trip will really make difference and will give them memories to keep forever."

Jill Boardman, Chief Executive of Twinkle House, said: "This is fantastic news as our current bed has given up today, we are ecstatic about this, thank you so much and to the Trustees of Jane's Appeal, this is wonderful."

 Ann Wyat And Sam Broderick

Zoe Bounds from York Breast Friends were granted £1,540 said: "We are so grateful for the funds that the Jane Tomlinson Appeal has awarded us. This means that we have secured funding with which to host lingerie evening twice yearly for York ladies who have had surgery following a breast cancer diagnosis. We can now meet the needs of these ladies by providing a range of quality post-surgery bras and other lingerie as with an expert fitting service."

Chris Farrell, Cavendish Cancer Care, of Sheffield said: "Everyone at Cavendish Cancer Care was over the moon to hear of the support from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal last month. Thanks to the Big Charity Giveaway we will be able to support over 40 more local children come to terms with how cancer has affected their family." 


Tracy Wilson, of the Foxdale Equine Assisted Learning Community Interest  in Oasby said of its £1,500 grant: "We will be using the money to fund some family sessions for families who have a new diagnosis of cancer in the family. Over the summer we are planning a summer picnic for families who are living with a child with long term palliative conditions. We will also use the grant to provide support sessions for bereaved children."

Deborah Rack, of The Encephalitis Society, based in Malton, said: "The Encephalitis Society is delighted to have been one of the recipients of a grant from The Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Thank you. The grant of £500 will help families and children affected by encephalitis to have a weekend away where they meet others affected; have the opportunity to try new activities and build their confidence in a supported environment. Our Family Weekend is an important part of the support we provide and we are delighted that the Jane Tomlinson Appeal is recognising this with their grant."

Hanif Malik, the CEO of Hamara Healthy Living, based in Beeston, Leeds, said: "The grant of £12,410 we have received from the Appeal is fantastic and will help us continue to grow our community support in Beeston and across the City. We hope this is the start of a continued partnership with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal."


The Sick Children's Trust received £9,267 towards its Treetop House at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. House Manager, Ann Wyatt, said: "Children with brittle bone disease face two days of treatment at Sheffield Children's Hospital every three months. These families travel from across Yorkshire and beyond to access the hospital's specialist care and our role is to make their experience as comfortable as possible. Thanks to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal grant, we are able to provide a dedicated bedroom to support these families, where a child can stay with their parents while they are receiving treatment."

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    Jane Tomlinson Appeal Patron

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