Previous grant recipients

For more than a decade, the Appeal has distributed a huge sum to scores of charities big and small who, in the main, support children and people with cancer.

Grants Awarded in April 2018 

A total of 15 projects - from cancer support services to holiday schemes for poorly children - have received funding worth almost £60,000.

The full list of charities receiving funds in the latest round of grant-giving were:

  • Beaumond House Community Hospice in Newark (£2,000) to help provide care to patients in their own homes
  • Burnley FC in the Community (£4,050) to towards the installation of a challenge course at its outdoor sports centre for children
  • Bury Cancer Support Centre (£5,000) to help fund a drop-in service for cancer patients and their loved ones, offering practical and emotional support
  • Children's Liver Disease Foundation in Yorkshire (£2,500) to run a family support service at Leeds General Infirmary for families with a child diagnosed with liver disease
  • Elliott's Footprint in Leeds (£5,000) to recruit a bereavement support worker to support families who have lost a child
  • Zephyr's Place in Nottingham (£8,220) to pay for counselling for children who have lost a sibling
  • Queen Elizabeth's Hospital in Birmingham (£5,000) to help fund new radiotherapy equipment for breast cancer patients
  • Ruddi's Retreat in Yorkshire (£2,000) to send families of children with life-limiting conditions on respite breaks
  • Special Stars Foundation in Hull (£2,400) to pay for physiotherapy for severely-disabled children to maintain their movement, increase flexibility and improve their cardio respiratory function
  • TADS (Therapies for Anxiety, Depression and Stress) in Barnsley (£4,000) to help fund weekly wellbeing sessions for children who have siblings with cancer
  • The Principle Trust Children's Charity based in Skipton, North Yorkshire (£5,000) to pay towards a fourth respite home for families with children with disabilities or autism or youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • TLC in Bury (£4,960.11) to provide counselling for children affected by cancer
  • Treetops Hospice between Derby and Nottingham (£2,000) to help fund its 'Hospice at Home' service, allowing someone to be cared for in their own home rather than in a hospice setting
  • Wetwheels Foundation in Whitby, Yorkshire, (£5,000) to help provide water-based adventure experiences for people with disabilities, building confidence and boosting wellbeing
  • Wilberfoss, Kexby and Newton Playing Fields Association, near York, (£450) to help to pay for a new grass cutting machine for the junior football pitches





Carly Williams, Project Manager of Zephyr's in Nottingham, said: "We are so grateful to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal for supporting a brand new specialist counselling service in Nottingham for children affected by the death of a brother or sister.

"Thanks to the generosity of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal we will be able to begin this important new service at Zephyr's, our Charity-funded bereavement support centre at City Hospital, Nottingham.

"The sibling counsellor will work with young people creatively and therapeutically, providing vital support for children who have suffered the death of a sister or brother. Thank you."


Treetops Hospice Care's Hospice at Home Service provides care for patients at the end of life who wish to die at home at home.  

Phil Shreeve, Director of Clinical Services said: "We are thrilled to have received a grant of £2,000 from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal towards supporting cancer patients who need the Hospice at Home service.

"We know the difference a "good death" makes not only to the patient but their family and carers' as well.

"A recent thank you letter we received expressed beautifully the difference the service makes to patients, relatives and carers alike. It read: "Many thanks for the wonderful and professional support that you provided for the care of my wife. Without your support I would have been unable to do what I achieved and deliver complete care to enable my wife to stay at home during her short illness"."


Jane's Fundraising Challenges

  • I'm delighted to support the Leeds 10K. Jane, a Sparks vice-president herself, was a truly inspirational figure who became our biggest-ever individual fundraiser.

    Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
    Four-time Olympic Gold Medallist

    Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
  • I was lucky enough to call Jane a friend and like many was touched by her determination and drive to make a difference to many millions of people's lives, despite battling with her own cruel illness.

    Steve Cram OBE
    Olympic Silver Medalist

    Steve Cram OBE
  • Jane's unwavering determination, strength courage and selflessness in the face of adversity is an inspiration to each and every one of us. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to play a part in making sure that Jane's memory and legacy lives in the great work of the Appeal.

    Chrissie Wellington
    Four time World Ironman Champion

    Chrissie Wellington
  • Jane led the way on many occasions with inspirational feats that left us all in awe of her absolute determination and keen desire to help others.

    Nell McAndrew
    Jane Tomlinson Appeal Patron

    Nell McAndrew
  • It is a huge honour for me to be a patron of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Jane was such a very special person. Her bravery, courage and strength were a huge inspiration to me, and I am sure to so many others. She fought cancer every step with such passion and positivity.

    Paula Radcliffe MBE

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