Jane Tomlinson Appeal hands charities a huge cash boost

Charitable projects across Yorkshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire have been handed a cash boost by the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

A total of just over £108,000 has been presented to 14 organisations in the appeal's latest round of donations.

The charities receiving grants carry out valuable work in the regions where the Jane Tomlinson Appeal fundraises.

Grants were awarded to:

Anna's Hope; Barnsley Hospice; Bradford Deaf Community Association; Bury FC Foundation; Dyneley Riding for the Disabled Group; Independent Domestic Abuse Services; One In a Million; Paces Sheffield; Pendleside Hospice; Prince of Wales Hospice; St Andrew's Hospice; St Michael's Hospice; mental health charity YoungMinds and Weston Park Cancer Charity.

Anna's Hope provides support and rehabilitation to children and young people with brain tumours. It is inspired by Anna Olivia Hughes who was just three-years-old when she died of a brain tumour. The charity - entirely run by volunteers - was established in 2006 by Anna's parents, Carole and Rob, and her five Godparents.

Carole said: "Brain tumours are the largest cancer killer of children and young people and for those who survive the tumour, the operation and the gruelling treatment their lives can be severely compromised. This impacts not only the child but the whole family.

"We were delighted to receive the amazing donation of £7,500 from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and every penny will go to help us support a  new project to provide for 'Special Days to Remember'  for the child and the family - to give them respite , have fun and happy memories that will help in a small way cope with the huge challenge in their lives.

"On behalf of these children, Anna's Hope wish to express their huge thanks for the donation and the great work that Jane Tomlinson Appeal does."

Diane Gault, director of fundraising at YoungMinds, said: "We're thrilled that the Jane Tomlinson Appeal are supporting our Parents Helpline, which helps over 12,500 families each year with concerns about their children's mental health. With their generous support, we will make a real difference to children and young people who are suffering, and to their parents and carers."

Sarah Hill, chief executive of York-based Independent Domestic Abuse Services, said: "We are totally thrilled to receive an award from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal in support of children living in our refuges.

 "These children are highly vulnerable having fled from domestic violence situations.  The grant will pay for vital therapeutic play sessions, learning materials and day trips, helping them to recover from trauma, intense anxiety and feelings of separation.  It will make such a big difference to so many young lives."

Paces is a leading specialist school for children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders.

 Paul Walter, Paces fundraising officer, said: "Children with complex health needs  - and their families/carers - face an arduous process to obtaining suitable education and healthcare provision upon leaving Paces School.

 "A grant from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal will allow Paces to employ a fieldworker who can offer family support, counselling, information, advice and guidance for children aged 14-18 who are facing a transition into adult provision."

 Helen Gentle, senior fundraising manager at Weston Park Cancer Charity, said: "We are incredibly grateful to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal for a very generous grant which will enable Weston Park Cancer Charity to provide essential support to older cancer patients in the Sheffield area.

 "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Age UK Sheffield to offer a pioneering support service which aims to improve the quality of life of the increasing number of older people in the city who are struggling with the effects of a cancer diagnosis.

 "These funds will go a long way to improve the financial, social and emotional wellbeing of hundreds of older cancer patients each year, giving these older people the chance to enjoy their later years in the comfort that they deserve."

Janet Lewington, lymphoedema team leader at the Prince of Wales Hospice said: "The Prince of Wales Hospice offers treatment for patients with cancer related and non-cancer related lymphoedema. We have lymphoedema clinics based at three locations across the region and support over 500 patients each year.

 "The generous funding from the Jane Tomlinson fund will support us to maintain our facilities and continue to make a difference to patients who suffer from this life limiting condition."

The appeal established by Jane before her death in 2007 has so far raised nearly £8m.