Where the money goes

When the Appeal was launched back in 2002 Jane and Mike Tomlinson set themselves the challenge of raising as much money as possible in order to support an array of children's and cancer charities across the country.

With each event Jane did came an overwhelming level of support from members of the public and before her death in 2007 Jane had raised an amazing £1.85million.

 

Over 10 years down the line, the Appeal has reached a staggering milestone of £7.6million. We have to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated, pulled on their running shoes or taken on any other challenge for the Appeal.

Thanks to this support the Appeal, through its grant giving process, has been able to help an incredible number of charities: from Hannah House and Leeds General Infirmary to St Gemma's Hospice and local community groups across Yorkshire.

We have been very lucky to work with a number of very special charities over the years and it is thanks to your fundraising that we've been able to support them in their provision of vital services across the region.

To find out more about the organisations we have supported click here. Or to read about our Big Charity Giveaways click here.

As well as supporting causes through our grants process, the Appeal has also embarked on its own research project which aims to improve the quality of life for cancer patients. To read more about our Kinesio tape project, click here

St Gemma's

St Gemma's Hospice - donation of £37,500 towards the refurbishment Appeal

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 has led the way on many occasions with inspirational feats that have 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 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

    Paula Radcliffe MBE