As with any charity we are entirely dependent on the good will of so many people to be where we are today. The following is a list of just some of the people who have helped us. If you have helped us and are not included, we are sorry, but please drop us a line and we’ll include you. You know we couldn’t have done it without you!
- Sir Paul McCartney, without whom all of our fundraising efforts would have been swallowed up in production of the calendars. Thank you also to his staff at MPL who have offered us advice, guidance and support along the way.
- Hope Park Community Nursery, Childwall, Liverpool, Merseyside, L16 9JD, England, for providing the venue for our launch night, the inspiration of the children and the staff and snacks to keep us going throughout a very long day! The nursery parents and staff have also raised additional funds by purchasing their children’s art work, raffle tickets and making very generous donations.
- Village Hotels, for providing all of the champagne to celebrate our launch with.
- The Plough Inn, in Fore StreetIpplepen, Devon, TQ12 5RP, England. Tel: 01803 812118, who had a special charity version of their quiz night (of which Simon used to be a regular winner), and raised a magnificent £726 for The Fund. Incredible!
- “The Guy that did the banner” – Barry Hodgson at Impress Digital in Liverpool. Cheers, Barry!
- Peter Rohr, Simon’s Godfather, who framed so beautifully the images that we exhibited at the launch and will go on tour across the UK.
- Sarah Sherry, for giving us the three whole weeks that she had booked to display her own work at The Quay Theatre in Sudbury.
- Russell Kay, for entering the Flora London Marathon on our behalf, even paying his own entrance fee to maximise charity income!
- Busy Bees Childcare Group, who have offered Russell the use of their house in Perivale for the weekend of the marathon to avoid any unnecessary hotel expenses. Thanks also go to Busy Bees Managing Director Lynn Woodward for making a large personal donation on the evening of the launch.
- Big thanks need to go to Simon’s nephews Jacob, Jamie and Ciaran who helped kick start the fund with three very different sponsorships. Jacob’s sponsored silence for 24 hours (on a school day!) was supported by many of his teachers and students, Jamie’s sponsored swim required a great physical effort while Ciaran’s bug hunt was most interesting! Well done boys for raising £350 between them!
- The Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) club, Formby for providing a venue over the last 3 years for the Annual Eye Fund Quiz Night and to all the local Formby businesses who generously donated prizes for the events.