The Sick Children’s Trust 30th Anniversary Gala Awards Evening Thursday 28 June 2012

The Sick Children’s Trust
30th Anniversary
Gala Awards Evening
Thursday 28 June 2012
6pm - 9pm
Man Group plc, Riverbank House,
2 Swan Lane, London EC4R 3AD
This evening’s running order
6pm - 7pm
Reception in the Ante Room and terrace on the 9th floor
Guests to move down to the Ground Floor Auditorium for Awards Presentation
Awards Presentation commences
Sports and Endurance
presented by Tom Lindsay and Richard Pitman
The Sick Children’s Trust Family Award
presented by Paul Potts
Corporate Partnership
presented by Richard Farleigh
Young Fundraiser
presented by Katie Price and Lauren Pope
Long-term Supporter
presented by Esther Rantzen CBE
Short break - Performance by Paul Potts
Best Group or Team
presented by Alice Beer
Individual Supporter
presented by Sir Hugh Stevenson
Inspiring or Innovative Fundraiser
presented by Rachel Riley
Awards Presentation concludes
Evening Ends
A welcome from our Chief Executive...
Good evening everyone
When I saw the guest list for this evening’s event, I felt so proud and honoured by the
supporters we have accrued over our 30 years and pleased that so many of you have
been involved over a long time.
To those of you who are newer to The Sick Children’s Trust family, welcome, we are
thrilled to have you on board!
I know that the judges have had an incredibly hard task picking the winners for the
awards tonight and those of you who join us as finalists this evening really have done
some amazing things for the charity and all deserve huge thanks.
Growing our network of ‘Homes from Home’ from our first in Gray’s Inn Road to
seven across the country is something which has taken the dedication and hard work
of a great number of people, many of whom are in this room.
Over our 30 years, we have been able to support over 40,000 families which is an
incredible achievement.
Sadly, there will always be more families who need our help whilst their children are
seriously ill. We are building new ‘Homes from Home’ in Sheffield and Cambridge
where we already have houses but where demand is extremely high. It is terrible to
turn families away when they are in need of support and it is our belief that no child
should be in hospital without the love and care of their family close by.
I hope that you enjoy this evening and thank you for being here to share in our
celebration. Here’s to a fantastic 30 years so far and many more to come!
Claudette Watson
Chief Executive
A note from our Chairmen, past and
Sir Hugh Stevenson
Chairman from 1982 - 1998
“In 1975 and again in 1978 our daughter was treated for
kidney cancer at Great Ormond Street and Barts; my wife
and I soon learnt that a serious illness in one child affects
the family as a whole.
“At that time neither hospital had any family accommodation worthy of the
name. Prof Jim Malpas and the late Dr Jon Pritchard and asked me to support
their efforts to remedy this and so I became the first Chairman of the charity.
“For 45 years until 2010 my day job was to earn a living in the City – in law, in
investment banking, in asset management and latterly in reinsurance.
“So far the story has a doubly happy ending; the charity has flourished and
our daughter is now 40 and has 4 children of her own.”
Stephen Catlin
Present Chair
Stephen has been Chairman of The Sick Children’s
Trust since 1999 and is not only personally involved;
his company, Catlin Underwriting, is now one of our
most loyal corporate supporters. Stephen says: “As well
as keeping families together, our houses help alleviate
the emotional and financial strains of being away from
“I was a bit daunted when asked to succeed Hugh
Stevenson as Chairman of The Sick Children’s Trust. But
I have received so much back from my role with The
SCT that I consider becoming Chairman one of the best
decisions I have ever made.”
Did you know? We have seven ‘Homes from Home’ around the UK...
The judging panel...
Alice Beer
Alice Beer has a reputation as a fearless and thorough
consumer journalist. She has worked in the media for twenty
years as a researcher, producer and director but is more well
known for her years fronting flagship BBC programmes. Alice
first made her name on the BBC consumer show Watchdog,
co-presenting alongside Anne Robinson. She went on to front
many major BBC series, mostly with a strong consumer angle.
Alice is renowned for her tenacity and energy and has
written a book A Contented House With Twins, and regularly
contributes to various television programmes. She continues
to write for newspapers and magazines and works behind the
scenes with many household high street companies, ensuring
that their customers get a fair deal.
Alice lives in London with her partner, Paul, and their nine year
old twin daughters.
Richard Farleigh was born into poverty in the Australian
outback as one of 11 children and was sent to a foster home
in Sydney at an early age. The traumatic experiences saw him
assessed as backward at school.
Years later he studied economics and mathematics before
managing a hedge fund in the 1980s and early 90s. Since
the mid-1990s he has operated as a “business angel” backing
more early-stage companies than anyone else in the UK.
His appearances on Dragons’ Den earned him the moniker
“Mr. Nice” as he became reportedly its most popular panellist
His book Taming the Lion has received over 50 favourable
media reviews, and been released in many languages
worldwide. Richard is also a Chess Master and has competed
at two Chess Olympics.
The judging panel...
Deborah Owen
Deborah was born in New York and worked for several book
publishers until 1968 when she married David Owen and
moved to London.
In 1971 she set up her own literary agency, representing
among others Delia Smith, Jeffrey Archer, Amos Oz, Georgette
Heyer and Ellis Peters.
Following the serious illness of their eldest child in the
early 1970s, she helped to set up The Sick Children’s Trust
where she was actively involved for several years. Her other
involvements have included the Fulbright Scholarship, Relate,
the London Symphony Orchestra and the SDP.
Professor James Malpas
“In the early seventies, just after I had been appointed
a consultant at Barts Hospital, I met Jon Pritchard at
the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. We travelled
back to London on an overnight flight and, as neither
of us could sleep, we discussed the arrangements for
parents of sick children that we had seen and thought
how we could do the same in London.
“By the time we landed, we had a plan. Initially it was
for a house in Gray’s Inn Road and later for Surgery
House at Barts. At first it looked daunting but hard
work by a lot of clever people transformed a dream
into reality.
“Later, when I was appointed to the Chair of Cancer Medicine at Barts I kept in close
touch with The Sick Children’s Trust and saw what a difference it made to the care
of parents and children. When I retired in 1995 the organisation was thriving. Long
may it continue to do so.”
Introducing your host for this evening...
Chris Tarrant OBE
Chris Tarrant first came to our TV screens in the seventies with
the legendary anarchic Saturday morning show ‘TISWAS’
- Saturday was TISWAS day! These days he is still enjoying
phenomenal success with his award-winning quiz show ‘Who
Wants To Be A Millionaire?’. The show’s format has been bought
by over 120 countries worldwide - and is of course the subject of
an Oscar-winning film!
Apart from quiz shows, other TV projects have included a trip to
the Arctic Circle to film polar bears for ITV1 and a recent visit to
Sierra Leone to film for Save The Children.
On radio, Chris was a legend in his own breakfast time - the man Londoners most
wanted to get out of bed with each morning as he presented his No. 1 Breakfast Show
on 95.8 Capital FM for 17 years. He won numerous awards and accolades along the
way, including the Radio Academy’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio’ Award.
Away from the cameras and microphones, Chris is patron of numerous charities. In
2005 he was presented with an OBE by HM The Queen for his services to charity and to
broadcasting. In his spare time (when he’s not fishing!), Chris loves to write – anything
from fishing articles and travel pieces to books, including Tarrant Off the Record,
Millionaire Moments and Tarrant on Top of the World.
Did you know? We have supported 40,000 families since 1982...
Award givers...
Tom Lindsay
Tom Lindsay was a member of the London
Wasps academy and made his 1st XV debut
in 2008. He started his first senior match in
October 2009 against Racing Metro in the Amlin
Challenge Cup.
Now established in the Wasps 1st XV, Tom is one
of the brightest talents in his position (Hooker)
in the country, and in January 2012 he signed a
two-year contract extension that will keep him at
London Wasps until June 2014.
Richard Pitman
Richard Pitman was born in Cheltenham in 1943. He failed
all nine ‘O’ Level exams at Tewkesbury Grammar School
and being the runt of the litter went into stables to earn his
As a jump jockey, Richard rode the winners of all the big
races except the Grand National when from six mounts he
finished second twice.
Richard retired from the saddle to join the BBC television
team and is still a presenter today after 30 years.
Lauren Pope
Lauren Pope is a popular character
in the media and highly regarded
for her professionalism. As a DJ
/ model / businesswoman and
reality TV star, Lauren has been
able to work with a number of
charities, using her exposure
to help them raise awareness
for their work. She has brought
many smiles from her visits to
beneficiaries of several charities.
Award givers...
Paul Potts
Since becoming the first ever Britain’s Got Talent winner in
2005, Paul has gone on to perform for thousands of people
on stages around the world as well as singing for the Queen
at the Royal Variety Performance.
Paul has released three top albums since winning the
competition and believes his latest work, Cinema Paradiso,
to be his best yet. Despite his fame and popularity, Paul
has been absolutely determined to remain just as he is,
regardless of what happens in his life.
Katie Price
Katie Price is a businesswoman / model /
author and reality TV star. Katie is the focal
point for many newspapers and magazines
regarding her life, and she uses this to good
effect in helping raise issues and awareness
related to charities close to her heart.
“I cannot thank The Sick Children’s
Trust enough. They were there when we
needed them most and without them I
do not think we would have coped.”
A parent
Award givers...
Esther Rantzen CBE
Esther Rantzen was born in Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, and
graduated from Somerville College Oxford with a degree in
English. She joined the BBC as a sound effects assistant in radio,
then became a researcher in television, and in 1968 became a
researcher / reporter for Bernard Braden’s consumer programme,
Braden’s Week.
Esther has hosted and presented many of her own programmes
including ‘Esther’ on BBC2, and ‘That’s Esther’ on ITV. She has
also made incredible contributions to the charity sector including
setting up ChildLine which she then chaired for twenty years.
We are delighted to have Esther on board as a new Vice President
of The Sick Children’s Trust.
Rachel Riley
Rachel Riley is the numbers expert on Channel 4’s long-running
quiz show Countdown. She has also made several appearances
as a guest panellist on the hit comedy panel show 8 Out of 10
Cats on Channel 4. Rachel recently put her grey matter to the
test by appearing on BBC1's Celebrity Mastermind.
Brought up in Thorpe Bay, Essex, Rachel graduated from
Oriel College Oxford with a degree in Mathematics, covering
Quantum Theory, Fluid Mechanics and Applied Maths and was
made a scholar in 2006.
Photograph (c) Ruth Crafer
Sports and Endurance...
The finalists...
Husky Group Challenge
Cat Jones, Christa Ronan,
Hannah Gill, Rosel Tallach,
Joanne Woodcraft and Fiona
March undertook a phenomenal
challenge in April 2012. They
trekked 250km from Norway
to Sweden with the help of a
group of husky dogs and raised a
staggering £16,750!
Liam Nicholls
After staying in Crawford House whilst his
son received treatment at the Royal Victoria
Infirmary, Liam decided to put his hobbies to
good use and cycled his way around 23 rugby
clubs through the six districts of Cumbria. The
total distance was an incredible 270 miles
including a staggering 104 miles in one day!
Liam raised an amazing £7,500.
Matt Hitchen
As a tribute to his cousin Jamie,
Matt wanted to undertake a
challenge in his memory. Jamie’s
family stayed at Crawford House
whilst he was being treated at
the Royal Victoria Infirmary in
Newcastle. Not only did Matt
cycle 152 miles from Whitehaven
to Tynemouth, he completed this
feat on a penny farthing, raising
over £2,770.
The Sick Children’s Trust Family Award...
The finalists...
Julie Mitchell and Family
Whilst Rebecca was being treated at Great
Ormond Street Hospital, her mother and
family stayed at Guilford Street House.
Since then (2003), the Mitchells have gone
on to do various fundraising activities
including organising a mass abseil event
and skydives despite Rebecca’s mum Julie’s
awful fear of heights!
Enna Stephens and Family
Although Enna is only eight and is still
undergoing treatment for cancer, she
and her family have shown fantastic
support to The Sick Children’s Trust.
From organising a family fun day to
persuading Enna’s dance school to do
their own fundraising, the Stephens
family have been wonderful supporters.
Alex, Sheila and Lorna Wood
The Wood family were one of the first to stay
with us whilst Lorna received treatment at
Great Ormond Street Hospital. They have
kept in touch, helped with fundraising and
spread the word about the charity ever since
- including various TV appearances with our
President Michael Crawford and Vice President
Christopher Timothy!
Did you know? We can accommodate 108 families a night
Corporate Partnership...
The finalists...
Catlin Group
As one of our longest standing supporters,
Catlin Group has involved many members
of their team with various fundraising
over the years and has succeeded in
raising over £100,000 for the charity.
From triathlons to marathons, their staff
have given many hours of their time to
the cause.
Barclays Legal and Compliance Operations Team
The Barclays Legal and Compliance Operations
Team have been a corporate partner of The Sick
Children’s Trust since 2010. In this time, they
have demonstrated their commitment through a
variety of fundraising activities but have also lent
their expertise to a variety of projects to support
the charity with IT, marketing, social media and
accounting processes.
Weetwood Hall
Under Manager Martin Hicks’ lead, Weetwood
Hall have worked hard to help The Sick Children’s
Trust and in particular Eckersley House since it was
opened in 1993. They have lent their venue for
events and participated in staff fundraising and
collections from guests and staff. Weetwood Hall
have also helped make introductions to the cast
of Emmerdale who have donated auction lots and
attended local events.
Did you know? Last year we supported 2,700 families in our ‘Homes from Home’
Young Fundraiser...
The finalists...
James How
James showed enormous determination to
support The Sick Children’s Trust after his family
stayed in Acorn House after he had been involved
in a terrible train accident in 2011. James
decided that he’d help us by organising a 15 mile
sponsored cycle from his home to school and this
has become an annual activity!
Tommy Simpson
After suffering from a brain tumour which meant
a six week stay at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 2010,
Tommy decided to raise money for Acorn House
where his family had stayed during this difficult
time. He organised a 5km sponsored swim as well as
lots of cake sales!
Bethanie Thorn
At 15 years old, Bethanie has shown bravery
and a determination to help others through her
fundraising. Bethanie is undergoing treatment for
a complex medical condition but despite this has
organised her own fundraising events and involved
her school, family and friends to help raise as much
as possible.
Joseph Johns
While Joseph was in hospital, he encouraged his parents to
set up a JustGiving page where family and friends succeeded
in raising over £3,250. Joe said he wanted to support Acorn
House and when presented with the fact that he was going
to lose his hair, Joe wanted to make the experience as
positive as possible and friends and family members also
shaved their heads in tribute to his wonderful outlook.
Long-term supporter...
The finalists...
Pat Munton
Pat has been an integral part of The Sick Children’s
Trust ‘family’ for over 25 years. As our first
‘Administrator’ in 1987, Pat has been involved almost
from the very beginning and knows all there is to
know about The SCT!
Although she officially left in 1997, Pat is always on
hand to offer her support, knowledge and advice. Pat
is a walking, talking oracle of information – we don’t
know what we’d do without her!
Pam Greenbury
Pam has been sending in regular donations to The
Sick Children’s Trust since the mid 1980s. Each
month we receive a cheque with a little note and
it’s amazing that she has continued to go to this
effort for over twenty years! Pam has wonderful
empathy for the families who we support and we
are grateful for her constant commitment.
Jill and Jeff Williams
In February 1982, Richard Williams, Jill and Jeff’s
son, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of seven
months. He was admitted to Great Ormond Street
Hospital and his doctor, Jon Pritchard, spoke about
his hopes for creating a home away from home for
families of sick children. After leaving hospital with
Richard and receiving insurance monies from BUPA,
Jill and Jeff made a generous donation to the first
ever capital project, to build Rainbow House, and
have been supporting the charity ever since.
Did you know? It costs us just £27 per night to look after a family in a ‘Home from Home’
Two Special Groups...
Cambridge Fundraising Committee
The Cambridge Fundraising Committee was
founded in 2000, following an article in Cambridge
Life magazine that called for help with fundraising
for Acorn House, which had just been built.
Since it was established, the committee has raised
over £300,000 through their ongoing programme
of events. The events are always varied and
engage with the Cambridge community helping us
to grow our support in the area and forge strong
links with individuals in the region. We are particularly grateful to Patsy Glazebrook
who started as the first committee Chair and is heavily involved with organising all the
fundraising events that the committee puts on.
We must also highlight the network of ‘Friends’ of the committee who are always there
to lend a hand and support various fundraising events and campaigns.
Michael Crawford International Fan Association
The Michael Crawford International Fan Association was
set up twenty years ago to support Michael Crawford’s
career, his charity work and each other. We are delighted
to have been a beneficiary charity for all these years
and are honoured to be regularly updated on all of their
fundraising efforts and achievements.
Over the past two decades, The MCIFA have raised a
staggering £298,351! The members of the group have
supported fundraising appeals to open and extend new
‘Homes from Home’ and many of them have flown over
from America, Russia and even Australia to attend openings and birthday celebrations
with us.
We are thrilled that they have supported this event through sponsorship and helped to
make the evening possible.
We thank both groups and all your members for your amazing support!
Best Group or Team...
The finalists...
Elsie Norman Fund
The fund was started in 2008 when Elsie Norman was
diagnosed with Leukaemia at the age of two. Elsie
was facing months of gruelling treatment in Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge and her parents, and
later little sister Innes, stayed at Acorn House. Sarah
Vincent, a friend of Charlotte Norman, Elsie’s Mum,
rallied friends of the family to do something positive at
a really difficult time. Sarah and her friends have raised
over £13,000 to date through a huge number of events and activities including car
boot and table top sales, coffee mornings, cake sales, teddy bears picnics, parties and
Trinity Academy
When a student of Trinity Academy (Sophie
Hennessey) was in a car accident, The Sick Children’s
Trust gave hope to her family and friends who
tragically lost Sophie’s sister Megan in the same
accident. The school have now raised around
£15,000 for the charity and have organised a variety
of fundraising events including non-uniform days
and cake sales which proved very popular with pupils!
Alison Sagar, Stephen Ormrod and Vivi Galani
Alison, Stephen and Vivi organised a Spring Ball
in March 2010 at The Hurlingham Club in London
and raised a phenomenal £62,000 for The Sick
Children’s Trust. The event was organised in
order to help people whose lives had been turned
upside down by serious illness and was inspired by
Georgia, Stephen’s daughter, who is battling an
aggressive brain tumour and whose family stayed
at Acorn House.
Did you know? It costs us approximately £1m a year to keep our ‘Homes from Home’ open
Individual Supporter...
The finalists...
Margaret Fisher
Margaret has shown wonderful
support to The Sick Children’s Trust
over the past six years. Margaret
wanted to support a local charity and
to continue her late husbands wish to
help others who are in need and to
make a difference. Margaret has visited
Eckersley House in Leeds and donated
knitted items such as hats, scarves and
jumpers which are sold to make money
for the charity.
Janet Snider
Janet has been involved with
The Sick Children’s Trust for
over seven years. Each month
she tends to the garden at
Acorn House and supplies
plants and pots as well as
helping out at events.
Elena Salvoni
Elena was impressed by the work of
The Sick Children’s Trust after visiting
Rainbow House and decided to support
us through her West End restaurant.
Elena also did a sponsored 53 mile walk,
sponsored a tuk tuk ride from Brighton
and held a Champagne reception at her
know? We are building two new ‘Homes from Home’ in Cambridge and Sheffield
Inspiring or Innovative Fundraiser...
The finalists...
Ian Bowyer
Over the past three years, Ian has raised over £13,000
for The Sick Children’s Trust by running numerous long
distance races including the London Marathon in 2010
and 2012 (when he dressed up as Bananaman!). Ian’s
youngest daughter Evie who is now three and a half has
undergone treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital
and his family have stayed at Rainbow House during these
periods. Ian is keen to give something back to The SCT and
is always willing to go above and beyond for the charity.
Kevin Blazer
In 2005 Kevin’s son Finn was diagnosed with
neuroblastoma at the age of just six weeks. The Blazers
stayed at Acorn House for nearly two months whilst Finn
underwent treatment. Since Finn’s full recovery, Kevin
has tirelessly worked to fundraise for The Sick Children’s
Trust. He and three of his friends took part in the Scally
Rally, driving from the UK to Rimmi in Northern Italy in a
car which had to be purchased for less than £100! This
raised over £5,000. He also organised a Choctober Charity
Ball which was attended by 160 people and raised almost
The Hans Family
While their son Michael was in Paediatric Intensive Care
at Leeds General Infirmary, the family stayed at Eckersley
House. Sadly, Michael died aged just three weeks. Ajeet
and wife Joanne organised a fundraising day and balloon
release at a friend’s farm which was a fantastic but sad day.
Lots of friends and family members supported the event
with their children who took part in a sponsored walk. Ajeet
and three family members also ran the Great Yorkshire 10K
race in Sheffield to raise further funds for The SCT.
Thank you...
To all who have made tonight possible, we owe a huge
thank you!
To all nominees and finalists who submitted the most
moving entries and who have all contributed to getting
The Sick Children’s Trust to where we are now.
To our sponsors opposite who have given time and
financial support to make the evening a success.
To our wonderful judging panel and fantastic award givers
and to all our guests who came out to celebrate this
wonderful occasion!
Here’s to another
30 years!
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