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Disney Trip 2018

12th - 14th December 2018 The Thomas Ball Euro Disney trip is an annual event where approximately twelve families who all have a child diagnosed with either cancer or leukemia are invited on this 3 day break. At this magical time of year the children can enjoy the Christmas parades as well as their favourite Disney characters.

Clic Sargent teams work with us to select suitable children and families for the trip, taking into consideration the child's treatment plan, prognosis and whether or not they have been to Disney before. We are hoping for another successful trip in the lead up to Christmas, watch this space.

Collection Day at Tesco


Tring Road, Aylesbury
19th January 2019 We are delighted to have the opportunity to collect again at the wonderful Tring Road store. Lets hope that we have a good response on the day We are always looking for volunteers to help us, please get in touch if you can spare a few hours and would like to be added to our list of volunteers: email tomballcharity@aol.com
Collection Day at Tesco


Prince Risborough
22nd February 2019 This will be our first time at the Princes Risborough store but we are hoping that it will be successful, please get in touch if you can spare a few hours and would like to be added to our list of volunteers: email tomballcharity@aol.com
Thomas Ball Seaside Holiday Lodges

2017/2018 Our seaside lodges on the Hampshire coast are available to all children on treatment for cancer in the UK, free of charge.

Families can self refer but confirmation of diagnosis is always sought from the child's treatment team, normally a Clic Sargent social worker.

In some cases we can help towards travel expenses.

The lodges are sited on a lovely holiday park, see Hoburne Holidays for more information.

Full weeks are booked between March and October and weekends only during the quieter winter months.

It costs around £400 for the charity to provide a holiday for one family. Any donations towards this purpose will be very gratefully received. See Holiday Homes for further information.

We are fortunate that some families have been very kind and would like to share their memories of their holidays with us. You can share them too by checking out our photo gallery.

RAF Benson

2010 onwards The charity have been invited to take sick children on visits to RAF Benson. We thank the 230 Tiger squadron for being so kind and helpful during the visits and in addition to this, the squadron are raising hundreds of pounds towards our cause by taking part in various sponsored challenges and helping us at our events. The squadron have also arranged for Santa to arrive by helicopter and distribute presents to Oxford's paediatric oncology ward. What a wonderful way to support our cause, thanks guys.

You can view some fantastic photos from our recent trips to RAF Benson in our Photo Gallery.

New Book Available Now BUCKINGHAMSHIRE HEROES by David Kidd-Hewitt is a collection of local stories about the heroic deeds and achievements of the people of Buckinghamshire. It includes Thomas Ball, who battled against a rare childhood cancer, author Roald Dahl, Florence Nightingale and the actors John Mills and Geoffrey Palmer.

A quote from Thomas Ball appears in the book - "I've not done anything, only been ill".

210 x 150 mm

Price: £7.99 + £1 p&p

40% of the sale price donated to The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund

To order: Please send a cheque payable to The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund and your book will be dispatched upon receipt.

tbccf Wristbands
KIDS V CANCER - Get your wristband now!

Show your support for children suffering from cancer and leukaemia. Minimum donation £1.00. To order your wristband and be one of the first to be wearing this trendy fashion accessory, please send a cheque payable to The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund, 18 Sixty Acres Road, Prestwood, Great Missenden, Bucks HP16 0PD, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope. Please allow 28 days for delivery.

Volunteers Needed Volunteers are always needed to sell raffle tickets on behalf of the Charity or to take care of collecting boxes. If you can help in any way please contact the Charity.

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Angel Ball 2018


Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross, Oxford Road HP9 2XE
27th October 2018 The Angel Ball is a very special event held primarily for bereaved parents who come together from various parts of the UK to remember their children who have all died from neuroblastoma and at the same time, raise much needed funds for research. We welcome all parents and their guests on this poignant evening who have been touched by this terrible disease.

We would like to thank Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United Football Clubs for donating signed merchandise, Peter Coyle from CWD Solicitors for donating Club Wembley tickets, Booker Aviation for donating a flying lesson, Norma and Rob Bennett for donating a holiday in their Devon Cottage, Mark at Mad Box for donating items and his framing service free of charge, IHG for offering various weekend breaks, Spa-licious Gerrards Cross for the gift voucher, Rachel and Julian from Ewe Move Chilterns for the Christmas Hamper, Microsoft for donating a top of the range laptop, Motorola for donating mobile phones, Celebrity medium Tony Stockwell for his signed books, Mid-counties Co-op for the £250 event grant and many, many other organisations who supported the evening.

The raffle and auction together raised £3,500 that will be used for neuroblastoma research. We are already looking forward to next year's Angel Ball, please get in touch if you can offer a prize for our raffle and auction or if you are a bereaved parent, we welcome you to join us on the evening.

Donations towards neuroblastoma research that receives no direct government funding can be made here: Donate Now

UKPC
2017/2018 We have had so much fun working with UKPC and we are extremely grateful for all their support. Directors Rupert Williams, Simon Snelgrove Stuart Harrison and Tom Hill took on a gruelling three-day challenge in August 2018 to cycle and kayak from The Tower of London to The Eiffel Tower in Paris, covering over 263 miles in total. The company have also supported our events and staff have organised various other fundraisers at their offices and in total a massive £11,055.10 has been raised that we will use towards purchasing a new holiday home. Please visit our photo gallery to see some of the special moments of our partnership.
Collection Day at Tesco

High Wycombe, Loudwater
28th September 2018 We are delighted to report a very successful collecting day with £441 in our charity buckets. This is a fantastic amount of money and we thank Tesco and all the staff and customers who donated with special thanks to Claire the Community Champion. Our volunteers are very important to us and we could not do this without their support, we send many thanks to our team who helped on the day. We are always keen to recruit more volunteers to help with our collecting days, please get in touch if you would like to be added to our list. email tomballcharity@aol.com.
Collection Day at Tesco

High Wycombe
7th July 2018 We are delighted to report a very successful collecting day with £288 in our buckets. This is a fantastic amount of money and we thank Tesco and all the staff and customers who donated. Our volunteers are very important to us and we could not do this without their support, we send many thanks to our team who helped on the day. We are always keen to recruit more volunteers to help with our collecting days, please get in touch if you would like to be added to our list. email tomballcharity@aol.com.
Missenden Abbey Summer Fair

High Wycombe
1st July 2018 We were thrilled to be back at Missenden Abbey for their Summer Fair. The weather was very hot but it didn't deter anyone from being very generous on our tombola. We send our sincere thanks to Teresa Heawood who volunteered to do the face-painting on our stall and delighted many children with her stunning designs. We are extremely grateful to all the staff at the Abbey for their support and the public for turning up on the day and supporting us. Please visit our photo gallery to see the wonderful pictures that capture the atmosphere of the day that raised £1,650 that will go towards our Disney trip this year..
Midnight Dream Walk 2018


Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Link Road, Great Missenden HP16 9AE
22nd June 2018 Our six mile "Midnight Dream Walk" is always a night to remember. The steady amble from Great Missenden to Prestwood and back, has become a popular annual event that we hold every June to coincide with the passing of Thomas Ball in June 2003 aged just 14 years. People come along to remember Thomas and their own loved ones who have sadly passed or been touched by cancer. We aim to recruit as many volunteers as possible each year to raise vital funds to continue our work. It costs just £15 to take part, this includes use of a high vis tabard & torch. Hot bacon rolls, croissants, tea, coffee and orange juice are served afterwards and bottled water is available throughout the walk.

This year the turn out was not as we would have liked but amazingly, the people who did walk for us, were well sponsored, so over £2,500 was raised.

As always we are extremely grateful to The JNP Partnership for taking care of the registration and advertising process and to Samways for allowing us to use their shop window to promote the event. TGI Fridays High Wycombe and our local Sainsburys also deserve a mention because they are so generous and donated refreshments for our brilliant walkers to enjoy after the walk.

You can still support our team of walkers, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/midnightdreamwalk or text hour24 followed by one of these compatible amounts £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10 to 70070

Photos of the Midnight Dream Walk 2018 can be found in our photo gallery.

Collection Day at Tesco

Tring Road, Aylesbury
6th June 2018 We are delighted to report a very successful collecting day with £216 in our buckets. This is a fantastic amount of money and we thank Tesco and all the staff and customers who donated. Our volunteers are very important to us and we could not do this without their support, we send many thanks to our team who helped on the day. We are always keen to recruit more volunteers to help with our collecting days, please get in touch if you would like to be added to our list email tomballcharity@aol.com.
Charity Quiz Night


Prestwood Village Hall, Wycombe Road, Prestwood HP16 0NZ
3rd March 2018 Due to popular demand, we held another one of our fun quiz nights. The local community turned out in hordes and over £1,000 was raised. We thank The JNP Partnership for being the box office for ticket sales and everyone who donated prizes and supported the raffle. This is a great way to raise money, we hope everyone will support our future quizzes.
International Childhood Cancer Day 2018


Collecting Day For Research
15th February 2018 Our collecting day at Midcounties Co-op in Prestwood was very successful, we thank the manager and all the staff and customers who were very generous.

In addition to this, the two local schools helped to raise money for us with the annual "Caps 4 Kids" day. We thank the headteacher, all the children, staff and parents who supported this.

The village events together raised over £500, we are delighted with this very useful amount of money.

We hope that International Childhood Cancer Day will continue to be well supported and raise awareness to promote the ethos that all children who are suffering from cancer should receive the best treatment wherever they are living in the world.

We are always looking for volunteers, if you would like to help collect in the future please get in touch with us and we can add you to our list of volunteers. Email: tomballcharity@aol.com

There are many ways that you can help us mark International Childhood Cancer Day in the future, local schools normally wear hats to school for a small donation, or you could hold a bake sale or raffle etc. it all makes a difference and raises much needed funds and awareness for children who are sadly diagnosed with cancer.

Donations to support International Childhood Cancer Day can also be made at www.justgiving.com or text: ICCD18 followed by one of these compatible amounts - £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10 to 70070.


Disney Trip 2017

13th - 15th December 2017 The Thomas Ball Euro Disney trip is an annual event where approximately twelve families who all have a child diagnosed with either cancer or leukemia are invited on this 3 day break. At this magical time of year the children can enjoy the Christmas parades as well as their favourite Disney characters.

Clic Sargent teams work with us to select suitable children and families for the trip, taking into consideration the child's treatment plan, prognosis and whether or not they have been to Disney before.

The 2017 trip was primarily funded by Flo and Gary Styles, a company match from Dun & Bradstreet, The Henry Allen Trust and an anonomous donor from the Great Missenden area and his contacts. We thank everyone who contributed and made this possible.

All families had a wonderful, magical time.

You can read the news link here: Bucks Free Press/Christmas Comes Early for Children With Cancer...

Charity Quiz Night
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Prestwood Village Hall, Wycombe Road, Prestwood HP16 0NZ
25th November 2017 Due to many requests, we held another fabulous quiz night. The local community were bursting with enthusiasm and we managed to raise a very useful £500. Many thanks to all those who supported the event including the local organisations who donated raffle prizes, JNP for being the box office and local chippie Prestwood Plaice who delivered first class fish and chips in the interval. Special thanks go out to the winning team who very generously gave back the prize money. Please watch our forthcoming events as another quiz will be coming soon.
Angel Ball 2017

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Gerrards Cross, Bucks HP9 2XE

28th October 2017 The Angel Ball is a very special black tie event, held primarily for bereaved parents who come together from all over the UK to remember their children who have died from neuroblastoma and at the same time, raise much needed funds for research. We welcome all parents and their guests on this poignant evening who have been touched by this terrible disease. The event is not intended to be a huge fundraiser, but to support the many bereaved families who can find themselves with little or no support after their child dies.

We would like to thank all the organisations who supported us this year including, Flo and Gary Styles, Chelsea, Arsenal and Sunderland Football Clubs, Booker Aviation, The Botanist Restaurant Marlow, Interplay UK Ltd, Debbie and Andrew Green, Norma and Rob Bennett, Tesco Stores in Aylesbury, Gerrards Cross, Loudwater and Amersham, Co-op Great Missenden, Red Lion in Chesham, Daniel Mckay, Tania and Pete Hayhoe, Intercontinental Hotels, Peter Coyle at CWD Solicitors, Gerrards Cross Crowne Plaza, Sam and Vincent Savory, to name but a few.

Approximately £2,000 was raised on the night that we have passed to SIOPEN to help support the clinical trials for children suffering from neuroblastoma.

It was wonderful to meet all our friends old and new on such a tremendous evening.

If you have lost a child to neuroblastoma or know anyone who has, please let them know of this truly special event that we hold every October, all are welcome.

Please continue to donate towards finding a cure for neuroblastoma: Donate Now.

Collection Day at Tesco

Loudwater, High Wycombe
20th October 2017 We are thrilled to report another very successful collecting day at Tesco with £394 donated from generous staff and customers. We also thank our wonderful volunteers for giving up their time to help us. We are always on the look out for more volunteers to help with our collecting days, please get in touch if you can help and we will add you to our list. email tomballcharity@aol.com.
Collection Day at Tesco

Tring Road, Aylesbury
6th October 2017 We are delighted to report a very successful collecting day with £340 in our buckets. This is a fantastic amount of money and we thank Tesco and all the staff and customers who donated. Our volunteers are very important to us and we could not do this without their support, we send many thanks to our team who helped on the day. We are always keen to recruit more volunteers to help with our collecting days, please get in touch if you would like to be added to our list. email tomballcharity@aol.com.
Coffee Morning
Missenden Abbey HP16 0BD
13th September 2017 To mark "Childhood Cancer Awareness Month" we held a coffee morning that raised £150. We thank everyone who attended and we send special thanks to the Abbey for taking care of everything so wonderfully and the Co-op in Great Missenden for donating all the cakes and biscuits.

The Abbey also lit up in GOLD for the whole month of September, to show their support.

Midnight Dream Walk 2017
Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Link Road HP16 9AE

23rd June 2017 Our six mile "Midnight Dream Walk" is always a night to remember. The steady amble from Great Missenden to Prestwood and back, has become a popular annual event. We hope to recruit as many volunteers as possible each year to raise vital funds to continue our work.

It costs just £15 to take part, this includes use of a high vis tabard, & torch. Hot bacon rolls, croissants, tea, coffee and orange juice are served afterwards and bottled water is available throughout the walk.

This year's walk raised £3,000, an outstanding amount and we are extremely grateful to everyone who walked, helped and supported this event in various ways. Some photos of this year's dreamwalkers can be found in our photo gallery.

If you missed the event, don't worry, you can still support our team of walkers, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/midnightdreamwalk or text hour24 followed by one of these compatible amounts £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10 to 70070

Please consider taking part in this event that we organise every summer in memory of Thomas Ball who lost his life to childhood cancer, neuroblastoma on 30th June 2003.

This years event marked Tom's passing of 14 years at the same age of 14 years, so quite an emotional evening for his family and friends.

Special thanks to TGI Fridays, JNP Partnership, local Sainsbury's & Co- op.

Caps 4 Kids 2017

To mark International Childhood Cancer Day

15th February 2017 Every year we ask schools & businesses to help us mark International Childhood Cancer Day by wearing caps/hats/wigs on or around 15th February. Suggested donation is £1 that we use exclusively for childhood cancer research on this occasion.

We would like to thank Prestwood Infant and Junior schools for continuing to support us with this event by wearing hats to school and all the local shops and businesses who joined in this year including JNP Estate Agents, Zorans Bakery, Susan Collier Opticians, The Chequers Tree, local Co-ops and Simply the Best Dry Cleaners who all ran "Guess the Teddy Bears name" for us.

We also held a coffee morning at Missenden Abbey, many thanks to all those who turned up on the day and to Missenden Abbey for allowing us to use their beautiful garden room and for supplying our guests with very generous amounts of good coffee. We would also like to thank Great Missenden Co-op for donating the cake and biscuits. A wonderful event that has raised much awareness of childhood cancer.

Altogether, events we ran locally raised over £1,000 that we used for childhood cancer research.

Please contact the charity if your school/workplace would like to take part in the future, email: tomballcharity@aol.com

One child in every six hundred will receive a diagnosis of cancer, please continue to donate towards this very worthwhile cause that is grossly under funded compared to adult cancers. Make a donation at www.justgiving.com or text: ICCD17 followed by one of these compatible amounts - £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10 to 70070

We have some wonderful photos of the events, that can be seen in our photo gallery.


Disney Trip 2016

30th November - 2nd December 2016 The Thomas Ball Euro Disney trip is an annual event where approximately twelve families who all have a child diagnosed with either cancer or leukemia are invited on this 3 day break. At this magical time of year the children can enjoy the Christmas parades as well as their favourite Disney characters.

Clic Sargent teams work with us to select suitable children and families for the trip, taking into consideration the child's treatment plan, prognosis and whether or not they have been to Disney before.

The 2016 trip was kindly funded by Flo and Gary Styles, a company match by Dun & Bradstreet and our long standing donor, Mr. Bambra. We thank everyone who contributed and made this possible.

Angel Ball 2016

The Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross, Bucks HP9 2XE

29th October 2016 The Angel Ball is a very special event held primarily for bereaved parents who come together from all over the UK to remember their children who have all died from neuroblastoma and at the same time, raise much needed funds for research. We welcome all parents and their guests on this poignant evening who have been touched by this terrible disease. The event is not intended to be a huge fundraiser, but to support the many bereaved families who can find themselves with little or no support after their child dies.

The 2016 Angel Ball was particularly special because we were fortunate to have a live band perform for us free of charge, the band leader is also a bereaved parent so this was very brave and we send special thanks to Hugh and the Hertfordshire band "Picture This".

The evening not only raised £2,000 towards neuroblastoma research but it led to a very generous £10,000 donation towards our annual Disney trip for sick children, made by Flo and Gary Styles with a company match by Dun and Bradstreet.

We would like to thank the Styles family, Chelsea and Arsenal Football Clubs, British Airways Flying Club, IHG, Norma and Rob Bennett, Fern Britton, Peter Coyle, The Botanist Marlow, Tesco and Co op for all their support.

Donations towards neuroblastoma research that receives no direct government funding can be made here: Donate Now.

Charity Quiz Night
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Prestwood Village Hall, Wycombe Road, Prestwood HP16 0NZ
17th September 2016 Due to popular demand, we held another fabulous quiz night, the event was such a success with 85 people attending and £600 raised. In addition to this, a group of supporters who couldn't make the quiz due to it coinciding with another event, donated £107, so a great night in all. We send our thanks to Ian Chamberlain and friends for organising the collection at his birthday party, JNP Partnership for being the box office for our ticket sales, Prestwood Plaice for the great fish and chips and all who attended & donated raffle prizes, including the winning team who very generously gave back the prize money.
Collection Day at Tesco

Loudwater, High Wycombe
9th September 2016 The people of High Wycombe were extremely generous and we managed to collect an impressive £380. This useful amount will help enormously with our work. We would like to thank Tesco for the opportunity, the kind customers and our trusted volunteers who work tirelessly giving up their own time for our cause. We are always looking for volunteers to help with our collections, please get in touch if you would like to be added to our list of volunteers. email tomballcharity@aol.com.
70's Disco
3rd September 2016 This fantastic evening was a brilliant event enjoyed by all who turned out and made the effort. We hope to hold a similar event in the future.
Collecting day at Tesco


Tring Road, Aylesbury
22nd July 2016 We are very pleased to report that £350 was collected outside Tesco in Aylesbury. This will make a big difference to our work. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and the generous customers and staff who donated.
Dream Walk 2016

24th June 2016 Our six mile "Midnight Dream Walk" is always a night to remember. The steady amble from Great Missenden to Prestwood and back, has become a popular annual event. We hope to recruit as many volunteers as possible each year to raise vital funds to continue our work.

We raise around £2,000 every year with this popular sponsored walk and its never too late to make a donation.

Please visit: please visit: www.justgiving.com/DreamWalkTeam2016 or text hour24 followed by one of these amounts £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10 to 70070

We would like to thank everyone who took part & those who supported the event, including The JNP Partnership, TGI Fridays, High Wycombe and local Co-operatives.

Caps 4 Kids 2016

To mark International Childhood Cancer Day

15th Febraury 2016 Each year we ask schools & businesses to help us mark International Childhood Cancer Day by wearing caps/hats/wigs on or around 15th February. Suggested donation is £1 that we use exclusively for childhood cancer research. The following took up the challenge in 2016:

  • Prestwood Infant and Junior Schools, Great Missenden
  • Great Missenden C of E Combined School
  • The Whartons Primary School, Otley, Leeds in memory of former pupil Harry Buckley
  • St. Pauls C of E, Wooburn Green, High Wycombe where Charlie Walker who has a brain tumour attends
  • Friends and family in memory of George Hayhoe who would have been 21 this year

We also held a coffee morning at Missenden Abbey to mark the occasion, many thanks to the Abbey for providing refreshments and a welcoming venue for our fundraising.

We also send huge thanks to United Biscuits who supplied us with boxes of delicious cakes and snacks for our supporters to enjoy.

There are a few photos of Caps4Kids and the coffee morning in our photo gallery. £1,600 was raised on International Childhood Cancer Day 2016.

Please contact the charity if your school/workplace would like to take part in the future: email: tomballcharity@aol.com One child in every six hundred will receive a diagnosis of cancer, please continue to donate towards this very worthwhile cause that is grossly under funded compared to adult cancers. Make a donation at www.justgiving.com or text: ICCD16 followed by one of these compatible amounts - £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10 to 70070


Disney Trip 2015

2nd-4th December 2015 The Thomas Ball Euro Disney trip is an annual event where approximately twelve families who all have a child diagnosed with either cancer or leukemia are invited on this 3 day break. At this magical time of year the children can enjoy the Christmas parades as well as their favourite Disney characters.

Clic Sargent teams work with us to select suitable children and families for the trip, taking into consideration the child's treatment plan, prognosis and whether or not they have been to Disney before.

The 2015 trip was kindly funded by Mr. Bambra & Flo and Gary Styles. We thank everyone who contributed and made this possible.

Angel Ball 2015

The Bellhouse Hotel, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2XE

17th October 2015 The Angel Ball is a very special event held primarily for bereaved parents who come together from all over the UK to remember their children who have all died from neuroblastoma and at the same time, raise much needed funds for research.

A great night was had by all and we even managed to raise £2,000 towards the UK share of the SIOPEN levy, this is used for our children to take part in the latest clinical trials, to find a cure for neuroblastoma.

To see photos from the 2015 Angel Ball take a look at our photo gallery.

It's never too late to show your support: Donate Now.

Charity Quiz Night

Prestwood Village Hall, Wycombe Road, Prestwood HP16 0NZ

19th September 2015 This fun evening raised £1,000 for our cause and we would like to thank everyone for their support. Prestwood Plaice, did us proud with excellent fish and chips & The JNP Partnership helped tremendously with the sale of tickets. We look forward to having this degree of support at our next quiz, coming soon.
Charity Summer Ball, Crowne Plaza Marlow

11th July 2015 This wonderful evening was organised by www.my-styles.co.uk and raised a staggering £7,000 that was shared between The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund & Cancer Research UK. We thank Gary, Flo, Ella, Irene & their friends, family & guests who so generously supported this event. We also thank everyone who donated prizes for the raffle and auction. To see photos of this truly amazing night check out our photo gallery.
Dream Walk 2015

26th June 2015 Our six mile "Midnight Dream Walk" will take place this summer. The steady amble from Great Missenden to Prestwood and back, has become a popular annual event. We hope to recruit as many people as possible to raise vital funds to continue our work.

It costs just £15 to register and this includes a torch, reflective jacket, bottled water and hot bacon rolls etc. after the event.

Registration packs are available from JNP Partnership, Prestwood or by contacting the charity tomballcharity@aol.com

Alternatively, please download a registration form and return to the charity to secure your place.

To sponsor our "Dream Team" of walkers please visit: www.make-a-donation.org/fundraisers/the-dream-team or text June26 followed by one of these amounts £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10 to 70070

Caps 4 Kids 2015
To mark International Childhood Cancer Day

15th Febraury 2015 Each year we ask schools & businesses to help us mark International Childhood Cancer Day by wearing caps/hats/wigs to school on or around 15th February. Suggested donation is £1 that we use exclusively for childhood cancer research. The following schools and businesses took part in 2015:

  • Haddenham Community Junior School, Aylesbury
  • Prestwood Infant and Junior Schools, Great Missenden
  • TGI Fridays, High Wycombe
  • High Quality Lighting, High Wycombe

We also held a coffee morning at Missenden Abbey to mark the occasion, many thanks to the Abbey for providing all the refreshments and a welcoming venue for our fundraising.. There are a few photos of Caps4Kids and the coffee morning in our photo gallery. £1,500 was raised on International Childhood Cancer Day 2015.

Please contact the charity if your school/workplace would like to take part in the future: email: tomballcharity@aol.com

One child in every six hundred will receive a diagnosis of cancer, please continue to donate towards this very worthwhile cause that is grossly under funded compared to adult cancers. Make a donation at www.justgiving.com or text CAPS14 followed by one of these compatible amounts - £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10 to 70070

Collecting day at Tesco, Amersham
17th January 2015 We are delighted to report a fantastic £409 was donated at Tesco store in Amersham. We are very grateful to all the customers who contributed and for the staff for their support. We are always looking for volunteers to hold a bucket for a couple of hours, if you can help and would like to be added to our list of volunteers, please contact the charity.

Disney Trip 2014
1st - 3rd December 2014 The Thomas Ball Euro Disney trip is an annual event where twelve families who all have a child diagnosed with either cancer or leukemia are invited on this 3 day break. At this magical time of year the children can enjoy the Christmas parades as well as their favourite Disney characters.

Clic Sargent teams work with us to select suitable children and families for the trip, taking into consideration the child's treatment plan, prognosis and whether or not they have been to Disney before.

The trip has been completely funded once again by one very kind donor, thank you Mr. Bambra.

10th Angel Ball 2014

The Bellhouse Hotel, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2XE

18th October 2014 The Angel Ball is a very special event held primarily for bereaved parents who come together from all over the UK to remember their children who have all died from neuroblastoma and at the same time, raise much needed funds for research. We welcome all parents and their guests on this poignant evening who have been touched by this terrible disease.

The event begins with pre dinner drinks at 7.30pm and is followed by a three course meal and dancing to TJ's disco until 1am. Tickets for angel parents are free of charge and guests pay just £45 per ticket.

This was our 10th anniversary of this tremendous event and all who attended had a wonderful evening.

We are grateful to Chelsea and Arsenal football clubs, Coyle White Devine Solicitors, High Wycombe Air Park and many other kind people and organisations who supported the event. Photos of this event can be viewed in our photo gallery

Donations towards neuroblastoma research that receives no direct government funding can be made here: Donate Now.

Charity Quiz Night
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Prestwood Village Hall, Wycombe Road, Prestwood HP16 0NZ
4th October 2014 A turn out of 120 people was the best ever and resulted in £1,000 being raised for the charity. We are so grateful to all those who supported the event, it really was a fun packed evening with brilliant fish and chips served up from Prestwood Plaice who did us proud with the service, quality and price. Thanks to JNP Partnership, Prestwood office for selling the tickets and Daisy's Flowers and The Malt Brewery to name just a few who donated raffle prizes. Can't wait for the next quiz.
Summer Fair & Craft Market
Missenden Abbey

13th July 2014 We were delighted to have been chosen once again for Missenden Abbey's Summer Fair & Craft Market. There was live music, falconry, dog agility, beer tent and a BBQ, a true family day out. We were delighted to have made £300 on our tombola stall and even more delighted to receive just over £1,000 from the Abbey which was a percentage of the profits made on the day. We thank the public for their support and the Abbey for choosing us to benefit. To see photos of this great day please see our Photo Gallery
Midnight Dream Walk 2014

27th June 2014 A great turn out again for this annual event. Around £2,000 has been raised that will make a real difference to our work. See pictures of the event in our photo gallery.

We hope that next year even more will sign up for our six mile "Midnight Dream Walk" a steady amble from Great Missenden to Prestwood and back again. We would like to thank all our volunteers and Sainsburys in Prestwood and local Co-op's for donating refreshments for our walkers and TGI Fridays for not only taking part but also providing the bacon rolls and sending along a volunteer member of staff to cook them for us! We are also very grateful to the Great Missenden Memorial Centre committee and the Chiltern Safety Advisory Group for their support and Dreams beds for donating a bedstead to raffle after the walk, this raised even more cash.

It's never too late to donate, please text: TOMS14 £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. Alternatively visit one of our supporter's Justgiving pages, such as this one www.justgiving.com/Tamiahwalksthedream.

Prestwood Junior School Summer Fete
Clare Road, Prestwood HP16 0NR

21st June 2014 We were blessed with good weather and a marvellous turn out. £100 was raised on our stall. Many thanks to the school for giving us this opportunity and to "The Friends of Prestwood Junior School", children and families who all came along on the day and supported their school fete and our cause.
Dung Beatles Charity Night
Missenden Abbey

29th March 2014 Many thanks to the wonderful Dung Beatles, www.thedungbeatles.co.uk, who put on a magnificent show for us, free of charge. The evening was attended by well over 120 people and the crowd were entertained by the sounds of classic Beatles' tunes, raising the party atmosphere to another level. Thanks are also given to Missenden Abbey for offering the venue free of charge and to everyone who supported the raffle by selling, buying and donating prizes. With this fantastic amount of support, we were able to raise an outstanding £2,800 for our cause that will be used to benefit very sick children. See pictures of the event in our photo gallery.

Caps 4 Kids 2014
To mark International Childhood Cancer Day

15th Febraury 2014 Each year we ask schools to help us mark International Childhood Cancer Day by allowing pupils and staff to wear a cap/hat/wig to school on or around 15th February. Suggested donation is £1 that we use exclusively for childhood cancer research. The following schools took part in 2014:

  • Maids Moreton Pre-School Playgroup, Buckingham
  • The Whartons Primary School, West Yorkshire
  • Haddenham Community Junior School, Aylesbury
  • Curzon C of E Combined School, Amersham
  • Prestwood Infant and Junior Schools, Great Missenden.

We also held a coffee morning at Missenden Abbey to mark the occasion, many thanks to the Abbey for providing all the refreshments and a welcoming venue for our fundraising. There are a few photos of Caps4Kids and the coffee morning in our photo gallery. £2,000 was raised on International Childhood Cancer Day 2014.

Please contact the charity if your school/workplace would like to take part in the future: email: tomballcharity@aol.com

One child in every six hundred will receive a diagnosis of cancer, please continue to donate towards this very worthwhile cause that is grossly under funded compared to adult cancers. Make a donation at www.justgiving.com or text CAPS14 followed by one of these compatible amounts - £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, £10 to 70070

Christmas Craft Market
Missenden Abbey
8th December 2013 As Missenden Abbey's charity of the year, they decided to support us with this festive event that raised almost £500. We would like to thank everyone who made donations on the door and those who very kindly donated prizes for the tombola and raffle. The day was a huge success and we thank Missenden Abbey for giving us the opportunity to raise not only a handsome amount of cash but very important awareness of childhood cancer. See the news link at the Bucks Free Press.

Disney Trip 2013
2nd - 4th December 2013 The Thomas Ball Euro Disney trip is an annual event where twelve families who all have a child diagnosed with either cancer or leukemia are invited on this 3 day break. At this magical time of year the children can enjoy the Christmas parades as well as their favourite Disney characters.

Clic Sargent teams are currently working with us to select suitable families.

The trip has been completely funded once again by one very kind donor, thank you Mr. Bambra.

Angel Ball

The Bellhouse Hotel, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2XE

19th October 2013 Our 9th Angel Ball was a beautiful evening where we remembered our lost children who have all died from the same cancer, neuroblastoma and at the same time raised £2,000 towards childhood cancer research. We would like to thank Chelsea and Arsenal football clubs, Coyle White Devine Solicitors in Amersham, Wycombe Air Park, The Stag & Huntsman and Chiltern Valley Winery in Hambleden, Newmarket Race Course, Wycombe Heights & Castle Royal Reading Golf Centres and all the other business and kind people who supported our event.

Donations towards neuroblastoma research that receives no direct government funding can be made here: Donate Now.

Summer Fair & Craft Market
Missenden Abbey

30th June 2013 We are delighted to have been chosen as Missenden Abbey's charity of the year. To kick off our association the Abbey organised a wonderful summer event that raised an incredible £1,514 for our cause. The day was extremely poignant to friends and family of Thomas Ball, as it also marked the ten year anniversary of his passing. There was live music, falconry, dog agility, beer tent and BBQ, a true family day out and we were blessed with glorious warm sunshine all day! Thank you to the Abbey and all who supported the event. To see photos of this brilliant occasion please see our Photo Gallery.
Collecting day at Tesco, Amersham
29th June 2013 Our volunteers had a very successful collecting day at Tesco Amersham today; we are thrilled to report that generous customers have donated just over £400. Thank you to Tesco and their customers and a huge thanks to our faithful volunteers who stood outside the store promoting our cause.
Midnight Dream Walk 2013
28th June 2013 This year's Midnight Dream Walk saw 40 people take part in a steady amble around Prestwood village for six miles. We would like to thank all our volunteers, Great Missenden Memorial Hall Committee, Chiltern Safety Advisory Group, The JNP Partnership and our local Cooperative businesses for their support. £2,000 has been raised so far, plus some of these donations will qualify for gift aid.

It's never too late to sponsor our walkers please text: TOMS10 £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. Alternatively visit one of our supporter's Justgiving pages, such as this one created by Tom's former school friends who wanted to mark the ten year anniversary of their friend's passing by raising funds to help other children who are tragically suffering from cancer: Tom's Friends' Page.

To see photos taken on the night, please visit our Photo Gallery.

Penn & Tylers Green Super Fun Run
23rd June 2013 The charity was chosen again for the third time to benefit from this wonderful community event. This year the Fun Run committee opted to support two charities but given that 2013 is the 30th anniversary of the event, the organisers were hoping for an outstanding year. The presentation was held at the end of of 2013, we are delighted to report that the charity has picked up a cheque for £5,380. We would like to thank the committee, sponsors, volunteers and runners who made the day such a success and the local community for their support. . Pictures of the day can be found in our Photo Gallery and results and more pictures on the official Fun Run website.
Penn & Tylers Green Super Fun Run
Gala Dinner & Dance

15th June 2013 As this year was the 30th anniversary of The Penn and Tylers Green Super Fun Run, the organisers wanted to mark the occasion by putting on an additional event, a wonderful "Gala Dinner & Dance" in Tylers Green Village Hall. All funds raised on the night have been added to the profits raised at the Fun Run to be presented at the end of this year to the two chosen charities, one being The Thomas Ball. Thank you to everyone for making this such an enjoyable, successful evening. Pictures of the evening can be seen in our Photo Gallery.
Charity Race Night
The Slug and Lettuce, Exchange Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UG

28th March 2013 Thank you to The Slug & Lettuce, Aylesbury, for a great evening. £250 was raised. Special thanks go out to manager Daniel McKay and his staff for organising the event. The Slug and Lettuce continue to fundraise for us with collecting boxes pulling in a further £240 at the last count! Well done Daniel, your support is much appreciated!
Collecting day at Tesco, Loudwater, High Wycombe
23rd February 2013 Our volunteers had a very positive response from the public today with the bucket collection reaching a very useful £299. Thank you Tesco for granting permission, the customers for being so generous and our faithful volunteers for giving their time.
Caps 4 Kids to mark International Childhood Cancer Day
15th February 2013 Each year we ask schools to help us mark International Childhood Cancer Day by allowing pupils and staff to wear a cap/hat/wig to school on or around 15th February. Suggested donation is £1 that we use exclusively for childhood cancer research.

Around £1,500 was raised this year and lots of awareness.

We would like to thank the following schools for taking part, the majority of these schools have a past or present pupil with a diagnosis of cancer or leukaemia.

  • Prestwood Infants, Bucks
  • Prestwood Juniors, Bucks
  • Haddenham Community Juniors, Bucks
  • Curzon C of E Combined School, Penn Street Village, Bucks
  • Carrington Juniors, Flackwell Heath, Bucks
  • St. Paul’s Church of England Combined School, Wooburn Green, Bucks
  • Heritage House, Chesham, Bucks
  • Whartons Primary, Otley, West Yorkshire

Check out our Photo Gallery for pictures.

Please contact the charity if your school/workplace would like to take part in the future, email: tomballcharity@aol.com

One child in every six hundred will receive a diagnosis of cancer, please continue to donate towards this very worthwhile cause which is grossly under funded compared to adult cancers. Click here to make a donation.

Charity Quiz Night
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Prestwood Village Hall, Wycombe Road, Prestwood HP16 0NZ
9th February 2013 £500 was raised on this fun filled evening. We would like to thank Prestwood Plaice for the wonderful delivery of fish and chips and the winning team "The Happy Hopefuls" for giving the prize money back to support the charity. The raffle was a huge success, we would like to thank our ticket sellers and the kind people who donated prizes. Overall, a very successful night.
Perry Fenwick

8th December 2012 Two of our sick children were able to meet EastEnders Star, Perry Fenwick who plays Billy Mitchell in the soap.

For the children to meet an EastEnders star was a huge thrill and Perry Fenwick exceeded all our expectations as he was a lovely genuine person who really cared about the children and spent so much time with them on the day. For sick children to have a treat like this can really make a difference to their well being, it gives them a boost and some light relief from the pressures of grueling hospital treatments and procedures. On behalf of The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund and the families, we would like to thank the organisers and of course Perry, for making this day a memorable experience for us all."

See the story in the Bucks Free Press or take a look at our Photo Gallery.


Disney Trip 2012
3rd - 5th December 2012 The Thomas Ball Euro Disney trip is an annual event where twelve families who all have a child diagnosed with either cancer or leukemia are invited on this 3 day break. At this magical time of year the children can enjoy the Christmas parades as well as their favourite Disney characters.

Clic Sargent teams are currently working with us to select suitable families.

The trip has been completely funded once again by one very kind donor, thank you Mr. Bambra.

Angel Ball

The Bellhouse Hotel, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2XE

20th October 2012 Our 8th "Angel Ball" was a very special event held primarily for bereaved parents who come together from all over the UK to remember children who have died from neuroblastoma and at the same time raise much needed funds for research

We would like to thank all the organisations who donated prizes for the raffle and auction, £4,000 was raised on the night. You can view some photos here.

We hope that even more parents will join us next year on this poignant evening.

Donations to support neuroblastoma research that receives no direct government funding can be made here: Donate Now.

Collecting day at Tesco, Loudwater, High Wycombe
6th October 2012 Our volunteers collected an amazing £377 in just one day outside Tescos. We send our thanks to the customers who gave so generously and to our trusted volunteers who gave their time to support us. We would also like to thank Tesco Stores for giving us this fantastic opportunty. As Tesco would say "Every little helps".
Parent Neuroblastoma Education Conference
London, UK
6th October 2012 We have been asked by The Neuroblastoma Alliance charity to inform parents of this conference. This event is an opportunity for parents to interact with some of the world’s leading neuroblastoma researchers and clinical oncologists and to have their questions about current neuroblastoma treatments and trials answered. See this link for more information: Parent Education Neuroblastoma Conference.
Midnight Dream Walk 2012
29th June 2012 Congratulations to all our midnight "Dreamwalkers" who all made it round the six mile route in less than two hours. The total is still rising but we are expecting it to reach somewhere between three and four thousand pounds. It's not too late to show your appreciation for these dedicated volunteers who gave their time to benefit children who have cancer, many thanks guys, we couldn't operate without people like you. We would also like to thank the Co-op for donating the refreshments, High Quality Lighting for donating the bottled water and Duracell for supplying us with batteries and torches.

New for 2012: Now you can sponsor our wonderful walkers via SMS. Simply text TOMS89 and one of these compatable amounts - £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 - to 70070 or to donate online visit the JustGiving/2012DreamTeam.

Charity Mascot Race

Nr. Beaconsfield HP10 0LX (M40, J2)
www.oddsfarm.co.uk
7th August 2012 Our day at Odds Farm brought in a very useful £200. A fun day was had by all. We would like to thank our volunteers, the generous public and Odds Farm staff for being so helpful and welcoming. Please see the news report in the Maidenhead Advertiser here.
Caps 4 Kids to mark International Childhood Cancer Day
15th February 2012 We once again asked schools to help us mark International Childhood Cancer Day by allowing pupils and staff to wear a cap to school on or around 15th February. Suggested donation was £1 to be used exclusively towards childhood cancer research. We are delighted to report that £1,400 was raised. Please contact the charity if your school/workplace can take part in the future: email: tomballcharity@aol.com

The following schools took part this year and we are very grateful to have their support:

  • Prestwood Infants
  • Prestwood Juniors
  • Carrington Juniors, High Wycombe
  • Heritage House, Chesham
  • Fulmer Infants
  • St. Joseph's Catholic Primary, Thame
  • St. Paul's Church of England, Wooburn Green

You can view some photos here.

One child in every six hundred will receive a diagnosis of cancer, please continue to donate towards this very worthwhile cause which is grossly under funded compared to adult cancers. Click here to make a donation.

Christmas Party Disco
17th December 2011 The Christmas Disco and Grand Christmas Draw raised £800. A fun night was had by all at Great Missenden Memorial Centre. We would like to thank everyone who donated prizes, and our wonderful ticket sellers. Special thanks to the local Co-op food stores for supporting the raffle. Photos can be found in our photo gallery.
Angel Ball

The Bellhouse Hotel, Beaconsfield, Bucks HP9 2XE
22nd October 2011 The 7th "Angel Ball", held once again at The Bellhouse Hotel in Beaconsfield, was a wonderful evening. 62 bereaved parents from various parts of the UK whose children have all died from neuroblastoma, came together for a night of rememberance and to meet new friends. Thanks to some very special guests on the evening, the event raised £8,000 that will be used to further neuroblastoma research. Very generous donations were made by Mr. Bambra & friends & Tania & Pete Hayhoe on behalf of "Georgies Fund" in memory of their dear son George. We thank all those organisations and kind persons who supported this poignant event.

See our photo gallery for pictures of this very special evening; and read more from the Bucks Free Press here.

Donations to support neuroblastoma research that receives no direct government funding can be made here: www.justgiving.com/combat-childhood-cancer. .

Street Collection, Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe
1st October 2011 The charity were given permission to collect within the new High Wycombe Eden Shopping Centre. This opportunity raised £180 from generous shoppers. Thanks to all our volunteers and the Eden management team who authorised this.
Street Collection, High Wycombe Town Centre
10th September 2011 Every year the trustees apply for a street licence to carry out a collection in High Wycombe town centre. Due to a lack of volunteers we were only able to cover the Chiltern Shopping Centre on this day but that didn't stop us from collecting an amazing £250 from the very generous public. We would like to thank all those who volunteered. If you can spare a few hours to help the charity with future collections, we would love to hear from you - tomballcharity@aol.com
Charity Mascot Race

Nr. Beaconsfield HP10 0LX (M40, J2)
www.oddsfarm.co.uk
2nd August 2011 We thank all our volunteers who helped at Odds Farm Park this year. The generous public supported our cause by donating a marvellous £250. We thank Odds Farm for choosing us again this year and all the mascots who turned out for the charity as temperatures soured. See our photo gallery for pictures of the event and read the news report here.
Midnight Dream Walk in Great Missenden & Prestwood, Bucks
Thomas Ball aged 13 yrs, a year before he died, do it for children like him.

17th June 2011 Our 3rd midnight "Dream" walk was an amazing success with over fifty persons taking on the challenge. The event is expected to raise around £2,000 once all the sponsor money has been collected. We would like to thank all our volunteers for taking part in the walk, Proctor and Gamble for donating the torches, The Cooperative for providing the refreshments and Gt. Missenden Memorial Centre for their support. There's still time to show your support for our volunteers by texting: WALK22 £1 to 70070. Other compatible amounts are £2, £3, £4, £5 & £10. Newspaper link: Chesham Buckinghamshire Advertiser See photos here.
Caps 4 Kids to mark International Childhood Cancer Day
15th February 2011 Caps 4 Kids 2011 was a huge success with eight schools taking part raising a grand total of £1,500. This very useful amount has been put towards finding a cure for neuroblastoma.

We would like to thank the following schools for their support: Prestwood Infant & Junior schools, Heritage House in Chesham, Curzon C of E near Amersham, Bedgrove Junior in Aylesbury, Sir Henry Floyd in Aylesbury, St. Josephs Catholic Primary in Thame and Aylesbury High School.

One child in every six hundred will receive a diagnosis of cancer, please continue to donate towards this very worthwhile cause which is grossly under funded compared to adult cancers. Click here to make a donation.

M&S Simply Food, High Wycombe Retail Park
18th & 19th December 2010 Our final collecting weekend was hampered by heavy snow. Saturday was called off due to the treacherous weather conditions but on the Sunday, three of our volunteers managed to plough their way through the snow and collect a most welcome £189.23. We thank all those who have supported our collecting days throughout 2010. Please see this link for newspaper coverage of our efforts: Shoppers raise thousands for cancer charity

Disney Trip 2010
6th - 8th December 2010

Twelve families all having a child diagnosed with either cancer or leukemia were invited on our Disney trip. Seven families from The John Radcliffe, three families from The Royal Marsden and two families from Great Ormond Street all enjoyed a magical time, in spite of the heavy snow on our last day, a great time was had by all. We send enormous thanks to Mr. Bambra for funding our trip again this year. Please see this link for the newspaper report Magical Disney trip for terminally ill children and our Photo Gallery for the pictures taken by the families.
Chris Weeks Sings...
Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra and more!
THE OLD BENGAL, BEACONSFIELD HP9 1LZ
7th November 2010 Around 90 guests enjoyed this wonderful evening of "Music & Curry" at one of the finest restaurants in Beaconsfield. We would like to thank Chris Owen for orgainsing this spectacular event and the restaurant for the great atmosphere and food. We are delighted to report that a fantastic £1,669 was raised on the night.
M&S Simply Food, High Wycombe Retail Park
30th & 31st October 2010 Another very good weekend at M&S. We managed to collect a very useful £440.32. Thank you to all our collectors and the store for their support. Please contact the charity if you are able to help with store collections in the future, we are always looking for volunteers.
The Angel Ball
23rd October 2010 The "Angel Ball" now in it's sixth year, is a splendid black tie charity dinner and dance. Bereaved parents come from all over the UK to remember our lost children who have all died from neuroblastoma. We meet new friends and surprisingly we all have a wonderful evening. It's never too late to make a donation towards neuroblastoma research that receives no direct government funding, please visit this link: www.justgiving.com/combat-childhood-cancer. Pictures of the event can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.
M&S Simply Food, High Wycombe Retail Park
25th & 26th September 2010 We are extremely grateful to find a wonderful £465.67 in our charity buckets this weekend. Once again the public have been very generous and this will make a huge difference to our work. The trustees thank our wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly for our cause and M&S staff & customers for their support.
M&S Simply Food, High Wycombe Retail Park
28th & 29th August 2010 Another outstanding weekend collecting money outside M&S. An amazing £594.15 was donated by very generous customers. This is an incredible amount of money and will make such a difference to our work. We thank our wonderful volunteers for giving up their time, the public for their fantastic support and the store manager for making this possible.
Charity Mascot Race

Nr. Beaconsfield HP10 0LX (M40, J2)
www.oddsfarm.co.uk
3rd August 2010 Odds Farm Park near Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, held a Mascot Racing Day to support the Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund. Special thanks go out to the staff of HSBC Bank in Hemel Hempstead who, together with our regular volunteers, managed to collect an amazing £350 from the public. We are also grateful to the farm for choosing our cause and to the families who gave so generously. To see photos of the day visit our Photo Gallery
M&S Simply Food, High Wycombe Retail Park
24th & 25th July 2010 Another very successful weekend collecting money outside M&S. An amazing £565.61 was donated by very generous customers. This has exceeded all expectations and will make such a difference to our work. We thank our loyal volunteers for giving up their time, the public for their tremendous support and the store manager for making this possible.
Speen Village Fete
Saturday 10th July 2010 The charity was chosen as the main beneficiary of this vibrant village fete. The weather was glorious and crowds were bursting to support the event. We thank all the local organisations who took part with such enthusiasm, in particular the 230 Squadron from RAF Benson who not only took part on the day but also flew in on a Puma helicopter to entertain the amazed crowd. The charity has been presented with a very handsome donation of £1,500. Enormous thanks go to the fete committee for organising the event and special thanks to Amanda Dobbs for her tremendous drive and determination that made the day such a success. We also thank David King the Fete President for bringing our cause to the attention of the fete committee and his first class skills on the PA system that brought the whole fete together on the day. For more photos of the fete visit our Photo Gallery
Midnight Dream Walk in Great Missenden & Prestwood, Bucks
Thomas Ball aged 13 yrs, a year before he died, do it for children like him.

18th June 2010 A very successful fundraiser! We expect around £1,000 in sponsorship to be collected, which will make a huge difference to our work. Thanks to all our volunteers who took part on the evening. To read the full news report on this event, go to The Bucks Free Press.

And, it's never too late to make a donation so please visit this link to support the Dream Walk.

M&S Simply Food, High Wycombe Retail Park
29th & 30th May 2010 We had a very successful collecting weekend at M & S. We are very pleased to report that a wonderful £502.02 was raised. Many thanks to our loyal, hardworking collectors but more volunteers are needed, please contact the charity if you are able to hold a collecting bucket for a two hour shift sometime in the future.
Spirit of Prestwood Fete 3rd May 2010, Bank Holiday Monday The charity had a stall at this wonderful village event on the common in Prestwood, Great Missenden, Bucks. A great day was had by all and we raised around £200 on our stall and a further £260 with our annual draw that took place at the end of the fete. Thank you to all our supporters.
M&S Simply Food, High Wycombe Retail Park
24th & 25th April 2010 We had a very successful collecting weekend at M & S this year. We are delighted to report that an amazing £521.39 was raised. Many thanks to our loyal, hardworking collectors but more volunteers are needed, please contact the charity if you are able to hold a collecting bucket for a two hour shift sometime in the future.
Caps 4 Kids to mark International Childhood Cancer Day 15th February 2010 Once again we asked schools and companies to help us mark International Childhood Cancer Day by allowing pupils and staff to wear a cap to school in February. Suggested donation was £1 towards childhood cancer research.

We send our thanks to Prestwood Junior School and The Aylesbury Vale Academy for taking part in our hat day and to the other schools and organisations who made donations. Please visit the Bucks Free Press for the news report. And you can visit our Photo Gallery for some brilliant pictures of the kids from Great Missenden Church of England Combined School supporting Caps 4 Kids.

One child in every six hundred will receive a diagnosis of cancer, please continue to donate towards this very worthwhile cause which is grossly under funded compared to adult cancers. Click here to make a donation.

To find out how you can run your own event to raise money for research or to get actively involved in our work, please contact the charity. We can't do this alone, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

Asda High Wycombe
20th December 2009 This final collecting day of 2009 raised a tremendous £285. We've had amazing support from ASDA High Wycombe this year as their chosen charity including customers donating toys and prizes towards our cause. Our thanks go out to all involved and we look forward to being invited back to ASDA in the future.
Disney Trip 2009
6th - 8th December 2009

Our annual Disney trip was wonderful. Ten families enjoyed a magical three day break in Paris. The children were referred from The John Radcliffe, The Royal Marsden and Gloucester Royal hospitals. The weather was extraordinary mild and each day we woke to brilliant winter sunshine. We are happy to report that all children remained well on the trip and we are looking forward to booking our next Disney break with the help of generous business man, Mr. Bambra who has funded most of our last three trips and agreed to do the same in 2010. See the Bucks Free Press for a news report and check out our Photo Gallery for more wonderful pictures.
The Spirit of Christmas 5th December 2009 A Christmas evening took place in the village of Prestwood where carol singing and lighting of the tree was the focal point of the event and even a temporary ice rink was set up for the celebrations. Local traders donated festive nibbles for the occasion and we were fortunate to have been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from funds raised. We send thanks to Prestwood Events Group and all the locals who supported the event and contributed to the £477 that we have gratefully received.
Street Collection, High Wycombe Town Centre 27th November 2009 We collected £337.67 in and around the High Wycombe shopping centres. Thanks go out to our faithful volunteers who stand outside in all weathers. We also thank all those kind people who donated.
Asda High Wycombe
21/22nd November 2009 In spite of this being "Children in Need" weekend, our determined volunteers managed to collect £850 over the two days. We thank all our supporters.
The Angel Ball
24th October 2009 The "Angel Ball" is a very special event that we hold each year to remember our lost children and at the same time raise money for neuroblastoma research. The Ball was held at The Bellhouse Hotel in Beaconsfield. Parents who have lost a child to cancer enjoyed a special evening where we remembered our lost children, met new friends and offered support to one another. There was a 3 course dinner and a disco. To make a donation or to see money raised, please visit this link: www.justgiving.com/combat-childhood-cancer. To see more photos from the Angel Ball visit our Photo Gallery
Asda High Wycombe
13th September 2009 Sunday collecting days are always less busy but amazingly our collectors managed to raise £270 outside the store. Well done everyone!
6th September 2009 The Great British Duck Race was reported to be a great success, the amount raised for our cause will appear here as soon as we are notified by the Duck Race office. Meanwhile, here are the winning ducks:
1. 023871
2. 209579
3. 122117
4. 051120
5. 186992
6. 062050
7. 092077
8. 184301
9. 183301
10. 204553
11. 039289
12. 030552
13. 218127
14. 111676
15. 205643
16. 167411
17. 229895
18. 018534
19. 001358
20. 017328
21. 179913
22. 177294
23. 182552
24. 223431
25. 240309
26. 081888
27. 065081
28. 241025
29. 193151
30. 058600
31. 013728
 
www.thegreatbritishduckrace.co.uk
Asda High Wycombe
15/16th August 2009 We have been chosen again as charity of the year for Asda, High Wycombe. Our first session this year went really well with almost £700 collected over the two days. We are enormously grateful to all our faithful volunteers who work so hard to make these days successful. New volunteers are always needed for our collecting days, this involves holding a collecting bucket for a two hour slot. Please check our forthcoming events for other collecting days.
July 2009 It is with regret that our association with Parker Lewis has come to an end on 10th July 2009. Since 2007 the charity has received a percentage from the company's advertising sales. Due to the credit crunch and organisations having limited budget for advertising, Parker Lewis are currently unable to support us. We thank Parker Lewis for all the donations that we have received over the last two years, this money has made such a difference to our work. We also thank all those companies who have placed adverts and supported the charity.
Rock 'n' Roll Evening with the B17s 20th June 2009 Once again we experienced a night of nostalgic rock 'n' roll with the infamous B17s. Around 70 people jived the night away at Adams Park, the home of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. The event including "Tom's Grand Summer Draw" raised a very handsome £1,350. We are grateful to all our ticket sellers, all those kind people who donated prizes and as always our faithful supporters who joined us on the evening, most having made the effort to wear 1950's dress. To see some fabulous photos from our fun 50s night, visit our Photo Gallery
Penn and Tyler's Green Super Fun Run 6th /7th June 2009 The Penn and Tyler's Green Super Fun Run has been held every year since 1984, making this the 26th Super Fun Run. 950 runners took part in the two main races and 100 children joined in the mini marathons. Preliminary figures show that over £10,000 has been raised on the day with more funds expected to come in once runners have collected their sponsor money

The Super Fun Run Organising Committee and the Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund would like to thank all those who ran in the event this year, those who came to support and especially all those who gave up their time to help with organising and running the event. The day would not have been the success without all this support.

To see the results please visit Penn and Tylers Green Community Website.

Visit Bucks Free Press for newspaper coverage.

For more photos visit our Photo Gallery.

Asda High Wycombe
22/23/24th May 2009 We are delighted to report that after counting our buckets from the Saturday and Sunday, we had collected £802.20. In addition to this, the Friday was manned for us by employees of Marlow company, Dun and Bradstreet. The company has matched what their employees collected on that day which doubled their collection to £1,074.64, combined with ours, the grand total over the three days was a tremendous £1,876.84 the most we have ever achieved at Asda. Many thanks and well done to everyone.
70's Disco 25th April 2009 The 70's disco in Great Missenden saw an extraordinary night of fun where we brought back all our favourite tunes and donned outfits of the era including platform shoes and flares. Around 65 people boogied the night away and we raised a fantastic £400. Thank you to all those who came along on the evening and supported the event. For more photos of our step back in time visit our Photo Gallery.
Caps 4 Kids to mark International Childhood Cancer Day 9th to 15th February 2009 We asked schools to help us mark International Childhood Cancer Day by allowing pupils to wear a cap to school. Suggested donation was £1 towards childhood cancer research. We would like to thank the following schools for supporting us with the "Caps 4 Kids" appeal: Beechview School in High Wycombe, Denham Village Infant School, Aylesbury High School, Prestwood Infant and Junior Schools and Haydon Abbey school in Aylesbury. The Amersham Ladies Circle also supported the cause with a very kind donation. Altogether £1,183 was raised.

Please continue to donate towards this very worthwhile cause which is grossly under funded compared to adult cancers. Click here to make a donation.

To see the newspaper article on this event please visit this link Schoolchildren put their caps on for fundraiser.

To find out how you can run your own event to raise money for research or to get actively involved in our work, please contact the charity. We can't do this alone, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

Santa's Christmas Float 16th December 2008 The charity was invited again this year to help with the High Wycombe Lions Club "Santa Christmas Float". As Santa toured the streets of High Wycombe with his reindeers, we carried out a door to door collection for local causes. All money collected on the evening has been shared between various good causes and the charity is delighted to have received £150. Many thanks to our eight volunteers who did a tremendous job on the night.
Disney 2008 7th - 9th December 2008

Our annual group holiday to Euro Disney was once again, a magical experience. Twelve children suffering from various cancers were selected to benefit from this three day break although three children suffered infections at the last minute and were unable to travel, these children will be offered the same holiday at a later date. The children and families that did make the trip were chosen from various hospitals across the UK from Oxford to Manchester and a magnificent time was had by all. We would like to thank Mr. Bambra for putting up all the money again to fund this trip and for promising to do the same again for December 2009. Please see this news link for the full story - Magical Disneyland trip for seriously ill children.

For more photos of this year's magical trip visit our Photo Gallery.

The Spirit of Christmas 6th December 2008 A Christmas evening took place in the village of Prestwood where carol singing and lighting of the tree was the focal point of the event. Local traders donated festive nibbles for the occasion and around £800 was collected to be shared amongst four local charities. We are delighted to receive almost £200 towards our cause.
Street Collection, High Wycombe 29th November 2008 Our annual street collection in High Wycombe town centre went well. Just over £600 was donated. Thanks to all our volunteers who work so hard in all weathers without complaint. Help is always needed to operate these collecting days successfully, please contact the charity if you can spare a couple of hours.
The Angel Ball 25th October 2008 The Angel Ball is a very special event that we hold each year to remember our lost children and at the same time raise money for neuroblastoma research. Now in it's fourth year, the Angel Ball took place at The Bellhouse Hotel in Beaconsfield. Parents who have lost children to childhood cancer were invited to come along and join us for a poignant evening that held special memories for all of us. £1,500 was raised for neuroblastoma research. Thank you to all those who attended and supported the event and to all those organisations who donated prizes and cash including Chiltern Railways, Manchester United, Arsenal & Wycombe Wanderers Football Clubs, British Airways Flying Club, Eileen Wilson and Chris Butler and The Marlow Club. Donations can still be made at www.justgiving.com/combat-childhood-cancer.

For more photos of this year's special evening visit our Photo Gallery.

3 Peaks Challenge 1st to 5th September 2008 Ed Boakes, Chris Childs, Tom Brockett and Vicky Boakes completed the National 3 Peaks Challenge during the first week of September. The challenge involved climbing the 3 highest peaks in the British Isles - Ben Nevis (1344m), Mount Snowdon (1085m) and Scafell Pike (978m). The team travelled to Scotland on Monday 1st September and took on Ben Nevis the following day. Wednesday 3rd September saw them in the Lake District tackling Scafell Pike and they finished the challenge in Wales on the Thursday by scaling Mount Snowdon. Well done guys! The team are still collecting the money but expect to raise over £1,000, more news as soon as we have it.
The Great British Duck Race 31st August 2008
A quarter of a million yellow plastic ducks were released into the River Thames to race on a 1 kilometre dedicated course at Molesey Lock, near Hampton Court Palace. Persons were invited to adopt a duck for £2 and take part in this exciting race. There were top prizes for the winners including a first prize of £10,000. Donations made over and above the £2 adoption fee which included a donation towards the 3 lead charities, have benefited The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund. The total amount raised for our cause was £273.
Asda, High Wycombe 12th/13th July 2008 Our very special volunteers collected all over the weekend and we were really surprised to find £915 in our charity buckets. Asda were also involved in a Nestle promotion that included a raffle to win a fabulous scooter, this brought in a further £500 making the grand total £1,415. The staff and customers were as usual, very supportive and we thank all those kind people who made donations and bought raffle tickets. We are also extremely grateful to Nestle for donating the brand new scooter. For more photos visit our Photo Gallery.
British 10k London Run 2008 6th July 2008 The trustees are very grateful to the Dun & Bradstreet team for taking part in the British 10k London Run on 6th July 2008.
You can find out how they did by visiting www.justgiving.com/dnbteam. It's not too late to make a donation. Well done everyone.
Rock 'n' Roll Evening
with 'The B17s'
7th June 2008 The 50's night with the infamous B17's at Adams Park, was a fantastic evening with most guests dressing in 50's gear for the occasion. The atmosphere was nostalgic and the dancing amazing. We rock and rolled the night away and together with the Grand Summer Draw and Auction we raised an amazing £2,300. The trustees would like to thank all those kind people who bought tickets and donated prizes. Special thanks go to our draw ticket sellers, Wycombe Wanderers, The Marlow Club, Parker Lewis Ltd. and Viv and John Docket for donating their apartment in Lanzarote for auction.

For more photos of this fun evening, please visit our Photo Gallery.

Asda, High Wycombe 23rd/24th May 2008 Asda, High Wycombe, again invited us to collect at the store and they had also organised a BBQ in their car park. With a contribution from the bouncy castle and the AA who also had a stall, the total amount raised over this charity weekend was £1,496.61 - an absolutely amazing amount of money! We would like to thank all the Asda staff and customers for giving so generously. Special thanks go to Stuart Johnson who organised the whole event. See forthcoming events for our next collecting days at Asda.
Spirit of Prestwood Fete 5th May 2008
Bank Holiday Monday
A stall at the village fete has raised almost £300 for our cause. The crowd enjoyed a very warm sunny day that contributed to the roaring success of the event. There was a great community atmosphere and an opportunity to raise awareness of childhood cancer and our work. We thank all our supporters who gave so generously on the day.
Valentine's Dinner & Dance 15th February 2008 A special Valentines evening at The Chequers Chinese Restaurant in Prestwood, Gt. Missenden has raised almost £400 towards neuroblastoma research. The 3 course meal and disco was a very enjoyable evening and we thank all those who supported us.
Asda, High Wycombe 26th/27th January 2008 An amazing £790.00 was collected outside Asda High Wycombe over 2 days. We are delighted with this very useful amount of money and the trustees would like to thank the 8 volunteers who helped them to achieve this . The trustees are very grateful to the customers and staff of Asda High Wycombe for being so generous and supportive.
Street Collection, High Wycombe 21st December 2007 The charity carried out a street collection in High Wycombe town centre. The weather was cold and we struggled to find volunteers because of it being a working day, however a tremendous £773.10 was collected. We are very grateful to our 7 volunteers who did a marvellous job and to the people of High Wycombe who gave so generously.
Santa's Christmas Float 16th December 2007 The charity assisted the High Wycombe Lions Club with the very popular "Santa Christmas Float". As Santa toured the streets of High Wycombe with his reindeers, we carried out a door to door collection for local causes. The charity will receive a share of the profits later in the new year, the total will be displayed here once we have received the money. The trustees would like to thank the staff of JNP Partnership in Prestwood for helping with this event.
Euro Disney 2007 9th - 11th December 2007

For the third year, the charity took a group of children suffering from cancer to Disneyland Resort Paris. The weather was not kind to us and it rained constantly for most of the holiday but it didn't dampen the spirits of the children. All twelve families had a wonderful time and there were no reports of any children feeling unwell during the 3 days. We thank The John Radcliffe and The Royal Marsden Hospitals for selecting these families and for all the administration and communication that was involved to make this magical holiday a roaring success. The money for this trip was donated by Mr. Bambra from Iver Recycling and the former charity Daydreams in memory of Jamie Rendall. Several children and their families will enjoy the Disney experience throughout the year due to the trip being completely full. We need your help to provide holidays for future children. Please donate and make it happen for these very sick deserving children.

For more photos of this years wonderful trip, please visit our Photo Gallery

The Spirit of Christmas 1st December 2007 Lighting of the Christmas tree and carol singers in Prestwood village centre was an evening filled with community spirit, with local businesses offering their support. The evening finished with a karaoke in the Chequers Public House. The charity was one of four local causes chosen to benefit from collections made on the night. We would like to thank the JNP Partnership for taking care of our collecting box and for providing a chocolate fountain for the evening, £110.00 was raised. Thanks are also given to The Chequers Public House whose raffle netted a further £140.00 towards our cause.
Angel Ball 27th October 2007 As always the Angel Ball was magical. We all had a wonderful evening and had the chance to meet friends old and new. The event is primarily to bring together bereaved parents, their families & friends, if we raise any money in the process then it's a bonus. On this occasion we raised £700 towards neuroblastoma research. We thank those families who supported us and all the kind people who donated prizes and gave so generously in the raffle and auction.

For more photos of this wonderful evening visit our Photo Gallery

The Great British Duck Race 2nd September 2007 On Sunday 2nd September 2007, 165,000 rubber ducks were released into the River Thames near Hampton Court Palace. Two thousand spectators came to watch The Great British Duck Race that has smashed the Guinness World Record for the worlds biggest charity duck race, previously held by Singapore. Over 450 charities from across the UK were involved.

Our charity supporters were invited to adopt a duck for the cost of £2 and any money donated over and above this amount would be donated towards our work. We are pleased to report that a total of 231 ducks were adopted giving £185.00 to the three lead charities. Our supporters didn't stop at that because a further £495.88 was very generously donated to our fund.

The owner of the first duck to cross the finish line received a massive £10,000, with other superb prizes awarded to the owners of the next 29 ducks to finish the race. Winning duck numbers can be found at The Great British Duck Race

A Duck Race of this magnitude has never been attempted in the UK before and was held in close partnership with the River Thames Alliance and the Environment Agency, all ducks were safely removed from the Thames after the race. The trustees thank all those kind people who donated.

See our forthcoming events for details of The Great British Duck Race 31st August 2008.

The 3 Peaks Challenge 2nd July 2007 All the Chiltern Railways team managed to finish the 3 Peaks Challenge. An amazing £4,873.00 was raised. Most of this money has been used towards "The Thomas Ball Room" within the oncology ward that opened in 2007 at the new children's hospital in Oxford. Very well done to the team: Tony Merridan, Rob Samuels, Russell Joy-Young, Michael Goodman, Dean Stewart and Keith Pottinger. We also thank Chiltern Railways and The John Laing Charitable Trust for their generous donations.
Bone Marrow Clinic 21st June 2007 Urgent Appeal - It's still not too late to save a life.

In partnership with The Anthony Nolan Trust the Charity held a Bone Marrow Clinic to coincide with the fourth anniversary of Thomas Ball's passing, to honour his memory in a positive way. The donors we recruited were young healthy committed individuals who are prepared to give their time and suffer some slight discomfort for the benefit of others. If you too would like to help and you didn't manage to make the clinic, it's not too late. Please email the charity and we will be very pleased to hear from you email: tomballcharity@aol.com Donors should be aged 18 - 40 and be in good health. The trust are particularly in need of young males and persons from ethnic minorities.

Rock'n'Roll Night 4th May 2007 This was one the the most outstanding events the charity has ever staged. Thanks to the infamous B.17's we were able to raise an amazing £600 towards our appeal. The atmosphere was electric as we were transported back to the 1950's for an evening of fun and nostalgia. The dancing was action packed as the guests jived and twisted the night away. Enormous thanks go out to all our supporters especially Bev Knuckey of JNP Partnership who sold most of the tickets for us.

For some fantastic photos of this fun evening visit our Photo Gallery

Spring Sale & Family Fun 14th April 2007 This great fun even raised £235 towards our appeal. We are really grateful to all the helpers who worked so hard to put on a good display and to all the supporters who baked cakes and donated prizes.
Children's Drawing Competition 24th March 2007
(closing date)
Children were asked to design the interior of "The Thomas Ball Room" at the new children's hospital in Oxford. This room is costing £40,000 to complete and the charity still needs to raise money towards this. Please check out this link to find out more about the new hospital Children's Oncology Ward Appeal or this link to donate Just Giving/Children's Oncology Ward, Oxford

Here are our six lucky winners in no particular order, who have each won themselves a fine art set. Well done everyone.

  • Emma Brune age 7 who attends Danesfield School in Marlow, Bucks
  • Fiona Gladding age 7 who attends Frieth CEC School in Frieth, Bucks
  • Jamie year 3C at Hamilton Primary School, High Wycombe, Bucks
  • Charlotte Benn age 7 who attends Gt. Missenden C of E Combined School in Gt. Missenden, Bucks
  • Luca Sciaraffa age 8 who attends Burford School in Marlow Bottom, Bucks
  • Hannah Murray age 7 who attends Frieth CEC School in Frieth, Bucks.

To see the winning entries and for photos of the new Children's Hospital in Oxford visit our Photo Gallery.

Tom's 18th Birthday Bash 17th March 2007

"Tom's 18th Birthday Bash" raised £1,400 between the raffle and donations. This emotional yet poigniant evening saw friends and supporters of the charity come together for an extra special celebration where a good night was had by all as we remembered Tom. The trustees would like to thank all those kind people who made donations and supported the raffle. For more photos from Tom's 18th go to our photogallery

Eurodisney Trip 14-16th December 2006
The trip to Euro Disney was once again, magical. All eleven families had a great time and the smiles and laughter were sure evidence of this. We were blessed with fine weather for the first two days but not even the rain on the last day could dampen the spirits of the children. For more photos of this fantastic trip, visit our photo gallery. We thank all our supporters who donated towards this special Christmas holiday. The trustees are now hoping to raise some more money so the three disappointed families whose children were unfit to travel on the day, can enjoy this dream holiday when their children are feeling better.

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Race Night 2nd December 2006 This event was extremely well supported and around 75 people enjoyed a flutter on the filmed horse races. The evening had a good atmosphere and we thank our guests for their support and their generosity. We all enjoyed a hot supper and thanks go to Sue Jones and Four Seasons Catering for providing everyone with such a delicious meal. We also thank David Ridgley of Prestwood Farm to Freezer who kindly donated the meat free of charge. Paul Larkin was the man of the night who gave his time freely and put on a really good show with his video equipment. Emily Beach manned a successful tombola throughout the evening and we are very grateful for her help. We also thank Bev & Mike Knuckey for their help with ticket sales and for their support on the night along with Sue and Paul. The total amount raised was £1,300.00, which will be used towards the upkeep and running costs of "Tom's Retreat" and "T.J's" the charity's two holiday homes for sick children.
The Angel Ball 28th October 2006
The Angel Ball was a huge success with £1,500 being raised for vital neuroblastoma research. This rare aggressive cancer claimed the life of our founder, Thomas, when he was just 14 years old. Bereaved parents who had lost a child to this cruel disease were invited to come along and meet others in the same situation. The parents from various parts of the UK brought with them friends and family. We wined and dined and danced into the night, remembering our lost children in a positive way. The evening was thoroughly enjoyable and has already been booked again for next year. many thanks to Savilles Estate Agents in Beaconsfield and Noches Latinas in Marlow Bottom, and Arsenal Football Club for donating such wonderful prizes for the raffle and auction.

For more photos of this fantastic evening, visit our photo gallery.

Maggot Racing 28th August 2006
Barrie and June Butler licensees of The Three Horseshoes in Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe have been very busy fundraising for the charity. The couple have a reputation for their unusual hobby which is Maggot racing, yes it's unbelievable but true and a lot of fun. Two race nights and a competition to guess the amount of money in a very large Carlsberg bottle has netted an amazing £1,821.10 towards our appeal. We are very grateful to Barrie and June for all their hard work and we would also like to thank Dave Roadnight who donated the bottle of cash for the competition. The cash was won by a local man "John" who promptly donated the cash back to the charity! Many thanks and well done to all those involved. The trustees look forward to the next maggot race!
Dream Walk 30th June 2006
The "Dream Walk" was really successful on Friday 30th June. The sponsored ten mile walk was to commemorate the third anniversary of Thomas Ball's passing and to raise money for other children suffering from cancer. Fifty seven people turned out at midnight on the fine summer evening to do the walk. It was hard going because most of the people who took part had not done any training and many were not used to walking such a distance. We also had several children who managed to complete the walk.

The event was emotional with many people walking to remember lost loved ones and others who were walking in support of people who are fighting a serious illness.

Franco the Ball family pet, managed to raise around £700 in sponsorship but the day before the walk he cut his paw and Trevor, Thomas Ball's father was busy bathing the paw to try and heal the wound before the ten mile walk. Luckily Franco and Trevor were able to finish the course and we would welcome any further donations www.justgiving.com/GermanShepherd.

The "Dream Walk" was truly a spectacular event with walkers dressed in reflective yellow tabards and armed with torches. The bright procession of people could be seen for miles in the darkness, it was like a string of Christmas lights. Although at midnight there are not too many people about, some walkers were fortunate enough to receive extra donations from the public who were so impressed by their efforts and the cause.

So far the charity has collected £2,000 from the event that will be used for local children to enjoy a holiday with their families in Disney Land Resort Paris this Christmas. The trustees are hoping for the total to raise considerably once the walkers have collected in their sponsor money. The much needed holiday will cost the charity around £12,000 more details can be found by visiting our Disney appeal.

The evening was rounded off with an early breakfast and all walkers received a certificate. The trustees would like to thank all those who took part in the walk and made donations. For more pictures of the Dream Walk please click here.

Spirit of Prestwood 1st May 2006 The charity stall at the village fete was a success. Although the day was extremely cold the turn out was good and we managed to raise a total of £385.00 for the Disney Appeal. The trustees are very grateful to all local businesses who donated prizes for the May Day Draw and to Richard Yeates owner of the Crossroads Garage in Prestwood for sponsoring the printing.
London Marathon 23rd April 2006 Yvonne Wooster has raised an amazing £3,068.00 in sponsorship for running the Flora London Marathon. We are extremely grateful for all her determination and effort that has made this event a major success and boosted the Disney Appeal for sick children. The trustees are grateful to all those who sponsored Yvonne so generously. Special thanks go out to local businessman Michael Moore who was the main sponsor and to John Lewis High Wycombe for their very generous donation. This is the second time that Yvonne has chosen to support the charity by taking part in this popular event, once again we are overwhelmed with the result, thank you Yvonne.
Tom's Birthday Dance & Draw 24th March 2006 Tom's Birthday Draw & Dance on 24th March at Gt. Missenden Memorial Hall raised a grand total of £1,600. The trustees have decided to add this amount to the Disney Appeal.
The evening couldn't have gone better. The band were outstanding and around a hundred guests danced until midnight after enjoying a wonderful buffet supper. The top three prizes in the draw were won by persons attending the event, a full list of winners can be obtained by contacting the charity.
New Year's Eve - Street Collection, High Wycombe 31st December 2005 21 volunteers took part in the street collection on New Year's Eve in the town centre of High Wycombe. We were lucky that the rain had stopped and shoppers were out in full force to find a bargain in the sales. Each volunteer collected donations for a two hour period and the charity are immensely grateful for their dedication and commitment during the busy holiday season. The result was extremely pleasing with just over £1,000.00 raised.
Euro Disney Trip 8th December 2005 The trip to Euro Disney was marvellous. All twelve families who had a child suffering from cancer or leukaemia thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. The weather was cold but the magic of Disney combined with the excitement of Christmas created an energy that helped these children to forget about their difficulties for three wonderful days. For more photos of this fantastic fun day, click here
Angel Ball 22nd October 2005 The "Angel Ball" was hugely successful with families attending from all over the UK. Together we remembered our children who have lost their lives to neuroblastoma and at the same time we managed to raise £1,400.00 towards researching a cure for other children. We all enjoyed a 3 course dinner and danced into the night to the sounds of T.J.'s Discos.

Each table was named after an "Angel" child and parents brought with them family & friends. Although an emotional event the charity has decided to make this an annual fundraiser by popular request.

The charity would like to thank The Bellhouse Hotel, Beaconsfield for supporting the event and Savills and Ashington Page both in Beaconsfield for donating fine raffle prizes. For more photos of this event, click here

Parachute Jump for Thomas Ball 16th October 2005 Pensioner June Ball, age 73, from Great Missenden has raised around £600.00 from a daring parachute jump. June is Thomas Ball's grandmother and decided to perform the brave sky dive in memory of her grandson and at the same time raise money to benefit other children who are suffering from cancer & leukaemia. June thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are most grateful for her support.
Race Night & Pig Roast 8th October 2005 The race night was an enormous success, raising almost £900.00! Around 60 people attended and all enjoyed a flutter on the races followed by a superb supper from the pig roast. Many thanks go out to Sue Jones, Paul Larkin and Bev Knuckey for organising this event and working so hard.
The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund Annual Garden Fete 14th August 2005 The Annual Garden Fete was an enormous success in spite of the rain. Around one hundred people attended and an amazing £650 was raised with donations still coming in from supporters who were unable to make the event. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all, not to be missed next year!
Bounce For Thomas Ball 16th & 17th July 2005 The 24-hour sponsored bounce held at Great Missenden Memorial Hall on 16th July raised well over £1,000 with over 100 people taking part. The "Bounce for Thomas Ball" event held to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of Tom's passing was thought of by Thomas before he died to it was an emotional event with a good response, but only four of his teenage freinds were able to "stand the course" and keep the bouncing going right through the night until fresh legs arrived for the morning shift. Jai Pearce, Ben Woodley, Darrel Leighton and Aaron Beach were definitely the stars of the event and we extend a huge thank you to these young guys. The trampoline for the event was raffled afterwards and won by Bev Knucksey from Prestwood who had herself taken part in the event with her family anf very generously supplied breakfast for the night shift. The 14ft trampoline was very kindly donated by The Entertainer Toy Retailer in Amersham. We are also very grateful to the Great Missenden Memorial Hall committee for supporting the event. For more photos of this great fun event, click here
Penn and Tyler's Green Super Fun Run 18th & 19th June 2005 The Penn & Tylers Green Super Fun Run was an absolutely amazing day with hundreds of people turning out to run and support the event. The weather was hot and the atmosphere electric. We are very grateful to have been the chosen charity of 2005. The total amount raised came to an astonishing £10,500 and was given to the charity at a special Christmas presentation after the village carol service on 22nd December. We thank the committee and all those involved for all their support and hard work.

Picture of our Chairman Elaine Ball being presented with the cheque from Ian Barnett on behalf of the Penn & Tylers Green Super Fun Run Committee. For more photos of this great fun event, click here

Tom's Birthday Dance & Draw 18th March 2005 This annual event was held at Great Missenden Memorial Hall. Together the draw and dance raised £1,800.00. This evening proved very successful with approximately one hundred people enjoying the sounds of soul and blues provided by the sensational six-piece band Some Like It Hot.
Murder Mystery Dinner 19th February 2005 One hundred and thirty people attended the Murder Mystery Dinner at the famous Hampden House, which has been the film set for the popular Hammer House of Horrors and the Rocky Horror Show. The dinner was followed by a raffle adn we are grateful to Prestwood Theatre Club for staging the murder throughout the evening. Thanks also to Mr Tim Oliver who allowed us to use the venue free of charge and to Sue and Doreen from Hampden House for organising the event. We would also like to thank Sue Jones and staff for the catering and Paul Larkin for narrating and technical support. £3,200 was raised from this unusual but very thrilling event.
John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund is proud to announce that a new drug room at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford has been opened in memory of Thomas Ball. This major treatment centre for children suffering from cancer and leukaemia was in great need of a new drug room. The trustees of tbccf were delighed to be involved in the exciting transformation of ward 4B and donated the sum of £6,500 to facilitate the refurbishment.

Stop Press..... The children's oncology ward moved into the new Oxford Children's Hospital in January 2007, our donation has been transferred to the new ward and has given us a good start towards our appeal, to provide a child/parent room costing £40,000. To donate please visit Just Giving/Childrens Oncology Ward Oxford

THANK YOU! We would like to say a big Thank You for some large donations we have recently received. Hazlemere Golf Club raised £3,000; the pupils of Misbourne School where Tom was a pupil have raised £2,000; and we received a donation of £1,500 from The John Lewis Partnership.
Christmas 2004 We would also like to thank Gill Weedon, Michael Piggott and Ian Holliman for decorating their houses with Christmas Lights and raising almost £4,000 for the Charity. Hundreds of smaller donations poured in over the Christmas period. We are extremely grateful to all our supporters.
Race Night 13th November 2004 The Race Night was a huge success and £1,000 was raised for the Charity. We would like to thank Sue Jones and Paul Larkin for organising the event.
The Kings Head Public House 2004 On Saturday 18th September, the Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund was presented with a very substantial cheque by the landlord and regulars at the Kings Head Public House in Prestwood, Bucks. The fantastic sum of £4,508.90 was raised throughout the year, from events including a Bungee Jump, calendar sales and many others. We are enormously grateful to Dee and Macolm Eden, licensees, and all the customers who have helped to raise such a magnificent sum.
Pop/Punk Night 11th September 2004 The British Legion in High Wycombe was the venue for this event, organised by Carleigh Bearman of Great Missenden. Everyone involved gave their time free of charge to stage the gig; some of the bands were well-known, experienced musicians, others were performing for the very first time. Carleigh was helped by her father and the gig raised an impressive £1,000 for the Charity.
Caribbean Party 28th August 2004 A great time was had by all and a total of £350 was raised for the Charity.
RainbowBig Bottom 27th August 2004 Children's Entertainer"Rainbow Big Bottom" performed another fun show for the charity on Friday lunchtime 27th August, and raised £150 for the Charity. For more photos click here.
Garden Fete 22nd August 2004 This annual event was conceived by Thomas in 1999 and has been a popular village event every since. We had a fantastic afternoon and raised £400 for the Charity. Thanks to everyone who came and had fun. For more photos of the afternoon click here.
BONE MARROW CLINIC
30th June 2004

To mark the anniversary of Tom's passing, on 30th June, the Charity held a bone marrow donor clinic at Prestwood Junior School, and are proud to have recruited 50 new donors for the Anthony Nolan Trust. The Trust receives 6,000 requests each year to try and find donors for patients all over the world. We are extremely grateful to all those who attended on the evening.

Bone marrow transplants can help patients with life threatening diseases such as leukaemia, aplastic anaemia, immune deficiencies, inborn errors of metabolism and other new indications such as breast cancer and auto-immune disorders.

It's not too late to join the register and try and save a life. Please contact The Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund for details.

The Lion King 20th June 2004 The Charity took a coach party of children with cancer and their families to see The Lion King at London's Lyceum Theatre. The trip was a great success. The coach was full and all children and their families had a day to remember. The show was exciting and vibrant and souvenir gifts were given to all the children. The day finished with tea at Macdonalds.

We would like to thank the charity Daytrippers for donating the £2,000.00 that covered the cost of the day.

We would also like to thank Danny Ball of Diamond Travel who brought his coach all the way from the Isle of Wight to benefit these sick children and their families. Danny has helped the charity before and we are absolutely humbled to see his dedication and commitment to the charity and the children.

Thanks are also given to Wightlink Ferries who arranged for Danny to bring his coach across from the Isle of Wight free of charge. We thank Mr. Chris Quinten for honouring our request.

Great Kingshill Village Fete 5th June 2004 The Charity raised £180 by running a bric-a-brac stall, including various activities for children.
Prestwood 10k Run 16th May 2004 Jane Gibbons ran the Prestwood 10K on Sunday 16th May and raised £100 for the Charity. Jane lives on Kiln Road and has always been very supportive of the Charity as her son was at school with Thomas and they were very good friends. The race started at 11am and was ran throughout Prestwood. Thank you and well done Jane!
Spirit of Prestwood 3rd May 2004 The charity had a bric-a-brac stall at the village fete on Bank Holiday Monday, with a Lucky Dip, Hook-a-Duck game and Guess the Teddy's Birthday for the children. We raised £230.
Bungee Jumping 30th April 2004 Held at the Kings Head public house in Prestwood.
Yvonne runs the London Marathon 18th April 2004 Yvonne Wooster from Prestwood collected £2,375.20 in sponsorship money for the Charity after finished the London Marathon in 3 hours and 43 minutes. Thank you and well done Yvonne!
Street Collection 10th April 2004 The street collection in High Wycombe raised £1,000. Many thanks to all our volunteers.
Tom's Birthday Draw & Dance 20th March 2004 The event, held at Great Kingshill Village Hall, was a great success. We raised £2,600 for the Charity.

You can access more news about tbccf and it's founder, Tom, by going to the Bucks Free Press website and entering "Thomas Ball" in the search facility there.

There are now two ways you can donate directly to the Thomas Ball Children's Cancer Fund online - through the Charities Aid Foundation website or via PayPal. If you choose to donate through CAF the Government will give us an extra 28p per £1 you donate.

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