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HARRY'S HEROES

If you would like to nominate someone for Harry’s Heroes, email us here and tell us how they’ve contributed to Thomas’s Fund. Send a picture too, if you can! (Please do scroll down to see all of Harry’s Heroes – the list keeps on growing!)


ANDY, ALI, CLARE AND PAUL
The intrepid quartet ran the Edinburgh Marathon in aid of Thomas’s Fund on 28 May. It was a really warm day so a tough run but they all did very well. They raised a whopping £1,976, almost double their original target of £1,000. Well done guys!

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LISA, LYNSEY and KAREN
The trio took part in the Milton Keynes colour obstacle run. They had fun raising £260 for us.

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CAROL DILLEY
Carol is a nurse who worked with Tom and Harry in Northampton General Hospital. She took part in a 10k South Downs walk on May 13 – a huge personal challenge – and raised £155 in doing so.

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JOHN and JOY BOWMAN
Also thanks to John and Joy Bowman ( musical patron) for their very generous 10th anniversary donation.

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UR ACTORS
It’s not the first time volunteer-led Wellingborough theatre group UR Actors have been named Heroes; this time, it’s for their latest production, The Wizard of Oz. Not only was it “fantastic”, as one critic hailed it, the 8-18-year-olds raised money for Thomas’s Fund yet again. Find out more about them here … and scroll down Harry’s Heroes to see them again! (Jan Hall from Thomas’s Fund accepts the cheque in the pic above.)


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MARIE BOULLIMIER
Marie from Boughton chose to ask for donations rather than gifts to celebrate her 70th birthday. So far over £600 has been donated with another birthday event to go too! Thanks to Marie and Tony for all you do to support Thomas’s Fund.

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ALISON WAPLES
Thanks so much to Alison, one of the brilliant nurses on Paddington Ward who helped care for both Thomas and Harry. She donated £400 in lieu of gifts for her 50th birthday.

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CANTARE SINGERS
Many thanks to Cantare Singers for fundraising £350 over the last year for us. We are so grateful for their support.

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NORTHAMPTON PHILHARMONIC CHOIR
A big thanks to the choir, who raised £222.48 singing in Northampton town centre for just one hour in the pre-Christmas period! Thanks also to their friends and family who “shook buckets” while Thomas’s Fund were already busy packing bags in Sainsbury’s!

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GREAT BARFORD STORES AND POST OFFICE
Great Barford stores and post office in Bedfordshire raised £50 from the collection tub in the name of Harry’s Heroes.

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CO-OPERATIVE FUNERAL CARE
The Co-op supported Thomas’s Fund by holding a “toddler toddle” in early December and raised £83.70 for us. Thanks to Maggie Thomson (pictured, with Lucy Smith) for organising this.

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BOOTHVILLE SINGERS
Thomas’s Fund were invited to join Boothville Singers for their Christmas Carol concert in December, and Jan, Perry, Sue, Tim and Lucy from the Fund had great fun. They raised a brilliant £567.33 for us.

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BARTELLO’S
Thanks to Bartello’s coffee shop raising £10.30 in a collection tub before Christmas.

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KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL
Kiwanis are very good supporters of Thomas’s Fund, having held two consecutive annual Golf Days to raise money for us. Find out more about their good works around the world here.

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BARCLAYCARD UK
An intrepid team of 22 hikers from Barclaycard UK completed the UKC annual charity walk 2015 along Hadrian’s Wall on 4 July, raising £1,754.00 so far. Bravo to all who took part: Richard, Kay, James, Daniel, Rachel, Jono, Simon, Caroline, Barry, Tess, Laura, Ian, John, Natasha, Valerie, Jas, Sunder, Paul, Sally, Lisa, Eileen and Dave.

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UR ACTORS
UR Actors is a not-for-profit youth theatre group for 8-18 year-olds. Their aim is to help young people embrace the world of performing arts in a safe and friendly environment. All members have the opportunity to learn acting, singing and dancing, and – just as importantly – teamwork. They take pride in seeing children develop over time and become more self-confident, more self-disciplined, all while having fun and making new friends. They recently staged Honk The Musical and donated the proceeds to Thomas’s Fund. If you want to join see their website

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11th NORTHAMPTON BOYS BRIGADE COMPANY
Founded in 1923, we thank them for their continued support, and the recent cheque they sent us. You can read about the company and what they do here.

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BISHOP STOPFORD SCHOOL
Thanks to Year 8 and the proceeds from their After Eight Challenge – who could keep their After Eight on their head for the longest.

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39th NORTHAMPTON GUIDES, DUSTON
They sent us a cheque for an amazing £2,200.

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EASTFIELD ACADEMY

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ROYAL OAK, WALGRAVE
The pub kindly put a collecting tin on the bar to raise money for us.

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MAGDALEN COLLEGE SCHOOL, BRACKLEY

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KATIE AND PHILIPPA
Katie and Philippa from Caroline Chisholm School in Northampton decided to support Thomas’s Fund by holding a CCS music festival and a crispy creme sale. They raised £543.45 and are pictured presenting the cheque to founder Lucy.

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NASO
The Northampton Adult School Organisation supported Thomas’s Fund during 2014 and raised £400 for us on fundraising days. Read about the good work they do at their website.

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THE GOOD SHOT RISING
The Good Shot Rising pub in Mill Road, Wellingborough kindly raised money for us. The pic shows our Chair, Jan Hall, accepting the cheque. She enjoyed sharing a drink and meeting everybody at this very friendly venue. Check it out if you are in Wellingborough.

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NOTIVATE
A great charity, founded by Thomas’s Fund Musical Patron John Bowman, dedicated to providing educational and therapeutic music programmes for young people, Notivate kindly gave us a donation. You can read more about them here.

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CAFE AT THE STATION
Thanks to the cafe and its customers at Wellingborough Station for supporting Thomas’s Fund. Drop in there for a drink and a snack for your journey.

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ROADE MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
The Centre held an Easter concert for Thomas’s Fund, with a raffle and “guess the weight of the cake”, and raised £140. Find out more about what they do here.

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JOHN AND CHRISTINE COLLINS
The parents of patron Andrew Collins continue to enthusiastically support and promote Thomas’s Fund, particularly through their links to Wellingborough Hatton Rotary Club and Inner Wheel.

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SPORTING BEARS
The Sporting Bears Motor Club, who’ve been raising money for children’s charities since 1989, continue to support Thomas’s Fund through events such as a day out at Rockingham Speedway where the club invited some Thomas’s Fund families to join them. Thanks to the Sporting Bears!

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JONNY HARTE
Jonny completed the Jungfrau Marathon in Bern, Switzerland on September 13, raising money for Thomas’s Fund. It’s an uphill marathon, so quite an achievement, especially as it was Jonny’s first ever marathon! He completed it in 5h 24mins. He told us, “The first part is ‘relatively’ flat and I was through 25km in just under two hours. Then the climbing starts: first 4km up to the village of Wengen from Lauterbrunnen (795m – 1250m), which I reached in 3h 15mins. I reached the finish at 5h 24mins having climbed to 2,200 metres. Most people I spoke to thought I was very brave or mad to do the Jungfrau as my first. Thanks very much for the sponsorship. Lou and mother and the locals cheered me on which was much appreciated.”

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JONATHAN DURNIN
Jon had his legs waxed for Thomas’s Fund! Here’s what he wrote on his JustGiving page: “In the past couple of years I have really enjoyed cycling competitively in time trials, and this year have even been coached. There is just one thing holding me back … leg hair. My clubmates say that smooth legs would save between 10 to 15 seconds, so the hair has, finally, got to go, and I might as well raise a few pennies at the same time.” Jon is a good friend and Welland Valley Cycling Club mate of Tim Smith’s, and the only way his wife would let him shave his legs – for aerodynamic reasons! – was if it was sponsored for charity. Check out Jon’s page on YouTube. Ouch.

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SIMON TAYLOR

ROS AND BOB WOODING

CASTLE HILL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

THE NORTHAMPTON ECUMENICAL MUSIC NETWORK

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JAN JOHNSTONE
A member of the Inner Wheel Club of Wellingborough Hatton, Jan chose us for a donation.

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JOHN LEWIS DISTRIBUTION CENTRE, BRACKMILLS
The distribution centre raised £335 for Thomas’s Fund by holding a Christmas raffle. This picture shows our own Lucy Smith with Cliff, the organiser of the fundraising. Never knowingly undersold!

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NORTHAMPTON PHILHARMONIC CHOIR
The choir raised money for us by singing carols in December 2012. You can read all about the choir here.

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NORTHAMPTON SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
The school has been linked to Thomas’s Fund since its inception and recently donated money for us to buy more instruments for music therapy.

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Thanks to the Northamptonshire Community Foundation for the grant in December 2011, through their Vulnerable Families Fund, which will enable us to purchase more musical instruments with which to expand our work.

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5th NORTHAMPTON GIRLSBRIGADE
The Girls Brigade raised £360.39 by bag-packing at ASDA in Northampton as you can see in the photo, with our junior ambassador Sophie Baylis. Below is the cheque presentation, with Lucy Smith. Why not join the Girls’ Brigade, every Tuesday night during term time, at Kingsthorpe Methodist Church, Welford Road, Northampton: their website is here

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CLASS 12CLS
The whole class dressed up as elves and fairies to sell candy canes to other students at Magdalen College School in Brackley before Christmas 2012. They also put on a film show. They made £170. (The photo shows students Sophie Millard and Louise Stephens-Mahoney.)

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TIME 4 SUPPORT
On the 28 August 2012, Time 4 Support, who support carers and parents of special needs kids, celebrated the beginning of the Paralympics 2012 by raising money for Thomas’s Fund. They had an “arty Paralympic theme day”. This was also was in memory of Harry Smith, who loved art, and it was agreed that all the Paralympians were definitely Harry’s Heroes. We raised £30, and you can see Cory enjoying the day, above.

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TONI SPENCER AND LOUISE GORDON
Toni Spencer and Louise Gordon ran the Great South Run on Sunday 28 October in Portsmouth and completed the 10-mile course in 1:40:48 and are understandably pleased with their effort in this pic. They were sponsored for Thomas’s Fund.

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GREAT ADDINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
Many thanks to Great Addington Primary School, who held a mufti day and raised £104.49 for Thomas’s Fund.

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BOUGHTON POCKET PARK COMMITTEE
Boughton Pocket Park committee held a dog show and fete in September and asked local charities and organisations if theY would like to have a stall to raise funds and promote their cause. Thomas’s Fund had a treasure map, kindly painted by Dave Suter, a local artist, and a guess the weight of the cake, which was donated by Duston Village Bakery. We were very lucky with weather and managed to raise £71. Find out more about the Park here.

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LOUISE, RUARI, OWEN, FINN, NADINE AND FAMILY
The whole family brilliantly took part in the Skyride in Central London on 4 September 2011 to raise money for Thomas’s Fund. Left-to-right in the photo above: Auntie Janet, Nadine, Emily, Hannah, Thomas, Uncle Simon, Ruari, Louise, Finn, Owen, Adam and Auntie Kate. (More action shots below!) Find out more about the Skyride initiative here.


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MADRIGALIS
Thanks to Sophie Cardwell, Lauren Woolley, Emily Ashby, Georgia Grande and Aisling Redmond who are members of Madrigalis at NSG. They raised money for us by carol singing. (Apologies for the delay in posting their entry.)

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INNER WHEEL CLUB OF WELLINGBOROUGH

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WEATHERBYS BANK STAFF
Wellingborough

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FRANCES AND JOHN MAKSINSKI
Frances and John raised £425 by organising, running and performing at the Manor Farm Music Festival at Ardley. Everybody had a great day. See more on our News page

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ALFE GAME
An amazing and resilient young man who has raised £700 for Thomas’s Fund, Alfe was diagnosed at the age of five with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in his abdomen. After eight months of chemotherapy he went into remission. During his treatment a Thomas’s Fund therapist visited Alfe once a week at home and this visit really helped Alfe to deal with his feelings and have some control in his life by banging a cymbal or making up songs. Alfe wanted to help other children who were going through a similar experience to his own and after spending Christmas 2009 in hospital due to complications, he decided to design and sell Christmas cards to raise money to buy gifts for children who would be spending Christmas in hospital. After the success of the cards Alfe had lots more fundraising ideas and so his family – mum Karen, dad Darren and sister Sophie – set up Alfe’s Cause to raise funds for Northamptonshire children’s charities that had supported Alfe during his illness. During 2011 they raised money by holding a children’s disco, volunteering at Hollowell Steam Rally and hosting a Gala show. For 2012 they are focusing on a ‘Celebrating Siblings’ project where children and their brothers and sisters can come together and share creative experiences with the aim to decrease social isolation that is associated with childhood illness/disability.

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THE WAENDEL WALKERS
Over the course of a year, they raised £300 for Thomas’s Fund. If you would like to join the Waendel Walkers Club, meet new people, improve your fitness and enjoy the countryside in all seasons and weather, and you are over 16, they are a great group of people so visit their website to find out more. The Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Thanks to the Walkers, too, for our photocopier!

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TOM AND BETTY HALL

GEMMA AND ROS WAKEFIELD

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PETER WEBB
With nine others, mostly Rotarians, Peter climbed Kilimanjaro in January 2011 to raise money for End Polio Now and for local charities. Peter’s personal choice was Thomas’s Fund. Peter got within 500ft of the main ridge (18,000-18,500 ft). You can donate at JustGiving

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31st BOYS BRIGADE, NORTHAMPTON
Why not join them on Friday evenings in term time at Queensgrove Methodist Church, Kettering Road, Northampton and contact them here

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LYNSEY WEBSTER
Great Barford Post Office

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TAYLOR STEWARD
Taylor ran the Edinburgh Marathon to raise money for Thomas’s Fund

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SHEILA HAWKINS

DAVID AND JEAN BEES

ROWAN GATE PRIMARY SCHOOL
The school gave a donation from a collection at its Nativity at Christmas

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JACOB BROWN
Jacob was sponsored to dress like this for a whole day at school!

Harry's Heroes

Harry Smith was the younger brother of Thomas, after whom Thomas’s Fund was named, and a great ambassador for the charity. He died, aged 12, after a lifelong battle with the same neuro-degenerative condition, in December 2010.

As a junior ambassador, he had what his dad Tim described as ‘a wonderful life.’ Brave and cheerful, he lived his life to the full. ‘Harry made a difference, not only to our lives, but to the lives of a lot of people.’

Tim and Lucy decided to launch this special page in Harry’s honour, a place where special donors, fundraisers and contributors to Thomas’s Fund can be celebrated, along with their contributions, and even pictures. (Many donations have been made since December in Harry’s memory, which are greatly appreciated.)

Harry

To donate please visit out donations page