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A vintage concert at a church

29 May 2018

One of our musical patrons John Bowman and Martyna Wren, who is a friend of Thomas’s Fund (she performed at our 10-year anniversary concert), are playing together as GoldFinch at St Mary & St Giles Church, Stony Stratford, with live strings, on Sunday 3 June, with an evening of their “vintage sound.”

The “unmissable” GoldFinch “combine the magic of old Hollywood with new and original songs of today.” They’ve performed for Sir Tim Rice, Sir Michael Parkinson and at sell-out shows at The London Jazz Festival. Tickets are £10, and under-18s attend for free.

All proceeds will go to The Notivate Trust, a registered charity (No. 1112941) that regularly funds on-site, studio-based and residential music activities for young people as well as training for aspiring music leaders both in the UK and Africa.

Please do come along. You can find out more here.


Grand Weston Wobble Part II

29 May 2018

On Monday 14 May, intrepid co-founder Lucy and a team from Weston Favell Shopping Centre embarked on a 100-mile walk along the Grand Union Canal from RDI headquarters (landlord of Weston Favell Shopping Centre) in Piccadilly in London, all the way to the Centre.

They met Northampton MP Michael Ellis the day before the walk and set off at 9am on Tuesday. They walked – or “wobbled” – for five days, their longest stretch being 25.5 miles and the shortest 15.5 miles. Many of the staff from the shopping centre were involved, either walking out or driving the support vehicle, kindly donated for the week by Country Lion Coaches.

We would like to thank all the sponsors and Kevin Legg and his team at Weston Favell Shopping Centre. The JustGiving link is here.

Michael Ellis MP Michael Supports Weston Favell Charity Walk
(Extracted from Michael Ellis’s fortnightly newsletter)

“Starting on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 staff at the Weston Favell Shopping Centre along with other volunteers walked 100 miles over five days from London to Northampton for charity. The “Grand Weston Wobble Part II” will raise thousands of pounds for Thomas’s Fund, a wonderful charity which helps young people with life-limiting illnesses and disabilities through music therapy. I have visited this charity before and the work that they do is so important in helping the lives of the children they work with.

“I commend all participants for going on such an impressive walk to raise money for a fantastic cause. I had the pleasure of meeting the participants at the Houses of Parliament to wish them luck for their long walk.”


Journey to the Centre ...

27 April 2018

On 15 May, our tireless co-founder Lucy will be joining a team from Weston Favell Shopping Centre to walk the Grand Union Canal from Central London all the way back to the shopping centre on the outskirts of Northampton by 19 May. Her friend Helen will be joining her too. It is about 100 miles she’s told, although some days will be nearly 25 miles, others will be slightly less.

She’s doing this in aid of Thomas’s Fund and is hoping to raise £10,000 in total, which will be a huge boost to our funds. This will pay for 222 music therapy sessions; this means 15 children will receive full 14-week music therapy sessions at a time when they and their families, need it most.

Please donate at Lucy’s JustGiving page, here.

Late pics just in!

20 November 2017

Here are some photos from our 10 year Celebration Concert in October. We had a brilliant evening, meeting up with many of our past and present supporters and celebrating this fantastic milestone. A raffle organised by Santander (Northampton Branch) and a bucket collection raised £1,163. Kind thanks to the staff who volunteered and to Weatherbys and Weston Favell Centre who also donated prizes.

In the picture above, the Therapists are performing Jan Hall’s composition which celebrates Tom and Harry’s songs: Reach and It’s All About You.

Below: Earls Barton Music in full voice; UR Actors with Tom Redmond (one of our Young Ambassadors); the magnificent Madrigalis; Martyna Wrenn at the ivories; the NSG Big Band filling the auditorium; and last but not least, Matt Redmond (Young Ambassador) John Bowman (Musical Patron), Paul Parker (trustee) and friends. What a night!


Lights! Camera! Award!

22 September 2017

Adam Seal, Lucy Parke, Luke Sheehan and Charlotte Siddall, four Media Production students from the University of Northampton, have received high praise for a short documentary they made to showcase the work of Thomas’s Fund. Adam worked as the director and editor, Lucy took on the producer role, Luke operated the camera and Charlotte was responsible for sound. Jan Hall, Chair of Thomas’s Fund, commented: “The final film was far more than we expected.” Patron Andrew Collins praised the students’ “friendly professionalism” when they travelled down to London to include him in the film. You can read more about them on the University website.

The students also won the Changemaker University Initiative of the Year Award for their project as it embraced the University’s Changemaker ethos to effect change and social impact.

Here’s the film in full.


Requiem for a dream ticket!

22 September 2017

The beautiful East Northamptonshire village of Hargrave once again hosted the Hargrave Music Festival over four fabulous days in September. On the Sunday, amateur singers were given the chance once again to star at the Festival with an inclusive performance of Mozart’s Requiem, under the inspiring baton of Patrick Craig, one of the UK’s leading choral conductors (St Paul’s Cathedral/Tallis Scholars). After a day’s singing workshop on Mozart’s masterpiece a performance followed with soloists Susan Gilmour Bailey (soprano), Alexandra Gibson (mezzo), David Horton (tenor) and Jonathan Gunthorpe (baritone). Our own co-founder Jan also sang.

She’s pictured here with Jonathan and Damian, our Musical Patrons. Patrick Craig is in the picture above.

Thanks to Hargrave Music Festival for helping to raise £360 for Thomas’s Fund on a memorable day.


The big one!

18 September 2017

As you can see, we’re celebrating our ten year anniversary with a concert at the very same venue where we launched Thomas’s Fund in 2007. Tickets are free so please get in touch here.


Sweet treat!

30 June 2017

On Saturday 16 June Lucy and Kate were busy in Weston Favell Centre – who are kindly supporting Thomas’s Fund this year – running a teddy and “sweet treat” tombola. We raised £69 and lots of awareness about the charity.


Rat's entertainment!

30 June 2017

To kick off our 10th anniversary, The Rat Pack came to Northampton and a fun evening was had by all who attended. The entertainers raised the roof and raised a lot of money at the same time, £1,905. We were helped enormously by a team from Santander in Northampton, who ran the raffle and will match the money raised. Thanks to the Rat Pack, the dancers and Kate Tollan (trustee) who organised the event. Also, to the Picturedrome for hosting the evening.


Rat Pack at the Picturedrome

3 May 2017

“A Night to Remember” is promised at Northampton’s Picturedrome on Thursday 15 June, with the fabulous Frank, Sammy and Dean, in aid of Thomas’s Fund. “This production superbly recreates a unique chapter in entertainment history,” said the critic at the Telegraph. “A fabulous journey back to the day of Vegas style and glamour!” To find out more, and to book tickets (£10), visit the Picturedrome website. You can also book tickets by emailing Thomas’s Fund here, or on the night. It promises to be a memorable evening.