A FUND set up in memory of a little boy who died from cancer is celebrating this month after being voted ‘Cause of the Month’ in an online poll by users of fundraising shopping site easyfundraising.org.uk
The Jack Ford Memorial Fund raises money for Families Against Neuroblastoma (FAN) the charity set up by Elm mum Linza Corp.
As ‘Cause of the Month’, the Jack Ford Memorial Fund will receive a £200 donation from easyfundraising.org.uk retailer Viking.
The fund was only started this August and already £1100 has been raised in Jack’s memory.
Jack passed away on the day after his fifth birthday in September 2002 after struggling against neuroblastoma, a very aggressive childhood cancer, for several years. He had already undergone surgery and intense chemotherapy that damaged his heart and destroyed his hearing.
The fund was set up by Jack’s mother, Lena Court. All funds raised go solely to FAN to provide treats for families affected by neuroblastoma, support for families with a child in treatment or those who have lost a child to the illness. The fund also helps to send children abroad for relapse protocols not available in the UK and much needed research in the hope a cure can be found.
Next June, Jack’s stepfather Adrian Court will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the fund.
Ady became a huge part of Jack’s life, after losing his own son to leukaemia in 2001 at just 16 months old. He later became a father figure to Jack and his little brother Charlie.
Ady will be joined on the climb by his daughter Leah (19), Linza in memory of her son Max who also died of neuroblastoma and Dave Henshaw, in memory of his son. They are hoping to raise more than £16,000 between them.
Gary Thompson, managing director of easyfundraising.org.uk, said: “Jack Ford was an amazing little boy and we are pleased easyfundraising.org.uk supporters have recognised the vital work of his foundation.
“All of the causes registered with the site are worthy of the support they receive. Our ‘Cause of the Month’ poll is a great way of highlighting those relatively unknown organisations that require a great deal of help.”
Lena Court said: “We’re touched by the kindness of people using easyfundraising.org.uk and will make sure the money is well used. Every penny raised goes to help families affected by this terrible disease. We’re especially proud to have kept the fund going for so many years.”
With over 33,000 registered organisations, easyfundraising.org.uk is the UK’s largest fundraising shopping site, turning everyday shopping into donations for good causes when consumers shop with one of over 2,000 partner retailers featured on its site.
It helps not only major charities, but also thousands of schools, sports clubs, scout groups and other smaller good causes.
So far, easyfundraising.org.uk has raised more than £2.6 million for good causes and is on target to raise an additional £1 million in 2011.
Ali Shah from retailer Viking, who sponsor the Cause of the Month, said: “We are pleased to help so many different good causes through the Cause of the Month. Every month we nominate 10 finalists and can chose only one winner; but really everyone’s a winner.”
Retailers on the site include Viking, Marks & Spencer, Boden, Dell and eBay, allowing consumers to shop directly with each retailer and secure an average donation of 5 per cent for their preferred charity or cause.
To find out more about easyfundraising.org.uk, to register your cause or to support a charity visit www.easyfundraising.org.uk