Amazing support from The Society of Kent Golf Captains
Roger Cruttenden and Phil Draper from The Society of Kent Golf Captains presented Trustee Michael Douglas with a cheque for £2,000 for The Chartwell Children’s Cancer Trust on Wednesday 18th September at The CCT’s Tatsfield Office. The Kent Captains were introduced to the charity by Patrick Donaghey. Pat is the current captain of the West Kent Golf Club, who are currently supporting The Chartwell Cancer Trust. The Society of Kent Golf Captains organises a series of golf days and matches throughout the year, and at these, they collect donations to be distributed to worthy children’s causes. We were delighted to have been selected. It was a pleasure to meet Roger and Phil in September, and we gratefully thank Kent Golf Captain for their wonderful support.

Training course for lead oncology nurse, Cat Wilde
Cat Wilde, Lead Macmillan Paediatric Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist on Tiger Ward attended a training course ‘Progressing Your Paediatric Oncology Unit’ in Birmingham on Friday 11th October. The event was run by the Lead Oncology Team and designed to support oncology shared-care units. Cat Wilde said: “The day was extremely beneficial and it will allow me to further enhance our services on Tiger Ward, which we are aiming to do over the next few months when administering infusional day case chemotherapy. I am very grateful to The Chartwell Children’s Cancer Trust for funding my attendance as it allows very important networking and learning to better serve our patients.”

Thank you to SmartKidStore for donating this stunning country estate kitchen to the Tiger Ward, QEH complete with all the parts illustrated in the picture! This has been warmly received by our young cancer patients.

Sophie’s wish continues to raise charity funds
S ophie Powell was passionate about raising money for Tiger Ward having spent a lot of time undergoing treatment there. Sophie is the inspiration for Sophie’s Wish, the holiday home available for our childhood oncology families. Sophie’s family organised another Charity Disco in her memory on Friday, 4th October at Falconwood Community Centre. Ticket sales, a raffle and auction, together with a tombola and hot dog sales raised just over an incredible £4,000.

Thank you Betty and Dave Croft
Since 2016, each year supporters Betty and Dave Croft have been planting over three thousand seeds to sell plants outside their home in Grove Park for The CCCT. Their plants are incredibly popular with repeat and new customers year on year. They both must have very green fingers as their feedback has been excellent! Their daughter, Joanna, also helps to sell the plants by taking orders and doing the deliveries. She also set up a Facebook page to boost sales, which has been a great success. This year, they raised £1,500 bringing their overall fundraising total to over £5,000. Betty and Dave have already begun planting seeds ready for next year. Thank you so much for your fantastic support, which is so greatly appreciated by The CCCT Team and our young cancer patients.

Toy ducks lend a helping hand
A charity called Chemoduck makes toy ducks that produce central lines and bandanas to help young cancer patients who are struggling with their line and the procedures they have to go through. We have recently provided 20 of these extremely valuable ‘Chemoducks’ on our oncology units to help our young patients during treatment.

Thank you to Shooters Hill Co-Op shoppers
Thank you to all of Co-op shoppers who frequented their stores in Shooters Hill and Kidbrooke Park for supporting The Chartwell Children’s Cancer Trust Childhood Cancer Support Groups in 2019 through the Co-op Local Community Fund Scheme. With their amazing generosity around £5,700 was raised, a fantastic achievement.

Tiger Ward treasure basket treats replenished
When the children go into the Tiger Ward, they can choose a small gift from the treasure basket. This helps to take their mind off the treatment they are having. Thanks to our supporters, The CCCT continues to top up and replenish the Treasure Basket whenever it’s needed. A wonderful example of this, is Summer and her mum Louise, who noticed that sometimes there isn’t always a great selection in the Treasure Box on Tiger Ward. They therefore organised a coffee morning and, with the money that was raised, went out and purchased lots of wonderful treats for the children who have to undergo procedures or treatment.

The Swan Pub continued support
The Swan Pub in West Wickham continue to support The Chartwell Children’s Cancer Trust. Their latest venture was a charity football ‘Neil vs Ben’ match at West Wickham playing fields on Sunday 13th October. Although the weather was not on their side, both teams enthusiastically threw themselves into the game, with many goals on both sides – probably too many to count! All in all, a great afternoon! Thank you so much to The Swan and their teams for such an amazing effort. Next on the agenda is the Spooky Halloween Kids charity disco on the 31st October. They have also put up a Christmas Tree and have invited local businesses and customers to donate presents to their Christmas Gift Appeal for our Childhood Cancer Support Groups.

S.T.E.A.M packs are a big hit
Thank you to a very special young lady, Annabelle Groombridge, for the amazing S.T.E.A.M learning packs she has created for our children’s oncology wards. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. They are similar to STEM learning packs but Annabelle wanted to add in the Art Element. Each STEAM Pack contains a mixture of fun items to aid learning that have either been donated or she has purchased with her own pocket money. Annabelle knows first-hand what it is like to stay in hospital, often for several days at a time with nothing to do, as she suffers with a very rare painful bone condition. She has learnt to live with the pain and adapt to what she can cope with on a daily basis. Focusing her energies on making the STEAM Packs, and knowing that her efforts are helping other children in similar situations, gets her through her own difficult times. If this wasn’t enough, Annabelle has also donated lovely teddies and butterfly catchers for our childhood cancer support groups. Annabelle is truly inspirational and we are so grateful to her for giving up her time to make these exceptional packs for our oncology children.

Thank you to Trinity School
We are delighted to announce that Trinity School in Croydon have chosen The Chartwell Children’s Cancer Trust as their charity for the next academic school year. Thank you to Emma Pyott, from Laptops & Lipstick, and Nicola Scott from The Athena Network for nominating us to the school. We were invited to attend their AGM on 7th October where CCT’s Michelle Simpson was given the opportunity to talk about our charity work and to demonstrate the AV1 ‘No Isolation’ Robot to parents and staff. We look forward to working with Trinity School over the coming year. CCCT Supporters of the Year Laptops and Lipstick Pettswood Lynwood TG – extended to another year Trinity Thank you Warboar Games & Café, Bromley for their recent donation and continued support. Grant Awards We were delighted to receive an award from The National Lottery Community Fund which reflects the quality of the work we are doing for our childhood cancer support groups. We also received an award from The Morrisons Foundation that supports charities for making a positive difference in our local community.