The Finlay Foundation - A charity set up in the memory of  Finlay Joseph, aged 6 years
Children we have Helped


August & September

Donated hundreds of high visibility jackets to children in nursery schools, primary schools and child minding groups across Wiltshire.

May 2017

Donated £500 towards the cost of a garden renovation for Harry Greenaway, a disabled  boy from Pewsey. Harry is 17 and unable to walk on his own so either crawls or uses a frame. His mum is fundraising to make the garden level and safe to allow Harry more accessibility.

April 2017

Donated £500 to jai, a little boy from Market Lavington who has FOXG1 syndrome. The money is towards a very special tandem bike that would allow Jai more freedom.

January 2017

Donated high visibility jackets to scout group in Shalbourne

Donated high visibility jackets to Preshute primary school

December 2016

Bought toys for the children staying in refuges in Swindon & Devizes area

Bought toys & play equipment to the children at the Hope centre in Bristol who are have suffered from sexual abuse.

Donated hundreds of hight visibility jackets to schools and scout groups in Wiltshire & surrounding counties.

July 2016

Donated money to 'Safe space'

We donated £550 to the group 'Safe Space' to enable them to purchase desperately needed toys.
Safe Space is a registered charity run by volunteers based near Bristol. It provides stay & play sessions for families of children with additional needs ranging from physical disabilities, Down's syndrome to learning difficulties plus conditions awaiting diagnosis.


Donated high visibility jackets to 'Fairford primary school' in Gloucestershire.

May 2016

Donated high visibility jackets to 1st Rainbow group, Frome

April 2016

Donated £15,000 to 'Uplands School' in Swindon

Uplands is a school for students with severe or profound multiple learning difficulties. The Finlay Foundation have given the school £15,000 to create a new sensory room for the children. A specialist company will begin work soon and as soon as it is finished we will share the photos.
Thank you for all of your support to the Finlay Foundation & for making this possible 

Donated high visibility jackets to the following groups

'Rainbows' pack Frome

St Johns first school, Frome


March 2016

Donated high visibility jackets to the following groups

Pewsey cub & scout group

Devizes cub & scout group

Chatterbox nursery, Upavon

Puddle Ducks nursery, Pewsey


January 2016

Donated high visibility jackets to a childminder in Rushall

November 2015

Creating a complete sensory room for Uplands School in Swindon

Uplands is a school for students with severe (SLD) or profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) aged 11 – 19 years and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). Attainment on entry for all our students is well below the national age related expectation and all our students have statements of SEN.

Donated high visibility vests to the following groups

Holy Trinity CE primary academy in Great Cheverell

child minder in All Cannings

 'Little Bears' pre-school in Bishop's Cannings

October 2015

Bought a new roof for the round house at Grove Farm Woodland Centre in Stitchcombe near Marlborough

This is a fantastic organisation run by Simon Keith, that works with children ranging from nursery school age up to teenagers. Some of the children do have emotional & physical problems, with many coming from Uplands special school in Swindon. Simon also works with excluded youth, helping them back in to school. Simon told me,  "For younger children it is all about exploring nature & being able to play, welcoming fun in the wilderness for children to be children .
The teens I work with it is about finding themselves , learning new skills, they do exams here to get themselves back in to school" 

Bought equipment for 'Spiritus' in Great Cheverell 

This is a centre which uses Equine Assisted Horse Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioural health therapy and personal development. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term, or "brief" approach.
EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns.

Donated high visibility vests to 

child minder in Rushall

Pewsey Vale primary school

September 2015

Donated £1000 to 'Play Gloucestershire' to enable them to refurbish one of their play buses that takes free play sessions to children come rain or shine across Gloucestershire & surrounding counties.

Donated high visibility jackets to Woodborough primary school

Donated toys, dvds, a dvd player & art & craft materials to The Royal United Hospital in Bath
See testimonial page

Donated high visibility jackets to Brinkworth pre-school, a disability group near Royal Wootton Bassett, Ashton Keynes primary school & 1st Crudwell Scout group. It was lovely to see all the smiling faces and hear such kind & appreciative words. Looking forward to seeing some photos of the children wearing them. xx

Donated high visibility jackets to 'The Avenue Day nursery in Savernake forest'

Donated high visibility jackets to 'Oare kids pre-school' in Oare, wiltshire.

June 2015

Donated outdoor toys to Aster Living in Devizes who will distribute the toys to children staying in women's refuges over Wiltshire

Donated High visibility jackets to children at 'The Avenue day nursery in Marlborough

Donated sensory toys & equipment to 'Hop Skip & Jump' in Swindon & Cheltenham

Hop, skip & jump supports families by providing respite and play & stay sessions for families. They help children with additional needs, children in care, any child that needs support in their area and beyond.

Donated sensory toys to 'Hop, skip & Jump' in Bristol

Hop, skip & jump supports families by providing respite and play & stay sessions for families. They help children with additional needs, children in care, any child that needs support in their area and beyond.


March 2015

Donated a selection of toys to 'Incredible Kids' in Bradley Stoke, Bristol 

Toys donated to the charity run group 'Incredible Kids' in Bradley Stoke, Bristol. The charity provides play & support services to families in the Greater Bristol area with a child with a disability or additional need to reduce inequality and social isolation.
Jennie from the group was 'overwhelmed' by the donation.

Donated £1000 to Great Western Air Ambulance

Donated £1000 to Wiltshire Air Ambulance

February 2015

Donated high visibility vests to 'Michelle Wyatt Childcare' in Pewsey

January 14th, 2015

Donated 100 high visibility jackets to the children at Harnham Infant school in Salisbury.

December 15th, 2014

Donated toys to the babies the refuge has staying with them in Salisbury

Donated toys to the children staying at the 'Hope' charity's refuges in central Bristol.

December 2nd, 2014

Donated toys to Kennett Homestart who help disadvantaged children

December 1st 2014

Donated toys to children that will be staying in refuges this Christmas all over Wiltshire
See Testimonial page

November 17th 2014

National road safety week started this week and to honour this, The Finlay Foundation has handed out hundreds of high visibility jackets to children including those from 'Whitesheet Academy primary school in Zeals, 'Little Bears' nursery school in Devizes, 'Heathcote nursery school' in Devizes, Bishops Cannings Brownie groups and 'Sunflowers at Grafton' nursery school.

August, 2014

August 30th 2014
The Finlay Foundation have bought an 'Access 303 wide' sailing dinghy for 'all aboard' water sports in Bristol.

We chose to help 'Sailability' as many hundreds of children will benefit over the years from being able to be taken out in the boat. The following is taken from their website,
"Our vision is to have more integrated sailing, whereby people with an impairment are supported to sail in a mainstream environment. Participants may have physical, mental emotional or perception difficulties but all are encouraged to take part in water based activity. It is often the first time that they are able to feel free from a debilitating condition and to be involved in such a challenging activity. We are delighted to be able to work alongside the Access Ignite Programme to extend the opportunities we are able to offer to groups and schools.Individuals can self refer or come through the Hospital Service, Care Homes, Social Services, Specialist Organisations and Special Schools."
The boat has been made in Finlay's favourite colour yellow and will have our logo on both sides of the sail and will have 'Finlay Joseph' written on the bow of the boat. The boat will arrive in Bristol on Saturday 30th August which is the 'Access traveller trophy' racing event. There will also be a mini launch celebration.Thank you to all our supporters for making this possible x

June 2014

Donation of toys to Little Bridge House, children's Hospice, Devon, June 2014
After asking the Hospice what they needed for the children, we bought 2 'cozy coupe' ride on cars for toddlers plus many other toys
Please see testimonial page & gallery

Donation of toys to Charlton Farm, children's Hospice, North Somerset, June, 2014
After asking the Hospice what they needed for the children, we bought 2 bikes plus many other toys.
The Finlay Foundation donated a selection of toys, play equipment and 2 bikes to the hospice after we found out what they needed for the children.

Hi Niki/ Finlay Foundation
"Many thanks for the bikes and toys, all received here at Charlton Farm. The children and families are delighted with these gifts, the care team are arranging photographs to be taken and these will be forwarded shortly.Once again many thanks for your wonderful donation."
Kind regards
Tina"

Donation for the children staying in a refuge in Swindon, 19th June 2014
A refuge in Swindon were delighted when Liz from The Finlay Foundation asked them if there was anything we could buy to help the 20 plus children who unfortunately were staying there. The refuge asked if we could buy some guinea pigs and hutches to help the children who stay there smile. The following was received from Abby who works at the refuge alongside photos of the guinea pigs;
Please see gallery & Testimonial page

Toy donation to The children's ward at the Royal United hospital in Bath, 16th June, 2014
The Finlay Foundation make a second donation to the children's ward at the RUH in Bath. The hospital were very grateful and it was really good to hear how much the children have enjoyed the toys, craft materials and stickers we donated back in January. 
A few words from the children's ward manager Denise Greenman;
"We really do appreciate your on-going support of the ward, it makes such a difference to the children. Please thank all your supporters for their efforts."

The Finlay foundation donated high visibility jackets to the children and adult leaders at 1st Upavon Scout Group. 11th June, 2014
Photo on gallery

April, 2014

Donation of toys to Ellie, a little local girl who has been fighting blood cancer for a few years, April 2014
Please see gallery for a photo of Ellie with her toys donated by The Finlay Foundation & a few words on the testimonial page from her father.

January, 2014

The Royal United Hospital, Bath, January 2014
The Finlay Foundation donated a large selection of toys, art & craft materials, dvd's etc to the children's ward at the hospital. Lyn, a play specialist was extremely grateful for the donation as there isn't any money within the hospital budget to provide these much needed things for the children.
Please see photo in gallery. Testimonial to follow

Donation of high visibility vests to a child minder in Pewsey, January 2014

November, 2013

The Great Western Hospital, Swindon, November 2013
Claire Parks, the senior hospital play specialist at The Great Western Hospital in  Swindon contacted us and asked if would could help them out with an art & craft and sticker order for the children. We last delivered these stickers to them in August 2012 and Claire told me they were delighted as they had lasted a whole year! Claire said the stickers and craft materials mean so much to the children and are things that the hospital budget does not cover. The stickers are given to the children who have for example, given blood, sat still for an x-ray, been brave etc. We also bought them a large assortment of craft & activity kits which really help to cheer up the children and helps them to de-stress whilst staying in hospital.
Photo & testimonial to follow

October 2013

Woodborough primary School, October, 2013
The Finlay Foundation donated high visibility vests to the school children, the head teacher, Mrs Brewis was very grateful for the donation, "THANK YOU so much for the high viz jackets that the Finlay Foundation provided for us at the start of term. It is really brilliant that all of the children are able to have a jacket on 'permanent loan' from the school."
Photo on gallery page

September 2013

Donation to Naomi House Hospice, September 2013
The Finlay Foundation has donated various things to Naomi House Hospice over the last 2 years we have been running.We have bought items such as toys, games, books, art materials and remote control toy cars. The Finlay foundation bought 4 very special remote control cars for the children at the request of the head of play services. The cars have controls that can be used by children with disabilities. The staff at the hospice are planning to host a 'Track Opening Night' soon and are hoping that Damon Hill may attend the event. The children are currently writing their own testimonials for us but in the meantime please take a look at the gallery for photos of the staff and children enjoying the cars.

July 2013

Urchfont pre/primary school, 19th July, 2013
We donated high visibility vests to the children who use the after school club at Urchfont school at the request of the after school club supervisor.

SWIFT medics, 2013
We donated £1000 raised from the Finlay Foundation Avon Gorge abseil in April. SWIFT Medics are in the process of recruiting new volunteer doctors and are currently training one volunteer, This £1000 will help "fund the majority of Dr.Constantin Jabarin's additional medical training to work for SWIFT Medics". 

June, 2013

Great Western Air Ambulance, 6th June, 2013
We donated £5000 raised from the Finlay Foundation Avon Gorge abseil in April.
photo on Gallery page

St John's School, Marlborough, June, 2012
The Finlay Foundation were asked to provide high visibility vests to the school children by local councillor Justin Cook. Justin felt there was a real need for the vests as he told us that the traffic around the school was bad.

May 2013

Wiltshire air ambulance, 28th May, 2013
The Finlay Foundation donated a further £2000 raised from our Avon Gorge Abseil in April. 
The Finlay Foundation has shared profits from previous Finlay foundation events with The Wiltshire Air Ambulance who flew Finlay to Swindon Hospital. We have also had family members and friends who have fundraised for them and donated thousands of pounds in Finlay's memory.
Please see photos on 'Gallery' page

'Skilled for health', a local charity group, May 2013
The Finlay Foundation donated 2 CPR manikin training devices to assist with their first aid training for parents who care for babies and young children.

April 2013

The Barbara Russell children's unit at Frenchay Hospital, 16th April, 2013
We delivered a large selection of specialist sensory toys to the unit. The staff were extremely grateful for the donation from the Finlay Foundation and cannot wait to use them with the children, many of which suffer from brain injury/damage.
photo on 'Gallery' page 

March, 2013

St Mary's primary school, Marlborough, March 2013
We delivered high visibility jackets to the children in reception & years 1 and 2 for when they are on walks/outings in and outside the town.
Photo on 'Gallery' page

Nursteed Primary school, Devizes, March 2013
We delivered high visibility jackets for the children in reception and years 1 & 2 to wear whilst out of school grounds on walks/outings.

February, 2013

Naomi House Children's Hospice, February 8th 2013
We delivered 2 more very special remote controlled toy cars to the hospice .

December, 2012

Salisbury Hospital, December 18th, 2012 
We delivered a selection of toys to the staff at Salisbury hospital, the toys will be distributed between the play rooms and wards within the hospital. The staff were very grateful for the donation.
Photo on 'Gallery' page 

The Opportunity Centre, Devizes, December 18th, 2012
We took a selection of toys to the Opportunity Centre. The centre provides a day care centre for children under 5 years old with learning or physical disabilities. The staff were very grateful for the toys and so were the children.
Photo on 'Gallery' page

Swindon Hospital, December 
We delivered a selection of toys to The Great Western Hospital in Bristol. The staff were thrilled with the toys and will put them in the play room on the childrens ward.
Photo on 'Gallery' page  

November, 2012

Busy Bees nursery school, Upavon, Wiltshire, November 26th 2012
We delivered high visibility vests to the children & staff at the nursery. These will enable the children to be clearly seen whilst walking around the village.
photo on 'Gallery' page 

Bubbles pre-school in Pewsey, Wiltshire, November 26th, 2012 
We delivered high visibility vests to the children & staff at the nursery. These will enable the children to be clearly seen whilst out walking around the village.
Please see 'Gallery' page for photograph

Naomi House & Jack's Place Children's Hospice, November 16th, 2012 
The Finlay foundation bought 2 very special remote control cars for the children at the request of the head of play services. The cars have controls that can be used by children with disabilities. The children & staff were thrilled with the cars and look forward to all the fun they will provide.
Please see photo on 'Gallery' page. 

September, 2012

Bristol Royal Children's Hospital, September 11th, 2012 
We purchased a full size outdoor table tennis table for one of the children's ward play areas in the hospital. This was put forward as a suggestion from Elaine when I asked her what the children would like to use. Elaine said that they had had their current table tennis table for 12 years and it was starting to look tatty and need repairs. I hope the new table gives at least another decade of fun to even more children.
photo on 'Gallery' page

August, 2012

Great Western  Hospital, Swindon, August 28th, 2012 
The Finlay foundation has purchased some new furniture for the children's ward waiting area in the hospital. 2 pirate themed tables with chairsAn 'under the sea' themed corner placement carpetA soft seating area These items were suggested by the senior hospital play specialist when asked if there was something the Finlay Foundation could buy that would be long lasting. The hospital are so very grateful and have said they would have had to of done so much fundraising to of been able to purchase the furniture themselves and can now use the money they do have on more toys, art materials etc. for the children.
photo on 'Gallery' page 

Great Western hospital, Swindon, August 8th, 2012
I met up with Claire Parks, the senior hospital play specialist in Swindon and delivered 12,000 stickers that Claire had expressed an interest in when I had asked them what would be good for the children. Claire was delighted with the stickers especially as they mean so much to the children and are things that the hospital budget does not cover. 
Please see testimonial page. 

March, 2012

Naomi House Children's Hospice, hampshire, March 28th, 2012
The Finlay Foundation delivered a box of various board games and books to the hospice. Everyone was very grateful for the gift from the Finlay Foundation. Thank you so much to Pam and the staff for showing us around this truly amazing and special place.
Please see testimonial page

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, March 27th, 2012
The Finlay Foundation delivered a large box of art & craft materials plus books to the play department at the hospital. The staff were very grateful for the donation and very kindly showed us around the hospital. Thank you especially to Jane and Elaine for making us feel very welcome and showing us how special the hospital is.
Please see testiomonial page 

February, 2012

Rushall church of England primary school, February, 2012
We donated high visibility jackets to the children and staff at the school for when they visit the allotment, go on walks around the village and go out on school trips.
Please see Testimonial page

Pewsey Scout/cub & beaver group, February 2012
The Finlay Foundation bought Some high visibility jackets for Pewsey scout and cub group. These jackets enable the children to be safer when out on walks around the villages and out on trips. 
Please see Testimonial page & photos on the 'Gallery' page.

Oare primary School, February 2012
We donated high visibility jackets to the children and staff at the school for when they visit the allotment, go on walks around the village and go out on school trips.
Please see Testimonial page

September, 2011

The gift of a cooker to Busy Bees nursery in Upavon, September 2011
Please see Testimonial page









































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