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

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May 2017

A Huge thank you to 'The Channel Nutters', these are a group of 5 that decided back in 2015 to swim the channel. Most were completely inexperienced swimmers so it makes their challenge even more amazing. They will be swimming the Channel on the 7th August and up to then are fundraising via justgiving for 5 different charities. We are very grateful to be included in that list. Please visit their page for more details. 

April 2017

Thank you to the staff at the Seven Stars pub in Bottlesford for donating the money from an Easter egg hunt held in the gardens to us.

February 10th, 2017

The official opening of 'Finlay's room', the sensory room at Uplands school

December 2016

Thanks to Pewsey Vale football club for raising £120 at their end of year raffle for us.

Thank you to Sara Willman of My Flower patch for hosting Christmas wreath making workshops throughout November & December with £5 from each booking going to us.

February 2016

As the charity has gown we have now taken on new trustees and a new treasurer.  Please welcome the following in as trustees, Ginnie Burns, Karen Vigor, Sandra Birch, Samantha Hodgson and Karen Hall who is now and trustee & our new treasurer. 

January 2016

Lots of fantastic people to thank for all their brilliant fundraising. Thank you to Amey & Network Rail in Swindon who have to date raised an incredible £6,668 with their recent raffle raising £1,577! Special thanks to Eleanor Mackenzie, Clare Sollis & Martin Pratt for all your continuous support and hard work 

Also thank you to Sara Willman of My Flower Patch who organised Christmas wreath making workshops during December. They made a contribution from each attendee to The Finlay Foundation and raised £130 

December, 2015

20 staff from Arval in Swindon cycled from their offices in Swindon to their offices in Paris on the 13th June to raise money for Prospect House and The Finlay Foundation. They raised a staggering £7,625.10 for The Finlay Foundation, truly amazing, thank you all, special thanks to Tracey Fuller for choosing us as one of the 2 charities to benefit. xx

November, 2015

After helping me to set up the charity late 2011 & working as a treasurer & trustee for the last 3 years, Liz Gray has decided to step down from her role as treasurer. I would like to thank Liz for helping to get the charity to where it is today and for all her hard work & friendship. Good luck with everything Liz xx
We now have a new treasurer, Karen Hall, who works as a full time accountant for a school in Salisbury. Karen has worked for a charity before, so she brings lots of valuable experience. We have also taken on new trustees, Karen Hall, Karen Vigor, Samantha Hodgson, Ginnie Burns & Sandra Birch. 

The staff at 'The Day Avenue nursery' in Marlborough, organised a 'sponsored toddle', as a thank you for the high visibility jackets we gave them. The little children raised an incredible £500
Thank you to the children, the staff and everyone who sponsored them xx

October, 2015

 Kelly Marriott will be running in the Swindon half marathon on the 11th October for The Finlay Foundation.
Kelly has already raised over £300 but would love to raise a lot more, her just giving page is www.justgiving.com/Kelly-Marriott
Thank you so much xx

Chris Lang who is the father of one of Finlay's friends is going to be running the 5k Bath Glow in the park on the 10th October. 
Thank you so much Chris xx
" I am taking part in the 5k Bath Glow in the park on the 10th October. I am running in memory of Finlay Connor he was a close friend of my son. The Finlay Foundation works in many areas from schools, hospitals, children's clubs. It helps with toys, Hi -Vis, and other equipment. The foundation also raises money for the Air Ambulance. This foundation solely rely on sponsor money so please dig deep and help me raise money for this charity that is so close to my heart."

Thank you to Suzie Richardson from The Avenue day nursery in Marlborough for sending me this:
'Hi to The Finlay Foundation just wanted to let you know that on the 19th November The Avenue Day Nursery in Marlborough will be having a sponsored toddle up to Marlborough common and back to nursery. This is to raise money for you and to say thankyou for donating your high visibility vests to our nursery so our children can be safe when out and about.'  xx


July,2015

Happy Summer all! 

I had a lovely email from Gill Hannan today who works for the 'all aboard/Bristol Sailability' charity we bought a specially adapted sailing boat for last August.
Since they have had the boat, literally hundreds of children have benefitted from being taken out in the boat. Gill told me that today more than 100 people attended an open day they held for families of children with cerebral palsy. Finlay's boat was used all day and one of the children who went out was called Finlay so he was very pleased. Gill says, 'It's wonderful to have this boat and watch the smiles as the young people discover that yes, they can do it!'
This has really made my day so thank you Gill for sharing and thank you to all of those that donate, raise money and support us, it's all thanks to you xx

Huge thank you to Rushall Church of England school for donated £223 to us from a recent fundraising initiative. The school have raised hundreds of pounds for us and we thank them for their continued support.

June, 2015

Arval employees continue to raise money for us through various fundraising events. On the 13th June 20 members of staff set off on their bikes from their offices in Swindon to their head office in Paris. Thank you all so much for all of your support especially to Tracey Scarr xx

May, 2015

Thank you to Rushall Church of England Aided Primary School, the children from the school council and Mrs Archer raised £55 on their bric-a-brac stall for us on Saturday. Well done & Thank you xx

April, 2015

Amey/Network Rail in Swindon continue to raise money for us through various fundraising initiatives such as their ongoing 'Finlay Foundation' tuck shop, cake sales & raffles. To date they have raised an incredible £3,623!!
Thank you all so much for your continued support xx

Samantha Hodgson from Nationwide Sevenside & Ridgeway area had staff volunteer from Nationwide branches in the South West to pack bags for shoppers in various supermarkets over a 1 week period. The teams were in store from 10am to 2pm each day and raised a truly staggering amount of £3,129!!
 Thank you to Samantha for her support & enthusiasm, thanks to all of those that took part, the supermarkets involved and most importantly the amazing generosity of the people that donated. You are all amazing!! xx

Monday 20th - Morrisons Devizes  £756
Tuesday 21st -  Waitrose Melksham £257
Wednesday 22nd - Morrisons Devizes £570
Thursday 23rd - Sainsbury Devizes £643
Friday 24th - Waitrose Marlborough £903


ARVAL staff in Swindon held a fundraising day to raise more money for their 2 chosen charities, The Finlay Foundation & The Prospect House ahead of their Swindon to Paris cycle on the 15th June. The day included a cake sale, bottle bag raffle and bingo & raised a brilliant £700. The total raised from their fundraising so far is £2,900! 
Thank you to Tracey & her fantastic team xx


March 2015

ARVAL UK in Swindon choose us as one of their 2 charities to raise money for.  20 members of staff will be cycling from Swindon to Paris in June in aid of The Finlay Foundation & Prospect house. Huge thanks to Tracey Scarr, the other 19 cyclists and to everyone that voted for us! xx

Debbie Mills, a Nationwide employee is going to be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on 24th September in aid of The Finlay Foundation. Amazing Debbie, thank you so much xx

Marc Stephens is going to be completing an Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday 9th August at Darnford Lake in Shropshire. marc will be raising monies for us and feels it is a great opportunity to raise funds on behalf of Nationwide. Thank you so much Marc for doing this and also your son Callum who is going to be competing in a junior version on 8th August and also raising money for us! Thank you xx

Tabby Willis & Lauren Brown run their first ever half marathon, The Bath Half in aid of The Finlay Foundation and have raised an amazing £300! Tabby said afterwards, "We did it!! Such a great atmosphere and we did it for Finlay!'
Thanks so much girls xx

February 2015

The Finlay Foundation is now on Twitter. Find us at @niki4finn
January 2015

A big thank you to Samantha Hodgson from Nationwide today to let me know they raised £1000 from their raffle for The Finlay Foundation. Thank you very much to all of those involved, a fantastic amount. Nationwide have particularly enjoyed the fact we have previously donated to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance so we are going to be passing the money onto them. More news to follow when this happens xx

Thank you to Susan Holt & 1st Bishop's Cannings Brownies who visited 'Sudweeks Court' retirement home and sang to the residents. They collected an amazing £74.90 and have donated that to us to be used on local children's causes. Many thanks to the brownies, Susan and everyone that donated xx

January, 2015

Thank you to Rushall School who have held a 'Be bright & be seen' day at school and raised a fantastic £77 xx

December, 2014

Rushall School hold a 'Christmas jumper day' in aid of The Finlay Foundation.

Thank you to Rushall School for choosing to support The Finlay Foundation this year. School council members did a survey during lunch break, where pupils were asked to be put forward the name of a charity that they would like to support. A vote was then taken and the Finlay Foundation won the majority. The school are currently discussing many ideas for fundraising events, the first of which will be a 'Be bright, stay safe day' on the 16th January 2015. x

The Spar shop in Pewsey are supporting us by asking for donations to write a message & decorate a snowflake to be displayed in the shop window over The Christmas season. Staff are also showing their sense of fun by all wearing 'onesies' to work from the 4th to the 7th December.
Thank you to all of those involved x

November, 2014

Nationwide's Samantha Hodgson, Steve Rawle and the branch teams from Nationwide Sevenside & Ridgeway area have chosen to support The Finlay Foundation as one of their charities. They have bought 100 presents for children from babies up to 12 years old. They are having 'wrapping workshops' every day this week in various locations, one of which I was lucky enough to see today (very neat wrapping). We will then distribute the gifts to the children in need this Christmas, some of which are registered with Kennet Homestart and also children that will be in refuges this Christmas time. Thanks so much to everybody, especially Samantha for making me feel so welcome and the buffet lunch and ultimately for choosing to support The Finlay Foundation xx

Woodborough Garden Centre have chosen to support us this Christmas by inviting people to write a wish for a loved ones on a star and hang it on their tree of wishes. They will be asking for donations for The Finlay Foundation. More details and photos to follow

Nationwide have chosen us as their charity of choice to help this Christmas and have been busy buying and wrapping presents for us to distribute to children in need. More details and photos of the 'wrapping workshops' to follow.

Darren Madden & the Freemasons of Border Lodge Ludgershall donated £150 proceeds from their meeting to us. Many thanks for thinking of us x

Chris Lang has very kindly decided to collect and recycle cans with profits from the recycled amounts going to The Finlay Foundation. Please do keep hold of your foil cans (not food tins) for Chris. He can be contacted via our 'contact us" page. Many thanks

Tom Lonergan (area manager for Jewson) very kindly donated 100 high visibility jackets to us. This donation enabled us to cover even more children without any expense to us.

November 17th marked the start of National road safety week. In honour of this The Finlay Foundation delivered hundreds of high visibility vests to primary schools, nursery schools and Brownie groups.
See gallery page for photos

October, 2014

The Finlay foundation is chosen as one of Nationwide's charities for their token collection scheme in several branches in Wiltshire for the next 3 months.

September 7th,2014

The Finlay foundation were at the Emergency Services show at Hullavington Airfield. It was lovely to meet so many people who wanted to chat to us about the work we do and of course Finlay. Finlay's brother Louis and Finlay's friend Isobel did a fantastic job of handing out high visibility vests to all the children in the crowds. 
See gallery for photos of the day

August 30th, 2014

Finlay's brother Louis had the very special job today of 'Christening' the boat we have bought for the 'All-aboard' charity in Bristol. Louis also went out and steered the boat on it's maiden voyage. Thank you to Steve Evans and his team for making us feel so welcome. A few words from Steve, "We are extremely pleased and honoured to accept the access boat from The finlay Foundation to add to our fleet in memory of Finlay. This year we have had an unprecedented uptake to sail by young people with a variety of personal challenges. The new addition will enable increased numbers to participate and meet personal challenges in a water sport environment which has proved so successful"

Please see Photo Gallery for photos

August 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 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

April 2014

The Finlay Foundation has been chosen as Network Rail's charity of the year! This means we will benefit from Network Rail (south west) employees fundraising for us in various ways over the next 12 months. We will also have practical help from contractors and other members of their staff. This really is fantastic news. A huge thank you to Eleanor Mackenzie who is working at Network Rail and nominated The Finlay Foundation to become the chosen charity.


January 2012 

On the 19th January 2012, Finlay's Birthday, his classmates and teachers at Woodborough school released yellow balloons with pictures and messages attached.I have just had the first message via this website from a very kind lady who has reported finding the first balloon today, 20th January. The balloon was found fluttering in the breeze up a tree in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, otherwise known as one hundred acre wood, the home of Winnie the pooh. We visited here with the boys a couple of years ago and played pooh sticks on pooh bridge. Finlay really loved it and took leaflets and maps to show and tell at school. How amazing our first balloon was found there of all the places. Thank you so much to Cathy for letting me know, it really has meant a lot. If anybody else finds one, please do let me know and I can pass the news on to the children too. Many thanks xxxx










Paving the way in Pewsey for a safer future
Gazette & Herald, 19th January 2010
By Nigel Kerton

The road safety group set up after the death of Finlay Connor has obtained funding for a new footpath to save children having to walk in the road to get to school.Pewsey Area Board of Wiltshire Council has agreed an application from Woodborough Road Safety Group for a grant of just over £10,000 to create a new footpath.Parents are currently encouraged to use the car park at Woodborough Social Club, with the club’s full backing, and walk about 150 metres down Smithy Lane to Broad Lane, the spot where Finlay Connor and his mother Niki were struck by the school bus on March 14 last year.Finlay, six, died as a result of his injuries and his mother underwent surgery for leg and pelvic injuries and is still receiving treatment.Following the tragedy Woodborough Road Safety Group was set up to see how safety could be improved on the roads leading to the school.They have been able to persuade the owner of the field opposite the school, which goes up to the social club, to allow them to build a footpath around the edge of the field.

This paper came out on the 19th January, Finlay's Birthday.

July 2012

The Finlay Foundation has changed accountants and we are now with Jenni Frost BA (Hons) MAAT of Farrant Frost accountants & Tax consultants in Pewsey, Wiltshire. We also have a new treasurer, Liz Gray.

September 18th, 2012

The Finlay Foundation achieved charitable status and has been entered onto the register of charities with the registered number  1148996.

November, 2012, Woodborough School gain a footpath

Appeared in the Gazette & Herald, 22nd November, 2012

Pupils at Woodborough School – where six-year- old Finlay Connor died last year after being struck by a school bus – now have a safe path to use from the parents’ car park at the village Social Club, as well as a lollipop patrol to see them safely over the road.
Finlay died and his mother Niki sustained severe crush injuries after they were knocked down by the bus as it moved off after dropping pupils at the school.
Bus driver Adrian Shearing, 53, from Trowbridge, was jailed for 28 months at Winchester Crown Court after admitting causing death by dangerous driving. The sentence was later reduced to ten months by the Criminal Appeal Court.
 
Finlay had died by the time he arrived at Great Western Hospital by air ambulance.
His mother spent weeks in Frenchay Hospital and is still receiving treatment and therapy for her injuries.
In the aftermath of the tragedy Woodborough Road Safety Group was formed, with members from the school and parish council, to see how to reduce the dangers children faced walking to school along Broad Street, which is a rat-run for cars and lorries taking a short cut between Marlborough and the Pewsey Vale.
The safety group came up with the idea of a path around the field that separates the school from the social club and, after campaigning for support, won a £6,000 grant from Pewsey Area Board that, together with donations from the parish council and the school PTA, has funded the new path.
Please see 'slideshow' page for photograph

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