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

November 2016

The Finlay Foundation gift & craft fair raises a profit of £1,050

July 2016

Summer 'Design a card competition'

January 2016

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 xx

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 xx

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

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

The Finlay Foundation Winter Ball, November 14th

A fantastic evening was had by all and we raised an amazing £5,100 on the night.
Thank you to everyone that supported this event xx
 
October 2015

Debbie Mills, a Nationwide employee in Swindon climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for The Finlay Foundation. After months of hosting fundraising events for us, Debbie finally climbed the mountain and was due to reach the summit on 1st October. Unfortunately despite reaching just shy of 16,000ft Debbie became ill with altitude sickness and had to be taken back to base camp.
I wanted to say how proud I am of Debbie for doing this and all the support for the Finlay Foundation. Debbie has raised £1159.84, thank you xx

Wayne Smith & boxers at their gym boxed their way through the night in aid of The Finlay Foundation and raised £416
Thank you xx.

Simon Young competed in an Olympic distance triathlon dressed as a daisy (our logo) in aid of The Finlay Foundation on the 1st October and raised £583 and is waiting for match funding too. Thank you Simon xx
Photos of the power flower can be seen in the photo gallery

Rushall Primary school raise £68 from their school council stall at the summer fair, June 2015

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!!

The Finlay Foundation Spring gift & Craft fair, March 21st
Devizes Corn Exchange, raises £704.56

Bath half marathon, March 1st, 2015
Tabitha & Lauren Brown competed in their first half marathon and raised a fantastic £300 for The Finlay Foundation. 
Both girls went to Woodborough School and felt, "It would be an honour to run it for Finlay" Thank you girls so much! x

Rushall Primary school hosted a 'Be bright Stay Safe' day on January 16th 2015 and raised a brilliant £77 for The Finlay Foundation.


Rushall Primary school in Wiltshire hold a 'Christmas jumper day' & raise £91.32!
Children wore their most festive jumpers for a £1 fee going to The Finlay Foundation. They raised a brilliant £91.32!

A huge thank you to Sunflowers at Grafton nursery school and everyone who donated to The Finlay Foundation after their Christmas nativity performance in East Grafton Church on the 12th December. They raised an amazing £166.21 

The Freemasons of Border Lodge 3129 raise £150 for The finlay 
Foundation from their raffle

Network Rail, Swindon raise an amazing £1400 in their Christmas raffle
Thank you to Ellie McKenzie and her fantastic team for all your hard work

The Finlay Foundation Winter Craft & Gift Fair, Saturday 1st November, raises £801 profit.

Network Rail Swindon cake Bake raises an amazing £342.30!!

23rd July, Sunrise class children at Rushall school organised a cake & tea afternoon for their parents and raised a brilliant £68.96!
Thank you to Mrs Lacy, Mrs Mensing & Mrs Harvey and to the children for writing such neat invitations 

Matthew Freemantle completes IRONMAN UK, July 20th 2014 in aid of The Finlay Foundation
Matthew's Story
"The Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a 26.2 mile run; these are to be completed without a break in under 17 hours. Generally considered as the hardest single day endurance event it is a cheeky little challenge!!I am doing it for the Finlay Foundation which is a small local charity where every penny received goes towards safety equipment for children or toys and games to brighten their stay in hospital. Every donation makes a huge difference to this charity."
http://www.justgiving.com/Matthew-Freemantle
This is the second IRONMAN Matthew has competed in for The Finlay Foundation, an amazing challenge for an amazing man, thank you Matthew x

The Finlay Foundation Vintage tea party afternoon raises £422!
Saturday 19th July, An afternoon of eating cake and drinking tea, Pimms and Champagne in the beautiful cottage garden of our generous hosts, Stephen & Judith Room was a great success. Despite everybody having to run for cover from a brief thunder & rain storm once, we all thoroughly enjoyed our perfect summer's afternoon.
Special thanks to Stephen & Judith for their generosity, Olivia, Karen Vigor & Donna for all your help, plus of course to those of you that donated raffle prizes and who joined us on the day.

The Finlay Foundation Summer craft & gift fair raises £912.77!
A fantastic day today, it felt like the hall was full of friends. Massive thanks to everybody that helped Liz, Karen & I make it such a success. Especially to Karen Vigor, Sandra Birch, Julie & Fawn Blair and everybody else that helped. It was fantastic to hear such positive feedback from stall holders & customers. I already now have a date for our Christmas fair and a long list of stall holders that were anxious to be on it!
£912.77 will be on it's way to Tavis' family, a 9 year old boy from Pewsey who is battling bone cancer.
Thank you all xxx

Designer Clothing sale, Marlborough golf club, Thursday 26th April 6pm to 9pm & Friday 27th April 9am to 1pm
Hosted by Catherine Aspey


Brand new bargains from Kim Vine Boutique in Marlborough as well as from designer boutiques in Hungerford.
Plus hundreds of items from high end high street shops. Prices range for £! to £100's!
Photo in gallery

Tom Bott's High Society Orchestra are hosting a high society ball with Live music, full 13 piece high society orchestra, 18th January, 2013
vintage DJ-1930's Big Band to 1950's Rock 'n' Roll Charity Raffle & Silent Auction in support of The Wiltshire Air Ambulance - Air Support Unit - Air Support Unit & The Finlay Foundation
This event raised  a fantastic £458 for The Finlay Foundation

Equilibrium Clinic, Nursery farm, Woodborough, Wiltshire, December 2013
Thank you so much to Lorraine at the Equilibrium clinic in Woodborough, Wiltshire for donating money from the sale of raffle tickets to The Finlay Foundation. The Christmas raffle raised £70

The Finlay Foundation Christmas Craft & Gift Fair, November 23rd, 2013
A quality craft & gift fair with a fantastic selection of stalls selling gifts & handmade crafts. Perfect for early Christmas shopping. We raised £775.

The Finlay Foundation Winter Ball Saturday 16th November
Venue Wellington Barn Calstone, Wiltshire
An elegant black tie event in aid of the Finlay Foundation. A 3 course sit down dinner followed by music with silent auction & raffle
The Ball raised over £3,200, thank you everybody who helped to make this event so special.
photos on the 'Gallery' page

Simon Gale's, Dart 10km swim 14th Sept, 2013
Simon's  story, I will be swimming 10km open water- this works out at 400 lengths of a standard pool on the 14th Sept.   As a warm up event I will also be completing a 6.5 km sea swim with no wetsuit on the 7th July (depending when Baby no 2 decides to show!!)  I don't like asking for charity but I feel these are more than enough of a challenge to warrant raising money for an amazing charity In 2011 Finlay Connor was tragically knocked down and killed whilst walking to school with his mum. His mum Niki, herself sustained significant and life threatening injuries, has worked tirelessly setting up the charity, with funds going to safety schemes/equipment for schools and groups as well as play equipment for hospitals and hospices. The reason why I support this charity is, having treated Niki in hospital and seeing the devasting effect the sudden loss of child has.  The amazing work that has been acheived attemping to improve the safety of children, can help other prevent other families going through this. 
Simon has so far raised over £900 for The Finlay Foundation, fantastic amount, thank you so much Simon xx  

Marlborough Town Football Tournament
Ged Montgomery arranged a football tournament, they raised £400 for The Finlay Foundation, thanks very much to Ged and all those that supported the event x

The Finlay Foundation Craft & Gift fair
Saturday 20th April, 2013 
A quality craft & gift fair with refreshments & B.B.Q served throughout the day plus raffle. This event raised £850

Avon Gorge 190ft Abseil
Saturday, April 13th, 2013, Bristol
A group of 38 women, a.k.a 'Finlay's Angels' abseiled 190ft down the Avon Gorge near to the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol to mark the 2 year anniversary of little Finlay's death.
We have raised over £10,000!!!
All money raised will be divided between The Finlay Foundation, Wiltshire Air Ambulance (who flew Finlay to Great Western Hospital in Swindon), Great Western air ambulance (who flew me to Frenchay hospital) & Swift medics who were first on the scene at the accident.

Finlay's Angels:  Niki Connor, Liz Gray, Catherine Oldman, Karen Speechley, Lisa Thomas, Missy, Sarah Tosh, Joanna Lee Smith, Claire Ridge, Charlie Monro, Caroline Norman, Jo Wickens, Catherine Aspey, Karen Vigor, Lisa Plummer, Selina Taylor, Donna Toroni, Charlotte Archer, Justine Aspey, Rachel Wilbraham, Caz Flippance, Vanessa Cook, Chantelle Mussard, Gisela Maisch, Deborah Woodstock, Denise Burns, Dionne Pullen, Kirstie Jones, Natasha Knight, Anna Jones, Amanda Da costa Maia, Stacy Burgess, Maud Monro, Lizzie Spinks, Eileen Oldman, Sheila Batten, Vicky Cooney, Heidi Martin

Please see the 'slideshow' page for photographs of the event or go to the following website to see the great photographs taken by Nicki, a local photographer who very kindly spent her whole day in the rain taking photographs of us all xhttp://www.photographybyndl.co.uk

Snowdrops & Sparkles Shopping Soirée 
Saturday 9th March 7-10pmThe Castle Hotel, Devizes
Tickets £5 incl. free glass of bubbly, live band entertainment, all proceeds to the Finlay Foundation.
Natasha Knight organised this special shopping & music event with the help of Chantelle Mussard, they raised a brilliant £400!
Organised by Natasha Knight Events

Thank you so much Natasha xx

Bath half marathon, March 3rd, 2013

Kate Rookes  ran her very first half marathon in aid of the Finlay Foundation & raised a fantastic £550!
"I am running the Bath half marathon on Sunday 3rd March 2013 to raise funds for the Finlay Foundation. My son attends Woodborough School where, tragically, Finn lost his life on 14th March 2011.  I have been inspired by Finns’ mum Niki who started the Finlay Foundation in memory of Finn who my son Devon describes as ‘a kind, smiley boy who just got along with everyone’. The foundation has been set up to supply schools, nurseries, hospitals etc with equipment that brings smiles to childrens faces and I am excited to be able to make a small contribution to this worthy cause. Niki  also tells me that Finn was born and lived in Bath so it is a very special place for the family.  Please can you support me and the foundation by visiting my just giving page . I’ve never attempted a half marathon before and at my age I’m not really sure that I should be now but I will give it my best shot! "
Thank you, Kate"

Dress Down Day at Sovereign Housing offices, February 2013
Jo arranged a dress down day at her work place and raises £177.03 for the Finlay Foundation, thank you Jo! x

Woodborough Garden Centre's 'Holistic Therapy Evening'
February 28th, 2013
The garden centre hosted a 'holistic evening' with profits going to The Finlay Foundation. Many thanks again for your continued support and all those involved. X

Busy Bees Christmas Hamper Raffle, December 2012
The staff at Busy Bees arranged a Christmas hamper raffle with all proceeds being donated to the Finlay Foundation.
Thank you to all the staff and parents who donated items for the hamper and bought tickets.

Sue's Toy sale & Coffee morning, November 21st 2012
Thank you to Sue Voller who organised a coffee and toy morning at her home. Thank you to all the parents who went to the sale and raised £250 for the Finlay Foundation x

The Finlay Foundation craft & gift fair, October 6th, 2012
The craft & gift fair was a great success, the hall was once again filled with lots of happy faces from both stall holders and visitors. Thank you to everybody who helped set up, serve, sell, shop & support, these things really cannot happen without you all. We made an amazing profit of £2,110 of which we will be giving £1000 to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Please see slideshow for photos from this event

Silent Auction by Ged & Kay Montgomery, August 22nd, 2012
Ged & Kay Montgomery arranged a silent auction of sports memorabilia  through their work place, Lloyds bank and raised an amazing £2500 for the Finlay Foundation. Thank you both so much and to all the winning bidders xx
Please see slideshow for photos from the event

The Sarsen Trail, May 7th, 2012
James Norman and Matt Freemantle walked the Sarsen's trail in aid of the Finlay Foundation. They walked through the Vale of Pewsey, the Avon Valley and then across the beautiful ancient landscape of Salisbury Plain between Avebury and Stonehenge. They completed the trail in 7 hours & 40 minutes and James has raised an amazing £500! Thank you so much for choosing to support the Finlay foundation and congratulations!
Please see photographs on slideshow page

Phoenix card & coffee morning, April 29th, 2012
Joanna-Kate Harper organised a Phoenix card & coffee morning and raised £103 for the Finlay Foundation
Thank you very much x

Woodborough Social Club presents A Cabaret Night, April 27th at 8 p.m
Woodborough Social Club, Smithy Lane Proceeds will be divided equally between The Finlay Foundation & The social club funds.
The event was a big success and raised a fantastic £730, this means that thanks to Bill and everybody that supported the event, the Finlay Foundation has had a very generous donation of £365!Thank you so much to Mr Bill Bailey & The Social Club for arranging this event and for their support to The Finlay Foundation x

The Finlay Foundation Craft & Gift Fair, April 14th, 2012 
We all had a fantastic day of fundraising for the Finlay Foundation and the Wiltshire air ambulance. We had a great range of sellers all selling some beautiful handmade items and gifts.  We opened at 11am and had our first customer at 11.01am and then a continuous steady flow of customers all day long. We were overwhelmed by the donations and help given and so grateful to all of the happy customers on the day. The room had a lovely atmosphere and everywhere I looked there were smiling faces, Finlay would be so proud of you all, thank you. The best news is, we raised around £1,350 profit for the Finlay Foundation and the Wiltshire air ambulance which is brilliant. 
Please see slideshow for photos

Busy Bees Nursery, Upavon, March 30th 'Yellow Day'
Lesley and Sarah from Busy Bees nursery arranged a 'yellow day' in memory of Finlay. They asked the children to wear something yellow for a small donation to support The Finlay Foundation, this made £50. They had a fun day, icing yellow cakes, playing with yellow dough, yellow painting  etc. The day was a real success and Lesley & Sarah plan to make it an annual event.Many thanks to you both and to all the staff at Busy Bees.

Woodborough garden centre, Woodborough village, March 2012
T.V celebrity cook, Mr Herbert, half of The Fabulous Baker Brothers from the channel 4 show will be signing their new cookery book and giving a talk about the bread their bakery produces. A collection and raffle will also be held to help raise money for Finlay's memorial enviromental garden at Woodborough School. Many thanks to Claire Rourke, the owner of the garden centre for organising this and her and her family's continued support for us.
See 'slideshow' page for photo

The Bath half marathon, March 11th, 2012
My brother-in-law, Mark Voller ran the Bath half marathon to raise money for both the Wiltshire air ambulance and the Finlay Foundation on Sunday 11th March. He  raised over £1200 for the Wiltshire air ambulance and he is very generously going to personally match that amount and give it to the Finlay Foundation.

School Cake Sale, December, 2011
Clare van Gurp organised a cake sale at The Old Buckenham pre-school, Norfolk in aid of the Finlay Foundation. The cake sale was held on 'beep-beep' day, a day dedicated to road safety. They raised £110 for the Finlay Foundation which is fantastic, thank you all so much for thinking of us x

Busy Bees Christmas raffle,December, 2011
Busy Bees Nursery school in Upavon asked for donations of items for a hamper and other prizes for their raffle. They raised £107 from raffle ticket sales for the Finlay Foundation. Thank you all so much and to all of you who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets.

Shopping Festival at Woodborough Garden Centre, November 2011
Claire Rourke, the owner of Woodborough garden centre held a shopping festival in aid of the memorial environmental garden for Finlay at Woodborough School. They also are going to give 10% from all hamper sales to the garden Memorial fund. Thank you all.

Book Sale, October, 2011
Busy Bees nursery school held an Usborne book sale for book week. They donated their commission payment to The Finlay Foundation. 
 
Woodborough cycle event & Fun Day, August 2011 
James Birch & Jack Voller arranged a fun day of fundraising. Unfortunately heavy rain fell for most of the day meaning the turn out was not as good as had hoped. Despite this due to the tremendous efforts from everyone involved £870 was raised for The Finlay Foundation.

John O'Groats to Lands End, June 2011 
Jon Gray cycled a distance of 970 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End Cornwall for charities including The Wiltshire air ambulance in Finlay's memory, he raised £3,500.
 See the slideshow page for photographs. 

Business Fair, June 2011 
Jenna Higgins, Tracey Richards & Zoe Elliot organised a local Business fair at Woodborough garden centre. Stall holders all paid a fee for their stall and this raised £130 for the The Finlay Foundation. 

Woodborough school present 'Race night for Finlay', 20th May, 2013
This raised £1,700 for The Wiltshire air ambulance & a memorial garden for Finlay:
The letter that was sent out before the event at school:

'Woodborough School will be holding a Race Night for Finlay on Friday 20 May to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and a permanent memorial in school for Finlay Connor, the pupil who was tragically killed in an accident outside the school in March.  The school’s PTA is working towards making the event a big success so that they can raise as much money for the charity as possible.' 
“It is the school’s way of saying thank you to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance for their efforts in trying to save the life of Finn and saving his mum Niki,” says Milly Woodard.  Niki is currently recovering at home following several operations carried out at Bristol Frenchay Hospital.The Race Night for Finlay starts at 7.30pm at school. There will be eight races sponsored by each of the classes and screened via DVD in the school hall including a special race for Finlay. The Finlay Connor Furlong race will feature the horse chosen for him by his parents Greg and Niki -  Finlay’s Flying Fancy. There will be a tote, a cash bar and a delicious supper of curry followed by cheese and biscuits. 

The events named above are where we have been able to put a name or names to a donation, we do appreciate all the very kind donations that have been sent to us through the school or via family & friends, we don't have your details to thank you all in person but thank you all so much xx

 





 















 




 


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