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

Donation of toys to children staying in refuges over Christmas in the Devizes area

I am sending a huge thank you from us at Kennet House for the lovely gifts you donated. Our children were very spoilt this year!
Happy New Year. 
Warm regards 
Trish 
Patricia JudgeWomens Refuge Co-Ordinator

Donation of play equipment for the 'Green House' centre in Bristol
 
The play mat, bean bag and cars arrived on Friday and they are brilliant. Thank you very much for the very generous donation. They make a real difference to the room (attached is a photo) and will be so useful for our children’s service.
 
On behalf of all the team here thank you again. We wish you all the best for 2017.
 
Kind regards
 
Claire Boulton
Development Manager
The Green House
0117 935 1707

Donation of £1000 to refurbish a 'play bus' used by 'Play Gloucestershire', September 2015

Donation of toys, dvd player & art & craft materials to Royal United Hospital in Bath, September, 2015

Just to say a HUGE THANK YOU for all of the lovely DVDs, bubbles, stickers, craft items and DVD player that you very kindly donated to the Playroom on the Children's Ward at the RUH Bath.
We (patients/parents/staff) all really appreciate what you have done for us. It will really benefit the Ward to enable our young people to relax and to make their time in hospital as enjoyable as possible.' 
From Rachelle, Jo and Lyn (RUH Play Team)

Donation of toys, art materials & sensory equipment

Hello, 
Just catching up with your foundation and noticed our hospital!You have made such a difference to our play department! 
We would like to thank you again. 
BEST WISHES 
lyn and jo 
(play specialists) at The Royal United Hospital in Bath

Donation of sensory toys to 'Hop, skip & Jump' in Bristol, 11th June, 2015

Dear Niki

The Charity you have set up in honour of your beautiful son is so touching. To help others like you do is amazing. We support families by supporting them as much as we can by providing repeat and play and stay sessions. We help children with additional needs, children in  care, children being adopted...any child that needs our support in our local area and beyond. 
Your donations were hugely appreciated by us. We thank you again for thinking of us
Kindest regards
Hayley Stone
Centre Supervisor
Hop Skip and Jump South West

Donation of high visibility jackets to Farnham Infant school in Salisbury, letter received 14th January 2015

Dear Niki
I would like to thank you on behalf of all at Farnham Infant School for the Hi Vis jackets the school has received. We like to take the children out and about, particularly as we try and walk to local places in Salisbury so they will be very useful for helping our visibility.
Yours sincerely
Suzanne Clarke
Head teacher

Donation of toys to 'aster' group in Devizes

Dear Liz and Niki, 
What can  say, I can’t wait to see the smile on the children’s (and mothers) faces when I hand the gifts over. (I wish you could see it too), I will of course let every parent know where they have come from. I am supporting children who have witnessed or experienced abuse, including some cases of sexual violence, this will obviously give them a little ‘time out’ from the trauma they are suffering. It is fantastic that Finlays name and wishes live on in such a generous way. 
Thank you really doesn’t seem enough. 
regards  Lorraine 
 



Donation of an access sailing boat for the 'All-aboard' sailing charity in Bristol, August 30th 2014

"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"

Steve Evans
Trustee at All-aboard sailing charity, Bristol

Donation of Guinea pigs and supplies to A women & children's refuge in Swindon, June 2014

"Dear Liz,
I am writing to you on behalf of Swindon Women's aid, to send an enormous thank you for the cheque we've recently received.
As you are aware, with your generous donation we have purchased 4 adorable guinea pigs for the residents and children to enjoy whilst living at the refuge. Your donation has also gone towards the hutch, bedding, food and all the other essentials that the guinea pigs may need. The guinea pigs were named on Tuesday, the children pulled names from a hat that have been adding to previous to the guinea piss arrival. We then all got together in the garden and welcomed Amber, Amelie, Sweetie and Poppet!
I must say the build up to their arrival has been very exciting for the children, residents and most certainly staff & volunteers! Therefore I would like to assure you that they really have come to a good home and will be very well looked after.
It is heartwarming to be able to bring a smile to mothers and children who are living at the refuge given their current situation. In some circumstances the families were possibly not allowed pets or may of had to give them away, previous to coming to the refuge. I just hope you know how appreciative we all are and what a kind thing your donation has allowed us to carry out."

Donation of bikes & sand & water play toys to 'Charlton Farm' children's hospice, North Somerset, June 2014

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 of toys & play equipment to 'Little Bridge House' children's hospice, Devon, June 2014

Dear Niki,
At last the cars are built and in use – thank-you so much they are just great and as you can see much enjoyed.
Your very kind donation was so appreciated by us here at LBH and the children and families that use our service.
Kind regards,
Tracy

TRACY FREAME.
HEAD OF CARE.
CHILDREN’S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST.
Little Bridge House.

Donation of high visibility jackets to 1st Upavon scout group, June 2014

Hi Niki
Many thanks to The Finlay Foundation for our hi-vis vests  These vests allowed our Cubs to partake in a safe night hike whilst on our camp  Many thanks again, from 1st Upavon (BP) Scout Group.

Mel Amann


Donation of toys to the children's ward at The Royal United Hospital in Bath, June 2014

Dear Niki, 
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your visit. The toys you so kindly brought in are already being used, the elastic bracelets are already gone. Very popular with the girls!
Thank you for making a difference
Kind regards
Lyn Gardiner & Jo Powell

Donation of toys to local girl Ellie, who has been fighting blood cancer for the last few years, April 2014

Massive thank you to Niki Connor & Karen Speechley & Liz Gray and everyone at www.finlayfoundation.co.uk for Ellie's and Oscars lovely gifts! As you can see from the picture Ellie has been busy with her lego and her puppy in a bag and been everywhere with her !! Thank you Karen, Liz, Niki!! XxxxxxX


Donation of toys, games, dvd's & art and crafts to the children's ward at The Royal United Hospital in Bath, January  2014

Dear Niki,     
I am writing to thank you and your supporters for the donation of boxes of toys, games, stickers DVD’s and craft items which you recently gave to our Play Specialists here on The Children’s Ward.   These make such a difference to children in hospital, making their stay more enjoyable and providing a welcome distraction from the medical interventions.  It really does give them something positive and pleasant to remember from their stay.   We are very grateful to you all for supporting our work and enhancing children’s experience of hospital.     
Yours sincerely,     

Denise Greenman
Ward Manager

  
Donation of high visibility vests to The Avenue, primary school in Warminster, December 2013

Dear niki
The children in reception at The Avenue School in Warminster would like to thank the Finlay foundation for the high visibility jackets that they donated to us. We used these for the first time on remembrance day to walk down to thw war memorial. A big thanks to Niki for making this happen. 
Miss Hardy, Miss Lemon and the children in USA and Brazil class.


Donation of toys, art & craft materials & stickers to The Great Western Hospital, Swindon, October, 2013

Donation of high visibility vests to Woodborough Primary school, October 2013

THANK YOU so much for the high visibility jackets that the Finlay Foundation provided for us at the start of term. It really is brilliant that all of the children are able to have a jacket on 'permanent loan' from the school.
Thank you
Sarah Brewis
Headteacher at Woodborough Primary School

Donation of 2 more specially adapted remote control toy cars for Naomi house & Jack's Place children's hospice, October 2013

Here are a few comments from the children at the hospice:
"When can we go on the track?'
"Where are the cars?"
"These cars really go fast!"
"They are so cool!"
Adrian Redshaw, play specialist at the hospice said, " Some of the guys have learnt to do 'dougnuts' and a bit of drifting. They love the cars and spend so much time using them. The guys just love them, thanks Finlay Foundation so much!"



Donation of £1000 to SWIFT Medics

Dear Finlay Foundation,
Thank you for your kind donation of £1,000 to SWIFT Medics which is very much appreciated. We are in the process of recruiting new volunteer doctors and are currently training one new volunteer who will join our ranks once training is complete. Your donation will considerably help with with covering the costs involved.
Yours sincerely
Angela de Saram
Administrator


Donation of high visibility vests to Urchfont primary school, July 2013

Dear Niki,
Thanks once again for the very kind donation of the high visibility vests for our After School Club. The children are so excited to wear them and are now easily identifible as being at the club. We really appreciate The Finlay Foundation's support in helping keep our children safe.
Very best wishes,
Julie Inglis



Donation of £5000 to Great Western Air Ambulance on 6th June 2013, this was raised from our Avon Gorge Abseil.

Dear Niki,
"I am writing to thank you for the organising and taking part in the Finlay Foundation Abseil Event held during April. I certainly understand the hard work which went into making this event so successful, the fact that the weather was so unkind didn't help matters but you all battled on and to raise £5000 for us is absolutely outstanding!I would be grateful if you could pass on my sincere thanks to everyone who risked 'life & limb' to make this amazing donation possible- well done everybody"
Yours sincerely
John Christensen
Chief Executive


Donation of high visibility jackets to a childminder in Easton Royal, June 2013

Donation of £2000 to Wiltshire Air Ambulance on 28th May, 2013

Dear Niki,
On behalf of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust, I am writing to thank you for your generous donation totalling £2,000 raised by your abseil sponsorship. We really appreciate your continued support.
Kind regards
Janet Ford
Office Administrator 


The gift of 2 'Little Anne' CPR training manikins to 'Skilled for Health', a local charity group 

Hi Niki,
Philippa has given me the two "heads", which we can now use in our first aid sessions . Once again I would like to thank you for kindly buying these for us. They were a necessary part of training, but we could not afford them.
Lydia Baos
Skilled for health Project Manager


The gift of sensory equipment to the Barbara Russell Children's unit at Frenchay Hospital , May 2013

Dear Niki,
We would like to thank you very much on behalf of the Barbara Russell Children's unit, for the amazing sensory equipment and resources you very kindly brought onto the ward recently. The selection of resources that you have chosen have proved to be beneficial to a wide range of children so far. Because of your donation we have now implemented a sensory Tuesday. We set out sensory resources during the afternoon and we have decided to focus on one particular sense to explore at each session.

As you can see you have helped to make a difference to the children on the ward and we can't thank you enough for the generosity and time you have given us.
With very good wishes
Julie, Karen and all the play team


Donation of high visibility jackets to St Mary's CE infant School in Marlborough, March 2013

Dear Greg,
I am writing to say a big thank you for your recent donation of fluorescent tabards to our school. In supplying us with both adult and child sizes, The Finlay Foundation has given both our staff and children more confidence when walking around the local area. The walking bus to the local swimming pool is now very vibrant!
Many thanks for the thinking of us.
Kind regards
Anne Schwodler
Headteacher


Donation of high visibility jackets to Nursteed Community Primary School, March 2013

Donation of specially adapted remote control cars to the children's hospice, Naomi House & Jack's place, February 2013


Donation of toys, games & dressing up clothes to Great Western Hospital, children's ward, December 2012

Hi Niki
Thank you all so much for the lovely gifts which you brought up to us today, it was very thoughtful of you to remember us again.Hope you have a happy time at Christmas, thinking of you and your family.
Kind regards

Claire Parks
Head of play services


Donation of toys, games & dressing up clothes to Salisbury Hospital, children's ward, December 2012

Dear Niki,
Thank you so much for coming to the hospital today with your wonderful donation of toys. It was a pleasure to meet you, your donation will be hugely appreciated by children of all ages who use the unit.
Thank you again for your generous gifts that will help make a difference to many local children.
Wishing you a happy Christmas and New Year
Yours sincerely
Dave Cates
Director of fundraising


Donation of toys & dressing up clothes to Devizes & District Opportunity Centre, December 2012

Dear Niki,
We are writing to thank you for your very kind donation of toys and dressing up clothes received recently from the Finlay Foundation.
It was a very generous gift and we are very grateful for your support. Without donations such as yours our centre would be unable to continue running and providing the excellent service that we do.
Once again, many thanks
Yours sincerely
Graham Gaiger
On behalf of the committee


Donation of high visibility vests to Busy Bees Nursery school, November 2012

Donation of high visibility vests to Bubbles pre school in Pewsey, November 2012 


Dear Finlay Foundation,
Bubbles is a pre-school charity and donations like this make a huge difference to us. Lots of happy highly visible children ready for the next trip to the library. A big thank you Finlay Foundation!
Katherine Verso
Bubbles


Donation of a full size outdoor table tennis table for the children's ward play area at Bristol Royal Children's Hospital, September 2012

Hi Niki
Just to say the delivery from John Lewis safely arrived just around lunch time and we are so pleased. It is a super model and this will be really welcome addition to our outside play area. The other one has been very well used over the past ten years and had just fallen apart!! so this now and improved model is just super for us. Our volunteers and Play Specialist team (and physios I might add) love playing with the children, challenging them to a game - so we shall be sending you a couple of pictures as soon as we can.
Many thanks and best wishes
Elaine
Manager of play services at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children


Donation of pirate themed children's table & chairs, rug & sofa to Great Western hospital, Swindon, August 2012

Hi Niki & Liz,
It was so lovely to see you both today and to be able to show you around the ward and for you to see the items which you purchased for the ward. We are absolutely thrilled with the pirate tables and chairs, the under the sea rug and the children's sofas, they are amazing and the children are already really enjoying using them when waiting to be seen by the doctors. We cannot express how grateful we are to you all for your support in helping us to provide more varied equipment for the children to help make their time in hospital easier and more fun. We would not have raised the money to buy the furniture and rug until next year and can now raise money for a different project. Look forward to seeing you again.
Kind regards
Claire x


Donation of 12,000 stickers to the children's department at the Great Western hospital in Swindon, August 2012

Hi Niki 
It was lovely to meet you today and thank you for the stickers, they are amazing! We rely on donations in the order for us to provide exciting age appropriate activities for the patients and siblings during their time on the ward. The stickers which we received may seem simple but they go a long way in helping to provide positive recognition to the children after they have had a blood test, x-ray or other procedure carried out on the ward. We do not receive a budget for play so greatly appreciate the generosity of everyone who supports us.

Claire Parks
Senior hospital play specialist

Donation of £700 to the Wiltshire air ambulance, May 2012

Dear Mrs Connor,
On behalf of the Wiltshire air ambulance Charitable trust, thank you so much for the kind donation of £700 raised by The Finlay Foundation craft & gift fair. We wish you the best of luck for the next craft & gift fair on the 6th October.  We really appreciate your continued support.
Kindest regards
Janet Ford
Administrative assistant, Wiltshire air ambulance charitable trust.


Donation of games, art & craft supplies and books to Bristol Royal Children's hospice, March 2012

How lovely to see you both today and I thank you for all your interest in our play department and your empathy with the children here in our care. I have just looked at your very kind donation and am really excited. All the items are just spot on. The children will have a really super time with so many beautiful stickers and we can start using the Easter ones right away.I love the cross-stitch and scratch off pictures, these will be lovely for the older children to do and the mosaic art is fantastic. I am most grateful for your support and hope everyone who helps you to raise money gets a feel for how beneficial these items are. We encourage children to get involved in art and craft activities at the hospital and it boost youngsters to see what they can achieve. Thank you so much. Thank you again for everything – I really appreciate your support 
Best wishes
Elaine
Elaine Eastman
Manager of play services

Donation of Art & crafts materials, books & board games to Naomi House Children's hospice, March 2012

Hello Niki and Greg, 
It was really lovely to meet you both when you visited the hospice last week, Thank you both for thinking of our charity, at what must have been a very painful anniversary following Finlay’s death last year, and in donating such wonderful toys and games, which will be used in our family accommodation where mums and dads and brothers and sisters of our life-limited children stay when they visit for respite care.  You will have seen that we are refreshing the family accommodation after some wear and tear over the past few years and the toys and games you have donated will be enjoyed and well used by everyone who stays. I know you were quite taken with the unique and rather special facilities we are able to offer families when they visit, which hopefully puts them at their ease and allows them to spend some quality time with their children to create special memories that will stay with them after their children have sadly passed away. Thank you again for your kindness and support.  The families are really grateful for the fantastic donation from the Finlay Foundation 
Kind regards and very best wishes
Pam


The gift of high visibility jackets to Rushall Church of England primary School, February 2012

Dear Niki, Greg and Louis,
Thank you very much for the gift of the high visibility jackets to our school. As you will know the children regularly undertake trips out in the local area and beyond and the jackets will help to ensure they can be seen whilst on such trips.
Marion Harvey
Headteacher


Donation of high visibility vests to the Pewsey beaver, cub & scout group, 2012

Dear Niki,
On behalf of the beaver scout colony and the cub scout pack in Pewsey may I thank the Finlay Foundation for supplying us with high visibility jackets. Safety when we take the children out is always paramount and this will help to make our hikes, walks and any other outdoor activity much safer.

Donation of a table top cooker to Busy Bees Nursery School, Upavon, 2012

Dear Niki, Greg & Louis
Everyone at Busy Bees would like to thank Finlay’s Foundation Trust for the wonderful gift of a cooker for the nursery. This gift will benefit all children for many years to come, giving them an opportunity to experience cookery, making biscuits, cakes and of course healthy options on a regular basis.  We have already made ‘Jiffy biscuits’ not only did they taste great, but the smell of baking lingered for some time which we feel the children associate with home.   During ‘book week’ we read the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and then we all baked gingerbread men – which brought the story to life.  Cookery is a ‘hands on’ experience it encourages turn taking and sharing.  It also helps children to learn about measuring, counting, time and enables them to find out more about food.We have very fond memories of Finlay’s time spent at Busy Bees.  He was a happy, gentle little boy who was always kind to others and loved to talk about his family especially Louis and all of his friends.   He loved to take an active part in all the activities chatting all the time about what he was doing.  We will all remember his sunny disposition and beautiful smile – we will not forget him.We remember that one of Finlay’s favourite activities was cookery, so the gift of a cooker is a special legacy for him to give us.Thank you all once again, your generosity is much appreciated, it was so kind of you to think of us. Lesley & Sarah x


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