Our amazing Cambridge Fundraising Committee have been recognised at our awards ceremony for their wonderful support over the past two decades.
Since the year 2000, the Cambridge Fundraising Committee have raised over £940,000 for our charity, which provides a lifeline to families with a sick child in hospital by offering a comfortable place to stay and a friendly ear to listen in our ‘Homes from Home’.
Thanks largely to the remarkable efforts of the Cambridge Fundraising Committee, our charity has two ‘Homes from Home’ in Cambridge, with Acorn House supporting families with children being treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and Chestnut House serving The Rosie Hospital.
TheCommittee was formed by Patsy Glazebrook in 1999 to raise money for our first ‘Home from Home’ in Cambridge, with Acorn House being opened a year later by stage and screen legend Michael Crawford CBE, who has been President of The Sick Children’s Trust for over 30 years.
Another wonderful fundraising drive from the Committee – which regularly hosts celebrity lunches, evening lectures, afternoon tea parties, garden tours, concerts and more – resulted in the opening of Chestnut House in 2012, with the two ‘Homes from Home’ having now supported almost 11,000 families with children being cared for at those Cambridge hospitals.
Michael Crawford was on hand to present Patsy Glazebook and the Cambridge Fundraising Committee with their richly deserved Special Recognition Award, the final prize of The Sick Children’s Trust’s 40th Anniversary Awards Evening held at the iconic Lloyds Building in the City of London on Thursday (22 September).
Michael Crawford congratulated the Cambridge Fundraising Committee for everything they have achieved over the past two decades, both for their fundraising efforts and in raising awareness of The Sick Children’s Trust.
Commenting on the award, Patsy Glazebrook said:
“The Cambridge Fundraising Committee are honoured and delighted to receive the Special Recognition Award for running our events programme in support of The Sick Children’s Trust. We host around 35 events a year, which helps with the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of Acorn House and Chestnut House on the Addenbrooke’s Hospital site. The ‘Homes from Home’ are so important, providing a place to stay for parents and siblings while a child of that family is seriously ill in hospital and we are extremely proud of the role we have played in supporting them over the past 22 years. Everyone on our Committee is incredibly motivated to run these events because we know that every penny we raise is going to a very good cause.
“If people would like to know more about what we do or the events we are running, I’d encourage them to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The 40th Anniversary Awards Evening of The Sick Children’s Trust served as a celebration of the individuals, families, companies, and organisations that have gone above and beyond in support of the charity.
As well as Michael Crawford, the evening was also attended by Silent Witness star Emilia Fox, singer Christina Johnston, actress and comedian Ronni Ancona and TV presenter Jen Pringle, with actor and writer Tim Downie hosting the occasion.
Commenting on the Cambridge Fundraising Committee’s Special Recognition Award, Jane Featherstone, our Chief Executive, said:
“The Cambridge Fundraising Committee has been tirelessly championing The Sick Children’s Trust for over 20 years, and I cannot thank then enough for everything they have done in support of our charity. Acorn House and Chestnut House, our ‘Homes from Home’ in Cambridge, are invaluable to the families that they support, and the efforts of the Cambridge Fundraising Committee has played a central role throughout their existence and long may that continue. A huge thank you to Patsy and the Committee from everyone at The Sick Children’s Trust.”
More information about our 40th Anniversary Awards can be found here.
Members of the Cambridge Fundraising Committee alongside Michael Crawford CBE, Emilia Fox, Tim Downie and actress Ronni Ancona.