The Liam Fairhurst Foundation was set up in memory of Liam who died from cancer at the age of 14 years in 2009. He attended both Weatheralls and Soham Village College and in the four years of treatment raised £330,000 for the Child cancer charity CLIC SARGENT in memory of a friend (Jack Wilkinson) in treatment with him at the same time.
One month before his death he headed a campaign for CLIC SARGENT to be TESCOs charity of the year , which in turn raised another 3 million.
The charity was founded after his brother Callum (12 at the time of his death) made a promise to keep Liam’s legacy alive by carrying on his charity work…something he still does to this day.
The charities mission is to support children (and in turn their families) affected by cancer, disability and life limiting illnesses. Over 75% of that support is in East Anglia and ranges from grants for families to either cope with the cost of treatment, days out or breaks away from hospital or specific items to support their day to day life (viz adapted wheelchairs, slide mats, sensory rooms).
They also support projects such as:
Sibling Support the first interactive bereavement support service for children affected by the loss of a sibling.
The Community Nursing Team in providing items to assist in their home visit (such as slide mats for bed bound older children and funding for Christmas gifts for those they visit)
Children services within both Addenbrookes and West Suffolk Hospital. (including emergency toiletry packs for both children and parents, DVD players and Xmas gift at West Suffolk Rainbow Ward)
This year any additional funds would go towards projects to bring in events (such as chocolate making, make a bear and manicures) to hospitals as from experience we know the difference these make to families living for long periods of time on wards (in particularly oncology where leukaemia patients can spend up to a month in hospital at start of treatment).
We also will continue to work with partners such as Red Lodge Karting to provide both teenage group days and individual days out for older children who are often forgotten and again from experience we know that this group have difficulty in talking about their illness and such days help .
We pride ourselves on being a family run charity with overheads amounting to no more than 1p in every £1 which ensures 99% of money raised goes to those who need it. Our registered charity number is : 1148965 and a full record of our funds can be found on the Charity Commission website.