Abbie & her brother Jamie
Abbie – June 2006
Inspired by Abbie Shaw
Registered charity no. 1119273
2018 – THE BAKERY
Thanks go to Grahame & Clare and all the Bakery shops for their amazing ongoing support which is greatly appreciated
Summer 2018 – HORSLEY ARTS FESTIVAL
Thanks to the Horsley Arts Festival for supporting Abbie's Fund this year and for a fanastic amount raised. A great day bringing the whole village together to enjoy local talent in the sunshine!
Summer 2018 – NICKI FOX
A delicious supper and lots of wine made for a very successful evening and an amazing amount raised for which a huge thank you.
Summer 2018 – ISSY & DAISY
A day spent on Dorking high street fund raising as part of their NCS. Thanks so much for all you raised.
Sept 2016 – ANNABELLE DAVEY & YASMIN
Well done on clearing out your bedroom and selling all the unwanted items in aid of Abbie's Fund. It was really kind of you to think of us.
Sept 2016 – NICKI FOX
An entertaining evening with a delicious dinner raising money for Abbie's Fund. Thanks for all your support Nicki, (who is also a trustee) - sounds like everyone had a wonderful time!
Sept 2015 - July 2016 – FRIENDS OF GLENESK, (FOGS)
A fantastic year of fundraising by the Friends of Glenesk School where Abbie and her siblings were pupils. Christmas 'Mingle and Jingle', a themed quiz night, the May Fair and a fantastic ball at the Brooklands Museum raised a staggering £10,000. Thank you so much for all your support.
June 2016 – THE BAKERY
Thanks to Claire, Grahame and the team for their ongoing support and a lovely regular stream of donations from the collecting boxes in the Bakery shops.
May 2016 – DOGGY TREATS!
Tilly Grzinic came up with the idea of home baked dog biscuits and selling them in aid of Abbie's Fund. They are proving very popular!! Thanks Tilly.
April 2016 – LONDON MARATHON
A huge thank you to Javier Mulvoy-Ten for stepping up to the challenge very late in the day and raising an amazing amount of money in a stunning time.
November 2013 – WINE RESERVE WINE TASTING
Another great event with the Wine Reserve, Cobham who continue to work so hard supporting us. The evening was made even more special with the attendance of Louis Chesler who leads our research project at the Institute of Cancer Research. He was able to give some very positive insight into the progress they are making into fighting neuroblastoma and it was great for people to hear first hand how their kind donations were being used.
April 2013 – LONDON MARATHON
Claire Choudhury took over the reins from husband Hass this year and made a spectacular effort. Thank you so much - we know how hard this challenge is!
December 2013 – TORMEAD SCHOOL FUNDRAISING
Children from a local school, Tormead, chose Abbie’s Fund as their charity and had a stand at their School Fair and raised over £900 selling cakes, jewellery and wrist bands. Amazing!!
November 2012 – WINE RESERVE WINE TASTING
A fantastic evening at the spectacular Horsley Towers with some superb wines from the Wine Reserve, Cobham raised almost £3,000. A big thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful event.
November 2012 – GUY FAWKES NIGHT
Thanks to Max and Tilly Grzinic for their donation from their Guy Fawkes night collection.
October 2012 – DISCO
Thanks to Ruth & Katie for a rocking night in East Horsley village hall, packed with supporters letting their hair down, having fun and raising a great amount for Abbie's Fund!!
July 2012 – QUEEN'S JUBILEE
We were delighted to be chosen as the supported charity for De Vere’s Hotel, Horsley Towers, who raised £3,090 at a Queen’s Jubilee Event in their grounds.
June 2012 – PICNIC & PIMMS
A wonderful evening of music with picnics and Pimms in the sunshine at Chilworth Manor raised over £8,000. Thank you to the Wrigley family for organising such a fun and memorable event.
April 2012 – LONDON MARATHON
Hass Choudhury raised over £16,000 in a fantastic time of 4h32. Hass's son Louis was also diagnosed when he was just 10 months old but thankfully is doing well and is rightfully proud of his Dad!!
March 2012 – LATEST NEWSLETTER
2011 – PRIVATE DONATIONS
Despite the economic climate we have received some amazing and stunning donations for which we are incredibly grateful. Thank you so much for all your support.
December 2011 – COFFEE MORNING
Thank you to Ruth Banks and all her helpers and guests for supporting Abbie's Fund at a coffee morning in East Horsley.
December 2011 – PRAXIS CHRISTMAS CARDS
Praxis donated the cost of their Christmas cards to Abbies's Fund and sent an e-card to raise awareness.Thanks for all their support.
December 2011 – TORMEAD SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR
A big thank you to Alex Jany, Izzi Wilkinson, Claire Robinson, Julia Bird and Emily Good for all their work promoting Abbie's Fund at their school and raising a fantastic amount at the Christmas Fair.
November 2011 – WINE RESERVE WINE TASTING
A fantastic evening attended by almost 200 people hosted by Cobham's Wine Reserve team at the spectacular Horsley Towers tasting wines, whiskies & olive oils and enjoying the stunning historical surroundings.
June 2011 – GLENESK SCHOOL BALL
Many thanks to the generosity of Glenesk parents for donating such fantastic auction prizes for their ball. Money raised from the auction went to Abbie’s Fund and the Piers Simon Appeal.
June 2011 – POST EXAM KRISPIE KREME DOUGHNUT SALE AT FELTONFLEET SCHOOL
Our Krispie Kreme doughnut sale was a huge success with us selling out in a matter of minutes. We promise to get extra supplies next time! Together with the Yaer 7 'Capture the Flag' event we raised almost £450.
May 2011 - FELTONFLEET SCHOOL COFFEE MORNING
Many many thanks to Anne Cursley who held a breakfast
and coffee morning at her home. Anne provided the most amazing breakfast with
gorgeous fuits, cereals and croissants and pastries.
June 2010 – TRIATHALON AT DORNEY LAKE, WINDSOR
Our thanks to Carla Gilbey who entered the Dorney Lake triathalon in June 2010. Carla not only completed the course in an excellent time but also raised an amazing £950 for Abbie's Fund. Many thanks to everyone who sponsored Carla.
September 2009 – CELEBRATION CONCERT
A wonderful autumn evening of music arranged by Mary Suckling in aid of Abbie’s Fund. A massive £1,500 was raised and a big thank you goes out to everyone who took part which included, but wasn’t limited to, Meadvale Singers, Cantamus Chamber Choir, New Voices and James Suckling who performed a piece, Hope to Give, that he composed especially for the event.
July 2009 - SAINSBURY'S, COBHAM CHARITY OF THE YEAR
We are delighted to have been chosen by Sainsbury's, Cobham as their chosen charity this year. Look out for us in store and for lots of events over the year to raise awareness and funds to help make neuroblastoma survivable.
May 2009 - DANESHILL SCHOOL
A big thank you to all the pupils and staff at Daneshill School, Oxshott, for supporting Abbie's Fund as one of their chosen charities this year and for the massive cheque they presented to us this month.
April 2009 - LONDON MARATHON
A fantastic effort by David Pearce who, despite an injury two thirds of the way, continued to the end in much pain and raised a staggering £1,500. A big thank you to him for all his support.
April 2009 - THE WHIPS: COME ON JEEVES
A farcical comedy by PG Wodehouse & Guy Bolton was performed in West Horsley Village Hall and enjoyed by a full house on a special charity night on Wed 22nd April 2009 in aid of Abbie’s Fund resulting in a very welcome cheque. Thank you to everyone for their support.
October 2008 – ABBIE’S FUND ANOUNCES FIRST RESEARCH GRANTS
The trustees of Abbie’s Fund are delighted to announce that the first ever research grants from Abbie’s Fund have recently been awarded to two very worthy projects.
The first was to Louis Chesler of the Institute of Cancer Research based at The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton for £50,000 over 2 years to develop a blood test to provide early diagnosis and monitoring of neuroblastoma. This test will make detection of the disease and the progress of treatment significantly easier to detect and monitor. It will also have a dramatic impact on the patient on a day to day basis as it will reduce the number of scans and tests which for young children can be scary, painful and often require general anaesthesia.
The second was to Paul Sondel of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, for $29,523 over 1 year to research the mechanism which makes a particular style of antibody therapy particularly effective at mopping up small amounts of residual disease. It is these minute levels of disease remaining undetected at the end of treatment that often ultimately lead to relapse and antibody therapy is one treatment under a lot of investigation at present to deal with this problem.
All applications received were of an extremely high standard but sadly we received more than we were able to fund at this time. However the exciting step of awarding these monies renews our energies and our conviction to work even harder to raise funds to help make neuroblastoma survivable.
APRIL 24th 2008 - SPRING EVENING OF FUN, PAINSHILL PARK, COBHAM
Another wonderful and hugely successful event held at Painshill Park on a beautiful spring evening. Simulators, casino games, music, silent auction and much much more was enjoyed by over 400 people and a staggering £50,000 was raised for Abbie’s Fund.
April 2008 - LONDON MARATHON
Another fantastic effort by Running Dads, (Adrian Potter and Kevin Brooker) and Abbie’s Uncle Steve running the London Marathon again in 2008 in memory of Abbie to raise money for the Neuroblastoma Society and Sparks.
September 2007 - TREASURE HUNT, PAINSHILL PARK, COBHAM
On Sunday, 23rd September, 50 children and their parents attended a Treasure Hunt in the beautiful grounds of Painshill Park in aid of ‘Abbie’s Fund’, which has been set up to raise funds to support research into making Neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer, survivable.
The event was organised to officially launch ‘Abbie’s Fund’ as a charity. The children were all given a helium balloon with the charity’s logo. Many of the children attached messages of love addressed to Abbie, who died in September last year of Neuroblastoma. Messages such as: ‘Abbie I really miss you’; ‘I love you’; ‘we wish you were still here’ all floated together into the sky. One of the children was heard to say ‘hopefully Abbie will be able to catch them’. Abbie was only five years old when she died of Neuroblastoma, which is the biggest killer of children under 5. These children were mainly from Glenesk School in East Horsley, where she spent some of the happiest days of her life.
Abbie won the hearts of hundreds of local people who followed her courageous fight the end. Abbie was diagnosed with Adrenal Neuroblastoma when she was 21 months old. She underwent intensive treatment with induction chemotherapy, high dose chemotherapy, stem cell transplant, surgery, radiotherapy and Retinoic acid. She went into remission and was declared free of disease in January 2004. Unfortunately, a relapse was diagnosed in June 2005 and she had to undergo yet many more months of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and numerous other invasive and horrendous treatments to try and rid her of this despicable disease. Abbie’s family and friends were all devastated when she finally lost her fight for life in September 2006.
Abbie’s Fund Trustees are determined to do their utmost to raise as much money as they can to help other children who are going through the same dreadful journey as Abbie. One of Abbie’s Fund’s key objectives is to raise funds to support research into making Neuroblastoma survivable and also to look into other areas of innovative treatment as well as supporting those children already suffering from this horrendous childhood cancer.
Abbie’s Fund website is: www.abbiesfund.com. Any correspondence can be addressed to: email@example.com. Donations should be made payable to: ‘Abbie’s Fund’ and sent to: Abbie’s Fund, Rowbarns Cottage, Green Dene, East Horsley, KT24 5RG
Spring 2007 – ABBIE FEATURED IN SPARKS NEWSLETTER
Sparks Newsletter: www.sparks.org.uk/pdf/news_07_1.pdf
April 2007 – LONDON MARATHON
Congratulations and a big thank you to Running Dads, (Adrian Potter and Kevin Brooker) and Ian Morris who ran the 2007 London Marathon and between them raised an amazing £22,000 for the Neuroblastoma Society and Sparks, (who support Neuroblastoma research amongst other things).
See their respective websites for more details.
Running Dads: www.runningdads.com/
Ian Morris: www.justgiving.com/morrismarathon
Christmas 2006 – ROYAL MARSDEN CHRISTMAS CARD DESIGNED BY ABBIE
Abbie’s award winning design from December 2005 was used for one of the Royal Marsden’s Christmas cards in aid of their cancer campaign.
September 2005 – AUTUMN EVENING OF FUN
On Wednesday 21st Sept, over 500 people attended a spectacular ‘Autumn Evening of Fun’ in the stunning grounds of Horsley Towers, East Horsley, in aid of The Neuroblastoma Society.
The use of a marquee set in the beautiful grounds of Horsley Towers was generously donated as the setting for the event. As people arrived they were greeted with the sound of jazz music, played by the talented Mark Millington, and the hum of cars coming from the Ferrari Simulator. On entering the marquee ticket holders were greeted with a glass of champagne and canapés and asked to try their luck on the casino tables (with the chance of winning a holiday), or to browse through over 50 Auction items and join in the ‘Silent Bid Auction’ by placing their bids. The prizes had been donated by various sources and included a cricket bat, signed by the entire England Cricket Team, signed boots and gloves from Jenson Button, a diamond donated by Nicky Oppenheimer of DeBeers, a football signed by the Chelsea Football Team.
The evening continued through until 10:00 pm, during which time guests had the chance of competing in the ‘Race the Ace’ competition against Damon Hill, or challenging their own friends on the 8-seater racing simulator. Entertainment was also provided by Bobby Davro, who acted as a compere for the night. At 10 o’clock Bobby auctioned off the highest 5 prizes to the audience with much hilarity and success, pushing prices to much greater levels. In total, over £50,000 was raised on the night, with another single donation of £20,000, which makes a total of over £70,000.
A group of 12 mums organised this whole event within a tremendously tight 8-week period, having been inspired by the child of one of the team, 4-year old Abbie.