Student’s bird boxes raise funds

Joshua presenting the cheque to Valerie Fabb, the Chair of Trustees
Joshua presenting the cheque to Valerie Fabb, the Chair of Trustees

On Friday June 3, the Gillian Fabb Memorial Fund (Reg Charity No. 276008) were delighted to receive a cheque for £201.22 from Joshua Walker of West View, Lindfield.

Joshua, a student at Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath, is taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (bronze) and, as part of one of his challenges, he designed and made bird nesting-boxes which he then sold in stalls set up in The Orchards Shopping Centre in Haywards Heath and at the Cuckoo Fayre in Cuckfield.

This is the 40th anniversary year of the fund, which started following Gillian’s death from cancer at the age of eight years.

All money donated to the fund goes, in its entirety, to support research into childhood cancers in the Paediatric Research Laboratories attached to the Royal Marsden Hospital.

During this time, we have raised almost £200,000 for child cancer research and we hope to pass this milestone this year.

Although children diagnosed with cancer nowadays have a much better chance of a complete recovery that they did 40 years ago, cancer is still the greatest cause of death in children, apart from accidents, so we do not allow ourselves to become complacent.

We are really grateful to Joshua for his splendid support for the Fund and wish him every success for the future.