Hurrah for the Candis Big Give

With more than £1.3 million raised in our online match funding event, the 50 health charities that Candis Club are supporting will be able to fund all sorts of wonderful health projects, including medical research into childhood conditions, support for people with mental health problems, and end of life care throughout 2014.

As well as regular updates in each issue of Candis, we’re delighted to share news of what Make a Wish and The Lullaby Trust have achieved with the money we helped them raise…

The Lullaby Trust

Money raised: £65,797

Projects funded: To support families who have lost a baby to Sudden Infant Death syndrome (SIDS) via a dedicated bereavement helpline.

Update: Since January 2014, the helpline has received 131 bereavement-related calls, including 27 from newly bereaved parents.


The charity has also allocated 13 new ‘befrienders’ to provide emotional support to bereaved families. These befrienders, and the helpline staff, provide a free listening service, helping people speak openly about their feelings and express their emotions at such an incredibly painful time.

And that’s not all, later this year money from the Candis Big Give will help The Lullaby Trust hold eight family days around the country, where bereaved families can meet and form a support network within their region.

Make a Wish

Money raised: £12,218

Projects funded: To make the wishes of three children who are fighting life-threatening conditions.

Update: Alisha Pankhurst, 14, from Macclesfield, has Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, which doesn’t stop her dreaming of becoming a zoo keeper one day. Using Make-A-Wish arranged for a VIP visit to ZSL London Zoo where she had a wonderful day meeting animals and their keepers. She even got to feed a number of animals and hold a Kinkajou.

Alisha Pankhurst (1)

Meanwhile, Nathan Thomas, 10, from Hertfordshire had always wanted to meet his favourite footballer Samuel Eto’o, who plays for Chelsea FC. Nathan, who has liver disease, couldn’t believe it when a limousine arrived to pick him up and whisk him away to the famous Stamford Bridge football stadium. He was almost speechless with happiness when he was then able to play one-to-one football with his hero, scoring several goals against him!

Nathan Thomas (55)

Click here to to find out all about the charities in this year’s Candis Big Give…

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