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Late pics just in!

20 November 2017

Here are some photos from our 10 year Celebration Concert in October. We had a brilliant evening, meeting up with many of our past and present supporters and celebrating this fantastic milestone. A raffle organised by Santander (Northampton Branch) and a bucket collection raised £1,163. Kind thanks to the staff who volunteered and to Weatherbys and Weston Favell Centre who also donated prizes.

In the picture above, the Therapists are performing Jan Hall’s composition which celebrates Tom and Harry’s songs: Reach and It’s All About You.

Below: Earls Barton Music in full voice; UR Actors with Tom Redmond (one of our Young Ambassadors); the magnificent Madrigalis; Martyna Wrenn at the ivories; the NSG Big Band filling the auditorium; and last but not least, Matt Redmond (Young Ambassador) John Bowman (Musical Patron), Paul Parker (trustee) and friends. What a night!


Lights! Camera! Award!

22 September 2017

Adam Seal, Lucy Parke, Luke Sheehan and Charlotte Siddall, four Media Production students from the University of Northampton, have received high praise for a short documentary they made to showcase the work of Thomas’s Fund. Adam worked as the director and editor, Lucy took on the producer role, Luke operated the camera and Charlotte was responsible for sound. Jan Hall, Chair of Thomas’s Fund, commented: “The final film was far more than we expected.” Patron Andrew Collins praised the students’ “friendly professionalism” when they travelled down to London to include him in the film. You can read more about them on the University website.

The students also won the Changemaker University Initiative of the Year Award for their project as it embraced the University’s Changemaker ethos to effect change and social impact.

Here’s the film in full.


Requiem for a dream ticket!

22 September 2017

The beautiful East Northamptonshire village of Hargrave once again hosted the Hargrave Music Festival over four fabulous days in September. On the Sunday, amateur singers were given the chance once again to star at the Festival with an inclusive performance of Mozart’s Requiem, under the inspiring baton of Patrick Craig, one of the UK’s leading choral conductors (St Paul’s Cathedral/Tallis Scholars). After a day’s singing workshop on Mozart’s masterpiece a performance followed with soloists Susan Gilmour Bailey (soprano), Alexandra Gibson (mezzo), David Horton (tenor) and Jonathan Gunthorpe (baritone). Our own co-founder Jan also sang.

She’s pictured here with Jonathan and Damian, our Musical Patrons. Patrick Craig is in the picture above.

Thanks to Hargrave Music Festival for helping to raise £360 for Thomas’s Fund on a memorable day.


The big one!

18 September 2017

As you can see, we’re celebrating our ten year anniversary with a concert at the very same venue where we launched Thomas’s Fund in 2007. Tickets are free so please get in touch here.


Sweet treat!

30 June 2017

On Saturday 16 June Lucy and Kate were busy in Weston Favell Centre – who are kindly supporting Thomas’s Fund this year – running a teddy and “sweet treat” tombola. We raised £69 and lots of awareness about the charity.


Rat's entertainment!

30 June 2017

To kick off our 10th anniversary, The Rat Pack came to Northampton and a fun evening was had by all who attended. The entertainers raised the roof and raised a lot of money at the same time, £1,905. We were helped enormously by a team from Santander in Northampton, who ran the raffle and will match the money raised. Thanks to the Rat Pack, the dancers and Kate Tollan (trustee) who organised the event. Also, to the Picturedrome for hosting the evening.


Rat Pack at the Picturedrome

3 May 2017

“A Night to Remember” is promised at Northampton’s Picturedrome on Thursday 15 June, with the fabulous Frank, Sammy and Dean, in aid of Thomas’s Fund. “This production superbly recreates a unique chapter in entertainment history,” said the critic at the Telegraph. “A fabulous journey back to the day of Vegas style and glamour!” To find out more, and to book tickets (£10), visit the Picturedrome website. You can also book tickets by emailing Thomas’s Fund here, or on the night. It promises to be a memorable evening.



24 April 2017

A cluster of Co-op stores in Northampton have raised an amazing £4,535 through their membership scheme. BAs you can see Lucy collected the cheque. Thomas’s Fund has also now been chosen for the next round of funding over at Kettering so we still need Co-op customers in that area to choose us too!

Here’s how the Local Community Fund scheme works:

1% for your community

As a member, every time you shop at Co-op, 1% of what you spend on own brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund. Co-op members have already earned over £9 million for over 4,000 local causes. This money, along with money raised from carrier bag sales, is used to support local projects that benefit the community close to where you live.

If you’re a member you can choose the local cause you want your own 1% to go to.


Weston Favell front and centre!

24 April 2017

Weston Favell shopping centre has chosen Thomas’s Fund as their Charity of the Year. They hold a fun club during school holidays to include craft activities, and parents/carers can donate to this. They also have a book swap/library where people can donate and buy books: it’s a win-win for book lovers! We will also be in the Centre raising awareness and one weekend we hope to have Tom’s Tunes, a mini live music festival that guarantees not to get anyone wet! Find out more at the centre’s Community page


Strictly Come Fundraising

24 April 2017

The Boughton Ball Committee held a Black Tie and Tiara ball at the end of March and raised over £15,000 for three local charities: Thomas’s Fund, The local Air Ambulance and Facefax. The money will be divided equally between the three charities. Many thanks to all involved in the organisation of the event.