A children’s charity which grants wishes to poorly youngsters is better off because of the efforts of a Great Dunmow couple.
In just a few years and by a variety of means Thomas (known as TJ) and Amy Johnson have been responsible for donating thousands of pounds to Round Table Children’s Wish, which helps youngsters aged four to 17 achieve their greatest wish.
The couple first heard about Round Table Children’s Wish when TJ joined Round Table, the goodwill organisation for men aged 18-40, seven years ago.
His first fundraising effort for them was a major one – running the London Marathon and raising almost £4,000. Then last year, as chairman of Round Table Area 33, he organised the Three Peaks Chairman’s Challenge and, with the help of other Round Tablers who got involved, raised £10,150.
Now, not to be outdone and despite having two little boys to look after, Amy has joined in – raising almost £1,000 with an inaugural Baby and Toddler show event.
TJ said: “Round Table Children’s Wish is such a great charity and I met its director Karen Winchcombe about a year after I joined Round Table, when she came to explain their work in granting wishes. I wanted to help such brilliant efforts.”
“When I signed up for the marathon it wasn’t because I’m a born runner, I just wanted to raise money for Round Table Children’s Wish. It was fun and raised a lot but I didn’t apply again because there’s only so many people you can ask to sponsor you.”
So TJ knew which charity he wanted to support when he became chairman of Area 33 and the Three Peaks Chairman’s Challenge was the result.
Despite the demands of parenthood – TJ and his wife Amy have two-and-a-half-year-old Alfred and Humphrey, who is just a year – Amy decided the family could do more to help the charity.
TJ said: “Amy is a Norland Nanny so she is very supportive of anything that helps children. When she was pregnant she was looking around at baby and toddler events and decided she could organise something better for the young families who live here.
“So she and a friend set up their own in May – the Dunmow Baby and Toddler Event – and used it to help Round Table Children’s Wish with a raffle. It raised £995 and the event was so successful that they are already planning another one for next year.”
He added: “Now we would really love to help a local child see their wish come true thanks to the charity.”
Round Table Children’s Wish director Karen Winchcombe said: “We are so delighted that TJ and Amy chose to help us with fundraising in different ways and we’re absolutely thrilled with their donations, especially as we are delivering our new Children’s Hospice Wish Scheme which means we can support more children with debilitating conditions.
“They are such an amazing family and do so much to help the community.
“Our charity was borne out of an idea by a group of Round Table members who wanted to enable a very poorly child to visit Disney. They made the wish come true and continued to fundraise to help more poorly children’s dreams to become a reality.
“Over the past 30 years we have granted many wishes to some amazing children and young people, all funded by kind donations.
“We’re hoping to help many more children to be granted a special wish and if anyone knows a child who might be eligible for a wish, please get in touch.”
To find out more about Round Table Children’s Wish, visit: www.rtcw.org.uk
Round Table Children’s wish is a national charity which grants hand-crafted wishes to children aged four to 17 with life-threatening illnesses.
Round Table Children’s Wish,
857 Wimborne Road,
Tel: 01202 514515
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