On Monday 3rd June, over 150 supporters of Momentum Children’s Charity, including Basil Brush and Ian Ashpitel, gathered at the House of Commons for afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion. The event was to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the charity, that offers support to children with cancer and life-challenging conditions, and to thank those that have been fundamental in helping the charity reach this fantastic milestone.
Zac Goldsmith, local MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, kicked off the celebrations with a heartfelt speech about the history of the charity and the unique support programme it offers to around 200 local families, whose child has cancer or a life-challenging condition, and a further 75 bereaved families. Zac also referred to his own past fundraising efforts for the charity, that included a special celebrity cricket match attended by Shane Warne.
Zac Goldsmith MP says, “It was an honour to be part of the celebrations. Momentum Children’s Charity have grown significantly since they were founded in 2004. It was a pleasure to meet some of the first children and families the charity ever supported. They really do make a huge difference to so many families across Surrey. It’s great to hear about the brilliant support they receive from the local community, which is so important for a small, local charity. I am looking forward to arranging another cricket match, as a way to raise money for this great cause”.
Bianca Effemey, Founder and CEO of Momentum Children’s Charity, says, “What a marvellous way to celebrate our 15th anniversary, surrounded by so many familiar faces, in such an iconic setting. I am absolutely delighted to have reached our 15th birthday and it simply wouldn’t have been possible without the support from so many. Thank you to everyone that has contributed towards our charity over the years, every penny really does count. As for the next five years, we have some big ambitions. When we reach 20 years old, I hope to be helping many more children and their families, but we’ll always retain our original, founding ethos and personal, family feel.”
As well as offering practical and emotional support to the family, the charity also improves the environment for children treated in local hospitals, with their children’s ward refurbishments. Momentum Children’s Charity is currently raising funds for a major refurbishment project in the Sunshine and Dolphin Children’s Ward at Kingston Hospital - updating and improving isolation and treatment rooms, waiting and play areas used by thousands of seriously ill children each year, including children with cancer. For this large project they are looking to raise £75,000 and are seeking donations of any shape or form. You can donate £10 by texting MO10 to 70800 (texts charged at standard rate) or you can donate an amount of your choice at www.moment-um.org.
Notes to Editors
Momentum Children’s Charity supports children with cancer and life-challenging conditions. Our Family Support Workers offer tailored practical and emotional help to the entire family, through our unique support programme at home and in hospital, which includes therapy services, counselling, holidays and experiences. We improve the environment for children treated in local hospitals, with our children’s ward refurbishments. At any one time we support around 150 families whose children are in treatment and a further 100 bereaved families. We believe no family should have to cope alone and we’re there at every step, forever.
Momentum Children’s Charity is a registered, independent charity established in 2004 (Registered charity no 1106677). www.moment-um.org