Grant of £30,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery!

Grant of £30,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery!

We’re thrilled to share that the CGF has been awarded a grant of £30,000 from People’s Postcode Lottery!

This phenomenal support for our work supporting children, young people and families wherever growth is a concern is from funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and awarded to the CGF by Postcode Community Trust.

Over £1,000 raised by Cellnex UK team

Over £1,000 raised by Cellnex UK team

A huge well done and thank you to the Site Negotiation and Legal team within Cellnex UK who raised over £1,000 walking, running, cycling and swimming the distance from Lands End to John O’Groats throughout the month of July in support of the CGF – incredible!

The team’s Delivery Manager Jess Dentry’s daughter Maeve, now two and a half years old, was diagnosed with Silver-Russell Syndrome at eight months old.

Jess shared the below on her JustGiving page:

“The Child Growth Foundation is a charity close to my heart. My daughter Maeve was diagnosed with Russell-Silver Syndrome (RSS) when she was 8 months old, after months of worry about her not gaining weight or growing at a normal rate. Having the diagnosis and the information available from the Child Growth Foundation answered so many of our endless questions and worries and put me in contact with so many other wonderful parents of children affected with rare growth conditions.”

Thanks so much to Jess and team for this amazing support inspired by Maeve! You can see their fundraising over on the team’s JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/page/cellnex-child-growth-foundation.

   

Virtual Balloon Race launched for Children’s Growth Awareness Week

Virtual Balloon Race launched for Children’s Growth Awareness Week

Join this eco-friendly event, raising funds as part of our Children’s Growth Awareness Week 2023 plans.

You can buy and personalise your own balloons now before the balloons begin their digital race on 7th September at 12 noon. 

Balloons are £3 each with money raised for Child Growth Foundation making a difference wherever growth is a concern.

You can choose from a range of designs, including lots of colours, and themed balloons including Christmas and Halloween, and even rubber duck style balloons!

Balloons will race digitally until midday on 14th September, when the top three winning balloons will each win a prize.

To buy your balloons visit childgrowthfoundation.org/virtual-balloon-race or click the button below before midday on 7th September.

Buy your virtual balloon

Trustee Anthony takes on his second CGF marathon

Trustee Anthony takes on his second CGF marathon

This year, I am running the London marathon by accident. In 2021, I did it deliberately, with a charity place kindly given to me by the CGF. I raised a couple of thousand pounds, cleared the finish line in under four hours (hurrah), and ticked a box on my bucket list. Boom. No need to do that again.

Trouble is, they’re sneaky. If you apply to run the London Marathon and choose to donate your entry fee, they send you a rather snazzy running top if you don’t get a place. And given there are millions of applicants for around 50,000 places, you’re almost certain not to run. The 2023 ballot opening coincided with me deciding I could do with a new top for the winter months, so I entered, with the cast-iron certainty that I wouldn’t get a place, but I would get some lovely – and surprisingly good value – new exercise gear out of it.

Three weeks later, the email arrives: ‘You’re in!’. Whoops. That backfired.

My wife Jacqueline is, as ever, a fountain of support: ‘So you entered a marathon you’ve already done, that will mean you’re disappearing off to train every other day for months, leaving me with the four kids, at a time when we’re not only trying to move house, but also move city, without so much as consulting me, because you wanted a geeky jacket that you could have just, y’know, bought?’

The answer to this question, inescapably, is: yes. It sounds – as it always does when she says it – as though I haven’t been thinking rationally. For a moment I wonder whether the most gracious course of action would be to withdraw, but then a lightbulb pings on somewhere in the murk of my brain.

‘It’s for… it’s for the Child Growth Foundation.’. Checkmate. She wouldn’t argue with a children’s charity. What is she, some kind of monster? The argument is nipped in the bud, I get to spend a Sunday in April leaning into my middle-aged running habit, and maybe we’ll get some cash in the CGF coffers in the process. Everybody wins, with the possible exception of my wife.

Our family has been involved with the CGF for the last five years, since our son Ivo was diagnosed with Sotos Syndrome at the age of five. The foundation was a tremendous source of support and information for us when it came to navigating the confusing world of Ivo’s condition. That’s why I’m proud to have been able to use fundraising for the CGF as my excuse for indulging my mid-life crisis on several occasions over the last few years.

Towards the end of 2021, I was invited to join the board of trustees – which, I like to think, is the forty-something dad’s equivalent of an elite athlete being offered a Nike sponsorship deal. At first, I was a little anxious about accepting; I was under the impression that charity trustees were all hugely gifted, desperately clever pillars of society with a plethora of professional skills and a dedication to saving the world. Now, after a year in the role, I am pleased to report that this is not the case – and not just because I joined the team.

Joking aside, the CGF board is a fantastic bunch of people, from all walks of life, united by personal or professional experience of dealing with growth conditions in children. Any concerns I had about ‘being qualified’ to be a trustee were rapidly alleviated, as I realised the board had built a culture where all views were valid, everyone was listened to, and in which everyone was free to be themselves and make their contribution without fear of being judged. There is work to be done of course – this has been a hugely busy year for the CGF, with a lot of changes and new faces on the scene (mine included) – but it’s also been a lot of fun to be involved, and hugely rewarding to feel as though I’m making a difference, however small it might be.

And making that small difference is why I’m happy to be ‘annoying charity guy’ in my friends’ Facebook feeds yet again; why I’ll be pulling myself out of bed early on a weekend morning for the next few months to get the miles in; why I’ll be boring my family to death yakking on about marginal improvements to VO2 max and resting heart rate, and why, on the morning of Sunday 23 April, I’ll be stood on Blackheath with 50,000 other people, to start a race I’ve already run, for a cause I’ve already fundraised for – and I won’t even have that snazzy top to show for it.

You can sponsor Anthony at www.justgiving.com/anthonyleyton

Our new weekly lottery

Our new weekly lottery

Join Child Growth Foundation’s new weekly lottery from £1 a week and be in with a chance to win £25,000!

Child Growth Foundation have joined Unity’s weekly lottery to offer our supporters the chance to win a £25,000 jackpot while supporting our work to improve the lives of children, adults and families affected by child growth conditions.

The CGF Lottery is a weekly lottery costing £1 per entry, per week enabling us to raise much needed funds to help support our charity. The draw is run every Friday and each entry has the chance to win one of four amazing prizes, including the top prize of £25,000!

Join our lottery

You can enter online using Direct Debit or debit card payment or download a PDF form to print out and post with your cheque payment to Unity Lottery’s Freepost address. You can also use the PDF form to join by Direct Debit or debit card payment.

If you need help with joining our lottery please call Unity on 0370 050 9240. You can find out more about the lottery including how it works, prizes and odds, and to read the lottery FAQs on our website here.

Big Lottery Fund Success

Big Lottery Fund Success

Plans for this year’s Convention are well under way, and thanks to National Lottery players we have almost secured all the funding for it!

The convention takes place from September 28th to 30th, details can be found HERE and there is still time to book. Our successful application to the Big Lottery Fund’s: Awards for All programme means we have once again subsidised the cost of the convention, keeping it as affordable as possible. The event is a wonderful opportunity to hear about latest news and developments, attend information and guidance sessions and spend time with other people who understand what you are going through.

Thank you to the Big Lottery Fund for supporting our work.

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