Charity celebrates one year of fundraising

A MOTHER who set up a charity after her son died has said he would be so “proud of what’s been done in his name” as the organisation celebrates one year of fundraising.

Tom’s Trust was formed in memory of Tom Whiteley, who died on November 8 2010 aged nine, seven months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

His parents Deborah and Andrew, of Fowlmere, founded the charity to secure cash for a full-time psychologist at Addenbooke’s Hospital after a professional serving the whole of East Anglia helped Tom and his family.

In just 12 months roughly �100,000 has been raised

Mrs Whiteley said: “He would be so proud of what’s been done in his name and everything we have been doing he would have been right behind it.

“His sisters (Maddie, 12 and Evie, 6)have got right behind it and they are so proud to be doing something in their brother’s name.

“I had no idea it would be so successful. We are really surprised and now we can start going after a psychologist.”

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Since last year’s official launch Tom’s Trust has organised a variety of events to raise cash ranging from wine tasting evenings to fashion shows.

Several famous rugby players have got behind the charity with ex-England international and Bath RFC fly-half Olly Barkley pledging his support on social networking site Twitter. The charity was also selected as the main beneficiary of the Thriplow Daffodil Weekend, a poignant selection as that is where Tom was laid to rest. There is not one stand out event for Mrs Whiteley though.

“The launch event at Corpus Christi College sticks in my mind but out of all the fundraisers we have done the smaller ones done by kids are poignant for me,” she said.

“Everyone tries to get behind the charity and it is really touching.”

l A 5k fun run will take place in Thriplow on Sunday to raise funds for Tom’s Trust.

Registration starts at 10am on Thriplow Village Green with the run following the tracks up to Fowlmere before finishing back in Thriplow.

There are four categories for entrants with children split by age. Entrance is �5 and is payable on the day.

You can also register in advance on with “TT Fun Run” in the subject line and enter your name, age and chosen category.