A CHARITY borne out of tragedy has donated £10,000 to CLIC Sargent and Bone Cancer Research.

Teddy20 was founded by the Newton family after they sadly lost their 10-year-old son and brother Ted to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.

The family set up Teddy Rocks, a music festival that has grown from small beginnings to become one of Dorset's favourite events.

The charity does tremendous work in providing emotional and financial support to children and young people suffering and undergoing treatment for cancer.

Teddy20 recently made a generous donation of £5000 to CLIC Sargent, which is the UK’s leading charity for children and young people with cancer as well as £5000 for Bone Cancer Research which is the leading charity dedicated to fighting primary bone cancer.

The CLIC Sargent donation in Ted’s memory could really help with the charity’s “Home from Home”, Jean’s House, close by to Southampton Hospital. The vast majority of children and young people with cancer from Dorset have to travel to Southampton Hospital as it’s the nearest Principle Treatment Centre.

The Newton family stayed in the charity’s previous home in Southampton and knows the difference it makes for families to be able to stay close to the hospital. CLIC Sargent research shows that on average a family spends an extra £600 a month whilst their child is receiving treatment for cancer, so the charity provides families with emotional support and Jean’s house is one of the ways to help alleviate financial costs. CLIC Sargent doesn’t receive any government funding, so the huge support from other charities like Teddy20, makes a huge difference in the support they can provide.

Kim Newton, Ted’s mum and Trustee of Teddy20 said: “We are so fortunate in the support we have from the local community with the large amount of people that volunteer at Teddy Rocks, or our fantastic supporters that fundraise with a whole host of challenges. We do what we do in Ted’s memory and consider very carefully how we spend the funds we raise and we are delighted to make a donation to these two worthy charities, CLIC Sargent and Bone Cancer Research.”

Liz Blunt, CLIC Sargent Fundraising and Engagement Manager for Dorset said: “We really appreciate the generous donation from Teddy20. It’s been an absolute pleasure to meet the Newton family and find out more about the amazing work their charity does, such as with Ted’s Shack. We are so grateful to them for their generous support over the years. Staying in Jean’s House saves families from the expense of long and often daily trips to the hospital or private accommodation costs but also means that families can be close together at such a difficult time.”

To find out more about supporting these charities, please go to www.teddy20.org www.clicsargent.org.uk or https://www.bcrt.org.uk/

https://teddyrocks.co.uk/ - tickets are now on sale for this event next May that supports children and young people with cancer.