Carole and Rob and valued supporters of Anna’s Hope had a great time at the launch of the 2014 Perkins Great Eastern Run at the Marriott Peterborough on 3rd April. We are also delighted that the Fun Run will now be known as the Anna’s Hope Fun Run.

The run takes place on October 12th and there are prizes to be won in The Junior Challenge and The Business Challenge.

If you, your school, clubs or business want to run and raise funds for Anna’s Hope, please contact us at


Perkins Engines Company Ltd Choose Anna’s Hope as their Charity Partner

Perkins Launch

Anna’s Hope are delighted to have been chosen by Perkins as their charity partner. What makes it even more special is that we were chosen following a vote by all the staff. Perkins and their employees are very supportive of charity and at the launch event on June 6th, we met with lots of enthusiastic people who plan to raise funds for us.

Already a group has completed the Three Peaks Challenge and a team will shortly be heading off for Paris on their bikes. At an event on 12th June we were also pleased to see lots of runners sign up to run for Anna’s Hope in this years Perkins Great Eastern Eastern Run.

We are very grateful for your support.

Welcome to our new patrons

We are delighted to welcome two New Patrons to our Charity who have been fantastic supporters of Anna’ s Hope over many years . Michael Vincent , Managing Director of  ChromaSport Schoolwear and Trophies  and Sam Hale, Managing Director of Advance Performance UK Ltd have kindly accepted to become patrons.  Both have helped promote  Anna’s Hope  and have been key supporters  over the years in the Junior Challenge in the Perkins Great Eastern Run. Thank you both for all your support so far and we are really pleased that you have agreed to become our patrons.

Carole Hughes with Michael Vincent promoting the Anna’s Hope Junior Challenge Cup in the 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run with Race Director Annette Joyce and Kirsty Cleworth from the Voyager Academy

Sam Hale with Carole Hughes and Dyno Mite at the launch of the Perkins Great Eastern Run

Sam Hale with Carole Hughes and Dyno Mite at the launch of the Perkins Great Eastern Run

Vote every day and help Anna’s Hope Win a House worth £250,000

 Just two clicks a day is all we need to win this house!
We are delighted to announce that Anna’s Hope has  reached the final of Persimmon Homes Charity Give Away. As part of Persimmon Homes 40th Birthday they will donate a brand new house worth £250,000 to the charity who gets the most votes.

Over 3500 charities entered and we are down to the last 24. It  is  now open to the public on line vote so we need lots and lots of people voting for us.

If we win then it will mean that we will  reach our £1million target. This will  fund the Anna’s Hope Therapy Team which will help set up and support  the First Rehabilitation Service in the UK for Children with Brain Tumours at Addenbroookes Hospital.

PLEASE VOTE AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN. You can vote once everyday and voting ends on 20th September.  To vote simply click here


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Only one vote from your office per day counts so please use your computer at home or smart phone.
Thank you for your help and thank you for helping  us  give hope and make a difference for children and young people with brain tumours.
For more information about Persimmon Homes Charity give away please click here

Thank You to All our Volunteers

Carole and I would like to thank all the volunteers for all the help they have given us.

They give up their valuable free time , dress up in fairy dresses and T shirt . They man the stand in all weathers and carry their collection buckets  with a smile. They are the backbone of our charity without whom we could not function. They are very much appreciated and you are helping Anna’s Hope raise funds to make a difference. Thank You so much.

Robert Hughes

In Memory Of SAC Smart

John James Smart

John James Smart (Smarty) was a 22 year old man died on 20th July 2011 in a road traffic accident in Italy whilst working for the RAF. During his short life he was in the Army Cadets, the Territorial Army and he also served in Afghanistan and The Falklands with the RAF. 

He was a keen sportsman who helped to raise money for Anna’s Hope, which was his squadron’s elected charity. Carole and Rob Hughes  were deeply moved and honoured that his family chose that funds raised in his memory should go to Anna’s Hope . 

So far over £2500 has been raised and shows how much his friends loved him . Every penny will go towards funding the charity’s aims. 


Brave Caitlyn to cycle for charity

Caitlyn (left) with mother Sue, father Rhys and brother Thomas.

A BRAVE youngster who battled a brain tumour will be among those taking part in a charity cycle ride.

The bike ride will take place on Sunday, August 22, around Rutland Water and is being organised by the charity Anna’s Hope, which supports children and young people with brain tumours. Anna’s Hope was founded by Rob and Carole Hughes, of Pilsgate near Barnack, who started the charity in memory of their daughter Anna who died of a brain tumour in 2006 aged three. So far, dozens of people have signed up to take part in the annual ride and among those that will be doing their bit for the charity is five-year-old Caitlyn Williams.

Caitlyn, who lives in Parnwell, Peterborough with her parents Sue and Rhys and brother Thomas, eight, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was just three-years-old. She underwent an operation, a gruelling course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and during her treatment. She also contracted meningitis. Caitlyn finished treatment at the beginning of this year. She had her last MRI scan in March and another one is due in September but her family is hopeful it will come back clear, meaning the tumour has gone. Sue, who is Caitlyn’s full-time carer, says the help of Anna’s Hope during Caitlyn’s treatment has been absolutely invaluable, especially specialist paediatric neuro-oncology nurse Alison Mitchell based at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge who was employed by the charity in 2008.

Sue, 36, said: “In the beginning Caitlyn was very poorly and we had all these discussions about how her treatment would be dealt with. Never having had any dealings in medicine, it was like a foreign language to us so almost every day we saw Alison. “She would explain things to us and break it down into terms that were easy to understand.”

During her treatment, Caitlyn was fitted with a central line to enable her to eat and the nurse visited Caitlyn’s nursery and school Parnwell Primary, when she started last September, to show staff how to use it. Sue said: “It was because of the nurse that Caitlyn has been able to go to school. She is such a sociable little girl and she really wanted to be at school despite how poorly she was and Alison made it possible for her. “Caitlyn is now doing fantastically well and that is due in part to the nurse and in turn Anna’s Hope.”

Sue and her husband Rhys, 39, will be cycling the route along with Thomas, while Caitlyn will be in a trailgator on the back of her dad’s bike. Sue said: “Anna’s Hope has done so much for us as a family and we want to do our bit for them. “I think it will be a really good day for any family but it will be especially poignant for us.”

If you want to take part in the ride fill in the coupon and return it by Monday, August 16.

With thanks to the Stamford Mercury for allowing permission to use the article. The original piece appeared in the Mercury on Friday August 6th 2010.

Fairy wings flutter at Bjorn Again, Burghley

Bjorn Again Burghley

Bjorn Again band members with Carole Hughes at Burghley.

Anna’s Hope fundraisers were out in force bucket shaking at Burghley, Stamford, on June 12th. With Bjorn Again, an Abba tribute band, in concert, fans came in their masses to enjoy great music and a fine Summer’s evening.
Thanks again to the event organiser Live Promotions Events Ltd and Bjorn Again for allowing Anna’s Hope to fundraise at the concert. A great night for all!

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Cycles and runs (pre 2010)

We relaunched our website in March 2010, but couldn’t let all these great stories, fantastic achievements and massive fundraisers go unpublished on the new site! Thanks to all who took part!


The 2500 mile Cycle Challenge

170 keen cyclists of all ages, participated in the second `Anna’s Hope 2500 Mile Cycle Challenge’ around Rutland Water on Sunday, 23rd August. Rutland Radio broadcasted throughout the day from the start and finish area at Whitwell, creating a superb atmosphere and fun day out for all concerned.

Perfect weather helped these enthusiastic riders to complete a grand total of 2,622 miles, exceeding the challenge target by 122 miles! As promised, meeting this target means that Rob Hughes, Chairman of the Charity and Anna’s Dad, will personally donate £1,000 to the funds. With some participants completing the shorter route of a `mere’ 17 miles, other fit entrants went on to complete the full circuit of 23 miles which included the Hambleton peninsula. The Charity would like to thank all cyclists for getting on their bikes and making a difference.

Anna’s Hope are pleased to announce that over £3,000 has been raised to help make a difference to the lives of those children and young people diagnosed with a brain tumour. The event also enabled funds to be raised for local boy Toby Cunliffe who needs urgent treatment for his brain tumour.

The winner of the cycle, kindly donated by Rutland Cycling, will be announced on Monday, 2nd November, so please return all completed sponsorship forms by 31st October 2009 to be included in the draw.

Finally, our grateful thanks go to Anglia Water for permission to stage this event as well as to sponsors Mars Refuel, Rutland Cycling and Coca- Cola. Our appreciation also goes to the Mayor of Oakham for kindly opening the event.

Lands End to John O’Groats Bike Ride 28/05/2007

After 16 days including 1 rest day , I completed my challenge of cycling from Lands End to John o’Groats . I travelled 969 miles and had 3 punctures . The plan of cycling from south to north to take advantage of the prevailing winds behind me did not work and I spent the entire journey facing into a headwind . I was ably supported by my wife Carole and daughter Sara who were there with hot tea and cake when I needed it . Mars Refuel also kept my energy levels up . I am really proud of my achievement but my 16 day challenge was small when compared to the 13 month chemotherapy course my daughter had to endure . Whenever the going got tough and I started feeling a little low I just had to remember Anna’s courage to keep me going.

Special thanks to lots of friends who helped me ; Darren Manley who loaned me a terrific bike , Dave Cockburn for fitness and nutrition advice , Vince Kearney for helping me stick to my training schedule , Theresa Coltman for expert cycling advice , Eileen Worrall and Julie Routledge for generating support at the office , Poul Weihrauch (my boss), Richard Young and Professor David Walker who accompanied me for a day . Also thanks for all associates at my office in Waltham on the Wolds who have also raised money by collectively matching my distance through cycling , running and walking.

I also am extremely grateful to all those who sponsored me and to major sponsors , Mars Drinks, Asda , Tesco , Morrisons, Coop , Costcutter , Dairy Farmers of Great Britain , Pepsico , Unilever, Kraft , Reckitt Benckiser , Dairy Crest , Coca Cola , Cadbury , General Mills , Heinz , Pilkington, Tate and Lyle , McCain and Strategos

Peter and Ellie Bond LEJOG cycle ride for Anna’s Hope Date: 28/08/2007

In July this year Peter and Ellie Bond battled against the wind and the rain and completed Lands End to John O’Groats in 15days. It was a remarkable achievement given it rained every single day of their bike ride. Peter and Ellie, who live in Eye in Suffolk never met Anna but were inspired by her story and wanted to use the ride to raise funds for the charity.

Chairman Rob Hughes, who also completed the ride one month earlier, is full of admiration of them both. Annas Hope would like to thank Peter and Ellie and all those who supported them for raising over £1400 …. a fantastic achievement.

Our First Charity Bike Ride Rutland Water Date: 26/10/2008

Thanks to support from Rutland Cycling, Mars Drinks, Ambitions Personnel, Coca Cola and Rutland Radio, Anna’s Hope held its first Charity Bike Ride around Rutland Water on Oct 26th. Despite very wet weather at the start of the day over 125 riders of all abilities cycled a total distance of 3000 miles. Despite missing the target of 5000 miles set by Rob Hughes, chairman of Anna’s Hope he still donated £1000 . The event raised over £4500 and is set to become an annual event.


2007 Flora London Marathon Date: 22/04/2007

Over £9,000 raised by our brave runners in the 2007 Flora London Marathon. Despite it being the hottest London Marathon on record our 6 runners all completed the race to raise over £9,000 for the charity. A general sense of “we’ve done it” was mixed with groans of “never again” and even the odd “can’t wait for next year” when the pain, stiffness and dizziness started to set in after the initial euphoria passed.

Well done to you all, you’ve achieved something most of us can only dream about!

Race For Life

On a beautiful warm May Sunday morning supporters of Anna’s Hope took part in the Race for Life event at Burghley in Stamford dressed as fairies, complete with wings and trainers!

Despite there being thousands of ladies taking part, the fairies managed to catch everyone’s attention as they walked the course together to finish the 5km race in 1 hour exactly, with Carole and Joanne managing a sprint to the finish line.

Who knows, next year we may try to run as fairies—watch this space!

Jane Hales completes the Experian Robin Hood Marathon in her best time ever!

Jane completed the Robin Hood Marathon on Sunday, 16 September in her best time ever: 2 hours 7 mins, raising over £700 in aid of Anna’s Hope. Jane’s final fundraising figure is still being counted but it looks as though she will have managed to raise over £700, well done Jane and thank you from everyone involved in Anna’s Hope.

Jane says: “Having lived through the blue light ambulance trip and the sudden realisation that I was being checked over for a brain tumour I cannot begin to imagine the anguish that parents of children who are diagnosed live through. Carole and Ingrid are inspirational, Ingrid as ever has been hugely supportive of me and I hope that in some small way I can help.”

Great North Run Tyneside Date: 30/09/2007

This year’s Great North Run saw a wonderful turn out for Anna’s Hope . 6 Runners donned the Anna’s Hope running shirt and all completed this prestigious event. Mike Fleck who has never missed any of the 27 marathons wore a fairy outfit and was our fastest runner in 1 hour 42 minutes . Rosemary Dodson also dressed as a fairy to help raise the charity’s profile which helped her fly to the finish. Friends Liz Clark and Sue Conlon really enjoyed their run and can’t wait to do it again next year. George Kelly and Paul Marshall really went the extra mile for Anna’s Hope by also completing the Great Eastern Run 2 weeks later . Together with sponsorship raised at the Great Eastern Run, our runners estimate that £2,000 will have been raised for the charity.

2008 London Marathon London Marathon 2008

Poul Weirauch, who is Rob Hughes’s boss flew over from Holland to run in this years Flora London Marathon. Not only was it a flying visit but it was a flying time of just over 4 hours. He raised over £15,000 which is the best ever individual amount raised for the charity so far. Well done and thank you.

Not only did Nigel Stacey support John Lewis ‘Anna’s Hope’ fundraising by running in the Great Eastern Run last year but he also completed the London Marathon in just over 4 hours and raised over £500. Thank you Nigel for your continued support of the charity.

Louise, Ailsa and Elaine bravely decided to compete in the London Marathon and then the Edinburgh Marathon six weeks later! They all enjoyed the soggy London event and even managed a sprint finish down the Mall. Unfortunately Elaine was injured and was unable to take part at Edinburgh. Louise and Ailsa were less enthusiastic about Edinburgh but they did it. Not to be outdone Elaine has since completed Blenheim Triathalon. They now plan to retire from Marathons. The girls raised over £2900, well done what an amazing achievement!

Nigel Steps out for Anna’s Hope Nigel’s Marathon

Not only did Nigel support John Lewis ‘Anna’s Hope’ fundraising by running in the Great Eastern Half Marathon last year but he also completed the London Marathon in just over 4 hours and raised over £500. Thank you Nigel for your continued support of the charity.

Scott Boutwood Milton Keynes Half Marathon Date: 20/07/2008

The charity has never met Scott but it is truly grateful for the generous donation of £1200 it received as a result of sponsorship he got by completing the Milton Keynes half marathon. Well done and thank you.

Great North Runners Great North Runners Date: 20/09/2008

Once again we were well represented at this years Great North Run . Regular runner for Anna’s Hope , Louise Harrop completed 3 marathons including the Great North Run with Elaine Harrop and Alisa and raised over £3000 . Debbie Lovering who ran at the event for the first time raised almost £1000 and Louise Lomax run contributed £40.


Three Peaks Challenge September Date: 19/09/2007

Tommy Crozier and friends complete the Three Peaks Challenge in order to raise funds for Anna’s Hope

This September Tommy Crozier, Thomas Edwards, Kevin Edwards, Richard Swinger, Peter Swinger and Lee Turner undertook a gruelling challenge when they completed the Three Peaks Walk in order to raise funds for Anna’s Hope. Tommy said: “We did it in pouring rain, it was an achievement but not one we would be in a hurry to repeat!” (See Tommy’s Diary below)

Tommy went on to say: “I’ve only known Carole for a short time but as soon as she told me about Anna I wanted to do something to help. Having a child of a similar age makes me even more determined to do this for the charity”.

Ben Nevis – Friday 31.08.07

Travelled up on Thursday 30th August. We got to Ben Nevis at 9.30pm after 8 and half hours of travelling. Had a few pints in the Ben Nevis inn. Camped at the bottom of the mountain. Woke up at about 7.30am and started walking up then. It was a long slog. Thomas was like a whippet racing up those hills, and I was like a creped old man who could hardly keep up with the others. Got up and down by 5pm. Had dinner in Fort William Morrison’s. Met a local who said we could’ve driven up to mountain rescue which was half way up the mountain. It rained all day as well. HAPPY DAYS.

Scar fell – Saturday 01.09.07

Travelled from Fort William and left about 6pm. Got to lakes at 1.30am-2am. Camped, got up, had a barbeque and started walking at about 9am. It took 7 hours and it rained all day. When we got down we got in the van and drove to Snowdon. We were going to do Snowdon that night but after the drive we had sore legs so we camped out instead. Then in the morning I woke up absolutely soaked on one side – looking like I slept in a puddle. I must have been tired!

Snowdon – Sunday 02.09.07

Woke up soaked so sat in the van (started on the Stella!) cold, miserable and in Wales. Could life get any better (yes, bacon butties £3.50 each, ripping off boyos.) Torrential rain. We were soaked to the skin in 5 minutes! Started walking about 10am got up and down by 5pm. The cafe at the top was shut. We were starving, heartbroken and sore. Got home on Sunday night and we were so sore we didn’t go to work until Thursday!

If anyone is thinking of doing anything for charity please consider Anna’s hope as its local. I never met her but she was a brave little girl and her family are lovely people.

Jumping to Raise funds for Anna’s Hope Jumping for Annas Hope Date: 01/11/2008

Anna’s Hope continues to be impressed at the heroic acts some of our supporters go to raise funds . Paul Brown was very brave indeed when he bungee jumped to raise £188

News (pre 2010)

In March 2010, Anna’s Hope website was relaunched, but we could not omit these worthy news stories from our old site… thank you to all who have helped us in the past.

December 1st 2006
Mayor of Stamford raises charities profile at Civic Reception in Town Hall

Friday, December 1st marked another milestone for this new charity when Anna’s Hope were invited to raise funds and awareness at this important local occasion. Invited Mayors, their consorts, town councillors and other local dignitaries listened attentively as Rob Hughes, Chairman, introduced the group to the aims of the Charity. The Trustees gained a lot of invaluable advice and support from those present. A raffle drawn on the night raised £263.40 for which we are eternally grateful to Cllr Mrs Michelle Feasey, Mayor of Stamford. Our picture shows the cut-out fairies kindly created by Fenella Fitch taking pride of place beside the musicians.

John Lewis Peterborough Adopt Annas Hope as their Charity of the Year March News Date: 10/02/2007

Staff at Peterborough’s largest department store, John Lewis in Queensgate, are aiming to raise thousands of pounds for Anna’s Hope after making it their nominated charity for 2007.

John Lewis Peterborough Spokesman Helen Lunn said: “This is a cause all the partners in John Lewis are very passionate about. The Hughes family have been customers for a long time. Many of us remember Anna, which makes this, our chosen charity for 2007, a very personal cause that we can relate to.”

Helen went on to say: “I actually worked in the nursery department when Carole was pregnant with Anna, and I remember her bringing in Anna as a baby. We want to do everything we can to support Anna’s Hope.”

The store has already raised £2,000 this year, while the proceeds of its 25th anniversary party will also go to the charity. With several other events lined up for the year ahead, it is hoped that the team at John Lewis will smash the record £5,000 they raised last year for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Carole said: “John Lewis is the family’s, and Anna’s, favourite store. It’s where we went when Anna wanted to buy something secret. On a personal note, as a family, we’re delighted by their support. It is fantastic to see money being raised in this way throughout the store.”

21/03/2007 Busy Spring Fair set to become a popular annual event

Masses of ladies supported Anna’s Hope on Wednesday, 21st March when they came along to the Charities first Spring Fair held at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel. Trustee Ingrid Wood and her team of volunteers were kept busy on the door as people queued to get in to this exclusive event. Twenty four different traders provided a variety of goods on offer. From stone garden ornaments to boozy chocolates there was something for every one.
Barnsdale Lodge Hotel proved a perfect venue for the event. With tea and coffee flowing on the day the shopped out ladies — and gents were suitably refreshed!
The fair raised a staggering £3378.31 which surpassed all expectations. Ingrid, together with the rest of the fundraising team, would like to thank everyone who attended for their generous support.

Giant Easter Egg Raffle Raffle drawn on Easter Sunday Date: 06/04/2007
Giant Easter Egg Raffle

The Blue Bell Pub at Easton on the Hill  have raised a marvellous sum of £200 over Easter by raffling some giant Easter Eggs and other chocolate goodies. Landlords Alex and Cinzia organised the raffle after hearing about Anna’s Hope, and very kindly donated all the prizes. Carole visted the pub to thank them and to take a look at the display of prizes.

Mexican Evening Event staged by Find a Cure Date: 12/05/2007

FACE (Find a Cure) – A local fundraising group for cancer charities successfully staged a Mexican Evening with proceeds going to Anna’s Hope.

Neither rain nor power cuts could spoil this fantastic Mexican evening staged by Sam Rowntree and Sam Wade in Sedgebrook on Saturday, 12 May; with the proceeds of the event going to Anna’s Hope.
An evening of excellent food, good friends, fantastic hosts and fun games proved to be the perfect recipe for this successful evening.

New Garden for Early Years Children, in memory of Anna Copthill School, Uffington, Stamford Date: 22/06/2007

Friday, 22nd June saw the official opening of the Early Years garden in memory of Anna. The delightful garden will be used by the Early Years children. The children, dressed as fairies, didn’t let the rain spoil their special day as they posed for their photograph to be taken by the Stamford Mercury. Then it was back indoors to decorate some fairy cakes and play games with Carole, Anna’s Mum, and Hazel, Anna’s Godmother and Trustee of Charity who were also in fairy costume for the occasion.

Carole says: “Anna loved her school and even when she was poorly she still wanted to go to HER school. She was very proud of being at Copthill School and we are thrilled to have this garden in memory of her”.

Pictured in the garden are Anna’s teacher, Mrs Pam Dean, Head Master, Mr Jonathan Teasdale and Carole Hughes with the younger children of the school who will benefit from the garden.

Picnic and Hatstand Opera Evening in Burghley’s Gardens 6pm to 10pm, Garden of Surprises

Date: 08/09/2007
From Brindisi to Supercalifragilistic with Hatstand Opera

Yes it’s true, only Hatstand Opera could start the evening with such classics as Verdi’s Brindisi and Puccini’s Nessun Dorma and move seamlessly through the evening to end with humorous numbers such as Trail of the Lonesome Pine and a fantastic rendition of Supercalifragilistic.

The evening was further enhanced by the magical singing of sisters Lucy and Imogen Swart-Wilson and the perfect cello playing by Jane Odriozola, accompanied by Ivan Linford on piano.
Burghley’s Garden of Surprises and Sculpture Garden made the perfect setting for this magical evening in September, even the weather was perfect! Unfortunately this was not a sell-out event. However all who came went home in a very good mood, humming the odd tune or two, with promises to tell their friends what a fantastic evening they missed, just in case this event is repeated in the future.

Huge thanks must go to Burghley and House Manager, Phillip Gompertz for allowing us to use this magical place which took on a whole new ambience when darkness fell.

2nd Annual Rutland Water Walk

The sun shone as the walkers set off from Normanton car park on their fundraising walk around Rutland Water, finishing with fun activities at the Normanton Park Hotel. (Note the Anna’s Hope `fairies’ at the front of the walkers in the image below)
The event offered a choice of 3 walks; a 3½ mile stroll which included a trip on the Rutland Belle across the water (which our fairies opted for) and longer 17 and 23 mile walks for those people looking to really stretch their legs!
Many thanks go to RAF Cottesmore and Anglian Water for donating part of the proceeds to Anna’s Hope, with other beneficiaries being the County Air Ambulance, the Royal British Legion and 10% of the proceeds going to Voluntary Action Rutland. The event was sponsored by BAE Systems.
On Wednesday, 19th September BBC East Midlands & BC East (West) covered the story of personnel from RAF Cottesmore, stationed in Basra, also competing in the Rutland Water Walk by completing a 7 mile run in aid of Anna’s Hope. The feature filmed a piece on Rob & Carole with plenty of lovely pictures of Anna & Sara.
There were lots of walkers at the RAF Rutland Water charity walk but one little girl deserves a special mention. Megan Garford aged 5 who was Anna’s friend kept up with the grown ups and walked 3 and I/2 miles to raise £50 all by herself. Well done Megan, Anna would be very proud of you!
Our grateful thanks go to these brave men and women from RAF Cottesmore who are supporting us from afar.

Cavells of Oakham Fashion Show Cavells Fashion Show Date: 04/10/2007

Cavells of Oakham held their second fashion show of the 2007 in October and once again chose Anna’s Hope as their charity to support.  £1000 was raised at the show which as ever was very well supported. Thanks to Corry Taylor and all the staff who helped make this a very special event

Copthill School Donation Copthill School Date: 01/11/2007

Carole and Rob Hughes from Anna’s Hope collected a cheque for £1386 from Headmaster Jonathon Teasdale. The donation came from collection at the school musical, a sponsored swim and a fairy day by the Early Learners. Thanks to all the teachers to all the parents who kindly donated funds. Special thanks to the children for all their hard work. Anna would be very proud of her school.

Fashion Show at Jaeger Stamford Jaeger Fashion Show Date: 15/11/2007

The Jaeger Shop in Stamford held a fashion show in November and raised £385 for the charity. It was a wonderful evening and was well attended by the local people of Stamford. Many thanks to Kathryn, Charlee and the staff at Jaeger for their support

6th Stamford Brownies Bring and Buy 6th Stamford Brownies Date: 01/12/2007

At the beginning of December the 6th Stamford Brownie Pack from All Saints and St Johns held a bring and buy sale and raised £78.50 for Anna’s Hope. The event included competitions and refreshments and the brownies dressed up as fairies . Thank you to all the 6th Stamford  Brownies and Jennie Corbutt the Brownie Guider . This event is extra special as Anna’s sister Sara used to be a 6th Stamford Brownie

Bucket Shaking in Queensgate Centre Peterborough Queensgate Bucket Shake Date: 01/12/2007

On a very busy Saturday in December the Anna’s Hope Volunteers were out in force at the Queensgate Centre. Some dressed in Fairy outfits as well as one dressed as a plumb pudding. The volunteers raised over £800 in their collection buckets. Thank you to all those who gave up their Saturday and all the shoppers who donated their spare cash.
Liz Shea supports Anna’s Hope Liz Shea CD Date: 01/12/2007

Local musician and singer Liz Shea is donating a proportion of sales from her new CD ‘Break the Mould’ to Anna’s Hope. Liz’s son Joshua  used to play with Anna  at Seedlings and has dedicated the song on the CD called “Jesus in your eyes” to Anna. Carole and Rob Hughes want to thank Liz for her generous support. For more information about this wonderful CD please visit
Oakham School – Sargants boys get creative Oakham School Date: 01/12/2007

The boys from Sargants House at Oakham School  really pulled out all the stops to support the charity. After a lot of thinking they decided on a brilliant idea to raise funds by selling Tea Towels . But these were not ordinary Tea Towels, these had a very special design ….. self portraits of each of the boys from the house!! I am sure in years to come they will be a collectors item  They have proved very popular and £547.77 was raised.
Thanks to all the boys for this innovative and practical way of raising money and special thanks to Housemaster Mark Durose for his guidance and support.
Burghley Xmas Craft Fair 2007 Burghley Xmas Crafts 2007 Date: 06/12/2007

Anna’s Hope was proud to be one of the stands at Burghley Xmas for Craft fair from Dec 6th to Dec 9th . It was a very successful event and over £2000  was raised through sales of  Anna’s Hope products . Snowbizz a local Ski Travel business generously donated a skiing holiday for two and the raffle alone raised almost £850. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped over the 4 days and a special thanks to Wendy and Michel Lyotier at Snowbizz

Stamford High School Parents Association Christmas Fayre Stamford High School PA Date: 07/12/2007

Stamford High School for girls have chosen Anna’s Hope as the local charity they want to support this school year. It was also good to learn that the Parents Association also wanted to support the charity. So Anna’s Hope was delighted to receive £105 from head of SHS Parents Association  Ann Goodman. The money came from donations made at their Christmas Shopping Event at Stamford Arts Centre. Thank you to all the members of SHS PA for your help.
Freemasons of Stamford Freemasons of Stamford Date: 01/01/2008

Stamford Freemasons have very kindly donated the proceeds of all their 2007 collections from members. £1,000 has been raised, for which we are very grateful.

Ugly bugs

On February 8th Ugly bugs descended on Bourne Hill Primary school in Oakham to raise money for Anna’s Hope . With the help of her mum, 9 year old Lexie Meade organised the charity ball and over 170 pupils from the school attended. Lexie said ‘ I thought it would be nice to raise money for poorly children and have some fun at the same time.’ The event was a great success and the money is still being raised . Well done Lexie

Barnack Village Community Centre Cuppas for Cash Date: 01/03/2008

Generous villagers raised  an amazing £1516 for Anna’s Hope by enjoying cups of tea . Val Dawson and friends raised the money at the weekly coffee mornings during the year in The Acres Community Centre in Barnack by collections , raffles and cake sales
Surprise Donation Irwin Stafford Date: 01/03/2008

Anna’s Hope received an additional boost to its funds with a surprise donation of £3000 from local businessman Irwin Stafford . He was inspired by an article he read about  how local GP Dr Gail Glynn raised funds for Anna’s Hope in last years London marathon and chose Anna’s Hope as the deserving charity to receive funds from his company’s Charitable Trust

2nd Spring Fair Barnsdale Spring Fair Date: 05/03/2008

The second Spring Fair was held again at Barnsdale Lodge. The exclusive shopping event had a range of stands from handbags and chocolates to shoes. The spring fair committee worked hard to improve on last year’s event and over £3000 was raised. Thank you to all the stall holders and all those who visited and supported the event.

Sinclairs Shopping Event Sinclairs Shopping Event Date: 13/03/2008

Linda and Sam of John Sinclair’s Stamford organised an evening shopping event at the Stamford store. It was a wonderful evening where guests were also treated to drinks and canapes. The evening raised over £300.

Ufford Ladies Group Ufford Ladies Date: 01/04/2008

Thank you to the Ufford ladies group for donating £300. The charity really appreciates that local ladies groups are supporting Anna’s Hope and Carole and Rob Hughes enjoyed giving a talk at their monthly meeting. Dr Gail Glynn (trustee of Anna’s Hope) gave an inspirational talk at the following month’s meeting on her brilliant perfomance in last years London Marathon.

Wishing Well does very well Gates Nursery Date: 01/04/2008

After a year of fundraising, the wishing well at Gates Garden Centre was emptied and counted. Thanks to the generosity of the customers of Gates’ Garden Centre, Cold Overton, almost £3600 has been raised. Also thanks to Cathy and Nigel Gates for choosing Anna’s Hope as their garden centre’s charity of the year.

The Deepings School The Deepings School Date: 07/05/2008

Years 7 to 11 of The Market Deepings School raised £640 for Anna’s Hope. Cakes, advent calendars  and croissants were sold, Mrs Wray was sponsored to run the cross country, guess how many jelly tots, a non uniform day and sponsored runs and walks all helped achieve this terrific amount. Thank you to all the pupils in years 7 to 11 and Mrs Riley.

Bridge Day RAF Wyton Date: 01/06/2008

90 people from surrounding area came to the base for quite a serious day of bridge interrupted by a wonderful lunch. The event was organised by fifteen ladies, the chairman being Wing Cmdr Graham Bingham and Project Officer FgOff Laura Jones. The event raised £1500 and it is great that another RAF base is now
supporting Anna’s Hope.
Anna’s Hope achieves its first fundraising target First Target Achieved Date: 08/06/2008

Anna’s Hope is delighted to announce that the first fundraising target of £150,000 has been met. This is well ahead of expectations. Funds have continued to grow and now stand at an amazing £225,000.
The trustees and fund raising committee have been overwhelmed and impressed by the hard work, creativity and generosity of so many people and businesses. Anna’s Hope has really inspired others to help make a difference for those children and young people diagnosed with brain tumours, the biggest cancer killer of children.
As a result of the funds raised we are now working with Addenbrookes Hospital to appoint an ‘Anna’s Hope’ Specialist Paediatric  Neuro Oncology  Nurse who will help over 300 children in this region  and we hope to make a special announcement very soon.
Now that we have achieved our first target the charity has still more work to do in the area of rehabilitation and research – the long term target is £1m. Only another £775,000 to go!
John Lewis Peterborough – Record breaking Funds raised John Lewis Fundraisers Date: 08/06/2008

Following a year of fundraising events at  John Lewis Peterborough, who chose Anna’s Hope as their Charity of the year, Rob Hughes (Chairman of Anna’s Hope) and Carole Hughes were thrilled to receive a cheque for £19,000 from Liz Mihell, the store’s Managing Director. Anna’s Hope really motivated the partners to help make a difference via lots of different events including cocktail evenings, skydiving and a one man play.
Not only was the amount raised the highest ever for the store but it is also the biggest amount the charity has received so far. John Lewis Peterborough was Anna’s favourite store and she would be delighted that it has raised so much money. Thank you to all the partners at John Lewis.

Pink fundraiser

Wragge & Co, a major UK law firm, hosted a pink themed fundraiser at its Birmingham office in May. Members of the pensions and
employment teams paid £1 each to wear an item of pink clothing to work (which, surprisingly the men found easier to do than the women!). Pink fairy cakes and Anna’s Hope badges were also sold on the day and the partners agreed to wear pink fairy wings around the office to raise an extra £50. The London office also joined in the fun by paying a ransom to see photos of the partners sporting the wings! The day was a huge success, with just over £200 raised and a lot of fun had by all. Thanks to Katie Bonas for organising the day and inspiring her work colleagues.

New Patron Miranda Rock Date: 30/06/2008

We are delighted to announce that Miranda Rock has become the
latest patron for Anna’s Hope.  Miranda is Director of Burghley House, Stamford. We are most grateful for her patronage and we look forward to working together in the future.

Anna’s Hope and Help for Heroes Anna’s Hope and Help for Heroes Date: 01/09/2008

Anna’s Hope was proud to be chosen along with Help for Heroes by RAF Cottesmore for their Charity Walk around Rutland Water in September. The event was well supported and over £3000 was raised for Anna’s Hope.
Birthday Gifts Birthday Gifts Date: 01/11/2008

Two very special ladies reached special birthdays this year and donated almost £3000 to Anna’s Hope . Instead of receiving gifts they asked friends and family to donate money to the charity . Sam Wade who  raised over £4000 last year with her Mexican evening  raised almost £2000 and Tina Abbott raised over £700 .
Bowled over by Burghley Cricket Club Bowled over by Burghley Cricket Club Date: 01/11/2008

Cricket has now been added to the list of sports which have supported Anna’s Hope.
Carole Hughes was delighted to attend awards function at the Burghley Cricket Club and receive a cheque for £300 from Martin Tilley and Bob Feeton.
Eyes Down at Brownie Bingo Eyes Down at Brownie Bingo Date: 01/11/2008

Uffington Brownies put on a fun packed evening to support Anna’s Hope. Carole Hughes joined in  and really enjoyed the Bingo . It was also very thoughtful and generous of the Brownies to donate toys for children down on the children’s Cancer Ward at Addenbrookes.

Getting Pampered for a good cause Getting Pampered for a good cause Date: 01/11/2008

After  her son was diagnosed with a brain tumour, Mum Angelina decided to help raise money to support Anna’s Hope. An amazing  £1200 was raised at the “pampering day” she organised.

Hard days night brings in Pounds Hard days night brings in Pounds Date: 01/11/2008

Stamford Periwig Pub raised £500 by holding  a Beatles themed  evening . It was a fantastic evening and everyone had a great time said assistant manager Oliver Hooker .
Music Machine keeps on playing Music Machine keeps on playing Date: 01/11/2008

Grantham based orchestra ‘Music machine’ who supported Anna’s Hope last year, played for the charity one more time and boosted the charity’s funds by £800.
Grateful to Greetham Grateful to Greetham Date: 31/12/2008

We are delighted to report that Greetham Valley Golf Club who chose Anna’s Hope as their Charity of the year in 2008, raised an amazing £4300 . In addition a member of the golf club decided to go the extra mile and run a marathon. As a result he raised an additional £750.
Support from Diligenta Support from Diligenta Date: 31/12/2008

Peterborough based  financial company Diligenta have also chosen Anna’s Hope as their Charity of the Year. So far over £400 has been raised.