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.

Junior Challenge – well done the Voyager Academy

Carole met with the Pupils and staff   of the Voyager Academy  to present them with their Prize for raising the most money for Anna’s Hope in the Junior Challenge in the 2012 Perkins Great Eastern Run . The prize of sports kit worth £500 was donated by Michael Vincent from ChromSport Schoolwear and Trophies who also attended the prize giving along with Race Director of the Perkins Great Eastern Run  Annette Joyce.
Good luck to the school as they compete in this years Junior Challenge . For details of prizes and how to enter please visit

Thank you to all our Marathon runners

Thank you to the 3 Virgin London Marathon runners , Rob Persani , Alex Goss and Becky Eames who all completed and raise funds for Anna’s Hope . We really appreciate it and it was great to see you all at the finish. You should all be very proud.
 Carole and Rob Hughes with Rutland Radio presenter Rob Persani at the Virgin London Marathon

Carole and Rob Hughes with Rutland Radio presenter Rob Persani at the Virgin London Marathon

Rob and Carole Hughes with Virgin London Marathon runner Alex Goss

Rob and Carole Hughes with Virgin London Marathon runner Alex Goss

Rob and Carole Hughes with Virgin London Marathon Runner Becky Eames and husband Tom

Rob and Carole Hughes with Virgin London Marathon Runner Becky Eames and husband Tom


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

Fashion Show

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Thanks to all those who attended our Fashion Show, it was a great success! Anna’s Hope is really grateful to all the local shops , who showcased their latest collections on the night. Thank you also to The Haycock Hotel, Adnams Stamford, Stamford Marquees, Chris for the Lighting, Nick for the Photography and Rob and Steve for the music. Special thanks to the fairy volunteers, all those who helped behind the scenes and to Ingrid and Symi for putting on such a great show.

Thank you for your votes

We fought a strong campaign and were blown away by the support  we got from everyone. Although we did not win the National Prize of a house but £6000 for winning the Regional Final is still a great result.
Thanks to all of you who voted for us.

Anna’s Hope Fairy World Record

Fairies turned up in their hundreds to Burghley Park on Sunday August 19th to break the World Record for the most number of people dressed as fairies in one place.  786 fairies dressed in tutus, wings and waving wands should break the previous record of 277, once verified by Guinness World Records.

The event was organised by Stamford based children’s brain tumour charity, Anna’s Hope.

‘We were delighted to see so many fairies turn up and help us break the record,’ said Carole Hughes, founder of Anna’s Hope. ‘We had every type of fairy you could imagine, from baby fairies to grandad fairies. We even had a Sugar Plum fairy and a Sumo fairy! It was a wonderful event that coincided with what has been Anna’s 10th birthday. Carole went on to thank all the fairies that helped break the world record, Burghley Park for helping stage the event, and all the volunteers.

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


 Twitter, Facebook or email.  This is the link you need…

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

Andy and Martin take steps (lots of them) for Anna’s Hope

On Thursday 6th September Andy York, Sales and Customer Services Manager, and Martin Harris, Senior Production Manager from Warners Midland Plc  will embark on a truly epic journey from Teddington along the Thames to its source in Worcestershire.  The walk will cover around 150 miles in 5 days, and every penny raised will go to Warners two chosen charities for 2012 Anna’s Hope and The Red Cross.
For more information, click here

Help Anna’s Hope break fairy record

Local charity Anna’s Hope is inviting all fairies to help break the World Record for the Number of Fairies in One Place. The current record is 337.

The event will take place on Sunday 19th August from 12 noon in Burghley Park and the official count will be at 2pm. Fairies of any age and sex are invited to dress up, bring a picnic and put Anna’s Hope and Stamford into the Record Books.

To qualify as a fairy you need to wear Fairy wings, a tutu or dress and a wand. As an added incentive anyone dressed, as a fairy on the day will get half price admission into the Garden of Surprises.

The event is free but if you can also get sponsored then that would be fantastic and all the money will go towards helping local children and young people with a brain tumour.

Founder of Anna’s Hope and Anna’s mummy, Carole Hughes said ‘It would be brilliant if families and friends enter into the fairy spirit, break the world record and picnic together in the beautiful grounds of Burghley Park. It will also be a very special as the event will also coincide with what would have been Anna’s 10th Birthday.’

All Fairies must register prior to the event by contacting or 01780 740492

Print off registration form

Be a model for a day!

Turn yourself and your friend into a model for the day!  Do you want to gain experience and knowledge of the modelling industry?

Everyone deserves a spot of glamour!

We’re looking for interest from you. We’d like to give you a life experience over half a day with  renowned International model team, Ingrid & Symi, supported by make-up artist Eloise, Amber & Laura from Michael John Hair Artwork and ex-Eastenders star, Patti Samuel.

The half-day course will teach you how to be aware of your body language and mannerisms; how to really look after yourself and the importance of personal awareness; practical sessions on role play as well as mock auditions which will rapidly increase your confidence; what to do and what not to do; hair & makeup, personal health & fitness and runway training.

You’ll leave the session with a greater understanding and confidence level that will assist you in all walks of life. It will leave you feeling a million dollars and you’ll also receive the perfect memento photograph of a memorable life experience.

Price: £20 per person.

Taking place at the Haycock Hotel, Wansford, Nr Peterborough on Sunday 1st July 2 sessions  available 10.00 am  – 1.00 pm and 2.00pm -5.00pm

All proceeds go to Anna’s Hope.

All cheques must be received in advance and made payable to, “Anna’s Hope.”

If you’d like to experience this life-changing session, please contact Anna’s Hope at with the following details:

  1. Name:
  2. Female/Male:
  3. Age:
  4. Email:
  5. Contact Tel:

All applicants must be aged 13 +