Isle of Wight community raises over £10,000

Schools, nurseries and businesses across the Isle of Wight have taken part in 'Finley Friday', to show support for six year old Finley and raise over £10,000 for CLIC Sargent.

Islanders support 'Finley Friday'

In April 2013, Finley was diagnosed with Leukaemia and began treatment at both Southampton General Hospital and Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital.

From the point of diagnosis, Finley and his family have received support from CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity.

The charity provided free accommodation to the Morris family near the hospitals and continue to support them now back on the island.

A team made up from friends and family decided they wanted to raise money not only to show their support for Finley but to say thank you to CLIC Sargent also.

To show support for Finley thousands of people from the island all wore orange to raise money for CLIC Sargent.

Carol Morris Finley’s mother said "We have been really overwhelmed by everyone's support and would like to say a really big thank you. After hearing that the month of September is Leukaemia awareness month with the colour orange we came up with the idea of a 'Finley Friday' day.

 "To hear that over £10,000 has been raised from just one day is fantastic."

We approached the island schools to see if they would help us to support the day by wearing something orange and donating £1 to the charity, word soon got around and before we knew it we had local businesses approaching us to ask if they could also take part."

'Finley Friday' also inspired 20 year old Frankie Roberts from Sandown to raise money and shave her hair for charity this was a huge contribution towards the £10,000.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Farah Batchelor said: “I was overwhelmed by how many people got involved in raising money for us, it was so unexpected.

"I’m pleased to say Finley’s Fund has raised over £10,000 for CLIC Sargent which is phenomenal. The money will really help us support more families going through similar experiences.

"I want to say a huge thank you on behalf of the charity to everyone who raised money and especially to the team who worked so hard raising awareness of the work the charity does.”  

Find out more

To find out how you and your community can help raise funds for CLIC Sargent, please contact Farah Batchelor on 02380 514043 or email: