The Newton family stayed at the current CLIC Sargent home, CLIC Haven, nine years ago whilst nine-year-old Ted Newton was being treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma in Southampton, miles away from home.
Devastatingly, Ted’s treatment didn’t work, and he very sadly passed away in 2010, aged 10. Since Ted’s shock diagnosis his family have been prolific in their fundraising to provide much needed support for other families of children and young people with cancer.
They set up a charity called Teddy20 and put on a number of fundraising events such as a 20-20 cricket fun day, Teddy Rocks, Le Teddy Tour, Skydiving, Balls and other challenges.
Teddy20, has continually supported CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, since 2009 by donating money each year in memory of Ted. Following the growing success of Teddy20’s music festival, Teddy Rocks, the family are keen to make a substantial donation this year towards the new Home from Home in Southampton, called Jean's House.
Ted’s mum, Kim said: “We were very happy to be in a position whereby we can make a real difference and provide much needed funds for the new Home from Home.
"Having spent many weeks at the current CLIC Haven House with Ted and the whole family, we know first-hand what an incredible place it is. To be a short distance from your sick child but to be able to have a bath, wash your clothes and just have a few minutes to gather your thoughts is invaluable."
"Also we didn't have to worry about the financial implication of a daily two-hour drive being an added burden. We will always be grateful to CLIC for everything they did for us as a family and we are delighted to continue to offer our support.”
Ted’s brother, Tom said: ”We all stayed at CLIC Haven. The impossible time was made possible. On the ward you don’t know how to behave, you can’t chill out as it’s always full of families and not at all private. You could go back to CLIC Haven for a bit of sanctuary, quiet time to feel some sort of normality. Ted liked going there.”
New Home from Home
CLIC Sargent is currently transforming a former B&B into Jean's House, the new Home from Home in Southampton, to be ready this autumn.
Liz Blunt, CLIC Sargent Fundraising and Engagement Manager for Dorset, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Owen, Kim, Tom and Phoebe Newton from Teddy20, who are truly inspiring with all their tireless efforts to support children and young people with cancer.
“We are so touched by their amazing generosity which will make a huge difference to our appeal. I hope that other local people are inspired to help us house even more families in desperate need, saving them hundreds of pounds and bringing crucial home comforts in a time of great turmoil.”