Kip lived a short but joy-filled life; his infectious enthusiasm, humour, love and compassion brought comfort and happiness to thousands around the world (but mostly to us, his family!). He died peacefully at home on 8th July 2021.
We are building a legacy based on his joy and love.
We started this fundraiser to get some money for a family holiday, and to send some funds to charities we cared about. The response has far exceeded our goal so many times – it’s clear that Kip’s story has touched thousands of lives and there’s a real desire to support children and families facing illness.
In the four years of Kip’s treatment for leukaemia, we benefitted from the very best health care in the world; it was local, and we didn’t have to worry about paying for it. So, despite the heartache of his illness and death, there was a huge burden we did not have to carry.
But families around the world are struggling under the weight of poor access and high cost that means many easily preventable diseases are left untreated.
Where you live doesn’t affect the love you have for your child, but it makes a world of difference on their chances of surviving an illness.
So, we committed to raising funds to support children and families, and improve access to life-saving care as much as we can. To this end, we donated £1,000 each to World Child Cancer and UNICEF, and £500 each to Young Lives Vs Cancer and the Anthony Nolan Trust. We also donated £15,000 to Equalize Health for a project that can save millions of newborn children’s lives. We will be posting a more detailed breakdown of the funds raised so far and how the money has been allocated. We are so touched that so many of you wanted to support us as a family too.
Since our GoFundMe reached the heights of £40,000, we have decided to change our goals slightly; from today, all funds raised will be going directly to World Child Cancer.
Thank you so much for all your support, encouragement and love.
Ed, Sarah & Millie
More information about World Child Cancer UK: World Child Cancer gives children in low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to access trained medics, medication and support to give them the very best chance of survival.