Friend Finder Prom

£17,616 of £15,000 goal

Raised by 521 people in 28 months
****Exciting news we have hit our target but please keep donating Any money raised over the amount needed for the Prom will go towards making Frend Finder accessible all over the world so we can bring as many chidren together to make friends.******


Hi my name is Lewis and I am now 16 years old! (I was 15 when I started fundraising lol)

 I was diagnosed with a brain tumour at 17 months old. Since then I  have had over 13 brain surgeries to keep me well. I  know my condition cannot be cured but that wasnt my biggest challenge in life for me it was not having any friends.

Spending a large part of my life in hospital meant that I missed a ot of school. Schoo isnt just about education its also about learning how to interact with other and making friends.

Having a friend is so important in life. Someone to talk to, laugh with and spend time with. A friend its great for your mental health and well being.  Everyone should have a friend.

Knowing first hand how difficult it is for children that spend a lot of time away from school through sickness or disability I decided to do something about it and I created Friend Finder www.lewishine.co.uk

Friend Finder is a project set out to help young people of any age who like me find it hard to make friends because they miss school. At friend finder we have events which bring children together and make friends. We have even introduced an onine friendfinder world for the children to be able to talk to each other afterwards in a safe envirement,. We also use little gadgets with near field communication for the children to exchange their details as we know another part of being poorly and missing school is that you can find it hard to read and write.

Our events are held monthly. After running focus groups one thing that really became obvious very quickly was the older children  we help aged 15-19 had missed their school prom because thet were too poorly or had too many additional needs that would need accomodaing so I decided to through the first ever Friend Finder prom!

On 2nd June 2017 we are having the first ever Friend Finder Prom for 150 children across the country aged 15-19 that missed or will this year miss their school prom due to illness, disability or a social factor out of their control like they didnt have a friend to go with.

The amazing thing is that the Prom is being organised by young people aged 12-19 who have been previously helped by Friend Finder. Its a Prom for young people organised by young people. Its an incredible project tto work on and e part of but we need your help....

We are raising money to create this amazing evening for so  many children to enjoy and create a night they will always remember. We are contcting schools, hospitals, community groups and have a arge social media campaign asking for people to nominate children that fit the friend finder criteria and would like to finally go to a prom.

The £15000 we are raising will go purely on the cost of things like food, drinks ,  location hire, security to keep the childre safe, decoration and invitations. We need to raise the money by the end of April so we really need your help.

All of the Friend Finder volunteers organising this event are donating their time for free.

Raising. this money would mean everything to us as it will enable us to give these amazing young people something to ook forward to, a memory they will cherish forever and for me personally to see so many vulnerble childreen come together and be able to make friends at such an amazing event as the Prom will make me feel like I have made a difference.

I know my life is challenging, brain surgery, daily seizures and constantly feeling poorly and I guess I could be feeling sorry for myself but thats not  who I am. I am a 15 year old boy determined to work hard and prevent other children having the same problem I did of not having a friend, someone to talk to, someone to laugh with. Please help me create this Prom and help 150 other children make friends and have the prom they missed out on and never though they would have.

Any money raised over the amount needed for the Prom will go towards making Frend Finder accessible all over the world so we can bring as many chidren together to make friends.
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We are working so hard fundraising!!!
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Please still help support Friend Finder. Our journey has just started. All money raised over the amount needed for the Prom (which is an amazing night for poorly and disabled children who missed their school prom) money raised over will go to making Friend Finder accessible around the world
"Everyone needs a friend" - lewis hine
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AMAZING NEWS!!! We have hit our first target! But Please, please keep donating. Any money raised over the amount needed for the Prom will go towards making Frend Finder accessible all over the world so we can bring as many chidren together to make friends. #friendfinder #lewishine
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Half way! This is absolutely fantastic thank you all so much...lets keep this amazing momentum going. Friend Finder Prom 2017 here we come!
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Gloria
19 months ago
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Hello everyone can you help me get my page noticed so I can get as much donations possible it would be really helpful for my family THANK YOU

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Gloria
19 months ago
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The campaign title for that is "Ayudemos a la familia Sanchez" please donate

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Dennis McMahon
27 months ago
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God bless you Lewis. You are a real inspiration to the world.

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Mary Dorraine Lilley Tircuit
27 months ago
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I am truly inspired. I have tried to make others understand this attitude. Yes, my illness is part of me...but it does not stop me from living life! Great inspiration! And, good luck with this, and future efforts!

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Laura Hayes
27 months ago

Well done Lewis, have a truly wonderful prom with all your friends :-)xx

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Anne Oberin
27 months ago

Saw you on Facebook Lewis. Happy birthday and loads of luck with the fund raising. Donation made from this Aussie!

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Doreen Brown
27 months ago

You are an amazing young man happy birthday and I hope you continue to have the very best of health and happiness for the future

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Ann Wilkinson
27 months ago

Sending you my very best wishes in reaching your target , and a healty future xxx

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Created March 2, 2017
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£30
Rishma Bhatti
13 months ago
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£100
Neil Blackley
18 months ago

Heard about your inspirational charity on the train home from Emma and her girls after they had visited No 10!

£20
Anonymous
19 months ago
PN
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Pat Nunn
19 months ago

A very worthy cause. Congratulations!

£10
David Nunn
19 months ago
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£10
Sue Leverett
19 months ago
£10
Hannah Naughton
20 months ago
£50
Anonymous
22 months ago
£355
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22 months ago
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Tamsin Bradshaw
25 months ago
Gloria
19 months ago
2
2

Hello everyone can you help me get my page noticed so I can get as much donations possible it would be really helpful for my family THANK YOU

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Gloria
19 months ago
1
1

The campaign title for that is "Ayudemos a la familia Sanchez" please donate

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Dennis McMahon
27 months ago
1
1

God bless you Lewis. You are a real inspiration to the world.

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Mary Dorraine Lilley Tircuit
27 months ago
1
1

I am truly inspired. I have tried to make others understand this attitude. Yes, my illness is part of me...but it does not stop me from living life! Great inspiration! And, good luck with this, and future efforts!

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Laura Hayes
27 months ago

Well done Lewis, have a truly wonderful prom with all your friends :-)xx

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Anne Oberin
27 months ago

Saw you on Facebook Lewis. Happy birthday and loads of luck with the fund raising. Donation made from this Aussie!

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Doreen Brown
27 months ago

You are an amazing young man happy birthday and I hope you continue to have the very best of health and happiness for the future

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Ann Wilkinson
27 months ago

Sending you my very best wishes in reaching your target , and a healty future xxx

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