The Henry Allen Trust
“A trust has been set up in memory of Henry Allen to bring ‘happiness’.
Mission – Henry’s family bringing happiness to your familyThe Charity has been set up in memory of Henry Allen to bring ‘happiness’ to children and families battling childhood cancer”.
The Bletchley superhero captured the hearts of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas with his brave battle against High Risk Neuroblastoma, Sadly, Henry gained his angel wings on the 20th October 2013.
The Henry Allen Trust has been set up by Dawn and Mark, Henry’s parents, to ‘create smiles and memories’ for local children aged 0-18 and their families. We will create awareness of childhood cancers and assist families upon diagnosis.
As a trust, Team Henry will fundraise for treats and wishes to provide special memories for families dealing with childhood cancers. It will work alongside hospitals to improve care programmes and assist in producing leaflets and books to help families during their oncology journey.
The new trust welcomes our amazing patrons, Karl Robinson MK Dons Manager, actress, model and presenter, Ann Marie Davies and our teenage patron, Bailey McConnell. Thank you for your support, we are honoured.
Dawn said: “Henry was always smiling and it only seems right that his legacy brings happiness to other children with cancer.
Henry wanted us to help other children.”
Mark added: “We want to capture that community spirit again. In the words of Henry, ‘Let’s do this!'”
If you would like to find out more or enquire about how to get involved and support, please contact Dawn at
Hope, dream, believe xxx
Registered Charity Number: 1156701
“I am Katie, mummy to my beautiful daughter Emily. Emily is an angel in the sky and she is my inspiration to raise money for the nurses that helped us so much”.
Some of the people we have helped make memories…
1) Our first objective was to raise £5,000 & become a registered charity.
June 2013 it was completed & we became a UK registered charity.
By becoming a registered charity we will be able to help out families and nurses across the UK who care for children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses.
To begin with our support will be for the nurses within Milton Keynes however over time we hope to spread this out across the UK.
2) To raise awareness of Trisomy 18 also known as Edwards Syndrome, the UK’s second most common syndrome.
3) To provide neonatal boxes to local neonatal units, which include items for both mum and premature or underweight babies. These boxes are called “Emily’s gift”
Your support will help us achieve our objectives & help to keep Emily’s Star shining brightly for years to come.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support
Registered Charity Number 1152520 EMILY’S STAR
Knitting for charity
*** HELP NEEDED ***
“After a successful meeting at the L&D hospital this morning, Emily’s Star will be providing the unit with a developmental box which will include things like our Mini Boo’s.”
Muslin Squares, a small teddy or book & a knitted blanket….
We need your help….
Can you help us by knitting a 15 inch square blanket?
We will be providing a trial of 20 boxes to the unit & if successful a regular 20 boxes will be provided every month.
The NICU at Luton is a level 3 unit so these boxes have been designed with the input of their amazing team.
Harry’s Rainbow is committed to supporting bereaved children and their families.
“Your child dying is the worst thing that can happen to any family. Harry was a special, bright, clever and loving son. He never leaves my thoughts for a second and that’s why starting Harry’s Rainbow to help others gives me a way to honour his memory”.
After such a tragic loss, Harry’s parents went on to create something AMAZING!
* Monthly Rainbow Group *
Provides an opportunity to spend time with other bereaved children, to know they are not the only ones can make them feel less lonely and isolated. Introducing activities that can help build self-esteem and confidence.
* Rainbow Home *
“We purchased an 8 berth caravan on the Flagship holiday park in Camber Sands, Rye, Sussex”
* Trips and activities *
We take the children and families on trips up to 3 times per year.
How to get involved
“We have a fantastic team of volunteers that undertake an array of tasks which helps Harrys Rainbow to fulfil our aims and objectives. There are a number of way in which you can become involved from as simple as making a donation, right through to becoming more involved by joining our events team”.
Mad About Harry
GoFundMe page @
Harry Banks is 6 years old and goes to Eversholt Lower School. In September 2014, he was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma. Harry has already had many weeks of chemotherapy. However, there have been unexpected setbacks which has meant Harry will now need many more weeks of chemotherapy than initially planned before his main treatment can continue. This will eventually involve an operation, in order to remove the primary tumour, followed by further high dose chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy. Even after this, and possibly even before this treatment completes, it may be necessary for Harry to have further medical care overseas (in the USA or Europe), where more specific medical trials are available, and will be of benefit to Harry.
We are therefore asking that donations be made directly to Harry’s family, who can use these funds in the event that further treatment is required overseas. Should this money not be required for Harry’s treatment or associated costs, all proceeds will be donated to a charity of Harry’s choice, most likely to be the NCCA UK (Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance) and to the hospitals that treated Harry (Milton Keynes Hospital, John Radcliffe and the Royal Marsden) to help other families affected by childhood neuroblastoma.
Every day, throughout this gruelling treatment, Harry has continued to have a smile and be his happy, playful, fun loving self. His story has touched the hearts of everyone in our community. We feel passionate about helping to raise the funds that could make a real difference to Harry’s future.
Thank you & Good Luck
Introducing MK Storehouse
“We will be providing donated clothing for children of school age upwards and for adults free of charge to families and individuals who are in need and have been referred to us. We aim to show that we care and we want to provide support to those in need in order to alleviate poverty in Milton Keynes“.
See the Facebook page for more information.
The Kaylah Simms Foundation’ ~ Supporting Asthma Awareness
As an Asthma sufferer who received a very late diagnosis (18 years old) I admire how Emma is developing this charity and raising awareness in memory of her daughter.
Company Overview: As a charity we aim to sell merchandise eg. key-rings, trolley coins, pens, badges etc to raise awareness of asthma as I believe there is not enough awareness on the dangers of asthma and in time supply nebulisers to families who have trouble getting them of the NHS!
We are currently in the process of raising funds to claim our registered charity number and also so we can start buying our items for our charity to spread awareness.
Anyone wishing to do fundraising events for us:
We would be very grateful!
“Hello, My Name is Emma. After the sudden death of my only child, my precious 9 year old daughter Kaylah Jasmine Simms, I wanted to set up a charity as a legacy to her.
My daughter was born on Tuesday 21st of October 2003 and passed away suddenly due to a severe sudden asthma attack in my arms on Sunday 11th November 2012. Only 3 weeks after her 9th Birthday…
As a charity we aim to sell merchandise eg. key-rings, trolley coins, pens, badges etc to raise awareness of asthma as I believe there is not enough awareness on the dangers of asthma!
This will be funded by charity events.
In time we also aim to supply families with nebulisers who have trouble getting them of the NHS.
The current statistics in the UK is that 3 people die a day from asthma. And someone is admitted into hospital every 7 minutes due to asthma.“
Please help us spread awareness!
If you can help Emma in any way at all Please get in touch with the foundation.
Good Luck Emma
Supershoes was set up on the 1st October 2013 by husband and wife team Ken & Sarah. They were inspired by an incredibly brave four year old Neuroblastoma warrior called Henry Allen. They wanted to find a way to reach Henry and thousands of children like him who bravely fight for their lives.
We wanted to give a gift that would remind a child of who they are despite their illness, tough treatments and challenges. A gift that would raise a smile, creating a precious moment for a family during the most challenging times. A gift also that would help raise awareness and inspire people to do more, especially for children whose families only hope, is to raise funds to take their child abroad for life saving treatment. So we created Supershoes.”
Supershoes are personalised canvas shoes, created by a professional artist, illustrating things which have a special significance to each child.
Henry Allen was the first recipient of Supershoes on the 15th October 2013, painted by our highly talented Super-Artist Rebecca West-Beale. Henry heartbreakingly gained his angel wings on the 20th October 2013. Henry, his mummy and daddy and their campaign team continue to be an inspiration to us as they create The Henry Allen Trust- Henry’s Happiness .
On the 11th March 2014, with the support of our incredible team of Super-Artists and the kindness and generosity of many individuals, charities and local businesses, the fiftieth pair of Supershoes was delivered!
Sarah White Co-Founder
Sarah is mum to two daughters and runs Supershoes full-time from home. From the day-to-day logistics of the operation to the longer term strategy of how to achieve the organisations mission.
Supershoes is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I meet the most incredible children and their families. Once just ordinary families who through no fault of their own have had their entire world turned upside down with the devastating news that their child is seriously ill. These families have had to show so much strength and bravery. They are all heroes, every one of them.?
Ken White Co- Founder
Ken is managing director of a large and successful landscape construction company. In his spare time he works on developing Supershoes into a sustainable organisation. He is currently working on our application to become a registered charity.
I have been so moved by the kindness and generosity of people who have supported and continue to support our mission and the amazing children and families we help. From our talented super Artists to other charities, businesses and people, we simply would not have done this without them.
Can you help?
Feed Syria Milton Keynes
We have collected…
113 boxes of formula
Jar/Pouch/Tinned baby food
“A massive heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who donated.”
Feed Syria is a nationwide campaign our objective is to provide aid and support for the people of Syria. 100% donation based. Help us help them!
“Our only objective here in mk is to collect much needed baby food/milk aid which I then ship to our warehouse in Luton where it’s packed into family boxes and distributed out into Syria. We enter Syria via turkey. And we do not promote ourselves as an NGO allowing us to reach mothers that’s other charities just can’t.”
Contact: Farah Mustafa-Rafiq
Milton Keynes Food Bank
About – The Food Bank’s aim is that no child or adult goes to bed hungry in Milton Keynes!
Working through a network of referral agencies such as Citizens Advice Bureau, Social Services and family centres, as well as doctor’s surgeries and schools, we cover the days and sometimes weeks until clients are back on their feet or other social care infrastructures have come into play.
How Does The Food Bank Work?
Referral Agencies identify families and individuals who need our support and issue a voucher entitling them to a food parcel. Food parcels can be picked up from one of our six
serving sessions located around the city. Clients can receive a food parcel 5 times in a rolling 12 month period although we are flexible in some cases when clients need further help. We offer a warm welcome, sign-posting, as well as tea, biscuits and a listening ear.
Run By The Community, For The Community
The Food Bank relies entirely on donations of food and money from local schools, churches, businesses, organisations and individuals and every single item or penny given makes a difference. Businesses, Churches and Community Groups can all get involved helping The Food Bank in a variety of ways, click on the above to find out more. Our warehouse and serving centres are manned by volunteers from the local area. The Food Bank also has opportunities for school groups, those with disabilities and young offenders to develop skills and benefit from volunteer sessions at our warehouse. Click here to learn more about our Community Room.
Food Bank History
The Food Bank was established in Milton Keynes in June 2004 inspired by an initiative started by the Trussell Trust in Salisbury, which has been operating a similar scheme since 2000.
Mark Sherratt, the senior pastor of Milton Keynes Christian Centre was inspired to address the issues highlighted by the Indices of Deprivation for Milton Keynes. Talking to professional bodies locally, it became apparent that an agency for the distribution of food was urgently required. mkcc_Panorama Low ResMK Foodbank project was launched in June 2004 by Milton Keynes Christian Centre through their sister charity Into The Community.
The commitment of volunteers from Milton Keynes Christian Centre enabled the MK Foodbank project to grow and it quickly became a recognised and valued service within the local community. In April 2008 we were delighted to be awarded a Development Grant from the Milton Keynes Community Foundation which enabled us to recruit a full-time Project Manager. Sue Wall joined the team in July 2008 and along with a dedicated team of volunteers, continued to develop and expand the service.
In 2012 the Trustees were privileged to welcome John Marshall as Project Manager, responsible for the day-to-day operations including Serving Centres and the Mobile Food Bank, as well as coordinating the referral agencies and volunteers. Rebecca Savage has also joined the team as Business Development Manager, raising the profile of our work, fundraising and developing our Community Room programme. Daniel Sharp, our Administrator, runs the office systems and databases and Fred Adams works as part-time driver/warehouse operative.
‘’The Food bank is a Godsend. Without it I would go hungry’’
HULA Animal Rescue
HULA Animal Rescue, helping animals and their owners since 1972.
HULA aims to relieve suffering and distress, by providing refuge and care to unwanted domestic animals and birds until suitable permanent adoptions can be found.
We provide help and advice to pet and animal owners or their families, who are unable to cope due to a change in their circumstances for example the absence of a family member, disablement or poverty
Description: Home for Unwanted and Lost Animals
has saved over 31,000 animals since it was founded
receives no Government funding and is an independent charity
HULA Animal Rescue is located approximately two miles from junction 13 of the M1 motorway, and approximately 6 miles to the south of Milton Keynes.
We are open to visitors every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1pm and 3pm, and on some Public Holidays but please phone to check our opening times on Public Holidays.
Please come and visit – donation admission charges are as follows:-
Special appeal – Our Charity shop based in Woburn Sands is a vital source of income to HULA and we are seeking additional volunteers.
Retail experience is welcomed but not necessary. More important is enthusiasm to help raise much needed funds and the ability to ensure our customers enjoy their visit to the HULA shop.
If you are interested but have further questions, please email your details and contact number to Joy Nicholson at email@example.com
If you’re ready to volunteer then please complete the application form which may be found on our Volunteering page.
Milton Keynes Alzheimer’s Society
is celebrating the launch of its first Singing for the Brain programme for people with dementia which promotes communication through singing.
The programme is specifically developed by Alzheimer’s Society for people with dementia. Specially trained facilitators lead the sessions which deliver a varied programme of gentle rhythmic movement, percussion and a wide selection of well-known songs, helping those with dementia with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation.
Linda Barnes, Alzheimer’s Society operations manager for Milton Keynes said: “Singing is not only an enjoyable activity, it can also provide a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and supportive group.”
“Hidden in the fun are activities which build on the well-known preserved memory for song and music in the brain. Even when many memories are hard to retrieve, music is especially easy to recall.’
Nancy Duncan, who attends the group and has dementia, said: “Singing for the Brain makes me smile and gives me a warm glow, it’s a reason to get up in the morning.”
“I meet all my friends from Alzheimer’s Society there and they’re like my family – we’re all in the same boat and look out for each other, it’s great.”
Nancy is one of 2,192 people in Milton Keynes living with dementia.
This Singing for the Brain group is the first of its kind to be established in the city and has a growing number of enthusiastic members. It is one of a number of different groups available to support those living with dementia and their carers in the local area. The group is hosted by Age UK Milton Keynes in their Peartree Bridge office.
The leaders of the group Sue Binnie, Ruth Martin and Pete Simpson, all have personal experience of family members living with dementia and so helping other affected families is very close to their hearts. However, Ruth wasn’t aware of the Singing for the Brain groups until Alzheimer’s Society became the corporate charitable partner of her former employer, Home Retail Group.
Ruth said: “When we voted as colleagues to support Alzheimer’s Society as our charity partner I was delighted as I knew the work they were doing was providing help for those living with dementia.
“I started to learn more about Singing for the Brain, and wanted to help bring such a vital programme to the people of Milton Keynes. We’re delighted that the group is gaining momentum and how great a response it has had.”
Although Home Retail Group are not funding this group, the money raised by Argos and Homebase will fund other Singing for the Brain groups, Dementia Cafes and Dementia Support Services around the UK and Ireland.
The Milton Keynes Singing for the Brain group meets fortnightly on Monday mornings from 10.30-12.30pm at Peartree Centre, 1 Chadds Lane, Milton Keynes, MK6 3EB. For more information contact the Alzheimer’s Society local office in Milton Keynes on 01908 232612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About – Mia’s Wood is a charitable organisation dedicated to honouring the memory of Mia through environmental education and the creation of woodland spaces.
It matters not whether the saplings grow for 6 months or 600 years, that they grow is all that is asked. For in their lifetime they will breathe countless volumes of oxygen back into the planet. – Mia lived just 13 months but the impact she is having is immense and with every tree planted in her name she breaths more life back into us, back into the planet.
Each tree planted is another mind or heart educated, another future guardian of the planet nurtured, through their direct action, to care!!
Company Overview – In memory of Mia Elcock, Mia’s Wood has been set up to create and maintain natural woodland space(s) that are places of beauty, inspiration and enjoyment for the benefit of the public.
Mia’s Wood aims to provide education, recreation and conservation activities for the local Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire communities.
We want to pass on Mia’s love of nature to local families, children and young people, and especially bereaved families. The activities extend from planting trees, shrubs and plants; to the maintenance of the Mia’s Wood area ; to creating art and events to captivate the imagination in the wonder of nature.
Mia’s Wood aims to educate young people to appreciate nature and respect the environment through their actions to create woodland spaces, no matter how small, within their local community.
In turn, the copses, woods and woodlands will give back, through their creation of oxygen, a benefit to all human beings, creatures and the entire Eco-system.
Description – Through the charity, we’ll provide a framework and guidance for parents, teachers, youth workers, carers individuals and alike to seek out spaces and abandoned land within your local community; to gain the correct and rightful permissions of the land owners to plant with young, hand germinated saplings and to nurture and care for the space so they grow into strong and self sustainable woodlands.
Lesson plans and resources aligning and fulfilling the National curriculum requirements will allow teachers to incorporate the outside into their classroom and run a project with their pupils. The intention is to make it easy for teachers and educators to fulfil their pupils educational needs through an exciting and responsible project.
The website will give guidance about creating a ‘Mia Wood’ in your own area, as well as a map showing the location of each wood, and an ‘Oxygen-ometer’ tracking how much oxygen each woodland is contributing to the atmosphere, plus the grand total so for!
Into the future events and animations will be programmed to take place at Mia’s woods around the world (her family extends to France and Australia) these will as always have a youth environmental education focus.
General Information – Mia Alexandra McIntosh Elcock was an inspiration to all. Her character and loving spirit shone through, touching all her met her. She was noisy, sweet and funny. Her love of nature was one of her defining features, and the rustic colours of autumn leaves echo her beautiful red curls, so it is fitting that Mia’s parents and their families have chosen to make this the focus of their living memorial to her.
Mia was torn prematurely from her loving parents, family and friends at the tender age of 13 months by an unprecedented heart failure. The aching void her passing has left is beyond what words can convey. Through the midst of the mourning, grieving and searching for some sense, the idea slowly grew to uphold her memory and spread goodness in here name through her clear fascination of the natural world and leaves …
Mia’s Wood, a charitable Trust is in its foundation stages and we need your help to grow and nurture it, so it in turn can nurture the young, so they can plant their future world with the trees they’ll need to sustain their lives and the lives of their children to come.
Good Luck – Another example of a family in the “midst of the mourning, grieving and searching for some sense, grow an idea slowly to uphold her memory and spread goodness”
Leo’s Appeal – named after our mascot Leo the Lion – is raising funds to enhance the children’s wards at Milton Keynes Hospital. We want to ensure that every child admitted receives the best care possible, and so we’re encouraging the Milton Keynes community to help us go above and beyond for local children and their families.
Every year the hospital sees around 36,000 children aged 0 to 16 years from Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. Being admitted to a hospital is especially frightening for children and young people and we want to make sure their time with us is as comfortable as possible.
Through Leo’s Appeal, we want to make our wards even more child and family-friendly – making the best use of the areas we have by creating more attractive or bigger spaces; banishing plain walls and putting up murals and pictures to cheer patients and their families.
We would love every child admitted to have toys to play with and every parent to have a reclining chair next to their child’s bed so they don’t have to leave their side if they don’t want to. We would also love those children who have complex needs to use toys that can stimulate them – and teenagers to have dedicated areas, too. Specifically, with your help and support the appeal will help us:
•Redevelop areas which are tired and dull such as our isolation suites for very sick children or turning treatment spaces into fun, sensory areas
•Support our play programme, to ensure every child in our care has access to a Play Specialist as well as play equipment and toys for children of all ages and abilities
•Because parents matter too, enhance facilities for mums, dads and carers.
But this all costs money, and in these austere times we have found ourselves in the difficult position of having to prioritise expenditure. That’s where fundraising comes in, as it enables us to fund those items that go above and beyond our statutory budgets; adding to and not replacing resources provided by the NHS.
Our goal is to raise £200,000 and we will succeed with generous support – whether giving financially, volunteering time or donating gifts in kind – from every member of our community. There are many different ways you can join Team Leo and we can offer support and advice where possible to meet your needs and aims. So please support Leo’s Appeal and help us go above and beyond for children, young people and their families in Milton Keynes.