The story so far

Even though the new unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital has now opened, the fund-raising goes on. Here are just some of the amazing things that have happened.


Uncle Richard’s birthday

Laurie’s Uncle Richard had a significant birthday in November, and at his request many of his friends and colleagues have made generous donations to Laurie’s fund.

George’s Tough Mudder

tough mudder 2George Wood-Cole (on the left in the photo), a school friend of Laurie’s, took part in a Tough Mudder challenge in May.  George is a keen sportsman, and plays for his local cricket and football teams in Herefordshire.  He was in training for the Tough Mudder for several months; and although struggling with knee trouble at the time, he completed the challenge in three hours, raising far more money than he’d expected – over £700.


Great Uncle Mervyn’s birthday

In May Laurie’s great uncle, Mervyn Lesser, celebrated his 90th birthday, and many of his guests generously marked the occasion with donations to Laurie’s fund.

Jeanne and Rachel’s wedding

On Easter Sunday 2015 Laurie’s cousin Rachel Engel married Jeanne Dippenaar in London; and they very kindly asked their guests to make donations to Laurie’s fund.

Open weekend at Fair Oak cider mill

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn autumn 2015 we held an open weekend in our restored cider mill, worked by a horse for the second time in a hundred years.  Pye the stallion did most of the hard work, helped by his owners Wendy and John Lloyd, and Vika.  500 litres of Fair Oak cider were made, and £200 was taken in donations.


Vika’s Ride


In 2013 Laurie’s sister Vika successfully completed her epic birthday ride across Wales “from the Bay to Hay”, raising £25,000 for the fund. The story is here…

Rachel’s Triathlon

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She did it!  In June 2013, Laurie’s cousin Rachel took part in the Henley Triathlon, her first ever: a 400 metre swim, 25 km bike ride, and 5 km run.  Her time was 2 hours 5 minutes – faster than she ever imagined.  She raised more than £7000 (with match-funding from her company, Macquarie Group).
  • Vika’s uncle, Tony Engel, asked for donations to the Fund on his 70th birthday and raised £1500.
  • Our friend Steve Barnett asked for donations to the Fund on his 60th birthday.
  • Golf writer Patricia Davies made it her charity for her year as Ladies’ Captain of Whittington Heath Golf Club, raising £6,800.
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  • Jane Keating asked for donations in memory of her husband, the brilliant sports writer Frank Keating, who died in January 2013.
  • Matthew’s aunt and uncle, Ruth and Mervyn Lesser, asked for donations instead of gifts to celebrate their Diamond Wedding.