What Tenderheart is doing in 2020

Due to Covid19 Tenderheart has sadly had to suspend our Holidays at Crowhurst Park this year, but our work supporting hospitals with recreational equipment continues. I got in touch with Amazon UK and managed to secure a generous donation. Amazon has agreed to support our work and donated recreational toys for 3 hospitals. Tenderheart have supported the following Hospitals:
  • Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey
  • Conquest Hospital Battle, Sussex
  • University Hospital, Queens Medical Centre – Nottingham

 Royal Marsden, we are sending a range of Recreational Toys and Craft Sets such as lego, Duplo, Craft sets, Art Drawing Sets and digital writing pads and books

 Conquest Hospital – Baby Activity play mats, Rattles, Toy Cars, and other recreational equipment

University Hospital, Queens Medical Centre – They needed some DAB Radios for teenagers to use, the radios can charge mobile phones, alarms that can be useful to set for when the patient needs medication, along with the ability to listen to a range of digital radio stations.

 We are also at the time of writing this is awaiting information from East Surrey Hospital Play therapist on what they need and will be getting some goods sent over by the end of April.

 Many thanks to Amazon for supporting Tenderheart, they have generously helped us by providing all the recreational items for 3 hospitals along with delivering the goods. All the volunteers at Tenderheart would like to say thank you to Amazon for this wonderful donation it will aid the play therapists and provide sick children with some equipment that will support them during their stay in hospital.

 Due to Covid19 many organisation and businesses around the world have had to adapt and make changes to how they operate, many charity fundraising events have had to be cancelled (quite rightly) to stop the spread of this awful virus.

 We receive no government funding and our fundraising program engages many people in lots of different ways, from Marathons, other fundraising events at Glastonbury and much more. Tenderheart has had to stop sick children and their families enjoy a holiday at Crowhurst Park and these holidays are priceless, impactful, meaningful experiences that influence child and their families for years. 

We still need your support as we continue to support recreational equipment for hospitals and once the government says it is safe to do so our holidays will resume.

All the staff at Tenderheart would like to thank all the Nurses, Doctors, Play Therapists and Clerical Staff who work tirelessly year after year supporting sick children and their families. These are the people in society who are the real heroes. 

 Tenderheart is run by a small team of volunteers and we all play a part in the running of the charity. 

Thank you to everyone involved.

 Samuel Wilkins   Vice-Chair

Our Supporters In 2019

Glastonbury Festival £1400
Bruce Harris our trustee works at the Glastonbury Festival every year and we are very grateful to him for nominating Tenderheart to be one of the charities to benefit from this fantastic event.

Netherfield Post Office £53.30
We are very grateful to Jeanette and her staff at the Post Office & Cafe for collecting coins for the charity.

Wendy Mansfield (Garden) £520.00
Wendy Mansfield had another very successful year; selling her plants and opening her ‘Prize Winning Garden’ We are incredibly grateful to her and know that she puts a great deal of hard work into raising this money, she also gives the same amount to the local Hospice.

Saxonwood Care Home £189.00
Thank you to Robert Searcy who takes a regular Sunday Service at the Saxonwood Car Home in Battle and gives the collection money from the residents to Tenderheart.

Thank you to everyone who supports the charity with regular donations and Payroll Giving, your donations are a wonderful boost.

Thank You

We received £280.00 from the residents of Saxonwood Residential Home in Battle which, they collected from their regular Sunday Services. Thank you for your continued support.

Once again we were very grateful to Wendy Mansfield who sold her quality plants from her award winning garden; Karabu in Battle, which raised £350.00  for Tenderheart.

We would like to say THANK YOU to all our regular supporters for their kind donations.

What we did in 2018

We provided many families with a well deserved break at the beautiful Crowhurst Holiday Park, which for many families was their first holiday in years, due to their hospital stays and treatments.

We provided play equipment for a Hospital ‘Children’s Ward’ which was in great need of Toys and games to keep the children happy.

We also provided play and craft equipment for children with Dystonia who were attending a special day in London.  Because the children were occupied with crafts and play, their parents were able to listen to professional speakers about the condition and it also gave them an opportunity to speak to other parents in a similar situation.

The Lodge is booked again for 2019 and we hope the families will enjoy a very special time together.

Liam’s Amazing Achievement

Liam White has completed 7 Marathon in 12 months and has raised over £20,0000 for Tenderheart. Liam’s Support will enable Tenderheart to send more sick children and their family to the 5 star resort Crowhurst Park for a well deserved break in-between hospital treatment.  Enriching the lives of sick children and their families with ‘Hope, Strength & Happiness’. The funds raised will also help to provide selected hospitals with much needed recreational equipment for Children and Young Adults.
A fantastic Achievement, to be able to complete all the marathons in various countries within 12 months and a big thank you for supporting Tenderheart.

Gardner’s Plant Sale

Liam White’s 7 Marathons In 12 Months

Having found a sport that I am good at I decided to set myself a challenge to run 7 Marathons in 12 months to help families who are experiencing heartbreaking times.  I am raising £10,000 to support the work of Tenderheart. I have so far run Amsterdam, Barcelona, Vienna, London and Milton Keynes and will hopefully complete Copenhagen and Berlin in the next 4 months.

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BBC Sussex and Surrey Community Heroes Award

Ann Dedman CEO of Tenderheart Charity was nominated a local hero for her fundraising and dedication to supporting her daughter’s charity ‘Tenderheart’, she was short listed in the fundraising category of BBC Sussex and Surrey Community Heroes awards and triumphed.

Ann Said “I was really pleased to receive the award but this award is for my daughter Colleen who founded the charity, but sadly died from a cancer.  “It was her idea and aspirations that led to the charity being a success.  She was always thinking of others and wanted to set up a holiday home for other children who were going through what she was.”

“Colleen would hold fundraising events for the charity at home and in local community and church halls.  We were able to buy a holiday home at Crowhurst Park.

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Ann Dedman, CEO of Tenderheart Charity (centre)

The setting there has all the aspects of her dream, such as indoor swimming facilities, horses in fields, ducks on a pond, playgrounds and tennis courts, facilities for all the family to enjoy a special time together.

“The Tenderheart Team are all volunteers and work in their spare time to support the work Colleen setup, we rely on people’s goodwill and support”

“It is lovely to know that you can make a difference. I am hoping the award will raise the profile of the Tenderheart Charity.”

Mark Fosters 10K Run

Mark Fosters ran the Rainford 10K for Tenderheart,  Many Thanks for you support.

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