We have been inspired to offer our support to this amazingcharity that has touched our hearts. We're donating part of the profit of each paddle board sold. As our business grows so will our donations, giving us the opportunity to help more people.
The Isabel Baker Foundation was set up in memory of Isabel Baker who passed away from Infantile Acute Lymphoblastic Leukeamia eight days after her first birthday in 2015, after being diagnosed at 3 weeks old.
Having spent a lot of her life in hospital, Isabel fought long and hard, for over a year before peacefully passing away at Gullys Place, Poole Hospital.
After Isabel passed away, we quickly realised how little financial support there was for bereaved parents and so we launched The Isabel Baker Foundation to provide grants for funeral and headstone costs, as well as bills to allow parents more time off work to grieve (parents were expected to return to work up to 8 weeks after their child has passed away at the time of Isabels death)
In 2016, we donated £886.00 to Bloodwise to complete their reseach project 'Understanding the foetal origins of infant and childhood leukaemia' by Dr Andi Roy
A lot has changed since then. In 2018 we went to parliament to support Carolyn Harris MPs Children's Funeral Fund Campaign! This was a success and implemented in 2019, meaning that all funerals are now free for children. We will of course still help with any extra costs that a family cannot afford.
When a child dies, a funeral is the last thing their parent can ever do for them. They will never go to prom, get married or have children. We are passionate about making sure families are able to have the day that they want.
Later in 2018, we also went on to win Arthur J Gallaghers first ever 'Making A Difference' Award, along with a £25,000 cheque.
Fast forward to 2020 and the charity has gone from strength to strength, we have raised over £200,000 and helped over 500 families. Whats more we have launched our new funds
Isabels Wishes - Providing wishes for children with life limiting or terminal illnesses
Crisis Fund - Providing food vouchers, essential household items or extra funeral costs to families of children with cancer struggling financially.
Dry Suits - Providing dry suits to children fitted with a central venous line to enable them to enjoy water.
We are dedicated to our cause, but we need your help!
Our next venture is to purchase 'Isabels Retreat'. A holiday home, to be used by families of sick and / or terminally ill children, for free. It will be accessible all year round enabling us to offer as many families as possible the oppourtuinity to enjoy it.
Our team relies exclusively on volunteer help. Remember, a little often goes a long way.
We are always happy to welcome new volunteers who would like to dedicate some of their time to charity. If you would like to lend a hand, please don't hesitate to contact us, new members are always welcome.
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