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Finnbar’s Force needs your votes

The family and friends of a little Hethersett boy who died last year from a brain tumour are urging everyone to support the charity set up in his memory by voting for it to receive up to £25,000.

 

People have until November 21 to vote in the 2017 Aviva Community Fund project which sees grants given out to good causes supported by public votes.

 

Finnbar’s Force has already made it through to the voting stage and now needs supporters to vote for the charity and put it through to the final judging round.

 

The charity was set up in memory of five-year-old Finnbar Cork (pictured) who died in August last year.

 

On the charity’s Facebook page the organisers urge: “We need you to vote for us (you get 10 votes, so please vote 10 times!). Not only that, but we need you to spread the word for us and about us to EVERYONE you can through Facebook, word of mouth and every other way that you can think of! So please, share, share, share!”

 

If successful, the charity would put the money towards one of its aims, developing an advocacy service for families affected by a brain tumour diagnosis, providing guidance and specialist knowledge to help them understand their options, seek second opinions and ensure communication between all services is as clear as possible.

 

To vote for Finnbar’s Force visit: https://www.aviva.co.uk/good-thinking/community-fund/

 

Fantastic response to Finnbar’s Force fun day in Eaton

A family fun day in Eaton, to remember a much-loved little boy on his birthday, has raised more than £10,000 for a charity set up in his name.

Cash from the Adventure Day at Eaton Vale Activity Centre will help fight childhood brain tumours.

The hugely-successful event on September 10, which attracted up to 4,000 people, including TV presenter Jake Humphrey, was organised by Tristan Cork on what would have been the seventh birthday of his son, Finnbar.

He died in August last year after battling a brain tumour and his parents set up the charity Finnbar’s Force to help local families affected by a similar diagnosis, fund research, and develop improved services locally.

Fun-day visitors were able to take part in activities including abseiling, canoeing, high ropes, archery, and even axe throwing. Bouncy castles, low ropes, gokarts, soft play and grass sledging were enjoyed by smaller children.

There were also stalls, and ring displays ranging from marching bands to martial arts and touch-rugby demonstrations.

All three emergencies services displayed vehicles and there was even a “driving school” where children as young as 10 could try driving a full-size car.

Tristan said the day, which made £10,200, had been very worthwhile. He added: “We worked incredibly hard to put on something really special to remember Finnbar on his birthday. He would have been in his element and I hope he would be proud of what we’ve achieved.

“We are delighted by the number of people that turned out to support our charity and we’d like to thank every one of our volunteers, along with the Eaton Vale staff, performers and all the people and businesses that donated items”.

Tristan also hoped that the event would increase awareness. He said “Brian tumours are the most deadly of all childhood cancers and probably also the most debilitating. If we can draw people’s attention to the symptoms by telling Finnbar’s story through events like this, it could help to bring an earlier diagnosis and a better chance of survival to another child”.

Finnbar’s Force supporters are excited to have been chosen as this year’s charity by organisers of a major Norfolk convention which attracts celebrity guests.

Nor-Con, the Norfolk TV, Film and Comic Convention will be held at the Norfolk showground arena on October 7 and 8.

Guests will include Chris Barrie (Rimmer from Red Dwarf), Paul Kaye (Thoros of Myr from Game of Thrones) and Toyah Willcox (punk rock singer, and actress).