Current Fund Total - £49,724.29
“Our son, Sacha, died suddenly and unexpectedly in December 2012 from an extremely rare and aggressive, undiagnosed brain tumour (later identified as an AT/RT tumour that has an almost universally bleak prognosis). He was two and a half years old.
We wanted some good to come from Sacha’s death but unfortunately he was unable to donate organs to other children. We still wanted to help other children in Sacha’s name and then we learned of the excellent work of World Child Cancer, in particular the work they support in Sub-Saharan Africa.
We asked friends and family who attended Sacha’s funeral to support a specific part of the partnership they fund in Malawi which helps over 200 children with cancer each year. Part of the project seeks to provide curative treatment for children and also to provide effective pain relief for those who would normally suffer in the later stages of disease with little more than paracetamol. Through Sacha’s death and the incredibly kind donations of our friends and family, we exceeded the annual target for these treatment costs.
Sacha had superb care at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and we resolved to establish this Remembrance Fund in his name so as to continue to support the important work of this charity so that others in Africa may receive a standard of care approaching that which Sacha received.
Through this fund we hope that Sacha’s legacy can continue to help other children in Africa and that they may continue to benefit from the twinning arrangements established between leading international experts in child cancer care and local hospitals and health professionals in the region. We’d like to thank all those who make a donation in Sacha’s memory to World Child Cancer. No child should suffer.”
Vincent, Hannah and Oliver Gauci
Sacha was a beautiful, lovely, cuddly, fun, happy little boy who loved nothing more than a wrestle with his big brother. He loved going to the play park, tree climbing and playing hide and seek. He was so good at hiding that once he was ‘lost’ for ages. We found him hiding silently in the dark in the under stairs cupboard! He had a particular fondness for T.V. and his favourite programmes were Mr Maker, Art Attack and Mr Tumble. When he was tired Sacha would tell us that he wanted T.V., milk and Doggie. He went everywhere with his little blue dog, we bought a second Doggie just in case Doggie number 1 went missing but ‘Doggie’s brother’ just wouldn’t do! Sacha enjoyed listening to stories and would often ‘read’ books to himself. He was particularly good at jigsaw puzzles and was so proud of himself when he was able to complete them by himself. Sacha loved food and helping in the kitchen. He had sophisticated tastes and loved marmite and curry. Here he is camping in France and enjoying a picnic with his big brother Oliver.
On the 13th April Vince took part and completed the Virgin London Marathon along with his friend Yvonne, who was also running in support of Sacha. Yvonne has raised a fantastic £410 for the fund - thank you so much! In addition to running 26.2 miles in 17 degrees, Vincent also ran the marathon with half a beard! Vincent, 3 weeks prior to the marathon had promised his supporters that if he raised £6400 he would run the half marathon with half a beard, 2 weeks later he had smashed his target. Here is a picture of Vince at the 23 miles marker....still smiling!
On the 6th April, Fiona O'hara, Nick Day and John Carter all took part in the Brighton Marathon! Vince and Lorna went down to watch and cheer on the three wonderful runners as they ran 26.2 miles! Together they have managed to raise an incredible £2080 for the Sacha Gauci Remembrance Fund! Here is picture of Fiona, Vince and Lorna after Fiona finished! Great medal Fiona and huge congratulations!
March 2014 ,
Vincent, Rich, Fiona, Alan, Clare all completed the Milton Keynes Half Marathon. Vince said that is was a ' beautiful day, a challenging course , yet still managed to smash 12 minutes of my personal best!' Great running buddies and fantastic support from all those who turned up to cheer us on! Thank you.'
On the 14th of February, Fiona O’Hara organised an extremely successful Valentine’s Day coffee and cake morning in support of us! Hosting the event at her house, Fiona had over 70 attendees, including supporters Vincent and Hannah Gauci. Fiona was raising sponsorship money as she is taking part in the Brighton Marathon for us on the 6th April.
Fiona’s coffee morning made an incredible £350, which we were able to then match fund as a result of the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal. This means £700 will go towards treating children with cancer in Malawi.
In the past, Fiona has also run the Royal Parks Half marathon for us. We are so grateful to have her support.
On the 13th February, Class 1B of North Ealing Primary School organised a cake sale and raised a fantastic £158.26. A huge thank you goes to Yvonne Linney and Jennifer Evans, who between them baked enough delicious cakes to feed an army of very hungry children!
This December has seen the Sacha Gauci Remembrance Fund meet an amazing new benchmark of £21,620.35. This brilliant total is down to the hard work and energy of the Gauci’s family and friends partaking in a varied number of fundraising activities and challenge events, including; various cycles and runs, Christmas Stalls and collections, as well as attending our Christmas Carol Service.
World Child Cancer’s very first Christmas Carol Service took place on the 5th December. We were honoured to have Vincent reading the poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ to a full congregation, including many of his friends and family, who also attended. After the service guests enjoyed mince pies, wine and beautifully iced biscuits made by family friend Lou, who also, in addition, kindly held a Christmas stall the week before, with profits from both going to Sacha’s remembrance fund.
At the end of November Katie Lyall, a former World Child Cancer employee took on the £7 for 7 days challenge, raising money for Sacha’s fund. The challenge involved spending just £7 on any food and drink for a week. She also couldn’t eat any food of drink already in her cupboards or accept any hand outs. She managed to raise an incredible £1035!
On Sunday the 6th October, Vincent and his incredible team of 10 runners took part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon. Wearing the World Child Cancer Orange Running Vest, they all completed the 13,1 mile run raising over £8784.69. This is not only an inspiring and fantastic sum of money to raise – it is also life-changing and really will help to provide children with cancer in Malawi with the best possible treatment and care! Thank you so much guys – you are all stars and should be very proud of your achievements.
In June Vincent launched the 1000 Km for Sacha challenge – over the course of a year he will be running, walking or trekking 1000Km to raise funds for World Child Cancer. Some key events which will help him rack up the kilometres are the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in October (where he’ll be joined by 12 friends), the Virgin London Marathon in April and the GR20 trek in Corsica in June.