OUR YEAR 2014/15

This is my first year as Chairman of Rainbow Trust, having been a Trustee for a number of years. I am committed to continuing strong governance and transparency to ensure we continue to help as many families as possible.

I have always been immensely impressed by the dedication of Rainbow Trust’s supporters, which last year, culminated in Rainbow Trust raising a fantastic £5.1m to help families when they need it most. Together with our supporters, we seek to achieve our mission, which is to help every family who has a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.

In 2014/15, our team grew even stronger, we launched a specialist Neonatal Support Programme and as a result, were able to support additional families with a baby in a neonatal unit. Our Family Support Workers worked with over 1,900 families, making every effort to make these families’ lives, just a little bit easier. Here is the story of how, thanks to your support, the Rainbow Trust team has helped so many families.

Mark Cunningham, Chairman


Rainbow Trust is the leading charity in England providing bespoke emotional and practical support direct to families who have a seriously ill child.

There is no other organisation that provides the range of services that we do. Our Family Support Workers care for the whole family; from their child’s diagnosis, during treatment and, if needed, through bereavement and beyond.

In 2014/15, we achieved many milestones and extended services, thanks to our supporters, 350 amazing volunteers and committed staff. Our nine teams in Central London, County Durham, Cumbria, Essex, Manchester, Southampton, Surrey, Swindon and West London supported 1,958 families – 16% more than last year.

Following a successful pilot of our professional and independent Neonatal Care Service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, our first Neonatal Support Worker was appointed, and supported 37 families in just one year.

We launched new drop-in groups across the country, and developed new groups for parents and bereaved siblings, to give opportunities for friendship, support and respite.

We extended our Hospital In-Reach service to the Cumbria, Durham Manchester and Swindon care teams. The In-Reach service provides important information, advocacy and sign posting to families during their stay in hospital, who may not require the on-going support of our Family Support Workers. Being told your child is seriously ill can be an overwhelming experience, this service provides light-touch support, at a time when families can need it most.

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When asked what a Family Support Worker does for their family, people tell us

"It's the 1001 small things I can't put into words."

Each family is unique, so the support we offer, is different for each one. When a family is told their child has a life threatening or terminal illness, their life is shattered into a million little pieces. The life they lived before, ends in that moment, and they enter a new and unknown world, filled with grief, fear, turmoil and even guilt.

Our support is flexible and understanding. We support families in whatever way they need help. Our Family Support Workers, work with families to help families cope in extreme and uncertain situations, so that they do not have to cope alone.

Some families are supported a number of times each week, some call us as and when they feel in need, and everything in between. From supporting in the home, at hospital when children receive treatment, to being there for the whole family if a child dies.

Parents juggle dozens of appointments, organise transport, childcare and logistics

Parents juggle dozens of appointments, organise transport, childcare and logistics

Here are just some of the ways we support families.

Even after a diagnosis, life at home continues. Children need to be fed and entertained, clothes need to be washed, and for most families, work commitments remain.

We support families in their home to help them through the ups and the downs. Life can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming for families, trying to juggle a calendar packed full of various appointments, work, and taking care of other children. Our Family Support Workers work with the whole family; parents, grandparents, the sick child and siblings, providing support from play, homework, shopping, cooking, to someone to talk to.

Sarah, Family Support Worker,spending quality time with Emily. Our support has made a huge difference to Kate, Emily’s mum.
She said: “With Sarah, I feel like a load of bricks has been lifted off of my shoulders. I can’t thank Rainbow Trust enough”.

Sarah, Family Support Worker,spending quality time with Emily. Our support has made a huge difference to Kate, Emily’s mum.
She said: “With Sarah, I feel like a load of bricks has been lifted off of my shoulders. I can’t thank Rainbow Trust enough”.

"I remember that first day, I didn't know what to do with myself. Sarah, my Family Support Worker, told me to go shopping - I was standing in the supermarket when I realised I had not been out on my own for weeks. Sarah gave me that breathing space that I hadn't had since Emily was diagnosed."

Kate, Emily's mum. At eight years old, Emily was diagnosed with leukaemia.

For many families with a terminally ill child, going anywhere can be a big ordeal, especially if they have to contend with; more than one child’s needs, important medical equipment, traffic and parking.

Many families rely on Rainbow Trust for transport to and from hospital, as well as school drop-offs, and outings. Our Family Support Workers relieve the stress of organising transport, give time for reflection, discussion, or just time for parents to close their eyes and prepare for what’s ahead.

Harvey was three months old when he was diagnosed with a tumour on his knee. Anna, his mum, had to take him to London for treatment, using public transport, and standing in lifts, squashed between people coughing and breathing all over her sick baby. Jayne, a Family Support Worker, began supporting the family. She collected them from their home, and drove them to Harvey’s hospital appointments, to take away as much of the unnecessary stress as possible.

"I tried catching the train and tube, but it just wasn't safe for Harvey – he was so prone to infection, it felt so wrong. I tried driving up to London, but the journey was so stressful, so when Jayne started supporting us and could drive us up to London, it meant I had one less thing to worry about, it was a huge help."

Anna, Harvey's mum.

Our Family Support Workers take some of the pressure off families when they are in hospital.

Whether it is playing with the sick child and siblings, attending an important appointment with parents to help absorb difficult information, or giving parents a break from sitting at a child’s bedside. It is these small things, that make a big difference on difficult days.

Cleo was born with half a heart and has already undergone a number of open heart surgeries. She attends numerous hospital appointments with Jo, her mum.

Nicki, a Family Support Worker, supports Jo in hospital by looking after Cleo while Jo speaks to doctors. She also keeps Jo company while Cleo is in treatment or surgery. She is someone to lean on for support and advice at this harrowing time.

"Parents who haven’t found themselves in similar situations, cannot appreciate the dilemma of having a very sick child, confined to a hospital ward. Despite the parent’s need to get away from it all, there is a terrifying fear, of leaving their sick child. I trusted Vicky from the moment we met."

Natalie, Dominic’s mum. Dominic was diagnosed with a cancerous mass on his brain at just 10 weeks old.

A life threatening or terminal illness affects the entire family. For many siblings, the life they once knew is shattered. Their routines, change frequently, parents can seem distracted or distant and their fears and emotions can often feel overwhelming.

Many siblings can find the sudden lack of structure and routine unsettling. Having someone who helps maintain a routine, make sure homework is done, hobbies are given time, and siblings are given a safe outlet for their hopes and fears helps families feel in control and more settled.

As Hannah’s baby brother had open heart surgery, she watched her mum and dad struggling to cope with the possibility that he might die. Her mum, who had been her constant, was drowning in sorrow until Annalie, a Family Support Worker, began supporting the family. Annalie saw that Hannah was exceptionally angry, and was not coping with the situation. She spent time with her and helped her open up and express the feelings which were overwhelming her. Having someone you feel comfortable talking openly with, can mean the difference between coping, or not. For many siblings, their Family Support Worker is like a friend, someone they trust and who they know will listen without judging.

We have dedicated sibling groups operating in five regions in England.

Siblings of seriously ill children are catapulted into uncertainty and change. Dedicated Family Support Workers spend one on one time with siblings to help retain a sense of balance and normality.


No parent expects to outlive their child, but for many of the families we support, this is a real possibility.

Our Family Support Workers help families come to terms with a child’s diagnosis, discuss options for end of life care, help families make funeral plans, and are there for them during bereavement.

For many families, having choice is key. They have been out of control for so much of their child’s illness, saying goodbye to their child should be done in a way that they feel is right for them, and for their family. Family Support Workers spend time with families, discussing what their options are, and help them make their decisions a reality.

Our Family Support Workers are there for a family for as long as they are needed.

"Having choice at the end of your child’s life is so important. Some families want to bring their child home to die, surrounded by familiar possessions, and family. Having choice, empowers a family, and can help with the grieving process. We advocate choice at every stage of a child’s illness."

Arlene Honeyman, Head of Care Strategic Development at Rainbow Trust

When Jack, one of Marie’s five year old twins died, she opened up to Dawn, a Family Support Worker, about what she wanted to do for Jack’s funeral. Dawn was there to offer advice, support and guidance, and to reassure Marie that what she wanted to do for Jack, was right for her and her family. Having someone to discuss these details with, when you are in the grip of grief, can be reassuring, and can make the family feel like they are not alone.


Our Chief Executive, Heather Wood, looks to the future

Since Rainbow Trust was founded in 1986, we have come a long way.

As we approach our 30th Anniversary, we are more ambitious and determined than ever to reach our goal - that every family who has a life threatened or terminally ill child, should have access to our support, if they need it.

2015/16 is a milestone year at Rainbow Trust. We have big plans that will allow us to extend the range and scope of the services we offer families, specifically with regards to our Neonatal Support, Hospital In-Reach and bereavement services. We are single minded in achieving these goals, and in order to do more for more families, we need to raise more money.

To keep updated on all our plans, sign up for our monthly e-news at rainbowtrust.org.uk

How we raised our money in 2014/15

Summarised accounts
The next screen shows a Statement of Financial Activities for the year ended 30 June 2015.

This is an overview of our income and expenditure in 2014/15. it's taken from our audited Annual Report and Accounts, which you can request from us by calling 01372 363438, or emailing info@rainbowtrust.org.uk

Just a snapshot of some of the amazing things our supporters have been getting up to.

300 fun runners of all ages, got showered in paint, at our first ever Colour5k

A glamorous afternoon of high-end fashion, raised £64,000 at Trust in Fashion, our annual flagship event

91 cyclists proudly joined the colourful Rainbow Trust team for RideLondon-Surrey 100

Chief Executive, Heather Wood, bravely shaved off her hair and raised £8,905

TV broadcaster and Patron, Mary Nightingale, fronted the Radio 4 Lifeline appeal, raising £12,000

Supporters joined our Big Hour campaign and put every minute of their extra hour when the clocks went back to good use

Millions watched Sean, our Family Support Worker from Manchester, when he featured on BBC Children in Need

We turned out in force to celebrate and cheer on our amazing team of 46 London Marathon runners.

A Sunday Times Top 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For.


Our corporate partners took on their own challenges throughout the year to support us. 2014/15, saw the end of our Charity of the Year partnership with Deutsche Bank, which raised £745,392 to help families in need. ILC staff supported us in many ways, from hosting networking lunches, to taking part in the AGS/ HBC Gumball Rally, raising an incredible £91,845. World Duty Free raised £59,862, John Lewis sold Christmas cards raising over £38,000, and amazing eBay for Charity customers helped raise £21,935 from two ‘give at checkout’ weeks.


This year, thousands of donors made regular gifts and supported our appeals. Ceci Sutcliffe held a collection at her school and raised £830. Richard Revell ran the
Marathon des Sables, raising a phenomenal £86,000. Supporter Donna Dyer and her committee raised nearly £10,000 with ‘North Hampshire’s Little Gems’ – a concierge style book recommending local businesses.


Supporters ran, cycled and leapt their way to raise a staggering £642,292 this year. This year saw our biggest team ever run the BUPA Great North Run, with 99 people hitting the streets of Newcastle. Together, they raised a fantastic £36,684.71. Composer and Rainbow Trust dad, Will Todd, hosted a ‘Come and Sing’ event in London. This saw over 500 singers join together to perform Mass in Blue, Will’s renowned jazz setting, of the Latin Mass. The event raised £20,000. Our loyal committees, friends and volunteers helped us raise £64,000 at our annual Trust in Fashion event at The Savoy, and our exclusive Windsor Race Night raised a fantastic £234,000.


The support we receive from foundations and grant-giving trusts, is vital. This year, we launched our Neonatal pilot thanks to the generosity of The Sackler Trust, The Childwick Trust and The Rayne Foundation. This pilot helped 37 families with a baby in intensive care in its first year. BBC Children in Need continues to be committed to funding a Family Support Worker in Manchester.


A special thank you to all our fantastic volunteers who generously give their time, and share their skills, to help us reach our goals. This year, we had 350 volunteers donate 34,687 hours of support. Using the living wage, this equates to an incredible £272,293 of donated time.

President • The Hon Richard Stanley • Trustees • Tim Bunting • Mark Cunningham (Chair) • Gordon Tempest-Hay (resigned) • Dr Jonathan Rabbs • Mark Richardson • Fiona Smith • Oliver Stanley • Michael Wainwright • Mrs Celia Woollett • Patrons • Sir Hugh Blackett • Sue Cook • Annabel Croft • Ashley Davies • The Hon Mrs James Dawnay • Lady Fellowes of West Stafford • Lord Fellowes of West Stafford • Lady Glover • Jack Gratton • Trish Halpin • Austin Healey • Michael Howard • Mrs Andrew Lukas • Aled Miles • Mary Nightingale • Pauline Obee MBE • The Countess of Perth • Lord Redesdale • Lady Robson • Mrs Robert Ropner DL • Mrs James Russell • Mrs Ben Sangster • Mrs John Salkeld • John Scott • Alan Stevenson • Zac Toumazi • Mrs Peter Vey • Kevin Whitfield • Mary Wynne-Finch • Committees and Friends • Hampshire Friends • Essex Friends and Harold Wood Shop • Upminster Friends • Glossop Friends • London Carol Concert Committee • Trust in Fashion Committee • Windsor Race Night Committee • Grants and Foundations • The Edwina Mountbatten and Leonora Children’s Foundation • The Freemasons’ Grand Charity • Oak Foundation • The Ingram Trust • BBC Children in Need • The James Tudor Foundation •
The Monument Trust • The Zochonis Charitable Trust • The Sackler Trust • The Childwick Trust • The Rayne Foundation • Statutory • Lancashire County Council • London Borough of Redbridge • Southampton City Council • Surrey County Council • West Sussex County Council • Corporate • 1st Credit • Auto Body Professionals Club • Banyards • Bastows Ltd • Betterware Ltd • Blue Rubicon • BMI Publishing • Boodles • Camp Hill Limited • CoCo5 • Contiki Travel • Cubitt & West • Deutsche Bank • DHL • eBay for Charity • Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK Ltd • Fibre Technology Ltd • Fidelity Worldwide Investment • G4S Utility • Genuine Solutions • Glasscare • Hailo • Hanover Dairies • HCC International Insurance • I Love Claims • Integreon • John Lewis Partnership• Landlord Action • Lusso Homes • Melrose Industries PLC • Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Ltd • Natta Building Company Ltd • Paperchase Products Ltd • Premier Publishing Ltd • Rackspace • Reed Business Information • Reload • SEB • Small Back Room • St James Group • Super Camps • Tesco Underwriting Ltd • The Original Tour • TinyTalk • Trafigura • Varian Medical Systems • We Buy Any Home Ltd • White Stuff Foundation • World Duty Free Group • Wright’s Baking •

Special thanks to the children and families featured, who are, or have been, supported by Rainbow Trust.

Our vision is to help all families in the UK who need us.
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