These pages are dedicated to fundraising for the splendid Hannah Banana and your continued support is much appreciated.
My name is Jacqui and I met Hannah's mum, Julia, when I worked in the Fundraising Department at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital. This site was formed in the summer of 2003; instead of a 40th birthday bash for myself, I wanted to celebrate by encouraging all my friends and family to raise money for a specialised walking frame for Hannah.
Donate Now By Paypal...
Pippa and Alice Foreman are very kindly donating their 'special' birthday presents to Hannah B on November 3rd... Huge thank you and lots of birthday wishes and love XXX
Christmas cards available from 15th November - images to follow. Thank you, Captain Christmas XXX
Tiny Charms - fabulous 30% donation to Hannah!
This is an amazingly generous offer from Rebecca Crabtree, one of my favourite bead makers!
Visit Tiny Charms who offer bespoke jewellery and
accessories that capture your child's fingerprint, hand and foot print. Every piece is a work of art that will be treasured for years to come. Now Becci is offering the most generous donation direct to HB of 30% per order placed. Just make your selection and at checkout be sure to enter the code 'hannah' and Becci will do the rest. Enormous thanks, hugs and love to Becci! X
JON DID IT IN 4.33 - HUGE CONGRATULIONS & LOTS OF LOVE FROM HANNAH BANANA!!!
"Hi, all. I am delighted to say that training is going well, I am motivated and nearly ready to take on a huge challenge - and run the London Marathon 2011 on April 17th to raise money for Hannah Banana, in particular to have a pot of money to continue the upkeep of her walker..... ok, ok, for those who are shocked or quite frankly laughing !!!! no not true!!!"
Yes, the Marathon being run so kindly in support of Hannah, but have managed to wonderfully be able to delegate the amazing feat to Jon Bradburn (Caroline, Hannah's very special Nanny's husband for those of you who don't know him). Jon ran a half marathon a couple of weekends ago in 1hr 59 which is exactly on schedule he says in his training so aiming for a 4hr run for the real thing. Anyone on the route wave and shout if you see him. If you can, sponsorship is by Hannah's website paypal button, cheque made payable to J Day (Hannah Account) via Jon or myself. Cash great too. We have been given several bottles of wine, so chance to win a bottle too for every donation, entered into a hat to be drawn after Marathon.
Join with Hannah and I to wish Jon the very very best run - run Jubba-Gump run....... xxxxxx (just as a diet tip, having seen how much Jon can eat and stay slim currently, I was nearly, very nearly, moved to get my trainers on !)
Thanks all, Julia and Hannah B xxx
Sponsored Walk for Hannah
Huge thanks to everyone who took part on a warm September day along the very hilly Severn Sisters stretch of the the South Downs Way, and of course to everyone who donated - the total raised will be announced when it's all come in. Photos will be posted soon! (That said they're already on our Facebook page - check link below to see!)
Wishing all Hannah's friends and supporters a very happy and prosperous New Year! (Despite the credit crunch...)
WitchEver Oak 'Knitting Queen' Banana Bracelets available from our friends at the The Little Knitting Company now! Limited stocks - don't miss out! All proceeds go to Hannnah...
NOVEMBER 2009 UPDATE
Click here for the latest news on Hannah.
Caring for a child with cerebral palsy BBC interview
Julia France speaks about the challenges she faces bringing up her nine-year-old daughter Hannah, who has cerebral palsy.
Click here to watch the interview
Hannah France and mum Julia
WHO IS HANNAH FRANCE?
Hannah is a beautiful, feisty thirteen year-old, with the bottomless pit of vitality and vivacity of any other child her age.
She has cerebral palsy as the result of complications following an operation to repair a hole in her heart at eleven months old.
FUNDING FOR EDUCATION, THERAPY AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Hannah has come on leaps and bounds, achieving far more than her specialists ever thought possible. In 2003, between us we raised an absolutely fantastic £3,500 to buy a custom built David Hart walker, which will improve her mobility and independence and thus her quality of life.
In November 2003 Hannah and Julia travelled from St Albans to David Hart's clinic in Keighley, Yorkshire, where she underwent an assessment with the man himself. He promised to have her on her feet by spring 2004.
WHY ARE WE STILL FUNDRAISING?
Whilst the battles with bureaucracy continue, to obtain funding for her education, therapy and support services, there are other needs with which we can all help. As Hannah grows, so will her health, education and support needs.
Now that she has her walker, there are continuous maintenance and alteration costs as she develops physically. Each clinic appointment costs £80, plus travel and accommodation costs for Julia and Hannah in Keighley.
There are many other items of equipment essential to Hannah's life that will require ongoing upgrading, plus things the rest of us take for granted - holidays, for instance - or how about a new bike? Small things that we don't think twice about are major logistical operations or involve major financial outlay but the benefits are incalculable.
Money is not the answer to every problem, but it doesn't 'alf help! It would be great to be able to fund anything at all that helps to shrink the obstacles for Julia and increase the quality of life for Hannah.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Please use the links to navigate around the site. Any donation, however large or small, is greatly appreciated. There are some great fundraising ideas but the list is endless. If you can think of a new or novel way to raise more money - please contact me. Whilst there are always many deserving causes, Hannah's life really is improved by your support.