Theo’s Day fundraiser goes online

July 28 2020
Theo’s Day fundraiser goes online

ORGANISERS of a charity day in memory of a baby boy who died from a rare condition are determined to continue raising money in his memory, despite current Covid-19 restrictions.

Family fun days have been held each year in Winterbourne Down to remember baby Theo Cameron.

Theo, one of twin boys born ten years ago, had a rare genetic disorder called ARC syndrome and died when he was just nine months old.

The Jessie May Trust provided help to the family which meant that he could be cared for at home with his brother Ollie.

Theo’s mum, Sarah Harttrup, has been fundraising for the charity with a summer family day at the Cross Hands pub in Winterbourne Down.

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that Theo’s Day has had to be cancelled.

However the family are planning an event at Christmas and in the meantime have devised a fundraising scheme that will raise funds despite the virus.

Sarah told supporters: “We were gutted to not be able to celebrate Theo this year in our annual garden party.

"So instead of Theo’s day we have decided to have Theo’s month…and launch the TFT (Ten for Theo) challenge.

We are inviting everyone to challenge themselves and do 10 of something for sponsorship; it might be 10 thousand steps a day for 10 days, running a 10k, doing any form of any exercise every day for 10 days, walking every day for 10 days, cycling, knitting 10 scarves, it could literally be anything but it needs to be a challenge for you.”

Sarah said that the response during July has been fantastic: “We have nurses donating 10 hours of work, others running 10k in 10 days, baking cakes for 10 days to give to charity.”

So far more than £3,000 has been raised, and organisers are hoping the top the £5,000 mark by the end of the year, meaning they will have raised a total of £50,000 in Theo's memory.

Anyone who would like to get involved with the fundraising effort can find more details online at justgiving.com/fundraising/tenfortheo.