The Osborne Trust celebrates its 5th birthday this July, on the same date that Emma, our founder marks 6 years since her own cancer diagnosis. Emma found no support for her 2 children when they were 7 & 4 and set about changing this once she was over her own cancer treatment. Emma finished radiotherapy ( after a mastectomy, reconstruction, 6 doses of chemotherapy, 3 hospital stays due to infection and then 18 rounds of radiotherapy) and went about researching what was out there for children and found nothing. So before she returned to her day job, she set about starting her own charity, solely focusing on children who are seeing their Mum/Dad go through cancer and The Osborne Trust was born. Up until 2018 Emma worked supporting families and fundraising for the Trust in her own time, whilst holding down a full time job and taking care of her own family.
Some number crunching for you on what w have achieved so far.In our first 6 months of running ( from July to Jan we had to solely focus on raising £5k to become a registered charity as is the requirement laid out by the charity commission) we supported 41 parents with 81 children. In 2015/2016 this increased to 86 parents with 177 children. 2016/2017 saw us support 146 parents with 280 children rising to 159 parents with 328 children last year. Currently we are we supporting 163 parents with 346 children (as of May 6th 2019). All in all we have providing our programs of supporting to 1,212 children, that's 1,212 children who would have no support focusing solely on their needs if we hadn't started. As Emma always says "I couldn't help my 2, but I was adamant no other child would struggle to access some form of support seeing their Mum/dad affected by cancer."
We support families all over the UK. Initially and somewhat naively, we thought we would start off supporting families within the North Wales area and move out to neighbouring areas such as Cheshire, merseyside & Manchester, but this was not the case. We proved from day one how we were needed and how there was nothing else like us as our first referral came from Dorset. Our main number of referrals still come from the North Wales area, but in the last 2 years we have seen a massive increase in referrals from the Greater Manchester, Lancashire, London, Essex, Bedfordshire West Midlands & Yorkshire area.