Jennifer Hoodless

Wilfreds Legacy

Fundraising for Blood Cancer UK
raised of £20,000 target
by 496 supporters
In memory of Wilfred Hoodless
Blood Cancer UK

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We fund research and provide support to improve blood cancer patients' lives


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Wilfred was the happiest little boy alive. He was full of life, incredibly joyful and took delight in everything. He didn’t like people to be sad and he had an amazing talent for making people smile. 

He loved trains and vehicles and traffic lights and bumps and nature and drinking nettle tea with honey. And he loved his dog Olaf. He loved drawing and reading and exploring and making dams and he loved to run. He was always so active and would often tell you to ‘Stop dithering!’. To him the world was too interesting to stay still for long. 

At the beginning of March 2020 he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) - as childhood cancers go this is supposed to be a ‘good one’, so our hopes for Wilfred’s recovery were high and we were quickly adapting to life with a seriously ill little boy.  But then on 28th March he died. Just like that. He had been feeling a bit poorly and restless and then he fell unconscious in my arms and never came around. His little heart stopped in the ambulance on the way to hospital and, despite the amazing medical team trying to save his life for over an hour, that was it, our wonderful Wilfred had gone.

He was the best thing that happened in our lives and undoubtably made me a better person. We were lucky to have Wilfred with us for three years and four months and we have a lot to learn from Wilfred’s patience and kindness and wise words, he was an old soul in a young body.

We are to raising funds for Blood Cancer UK to help other people in this situation and to fund research into blood cancers. We were told when Wilfred was diagnosed that huge progress had been made in treating ALL in recent years.  So, if the story of Wilfred’s death can help us gain an even better understanding of these diseases then some good, however small, will have come of it.

Five friends (Jem, Jen Emma, Melanie and Caro) and I are walking 4635 miles between us from Wilf's house to Mount Everest (virtually of course!) by the end of 2021. Wilfred wanted to see a mountain and what better one to show him than the biggest in the world?!

Last year we raised over £12800 - thank you to all our supporters :)

Jennifer (Wilfred’s Mummy)

You can buy tee shirts and other things to support our fund raising here - all profits go to Blood Cancer UK.

About the charity

Blood Cancer UK

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We're dedicated to beating blood cancer. We fund research and support those affected. Since 1960, we've invested over £500 million in blood cancer research, transforming treatments and saving lives. The day we beat blood cancer is now in sight and our researchers are determined to finish the job.

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