Story

Sue Charlton was a loving wife and mother and a friend to so many. She sadly passed away suddenly and without warning on Saturday 5th October.

She leaves behind her husband, Matt and her 2 year old son, Harry.

Sue was a childrens nurse and did many things as part of her work to help children and their families through illnesses - some had life threatening conditions and the care that Sue provided played a big part in making sure that the child and their family could enjoy what time they had left together.  

From a very young age she wanted to be a nurse and throughout her life has always gone out of her way to help others.  She was selfless and always put everyone else before herself.

Make a wish have a special place in both my own and Sue's heart - creating moments of happiness for children who have life threatening conditions and making their situations that much more bearable by providing an escape from doctors and hospital appointments and daily life.  This has a positive effect on the whole family.  

Not long after she passed away, friends and family began to ask about where they could make donations to - hence this page was born.

I started to spread the message - one of making sure that you tell the people that you love that you do love them and hugging them that bit closer to you - you never know when you will lose the chance to tell them again.  Life sometimes can be far too cruel.

The Make a Wish foundation have been in touch and have let me know that it costs around £4,000 to take a child and their family to Walt Disney World and that we can allocate Sue's fund as full or part payment to one of these specific wishes if we like - I've asked for this to be done.  

We hit the £4000 target a few weeks ago and with gift aid we stand at around £6700 - I'd like to try to hit £8000 now and send two families to Walt Disney World.

Thank you so much for everything you've all done so far and all the money you've raised.  It means so much to me and I love you all dearly.  

Sue would be so proud.

The last month has been the hardest of my life.  Without a doubt.  Nothing else even comes close, but the amount of generosity and love shown by those who knew Sue and those who just want to help make a difference is astounding and is giving me a strength within that I just din't realise that I had.

I've had many challenges over the last few weeks - some of them are part and parcel of administration following the passing away of someone and others have been due to issues with certain organisations and their processes and policies following the death of a loved one.  One of the things that has kept me going has been this fundraising mission - making something good from something bad.  

If you can, please consider making a donation to Make a Wish through this fund.  What's more important is that you take stock of your life, tell those around you that you care about them (even if you think that they know) and hold all those dear to you as close as you can.

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Updates 12

Would love to get to £12,000 before Christmas to come full circle on what has been an excellent year of fundraising for such an amazing charity. Thank you very much to everyone who has donated so far and for all your kind wishes.

24/11/14 02:56

Harry is doing really well, he's growing up so fast, a very happy little boy considering the events of the last year. I'm doing okay at the moment, taking things a day at a time though as we get closer to October, each of these days is getting harder. Still I carry on...

02/09/14 10:59

It's been a while since the last update to this page - it's also been a little while since I did any real driving behind getting us up to that target of £12,000 - we're just over £1000 away from it. Having a little push in the run up to the 1 year anniversary to get to target.

02/09/14 10:59

Target increased to £12,000 from £8,000. LaserZone night on February 27th is organised which should help towards that target. There are also a few other bits and pieces that are on the go. I'm confident that we can hit £12,000 - thank you very much to everyone who has helped.

22/01/14 10:44

I've had an update from Make a Wish to let me know that two children are going to Walt Disney World in February with their families directly because of the money raised on this page. Thank you so much to everyone. We are over halfway to a 3rd child - can we get to £12k?

21/01/14 11:22

Raising money for

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Charity Registration No. (England & Wales) 295672 (Scotland) SC037479

We grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, it has a huge impact on them and their whole family. A wish provides them with precious memories to treasure forever – whatever the future may hold.

Raising money for

Run by Make-A-Wish Foundation UK

Charity Registration No. (England & Wales) 295672 (Scotland) SC037479

Donations 316

This is a great thing you are doing, Matt. All the best with it :-)

Donation by Zara Jones on 15/01/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Andy Lee on 05/09/14

£50.00

Donation by Jamie H on 04/09/14

£50.00

A very good cause.

Donation by Robin on 04/09/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 04/09/14

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 03/09/14

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by paul durkan on 02/09/14

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Sue, I miss you every day. I will never forget you. I had to throw cold water on my head as it seems to be the new trend. I decided to donate money here though instead of what it's actually for!

Donation by Tom Charlton on 02/09/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck

Donation by Dave on 02/09/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck!

Donation by james on 02/09/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Daniela Yaneva on 02/09/14

£10.00

Donation by Phil Tyler on 28/04/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Val Ramsay on 31/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Sorry I couldn't make it to the terrifying laser fundraiser! x

Donation by Naomi on 14/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

In lieu of attending the laser zone event

Donation by Sarah Profit on 04/03/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Rob & Jo xx on 04/03/14

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Money raised from the LaserZone fundraiser and associated cake and bun sales.

Donation by Matt Charlton on 02/03/14

£550.00

+ £137.50 Gift Aid

Nothing can bring back a loved one, but this is a great way to turn a negative into a positive.

Donation by Peter Swallow on 27/02/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by sean sumner on 27/02/14

£10.00

From Pre-laser Cake Sales

Donation by Adam Bailey on 27/02/14

£18.00

+ £4.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 07/02/14

£10.00

Donation by Liz from LZ on 12/01/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Debby Doherty on 11/01/14

Only just heard, Matt. You were such a close couple, really sorry for you and Harry. Xxx

Donation by Janice Hobbs on 11/01/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Craig Steeples on 11/01/14

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£6,862.82
  • Offline donations£4,221.06
  • Text donations£5.00
  • Total raised£11,088.88
  • Gift Aid£1,529.44

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