Benny Boy Crutchley Fund

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Ben's Story

Ben will always be our youngest son, a happy, healthy, fun loving boy and best friends with his elder brother, Luke. However it was a month after his 9th birthday party that our whole world began to crumble, Ben suffered a little seizure which became one of many over the next few days.

 

We took Ben straight to hospital. Before we knew it, Ben was going through a myriad of examinations, tests, scans and under went a biopsy. A few days after the biopsy we were given the results. My wife, Su and I got the news, that as parents we had hoped so hard not to have to hear. Ben had a malignant brain tumour, in other words, cancer. Words can’t adequately describe how we felt at that point, distraught, devastated, shocked, angry; all of these and more. But most of all we felt that we’d stepped into another world in the space of a few seconds, one where we had no experience, no compass to guide us and nobody to turn to. Almost immediately, Ben began a course of Radio and Chemotherapy along with a cocktail of drugs to control his seizures. In the midst of this, Sally and Ally came into our lives.

 

Sally and Ally are CLIC Sargent Nurses, and they provided so much more than just medical advice. They guided us through how we told Ben’s older brother Luke about what was happening, explained to us about the effects of Radio and Chemotherapy, helped us to navigate the never ending NHS maze and supported us 

through some of the darkest hours anyone can imagine. But most importantly of all they were there for Ben. It was thanks to Sally and Ally that Ben was able to have blood tests and much of his treatment at home rather than in hospital. It was also thanks to Sally and Ally that Ben understood and wasn’t scared of any of the treatment that he was given, they were always honest, but they always cared about and intuitively knew how precious and desperately ill our little boy was.

 

Ben bravely fought the tumour that was continuing to grow in his brain. But in December 2011, 8 months after his initial diagnosis, the doctors sensitively told us that there was no more that could be done, the Chemotherapy had to be stopped. It was at this point that Sally and Ally stepped up even further. With their help, Ben remained at home until he passed away peacefully in our arms on 23rd February 2012, surrounded by those who loved him most. Sally and Ally visited us 3-4 times each day towards the end. Together, we'd made sure that Ben didn’t have to cope with any scary machines or have people around him that he didn’t know. And they cared deeply about Su, Luke and I, they were always quietly there for each of us when we needed them the most, intuitively understanding what we were going through and making sure that we were prepared for what we had to face. They are still there for us now, over 2 years since we lost Ben, just making sure that we are doing OK and helping us with each stage of what, at times feels like a never ending wave of grief.

 

Lots of children do recover from cancer but some, like Ben, don’t.

 

10 families each day in the UK are told that their child has cancer – that’s 10 more families like mine who will desperately need the help of CLIC Sargent.

 

Nige 

Benny Boy Crutchley Fund 

An Especially For You fund has been set up in Ben's name to support CLIC Sargent.

You'll see our team fundraising target on the right. Your donation can really help us smash this goal.

Take a look below at our donation pages or start up your own!

About CLIC Sargent Especially For You

All contributions to this Especially For You fund will go to support the work of CLIC Sargent. 

Every day 10 families are told their child has cancer. CLIC Sargent is the only organisation to offer them all round care and support. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information, please visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

Thank you very much for your support!

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Raised: 23%
 

Team target: £1,000,100.00

Raised so far: £227,147.05

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Billy Mackean

Billy's Mells 10K 2015 page

6 donations

200%

£200.00

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Brendan Losty

Brendan's page

69 donations

77%

£4,595.00

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Caroline Morris

Caroline's Challenge - Cycling from Paris to London

62 donations

92%

£1,383.46

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Ceil Smith

IBM-RBS ACCOUNT TEAM CHARITY TEAM EVENT, Kingussie in the Scottish Highlands, Wed 16th April 2014

140 donations

129%

£3,888.22

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Celine Stevenson

Celine & Alan - the Royal Parks Half Marathon

33 donations

118%

£591.86

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Chris King

The RBS Half Marathon Team

103 donations

79%

£2,390.38

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Chris Parris

Chris's Peddle, Paddle & Pace

35 donations

63%

£631.00

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Clayton Davidson

Clayton's Bath Half Marathon 2015 page

5 donations

70%

£140.00

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Clayton Davidson

Clayton's RunBristol 10k 2015 page

0 donations

0%

£0.00

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Colin Coward

Colin's page

33 donations

72%

£725.00

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Des OSullivan

The DesO Challenge

66 donations

111%

£1,676.55

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Duncan Gray

Climb Kilimanjaro in Memory of Ben Crutchley

53 donations

96%

£1,935.83

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Emilie Debbonaire

Emilie's page

13 donations

150%

£150.00

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Georgina Doherty

George's 300 Mile Paris-London Bike Ride & Medoc Marathon

35 donations

98%

£837.67

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glynn roberts

glynn's Christmas 2014

1 donation

0%

£65.00

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Harry Hewett

Mells 10k 2015 in memory of Ben Crutchley

5 donations

65%

£65.00

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Hugh Bloor

Hughie's page

93 donations

0%

£1,167.00

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Iain Glover

Iain's page

58 donations

117%

£1,179.00

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J Cox

James Cox Marathon

73 donations

90%

£1,636.36

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James Duguid

James's London to Bristol Bike Ride

21 donations

43%

£430.00

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Jon Stratford

Jon's page

78 donations

134%

£1,349.28

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Judy Lenihan

Team RBS & Friends Royal Parks Half Marathon 2013 - Running for Clic Sargent

72 donations

79%

£2,065.00

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Kayte Alexander

Kayte's page in memory of Benny Boy

65 donations

108%

£3,462.96

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Mark Collins

Mark's Bath Half Marathon 2015 page

7 donations

59%

£119.60

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Mark Dodwell

Mark's Royal Parks HM Clic page

20 donations

137%

£685.00

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Mark Porter

Mark's Paris to London trip

23 donations

115%

£1,155.00

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Marnie Stratford

Marnie's page

39 donations

45%

£900.00

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Marta Vernau

TEAM RBS 2013 PAGE

128 donations

273%

£6,825.00

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Marta Vernau

Corporate Services Community Investment 2013

41 donations

74%

£7,468.32

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Marta Vernau

Team RBS' Integral 2014 Letsgorideabike page

94 donations

135%

£3,802.65

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Nicholas Cumming

Nick's Newcastle to Edinburgh, Coast & Castles Cycle

27 donations

142%

£356.98

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Nigel Crutchley

Nige's page

447 donations

8%

£70,477.24

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Nigel Crutchley

Mission Accomplished

280 donations

116%

£11,607.50

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Nigel Crutchley

Nige's page

294 donations

127%

£12,789.29

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Nigel Crutchley

Nige and Cam's page

33 donations

440%

£3,037.50

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Nigel Crutchley

London to Bath bike ride

166 donations

123%

£4,921.80

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Nigel Crutchley

SCS 20km team

10 donations

63%

£315.00

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Nigel Crutchley

Nige Crutchley London Marathon

90 donations

81%

£8,106.52

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Nigel Crutchley

Cumberwell Park Golf day 2014

50 donations

176%

£8,820.00

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Nigel Crutchley

London to Brighton bike challenge

117 donations

87%

£4,385.00

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Nigel Crutchley

Mells 10k team page

19 donations

0%

£2,818.01

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Nigel Crutchley

Ebbie's Kitchen

2 donations

572%

£5,720.00

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Nigel Crutchley

Nige's page

49 donations

6%

£1,575.73

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Nigel Crutchley

Coop Bank for Clic Sargent

1 donation

0%

£5,396.37

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Nigel Crutchley

Nigel's Bath Half Marathon

59 donations

156%

£3,138.21

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Nigel Crutchley

Bike ride from home to Paris, 270 miles over 3 days

25 donations

184%

£920.00

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Paul Stanton

Kilimanjaro in Memory of Ben Crutchley

234 donations

90%

£4,540.54

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Rachel Carter

Rachel's Commando Challenge

39 donations

0%

£737.50

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RBO Coast to Coast Nigel Davey, Alex Guild & Sandy Henderson

Coast to Coast

206 donations

73%

£11,010.82

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Richard Kibble

Ross and Richard - 80 mile Folkstone to London cycle

41 donations

120%

£3,628.26

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Rob Stanley

Rob's page

23 donations

129%

£646.00

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Rodney Parker

Rodney's OWIJ Bike Ride

25 donations

128%

£1,285.00

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S Kinnimont

London to Paris Cycle April 2016

59 donations

134%

£2,019.87

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Sam Ashman

Sam's page

4 donations

45%

£45.00

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Sonia Leese

Sonia's page

24 donations

165%

£828.00

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Stuart Patten-Lawrence

Bike Ride Paris to London - raising money for CLIC Sargent

17 donations

128%

£965.00

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Susan Galeziewski

Susan's Slim for 2014

21 donations

103%

£259.00

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Tim Sims

Tim & Dan for Benny Boy Crutchley Fund

47 donations

120%

£602.78

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TORI Global

TORI Global Festive Fundraising

1 donation

112%

£280.00

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TORI Global

TORI's Charity Cycle Ride

38 donations

87%

£4,374.00

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Wansdyke Scouts

Wansdyke's St Georges Scout Olympics page

1 donation

0%

£20.00

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