as of Saturday, March 17 2018
£110,810.40 Raised in Katie's Memory
We have just been told by our friends at Little Havens that we have now raised over £110,800 in Katie's memory.
Thanks as ever for your wonderful and continued support.
2018 Cricket Match Sunday 29th July
The 10th Friends of Katie Cricket Match this year is on Sunday 29th July at Little Baddow CC
As usual there will be loads going on so please keep checking our site for details as the day approaches.
February was a difficult month for Friends of Katie with her birthday on the 5th and the 10th anniversary of her passing on the 21st.
As in previous years we found the best way to remember these contrasting times is to raise a glass or two in Katie's memory.
Lloyd's Market Charity Awards 2017
The work that Friends of Katie do for Little Havens was recognised at the recent Lloyd's Market Charity Awards 2017.
Katie's Dad received a cheque for £2,000 at the reception held in the Underwriting Room in the Lloyd's Building in the City of London. This along with funds raised at the Guy Carpenter Christmas raffle means that Katie's fund is now close to £110,000.
The Havens Long Service Awards
Katie's Dad was among the speakers at the Havens Hospice Long Service and Every One of Us Awards night.
The eveining held in Southend honoured volunteers who had helped out from 5 years up to 35! Staff members were awarded for their work too.
As a successful cricket season ended for teams associated with Katie's Dad he managed to get his hands on another trophy.
He attended Essex's last day of their season and is seen here with the Championship Trophy. Sadly he was not allowed to take it home as it would have looked good alongside the Friends of Katie trophy
Over £106,000 Raised in Total!
We have jut received news of the latest total raised inKatie's memory for Little Havens.
Thanls to the amazing support from Friends of Katie the total now satnds at £106,331.40!
Since 1998 Katie's Dad has raised funds for Little Havens by asking colleagues to donate in lieu of sending Xmas cards.
Why not try it at your office, workplace school etc - we wont tell Clintons!I
Sponsored Amble - Over £8,000 raised!
Friend of Katie Sarah Fowler completed the Shrimpers Trust Amble to the Addicks sponsored walk on April 7th.
10 supporters made the 35 miles journey and raised over £8,000 in all with £4,000 going to Little Havens. Shame about the match though!
Corporate Quiz - £8,000 Raised
Katie's Dad had the pleasure of helping the lovely ladies from Little Havens at the Big Essex Corporate Quiz in Chelmsford
Over 30 teams took part and the participants heard about Little Havens and Katie. Amazingly £8,000 was raised!
All At Sea and Katie's story
Katie's dad was able to tell over 300 diners on board the SS Magellan Katie's story and how Little Havens works.
The Captain's Gala Festive Event included a 5 course meal, entertainment and was hosted by Su Harrison from Heart Essex FM.
Cricket Match RaffleTickets
Raffle Tickets for this year's cricket match are now available. Tickets are priced at £1 each
Prizes include £50 Virgin Wines Voucher, Signed Essex CC Bat, Vintage Champagne, Signed Southend United Shirt, Luxury Chocolates, £25 M&S Voucher and many more...
We are delighted and proud to announce that following Katie's Cricket Match in 2016 we have now raised just over £102,000 for Little Havens.
The match was won, amazingly, by Nick's XI by 9 wickets and we raised £3,100 at the event. 100s atttended and the weather was kind to us for once. Thank you to those who supported our day.
Cricket Match Report
There was a certain amount of trepidation from Nick's XI when Alan's XI turned up at Little Baddow all with huge kit bags and resplendent in matching kit.
When they started doing stretches Nick XI knew they were in trouble. The only exercising they did was getting served at the bar. However, after losing the toss and being asked to field Nick's team started the match well.
2016 Christmas Cards - Over £100 Raised
Thanks to the generosity of Katie's friends and family Little Havens will be receving over £100 as a donation.
This money was raised as people donated to the hospice in lieu of sending Christmas cards.
Havens Hospices Website
There is now on the Havens Hospcies website a very nice piece about us raising £100,000 and our cricket match too.
Please launch the attached link http://www.havenshospices.org.uk/site/news/details/2016/08/17/fundraising-cricket-match-keeps-teenager-s-memory-alive
Beard Wins Beard
What a lovely irony that Katie's half brother Toby won the signed Aaron Beard shirt at our cricket match.
Aaron who plays for Essex and England Under 19s has been sent the photo and thinks it's a winner all round.
There are so many Friends of Katie who we should thank for all their efforts in making the Cricket match a success it is difficult to know where to start.
Be it Alison for all her help, Jo, Jackie and Linda in the kitchen, Rob counting out the money, Joyve and Franzeska for their pampering, the cake bakers, those who donated prizes...the list is endless.
SUFC Quiz Night
Katie's Dad was able to tell Southend United fans about Katie and Little Havens at the 1st Southend United Quiz.
The event, held in Chalkwell, was attended by over 120 Southend United anoraks and raised over £2,000 for Havens Hospices. Katie's Dad's team finished 5th out of 16.
Well we all knew it would be memorable but Storm Katie that battered the southern half of Britain on Easter Sunday and Monday was a big'n!
Winds of up to 70 mph hit the southern coast along with heavy rain. Travel was disrupted and Scotland was also affected. Katie would have loved the attention and notoriety.
Charity Football Match £401 Raised!
Great Wakering Ladies FC who are sponsored by Friends of Katie raised £401 at their end of season charity football match.
This incredible amount was raised by players paying to play and a raffle at the end of the match which ended 6-6! Thanks to all those who took part.
Annual Cricket Match - Next Month
Our 4th Annual Cricket Match is now next month so please remember to keep Sunday 17th July free!
The free 16 page souvenir programme is now available, please check this website for updates.
Sunday's Weather - Here's Hoping!
The last two cricket matches were played out in glorious weather and we know Katie is looking down on us and sorting it out. The good news is that at the moment the weather looks fine for Sunday.
Temperatures should be around 23 degrees with sunny intervals. Anyway here's hoping and see you all very soon! Don't forget your picnics!
Touchline Live Music Venue
We are very gratful, as always, for the support given to us by our friends at the amazing Touchline Live Music Venue in Hockley.
With a mixtue of original acts, Dr Feelgood, The Marmalade, John Otway, The Rubettes, and tribute bands the venue is all what's great about live music. Please check out their website http://touchlinelivemusic.co.uk/
Great Wakering Ladies FC
Friends of Katie are delighted to announce our shirt sponsorship of Great Wakering Ladies FC
The photo shows the ladies resplendent in their new kit before their first league game against Stevenage in the Eastern Region Women's Premier Division. This is their first season in this league. They play at the home of Great Wakering Rovers FC.
We recently recevied a letter from Little Havens thanking us for our Christmas fundraising.
The letter, which is attached, reminded us that it now costs Fair Havens and Little Havens £2.6m every year to maintian their remarkable services. Much of this is in the form of donations, legacies and fundraising, which is where we come in!..
Sir Trevor Brooking
Katie's Dad had the honour of speaking at a Sportsman's Lunck where Sir Trevor Brooking was the guest of honour.
He was reminded of the time he played for Southend United which he seemed to have forgotten. He knows all about Katie now!
3 Peaks - £4,481 raised on line!
Pleased to say that following Katie's cousin James' three peaks challenge a hog roast was organised to round the fund raising off.
Thanks to this on line donations now total £4,481 raised for Little Havens. It's not too late to donate at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/thepeakythree
Charity Birthday Bash
Sarah Franklin celebrated her 40th birthday and organised a charity evening in aid of four charities close to her heart.
One of these was Little Havens in memory of Katie and over £2,400 was raised on the night. Katie's Dad ran the raffle and incredibly won the signed SUFC shirt. It was a Medium however so was a bit snug!
2015 London Triathlon - Completed
With no cricket match this year we needed to keep Katie's fundraising going in other ways. We are pleased to annouce that her Uncle Phil recenly completed the London Triathlon Supersprint.
For his story and a chance to sponsor him please visit http://virginmoneygiving.com/PhilAllen01
2015 Charity Gig Date Postponed
It is with regret that this year's Charity Gig at the Touchline Live Music venue in Hockley has been postponed.
We will advise of the new date as soon as we hear of it so please keep checking Katie's website.
Charity Gig - Over £700 raised.
The charity gig in Clapham was a great success and over £700 will eventaully go into Katie's fund.
Thanks to Katie's cousin James for helping to organise the night and for all his hard work. Katie's Dad and Alison had to leave early as it was a school night - and it was loud!!
Hullbridge Gig A Success!
Katie's friends and family danced the night away at The Touchline Live Music Venue raisng over £1,500 for Little Havens.
The evening featured live music from Mockingbird, great food and a successful raffle. The photo shows Katie's Uncle Graham and Dad at the event. Monies raised for the hospice now stands at £89,420.44 in Katie's memory.
Nothing to Add!
Think this says it all. Certainly Little Havens have over 90,000 reasons to do so.
Hopefully if Katie's cousin James and his fundraising epic proves successful then the hospice will have 100.000 reasons to remember Katie!
DP London Gateway - £30,000 Raised
Katie's Dad has the honour of speaking at DP World London Gateway's Charity Quiz Night at Orsett Hall.
We have now been told that £30,000 was raised for the night's two charities Little Havens and Meningitis Now making it the most successful charity night staged. CEO Simon Moore ended the evening saying he was sure Katie would be pleased.
Cricket Match Confirmed
Our friends at Little Baddow Cricket Club have confirmed the date for this year's cricket match as Sunday June 21st.
Please put this date firmly into your diaries and as this is Father's Day there will be special attractions for Dads! Watch this space.
Thanks to Katie!
We were humbled to receive, out of the blue, a letter from one of Katie's old schoolfriends.
Extracts from the letter, from another Katie. Katie Atkinson, can be viewed if you click on more....
The Trefoil Guild
Katie's Dad was honoured to speak to the Billericay branch of the Trefoil Guild about Katie and Little Havens.
It is hoped that the lovely ladies there will choose Little Havens as their next charity for the year having listened to all the good work the hospice do.
BBC Essex - Tony Fisher
Katie's Mum and Jo had the privilege of talking about Katie, Friends of Katie and Little Havens on BBC Essex
They were guests on the Tony Fisher Show alongside Dave Dennison, chairman of the Pride of Essex Awards. The selection for this year's nominees has begun and we were invited along to talk about what winning the Community Champions award meant to us.
2014 Southend Half Marathon
In scorching sunshine Friends of Katie Paris Clarke, Scott Fleming, Del Monte, Cathy Young and Claire Turner all completed the Southend Half Marathon.
All finished in excellent times despite the conditions and the photo shows Scott's support team relaxing after the event.
We are delighted to announce that Friends of Katie won the Community Champion Award at the recent Pride of Essex Awards.
On a glitzy night at the Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford we beat the four other nominees to win the prestigious award. Photo shows Katie's Mum Jo with the award along with husband Rob and Friends of Katie.
Side By Side Magazine
We are pleased to say that there is a lovely article about Katie and her Friends in the Spring edition of Havens' Side by Side Magazine
Please go onto www.havenshospices.org.uk then About Us, Latest News and Side by Side Magazine and we're on page 3. There is also a lovely piece about the sister of one of our Friends, Vicky Hunter, on page 6.
Katie's Dad Wins Auction
Katie's dad came out truimphant in a fiercely competitive auction for the signed Gary Sobers programme.
£50 won the auction and the framed programme now has place of honour in his lounge, unlike the Friends of Katie trophy for another year!
Cricket Match Programme
Please note the programme for our cricket match is now available and features on its cover this lovely photo of Katie.
Please let us know if you require a copy ahead of the day and we'll get one sent to you. Might evern put in some cheeky raffle tickets too!
2014 Naming Rights
All we now have left for this year's cricket match Naming Rights are the following:-
For £30 you can sponsor either Changing Room, The Kitchen, either Sight Screen or the Cake Stall.
Friends of Katie Charity Gig
We are pleased to announce that we will be holding a charity gig in aid of Little Havens on Saturday 6th September.
The venue is the Touchline Club in Hullbridge - the best live music venue in Essex. Please keep this date free and when we have more details we'll be in touch.
Ahead of our cricket match and other fundraising our friends at Little Havens have informed us that the total raisedl Katie's memory now stands at a staggering £77,038.87
Thanks for all your amazing support and we hope to see you at Little Baddow for the match.
Katie's Dad has been spreading the word about Little Havens and Katie's story for two years now as a Volunteer Speaker.
His title has now changed to an impressive Community Champion so if anyone would him to come and speak at their school, organisation, club etc then please let us know. He only charges a cup of tea!
We are very touched an honoured that there are a number of friends running in aid of Little Havens in Katie's memory.
Claire Turner, Cathy Young, Scott Fleming and Paris Clarke are all taking part in the Southend Half Marathon on Sunday June 8th. Cathy and Claire are also taking part in the first ever Chelmsford Marathon on October 19th
2014 Cricket Match News
Our friends at Little Baddow have given us a date for next year.
It is Sunday July 13th and this date does not clash with the Wimbledon Mens Final. Please put it in your diaries. And in the evening you can get home in time to watch England win the Football World Cup.
If you would like to know more about Friends of Katie there are ways of keeping in touch.
If you're not already on our distribution list and would like to be then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter at @FriendsofKatie You can also contact us via this website, please see the Messages tab above.
Happy 5th Birthday
Katie's website is about to celebrate it's 5th birthday so thanks for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon.
We've had 1000s of visits since 2009 and hope you find this a useful site updating you on our fundraising and other Katie realted bits and pieces.
£75,870.86 - Soon to be Reached!
We have been told by Little Havens that when all funds that are due to us come in the total raised in Katie's memory will be......
£75,870.86! Thanks as always for your incredible support.
Touchline Live Music Venue
Our good friends at the Touchline Club in Hullbridge are kindly donating £2 to us for every T- Shirt they sell.
Get yourselves along to the club for great live music, great beer and great company. Check out www.touchlinelivemisuc.co.uk for upcoming gigs.
Happy New Year
Here's wishing all Friends of Katie a Happy and Healthy 2014.
Thankyou for your support throughout 2013 and we look forward to seeing you all in 2014
Over £1,700 Raised
Eleanor's big day went amazingly well and raised over £1,700 for Little Havens
Please visit Eleanor Lodge's just giving page to donate or simply to read about the event or read more about the day here.....
A long hot day
The sun shone, pamperers pampered, nails were painted, sweets eaten, cricket was played, tennis was watched.
Pimms was drunk, cakes were eaten and most importanly Katie was remembered as we raised £2,600 in her memory. Thanks to everyone who supported our day.
Katie's Mum, Jo, and her Auntie Penny have completed their trekking of part of the Way of St. James or St. James' Way in Northern Spain, known as the El Camino De Santiago.
On her return Jo complained about her poor feet but added that she and Penny had done Katie proud.
We are pleased to announce that Aoiffe Boyle is the second winner of the The Katie Hart-Greenfield Award.
The award is presented to a star pupil at Katie's old junior school St Mary's in Woodham Ferrers. Here is Aoiffe receiving her award form Katie's Mum and Dad at our recent cricket match. Please read on...
Please check out the Essex Enquirer website, www.theenquirer.co.uk , for a lovely piece about Katie
If you click on archive, then choose the May 9th edition and go to Page 4.
Katie's cousin James completed the London Marathon in her memory for Little Havens in 4hrs and 2 seconds.
He has raised over £1,500 and hopes to raise £2,000 for this great cause. Donations can still be made via his Just Giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/jcbrown1988 Please have a look.
Raffle Tickets Now For Sale
Please note our raffle tickets are now available to buy at £1 each. Prizes include £200 crate of fine wine, £50 John Lewis voucher.
Also Brewery Tour, crates of beer, Beauty Vouchers, £50 Amazon Voucher, Signed Cricket Bat, iTunes voucher and more. Please contact us if you would like some.
A friend of Katie's step-dad Rob has taken a special K for Katie geocoin all over the UK to over 600 locations.
For more on this go to www.geocaching.com/track/details Actually, if you want to know more about this and geocaching then contact Rob direct at email@example.com
As is a habit of Friends fo Katie wherever possible a candle was lit in Katie's memory at Ely Cathedral on Good Friday.
One of Katie's Dad's musical heros, Wilko Johnson, has been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer and sadly been given only months to live.
However, he has confronted his diagnosis head on and says that he have never felt so alive. Please read on for his amazing and inspiring story...
All at Friends of Katie hope everyone has a lovely Easter break.
Let's hope the blue sky that bunny is looking at is seen for real over the long weekend!
A Street Cat Named Bob
When Katie's dad found out that his hero Bob the cat was at Covent Garden and not far from where he was there was only going to be one outcome.
A quick tube ride and Nick was meeting Bob and his owner James Bowen. James's book A Street Cat Named Bob is now a best seller and a great read. Please read on.....
Curry Night - £600 Raised!
75 diners enjoyed a wonderful curry and at the same time helped raised £600 for Little Havens in Katie's memory.
Thanks to all those who supported the evening and to Peter Hall from the hospice who helped with the evening.
2013 London Marathon
Katie's cousin James has now signed up to run in next year's London Marathon in Katie's memory for Little Havens.
He visited Havens Hopsices to register and now will join 89 other Havens runners in the event that takes place on Sunday 21st April. Full details of his Just Giving page will be on this site soon.
Nick's XI Prevail
Nick XI won the rearranged 5th Friends of Katie Cricket Match by 23 runs. The day was well supported and the rain stayed away.
Over £350 was raised for Little Havens and as you can see some wonderful baking was done and much appreciated by supporters. Rob's XI scored 154-6 in reply to Nick's XI 177-3. Please read on for a full report of the game.
£57,000 Raised For Little Havens
With the recently raised money from our rearranged cricket match now passed to the hospice we are delighted to say that we have now raised £57,000 in Katie's memory.
Over £2,100 was raised at the two cricket events and Peter Hall at Little Havens thanked us for putting the Fun into Fundraising!.
It's no doubt Katie would have loved the Olympics and her Dad and step dad between them have been to over 20 events.
She would have loved watching the Irish boxer Katie Taylor with the 1000s of Irish fans singing her name!
Did You Know?
The following cricketers helped our cricket match by retweeting details of the day...Ian Botham, David Lloyd, Phil Tufnell and Mark Butcher.
Also Graham Napier, Derek Pringle, James Foster and Ryan ten Doeschate. Plus Sky Sports News presenters Olivia Godfrey and Natalie Sawyer. Overall it was retweeted to 811,000 people!
Southend Half Marathon Completed
Cathy Young a Mum at Katie's old Junior School ran the Southend Half Marathon in 2 hours 2 minutes.
She ran in Katie's memory and raised almost £300 for Little Havens. Her details can be found at http://www.justgiving.com/Cathy-Young Please read on...
We are pleased to have heard from 10 year old Ellie Bower who with her Dad saw Chelsea play Newcastle having won tickets at our cricket match auction in July.
The game was played at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea, Ellie's team, winning 2-0. Please read on to find out what she thought.
We have tried to pass on our thanks to all of you who helped make our first cricket match a success despite the weather.
We know there is much that goes on that we don't see so thank you - you know who are. And hope to see you all on September 2nd when you can relax and sit in the sunshine. We'll explain sunshine to you later!
Cricket Report - £1,700 Raised!
Well the weather defeated us as far as the cricket match was concerned but that did not stop us from raising over £1,700.
Thanks to all who turned up despite the weather and the attraction of the tennis. Many cakes and ice creams were eaten and faces and nails painted. We have rearranged the game for Sunday September 2nd at the same venue.
Ahead of the cricket match we are delighted that the current amount in Katie's Fund stands at £54,000
This is a pretty amazing effort as before last year's cricket match we had raised £38,000. £16,000 in 12 months, wow! Thanks as always for your support..
Tee Shirts & Souvenirs
We have done some stock taking and have been going through the surplus Friends of Katie tee shirts.
We still have in stock 11 large Sky Blue tee shirts, 5 extra large and 2 large Raspberry tees and 7 extra large and one large of the Lilac ones. Please let us know if you fancy any for a fiver each. Also read on for other available souvenirs.
We are touched to have received a generous donation from singer songwriter Paul Rodgers
Paul made his name as a member of Free and Bad Company in the 1970s and sang, among others, the massive hit All Right Now. He has sold over 90,000,000 records worldwide
Although the forecast is not great for Sunday as you know the day will still go ahead with or without the cricket.
All the attractions, the pampering, bar, refreshements, Rossi Ice Cream, Face Painting and more will be there and so hopefully will you!
T Shirt Raffle
Friends of Katie Dave & Trude have kindly arranged a raffle for us ahead of our cricket match.
They are raffling two of our of T shirts signed by Deborah Bonham and husband Pete and Paul Rodgers and his wife Cynthia. Please read on to find out how you can buy tickets....
Naming Rights - All Sold!
We are pleased to announce that all this year's Naming Rights have been sold and in record time!
The final set of bails were snapped up this week and could we please request that those sponsors that have not paid please let us have their payment. Thanks again to all our sponsors!.
The T Shirts are Here!
The beautiful 2012 raspberry Friends of Katie T Shirts have now arrived.
Please let us know if you would like to order one, they come in S. M, L & XL and are available for a suggested minimum donation of just £5.
Mulberry Mud Run - £190 Raised
Friends of Katie Dave Kitteridge and Trudy Hagon-Torkington competed the Mulberry Mud Run for Little Havens on Saturday June 2nd .
In none too great conditions the pair finished the walk looking resplendent in their sky blue Friends of Katie T shirts. Full report to follow and raised £190 in the process..
Cricket Match Sunday 25th July 2010
We are pleased to announce that the 2010 Friends of Katie Cricket Match will take place on Sunday July 25th at Little Baddow Cricket Club.
This is the third such event and we aim to make it the best yet. Please keep the date free and regular updates will appear on this site as the date approaches. Don't worry It will soon be Summer!
2012 Cricket Match Programme
This is the beautiful photo of Katie that will adorn the front cover of our cricket match programme.
The free programme will be available very soon. A beautiful picture of a beautiful young lady.
Katie's Cache Now In Place
Rob has now published Katie's cache, the details are at http://coord.info/GC3FG2Z - Good Luck!
One of Rob's numerous hobbies is geocaching. This is an outdoor activity in which the participants use a GPS receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called caches, anywhere in the world.
Race For Life Completed
Friend of Katie Sarah Franklin completed the Southened Race for Life in lovely weather in 42 minutes.
The event was in aid of Cancer Research UK and the details are at http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/KaySarah
New Total - £51,497.38 Raised
Sarah at Little Havens has told us that our new total is £51,497.38 raised in Katie's memory.
We are so proud and are sure Katie is and would like to thank you for your continued support!
Wristbands & Badges
We have now taken delivery of 250 of the beautiful Katie wristbands, selling them at £1 each.
The wristbands come in small, medium and large. We also now have our 2009 & 2012 badges at £2.50 each so please contact us if you wish to make a purchase.
2009 & 2012 Badges
Please see examples of the two badges we're selling this year.
Our friends at bestbadges.co.uk have sent our art department these ahead of production later in the year. Please let us know if you would like either of them. The 2009 has been produced to allow Friends to complete their set of five badges.
Havens to Havens Walk - £280 Raised
Friend of Katie Jill Keefe did the Havens to Havens Walk and raised £300 in the process.
She completed the walk in glorious sunshine enjoying a lovely cream tea as a reward at Fair Havens!.
Message from Taylor
Katie's Mum has received the following message from Taylor..... Katie was such an inspiration to me.
I wanted to say how I felt and still feel after receiving the very first Katie Star Award. I felt completely honoured and humbledto be selected for such an amazing Award. I will always treasure my Katie Star.
Claire Raises £500!
A friend of Katie's Mum, Claire Turner, completed the Silverstone Half Marathon in Katie's memory in aid of Little Havens raising £500 in the process.
The weather was so warm that Claire was unable to beat her personal best time but we are sure Little Havens are grateful for the brilliant amount of money raised!
It is incredibly now four years since Katie's passing and we will endeavour to make the day one Katie would have enjoyed.
Please spare a moment to remember our darling girl on the day.
Happy Birthday To Us!
The Friends of Katie website is three years old and we'd like to thank you for your support.
Since we were born in 2009 we have had over 32,000 visits as we strive to maintain Katie's remarkable legacy at the same time raising money for charities close to her heart. We'd like to thank Keith at Weave-a-Web for his continued support too.
Katie's Birthday - Snow Joke
4 inches of snow didn't deter Katie's family from celebrating what would have been her 19th birthday on February 5th.
In fact the predictable snow ball fight was exactly what she would have loved. There should be some photos of the shenanigans on the site soon. Each and every day is difficult without her but some days are just worse than others.
EACH - Their Katie
You may have heard that The Duchess of Cambridge has just become honorary patron of EACH (The East Anglian Children's Hospices)
I went onto their website and there I found an extraordinarily moving piece on a five year old girl who died from a brain tumour - her name, Katie. Have a look if you get a chance - it's inspiring and sad all at the same time.
Cricket Match - 8th July 2012
Our friends at Little Baddow Cricket Club have advised us that the date for this year's match will be Sunday 8th July.
Please keep this date free for what will incredibly be the 5th such event.
After all the money has been collected a total of almost £800 was raised from the ridiculously generous colleagues of Katie's Dad.
The money came from their Christmas Raffle, an auction, donating instead of sending Christmas cards and other donations. This all means that our latest target of £50,000 gets ever closer, only £1,966 to go!
Happy New Year!
All at Friends of Katie wish you a happy and healthy 2012.
Please keep visiting us, we're three in February, and we are already planning for July 8th.
Friends of Katie wish you all a great festive period and wonderful 2012
Don't worry we'll be here next year maintaining Katie's remarkable legacy. Also pleased to say that colleagues of Katie's Dad raised £300 for Little Havens at their Xmas raffle.
Charlie's Boat Trip
April 2011 saw Katie's half brother Charlie and other Little Havens' siblings enjoy five days sailing.
The trip, organised by the Cirdan Sailing Trust saw the 10 children plus helpers sail on The Queen Galadriel around the east coast. Please check out the Gallery above and please also read on....
We have just had our 30,000th visitor to Katie's site which is amazing!
Thanks for visiting us and we hope you like what you see and you come back to visit us very soon.
More Fund Raising for Little Havens
Friends of Katie are pleased to say that colleagues of Katie's Dad at Guy Carpenter are again holding their annual Xmas raffle.
The raffle normally raises around £600 and proves amazingly popular with staff due to the excelent prizes on offer and of course the wonderful cause. Onwards to £50,000 then!
Full Cricket Match Report
The sun shone and Nick's XI won a close encounter by just 11 runs to retain the Friends of Katie Trophy.
The relaxed afternoon was enjoyed by a number of spectators who helped raise another £200 for Little Havens. The photo shows Nick's XI in deep conversation following another wicket.
Who Let The Dogs Out?
Little Havens Children's Hospice's first ever Walkies in the Park took place in an attempt to raise £10,000.
The furry fundraiser took place on Sunday 23rd October in the beautiful Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Dog lovers bought their loyal friends a charity doggy neckerchief setting off on a one or three mile route around the park in the autumn sunshine.
New Total Raised - £45,000!
Little Havens have advised us that the total now raised in Katie's memory is over £45,000
This follows funds received from the Elm Green Preparatory School in Little Baddow following their Summer Ball. Thanks again for all your support - £50,000 here we come!
Friends of Katie would like to said a big Thank You to you all for your support over the summer
Thanks to you we have raised thousands for Little Havens over recent months and your support at both cricket matches is so humbling and helps us keep Katie's memory very much alive.
2011 Tee Shirts Now Available
We are delighted to say that we have taken delivery of this year's Tee Shirts.
The beautiful lilac shirts designed by our friends at Sport Matters in Braintree are available in S, M, L & XL. Please let us know if you would like to reserve one, we are asking a £5 donation. Thank you.
Money Keeps on Coming!
The £1,500 we raised at the cricket match despite the bad weather continues to be added to.
Cheques arrive every day at our offices and don't forget many of our souvenirs are still available. Thanks to all the many of you who turned up and helped make the day so special despite the lack of cricket!
In these difficult financial times, unless you're a Premiership footballer, money is hard to come by.
We are so humbled by the amount of donations we get in Katie's memory the most recent of which came from Tim at Hometech se in lieu of some work he did for us. Top bloke!
Trolley Tokens Have Arrived
250 Trolley tokens have arrived in the Friends of Katie offices.
They are beautifully designed with daisies on one side and a cat along with the inscription Katie Kat on the reverse. They cost £3 as do the 2011 badges or £5 for the pair. We hope you like them, Katie would be impressed!
Race For Business - A Success
The weather stayed fine as Friends of Katie Lynn Phillips and Brigid & Tony Wallen completed the Race for Business in aid of Little Havens.
Essex and England legend Graham Gooch started the event and presented the prizes. Brigid was the fourth quickest lady in the field of around 1,600 while Tony was 42nd overall.
Charity Jet Ski Cruise
It's July 2nd and we are enjoying the sunshine on Palm Bay beach in Margate when 50 jet skis shatter the silence.
We discovered it was a charity ski from Clacton and back and the charity - yes you've guessed it - Little Havens! The Clacton Watercraft Club had organised the event that proves it is a small world and Little Havens is a great cause.
Those of you in the Southend area may have been lucky enough to see our publicity in the Southend Echo this week.
Fear not, for those of you who didn't we have attached a scan of the article! Be warned there is a photograph that you may find disturbing! The article also appeared in the Chelmsford Weekly News.
Havens Walk - Gallery Now On
Six members of Katie's immediate family, plus dog, have completed the 12 mile Havens to Havens walk.
Over 300 walkers enjoyed glorious weather, particularly on Hadleigh Downs. Please see the new gallery that is now on our site.
Naming Rights - All Sold!
The response to the announcement of this year's naming rights has been amazing and incredibly all items have now been sold!
Thank you to all those who have sponsored the items for this year's match and your names will be in lights on the day and you will of course receive your commemorative certificates too.
Our New Look
We hope you like our new look that our IT department have created.
We also hope you will spot the subtle reminder of our cricket match too!
Little Havens - £37,000 Now Raised!
We are delighted to annouce that the total now raised in Katie's memory for Little Havens now stands at £37,000!
Havens Hospices recently received funds from Katie's old school, Westcliff High, raised from their charity week. We really hope get up to £40,000 at this year's cricket match.
Katie's Legacy - A Blog
As we enter our fourth year without Katie we often stop and think about the way we are dealing with our loss.
Should we be doing this, behaving like that or feeling in a particular way. A bereavement counsellor once said to me that your grief is your own and you should deal with how you feel is right. Please read on....
The Indian Premier Cricket League
Settling down to watch this years 49 IPL cricket games, sad I know but it's all to do with planning for our match in July. I needed a team to follow.
An early game I watched was between new teams the Pune Warriors and the Kochi Tuskers. I liked Kochi's kit and I liked their initials even more! That's settled then!
Service of Celebration 3 Years On
15th March 2008 saw Katie's Service of Celebration at the Danbury Mission where she worshipped.
There was standing room only as speakers from the church and from Little Haven spoke about Katie. Although there have been many tough days since we still believe her life should be celebrated. Please read on....
Happy Birthday To Us!
The Friends of Katie website is two years old and we thank you for your continued support.
Since February 2009 we have had over 25,000 visitors and we are sure Katie would approve of the site.
Via various means we received many lovely messages on the 21st, a number via Facebook, from as far away as Australia and New Zealand.
Thank you to all those who helped make the day more bearable.
Katie's family would like to thank you for all the messages and gifts that we received on what would have been Katie's 18th Birthday.
As we suspected the day was tough but your support as always really helped us.
Katie is in our hearts and minds even more over this month.
Katie would have been 18 on February 5th and it will be three years ago on February 21st that she passed away. Please keep her in your thoughts.
2011 Cricket Match - Sunday July 17
We are delighted to annouce that our friends at Little Baddow Cricket Club have advised that Sunday 17th July is the date for this year's match.
Incredibly this will be our 4th game and as Katie would have celebrated her 18th this year, this Saturday 5th February to be precise, then the match will take on even more significance. Please keep your diaries clear!
£30,000 It's Official!
Friends of Katie are delighted to announce that we have had confirmation from Little Havens that we have now raised £30,000
This is before the money raised by Westcliff School in Katie's memory is added on too! Thanks to everyone for your support!
Our 25,000th Visitor
As the second anniversary of the launch of Katie's web site approaches we are just a few visits short of the 25,000 mark.
We have had visitors from all over the world so thank you for your continued support, Katie would be so proud, and we promise to have the date for the cricket soon!!!
Friends of Katie on Twitter
More technological advances as there is now a Friends of Katie Twitter account for you to follow.
This will give updates of what's going on with us and for you tweeters the account name is FriendsOfKatie. Of less importance is the fact that Rob and Katie's Dad tweet under MrMercator and Hartypoos respectively - if you're interested!
Just a quick note to let you know that almost £450 was raised for Little Havens by colleagues at Katie's Dad's company over Christmas!
Also we should have the date for this year's Cricket Match very soon so don't book those holidays yet! More details on the fundraising and other news will be on the site soon.
GC Magazine Best Dressed List 2011
The GQ Best-Dressed List 2011 features Little Britain star David Walliams at 11, Doctor Who's Matt Smith, a new entry at 12, David Beckham at 16 and Prime Minister David Cameron, who has dropped from eighth place last year to 20.
David Beckham's eight-year-old son Romeo also makes the list for the first time. The big news though is who is at Number 49! See the attached list for full details.
Happy New Year!
All at Friends of Katie wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011.
Here's to £40,000 for Little Havens next year!
A Christmas Blog
It is time for Katie's Dad to share his thoughts with you again.
As Christmas inexorably approaches he struggles to see what is festive about our love affair with outdoor Christmas lights!
It's Snow Joke!
Katie loved Christmas as you know and she particularly loved cracker jokes.
These gags keep Katie's Dad going as he aims to maintain his usual high standard of jokes. Anyway, to be going on with here are some old crackers!
Happy Christmas From Us All
Friends of Katie wish you all a wonderful festive period and a brilliant 2011.
Looks like we have a new target of £40,000 for Little Havens in Katie's memory so watch this space. As Katie would say XOXOXOXO!
Katie at Play - A New Blog
We all know that Katie loved playing games and she was particularly good at them!
Even when she was unwell she would always be up for a game, normally winning. In this week's blog Katie's Dad looks back with fondness at some of the games played.
The Latest Cricket Gallery Is Here!
Our art department have sorted out the problems and the new cricket gallery from this year's game is now on the site.
Please check out the Latest Galleries section and check out the one called Lots More Photos....
Five Words For Katie
For those of you who attended Katie's funeral you will remember Nick Jackman's eulogy and his Five Words For Katie.
Every time I read this it brings a lump to my throat, a tear to my eye and smile - all at the same time! Please find via the More button an abridged version for you to read.
As we all know Katie had an infectious giggle that would always light up our lives even during the darkest of days.
She would have loved an incident this Sunday that may seem a little inappropriate but would have appealed to her sense of humour,
Great North Run - £603 Raised!
This year's Great North Run saw a teacher at Katie's old junior school raise money in her memory.
Samantha Johnson who taught both Katie's half brothers at St Mary's South Woodham completed the course in 3 hours 10 seconds. She raised an amazing £603 but adds the race was probably her first and last big running event!
Fund Raising At Katie's Old School
Westcliff High School for Girls where Katie attended have organised a week of fundraising activities in aid of Havens Hospices.
A team of Friends of Katie entered their Harry Potter themed Quiz Night and struggled to make an impact against a room full of bright students and teachers! I think we came 5th but I wont say how many teams took part! Anyway loads of dosh was raised.
Lest We Forget
Every day is Rememberance Day as far as Katie is concerned but now is the time we remember all those who have died in conflict.
Also, November 8th would have been Katie's Grandad's (Nick's Dad) 91st birthday.
Side By Side Magazine
Havens Hospices bi-annual magazine has just been published and there is a piece in there about Katie and our fund-raising.
The article magazine can be viewed on line on the Havens website and the magazine can be picked up at Havens' shops. The article is on page 5 and you are warned, there is a photo of us all!
Going Forward - Fess Up!
Katie's Dad would like to share with you a recently published list of words and phrases that have seeped into our language.
Read and weep!
Lottery Award For Little Havens
Little Havens has been announced winner of the Best Lottery Funded Voluntary/Charity Project during The National Lottery's Big Night.
Little Havens was awarded £650,000 from the Big Lottery Fund in 2002 which funded eight specialist children's nurses for three years securing the charity a place in the final of the awards.
Katie loved Norman Wisdom and would be sad to hear of his death aged 95.
She loved shouting
£27,624 Raised For Little Havens!!
We have just received an update on the amount of money we have raised in Katie's memory for Little Havens.
Sarah Franklin has told us that the new total now stands at an incredible £27,624.84!
Over 20,000 Visitors!
Our statistics department tell us that the numbers of visitors to Katie's website has just topped 20,000!!
Thanks for your support and please keep visiting!
Cricket Match Gallery Now On Site
You wil see from our Latest Galleries list that our art department have added photos from this year's Cricket Match.
We would love to receive any of your photos that you would like to share. Look out too this week for news of our holiday auction.
£2,130! Final Figure From the Cricket
Robbie has finished his counting, done his sums and we are pleased to announce that the total amount raised was £2,130.
This will be split £1,675 for Little Havens and £455 for the Danbury Mission. Thanks again to every one who attended the game and gave so generously.
Cricket Match Report
In a game played in glorious weather Nick's XI sneaked home in a tight finish. Nick's XI scored 157-5 from their 25 overs and Rob's XI made 146-7.
James Brown was Man of the Match and Alfie Abbott won the Champagne Moment in a game watched by 100s of spectators. Full details of money raised and loads of photos to follow shortly.
Holiday Flat Auction - Start Bidding!
Friends of Katie announce the bidding is open for our great holiday flat auction. Due to the property's popularity it is up for auction for one week only.
Please make your bid for a one week break from September 18th to 25th. Full details are below.
Little Havens Basildon 5K
Friends of Katie Paul Franklin (who played in the cricket match) and Sarah Fowler completed the above in Katie's memory.
Novice runner Sarah completed the course in 33 minutes and 52 seconds finishing 260th. We have no news of Paul's time!
Cricket Match Thoughts
Katie's Dad shares his thoughts of another successful Cricket Match
Cycling to the Cricket Match
One of the many attractions of the cricket match will be the arrival of two of Katie's Aunts, Penny and Haze, as they complete their sponsored ride from Colchester to Little Baddow.
Full details of their ride and how to sponsor them can be found on the link that apears if you click on More....
Messages Pour In
We have received many messages following this year's cricket match all of which we have put on the site under Latest Messages
Its is a hard day for us all emotionally as you will see from Jo's message and my failed attempt to talk about Katie during my after match ramblings. However, it is lovely to hear from you and it makes the hard work all worthwhile.
Cricket Match Souvenirs
We have now taken delivery of this year's badges which are the same design as those in 2008 but in lilac and are beautiful. These, alongside the sky blue ribbons and tee shirts and Fridge Magnets will be available on the day amomg other goodies.
Should you not be able to attend but would like any of the above drop us a line and we'll sort it out for you. We are not sure of the weather yet for next Sunday but the party will go ahead regardless so please come along!
All Ready To Go!
The cakes have been baked, the weather looks good, the players have been selected, the souvenirs are all made, the programmes are printed....
All we need now is you! From Oxfordshire, Cambridge, Newcastle, Norfolk and London you are on the way and we can't wait to see you all and help make it a day Katie would love. See you soon!
Cricket Match Programme Out Now!
We are delighted to say that this year's souvenir programme is now available.
This year we have produced a 16 page edition that can be purchased on the day but will be useful if bought ahead of the match. Costing 50p it's available via this website, let us know if you want one.
Naming Rights - All Items Now Sold!
We are happy to announce that all the items in our Naming Rights have now been sold.
Thank you to all those who purchased items and there will be signs denoting this at the match and you will all receive commemorative certificates too.
£800 In Total To Little Havens!
Cheques totalling £800 have been sent to Little Havens as a result of the joint Coffee Morning held by Katie's parents.
I am sure you'll agree this is an amazing amount and goes to prove yet again how generous people will be for good causes, especially if home made cakes are involved!
Great News! £25,000 Raised for LH
We have now had official confirmation from Little Havens that Friends of Katie have now raised £25,000 in Katie's memory. The hospice have sent us this certificate to acknowledge our achievement.
We have also received from the hospice a breakdown of where our money has been spent. Please see below for a brief summary. It should also be remembered that we have also raised over £1,250 for the Danbury Mission too.
You Have to Laugh!
There are many times when the loss of Katie has us in tears when we least expect. However, there are also many times when tears of joy and laughter fill our eyes.
Katie's Mum and Dad were tending her grave recently when Nick's size 11s trod on Jo's glases that were on the floor. Katie would have loved it as her Mum left the graveside looking rather like Jack Duckworth!
Friends of Katie at The World Cup
Katie's Uncle Graham was in South Africa enjoying three World Cup games in Cape Town
At the England v Algeria game he wore his white Friends of Katie T shirt so was easy to spot among 20,000 other English fans in white shirts. Doh! Although he only stayed for 10 days he only just got home before the England team!
Katie's Dad's Coffee Morning - £300!
Katie's Dad's colleagues again showed their generosity and their baking skills as £300 was raised in aid of Little Havens.
Despite many staff being on holiday or away on business those who were in the office dug deep and what was a creaking table of goodies at 8.30 was reduced to a pile of crumbs by the end of the day.
Coffee Morning - £435 Raised
Jo, Katie's Mum, raised over £435 from her coffee morning in aid of Little Havens. This is not quite the final total either!
An amazing effort which Nick, Katie's Dad, will have to match this Friday when he organises one at his office. He has even done some baking himself which he thought was easy, a piece of cake in fact!
Naming Rights - Going Fast!
The naming rights sale has started well with the ball, scoreboard, the pampering Tent, 4 stumps, the Trophy, both toilets and the bails already sold. You still have the chance to put your name to one of the items left on our sale list that is attached.
Those who buy the right will have their chosen name on a sign on the day of the match along side their item and will receive a commemorative certificate as a souvenir of their kind generosity.
Cricket Match Next Month!
The Third Friends of Katie Cricket Match is now officially next month. You can launch the promotional poster for the day via the attached link and this year we are producing a special 12 page souvenir programme which will be available very soon.
Also, next week we will be launching the Naming Rights for the day so look out for that on this very website.
Little Havens Visit
Katie's Mum, Dad, Step Dad Rob, Alison, Toby and Charlie made an emotional, yet incredibly uplifting, visit to Little Havens.
The visit was arranged so we could see where some of our £25,000 had been spent. Head of Care at Little Haven, Lauren Summers, showed us around the impressive improvements made at the hospice thanks to our fund raising.
At Last - A New Blog
It's been a while since Katie's Dad shared his thoughts with you so read on. We promise there is not a mention of the word “coalition” anywhere.
2010 Cricket Match Approaches
Katie's Uncle Graham looks thoughtful as the cricket match is now just over two months away. The planning is well underway and the site will keep you updated of developments over the next few weeks as Sunday 25th July draws ever nearer.
There will be new attractions this year as well as the old favourites and we really hope you can be there. Please keep the date clear and let all your friends know - all are welcome!
Katie's Daisy Gallery Now On The Site
Photos of Daisy from Katie's family's recent trip to Australia are now available via the Latest Galleries tab.
Here is a taster with Daisy just about to go surfing on Bondi Beach in Sydney. Our art department have now added the full collection of Daisy's pics.
Katie Across The World
Although each day without Katie is filled with sadness so often something makes us so proud and reminds us how she continues to touch so many. We certainly made sure we spread the word in Australia!
Today we received a message from Brazil that you can see on the left of this home page under Latest Messages. Although our statistics tell us that our website is read in all four corners of the World it is still lovely to receive such a message.
Katie's Cousin in NZ Sky Dive
Katie's cousin James who stars for Nick's XI in our cricket match has just completed a tandem sky dive while down in New Zealand.
If you check out his palm you will see that Katie is always in his thoughts. Click on More... and then double click on the image to see it fully.
What We Now Know About Australia
As Katie's Daisy relaxed with a new friend Down Under Katie's Dad was learning much about a country he was unsure about.
Here are some of his findings with apologies to all the lovely people he met who were so kind. Furthermore with every ex comedian and actor in the world having taken part in one travel programme or another surely its time for Katie's Dad to have a go!
Back to Blighty
St George's Day and the Friends of Katie who made the trip down under have all returned with stories to tell
We are also pleased to say that Katie's fund has been added to in the form of Australian Dollars kindly donated by the Friends of Katie Aussie branch.
Stranded in Australia!
There are worse places to be stuck in but with the Icelandic volcano affecting flights worldwide it looks like some members of Katie's family wont be home for a while.
Katie's Auntie Fan and Uncle Richard did leave Brisbane last Thursday but are now stuck in Malaysia.
An Aussie Update
From Koala hugging to Dolphin watching (minus the dolphins) Katie's family are loving life down under.
There has been feeding Kangaroos, reminding the Aussies who hold the Ashes and much drinking of cold beer.
Daisy Embraces Australia
Although a fur coat and a scarf is not the best attire for the heat of an late Aussie Summer Katie's Daisy is still enjoying herself.
She has been to the Sunshine Coast of Brisbane, the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. She has fed Kangaroos, seen Koalas and sunbathed on Manly Beach.
Friends of Katie Down Under
Loyal fans of our website may have noticed that there have been no updates for a week. This is due to half the office flying down to Australia.
Katie's Dad, Alison, Auntie Fan and Uncle Richard have spent some time in Brisbane and are now in Sydney. Also travelling is Katie's niece Helen and of course Daisy, one of Katie's bears, who now lives with Helen in Brisbane.
New Cat Gallery Now On!
As Freddie and Daisy celebrate one year in the family latest images of them have now been added to our website.
These can be accessed via the Galleries link and then Freddie and Daisy One Year On
Havens to Havens Walk Completed
Members of Katie's family plus Sooty the dog completed the Havens to Havens walk in beautiful Spring sunshine.
Hundreds of supporters of both Havens Hospices took part in the walk through woodlands, past Hadleigh Castle and through Old Leigh to raise much needed funds.
There has been much publicity recently about the rights and wrongs of giving to charities and this will be more evident this week as Sport Relief comes to our TV screens
There should be more to charites than simply rattling a collection tin something that Eddie Izzard has proved in a big way.
All at Friends of Katie hope you have a nice Easter break and that the weather improves at least to above freezing!
We are sure we have heard that recent research suggests chocolate is good for you so our advice is to eat loads of Easter eggs before they change their minds again.
More From Katie's Dad
Here I go again with some more moans, some news about the Cricket Match and a really bad joke that you cannot blame me for!
So here is the latest blog though it's a bit Ronnie Corbett - shorter than normal.
10,000th Visitor We have a Winner!
Early on the morning of February 21st our 10,000th visitor logged on and we are currently contacting them with the news that they have won our prize.
As soon as this is done we will let you all know what they have won! It was ironic, yet nice, that the special visit was on the second anniversary of Katie's passing.
Bath Half Marathon
Despite all their problems on and off the field the fans of Southend United continue to be great supporters of Little Havens.
Blues' fan Jonathan Howell took part in yesterday's Bath Half Marathon and particularly wanted to help the hospice in Katie's memory.
Two Years On
As many of you know February 21st was the second anniversary of Katie's passing. Not only is it difficult to believe it is two years but sometimes it is difficult to believe that it has happened at all.
Although we are acutely aware of our loss to some extent we still live in a kind of bubble.
Suggestions Pour In!
As we thought you like our new What's The Point Of game. We have received a number of suggestions.
Please send us, as many as you want, anything that completely baffles you. Nothing unplesant, Katie would not approve, just a bit of fun and a chance to vent that spleen again! Please read on.....
Happy Mother's Day
Friends of Katie wishes all you Mums out there a great Mother's Day.
Make sure there is breakfast in bed, nice flowers and chocolates and lunch cooked for you!
Another week, another blog!
Katie's Dad has been gathering his thoughts over the last seven days and has decided to share them with you.
You lucky people!
Katie's Birthday - Lakeside Invasion
As predicted we as a family celebrated what would have been Katie's 17th birthday in a manner she definitely would have approved of.
We spent the day at Lakeside shopping, shopping, drinking coffee, eating cakes, shopping, shopping, eating cakes, drinking coffee, shopping and enjoying a nice big dinner!
A New Blog
Katie's Dad has found his keyboard and has deigned to share his latest words of wisdom with us.
It is a wonder his computer has survived as after Southend United's run of bad results on and off the field in 2010 a number of household items have been hurled at various walls.
Little Havens £24,298.68 Now Raised!
We are delighted to announce the new total raised in Katie's memory.
We have received this update from the hospice which of course means we are edging closer to our latest target of £25,000. Thanks to everyone for their continued support. It means as much to us now as ever!
5th February - Katie's Birthday
As some of you know this Friday (5th February) is Katie's birthday and she would have been 17. Every day without Katie is tough, it's just that Friday will be just that bit tougher.
We are pleased to say there is a piece in this week's Essex Chronicle about Katie.
The piece is lovely however I don't remember Daniel Radcliffe at our golf day!
13th Blog Unlucky For Some
Welcome to the 13th blog which of course could be unlucky for some. Actually for those of you who have read these blogs you will probably think yourself extremely unlucky anyway.
Over £500 Raised for Little Havens!!
Colleagues of Katie's Dad have been amazingly generous and donated £280 to Little Havens in lieu of sending Christmas Cards.
Add to that £221 raised through a raffle at the company too and Little Havens will soon be receiving a cheque for over £500!...
Geordie Snowman Takes it Easy!
All the recent bad weather obviously proved too much for one snowman in Newcastle as he took time out from his daily grind.
This brilliant snowman is actually the handiwork of Katie's Auntie Penny who clearly has too much time on her hands!
Southend Evening Echo
We are delighted that the local press have printed a piece about Katie and our fundraising.
The article was printed last Friday and was also published in the Southend Standard. The full article is attached and also please cut and paste the link below to their website.
Another Blog & He's Still Moaning
You would think the New Year might have chilled him out a bit, especially in all the bad weather.
Anyway, if you cannot stomach anymore then please at least check out a beautiful photo of Katie.
Wanted - Do You Know These People?
Police in Norfolk are on the lookout for the pair seen here in the snow at Sandringham.
Members of the public are advised not to approach them! Katie would be so embarrassed by her G-Mar and Uncle Richard!
Snow Joke It's Another Blog!
Despite the inclement weather Katie's Dad has managed to write another blog and he's moaning again!
We can only apologise about the content of this week's ramblings and also for the quality of his latest joke. Read on if you wish.
Happy New Year!
All at the Friends of Katie website wish you a Happy 2010. Thank you for your support as amazingly since our launch in February we have had over 8,000 visits.
Also thanks for supporting Little Havens and our other chosen charities that would make Katie so happy and proud of what we have achieved. We miss Katie every day and 2010 will be no different but you make it a lot easier.
New Year's Blog
After a couple of weeks off Katie's Dad returns with a message for you all and some news about this year's Cricket Match.
Bad news is there is no joke this week, this of course maybe viewed as good news by many! A New Year is with us and those New Years Resolutions have already been broken, the weather is grotty, the trains are not running and we are all miserable.
Room 101 - The Results Are In.
Thanks to those who took time to send in suggestions for our Christmas Room 101 - Some of you clearly have many issues with Christmas!
Anyway, after much debate the committee, Katie's Dad, have come up with this definitive list. Unfortunately the decision is final and there is no right of appeal.
A Master at Work!
Our Christmas Room 101 has certainly got people talking and made us realise that are some spectaculalry grumpy people about - in a nice way of course!
To enjoy a real master moaner at work have at look at the excerpt below that is taken from a piece Jeremy Clarkson wrote about leaving the UK to live somewhere else. It's priceless.
Our Christmas Message
A quick note from all of us at the Friends of Katie website office to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.
Thanks for being part of the site and almost daily we hear of a new Friend who hears Katie's story and so her legacy grows a little more.
UPDATE - OVER £23,000 RAISED!!!
Little Havens have been in touch to give us a new total raised by Friends of Katie.
The current total raised is actually £23,131 - The good work will carry on but Thankyou Everyone.
A Christmas B(log)!
The Editor of the Friends of Katie Website (aka Katie's Dad) shares his latest thoughts with you.
With the cracker season now in full swing you can guarantee the latest joke will be up to the usual high standard!.
Over 7,000 Visits
The Friends of Katie Website are delighted to announce that we have now welcomed our 7,000th visitor to the site.
We see a total of how many unique visitors have visited each day and since our launch in February this year the total is now well over 7,000.
Christmas Room 101.
As the Christmas juggernault rolls on Friends of Katie are giving you the chance to condemn the things we don't like about the festive period to Room 101.
Room 101 comes from George Orwell's novel 1984 and the TV & Radio shows by the same name allow you to banish items to Room 101 for ever. We would like to give our readers the same chance.
Katie - 20 months on....
October 21st meant it was 20 months since we lost Katie.
It has been an emotional time for all Friends of Katie but a lot has been achieved in her memory and this website has helped in keeping her legacy very much alive.
The New Blog - Old Ones Too
Bet you thought, or hoped, he had forgotten.
No such luck, here is the latest from the keyboard of Katie's Dad as he does a fine impression of Ebenezer Scrooge as Christmas draws ever nearer. Also, thanks to our friends at weaveaweb you can now look at the old blogs via the blog tab above.
The Seventh Blog is Here
The seventh blog has arrived – Katie's Dad cannot believe he has inflicted so many on you already!
Oh well, read on and we hope you enjoy it. Beware of the bad joke though.
Another Loss at The Races
Friends of Katie is disappointed to announce that Katie's Dad lost again recently on the horses.
This time Katies Tuitor (and that is how it is spelt) at Wincanton failed miserably. We are reliably informed the horse has now finished the race!
This week's Blog
The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed there was no blog last week.
Anyway, we are pleased to say Katie's Dad has put pen to paper and here is his latest effort..
Gambling Is Bad For You!
Another bad experience for Katie's Dad as he bets on the greyhound Katie Two in the 3.28 at Hove to win and you can guess the rest.
As if supporting Southend United was not a big enough gamble!
The Latest Blog Has Arrived
Katie's Dad has been on that PC again reminiscing about our beautiful Katie.
Please have a read and we hope you enjoy this week's joke - it's of the usual standard.
Kool Katie Not So Cool!
Katie's Dad was wasting his (and his brother's) money again recently as Kool Katie failed to win the 4.25 at Ayr.
How could he resist a horse with a name like that and with numerous greyhounds with Katie in their names too it could be an expensive time ahead!
The Mark Butcher Band - Brilliant
Ex England cricketer Mark Butcher's two hour set at Club Riga in Southend was enjoyed by many Friends of Katie.
Mark was asked after the gig if he would like to play for Nick's XI in Katie's match next year! His answer is confidential.
A Shameless Plug!
Apologies for putting this upon you but as I am sure Katie would not mind it becomes Katie related therefore ok for the site!
If you are from Southend your local football club needs you, if you bring your boots who knows!
Latest Blog is Here
Please take the time to read our latest offering. If you busy right now you could always read it while X Factor or Strictly Come Dancing are on.
Surely your TV set comes with an off switch!
Donating to Little Havens
We have been aksed by a Friend of Katie if it is possible to donate directly to Katie's burgeoning Little Haven's fund via this site.
The answer, unfortunately, is no however it is simple to donate to Little Havens by following their link on our site and clicking on
Golf Day - £2,080 Raised!
We are pleased to announce that the total raised at the golf day for Little Haven was £2,080.
Please read on for details of the cash raised and of the golf itself.
Blog Number Three
The third blog written by Katie's Dad is now available to read.
We hope you enjoy his attempts at humour and also the more serious stuff too. Don't forget the previous blogs, if not on the front page, can be found via the Articles tab.
Cricket Match - New Gallery Added
Please see the new gallery, courtesy of Mitch, with loads of action shots from the game and read on for a full report of the match that resulted in a win for Nick's XI by 29 runs.
A brilliant game played in beautful sunshine and played in the right spirit. Katie would have been impressed, if not a little shocked, by the Man of the Match winner!
Second Blog Is Here!
Like London Buses you wait all that time for one Blog and two come along almost at once!
Katie's Dad has written his second piece, hope you find it enjoyable.
It's Here - Katie's Dad's First Blog
Here it is, Katie's Dad's first blog. We hope you enjoy his first effort.
Now he knows what a blog is you can enjoy his thoughts and hopefully it wont be too long until the next one. Please read on......
Daisy Down Under
One of Katie's many teddy bears has gone with Katie's cousin, Helen, on a three year jaunt to Australia.
Read about Daisy's adventures soon as she begins to enjoy life in Brisbane. Helen has been busy taking Daisy to the beach and the zoo and we now have the photos to prove it!
Now all the excitement of the cricket match and summer party has died down we reflect on the reasons behind it.
The amount of money raised for the two causes was wonderful but the day was about more than just that.
Shirts & Ribbons Still Available
The 2009 Friends of Katie Sky Blue T Shirts proved very popular at the cricket match and are still available to buy.
Please let us know the size you require and they are yours. It was lovely to see so many beng worn on the day. The ribbons are available too for £1.
Childrens' Hospice Week
This week is Children's Hospice Week which aims to raise awareness of the unique services available to children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
It's also about raising vital funds for the UK's children's hospices. During this week last year Katie's parents went on BBC Essex Radio to talk about Katie and Little Havens.
The Saturday evening quiz raised £430 for LH & AIS at the Danbury Mission.
Sunday saw Friends of Katie complete the Southend Half Marathon for Little Havens.
Heart Warming Story
On the day of the cricket match and summer party one moment in particular touched Katie's family.
The nine year old daughter of one of Katie's Dad's neighbours had a lovely surprise for us....
Fund Raising Event in Norfolk
When Fan Brown, Katie's Auntie, decided to arrange a fund raising event in aid of Little Haven Children's Hospice we needed an idea ..
Climb Completed - £515 Raised!
Katie's Auntie Penny completed her climb to the top of Ben Nevis in aid of Little Havens
She finished by lunchtime having set off at dawn. Penny talks of the climb, of peanut butter sandwiches and of being flooded....
England Win The Ashes!
Katie would be delighted that in her hero's last Test Match England have secured the Ashes.
Freddie Flintoff inspired England to a great victory at the Oval and Katie's Dad was lucky enough to be at the ground on Friday to see Stuart Broad rip through the Aussie's batting.
Cricket Match Gallery Now On!
The first version of the 2009 cricket match gallery is now on the site.
Please do send us any phtotos you have of the day and we will add them on to the gallery. Any of Katie's Dad's innings would be particularly welcome!
Katie's Dad realises that when he did his Thankyous he forgot some people.
So to all those who helped make the day so special, and you know who you are, THANKS!
£1,500 Raised So Far
We have not counted all the money yet but it seems that the total will be around £1,500
All this will help Friends of Katie fund up to £20,000 and help the Danbury Mission too!!
Katie's Dad thought it was an omen in the bookies yesterday when he saw a dog called Katie Dear running in the 12.47 at Oxford.
It was 5/2 favourite so naturally he had bet on it to win and.........
Thanks to All the Cake Makers
Not quite sure how the table holding the cakes did not collapse under the weight.
Thanks to all those who baked cakes and also to those who bid successfully in the auction for the leftovers!
Auction News - England Cricket Bat
A cricket bat signed by Freddie Flintoff, Kevin Pieterson, Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss etc. will be in the auction.
Also a signed Southend United shirt and cricket ball signed by Glenn McGrath and Darren Gough.
Living Without Katie
Back in September last year Katie's Dad wrote about life without Katie.
Ths Southend Echo and the Essex Chronicle published the article and it is reproduced here.....
£16,327 Raised For Little Havens
We are pleased to announce the current total raised for LH by Friends of Katie.
We have now raised over £16,300 for Little Haven Children's Hospice in Southend.
Breaking News - Photo Chosen
Among the 100s of beautiful photos of Katie this one has been chosen to publicise the cricket match.
Look out for it in the papers, in the match programme and on this site.
Cricket Match Poster to Download
Poster to advertise the Cricket Match is available here to download.
Please use it to publicise the event.
Money Raised at Cricket Match
Local cricketers raise funds for Little Haven.
Cricketers young and old don their whites for a good cause.
Coffee Mornings - £480 Raised
£480 is raised for Little Havens and the Forget-Me-Not charities
A great effort as friends & colleagues put on pounds but give pounds too!
Katie & The Make-A-Wish Foundation
April 2007 saw Katie and her family enjoy two wonderful days in London.
The trip was thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation....
Katie's Birthday Kiss
Katie was at it again as her Dad celebrated his birthday on May 10th.
While enjoying lunch there came overhead an amazing vapour trail that can only have been one thing!
Race For Life - Completed!
Sarah and Kay complete the Race!
10 minutes quicker than last year despite the heat......
Football Marathon Finished!
The six hour football marathon is over and so are some of the players' football careers!
The weather was kind and over £2,500 has been raised so far. Full story here.
Over £1,700 raised in Katie's Memory
Leeds United fan Gareth Boggis's amazing fund raising for Little Haven.
Here is Gareth's story.....
Charity Quiz To Try At Home!
The Quiz was a great success with £1,050 being raised for the two charities.
The Questions, along with the answers, are now on the site for you to try at home. The winning team scored 84 points out of a possible 100.
Memorial Bench at St Mary's School
Katie attended St Mary's C of E Primary School in Woodham Ferrers and loved her time there. There is now a bench at the school in her memory.
Please read the story of the bench and an interview with her half brothers Toby and Charlie.
Friends of Katie Awards Evening
Wednesday 1st April saw the first Friends of Katie Awards Evening that recognised the hard work of the last 12 months.
How Katie Makes Us Smile
Think it's fair to say that Katie did a great job of making us smile and in many ways continues to do so.
We all must remember how she would brighten our days even when she was unwell and we would like to hear from you..
Cricket and Katie
Katie loved her cricket, she loved playing it and more importantly she loved beating her Dad at it!
Her Dad writes......
Great Ormond Street and Katie
Katie spent some time in Great Ormond Street Hospital and her Mum has recently revisited GOSH.
The story of the visit will be on the site soon and attached is GOSH's leaflet that uses the iconic photo of Katie.
There were many highlights of last years Cricket Match one of which was the number of spectators resplendent in their white Friends of Katie Tee Shirts
Just over two years ago and just after Katie found out that her condition was terminal she was baptised at the Danbury Mission along with her Step-dad Rob. In front of a packed church and showing immense courage Katie read out a truly moving testimony.
Katie's Eulogy by Nick Jackman
At Katie's funeral at St Mary's Church Woodham Ferrers her former youth pastor at The Danbury Mission, Nick Jackman, read her eulogy. Nick would like to share it with you a year on...
A Message from Katie's Step-Dad
It is just over a year since we lost Katie. Katie's funeral was held on March 3rd 2008 and Rob, Katie's step-dad, has written movingly about the extraordinary step-daughter he loved.
New Teenage Beds at Little Haven
Thanks to monies raised by Friends of Katie two extra long teenage beds have been installed at Little Havens. Please read more about where some of your money has gone.
February 21st 2009
Saturday February 21st 2009 was the first anniversary of Katie's passing and her family faced the difficult decision of how to spend the day.
Friends of Katie US Style
Across the pond in the US there is the another Friends of Katie website which is dedicated to 13 year-old Katie McBride who passed away on March 1st 2008 following an 18 month battle against leukaemia
The website contains her story, photographs, a Guest book plus information on fundraising events.
Fans of Southend United and Katie
Football fans often get a bad name, Southend supporters show this is not always the case....
When Katie died we put a note on the message board of Shrimperzone (A forum for fans of Southend United) as we knew that would be way of telling Southend fans who knew of Katie the news.