A Ross-on-Wye based charity, Hope Support Services, have received a cheque for £1250, from a local organisation, The Knock On Effect (TKOE).
TKOE raises funds for charities, all over the UK, which supports anyone connected with cancer; whether they have the illness themselves, or if they are a friend or a family member.
It is run by the family of Rosie Kilburn, a Newent teenager who died in 2011 from a rare form of cancer.
Rosie established The Knock On Effect in 2009, when she was 17. She held an art auction, which raised £10,000. From this, Rosie went on to develop the organisation that raises money for many charities which provides support for those affected by cancer.
In September 2011 Rosie died, aged 19. Since starting TKOE she has raised thousands of pounds for the charities she wanted to support, and she wanted her friends and family to continue her work. She renewed her website’s domain hours before she died.
Her parents, Jo and Chris, and some family friends continue to raise funds for charities across the UK, and since it’s creation, TKOE has raised almost £50,000.
On January 3rd 2017, Rosie would have turned 25. To mark the occasion, Hope Support Services, along with another charity, Forget Me Not Childrens Hospice, each received £1250.
Jo, Rosie’s mum, said that The Knock On Effect tries to make a donation to two charities every year on Rosie’s birthday. She said that Rosie became connected with Hope Support Services after she first set up TKOE.
Rosie met Sue Trevethan, the charity’s founder, and Sammy Jay-Powell, a Youth Development Officer. "She thought it was a fabulous charity, that did exactly what she was hoping to do; to give close support to friends and family affected by cancer," Jo told the Gazette.
She said that many people fundraise for TKOE through different means; the charity itself has items, such as t-shirts and jewellery, for sale on its website, and the proceeds are fed back into the TKOE. Some supporters will take part in charity challenges to collect sponsorship. Some people will ask for money for their birthday, instead of gifts, and donate that to TKOE, and some funds are collected during funerals.
Jo told the Ross Gazette that she would like to thank everyone who has supported The Knock On Effect, and she also wanted to thank Hope Support Services itself, for keeping Rosie’s dream alive.
Lorna Russell, Administrator of Hope Support Services, told the Ross Gazette:?“We were told last year that we were one of the charities lucky enough to benefit, but we had no idea of how much The Knock On Effect’s wonderful supporters had raised until we saw it on the blog and the cheque came through.
We rely on community donations, so this money will really help us to support young people when a family member has a life threatening illness.
“Rosie really admired the work that we do, so it was really fitting that the cheque had been sent on her 25th birthday – after all, it all started with her!”
To find out more about The Knock On Effect, please visit: https://theknockoneffect.wordpress.com