Case Study: Alice

There’s no getting away from the fact that we can’t help children and their families without charitable donations. Many amazing people organise a wide range of events every year or join in with some already arranged and choose us as their charity.

Nine year old Alice Gawthorpe was so moved by the idea of children with cancer she decided to do her own fundraising to donate a duck to a child having treatment at Leeds General Infirmary.

But her fundraising ideas were so successful she ended up making enough money to buy a whole flock of 12 ducks, after raising an incredible £300.

Alice organised an Easter fun day at her home with around 40 friends and family attending. She planned activities including a tombola, a raffle, guess the name of duck, guess how many Smarties in the jar and she even made a trip to her local family pub with her Mum, Dad and sister Poppy to sell raffle tickets!
Keen to educate her school friends about Chemo Duck, Alice also prepared and delivered a PowerPoint presentation about Chemo Duck at school to help raise awareness of the charity.

Alice, age 9 from Church Fenton near Leeds says: “I think Give a Duck is a great charity to help children with cancer. I just wanted to make a child’s life with cancer happier, make them smile and hopefully they won’t feel lonely.”

Why raise money for us?

Having cancer is a scary thing. And it’s even worse when you’re a child who perhaps isn’t old enough to understand everything that’s happening to you.

Give A Duck works with play leaders, nursing staff and families with children at Principal Treatment Centres and other hospitals in the UK to help make things a little less scary. Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program was developed in the US by specialists to alleviate anxiety and create huggable hope.

Read more about the Give A Duck education programme and the pack children are given here.

If you have another idea about how to raise money, drop us an e-mail

Our Chemo Duck mascot sometimes drops in to fundraising events, so let us know if you’d like him to come along to your event!