In 2008 our youngest son, Ted, was diagnosed with a very rare form of bone cancer, Ewings Sarcoma. The shock of this diagnosis impacted all through our family and we embarked on what was to be the most harrowing and gruelling time of our lives. During the first few months, we were overwhelmed by the kindness, support and generosity of CLIC Sargent. Basically, they were there to pick up the pieces from day one and guide us through this turbulent time. In May 2009, my Husband, Owen, decided he wanted to give something back to the organisations that had helped Ted and us as a family. Owen has a cricket coaching background and decided to arrange a 20-20 cricket match in our home town of Blandford . This evening proved to be such a success and with the help of some lovely local people organising raffles, prizes and baking cakes we were astonished to raise over £2,000. This gave us the idea along with Ted’s input to call the event ‘Teddy20’ which is a play on the cricket shorter game of twenty20. It seemed to lend itself very well to our little idea! This was to be the beginning of our journey into becoming our own Charitable organisation.
Tragically, after an immense fight against the evil that is cancer our little Ted passed away peacefully in June 2010 at the tender age of 10.
In May 2014 Teddy20 became a registered charity in England and Wales and continues to support children and young people with cancer.