We’ve been blown away by the incredible determination of the The Christian White Memorial Fund. This in-memory fundraising venture was started to raise money for research into glioblastoma brain tumours. And, it’s done incredible things over the past six months.
The White family set up their Supporter Group with us in June 2022. This was after losing their son, Christian, to a glioblastoma aged just seventeen. Since then, they’ve run, rowed and held a charity auction to help accelerate a cure. Along the way, they’ve raised an amazing £65,000 to date, with many more events planned!
Christian was a gentle, kind and loyal young man. He was devoted to his family, friends and pets, including his beloved Cavapoo, Bella. He was an avidly curious scientist and did brilliantly in the classroom when he could attend school. As a young boy he was a promising long-distance runner, and he loved athletics and team sports, especially rugby and cricket. At 12, Christian contracted the debilitating chronic fatigue condition M.E., so could only rarely attend secondary school and had to give up sport.
Christian began to experience the symptoms of a brain tumour very suddenly. He had balance and speech issues, his facial muscles were affected, he had mobility issues on the right side of his body and lost peripheral vision in his left eye. After a biopsy at Great Ormond Street Hospital, he received a diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme. Following that, he began a six-week round of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
The family were able to keep Christian at home for his end-of-life care. This was thanks to the staff of Shooting Stars Hospice and carers from Angela Hamlyn.
In-memory fundraising for a cure
The in-memory fundraising started in June 2022. The White family and friends raised over £12,000 for The Charity at Christian’s funeral. Since then, the Fund has been tireless in their efforts to accelerate progress in brain tumour research. September saw Christian’s father, Jonathan, his godfather, Mark, and Jonathan’s godson, Freddie, run the Ealing Half-Marathon for us. This was just two days after what would have been Christian’s eighteenth birthday. They raised a fantastic £9,000!
Keeping up the in-memory fundraising momentum, the Fund – and Christian’s school, Latymer Upper School – then organised a charity auction dinner in October. This featured a live band, raffle and sit-down meal with a live auction. Our Founders, Neil and Angela Dickson, attended and spoke about The Charity’s work. The event was a great success, with over £45,000 being raised to help drive forward research and make a difference to the lives of those affected by glioblastoma.
If that wasn’t enough, later in October, Jaime Chueca, a schoolmate of Christian’s, organised an indoor rowing fundraiser, recruiting as many rowers as possible to row a combined distance of 500km – with their brilliant efforts livestreamed. Over £5,190 was raised for the Fund! Christian’s friend will also be holding a charity bake sale on Saturday 10 December 2022 at Upper Latymer School’s Christmas Fair.
Firzana Khan, The Brain Tumour Charity’s Community Fundraiser for London and Central England, said:
Honouring Christian’s memory
We’re so grateful to The Christian White Memorial Fund for choosing our research programme to fundraise for. We are in awe of all their achievements so far. But we know they’re not done yet. The Fund plan to continue raising money and at the same time honouring Christian’s memory. Thank you – we can’t wait to see what’s to come!
You can keep up to date on the Fund’s activities via their website, here.