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saturday 14th may 2016

Time to say another BIG Thank You to Alastair and the team at DUNDAS Butchers in BREASTON for their ongoing support for the charity and our causes.

Alastair very kindly has one of our collection boxes permanently sitting on his counter top and every time it is full to the brim we exchange it for another.

This time his wonderful customers have filled the box with £47.90 of their small change.

Thank you thank you!

may 12th 2016

Join us on June 5th at The Glee Club in Nottingham for an evening of laughter. The Charitables are hosting a Stand Up for The Jessica Hope Foundation comedy night fundraising for the charity in memory of Jess and supporting our brain cancer causes.

For tickets please follow the link on The Jessica Hope Foundation FaceBook page or click on the image below be taken to The Glee Club website 

april 16th 2016

WE are enormously grateful to Jess' school Trent College, HMC Independent School for their continuing support for the charity and our children and young adult's Brain Cancer causes. 
Since January the school has kindly auctioned off a Beefy Botham signed cricket bat - donated to us by B3 Cricket - at the annual Sporting Dinner raising over £160. 
Last month Head of School Emma Sutherland organised a sixth form Wear a Hat day which raised over £250 and yesterday the Sports department held a hugely entertaining (..the boys wore netball dresses..) charity netball tournament!
Many thanks again.

11th april 2016

Massive THANK YOU and WELL DONE to Oscar Sinfield - a friend of Jess' at Trent College, HMC Independent School - who ran the Manchester Marathon in memory of Jess yesterday and completed the challenge in a brilliant 3 hours 12 minutes!
..and a big Thank You for helping us to spread awareness about brain tumours in young people and raising £250 for The Jessica Hope Foundation. 
There is still time to support Oscar and the charity at


28th january auction of ian botham signed cricket bat at trent college

BIG THANK YOU to Michael Blatherwick - of B3 Cricket - who has very generously donated one of their brand new cricket bats to the charity. 

Michael was at a sporting event recently with one of England cricket's all-time greats - Ian Botham - who kindly agreed to sign the bat for us! 

..and an equally BIG Thank You to Trent College, HMC Independent Schoolwho will be auctioning the bat to raise funds for the charity at this evening's annual Sporting Dinner.

The auction raised £160 for the charity! Many thanks to the winner for their generous donation to our brain cancer cause.

enterprise cake sale 15th january

Thank you to Sam Hands who nominated us and coordinated the event! All 6 Nottinghamshire branches of Enterprise Car Rental got involved with staff wearing purple to work and making cakes to sell raising funds for the foundation and our young peoples brain cancer causes. Well Done all!

elms michaelmas market November 22nd 2015

Again a great success with our small charity stand raising over £250 for the foundation and our brain cancer causes.

Saturday 22nd August


All the very best and a HUGE Thank You to University of Nottingham student Olivia Kaluna who will be doing her charity Wing Walk for HOPE - in memory of Jess - above the Essex countryside tomorrow.

Libby is doing the Wing Walk with company Life Changing Challenges and was talking about student life, her fundraising work and her forthcoming challenge in the Nottingham Post yesterday..…/…/story.html

If you would like to support Libby's amazing challenge here is the link to her MyDonate page:

saturday 4th july

Trent College Speech Day

Jess' Year 13 group gather around her newly finished memorial on their last day at school today.

thursday 29th may

Thank you to Meggie Jordan for creating this collage of photos showing progress on Jess' beautiful memorial at Trent College


Wednesday 27th may coast to coast

HUGE Thank You and best of luck to Head of Psychology at Nottingham High School Andrew Martin and his team who are attempting to cycle from coast to coast fundraising for the foundation today! Follow their progress and pictures here..


Thursday 26th March 2015

Some excellent and some very funny pictures of Jess' friends and teachers during the 6th Form Charity Netball Tournament last Friday afternoon. 

A BIG Thank You to everyone who played, supported and donated - the event raised over £260 for the foundation.

Just love the boys in their little red dresses!

Wednesday 11th March 2015

Lovely to see that work on the Memorial Garden and seating area for Jess at Trent College has started.

A HUGE Thank You to Trent staff and parents who have supported us in creating and building the memorial.

..And Thank You to Meggie Jordan for her vision, which will see The Jessica Hope Foundation logo that Jess’ cousin Alex Crabtree kindly designed, become a lovely garden and seating area for Jess friends, family and all present and future members of the Trent community to enjoy.

The hope is that it will be completed by the Easter holiday to give Jess’ friends some time to enjoy the area before they complete their A levels this summer.


Thursday 19th February 2015

It was lovely to meet Rolls Royce Derby Apprentice and Graduate team members Charlotte and Steven yesterday.  

Rolls Royce Derby will be supporting the charity throughout 2015 and fundraising for us through a number of events and challenges.

HUGE thank you for your support and BIG thank you to Sam Woodford who put our charity forward for consideration!

Tuesday 17th February

Jess' cousin Katie has just finished working on these beautiful standing wooden HOPE words. If you are interested in owning one click on the picture to be taken to Katie's business Facebook page - Ella and Joe

Tuesday 3rd February 2015

Many thanks Will and a BIG thank you to all the Church Wilne Rotary Club members for their support for the foundation and our young people's brain cancer causes.

'Great Evening at Church Wilne Rotary Club. Lovely food, felt very welcome and was great to tell the story of my 3 Peaks Challenge and the Jessica Hope Foundation. Received a cheque for £610 for the challenge and the Foundation. Thank you so much it's greatly appreciated!'

Tuesday 27th January

A special day tinged with sadness..

Just returned from a private tour around the new Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Nottingham Children's Hospital, QMC, which will finally open its doors this Sunday.

No sneak-peak photos allowed I'm afraid,.. but it does look very much like the units in Leicester and at Nottingham City Hospital. Official photos will become available at the Media launch event in March/April time.

Really pleased to see the lovely, warm, homely therapeutic spaces they have created. The unit will most certainly enhance the quality of care and the quality of life for young adults across the East Midlands living with cancer.

Thank you to the East Midlands Teenage Cancer Trust team for giving me the opportunity to have a look round..

Saturday 24th January

Just received a donation of £404 from Nottingham Business SchoolNottingham Trent University which was raised by students during their Business Enterprise Module last year.

Friday 9th January 2015

A very belated Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year to all our supporters..!
Whether you organised a fundraising event, are helping to spread the word, are selling or bought any of our small range of handmade products, took up an amazing personal challenge or kindly made a donation we are deeply grateful to you for your involvement in the foundation we set up in memory of our beautiful girl.

There are a number of fundraising activities already planned for 2015, but if you have any ideas and want to get involved please do get in contact with us and we can help you set things up.

..And just to let you know, the final fundraising activity of 2014 was completed on 31st December in 2 hours 11 minutes 32 seconds around a very frosty Keyworth! Phil Turton’s 10+2 Challenge came to a close after 2 chest infections, 1 broken shoulder, 2 Marathons, 9 official and 1 unofficial Half Marathons and Phil raised an enormous £4,930 for The Jessica Hope Foundation!
A FANTASTIC achievement Phil - and a MASSIVE Thank You and Well Done from us!

Friday 19th December

Just heard!..
MASSIVE MASSIVE congratulations and thank you to the members of the team from Nottingham supporting The Jessica Hope Foundation who have made it to the summit of KILIMANJARO in the last few hours!
A small number of the team did not get there and had to return to base as a result of altitude sickness, but most importantly everyone is safe.
We had a text message from an exhausted and broken but elated David Pavier to say it was the toughest, craziest thing he has ever done and that they are now on the descent!! If you would like to sponsor David and support the Jessica Hope Foundation and our brain cancer causes click on the picture to visit his MyDonate page. Thank you.
Can't wait to see some great pictures - we'll post some when received.

Monday 15th December

Thank You to Lyndsay Wright who is Head of Music at De L'Isle College in Loughborough and her team of music students who entertained customers in the Carillon Centre in Loughborough for an hour this afternoon singing Christmas carols and raised £134.50 for us!

Thursday 11th December

Huge Thank You to Dagfa School in Beeston who have been filling one of our collection boxes this term over the course of  a number of fundraising events. We collected it and counted it all today and the pupils, teachers and friends have so far raised £231 for the foundation!! 


Today is Jess's birthday. Jess would have been 18 years old today. We miss everything about her, every moment of every day, but especially miss her laughter, her hugs, her gentleness and her beauty.

Happy birthday Jess, with all our love always and forever. xxxx

Monday 2nd December

HUGE Thank You to Jess' coaches and team-mates at Long Eaton Junior Netball Club who presented the foundation with a cheque for £1063 yesterday from fundraising events during the year!! The club's ongoing support is greatly appreciated.

Thursday 20th November

Thank you Bev Dutton of Pumpkinz Coffee House in Draycott who has kindly offered to display and sell some of our homemade charity items on their shelves.

Monday 17th November

Meet Jo Foster - one of Jess’ great friends and fellow student at Trent College, HMC Independent School. 

Jo has been fundraising tirelessly and almost constantly since Jess fell ill in April 2012 when they were both in Year 10 and aged just 15.

 During Jess’ illness Jo arranged a charity Tennis Tournament at school and raised £1500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust and since we lost Jess in February last year Jo - with the help of family and friends - has raised a further £6000 for The Jessica Hope Foundation through a multitude of events, raffles, auctions and more!!

 ..AND Jo still has a few fundraising ventures up her sleeve..

Here's a picture of Jo (who is now 17 years old and in Yr 13) and John (trying to grab the camera..) taken yesterday, when Jo brought round the latest donation cheque!

 Words really cannot do justice to how grateful we are for Jo’s support and friendship - she is an absolutely extraordinary young woman – and we are very, very proud of her outstanding fundraising achievements for the charity.

Thursday 13th November

 Many thanks Jean Whitmore and friends who have kindly decided to donate £200 of the proceeds raised at this year's Breaston Village Garden Party to the foundation and our brain cancer causes. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Wednesday 12th November - Teenage Cancer Unit Progress report..

Oh dear oh dear... Unfortunately due to unforeseen problems with steam and medical gas piping installation the Children and Young Adult's Oncology and Neurosciences Ward redevelopment at QMC has stalled..
What a huge disappointment and how very frustrating for the young patients and their families and for all the clinical staff who simply want to provide the best quality care and are currently unable to do so..
The areas should have been completed in early Autumn ready for the usual Winter bed crises, then it was the end of November and now it is looking likely to be January/February time!
We will keep everyone updated. Watch this space..

Monday 10th November BBC Inside Out East Midlands



Tuesday 4th November

Pieter’s on the run again..

Great friend Pieter Pretorius started running on the morning of Saturday 1st November and is still going strong!

Over the course of 7 days Pieter will be covering 250km in the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon – an absolutely EXTRAORDINARY challenge - supporting The Jessica Hope Foundation.

 Here is his wife Jane’s update from yesterday: ‘Pieter has completed the first 3 runs of 25, 35 and 40 kms in roughly 3.5, 4.5 and 5.5 hours. I think it's been tough but he is currently in 20th place out of around 70 runners, so he must be ok. Tomorrow is the toughest day - 70km over rough terrain and they'll be running into the night. You can get updates via which also has a Facebook link’


Monday 3rd November

Huge thanks Jen Billard,  fellow Long Eaton Ladies Probus members and friends who hosted a Coffee Morning recently and raised £305 for The Jessica Hope Foundation.

Monday 20th October

Well Done to Catriona Simpson who completed her first half marathon in the BUPA Great Birmingham Run at the weekend in 2 hours and 4 minutes!

And a HUGE Thank You for running in memory of Jess and raising over £400 (including gift aid) for the charity!!

Sunday 19th October


We had a fantastic night raising money in memory of Jessie - thanks so much Sadi Khan!
The turban tying competition was just the best laugh in a very long time!
..and over £800 was raised for the foundation!! Well done and thank you everyone!

Monday 13th October

Time to say another MASSIVE thank you to all our supporters who are working so hard fundraising in memory of Jess. 

We have just sent off a further cheque for £15,000 to Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre.

It brings the total we have given CBTRC since losing Jess to £100,000. 

This is in addition to the many, many thousands given to HeadSmart, Rainbows, NUH charity (for updating the Children's Oncology and Neurosciences ward), the events and trips we have funded for young people in the East Midlands living with cancer and the multitude of items bought for the ward..

We desperately miss Jess every single day, but continue to find some comfort in the belief that we are helping to improve the outlook for other youngsters diagnosed with brain tumours and brain cancers in the future.

Thank you again x

Saturday 11th October.

Thank you to staff and patients at Keyworth Medical Practice who are currently helping to spread awareness and raise funds for the charity during their annual flu vaccination programme

Monday 29th September

Its been a very busy events weekend, with Milan and friends organising a fundraising charity cake stall at Dagfa school on Friday, the Trent College PSA Ball with a charity raffle (run by Ellie and Lucy Hands and raising £1100 for us!!) on Saturday evening and 5 participants running for Jess and FINISHING the Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday morning!!

HUGE Thank you and well done to all!

Milan and friend Dagfa cake stall

Milan and friend Dagfa cake stall

Pieter Pretorius ran the marathon in 3 hours 48 minutes!

Pieter Pretorius ran the marathon in 3 hours 48 minutes!

Phil Turton - nursing a recently operated on shoulder - completing the full marathon. Now THAT'S what I call true grit!

Phil Turton - nursing a recently operated on shoulder - completing the full marathon. Now THAT'S what I call true grit!

Hannah Lacey and Michelle Young celebrating finishing the half marathon in 2 hours 15 minutes.

Hannah Lacey and Michelle Young celebrating finishing the half marathon in 2 hours 15 minutes.

Friday 19th September

Many thanks Dagfa School in Beeston, who's Year 11 pupils have kindly chosen The Jessica Hope Foundation as one of their charities this academic year. Jess had some close friends who attended Dagfa and other pupils knew her through her brother Tom and so the charity is very personal to them.

They have a number of fundraising events already planned including a cake stall, dessert trolley at their quiz night and a stall at the school's Christmas Fayre.

Wednesday 17th September

Ex Bilborough College pupil and current Medical Student at Birmingham University Catriona Simpson sporting her new foundation Teeshirt!

Catriona is in training and will be running in the BUPA Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 19th October.

To sponsor Catriona click on the picture

Thursday 11th September

Another HUGE Thank you to Manor Pharmacies in the Nottingham and Derby area for their continued support for The Jessica Hope Foundation. Their customers have raised £273.50 in our collection boxes in the last 2 months

Tuesday 9th September

Many thanks to Rushcliffe School and especially ex-pupil Nicole Pavier for your ongoing support for the foundation. We have just received a cheque for £698.33 from their Charity Day last term.

Sunday 7th September

MASSIVE well done and thank you to Uncle Peter who completed his London to Paris cycling challenge yesterday evening.

Peter has now raised over £1800 for the charity !!

Saturday 6th September

Jess's Uncle Peter is currently cycling from London to Paris fundraising for the foundation and riding in memory of Jess. Here's a picture of him this morning - day 3 and the last day of the ride - just before setting off on the final  push to Paris! 

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Peter has already raised over £1400 ! Massive Thank you for your support.

He's there on the far left sporting his foundation lycra!

Wednesday 6th August


Our supporters continue to help spread the word, take up crazy (and not-so-crazy) challenges, organise fundraising events and donate generously and so this week we have given a further £15,000 to the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre.

HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for keeping Jess's memory alive and kindly giving your time, energy and money xx

Sadly, during each and every week of this lovely summer holiday 10 more UK families will be devastated to learn that their beautiful, innocent child has brain cancer.

Tuesday 8th July

Click on the picture to see Will and the team on East Midlands Today!

Sunday 6th July - Day 3: Snowdon

OUTSTANDING and monumental achievement by Will on The Mountain Beast hand-cycle!.

Will reached the summit of Snowdon at 3.14pm today with Sam and Tom at his sides. Incredibly proud. Very emotional..

Click on either picture below to sponsor Will and the team and help us fund the fight to beat brain cancer in young people. Thank you.

Will, Big Jess, John, Sam and Tom at the summit

Will, Big Jess, John, Sam and Tom at the summit

Jess's brothers Sam and Tom with Will on the last steps to the summit..

Jess's brothers Sam and Tom with Will on the last steps to the summit..

Saturday 5th July - Day 2: Skiddaw


Whoop whoop!! Will and the team reached the summit of Skiddaw at about 4.30pm today! Well Done to all!! 

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The 3 Peaks team at the summit of Skiidaw!

The 3 Peaks team at the summit of Skiidaw!

Friday 4th July - Day 1: Ben Nevis

What a day!  Shockingly atrocious weather prevented the team reaching the summit of Ben Nevis today... Torrential rain, wind gusts of 60mph and wind-chill factor bringing temperatures down to -6 degrees!!

Will's determination never wavered, but safety had to come first and the decision was made to return to base after 10 hours of immense toiling.

Understandably despondent they retreated to the pub for beers.!!

Thursday 3rd July  'And They're Off!.."

Will and his team set off for the 3 Peaks 3 Wheels 3 Days challenge this morning.

They are heading to Scotland and the first and Highest peak of the challenge - Ben Nevis!.

Best of luck and hope the weather forecast improves!!

Click on the team picture to sponsor Will in his HERCULEAN challenge for Jess

Click on the team picture to sponsor Will in his HERCULEAN challenge for Jess

Wednesday 2nd July

Will carb-loading this evening for his 3 Peaks Challenge!! 300g of spagetti - weighed when dry - and he finished it! Largest bowl of pasta I have EVER seen! 

Tuesday 1st July

electric shocks!

electric shocks!

HUGE Thank You and Well Done Emma Lynch who raised £522 for the foundation and our children's brain cancer causes during her GRUELLING Total Warrior challenge in Leeds last weekend!

Sunday 29th June

Well done and thank you to all involved in the charity tennis and netball tournaments at Trent College today.
The netball tournament was completed and the tennis matches were down to the last eight in the knock-out..and then the rains came..!
But not before we had seen some great action and had lots of laughs - John G was particularly entertaining!
We will let you know the final total raised once we hear!
Many, many thanks again xx

Friday 27th June

BIG Thank You and Well Done Tayla Evans and friends of Wilsthorpe School who raised £500 for the foundation during their 2 night Drama Showcase this week!

Your support for the charity and our causes in memory of Jess is very very much appreciated x

Thursday 19th June

Big THANK YOU to a team of 10 local and national businesses: Willmott Dixon, Gleeds, Cartwright Communications, CPMG, Alea Nottingham, Spaceoutdoor, Core Architects, TrentBuild, CouchPerryWilkes and Shakespeares who have today donated £1600 towards Will's AMAZING 3 Peaks Challenge.

Here are a number of the team at a photo opportunity with Will, Jess and John earlier today.

Friday 13th June

Really exciting!

The Jessica Hope Foundation, The Monty Crew and their Hadrian's Wall Challenge are on the HOME PAGE of the BT Mydonate website!

Thank you Jo of Fides Media for seeking us out and telling our story..

Click on the picture to go to BT Mydonate Home Page 

Thursday 12th June

Thank you Liberty and friends of Elms School, Trent College who ran one of the Nottingham Races For Life recently and raised £100 for our charity!

Tuesday 10th June

Lovely video that Jess' close friend Sav Fishel has posted on YouTube as a tribute to Jess and promoting her up-coming EXTREME challenge

Click on the image to watch the video.

Thank you!

Friday 6th June

Big Thank You to Judy Fishel and friends who raised £304 last night at Judy's Wine and Cheese Tasting!

Everyone have a lovely evening and would like Judy to organise another one!

Perhaps an annual event?!

Monday 2nd June



Will Blanche and most of his team had a tremendously successful weekend in the Lake District training for his 3 Peaks, 3 Days, 3 Wheels challenge in early July. They made it to within a few hundred metres of the top of Skiddaw (saving the summit for the main event!)

Will is feeling really confident, lets hope his team are up to the challenge too!

Will's efforts and his hand cycle - The Mountain Beast - generated lots of interest on the mountain from other hikers and plenty of The Jessica Hope Foundation information leaflets were handed out. Some of those who stopped to talk have kindly donated to Will's challenge already!

If you would like to support Will click on the picture of Skiddaw to visit his MyDonate fundraising page

Many thanks 

Thursday 29th May

Our thanks to Jenny Billard who has recently become President of Long Eaton Ladies Probus Club and has chosen The Jessica Hope Foundation as one of the charities that she and the club will be supporting for the next 18 months. 

Tuesday 27th May

Big thank you Ockbrook School's Year 12 Young Enterprise team who raise £112.10 for the foundation during recent fundraising activities!

Monday 26th May

We had a lovely day at Carsington Water yesterday on the fundraising Hope Bike Ride. There weather was just right for running, walking and cycling and the rain held off.

Well done and thank you to everyone who came along and especially to Jess' friend Elliot Wragg for organising the event.

We think it should become an annual outing!

Saturday 24th May

Jo Foster, Trent College pupil and good friend of our Jess' is organising a Silent Auction fundraiser for the charity!

Bidding close at midnight on Sunday 6th July.

To PLACE A BID - EMAIL JO at the address in the image...

Click on the picture to enlarge..

Place your bids!

Thursday 22nd May

Looks like all the youngsters from Nottingham Children's Hospital had a fantastic night at Annie's Burger Shack last night. Some very full tummies, some new friendships forged and they even played Trivial Pursuits at the tables! Thank you all for helping us make these outing possible.

Monday 12th May

The youngsters from Nottingham Children's Hospital had an absolutely fantastic evening at the Katy Perry concert in Nottingham last night. Thank you Catherine Gibney for organising the outing,  sending us pictures through the evening and to all our supporters for helping to make the evening possible! 

Saturday 10th May

Just to keep all you wonderful supporters up to date with where your money is being spent.. We have just sent off a cheque for £10,000 towards the conversion and enhancement of the teenage and children's oncology unit that is currently underway at the QMC

We understand that it is all coming along nicely and hope to have some sneak pictures to post in the near future! Many thanks to everyone x

Thursday 8th May

HUGE Thanks again to Rushcliffe School in West Bridgford who have sent us a further cheque - this time for £576 - following more in-school fundraising events in support of The Jessica Hope Foundation.

..and a special thank you to Nicole Pavier, our advocate at the school, for continuing to support our BRAIN CANCER causes in memory of Jess.

Friday 2nd May

Lovely words from Professor David Walker - Consultant Paediatric Oncologist and head of the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) here in Nottingham -  who will be cycling in honour of Jess this summer on the University of Nottingham Life Cycle 4 challenge. This year the event will be fundraising for the CBTRC.

For more information and if you would like to sponsor David click on the picture: 

Tuesday 1st April

HUGE Thank You to The West Bridgford School for their recent fundraising work for the foundation.

John went along to morning assembly today and received a cheque e for £1603.98 from Rebecca (yr10) and Olivia (yr11)!

They have also created a lovely JHF display on one of the school noticeboards that John went along to see after assembly..

Sunday 23rd March

Will, The Mountain Beast hand cycle  and the team had a very successful training day in the Derbyshire Dales yesterday!

Eventful and challenging with some new lessons learnt!..

If you would like to support Will in his amazing 3 Peaks, 3 Wheels, 3 Days adventure please click on the picture. Thank you!

Friday 21st March

Just to let you know that thanks to your tremendous support we have recently given a further £10,000 to the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre based here in Nottingham.

John, Jess B and Catherine Gibney ( member of staff on the Children's Oncology Day Unit) have also been busy organising a very special outing for 10 young patients and 2 staff members to attend the forthcoming Katy Perry concert at the Capital FM Arena on May 11th!

Food and drinks will be included and the patients will have fantastic seats right in the heart of the action! There was great excitement when they heard the news!

We are planning another outing to see Ed Sheeran later in the year.

We couldn't do this without you. Thank you again x

Thursday 20th March

Big Thank You to Helen Mitchem and all the 6th Wollaton Guides who raised £163 for The Jessica Hope Foundation at their wonderful Talent Show recently!

They are planning further fund-raising events for later in the year and will continue to support our charity.


Friday 7th March

MASSIVE thank you to Robert Westerman and Louise Roberts, directors of W Westerman Ltd, for their enormously generous donation of £5000 to The Jessica Hope Foundation.


It is the LARGEST donation we have ever received from a local business or individual.

Absolutely fantastic!

Wednesday 5th March

Nottingham Life Cycle 2014

Click on the image to see the press release that the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC) and the University of Nottingham published yesterday.

This year the Vice Chancellor of Nottingham University and a group of cycling enthusiasts have teamed up with Professor David Walker of the CBTRC and aim to raised £500,000 for children's brain tumour research. Nottingham Life Cycle is a fundraising 1400 mile cycle challenge around Britain planned for 14th - 31st August this year. 

The cyclists will ride in honour of all young people currently undergoing treatment, who are in remission and those who have sadly lost their battle. Professor Walker will be cycling for Jess.

To sponsor Professor Walker click on his picture.

Tuesday 4th March

One year on and back to Parliament again...


Attending the Brain Tumour Research event at Speakers House. 

Raising brain cancer awareness in memory of Jess..

John and Professor David Walker, together with the White family, the delegation from Nottingham. Professor Walker was one of the team of Specialist who cared for Jess during her illness.

Sunday 2nd March

Many thanks to everyone involved in One Minute Seven, who raised £700.55 over the course of their 3 performances at Trent College Arden Theatre this week. We are deeply grateful to you all for supporting the charity. 

Excellent News! Friday27th Feb

Final approval has been granted for the Teenage Cancer Unit for Nottingham Children's Hospital based at Queen's Medical Centre. I would like to think that our voices helped make it happen... 

Our only regret is that it comes too late for Jess.

Click on the NHS picture to read the piece released by the NUH Communications team..

Friday 27th February

Will, The Mountain Beast and The Jessica Hope Foundation in the news again today! Click on the picture to see the article in the Nottingham Post!

If you would like to sponsor Will please visit  The Jessica Hope Foundation MyDonate page and click on the '3 Peaks 3 Wheels' event section. Thank you!

Wednesday 26th February

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Trent College friends setting off sky lanterns in memory of Jess this evening.

Tuesday 25th February

Will, The Mountain Beast and The Jessica Hope Foundation are in the news today! They were on the early morning BBC East Midlands Today and are likely to be on again at 1.30pm and 6.30pm - but no guarantees!

To sponsor Will for his AMAZING challenge in memory of Jess and fundraising to fight brain cancer in young people please click on the picture and you will be taken to his MyDonate page. Thank you!

Sunday 23rd February

John has been delivering more items to the Children and Young Adult's Oncology Ward at QMC Nottingham this week.

He dropped off some more desktop Dyson Cooling Fans and children's folding work tables.

Together with senior ward staff we are also in the process of arranging and funding an Exclusive Hospitality Experience outing for a group of the ward's teens to attend one of the BIG forthcoming concerts at The Capital FM Arena here in Nottingham!

We could not  continue to purchase and arrange all these things without your generous ongoing support.

Thank you x

Friday 21st February

You can follow the link to the video of Will's BBC interview from yesterday by clicking on the picture. To support Will in his AMAZING challenge visit his MyDonate page:

Friday 21st February

Here is the link to Will's article in the Leicester Mercury today!

Click on the picture to see the article..

3pm Thursday 20th

Quick update. The BBC EMT piece might go on air tomorrow/Friday 21st instead of today. We won't know until 6pm today! Sorry. Keep watching..

Press Release on Media Day Thursday 20th February

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The Jessica Hope Challenge: 3 Peaks, 3 Wheels, 3 Days

In July I will be attempting to conquer Ben Nevis, Skiddaw and Snowdon, 3 of the highest peaks in Britain.

This isn’t the standard 3 Peak Challenge attempted and completed by thousands of people a year. I was born with spina bifida and use a wheelchair. RGK Wheelchairs have donated an all terrain hand cycle so the challenge can be completed unaided.

I have one reason for doing this. In April 2011 a beautiful 14 year old girl was a bridesmaid at the wedding of mine and my wife’s. One year later our beautiful bridesmaid was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. In February of 2013 Jessica Hope Gauntley died after a 10 month battle, aged just 16.

The Jessica Hope Foundation was established by John and Karen, Jessie’s parents, together with my own wife Jess. All the funds raised from my challenge will go towards funding the fight against brain cancer in young people. The foundation supports the children’s cancer ward at QMC, Headsmart, and the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre.

To find out more information about this challenge and the foundation that I am raising money for please visit: Twitter: @3peaks3wheels


Wednesday 19th February

Media day tomorrow!

It's the official launch of Will Blanche's 3 Peaks, 3 Wheels, 3 Days, Jessica Hope Challenge tomorrow.


He and Jess B, John and Tom are off to Stoke to meet RGK Wheelchairs the company who built Will's hand cycle.

The BBC East Midlands Today team will be there filming for the news later that afternoon and an interview with Will is being broadcast on BBC Radio Leicester.

 There will also be an article in tomorrow's local newspaper -  The Leicester Mercury!

More after events tomorrow!

Saturday 15th February

Many thanks Helen Thomas - a member of our extended family who is going on a sponsored diet for The Jessica Hope Foundation!

Helen has a sweet tooth, but hopes to lose 3 stone in the next few months in her 'Shrinking for Jess' challenge!

Best of luck Helen!

To support Helen and our brain cancer causes visit her mydonate fundraising page by clicking on the image

Thursday 13th February


Lovely poster update from The West Bridgford School on their non uniform day last week.

Thank you all for working so hard supporting the foundation and our causes!

We love the 'Jessica Hope' spelt out in one pence coins.

Friday 7th February

Big thanks Sadi Khan, of and Trent parent, who is organising a Bollywood Night at Westgate Suite in Long Eaton on June 7th. A cultural evening of Asian food, live Asian music and dance!


During the evening there will be a fundraising  raffle and the proceed will be donated to The Jessica Hope Foundation.

Many thanks for your support Sadi!

If you would like to attend there are still some tickets available. Please contact 

Sunday 2nd February

Will looking good in the very early days of training for the 3 Peaks Challenge on The Mountain Beast hand bike! 


If you would like to sponsor Will for his INCREDIBLE 3 Peaks 3 Wheels 3 Days Challenge in memory of Jess and fundraising to help beat brain cancer in young people, click on this link below. Thank you so much for your support!

Thursday 30th January

We have set up Just Text Giving!


It's a quick, easy and affordable way to support us by making a donation.

You can text JESS16 to 70070 and donate £1,2,3,4,5 or £10 to The Jessica Hope Foundation and help us continue to fund the fight to improve the outlook for young people with brain cancer in memory of Jess.

Saturday 25th January

Thanks to your incredible support we have just sent a further cheque for £10,000 to the HeadSmart awareness campaign!

Currently in the UK almost 700 children, teenagers and young adults 0-24 are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year and 1 child dies of brain cancer every 3 days.

HeadSmart are working had to try to reduce the time to diagnosis because the evidence shows that the earlier a brain tumour is recognised the better the long term outlook. Through your wonderful fundraising work and generous donations we are all helping them towards achieving this aim.

Thursday 23rd January


Had a fantastic evening at the Annual Trent Sporting Dinner last night. This year the school was kindly fundraising for The Jessica Hope Foundation as well as in-school sporting projects.

It was great to meet BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Eleanor Aldroyd and British women's sporting legends Gail Emms, Jade Jones and the inspirational Katherine Grainger.

Thank you to EVERYONE involved in making the evening such a brilliant success!


We will let you know how much the event and our generous supporters raised for the foundation and our causes as soon as we know!

Monday 20th January

Trent College and The Jessica Hope Foundation were mentioned in the Derby Telegraph last week in an article about the forthcoming event 'Here Come the Girls' at Trent College this Wednesday.

Stars from the women's sporting world will be in school to open the new gym suite.

The afternoon's events will be followed in the evening by a Sporting Dinner which will be fundraising for TheJHF and in-school sports projects.

Click on the picture of Katherine Grainger to go to the Derby Telegraph article.

click on the picture to read the article

click on the picture to read the article

Saturday 18th January

John quoted in The Nottingham Post article on the Queens Medical Centre planned Teenage Cancer Unit


Huge thank you Rushcliffe School and school Charity Council deputy leader Nicole Pavier for your fabulous fundraising work.

Your recent non-uniform day raised £542.69 for the foundation and the young people's brain cancer causes we support!

John receiving the cheque from Nicole earlier today

John receiving the cheque from Nicole earlier today

Wednesday 15th January


Went along and had a look at the drawings and designs for the planned Teenage Cancer unit in the Oncology Department at QMC Children's Hospital today and had the opportunity to meet and catch up with members of the team.. 
Barring any setbacks at the final, private approval meeting in February, building work should start in April and be completed by early November. 
Essentially there is going to be a 5 bedded unit with a large social space and a small, quiet, private area for sole use by teenagers and young adults. 
It aims to provide patient centred facilities and to promote wellbeing and recovery. The plans look great and I feel sure that it will meet young people's expectations! 
Not sure they have updated the decor themes in the 20 years or so since they started building these units or whether teenagers ever had any input into the designs..
Do go along and HAVE YOUR SAY if you get the chance.
Dates and times are detailed in this link:'s-hospital/our-services/teenage-cancer-unit-update/#.UtPwyRqGM9M.twitter
p.s. the picture is the social area from another UK unit, just to give you an idea of the look..


Monday 13th January 2014

For the next 2 weeks the designs and drawings of the planned Teenage Cancer Trust unit for Nottingham Children's at QMC are available for the public to go and view. Assuming nothing gets in the way of this absolutely vital and long overdue project, construction should FINALLY start in April.

Im just so sad that it is too late for Jess. It would have made her short time living with cancer so much more bearable..

Please do go along and have a look at them, make comments and talk about Jess and the foundation set up in her memory. Click on the TCT logo for viewing dates and times..


10th January

Big thanks Jonny Howell and a team of Nottingham Trent University Business Management students who have set up BABM one Ltd. They are currently running a number of projects simultaneously and all profits from the firm will be shared between our charity and the Nottingham Hospitals Charity. Projects range from making and selling smoothies to running a Photo Booth - Unibooth - in the Student's Union!

They are also in the process of organising their first fundraising event which is on 31st of January at Walkabout Nottingham. A Transfer Deadline Day party will be running all day and you can buy tickets, go along and have food and drinks whilst watching Sky Sports News on the big screen! It's going to be Noisy!

9th January 2014

3 Peaks, 3 Wheels, 3 Days..

Very exciting news!

This July great friend, Will Blanche, has decided to tackle an AMAZING challenge in memory of Jess and fundraising for the foundation. Will was born with Spina Bifida and uses a wheelchair. In July 2014 he will make an unassisted attempt to scale 3 of Britain's highest mountains in a wheelchair specially designed and developed by one of the UK's leading sports wheelchair manufacturers RGK Wheelchairs. They have named the chair The Mountain Beast. Will is going to be joined on the challenge by Jess' dad John, younger brother Tom, friends and colleagues. He is already in training and we will keep you updated on his progress!

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Jess as bridesmaid to Will and Jess in April 2011


Will trying out The Mountain Beast with technical staff at RGK


31st December

An inspired Christmas gift from one of Jess' great friends to another.. A star with Jess' name on it.. Thank you both for allowing me to share this..


17th December

Thank you so much Debbie. Who put a Star of Remembrance for Jess on the Christmas tree in Attenborough Church today.

11th December


Monday 9th December

Today it was Jess' 17th birthday and many of her close friends organised a meal out in Nottingham to celebrate Jess' birthday and her life. It is lovely to know how determined they are to keep Jess' memory alive and know that she is always in their thoughts and hearts. Thank you xx

We had a lovely surprise arrive from the USA. Stephen, a friend of Sam's, is a Rapper and he and friends have made a CD which they are selling to raise money of the foundation!

We received a cheque for $150, a copy of the CD and this letter. Many, many thanks Stephen and family for your friendship and support..


6th December


This year we have raised almost £80,000 and given £50,000 to The Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre here in Nottingham.

It will be put towards their mobile intra-operative MRI scanner project. Had there been one in Nottingham when Jess fell ill in April 2012 the outlook might have been quite different...


Many thanks to Carol of Yessensis Salon in Chilwell and her daughter Steph Mae (who was a great school friend of Jess') who raised £466.20 over their charity weekend on 30th Nov/1st December 

Thursday 5th December

HUGE thank you to all the staff, PPG members and patients at The John Tasker House Surgery in Dunmow, Essex who kindly chose to support our charity during their recent Flu Vaccination Programme.

Through raffles and donations during the vaccination days they managed to raise an ENORMOUS £1000 for The JHF and the causes we support!!

Thanks again!


Ockbrook girls in the Derby Telegraph

Monday 25th November

Ockbrook School had their annual Charity Winter Fayre on Saturday. This year they were supporting Help for Heroes and The Jessica Hope Foundation.

Their FANTASTIC fundraising efforts raised almost £4000 to be divided between the two charities!

This picture of some of the girls is in the Derby Telegraph today!

Thank you to everyone involved for your tremendous support - it is hugely appreciated!

Saturday 23rd November 2013

Our little stall at the Elms PSA Michaelmas Market raised £250 for the foundation today!

Rather eclipsed by the absolutely fantastic fundraising efforts at the Ockbrook School Winter Fayre (which was on at the same time) where they managed to raise almost £4000 to be divided between The Jessica Hope Foundation and Help for Heroes!!

HUGE Well Done and Thank You to everyone involved in both events!

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Friday 22nd November

Today Caroline Rose - Jess' Macmillan Nurse - came to collect a BIG piles of Jack Wills homeward gifts for the teenagers at both the Oncology ward at Nottingham Children's Hospital, QMC and the Teenage Cancer Unit at Nottingham City Hospital sites, a collection of DVDs to add to the QMC Oncology Ward library and some new portable DVD players.

They were successfully delivered by Caroline later! Thank you Caroline for saving us the battle of finding a parking space at QMC!

..And thank you everyone for your tremendous fundraising work and generous donations - without which these gifts could not be purchased! 

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Staff Nottingham Children's Oncology Ward

Friday 15th November

We were on BBC East Midlands Today again this evening!

Click on Jess' picture to see the piece on the BBC website..

Wednesday 13th November

On Sunday Jess' singing teacher Debbie Pettit, together with her music pupils, organised a small concert for family and friends celebrating Jess through song.

It was a beautiful afternoon and over £300 was raised for the foundation.

Many, many thanks Debbie and all your pupils for your love and support. 


Tuesday 11th November

Many thanks Jenny Billard and friends involved in the coffee morning held at Jenny's farmhouse in Sawley recently. The event raised over £300 for the foundation. Your support is very much appreciated! 




Sunday 20th October

Playing Netball with Long Eaton Junior Netball Club was a tremendously important part of Jess' life for many years...

We have just been presented with this cheque!! MASSIVE TY to the club for all their fantastic fundraising work for the charity. We are profoundly grateful for your support xx




Thursday 17th October

A really big 'Thank You' to Ockbrook School who will be supporting The Jessica Hope Foundation at their forthcoming Winter Fayre on November 23rd.

Your support is very much appreciated and helps us continue in our endeavours to raise awareness of brain cancer in young people and fund vital research into this devastating disease. 


Thursday 17th October

..and thank you so much Vicky Condon, a teacher at The Elms School, Trent College, for running in the Great North Run in memory of Jess and fundraising for the foundation. Vicky raised and donated £80 to the charity! 




Thursday 10th October

We have a mention in the latest University of Nottingham Impact Campaign magazine! 


Wednesday 9th October

Called into Nottingham Children and Young Adults Oncology Ward at QMC yesterday and dropped off a couple of Dyson cooling fans..

The ward - on the top floor - can become unbearably hot even in the depths of winter (as we know from experience) , so they are something that staff, patients and parents were in desperate need of.

We'd like to buy a few more, but they are proving difficult to source at this time of year..

No matter! We'll keep hunting them down! 




Monday 7th October

John had a lovely evening with lovely people at the Annual Trade Dinner at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground on Monday. 

A raffle, auction, kind donations, monies pledged and book sales during the evening managed to raise... wait for it..... OVER £5500 for the foundation!!!!!!

A massive, MASSIVE thank you to all who attended for your overwhelming support for John and our charity. 





Sunday 6th October Mablethorpe Half Marathon

Massive Well Done to Helen O'Hanlon who ran and successfully completed the Mablethorpe Half Marathon yesterday in memory of Jess and fundraising for The JHF! Helen completed it in 2 hours 6 minutes and it looks from the pictures like she smiled the whole way round! 

Thanks again Helen

from Karen, John, Sam and Tom xx


Helen wearing TheJHF pearl HOPE bracelet for good luck! 

Helen wearing TheJHF pearl HOPE bracelet for good luck! 

Sunday 29th September

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HUGE well done and thank you also go to Caroline Rose Jess' Macmillan nurse at Nottingham Children's and Hannah Lacey (Big Jess' little sister!) who both ran in the Nottingham Robin Hood Half  this morning in memory of Jess and fundraising for the foundation.

Together they have raised over £1000 for the charity and our causes.

Caroline wearing her foundation tee!

Caroline wearing her foundation tee!

Hannah's employer HSBC Nottingham has also pledged to match Hannah's sponsorship amount to double her total!!  

Very proud and very grateful...xx



Sunday 29th September

A MASSIVE 'Well Done' and thank you to my brother Ricki who ran and successfully completed the Loch Ness Inverness FULL marathon in Jess' memory today. He ran it in 3hours 52mins! 

Ricki has raised £1622 for the foundation so far and still has more promised!!

I am so proud of you. x


another great action shot!!

another great action shot!!

Ricki in action!

Ricki in action!


Saturday evening 28th September

Had a fabulous time in the Obolensky at Trent College at the Elms School PSA Ball last night.  Best night out in a long time! The evening was attended by over 250 people and the Obolensky had been brilliantly decked out! 

Special thanks to Paula, Sally and the PSA team for all their hard work arranging the evening and to Dave Boultby our wonderful auctioneer!

Watch this space to find out how much was raised for TheJHF during the evening.... 



with a mini Eiffel Tower!! 

with a mini Eiffel Tower!! 

The interior of the Obolensky!

The interior of the Obolensky!

Saturday 28th September

Helen and Jackie's coffee morning at Attenborough Cricket Club was a great success and very well attended! The morning raised over £670 for the foundation! Many, many thanks Helen and Jackie and all those who came along and supported!

Look forward to another one at the start of the cricket season next year.. 


Thursday 19th September 2012


To date, Team Atlas Fine Wines - Simon, Celine, Hannah and Richard - who ran the 'Run to the Beat' London Music Half Marathon last weekend have raised approximated £6000 for The Jessica Hope Foundation and our causes.

A MASSIVE total and a MASSIVE 'THANK YOU' to the team and all their sponsors.. I don't know what else to say.. 


Thursday 19th September 2013

Just counted up all the monies in the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire Manor Pharmacy collection boxes today...


Manor customers have donated £482 in small and large change over the last 3-4 months.

Huge thanks to all who donated to The Foundation and our causes. 


Wednesday 18th September 2013

Many thanks to Jo Slater - Development & Alumni Relations Officer at Trent College - and the Old Tridents' Society for their kind donation of £250 raised for the Foundation during their recent Annual Dinner.

We're really grateful to those OTs who contributed



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Saturday 31st August

Hattie Manson and 3 friends are going to see McFly at Market Rasen Rocks! The Manson family won the 4 tickets at our launch on June 23rd in the blind auction.


Hattie and the girls will also get the opportunity to meet all the band members! So we are hoping to have some fabulous pictures to FB, Tweet and post here very soon!...


Thursday 22nd August

Jess's story has inspired and changed so many people and we just wanted to let everyone know where all the very kind and generously donated money is going….

We have just sent further cheques to two of the charities we are supporting: one for £10,000 to the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre, based here in Nottingham, and another for £3,000 to The Brain Tumour Charity for their ongoing HeadSmart awareness campaign.

We are profoundly grateful to everyone for continuing to support us in our efforts to try and make a difference to the outlook for other young people diagnosed with brain cancer in the future, as well as making tangible differences to young people admitted to the present QMC Nottingham Children’s Oncology Ward right now.

It is so heartening to know how many fundraising events and sponsored personal challenges people are planning in Jess’ memory and we will continue to do our best to keep everyone up to date through Twitter and Facebook.  

A MASSIVE thank you to you all x



Friday 16th August 2013

We are in the Nottingham Post again today! Page 35. Jess B and I posing in purple with JessBands, HOPE bracelets and bra straps visible. Not the best picture!.. 

Our London to Paris Bike Ride is now less than 3 weeks away! The article is great publicity for the foundation and for the causes we support.

Thanks Tom Norton - Nottingham Post reporter and supporter of the charity work we do


Thursday 8th August 2013

Wow! We have just been awarded  £5000 Community Grant by the Santander Foundation! Thank you to brother Peter for nominating our charity!

The grant will be used to buy items and equipment for the Children's and Young Adult's Oncology Ward at QMC Nottingham. Watch this space....


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Thursday 25th July 2013

After a productive meeting with Margaret Parr and Caroline Rose (Nottinghams Children Oncology Department) on Monday, we have today delivered 3 iPads, and new cultery and crockery for the parents' kitchen.  We have also promised to fund 4 Dyson cooling fans and duvets and linen for all patient and parent beds on the ward. Jess' close friends, Gina & Angus, helped deliver the items to QMC.

Thank you to everyone who made this possible. 

Items ready for delivery!

Gina & Angus delivering items to Margaret Parr.

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