Some people find an inspiration during their lives that makes them want to make a difference. For Matt Haycox, founder of the Matt Haycox Foundation, it was a chance meeting, at a Hartlepool FC football match, with Ann-Marie Stalley, a mother whose 9-year old son Alfie needed life-changing surgery, that was the spark that ignited the desire to help.
Alfie had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a very young age and now, his mother was trying to raise enough money for the surgery to help Alfie walk unaided for the first time. Matt was so moved by the story that he vowed there and then to match any donations that were posted to Alfie’s JustGiving page. The £50,000 target was duly met – and exceeded – and Alfie underwent surgery within six months of that chance meeting.
Having experienced the thrill and satisfaction if helping the young boy and his family achieve their dream, Matt realised that he wanted to do more to help others. He began to see that, had there been some form of foundation in place gathering funds to help children like Alfie, he would have been able to help more quickly. So, the Matt Haycox Foundation was born.
Founded with the aim of providing financial support to help families of children with terminal and serious illnesses across the UK, the Matt Haycox Foundation has gone from strength to strength, and founder Matt has put together a top-class team who are adept at fundraising and administration.
The Foundation has helped with life-changing surgery and financed ground-breaking experimental procedures in many cases across the country, and is dedicated to making a difference where it really matters.
Team and Ambassadors
The team who administer the Foundation includes Gary Keating – brother of singer Ronan Keating – who has extensive experience in running charitable foundations and in event organisation, plus Nick King, who as a trustee is involved in the financial side of the Foundation.
These experienced men work alongside Matt to help organise events such as celebrity golf challenges, and the London Eye Summer Showcase that saw the Matt Haycox Foundation organise an exciting event on one of London’s premier tourist attractions that was well attended.
The Foundation currently pledges to raise at least £100,000 per year to help children who need surgery and the families of those with terminal illnesses, a target that has easily been reached since the formation of the Foundation in 2017.
Annual Charity Ball
The Matt Haycox Foundation Annual Charity Ball aims to become the number one charitable social event on the calendar in the north of England, and will be the main fundraiser for the Foundation. People who know of children or families who may benefit from the help of the Foundation are invited to get in touch via the website, and donations are also welcome. With a continued determination to raise money for the cause, the Matt Haycox Foundation continues to help make life easier for young children with serious illnesses, and their families.