Littlehampton-based charity explains why it has had to close

Supporters Debbie Knight, Sue Mitchell, Charlie Mitchell and Brook Mitchell, nine, at the 2019 Jamie's Wish family fun day. Picture: Liz Pearce LP190911
Supporters Debbie Knight, Sue Mitchell, Charlie Mitchell and Brook Mitchell, nine, at the 2019 Jamie's Wish family fun day. Picture: Liz Pearce LP190911

Littlehampton-based charity Jamie’s Wish Trust is sad to announce that it is closing.

Set up in memory of Jamie Buckfield, a 20-year-old Littlehampton man who passed away to a cancerous brain tumour in 2007, the trust had recently experienced a huge increase in requests for its personally-tailored Wish Boxes.

Unfortunately, it has proved impossible to secure sufficient funding and so, after 12 years of supporting children and young people with cancer, the decision has been taken to close.

Founder Tracey Clack–Terry, said: “The decision to close was reluctantly taken due to the increasing difficulty in sourcing sufficient funding to continue to fill the numbers of Wish Box requests that we currently receive.

“All Wish Box requests currently in the system will be completed, ensuring that no child will be disappointed.

“We would like to thank everyone that has helped us in any way over the past 12 years.”

The idea for the Wish Box came from Jamie, who often talked about helping others battling cancer.

Over the four years Jamie lived with cancer, he never complained and always retained his sense of humour.

Though based in Littlehampton, the trust set up in his name has sent Wish Boxes across England and Wales, to children and young adults up to the age of 25.

Each Wish Box has been personally tailored to the applicant, including gifts and treats that bring comfort and joy at this most challenging of times, and over the years, many recipients have spoken of their gratitude.

Tracey would like to thank everyone who has raised money, made a donation or helped at the popular annual family fun day event over the years.

Any questions about the closure can be answered by emailing info@jamieswish.co.uk