About Thinking of Oscar
Thinking of Oscar was set up in memory of Oscar Cole, who died suddenly in June 2014 aged just 16 months. Thinking of Oscar started off with the aim of supporting children and their families whilst in hospital care by funding projects and innovation over and above that supplied by the NHS. We have learned along the way that there is a void between the funding and focus needed within paediatric healthcare. 2019 marked the 5th anniversary of the charity and the 5th anniversary of Oscar's death and with it we created a new mission: to 'Bring the Future of Healthcare to Children', through innovation and the use and investment in digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), data science and machine learning. To date Thinking of Oscar has raised in excess of £350,000 and has funded projects across a number of children's hospitals around the UK.
In 2019 we organised our first charity event with the inaugural #TOO500 Cycling event. #TOO500 took place in June 2019 and was a unique cycling challenge where participants cycled either the full route of 500 miles in 5 days or joined the team on individual days to ride 100 miles. All with the aim of raising £500,000 and awareness for the need for better focus and funding for child health. The ride raised in excess of £110,000 and together with other fundraising activities we are able to donate circa £185,000 to Children’s Hospitals across the UK to embark on first of a kind, innovative projects focused on improving child health and well-being. Details on how the team got on and also on the projects that we are funding can be found using the link below:
"If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…
I’ll always be with you."
A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
Growing a Charity - Monday January 14th 2019
During the past four and a half years the majority of the work of Thinking of Oscar has been done by David and myself, with invaluable support and contributions from our trustees and advisors. This is not surprising since the cause is driven by our own determination to create a legacy for Oscar and to find something positive out of an event which, quite frankly, has turned our world upside down…Read More
#TOO500 - Thursday January 10th 2019
What’s it all about? TOO500, which stands for Thinking of Oscar 500, is the name of the bike ride which we are organising to mark the 5th anniversary of the charity and five years since Oscar died. The significance of the 500 is that this is the number of miles that will be cycled from start to finish…Read More
2018 in Review – Saturday December 29th 2018
Where to start? So much has happened with the charity this year it does feel like 2018 has been a pivotal one for us.Read More
What makes you smile? – Sunday January 1st 2017
A while back I asked Holly what made her smile. The conversation was so interesting I scribbled it down straight away and I’ve just found the piece of paper which I wrote it down on:…Read More
Grief – Friday October 29th 2016
I write in my book less at the moment. It's not that I don't have anything to say, nor that my thoughts aren't whirring all the time. It's only that I am aware that sometimes we share those thoughts via our blog post and these days there is nothing much new to add.…Read More
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