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'The Toma Fund' to be celebrated on 'Noels Christmas Presents' Sky One, 18/12/11

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From today's Evening Chronicle...




Noel Edmonds to celebrate Toma Fund mum


by Sarah Scott, Evening Chronicle Dec 8 2011


DEVOTED charity worker Andrea Thompson is celebrating a right Christmas cracker, thanks to Noel Edmonds.


Andrea, who runs children’s cancer charity the Toma Fund, thought she was on her way to a run-of-the-mill cheque presentation when TV star Noel gave her the surprise of a lifetime.


The selfless fundraiser was waiting to receive a £1,000 cheque from Greggs in Kingston Park, Newcastle, when the Deal or No Deal star pulled up in a blacked-out car.


The 42-year-old, from West Denton, Newcastle, was shocked beyond belief when Noel turned up and told her she was one of the heroes to appear on his show Noel’s Christmas Presents.


“I was so confused, I was just like, ‘how on earth did Greggs manage to get Noel Edmonds to do this cheque presentation with me!’,” said Andrea.


But Andrea, who has dedicated her life to helping children with cancer since she lost her son Jordan to the disease four years ago, was handpicked from thousands of entries to receive some unbelievable presents for her charity.


“The things I am getting are exactly what I would have asked for to benefit the Toma Fund, other than having Jordan back,” said Andrea, who has to keep her presents a secret until the show is aired on December 18.


“The only ones who knew about it were my mam and my sister Anne-Marie who nominated me. They kept it a secret from everyone, even my husband Dave and daughter Ellis.


“I still cannot get my head around the fact I will be on it. I watch it every year and it makes me cry every year,” said Andrea.


The family were whisked down to London to film for the show, an experience Andrea described as an emotional rollercoaster.


“I just cried at all the stories. There are seven families getting presents, and they were so lovely. They put together a film on Jordan which is beautiful, it was emotional.


“It was so overwhelming just to see his beautiful face and it really hits you again that it is my boy and he is not here any more,” she said.


The Toma Fund, which was set up in memory of 15-year-old Jordan Thompson who died four years ago following a 19-month battle with myeloid leukaemia, recently became independent.


The fund will celebrate the show being televised and their first Carol and Tree Lighting Service on Sunday, December 18.


Families who have lost a loved one are invited to come to the service on December 18 at 4pm at St Andrew’s Church in Worswick Street, Newcastle.


“We are looking for a venue in town for everyone to go and watch the show after the service if anyone can volunteer somewhere with a big TV,” said Andrea.


“We are also looking for someone to sing at the service at which families can donate £5 to have a light on the Christmas tree for their loved one,” she said.


:: Noel’s Christmas Presents is on Sky One HD on Sunday, December 18, at 6.30pm.




Fantastic that the charity will get some National recognition.

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