£5000 Grant to Research Project at Birmingham Childrens Hospital

Finnbar’s Force is very pleased to announce further funding for a research project aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of childhood brain tumours.

Last month members of our Strategy and Direction team visited Birmingham Children’s Hospital to meet Professor Andrew Peet and his researchers who are carrying out the project, developing a new MRI scanning technique that can differentiate chemicals present in tumours.

The researchers have found that different types of tumour have different chemicals present in varying amounts, some of which can be detected by the special MRI technique. which could therefore potentially be used to identify the tumour. They are currently working on building and refining a database of the MRI signatures of chemicals found in tumours by comparing them to biopsy samples of the same tumours.

The project should ultimately increase the speed and accuracy of diagnosis and therefore treatment, which would be particularly useful in high-grade tumours that require more urgent and aggressive treatment.  It is hoped that it could be used effectively in cases where a biopsy is too dangerous to obtain and may also be able to replace traditional biopsy altogether one day.

Our team received a tour of the facilities and a presentation on the science and method behind the technique by Prof. Peet, followed by questions and answers with the Professor and his lead researcher Chris.

The visit was truly fascinating and we are extremely excited to support the project. On the day we also met Katie Heywood of Action Medical Research for Children, who are co-funders of the project, presenting her with our initial grant of £1000.

On Thursday 12th October, Finnbar’s parents, Claire and Tristan, will  travel to a special event in London to present a further cheque to Action’s celebrity ambassador Fiona Bruce, taking the total amount to £5000.




Finnbar’s Force Chosen as Nor-Con Charity of the Year

Finnbar’s Force are excited to have been chosen as the Nor-Con 2017 Charity!

The Norfolk TV, Film & Comic Convention will be held at the Norfolk Showground Arena on 7th & 8th October.

Celebrity guests this year include Chris Barrie (aka Rimmer from Red Dwarf), Paul Kaye (aka Thoros of Myr from Game of Thrones) Toyah Wilcox & many more. We will also be doing a short talk on stage.

There are tons of exhibitions and loads of things to keep TV, film and comic fans entertained, especially those who love their Sci-Fi! Have a look at their website here for more information!

Thank you Nor-Con!

Family Adventure Day at Eaton Vale

Up to 4000 people flocked to our special event held at Eaton Vale Activity Centre in Norwich at the weekend, where they were able to take part in a multitude of adventurous activities, such as Abseiling, Canoeing, High Ropes, Archery, & Axe Throwing! There were many other activities for smaller children too, including bouncy castles, low ropes, go karts, soft play & grass sledging. There were also stalls for people to peruse and displays in a ring, ranging from marching bands to martial arts and touch rugby demonstrations. All three emergencies services brought down vehicles for the day and there was even a driving school where children as young as 10 could try driving a full size car!

The day was held on Sunday 10th September, on what would have been Finnbar’s 7th birthday.


Tristan Cork, Finnbar’s Father and organiser of the event said “The day was an astonishing success. We worked incredibly hard to put on something really special to remember Finnbar on his birthday. He would have been in his element at a day like today and I hope he would be proud of what we’ve achieved”



Tristan added “We are delighted by the number of people that turned out to support our charity and we’d like to thank every one of our volunteers, along with the Eaton Vale staff, performers and all the people and business that donated items for the day”.



The total amount raised was £10200. The money will be used to help the charity with it’s aims, which include helping local families affected by the diagnosis and funding research, as well as developing improved services locally.






Click the event image below to go to the Facebook event page, where you can find lots of wonderful pictures of the day.

The event was also covered in the EDP and Evening News (here) and a lovely article in ‘Just Eaton & Cringleford’ magazine, which you can view here.



Finnbar’s Force Voted Sainsbury’s (Longwater) Charity of the Year

We are delighted to announce that the wonderful customers of Sainsbury’s Longwater have chosen Finnbar’s Force as their 2017 local charity of the year!

This is wonderful news and absolutely huge for our little charity! This will go such a long way towards helping us achieve some of our aims sooner!

We’ll give full details of how Sainsbury’s will be supporting us within the next few weeks.

Thank you so much to everyone that voted for us and to the staff at Sainsbury’s for putting us forward for the public vote in the first place!

Jedi Walk for Finnbar’s Force – Sunday 21st May

On Sunday 21st May over 400 people joined us on an adventure through the park, hunting for characters from the Star Wars films, before setting up a picnic camp for The Resistance!

Children will took a stamp card to collect stamps from characters that they found around the park. Once they returned to Resistance Base they exchanged their stamped card for a medal and joined in a celebratory picnic, proclaiming victory over the First Order – for now!

We’re supported by the fantastic guys from Norwich Star Wars Club who brought along more than 20 fully costumed characters from across the Star Wars films!

The event raised a fantastic £1270 for Finnbar’s Force! Thank you to all who came along to support us!

‘May The 4th Be With You’ Day

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the schools, children, teachers and parents that made the Finnbar’s Force ‘May The 4th Be With You’ Day such a wonderful day and a HUGE success!

We saw some amazing costumes, some epic battles and a ton of fun!

But most importantly so many more people will now be aware of our charity, our story and our mission!

We had some great coverage in the media too!

Thank you to Archant (EDP, Evening News, Mercury, Mustard TV), Heart FM, BBC Radio Norfolk and Anglia TV for sharing the day.

There are some great photos in the article below.


Also on the BBC Norfolk Website:


A Night at the Movies – Friday 19th May

Dance like Ren McCormack, play Blackjack like Bond on our casino tables and keep your memories from our photo booth.

An evening of your favourite films, with a 2 course dinner with sweet options, dance and more! Tickets £27 per person, covering entrance and a 2 course meal with a selection of sweets from our own Willy Wonka factory!
7pm til midnight at Glen Lodge at Bawburgh Golf Club.

And all in aid of a brilliant cause, Finnbar’s Force
Registered charity number: 1171958

Call City College Norwich Hotel Reception to book: 01603 773227
Full payment will be required upon booking
Non-transferable or refundable
Email required upon booking for pre-order (required by 5th May)
Free Parking

Please note: Parties of less than 10 may be seated with other guests
Dress code: Smart evening wear