Felicity Dahl becomes Marvellous President alongside Sir Quentin Blake
Marvellous President Sir Quentin Blake joined Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity at a party held in honour of founding trustee Felicity "Liccy" Dahl last night.
Following Liccy’s decision to retire from the board of trustees at the end of 2013, she now joins Quentin as Marvellous President in 2014. Quentin presented her with a special drawing of the charity's mascot Marvin the Marvellous Crocodile. He said:
"Liccy's determination, passion and inspiration has helped improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of seriously ill children and their families around the UK."
Many friends old and new gathered together to celebrate Liccy’s marvellous achievements, including our first Roald Dahl nurse Anne, and our latest Roald Dahl nurse Jodi. Jodi attended the party with one of the children she cares for, Zoe, and her mum Tracey.
Anne was the first Roald Dahl specialist children’s nurse set up by the charity in 1991, and was also the very first children’s epilepsy nurse specialist post in the UK. Anne attended with one of her patients fifteen year old Bradley, and his mum Tracey. Anne has been supporting the family and providing care for Bradley since before he was born. Bradley is pictured above with (left to right) Jodi Betts, Roald Dahl nurse, Bradley, Liccy, Quentin, Zoe and Anne.
There was also a special surprise during the evening in the form a £70,000 donation for the charity from Readathon. This was presented to Liccy by longstanding Marvellous supporter Brough Girling, founder of Readathon. These funds, raised by thousands of children in the UK sponsored for charity to read for pleasure, brings the total for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity this year to a phizz-whizzing £130,000. Readathon has supported Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity by fundraising more than £10million since 1991.
Liccy explained: “It’s long been my dream to see the Marvellous Children’s Charity become the Enormous Marvellous Children’s Charity. I'm very excited about the future of the charity, especially the fact that we will achieve a milestone of 50 Roald Dahl children's nurses in 2014. Yet there is still much to do!”