The Finlay Foundation
Thank you for visiting the Finlay Foundation website.
We are a small charity that was set up in memory of our beautiful little boy Finlay Joseph who was run over by the school bus in 2011.
The charity supports children in a great variety of ways. We have donated toys, furniture, specially adapted toys and specialist sensory equipment to children's hospital wards, hospices, disability groups, special needs centres, refuges for women & children and community charity groups in Wiltshire, Somerset, Bristol, Hampshire, Gloucestershire & Dorset.
We have bought power chairs & sports equipment for a children's power wheelchair football group in Frome, exercise equipment for local children suffering with issues such as cerebral palsy and helped towards the cost of buying power chairs and specialist bicycles.
Some of our larger donations have included a specialist sailing dingy for a Bristol based charity that takes children with both physical & emotional needs sailing around the Bristol harbour. We have paid to renovate and kit out a sensory room at Uplands specialist school in Swindon at a cost of £15,000.
We have bought equipment for an equine therapy centre in Wiltshire. The centre helps children with emotional problems using the horses in addition of a child psychotherapist. We have also paid for the refurbishment of a play bus that takes free play sessions to children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Gloucestershire & surrounding counties.
In addition to all the above, we are extremely passionate about improving child safety and have donated thousands & thousands of high visibility vests to schools, nurseries, hospices, scouts, brownies and many other children's groups.
The charity donated thousands of pounds to both the Wiltshire air ambulance & the Great Western air ambulance. We have also paid towards funding a doctor's training to become a 'Swift medic'. All of these charities were involved in the accident.
Our Inspiration for the charity
Finlay Joseph was our beautiful 6 year old son, a perfect little boy in every way and a fantastic big brother to Louis, aged just 3 years old when Finlay was killed.
At 9am on March 14th 2011, Finlay and I walked happily hand in hand along the small lane to Woodborough school. Finlay an I were just seconds away from reaching the school gate when the school bus driver suddenly moved the empty bus away from the school and accelerated into us, this was after he had had an altercation with a tractor driver who had scraped the side of the bus.
The bus driver claimed to have hit the wrong pedal.
Finlay's head injuries were so catastrophic that he died in the road right outside his school. I suffered extensive injuries but survived and after many weeks in hospital managed to return home to my family.
We want to keep the memory and spirit of Finlay alive in a way that would be a fitting tribute to him. Finlay hated to see others upset, regardless of age, he would worry about them and try to make them smile. It is with this in mind that our aim was to set up a foundation that would bring smiles to children's faces.
The bus driver pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving and was sent to prison.
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Registered Charity number 1148996