ABOUT THE ISABEL BAKER FOUNDATION
Making a difference since 2015
The Isabel Baker Foundation was set up in memory of Isabel Baker who passed away from Infantile Acute Lymphoblastic Leukeamia eight days after her first birthday in 2015, after being diagnosed at 3 weeks old.
Having spent a lot of her life in hospital, Isabel fought long and hard, for over a year before peacefully passing away at Gully's Place, Poole Hospital.
Isabel taught us so much in her short life. She lived every day with courage and bravery. She always smiled no matter how awful she was feeling from the side effects of her treatment. She fought everyday to live and we will forever remember the lessons she left with us.
After Isabel passed away, we quickly realised how little financial support there was for bereaved parents and so we launched The Isabel Baker Foundation to provide grants for funeral and headstone costs, as well as bills, to allow parents more time off work to grieve (parents were expected to return to work up to 8 weeks after their child has passed away at the time of Isabels death)
In 2016, we donated £886.00 to Bloodwise to complete their reseach project 'Understanding the foetal origins of infant and childhood leukaemia' by Dr Andi Roy
A lot has changed since then. In 2018 we went to parliament to support Carolyn Harris MPs Children's Funeral Fund Campaign! This was a success and implemented in 2019, meaning that all funerals are now free for children in the U.K . This is not means tested.
Later in 2018, we also went on to win Arthur J Gallagher's first ever 'Making A Difference' Award, along with a £25,000 cheque.
Fast forward to 2023 and the charity has gone from strength to strength, we have raised over £250,000 and helped over 925 families. What's more we have launched our new Dry Suit fund, which you can read more about here
We have also realised one of our greatest dreams and with the support and funding from the Roger Raymond Charitable Trust we opened 'Isabel's Retreat' in May of this year. Offering precious memory making holidays completely free to families whose children have terminal or life limiting illnesses as well as, bereaved parents
We are dedicated to our cause, but we need your help!
Our team relies exclusively on volunteer help. Remember, a little often goes a long way.
We are always happy to welcome new volunteers who would like to dedicate some of their time to charity. If you would like to lend a hand, please don't hesitate to contact us.