Beat It Box was founded by the mum of a teenager with cancer. Charlie, her son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.) in October 2016 aged just 14 years old.
Mum Lisa and Charlie talked about helping other teens battle cancer within a few weeks of his diagnosis. Within 3 months whilst Charlie was battling with his own cancer, Charlies Army was raising money. Friends and family were all the strength they needed to help Charlie get well and for this charity to begin.
Charlie came up with the idea of delivering gift boxes, useful items to teens at the diagnosis stage of their cancer. Items that would help them along their journey. These items would include; a hot water bottle and a cozy blanket to easy those aching joints and keep them warm when your bloods were low, headphones to listen to your TV or music in peace, a flask or cup so all your drinks could be measured and the nurses can easily track the amount of fluid you were getting (this prevents you going on a drip), a book to ease your boredom, DVDs, games, pack of playing cards, pens and a pad to write down questions or notes and crisps and sweets to help with the munchies of steroids. Grrrrrr steroids!!
Charlie's old primary school, Holy Family school, Witham was one of the first to jump on board and help out. They organised non uniform days and cake sales and the money began to flow. From here Charlie's school, Maltings Academy and New Rickstones Academy in Witham also began to raise money and donated gifts for the boxes. Students donated their money and one yr 7 girl even made Jam which she sold to raise money, inspiring! Teachers, staff, parents, students and the local community came together and supported us and helped us get to where we are today.
Charlie decided that this charity was bigger than him and not about him and therefore wanted a different name. We had lots of great ideas but finally decided on Beat !T Box, thought of by Lisa Cracknell. We wanted teens to know that they can "Beat It" and our "Box" of gifts will help them along the way.
In August 2017 we had raised over £5000 so began the challenging process of registering as a charity. Application is still to be processed.
We have 3 trustees. Lisa Corbett Founder, Trustee and Chair. Paula Hoskin Treasurer and Trustee and Laura Small Secretary and Trustee.