Fatboys Charity was established in 1999. It was founded in the wake of the passing of Mike ‘Fatboy' Lawless. Mike was a serving Police Officer in Swindon. He died in 1999 aged 31 years from Cancer. He had previously worked as a nurse, at a variety of hospitals including Guy’s Hospital in London.
He was a keen rugby player who captained the Wiltshire Police Rugby Team, and played a good standard of rugby in the front row at Swindon Rugby Club, and also for teams in his hometown of Gloucester. Mike was also a very proficient musician who played guitar and sang for local rock band Animal House in the years prior to, and even during his illness. Mike was an incredibly popular bloke with a great sense of humour and a social animal.
The charity raises funds throughout the year in order to purchase Christmas presents for children suffering with cancer and leukaemia.
We raise funds through kind donations, people doing sponsored events on our behalf, and through our annual fundraising day the ‘Day of Lawlessness’, The first of these took place in 1999 and has been an annual event ever since.
This event consists of a rugby match in the afternoon involving our own charity side, Lawless XV followed by a live music evening which also includes an auction. This event has grown considerably over the past 17 years and now features well known acts playing live and celebrity rugby players attending the afternoon event.
Over the last 17 years we have raised around £175,000 and helped hundreds of children suffering with serious illness.
We wouldn’t be able to continue to do this without the support of the public and are totally reliant on their charitable efforts through sponsored events as well as our own fundraising day.
Fifty years ago, three quarters of children diagnosed with cancer died; today more than three quarters survive.
So far, more than 1,000 children have expereienced a small amount of joy during their most difficult times thanks to our little charity. Nearly all the money raised goes straight to the children we help as we keep our overheads very low. Everyone who is directly connected, carries out work for the charity free of charge. We have no offices, no paid staff and no significant overheads. Our incidental costs are on stationery, website hosting and merchandise - all of which pay for themselves many times over in helping the charity to grow.
NO BUREAUCRACY, NO SALARIES, NO OVERHEADS .......... WE JUST DO IT