928. Tatiana Stankovic Davis
929. Simon Davis
Tatiana Stankovic Davis and Simon Davis, from Bristol, are a father and daughter who have raised £20,000 for ‘Fairy Bricks,’ an organisation providing Lego for children in hospitals.
Tatiana was first inspired to support the charity after playing with their Lego during her treatment for cancer. Consistently providing toys for children undergoing chemotherapy is costly, as strict infection control rules mean few toys can be reused. Tatiana set herself an initial target of £500 which she immediately exceeded, raising £11,000 by shaving off her dad Simon’s beard. She tragically passed away in August at the age of 13, having raised £20,000 for ‘Fairy Bricks’. Simon is continuing to raise money for the charity in her memory, ensuring that more young cancer patients can enjoy time out from their treatments to play. Members of the public can donate to this important cause through Simon’s fundraising page.
In a personal letter to Simon, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“As you know, the Points of Light programme recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a real difference in their communities.
“Tatiana’s inspirational dedication to fundraising for ‘Fairy Bricks’ represents the best of this. That she worked so hard to ensure other children being treated for cancer could enjoy the Lego that made such a difference to her speaks volumes about what a remarkable young woman she was.
“By continuing to promote and raise money for ‘Fairy Bricks’, you and your family are honouring Tatiana’s memory and bringing joy to so many other children at such a challenging time in their lives.”
“As Tatiana’s parents, Nada and I are honoured that Tatiana’s fund raising activities for the ‘Fairy Bricks’ charity has been recognised by the Prime Minister. Although we are heartbroken at the loss of our kind, clever and beautiful daughter Tatiana we are heartened that in great adversity she was a positive role model to so many people. Whilst in hospital Tatiana had been able to play with Lego sets donated to the play team by the wonderful ‘Fairy Bricks’ charity. Tatiana was a wonderfully generous daughter and suggested that other children would enjoy playing with Lego whilst in hospital just as she did. Lego is both stimulating and distracting – just what children need in hospital.”