A COLDEN Common children's charity has transferred to another local organisation after providing cancer support for 12 years.

All funds from The Joe Glover Trust have been sent to Abby’s Heroes, which has similar aims to assist children, teenagers, young adults and their families when diagnosed with cancer.

The charity was formed in 2007 following the death of eight-year-old Joe Glover to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and has since helped people and specialist units across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, West Sussex, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.

Joe's mum Maxine said: "Joe would be 22 this year and I feel now is the right time to pass the baton on to Abby’s Heroes to continue supporting children diagnosed with cancer.

"Over the last 12 years, we have supported thousands of families with financial hardship grants, together with providing equipment and services to the Piam Brown Ward.

"I am very proud of everything the charity has achieved in Joe’s memory."

The recently enlarged organisation will be run by the current trustees of Abby’s Heroes, which was set up by Sally and David Randall in memory of their daughter Abby who died, aged 11, of a rare form of bone cancer in 2016.

Sally Randall said: "We are honoured The Joe Glover Trust approached us and feel privileged that they have placed their confidence in our charity.

"This will mean that Abby’s Heroes can strengthen the support of families at the darkest of times by offering them financial support, practical help and grants for making cherished memories.

"We accept the baton with pride and will continue Joe and Abby’s legacy for the future."

Jane Wilmshurst, fundraising and events manager for The Joe Glover Trust, will be transferring to Abby's Heroes.

She said: "We would like to thank everyone for the huge contribution you have made over the years to the success of the charity and you should feel as proud as we do of what you have helped us achieve in that time.

"We have helped so many families at one of the most challenging times of their lives and could not have done that without your loyal support."