Fundraising update – Summer 2019

On February 1st 2019, rock group Emperor Penguin played The Hope and Anchor in Islington. The band donated profits from the gig to Flynne’s Barn- thanks guys! ….and John looked very rockn’roll sporting a Flynne’s Barn t-shirt! Your support is much appreciated and we’ll be booking you in for a “Flynne Fest!”

Fleet School Hamper Raffle – March 2019. Friends at Fleet School organised these fabulous hampers to be raffled in school and raised £250. They look very tempting! Thank you to all!

Camilla’s Birthday Bash – Camilla Bolt asked for donations to Flynne’s Barn as she celebrated a milestone birthday. Thanks to people’s generosity £1200 has been donated. Happy Birthday Camilla and thank you!

Music and storytelling night  – Poppy Scheinman together with family and friends held an evening of music and story telling to raise funds for us. Sounds like it was a wonderful evening, very much in the spirit of our Flynne’s Barn ethos. £240 was raised. Thank you everyone!

A Lakes Visit – April 2019 Lisa, Anthony, Freddie and Ruby visited Thorneythwaite Farm and donated £100 from their holiday pot. Thank you so much and it was great to see you here!

1 Million steps in 30 days – John Temple who farms in Buttermere walked a remarkable 1 million steps in the month of April. That makes an average of 30,000 steps EVERY DAY. John tries to work his sheep farm mostly on foot and is responsible for overseeing the rain gauge on Helvellyn mountain (950m). This, together with a busy lambing time, helped to clock up the steps. John has raised a fabulous £2270. Amazing! Thank you John!

Ellie’s Birthday – May 2019. Ellie set up a fundraiser to mark her birthday and has raised £280 for Flynne’s Barn. Thank you Ellie and also for the help painting windows and chopping wood!

Nat’s Birthday – Another May birthday girl set up a fundraiser and has raised £181 for Flynne’s Barn. Thank you Nat and it was lovely having you up here in the mountains! Happy Birthday! (Photo to follow)


Sally’s Half Marathon – On 19thMay 2019 Sally Pacy completed the Hackney Half Marathonand raised £1995. A fantastic effort and all that training paid off! Thanks so much!

Holly and Sinead’s Edinburgh Marathon – 26thMay 2019. Holly and Sinead completed the Edinburgh Marathon raising funds for Flynne’s Barn and “loved every minute of it!”  Thanks so much!


Marlie’s D of E Adventure – May 2019. Marlie headed off for a weekend of trekking and camping. She used Flynne’s rucksack to carry all the heavy gear and friends sponsored her. She raised £215.



The Meitheal Cheoil Irish music troupe based in North London has now  held three fundraisers for Flynne’s Barn. The musical evenings show-cased the young musicians’ St Patrick’s Day performances in March 2017, 2018 and 2019. As well as raising an incredible amount, in excess of £6,000 (including T-shirt sales), the gatherings provided an opportunity for friends of Flynne, both young and old, to come together and enjoy the music and friendship that she loved so much.

This year Kathy Walton’s St Patrick’s Troupe completely won the audience over with their confident performance and skilled musicianship. The playing, singing, lilting and dancing were fantastic- what a performance and what characters!

We were delighted to welcome Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey and Theo Ellis from Wolf Alice who thrilled everyone with an acoustic set. They performed  their hits, “I Saw You” and “Bros” as well as the classic Pogues song , “A Pair of Brown Eyes”s to get everyone in the mood. We were also treated to performances by  Finn Doherty and Ben James, Maya Shoul, Rozy Hunt, Madeline Jenkins, Derry Daley and Tim Bradford. Flynne’s good friend Aoise Haran debuted a beautiful song she wrote for Flynne; “Life Changing”.  Thank you to you all for contributing to the musical delights of the night.

A huge thank you to all those who performed, to James who sorted the sound, to all who came along and to those who  helped with the organisation. It was a heart-warming community event which drew together folk of all ages. A massive thank you to Kathy Walton for making it all happen and we’re already looking forward to next year. You can check out the footage here and on Flynne’s Barn YouTube.

Wold Alice – unplugged


Aoise, Niamh and Coral Haran on the Flynne’s Barn T-shirt stall


Finn Docherty played a great set with Ben James


The Meitheal Cheoil musicians singing ‘Old Dan Tucker’

Rozy, Maya, Issy, Ella and Maddie sing a favourite Avett Brothers song

T-shirts with the new logo were printed and sold at the 2018 ‘Music for Flynne’ fundraiser. The T-shirts come in a range of sizes and cost £10. We will be selling these through the website soon.

Katherine at T-shirt printers 5th Column in North London
Nicola Bonner ran the Life Pretty Muddy 5K race for Cancer Research and in memory of Flynne.

More fantastic fundraisers

Phoebe Wyburd managed a completely dry January in 2018. She raised an incredible £2000 which she has kindly donated. Way to go Phoebe- thank you!

In July 2018 Amy Portis, Acland Burghley student and friend of Flynne’s, received the Jack Petchey Award for being an inspiring student. Amy has donated the amount of £250 to Flynne’s Barn which is a big-hearted gesture. We’re not at all surprised she won this award- huge thanks Amy.
Friends Nat and Nick who tied the knot in 2017 generously asked for donations to charity instead of wedding presents. They shared donations between three charities and presented Flynne’s Barn with £700 . Thank you and congratulations!
The sixth formers at Acland Burghley School  also sold the T-shirts before Flynne’s cohort moved on.
The Conway girls, Susan, Grace and Emma organised birthday donations at their Big Conway Bash, 2018. They’ve donated a total of £450 to Flynne’s Barn. A huge thank you to you and your guests and belated Happy Birthdays!

We are so grateful to our North Lakes neighbours for their welcome and support with our plans for Flynne’s Barn. Particular thanks to John Temple and Ed Roberts for their generous donations.

As Flynne’s Barn gathers momentum we look forward to developing our fundraising strategy and welcoming any creative ideas you may have. The sky’s the limit!

Coming soon – Flynne’s Barn Instagram, where Friends of Flynne’s Barn will be posting their travel pictures to see how far around the world our T-shirts  can go.

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