£143,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation will fund UK camps for seriously ill children

Newman’s Own Foundation, the organisation established by the late Hollywood icon and philanthropist Paul Newman, will provide funding for a UK charity also founded by Newman twenty-two years ago. 

Over The Wall, a charity that offers free residential camps for children with serious illness, will receive £143K to help develop and enhance the life-changing experiences it already offers.   

When Newman originally launched Over The Wall camp in 1999, just 25 children attended. In 2020 as many as 1,200 children were scheduled to attend, but the Coronavirus outbreak meant Over The Wall was forced to cancel all camps. However, the charity responded that year by immediately creating ‘Camp in the Cloud,’ an innovative and interactive virtual camp that engaged and connected children through a range of online activities.  

Camp in the Cloud participants received a package of physical resources in the post, including activity materials challenges and inspirational projects, to ensure every child experienced the magic of camp from the comfort of their own home.    

The Newman’s Own Foundation funds will help Over The Wall to create another virtual camp in 2022. The charity also plans to use the funds for new developments—to be launched in the coming months—and for gradually reintroducing a number of its venue-based residential camps across the UK in 2022.  

“We are thrilled to continue to partner with Over The Wall, as we’ve done since its inception, bringing joyful experiences to ever more children with serious illnesses,” said Miriam E. Nelson, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation.  

Kevin Mathieson, CEO of Over The Wall, said, “We are honoured to receive this support from Newman’s Own Foundation. It will allow our charity to continue to reach more children with serious illness. Paul Newman launched Over The Wall back in 1999, to help children reach beyond the limitations of their illness and—as he said—‘raise a little hell.’ This funding will help us to continue to do this by reintroducing our physical camps, and by exploring new ways to enjoy camp virtually—keeping Paul’s dream alive.”