Conference 2020 cancelled
8th January 2021
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were left with no choice but to reluctantly cancel our Conference and Family Gathering 2020. As we were unsure of when national and international travel would be safe once again, we had to cancel and keep our fingers crossed for holding the event in 2022, when we would also celebrate our 10th birthday as a charity.
Award for FOP Friends
1st July 2019
Chris and Helen are awarded the Jeannie Peeper Outstanding International Leadership Award.
1st May 2019
‘Supporting a Child with FOP: a practical guide to their learning journey’ is published, solely written by Trustee Helen.
Second Family Weekend Break Away
1st March 2019
The second FOP Friends Family Weekend Break Away takes place, funded by GDUK and three other trusts.
Our Third ‘Conference and Family Gathering’ Takes Place
1st May 2018
FOP Friends third Conference and Family Gathering took place. With talks from the world leading FOP experts, workshops and clinical consultations – everyone in attendance had a wonderful time connecting with one another.
Points of Light
1st January 2018
Chris and Helen are named the UK’s 883rd and 884th Points of Light. The Points of Light programme recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a real difference in their communities.
Charity of the Year Awards
1st October 2017
FOP Friends is ‘Runner Up’ as Charity of the Year at the Sale and Altrincham Chamber of Commerce Awards
FOP Friends Golf Tournament
3rd June 2017
Savills organise a charity golf tournament in aid of FOP Friends.
Genetic Disorders UK Partnership
2nd June 2017
FOP Friends partner with Genetic Disorders UK.
Vice Chancellor’s Circle Recognition
1st May 2017
FOP Friends is thrilled to receive an invitation to join the Vice Chancellor’s Circle in recognition of the generous support of the research into FOP at Oxford University.
First Family Weekend Break
1st March 2017
The first FOP Family Weekend Break is held at Centre Parcs, thanks to a grant from BBC Children in Need.
FOP Features in Novel
1st January 2017
Chris, Oliver, and FOP Friends received an exciting acknowledgement in Fiona Cummins’ debut novel ‘Rattle’. Chris consulted on the book as one of the main characters suffers from FOP.
‘Together’ Newsletter Launched
1st June 2016
We launched our ‘Together’ quarterly newsletter.
Our Second ‘Conference and Family Gathering’ Takes Place
2nd May 2016
The second ‘FOP Friends Family Gathering’ is a great success; Dr Keen sees patients in the morning before going to run the Manchester 10k to support FOP Friends, then is back to see more patients after!
100K Bike Ride
1st May 2016
Savills take part in a 100k bike ride to raise funds and awareness for FOP Friends and the charity Dreams Come True.
1st April 2016
In celebration of FOP Awareness Day, we launch our #FunFeet4FOP campaign.
2nd February 2016
FOP Friends approved for full membership of EURORDIS.
Adobe’s Charity of the Year
1st February 2016
Adobe chooses FOP Friends as their Charity of the Year.
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
1st November 2015
The Natural History of Flare-Ups in FOP is published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Chris is credited as one of the contributors.
Avaya’s Charity of the Year
1st October 2015
FOP Friends is selected again as Avaya’s Charity of the Year, and many exciting fundraising activities are planned.
PushOn’s Charity of the Year
1st June 2015
PushOn adopt FOP Friends as their Charity of the Year.
1st December 2014
CBBC’s Katie Thistleton appears on Celebrity Mastermind and her chosen charity is…FOP Friends!
PwC Manchester and Avaya’s Charity of the Year
1st August 2014
FOP Friends is adopted by companies PwC Manchester and Avaya as their Charity of the Year.
FOP Friends is Formed
1st June 2014
Friends of Oliver proudly becomes FOP Friends® to reflect the growing number of UK families now raising money together to support FOP research.
Our First ‘Conference and Family Gathering’ Takes Place
1st May 2014
FOP Friends organises their first Conference and Family Gathering in Manchester, uniting UK FOP families for the first time in 12 years. The world’s experts in FOP are also in attendance, including Prof. Kaplan.
University of Oxford Research
1st March 2014
£65,000 in funding is provided by FOP Friends to employ a full-time medicinal chemist within the University of Oxford’s FOP Research team.
Senior Drug Developer Grant
1st December 2013
FOP Friends is awarded a grant to employ a Senior Drug Developer at the University of Oxford.
Charity Administrative Assistant
1st March 2013
FOP Friends is awarded a grant for £16,000 from GDUK to fund a Charity Administrative Assistant.
1st June 2012
FOP Friends of Oliver becomes a registered charity # 1147704.
University of Oxford Donation
2nd January 2012
First donation to the University of Oxford to support its research team: £10,000.
1st January 2012
FOP Friends of Oliver website goes ‘live’ together with “What is FOP?” animated video, narrated by Stephen Fry.
1st January 2011
Chris elected onto the Board of the IFOPA.
Friends of Oliver
1st January 2010
Family and friends begin fundraising to support the research team at Oxford, under the name Friends of Oliver.
1st April 2009
Bedford-Gay family receive devastating diagnosis of FOP.
Oliver is Born
1st March 2008
Oliver Peter Bedford-Gay born; all the medical professionals just think he has ‘funny toes’.