20 Spoons in June

A project by: Simon Buttenshaw



from 17 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 30 Jun 2017
Unique hand-carved spoons to raise money for the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre

Raising funds for children's brain tumour research

I'm raising funds for the work of the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC), based at The University of Nottingham.

Every week in the UK, 10 children are diagnosed with a brain tumour, and the disease kills more children than any other type of cancer. We can only change this through research . Every pound raised through this Jumpstart campaign will go directly to the work of the amazing researchers at the Centre.

Why 20 spoons in june?

This year marks the 20th anniversary since the CBTRC was first established. So throughout June, I will be making 20 spoons to give away to anyone who donates £15 or more to the cause. Each spoon will be hand-made from locally sourced hardwood using a few basic (but razor sharp) hand tools. (Some of the wood may even be from the University grounds!)

If you find that all the spoons have been claimed, but you would still like to give, then just pledge £15 or more using the '£1 reward' option at the top, and I will send you a spoon from the next batch....but you may have to wait a little longer for delivery.


As you can see from the examples below, the spoons I make are quite rustic. I am far from being an expert and you will see lots of knife marks and mistakes. But they are all perfectly functional and so long as you can avoid putting them in the dishwasher, they will last for years.

small salad servers:

scrambled egg spoontula:

cooking spoons:

pocket eating spoon:

French roux spoon:

please sponsor and share

Everything raised here really will make a difference to children with brain tumours and their families. Please sponsor me before 30 June. if you could also use the social media buttons to spread the word, that would be brilliant.


further info

If you would like to know more about the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre, or maybe even consider doing something to raise funds yourself, please visit the Life Cycle Page:


3 weeks ago

Thanks to your generous support, we've raised £331 to help improve things for children battling brain tumours. The money will go to the brilliant team of researchers at The University of Nottingham's Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre. To find out what else you can do to support this great cause go to www.nottingham.ac.uk/lifecycle

If you've donated £15 or more then I will be sending out your spoon in a week or two, as soon as the linseed oil has had chance to cure. Here are the ones I have made:

1 month, 2 weeks ago

Wow! Thanks everyone who has kindly pledged so far. I'd better get making spoons while the sun shines. Thanks as well to Saul, John and the banks of the Soar for providing these raw materials....

Simon Buttenshaw

generated 190 clicks and caused 4 donations totalling £70.00

Karen Shale

generated 270 clicks, donated £25.00, and caused 3 donations totalling £65.00

Rachel Molloy

generated 15 clicks and donated £15.00

Isabella Smart

generated 11 clicks and donated

Spamfer Hart

generated 10 clicks and donated £15.00


donated £15.00

Simon Harvey

donated £15.00

Sharon Smith

donated £15.00


donated £10.00


donated £5.00



Lee Durbin


Rene Pruljan

followed this project

2 anonymous donations totalling £21.00

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Love it Simon, great work!

This is a fantastic cause and project Simon. I hope you and family are well. Tom Quickfall (TQ)

Great idea, bill me for the postage!

Fantastic project!!! Would love to get a spoon but understand if you're maxed out. Big Love <3

A great idea Simon!