About The Charles Christopher Michael Golder Foundation for Pompe and Cancer Research
The Charles Christopher Michael Golder Foundation for Pompe and Cancer Research - also known as Charlie's Garden - is a charitable, non-profit organisation raising funds to support scientific research into cancer and rare genetic illnesses such as Pompe disease, among other endeavours. The organisation was founded in Vienna, Austria, on 29th October 2018 and is named after the late journalist Charles Golder.
We support the following causes, which are dear to us and which were important to Charles, such as:
- Supporting research into rare genetic disorders and cancer, as well as projects seeking to understand the potential links between the two
- Respecting, loving and protecting the planet's wildlife
- Promoting integrity and strong moral values in the field of journalism
- Supporting education with the organisation of competitions, scholarships and prizes
This website is designed to provide information about the foundation and the key points listed above. That being said, it is quite new and is expanding daily. There will be many additions and changes as it progresses, so please feel free to get in touch with any questions and ideas you may have. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about how to get involved and we are also interested in hearing your stories!
We appreciate your interest and look forward to hearing from you.
Why Charlie’s Garden?
The concept of Charlie's Garden was his expressed wish to have a tree planted in his honour in a quiet and peaceful place near Vienna, his home. We would also like all those who have links with him, his foundation and us, to have the opportunity for gatherings, picnics, workshops, readings, musical events and much more.
Who was Charles Christopher Michael Golder?
Charles - Charlie to everyone who knew him - was a British journalist and the founder of the Golder's News and Sport Ltd. news agency.
Charlie grew up in France before studying psycholinguistics (with a focus on bilingualism and neurolinguistics) at Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. He then moved to Vienna, Austria, where he worked in a news agency before founding his own, an agency focused on sports news, him being a lifelong Chelsea FC fan with a keen eye for strong stories.
He was diagnosed with Pompe Disease in 2005 and with cancer in 2014. He died on 3rd January 2018 at the age of 27. His obituaries are in the UK Press Gazette, the Nottingham Post and The Guardian (online and in print) newspapers, as well as in the Association for Glycogen Storage Disease UK's Spring 2018 newsletter (p60-61).
Charlie was an extraordinary man who was taken far too early, but this did not stop him achieving more than most. He was highly intelligent, charming and a seriously funny man who belied a strength of character and purpose, and who, through it all, never ever complained.
Charlie never wasted a minute and dazzled everyone with his ability to get things done. He had a very strong work ethic and tremendous vision.
He was also driven by desiring happiness for all. It could be watching football, laughing at stand-up comedians, playing or listening to music, discussing nature and wildlife, and eating well. He appreciated the variety and incredible opportunities that life has to offer.
We are positive that all who have met Charlie or have read about him have been inspired by his life. We all think about these issues, now we are inviting you to do something about them. We are inviting you to join us.