Our Story

If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who?

Boom was set up in memory of Philip Wilson who lost his battle from sarcoma on 8 March 2013.

Big Phil

Philip was an extraordinary person who faced his illness with positivity and humour. His loss has left a huge void in the lives of those closest to him and the charity has been established, not only to keep Philip locked firmly in the hearts of those who love him but also to help fill the gaps in the support that he received, that his fiancée, friends and family recognised during his battle.

Philip sadly passed away only 7 weeks before his wedding day and following a ten year battle with sarcoma. Without complaint, Philip lived with sarcoma and the side effects of the countless periods of treatment and surgery.


The impact of losing Philip has been unimaginable but despite his passing, Philip’s presence is as strong as ever through the Boom Foundation. The word ‘Boom’ was always used by Philip when he was enjoying something (most likely on the golf course, his favorite place) and it was never without a high five (hence our hand logo)! Boom was the perfect name because it will forever link the charity with this outstanding person whilst also signifying the impact the charity will make on the lives of those living with sarcoma every day.

The Money

The money raised by Boom will be split between practical help and vital research…… 50% will remain in Northern Ireland to be used by us here at Boom for the benefit of sarcoma patients in NI, whilst the remaining 50% of our funds will be sent to Sarcoma UK to try to achieve the best possible standard of treatment and care for patients with sarcoma.