Shoppers’ spare cash aids charities

Louise Collins, community fundraiser with the Chestnut Tree Hospice (left) and Ursula Downton from the Children with Cancer Fund, both receive cheques from Arndale Centre manager Bill Plumridge.
Louise Collins, community fundraiser with the Chestnut Tree Hospice (left) and Ursula Downton from the Children with Cancer Fund, both receive cheques from Arndale Centre manager Bill Plumridge.
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TWO children’s charities have received a £3,670 boost thanks to spare coins thrown into the Arndale Centre’s wishing well over Christmas.

Kind-hearted shoppers donated the money at the shopping centre’s annual festive display.

The total raised was divided equally between Chestnut Tree House Hospice and the Polegate-based Children with Cancer Fund.

Louise Collins, community fundraiser for the hospice, said, “We’re thrilled to receive this money.

“We currently have 19 nurses and funding the nursing team is our main focus at the moment.

“In addition, extra funding like this helps give the children activity days so it’s a fantastic help.”

Chestnut Tree House cares for children and teenagers with progressive life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from all over the county.

Completed in 2003, the hospice provides a home from home environment with 10 children’s bedrooms plus eight family rooms, a wet and dry play area, computer and music rooms, a multi-sensory room and hydrotherapy pool.

Children With Cancer Fund was formed in 1998 and its aim is to raise money and distribute it to families and causes that are associated with children who live in East Sussex and have had, or are suffering from, cancer.

Ursula Downton, who runs the charity with husband Chris, said, “We’re very grateful to everyone who donated their spare coins to the wishing well.

“The money will be put to very good use.

“In May, we will be taking 130 people to Knockhatch for a day out and later in the year we will be taking 10 families on holiday to the Isle of Wight.

“It is donations like this that enable us to carry on.”

Arndale Centre manager Bill Plumridge added, “I would like to thank all our customers who took a few moments to make a wish and donate their spare coins.

“It means that two fantastic charities have each received £1,835.”