Staff stump up cash to pay for panto treat

Chris Downton and Father Christmas (alias Allen Oxenham) with support from Santa's little helpers at the Children with Cancer Fund. SUS-141112-153255001
Chris Downton and Father Christmas (alias Allen Oxenham) with support from Santa's little helpers at the Children with Cancer Fund. SUS-141112-153255001

A Polegate charity that supports youngsters undergoing treatment for cancer is set for a fantastic Christmas party, thanks to a donation from generous employees.

The Children with Cancer Fund has been given a cash boost from staff at Pertemps People Development Group as part of its award-winning payroll giving scheme and the money will be put towards the youngsters’ annual Christmas party.

Chris Downton, chairman and founder of Children with Cancer Fund said the event, which is held after their trip to the pantomime, is always very popular among the children and their families.

After they have watched Beauty and the Beast at the Devonshire Park Theatre, the youngsters will make the short journey to the Floral Hall at the Winter Garden, where more than 200 people are expected to enjoy fun, food and party games.

“This event is hugely important to our families,” said Mr Downton. “It gives them time off from the day-to-day stress of having a poorly child and allows them time to laugh and have fun.

“It is also a fantastic opportunity for families to meet other local families whom they may not have otherwise been in contact with.

“Everyone is at a different stage in their journey with their child and the support network that has come out of this event over the years has been so important and so special.”

“Many parents have said to us along the way that no one understands what they are going through like a parent of a family that has trodden the path already. PPDG’s generous donation will be a huge help to us in paying for the food at this event.”

Phil Pemble at PPDG in Hastings said that as part of its tenth anniversary celebrations, PPDG is giving away £10,000 to charities in the areas in which it works and lives.

Staff have run competitions, held dressing-up days and even worn slippers to work to help raise extra funds for local causes.

All members of staff across the country were asked to choose a small, local charity in their area to donate funds to as part of its give as you earn scheme, which was last year recognised at the National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards.