Children’s charity holds celebration

Joshua Smith with members of Charity for Kids
Joshua Smith with members of Charity for Kids

A CHARITY set up to help sick and disabled children held a party to mark its first birthday and raised more than £1,500.

Charity for Kids was launched by Paul Harris and Carl Denne in August last year and since then it has helped scores of youngsters across 1066 Country. On Monday it received its charity number from the Charity Commission.

The birthday celebrations were held at Crowhurst Park with the Mayor, Cllr Alan Roberts launching the event.

The park was filled with excited families, as Charity for Kids put together a fun-packed day with table displays including an children and adult tombola, hook the duck, cake and sweet table and visits from children’s favourite TV mascots, such as Peppa Pig. Hastings firefighters came with two fire engines so youngsters could sit inside and Sussex Police provided a police car. There was a visit by the Sussex Police helicopter looping the premises of Crowhurst Park twice.

Talented children from Summerfields Gymnastics Club, AcroMax, Laton Ash Dance Group, Tomboogie, Hastings Kickboxing Academy and TTA Dance School performed routines for visitors. Bands The Referrals and To be Frank provided live music.

Mr Harris, chairman of Charity for Kids, said: “The day could not have gone any better for our first birthday celebrations, the weather was fantastic and everyone had a smile on their face.

“We would like to thank Crowhurst Holiday Park for allowing us to use the venue along with all of the volunteers who gave up their time to work on the stools, friends and family members and businesses for making donations for tombola prizes. The day raised a fantastic £1,500.”

Ten-year-old Joshua Smith, who has diplegia cerebral palsy and communicates using Makaton signing, was also presented with an iPad by the charity.

Mr Harris added: “Joshua is a keen communicator and becomes easily frustrated when he cannot express himself. Having the iPad along with a special programme will allow Joshua to be able to communicate and build in confidence. Along with helping Joshua we have also been delighted in helping scores of children from the local area.

“We are very proud to be able to work with children from the community and thank everyone who has supported this great cause.”

If anyone would like to get involved with Charity for Kids contact Mr Harris on 07412 466359 or Tina Gibbins on 07966 446065. For more information go to www.charityforkids.co.uk.