A CHARITY that supports sick and disabled youngsters has bought a caravan to help provide respite breaks for families.
Charity for Kids, set up in 2011, bought the static caravan in Crowhurst Holiday Park thanks to generous staff and customers at Sainsbury’s in John Macadam Way, St Leonards, who donated more than £9,600.
The money was collected from last July to May this year following a partnership between the store and the charity.
Paul Harris, chairman of Charity for Kids, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the customers of Sainsbury’s for their support, who donated £9,651.90 which is absolutely fantastic.
“Our long-term aim is to eventually set up a much-needed local respite facility, and as the charity is less than three years old, we are not in a financial position to cover the cost. However we are extremely excited to take the first steps towards our goal by purchasing a static caravan.
“This will allow us to offer a facility to not only sick, disabled and terminally-ill children but also their parents and siblings, as they can use the caravan to have a respite break for a weekend.
“We will not be charging families for the use, but will be asking for a donation, which is affordable to each family staying in the caravan.”
Charity for Kids is delighted to have eight bookings already for July and August. If there is a family that is in need of a respite break, then please contact Heidi on 07956 391002.”
Charity representatives were present on both Saturday and Sunday throughout the months it was in partnership with Sainsbury’s and held various collections and fundraising events in the foyer area, such as book sales, tombolas, carol singing and even had visits from TV characters including Peppa Pig and Mickey Mouse.