Children’s charity off to a flying start

Charity for Kids
Charity for Kids

A NEWLY-FORMED group set up to help sick children has now hit its target to enable it to become a fully registered charity.

Charity for Kids, set up by Paul Harris and Carl Denne, owner of Hastings Kickboxing Academy, last August, had to raise £5,000 to apply to the Charity Commission.

Mr Harris, the organisation’s chairman, said: “We are really chuffed as when we started back in August we thought we would just raise a few hundred pounds.

“It’s really been full steam ahead for two guys setting up an organisation to help children. The fundraising has just snowballed.

“We reached the £5,000 target just before Christmas so it was a Christmas present come early for us.

“We now have enough funds to register with the Charity Commission, our application will start this week and is expected to take three months before we get our charity number.”

Some of the events last month alone that have helped Charity for Kids reach its goal include receiving a cheque for £853 from Blacklands School, a charity auction and raffle, which netted £1,510, and the police donating £250.

The charity has also been raising money for three-year-old Amber-Rose Sims, of Athelstan Road.

The toddler suffers from a rare condition called central sleep apnea, which means her brain stops sending signals for her to breathe. Amber-Rose relies on oxygen when she is in bed, and requires oxygen tanks to be carried when she leaves the family home.

Firefighters are currently building a decking area and landscaping her family’s garden. They started just before Christmas and are using materials sourced by Charity for Kids following donations by generous businesses.Charity for Kids also treated 20 children and four carers from the Conquest Hospital to watch the pantomime Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs at the White Rock Theatre just before Christmas.

If you would like to make a difference to local children and families then Charity for Kids would love to hear from you.”

If anyone can help contact Mr Harris on 07827 852120, Mr Denne, vice-chairman, on 07949 221946, or Tina Gibbins, treasurer, on 07966 446065.