Leicester Mercury Christmas Appeal: £5,000 in a week! Donations are pouring in
Cheques have been arriving every day since we launched our Christmas appeal to raise £65,000 for Leicester Children's Holiday Centre in Mablethorpe.
In just a week, generous Mercury readers have already given £5,644.
More than £1,000 in donations – ranging from £5 to £100 – arrived at the charity's Holy Bones headquarters, in the city centre, in the first three days after the appeal's launch last Monday.
Diane Batson, the charity's children's officer, said: "Every day, cheques are arriving, it's wonderful.
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"We had a lady in her 70s who knocked on the door and gave us £100."
The centre has been providing seaside holidays for underprivileged youngsters from Leicestershire for over a century.
Last year, 351 children were able to take a break.
We want to raise £65,000 for the centre to pay for vital upgrades to its boiler and central heating system – and we need your help to reach that target.
On Friday, a representative of city solicitors Bingham and Co went to the charity's Holy Bones headquarters in the city centre to hand in two cheques, totalling £1,100.
Andrew Bingham, owner of the company, in Halford Street, Leicester, said: "A trust we administer on behalf of a former client who died donated £1,000 and we added £100 from our company.
"The charity has been going a long time and it's part of old Leicester.
"It was set up for Victorian children who were deprived and there are still people it helps today who are also deprived."
At the weekend, a group of fund-raisers held a tabletop sale in aid of the appeal in Countesthorpe village hall, raising £462.
The cash will be split between our Christmas appeal and Sands, a charity which supports families affected by stillbirths and neonatal deaths.
Carole Halls, one of the organisers of the sale, said: "We wanted to support the appeal because we like to choose local charities and the people from Mablethorpe came to speak to us about their work once before, so we knew it was a good cause."
Pensioner Sandra Doherty, 69, is organising a jumble sale at the sheltered accommodation complex in which she lives, in Huntingdon Gardens, off Bath Street, Market Harborough.
She said: "My husband Kevin, who's 72, went there when he was 12 and had a good time.
"We've raised money before with a jumble sale for Help for Heroes and raised £600.
"He said why not do something for the Mablethorpe home, so that's what we're doing.
"We would like as many people as possible to come along and support it.
"We're also having a raffle for a hamper for the charity."
The sale is being held from 10am to 1pm on Saturday.
Charity chairman Jim Roberts said: "I'm amazed – we're already at almost 10 per cent towards the appeal target. It's going extremely well.
"I would like to thank every single person and organisation who have donated money to help towards our target.
"While I was here this morning a teacher who used to recommend children to go to the centre came in to make a donation."
You can donate online at: www.justgiving.com/Mablethorpe