Thetford children raise funds for hospice

Madison Margrie, Georgia Tofney, Tegan Mace, Matthew Canham and Kimberley Simmons (front) at the Easter Rainbow Challenge afternoon, at Pine Close Community Centre, Thetford ANL-160419-125344001
Madison Margrie, Georgia Tofney, Tegan Mace, Matthew Canham and Kimberley Simmons (front) at the Easter Rainbow Challenge afternoon, at Pine Close Community Centre, Thetford ANL-160419-125344001
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Youngsters from Thetford gave up some of their precious Easter holidays to help raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

The children and teenagers of EPIC (Enthusiastic People Improving their Community) organised a variety of fund-raising events from 23-30 March to help boost St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Sharon Thompson, who runs EPIC Youth and Community Group, said: “Every single thing was organised by the kids, who are between the ages of eight and 14.

“They had the ideas and then went out and did it. They wanted to raise £1,000 and were a bit disappointed they didn’t quite manage it, but I think what they have done is amazing.”

A bingo evening organised by nine youngsters at Pine Close Community Centre raised £166; a disco raised £101.32; bag packing at Thetford Iceland on Good Friday raised £213.52, while a second session the following day raised £266.20.

An afternoon of ‘Easter Rainbow Challenges’ and a cake stall was held on Wednesday [30 March] after poor weather on Easter Monday forced it to be postponed.

Organised by Kimberley Simmons and Madison Margrie aged eight and 10, the event, also at Pine Close Community Centre, included challenges and activities for children with the prize of an Easter egg.

Each entry cost just £1, but the event raised £104.54.

In total, including donations and sales of Hospice bracelets, £866 was raised for the Hospice.

Miranda McCoy, St Nicholas Hospice Care Community Fundraiser, said: “Well done and thank you to everyone involved – to have raised more than £850 is just marvellous.

“Donations such as this help the Hospice to continue supporting people in Thetford and West Suffolk facing long-term and life-threatening illnesses, and their families.”