Appeal gets big boost

MONEY is rolling in for the Evening Star Helping Our Children Christmas appeal from donations and events.One woman walked in to Felixstowe General Hospital and handed over £300 for the appeal which had been raised by her church from various activities.

MONEY is rolling in for the Evening Star Helping Our Children Christmas appeal from donations and events.

One woman walked in to Felixstowe General Hospital and handed over £300 for the appeal which had been raised by her church from various activities.

She told hospital staff the donors wished to remain anonymous but wanted to help a good cause this Christmas.

They felt supporting young patients who use the hospital's minor injuries unit would mean the money would bring great benefit to a large number of children.

Meanwhile, a sale of review books, CDs and computer games to staff at The Evening Star's offices has raised £300 for the appeal.

Other people have been sending in donations, and putting money in the boxes around the Evening Star Christmas tree on Ipswich Cornhill.

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Tickets are also still available for the Evening Star Carol Service in aid of the appeal at St Margaret's Church, Bolton Lane, Ipswich, at 7.30pm on Tuesday December 14.

Tickets are £1 and available from the Evening Star reception or by sending a cheque, made payable to Archant Regional Ltd, to Christine Upson, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

The appeal is aiming to raise up to £18,000 to help create a special child-friendly waiting and treatment area at Felixstowe General.

This will enable youngsters to be treated at the minor injuries unit at the hospital in Constable Road separately from adults, and to have a safe, comfortable and non-threatening environment where services can be tailored to their needs.

The minor injuries unit is used by more than 15,000 people every year - and many of them from outside the immediate Felixstowe area.

Families in Martlesham, Woodbridge and surrounding villages use it because it is easy to reach by road and they often get seen faster than at Ipswich Hospital.

It is also available for the tens of thousands of daytrippers and holidaymakers visiting the resort each year.

n If you are organising a fundraising activity or sponsored event for the appeal, we can help you publicise it and promote it - and would be delighted to come along and report it in the paper.

Please contact the Evening Star Newsdesk on 01473 324788.

n To donate to the appeal, please send cheques made payable to the Evening Star Christmas Appeal to Geraldine Thompson, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

Members of Ipswich and Norwich Co-operative Society can also contribute by quoting the society's 977 charity dividend number when they pay for services at its supermarkets, departments stores, chemists and opticians.