Appeal off to flying start

JUST two weeks in, The Evening Star's Let Them Play appeal is today off to a flying start.We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our readers who have already donated or pledged their help and the offers of support continue to flood in.

JUST two weeks in, The Evening Star's Let Them Play appeal is today off to a flying start.

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our readers who have already donated or pledged their help and the offers of support continue to flood in.

The appeal is aiming to raise £30,000 to resurface the play area at Ipswich Hospital which has hardened after years of use by hundreds of tiny feet.

Generous donations have already been received from Suffolk businessman Graeme Kalbraier and Richard Cattermole, as well as pool-playing postman at Royal Mail's Ipswich headquarters who raised £100 with a pool tournament.

Greshams Sports and Social Club are donating all the money from their annual sports dinner, schools are carrying out collections at their nativity plays and people are continuing to send donations in to the hospital.

So far 19 readers have sent cheques to the hospital, totalling more than £600.

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The grand total currently stands at £3,715.

We still need lots of help to achieve our total and as Christmas approaches we are calling on the community to dig deep and donate whatever they can.

Over the coming weeks there will be an opportunity to donate at a number of Evening Star events in the community.

The 50ft high Evening Star Christmas tree is now in place on the Cornhill and there will be a collection box in front of it where you can donate any spare change you may have left over after your Christmas shopping.

The Evening Star Christmas Carol Service will also be raising funds for the appeal.

This annual event is always popular and all the money raised from tickets will go towards the Let Them Play total. There will also be collections held on the night.

The service will be held at the St. Margaret's Church, St. Margaret's Green, on Monday December 12 at 7.30pm.

For tickets call into our reception at 30 Lower Brook Street or send a cheque made payable to Archant Regional Limited to: Christmas Carol Service tickets, Evening Star promotions department, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

HIDDEN in between buildings and surrounded by walls on all four sides, the play area at Ipswich Hospital's children's wards is a mini-oasis that brings much needed fun and relief for young patients and their parents.

But without an urgent revamp it could become too unsafe to use.

Resurfacing is desperately needed but will cost £30,000.

Cheques should be made payable to 'Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust Let Them Play' and sent to The Directorate of Child Health, Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road, Ipswich, IP4 5PD.

Tell The Evening Star about your fundraising efforts by writing to Sarah Gillett, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, emailing sarah.gillett@eveningstar.co.uk or calling Sarah on 01473 324791.

We have also had hundreds of glossy A3 posters printed to promote the appeal and would love to hear from anyone who can help by displaying one in a prominent place.

Write to or call Sarah if you would like us to send you some free of charge.

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