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Saddling up to raise funds

PUBLISHED: 20:52 27 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

A NEEDHAM Market shop has lived up to its name in shedding a ray of hope into needy children's lives.

Childrens' clothes and toy shop Sunshine, which sells traditionally-made British products - largely by East Anglian craftsmen - were this week riding to the aid of the Children in Need on an unlikely steed - a rocking horse!

Children were paying to ride the beautifully designed horse to raise money for the BBC Children in Need Appeal as part of the shop's fundraising drive for this worthy cause.

A NEEDHAM Market shop has lived up to its name in shedding a ray of hope into needy children's lives.

Childrens' clothes and toy shop Sunshine, which sells traditionally-made British products - largely by East Anglian craftsmen – were this week riding to the aid of the Children in Need on an unlikely steed – a rocking horse!

Children were paying to ride the beautifully designed horse to raise money for the BBC Children in Need Appeal as part of the shop's fundraising drive for this worthy cause.

Opened this summer, the shop aims to provide a platform for the region's craftsmen such as Bernard Wooley, who takes more than two months to make one horse.

Suffolk and Norfolk artisans are also represented – and next Saturday on November 3 – the shop plays host to Rosemarie Tayler, whose Ipswich-based business sells fine knitware, including christening gowns, as far afield as London, with some of the proceeds going to the appeal.

Facepainting will also be on the agenda, again with part of all proceeds going to Children in Need.

And after its stirling service this week the rocking horse is also up for sale, with £100 of its sale price promised to the BBC appeal, which holds its annual Children in Need Day on November 16.

Sunshine proprietor Yvonne Gerrell said that if the fundraising was successful she would lend her support to the BBC charity next year.

"We're a small shop and so we free to do what we wish," she said. "Part of the shop's ethos is to put something back into the community and we're hoping to be the first of many that are going to support this year's appeal. A lot of my suppliers have also leant their support and my thanks goes out to them."

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