EADT's appeal nears £10,000 mark

AFTER just one month, the EADT's CLIC into Action appeal has raised almost £10,000 – one fifth of our target.With your help, we have collected £9,473.

AFTER just one month, the EADT's CLIC into Action appeal has raised almost £10,000 – one fifth of our target.

With your help, we have collected £9,473.90 to help children with cancer and leukaemia in East Anglia.

A special thank you goes to BTexact Technologies, which has just pledged £5,000 – the largest possible donation the company can give to charity.

Tim Pennick, father of 14-month old George who helped launch our appeal, said he was delighted the company had given so much to help more children like his son, who has tumours in both his eyes.

Tim lost his sight to the same condition – bilateral retinoblastoma – but still manages to work for BT as a software engineer, using a Braille keyboard.

He said: "It is so important that people continue to give generously to CLIC into Action to enable the charity to continue funding a children's cancer nurse and a play specialist in East Anglia."

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Frank Stone, of BTexact Technologies, said: "We look to assist charities that will really make a difference to the communities they support. The EADT appeal was something we were very keen to participate in."

Michelle Gray, fundraising manager for CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood), said that to have collected nearly 20% of the target in under a month was a "truly fantastic achievement".

She added: "On behalf of CLIC I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of your readers for their overwhelming generosity. I would also like to thank all those people who have sent letters of support with their donation, their kind words of support have meant such a lot.  

"The pressures placed on families following the diagnosis of a child with cancer or leukaemia are immense. With the continued support of businesses, schools and members of the community CLIC will be able to ensure that local children continue to receive the very best of care.  Please keep those donations rolling in."

We are inviting local businesses and individuals to follow BTexact Technologies' lead and dig deep for CLIC to enable us to reach our goal.

n To make a donation, call the CLIC into Action donation line on freephone 0800 138 3810 to donate by credit/debit card.

A cheque (made payable to CLIC into Action) can be sent direct to either CLIC (East Anglia), 8 Wren Close, Thurston, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3TQ, or to any EADT office.

Cheques/cash can be paid direct into any branch of Lloyds TSB, quoting: Account name: 'CLIC into Action', Sort code: 30-00-01, Account no: 02693685.

You can also pay by credit card via the CLIC website, www.clic.uk.com/donfr.html (quoting ref: CIA).

n We are still inviting bids for five beautiful photographs of Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell which he signed on his recent visit to Ipswich on behalf of our CLIC appeal. We have received pledges of up to £50 so far. Submit bids in writing, giving a daytime contact number, to Katy Edwards, East Anglian Daily Times, Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP41AN. The winners will be notified and asked to send a cheque to CLIC into Action.

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