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Harold Wood children’s charity Rainbow Trust launches campaign to reach its £1 million goal

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 September 2017

Havering Mayor Cllr Linda Van Den Hende joins volunteers at the Rainbow Trust in Harold Wood. Picture: Ken Mears

Havering Mayor Cllr Linda Van Den Hende joins volunteers at the Rainbow Trust in Harold Wood. Picture: Ken Mears

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Volunteers of a children’s charity have launched a campaign to reach their £1 million target by the end of the year.

Havering Mayor Cllr Linda Van Den Hende joins volunteers at the Rainbow Trust in Harold Wood. Picture: Ken Mears Havering Mayor Cllr Linda Van Den Hende joins volunteers at the Rainbow Trust in Harold Wood. Picture: Ken Mears

Those at Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity shop, Station Road, Harold Wood, which supports families caring for a child with a life threatening or terminal illness, have been fundraising for the cause since the store opened 24 years ago.

Now having raised £950,000 over more than two decades, they want to end 2017 by making another £50,000 in order to reach its ultimate goal of £1 million.

Patron and volunteer Pauline Obee MBE said: “I feel proud of the success of the shop and the amount the volunteers have contributed to the Rainbow Trust since the Harold Wood shop first opened 24 years ago.

“I am delighted that we have nearly raised £1 million for families who have a child with a serious illness.

“It has been a fantastic place to volunteer and we are a great friendly team of committed, conscientious and compassionate volunteers.

“It is thanks to all the volunteers’ hard work, that we have been able to launch our One Million Campaign and we will continue to strive to raise as much money as we can for the work of the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity ”

The group first began after Pauline Obee heard a radio interview in 1993 with Rainbow Trust’s founder Bernadette Cleary.

Inspired by what she heard, she and friend John Penrose established the Harold Wood Friends Group to support the charity.

The group started fundraising when they were offered an empty shop for three months where they initially held jumble sales a couple of times a week.

Now, 24 years later, the shop and friends group are still going strong having raised £950,000 to date.

Volunteers, shop staff and families supported by Rainbow Trust, were joined by mayor of Havering Councillor Linda Van den Hende to officially launch the campaign on Wednesday, September 6.

Rainbow Trust volunteer development manager Andrea Kelley said: “We hope this campaign will encourage the local community to dig deep and help them reach their amazing fundraising milestone of £1 million.”

Donations can be made at the shop or visit here

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