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Upminster Waitrose donates nearly £400 to children’s brain tumour charity

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 September 2018

Claire Hickey from Upminster Waitrose (left) handing over the cheque to Donna Byrne from the charity Clowns in the Sky (right) on Monday (September 3). Photo: Clowns in the Sky

Claire Hickey from Upminster Waitrose (left) handing over the cheque to Donna Byrne from the charity Clowns in the Sky (right) on Monday (September 3). Photo: Clowns in the Sky

Clowns in the Sky

The money will go to Clowns in the Sky - a charity that is dedicated to the research and treatment of children with brain tumours.

Upminster Waitrose has donated nearly £400 to a charity that is dedicated to the research and treatment of children with brain tumours.

Claire Hickey from the store in St Marys Lane handed over a big cheque for £398 to Donna Byrne from the charity Clowns in the Sky on Monday (September 3).

The cheque represented a share of tokens from their Community Matters Scheme, where each month Waitrose stores give a share of £1,000 to three local charities and for the month of July Clowns in the Sky was one of those charities.

Customers instore choose who to give their token to at the end of each shop.

Donna, development officer for Clowns in the Sky said: “This amount of money will make such a difference, Clowns in the Sky is a small national children’s charity doing amazing things across the UK, this donation will support the work we do at Queen’s Hospital in Romford and at Basildon Hospital. We like people to support their local community hence the money will be spent locally”.

Clowns in the Sky was set up in 2004 after a very special young lady ‘Jennifer Chambers’ lost her 9 month battle against a brain tumour on 21st April 2004, Jennifer was aged just 3 years old.

Donna said: “This November Jennifer would have been 18 years old a real milestone year and the charities co-founders, Trustees and myself are totally blown away at the amazing support we continue to receive from Waitrose at Upminster. In 2012 and 2017 we benefitted from the Community Matters Scheme and in 2014 was given some fabulous raffle items. This ongoing support helps us so much”.

Although a brain tumour charity, every child can enjoy the service Clowns provides, and Donna said “One of the Waitrose partners told me what a great charity we are, she said her daughter who has diabetes had been in Tropical Lagoon ward at Queen’s Hospital for a week and she was so thankful for the resources we provide there.

Donna added: “Clowns in the Sky’s main aim is to bring smiles to children’s faces in hospital, Waitrose is helping us to do this. HUGE thanks to Waitrose, their partners and customers”.

Clowns in the Sky also give small grants to families if they have a child suffering with a brain tumour in the hope to help with some of the smaller things making the bigger things easier to cope with. Research is also something they support, making a yearly donation in the hope that one day a cure will be found for children and adults.

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