Group raises £1,200 for Romford charity that provides holidays for sick children

Chris Smythe, landlord of The Ship Inn and chairman of the Romford, Brentwood, Billericay and Distri

Chris Smythe, landlord of The Ship Inn and chairman of the Romford, Brentwood, Billericay and District Licensed Victuallers' Association, presented a £1,200 cheque to Stephen Nottage, from the Sam charity, which provides holidays for chronically ill children and their families. - Credit: Archant

A Romford-based charity that helps provides holidays for sick children has been presented with a cheque for £1,200.

The Romford, Brentwood, Billericay and District Licensed Victuallers’ Association presented the money to Sam Charity (Smiles and Memories).

The charity was set up in memory of Sam, who was born with a rare blood disease, which meant that he had to have a bone marrow transplant, but he died aged eight.

His family set up the charity in his memory to give relief for families trying to cope with a chronically sick or disabled child.

Chris Smythe, owner of The Ship Inn and chairman of the association, said: “Sam is such a great charity and it’s amazing what they do for families. Sam’s family said that when he was ill and they were tired from spending so much time in hospital they just needed a holiday.


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“We raised the money over the past year through a series of events a race night and a fundraising banquet.”

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