Charity appeal gets ‘truly incredible’ response

Claire Docteur with some of the Easter eggs donated to the Twinkle Fund
Claire Docteur with some of the Easter eggs donated to the Twinkle Fund

A SMALL charity helping sick and disadvantaged children in the area had a ‘ truly incredible’ response to its Easter appeal.

The Twinkle Fund, based in Portslade, collected more than 460 chocolate eggs, which were divided up between five charities.

Founder Claire Docteur said the number of eggs was absolutely remarkable. They went to Rockinghorse, The Anne Bickmore Children’s Fund, Rise, Fun in Action and Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

“We are so pleased our Easter Egg Appeal has been so successful this year,” she added.

“Last year, we collected 130 and were hoping to just beat that total, so when we got the final total of over 460, we were delighted.

“The community has been incredibly generous and we thank them, along with Tricia Wales, Sue Tuke, Girlboy Brighton, Beautyworks, Tesco in Portslade and the Royal British Legion Riders Branch, who all helped to collect and donate eggs as part of this appeal.”

The Twinkle Fund was set up in January last year, with one core goal – to make sick/disadvantaged children and their siblings smile. This is done through Twinkle Boxes, which are personalised for each child.

The family-run charity has so far posted out more than 150 of the boxes.

Fishersgate residents are among those supporting the fund, including Jo Kilgarriff and regulars at the Albion Inn.

Jo said: “A lot people believe in what Claire is doing. She puts her heart and soul into this and as a locals, we should be proud that this is near us.

“Personally, I have donated a couple of eggs but this year, people are really getting behind the cause. The children are happy and many send pictures to the Facebook page so we can see them. People donate things like cars, books and dolls for the Twinkle Boxes.”

Claire and sisters Tracey and Lynsey were recently presented with a Community Angel award by Adur District Council.

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