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Sara’s Hope launch 400k charity appeal

The first family leaving for Crete from Newcastle Airport to the Sara's Hope Foundation retreat.  Laura Hunter who has leukemia and her mum Anne Forrester were waved off by Carol Bennett who works for the charity.

The first family leaving for Crete from Newcastle Airport to the Sara's Hope Foundation retreat. Laura Hunter who has leukemia and her mum Anne Forrester were waved off by Carol Bennett who works for the charity.

A charity set up by a Whitley Bay family is launching one of its biggest fundraisers to date as it tries to secure £400,000.

Sara’s Hope Foundation has set the target over a three year period so that they can purchase Sara’s retreat on the Greek Island of Crete, which has already benefited hundreds of youngsters living with cancer.

Sara’s 400 Capital Appeal is looking for 400 individuals, organisations, clubs or businesses to pledge to raise £1,000 over a three year period to help them achieve their goal.

The fundraisers can make a one off donation, or organise a number of their own events to raise the £1,000 and in return will be presented with a certificate and have their own wall stone with a personal incsription on a purpose built wall at the Retreat.

Fundraising packs will also be sent out, with t-shirts and leaflets to help generate the money

Their campaign will launch on March 1, 2014 and has been created because the current lease on Sara’s Retreat runs out in three year’s time, on 1st March 2017 and the charity want to buy the property outright.

To mark the start of the campaign, the charity are looking for children and their families who have benefited from the Retreat to jump aboard a Tour Bus in Newcastle for an afternoon of taking in the sights, before enjoying children’s entertainment and food at As You Like It in Jesmond.

Office Manager Carol Bennet said: “This is a very special year for the charity as Sara would have been celebrating her 30th birthday on 25th October, as a legacy to Sara we are launching this appeal to keep her memory alive and we hope that everyone will take up the challenge of raising a £1,000 in three years.

“It would mean so much to Sara’s parents Ged & Julie Hoburn and to the families who need our services.

“Sara’s Retreat is a fantastic resource for the whole family, taking them away from the traumatic cancer treatments and long hospital stays, allowing them to enjoy time on their own and relax in a purpose built villa without the hassle of arranging the holiday, flights and accommodation, with no cost to them.”

Sara’s Hope Foundation was created by the parents of Sara Hoburn, who lost a two year battle with a rare from of colon cancer when she was 16.

Ged and Julie have now relocated to Crete and are on hand to look after the families who visit Crete and help them create special memories.

For more details contact the charity on 0191 2236789 or email carol@sarashopefoundation.co.uk or vicki@sarashopefoundation.co.uk

 

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