Anja gives children’s charity a cash boost

Anja Short and her mum Nicola outside the Great North Children's Hospital.
Anja Short and her mum Nicola outside the Great North Children's Hospital.

AN eight-year-old girl is showing she has a head for business as she pledges to raise much-needed funds for a children’s charity.

Anja Short, from Tynemouth, has begun organising a family fun day in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust, this year’s official charity of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, where her mum Nicola is executive director.

Anja had asked to visit Crawford House, a facility in Newcastle run by the charity, after hearing how it provides a ‘home from home’ for families facing the trauma of having a seriously ill child.

Families can stay at the house for as long as they need while their children are being treated at the RVI or the nearby Great North Children’s Hospital.

Anja launched her fundraising with an immediate donation of £10, which is enough to fund a family room at Crawford House for one night.

The King’s School pupil said: “We are now planning the fun day with a bouncy castle, a three-legged race, egg and spoon competition, sack race, piggy back contest and a picnic and barbecue.

“The children’s ward was amazing, especially the room with the 3D screen and the staff were really nice.”

The Sick Children’s Trust campaign and appeals manager Caroline O’Doherty said: “Having the support of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum is fantastic but having Anja’s backing means an incredible amount to us because our charity is all about helping young people through very difficult times.”

The forum has raised more than £5,000 for the charity so far and are looking to reach a target figure of £50,000.

Over the years the forum has raised more than £450,000 for numerous good causes in the region.