Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Groups See Their Wishes Come True with the Gazette

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Groups See Their Wishes Come True with the Gazette

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Byline: James Cain Reporter

THIS year's Wish campaign was as great a success as ever with PS40,000 being handed over to worthy causes.

Opening the proceedings, Gazette editor Chris Styles said: "It's great to do Wish, every year we think 'are people going to engage in it?'and every year it's fantastic.

"It's fantastic for the Gazette to know that we can make a difference."

In first place was Save our Strays who picked up a cheque for PS1,565.76 as a result of donated tokens.

Margaret Young, of Save Our Strays said: "It's fantastic, this is our first time in first place.

"We would like to say thank you to everyone who collected the tokens for us and for every pound we have received."

In second place was baby hospice Zoe's Place who were awarded a cheque for PS1,489.63.

The charity provides a "home from home" for babies and infants who have life limiting or life threatening conditions.

Sue Fox, of Zoe's Place, said: "It's absolutely fantastic.

"It's an easy way for people to support us - everyone really gets stuck in.

"We just love it." Coming third was Hope Animal Shelter who won PS1,033.06.

Hope Animal Shelter's John Green said: "I'm glad we did it, it'll keep us in food for a few weeks.

"All the money will be spent on looking after the animals."

In fourth place, and proving once again that Teesside is home to animal lovers, was Saltburn Animal Rescue Association.

Tricia and Tania Roberts said: "It's just a fantastic opportunity to raise funds.

"We would like to say a big thank you for everyone who helped us - It's just what we needed."

Abbie's Love is a charity set up in memory of Abbie Clarke, who died in her sleep.

Richard and Tracy Clarke were delighted with the PS909.73 cheque they received.

Tracy said: "Wish is just fantastic every year. It's nice to do it, it's not a hard thing to do but it can do a lot of good.

"The money is enough to pay for two bed alarms. It's a way of showing that Abbie will always be remembered."

Les Spicer and Dennis Nicholson of Positive Strokes received PS898.54. …

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