Boost for sis­ters’ dream

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Help­ing Oth­ers - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Three sis­ters are a step closer to their dream of open­ing a be­reave­ment unit at Ash­ford’s Wil­liam Har­vey Hospi­tal af­ter re­ceiv­ing more than £1,200 from John Lewis.

Char­lotte Bas­sett, Ge­orgina Var­nals and Leigh Knight launched the Twin­kling Stars Project af­ter the death of Char­lotte and her part­ner Glenn’s baby, Blake, who was still­born at 25 weeks last Septem­ber.

The sis­ters are hop­ing to raise £50,000 to open a new still­birth be­reave­ment unit at the hospi­tal so that griev­ing par­ents can have a place to stay in that feels homely and peace­ful and where fam­ily can visit.

The trio have al­ready raised funds through a din­ner and dance and a cof­fee morn­ing.

Last week, they vis­ited the John Lewis at Home store in Fougeres Way, Ash­ford, to col­lect a cheque for £1,286 which was raised through the store’s com­mu­nity mat­ters ini­tia­tive.

Mrs Knight said: “It was great that lo­cal peo­ple are be­hind us and sup­port­ing us. By plac­ing their green to­kens in our box, it meant we got a large por­tion of the £3,000 on of­fer. We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

As part of the project, the sis­ters have al­ready pur­chased a cud­dle cot for the hospi­tal with money raised for still­birth and neona­tal death char­ity, Sands, which was col­lected at a Fifty Shades of Grey film evening at Cineworld in Ash­ford.

The next fundraiser for the project is a Vin­tage Christ­mas Bo­nanza on Satur­day, Novem­ber 28, at The Ten­ter­den Club, Church Road, Ten­ter­den. The night will in­clude live mu­sic, raf­fle, Santa’s grotto, vin­tage fair, buf­fet and danc­ing. It will start at 7pm.

For tick­ets, which cost £15 for adults and £7.50 for chil­dren, call Ca­role on 07955674757 or Char­lie on 07432409895.

To donate to the Twin­kling Stars Project, visit just­giv­ing. com/twin­klingstar­spro­ject/

Pic­ture: Alan Lan­g­ley FM3986355

Luke Un­der­down, of the East Kent Hos­pi­tals Char­ity, Ge­orgina Var­nals, Leigh Knight and Char­lotte Bas­sett re­ceive the cheque from Jay Mill­son, Char­lotte Weeks and Char­lotte Watkins

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