A community shop manager at Emsworth has launched a mammoth local raffle to raise sponsorship for his London Marathon run next month, all in aid of the disabled children’s charity, Whizz-Kidz.
Garry Farne, the retail business manager for The Southern Co-operative store in Emsworth, will be raffling off big ticket prizes including: £100 Southern Co-op vouchers; afternoon tea for two at the Langstone Hotel, Hayling Island; four tickets to Hampshire Cricket Club; two tickets to the premier enclosure at Sandown Park Racecourse; two tickets to Brighton racecourse and 18 other exclusive prizes.
At the launch of the raffle, Garry said: ‘I’ve been really overwhelmed by the generosity of so many other local businesses and organisations from the Hampshire and Sussex area.
‘We have so many fantastic prizes up for grabs that I’m opening the raffle up to anyone and everyone in these two counties.
‘All of the money raised will be donated to Whizz-Kidz to help disabled children across the south coast. The work the charity does is awe-inspiring and I hope to raise enough money to help improve a child’s life.’
Tickets for the raffle cost £1 each and every pound raised will go towards sponsoring Garry’s run in April for Whizz-Kidz. The charity transforms the lives of disabled children by providing the vital equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them, giving them the chance to develop their full potential.
Heather Ridley, Whizz-Kidz corporate account manager, said: ‘We are delighted to have Garry as part of Team Whizz-Kidz for the London Marathon 2016. This is a huge challenge to take on, and his support will make a big difference to our work in the local community.
‘The funds he is raising could provide a specialist manual wheelchair for a local disabled child, giving them the freedom and independence they need to enjoy a fun, active childhood and reach their true potential.’
Raffle tickets are on sale now at The Southern Co-operative Emsworth store, 2 High Street, Emsworth. The draw will take place on April 2 outside the store.