Sam’s charity is given a boost

Stuart Hope-Kirk

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A CHARITY that provides breaks for seriously-ill children has been given a boost by a supermarket.

Sam’s Haven, was founded by Sam Merrick and his family, from Denmead, following years of hospital visits for the youngster.

At the charity’s two-year milestone party at Fratton Park, staff from Sainsbury’s in London Road, North End, donated a cheque for £195.

Sam’s Haven is a caravan in Chichester and is Sainsbury’s nominated charity of the year – as voted for by customers.

Sam’s mum Louise said: ‘Sam has spent much of his life in hospital and we witnessed a remarkable change in him during our visits to the holiday park.

‘Seeing him so happy and care-free inspired us to start this charity so that others could experience the same delight as us. We’d like to thank the customers and colleagues at Sainsbury’s in North End for voting for us to help make this a reality.

‘It has made such a difference to Sam’s Haven and we’re extremely grateful for the donations and awareness we’ve been able to raise.’

Kelliann Smith, from Sainsbury’s, said: ‘We’ve had an excellent start to the year supporting Sam’s Haven. Our customers and colleagues have got involved with a number of fundraising activities. We’d like to thank everyone at Sam’s Haven for making it such a brilliant start to this partnership and hope we can help continue to support the charity over the coming months.’