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THOUSANDS of people will be helped by funds given to four charities.

The organisations celebrated their success after finding out they were winners in the Car Finance Company’s finance project.

THRILLED From left, the Car Finance Company chief executive Mark Smith, ''Pam Marshall, Claire Cook and Carolyn Westbrook from Hannah's Holiday ''Home Appeal, and Paris Gower from the CFC

THRILLED From left, the Car Finance Company chief executive Mark Smith, ''Pam Marshall, Claire Cook and Carolyn Westbrook from Hannah's Holiday ''Home Appeal, and Paris Gower from the CFC

Chosen by staff at the company, the lucky winners impressed the employees and even made some cry.

One of those which has been given money is Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal.

Hannah’s mum Pam Marshall said: ‘We own three holiday homes but even though we own them we still have to pay site fees and cleaning so this money will help towards those costs.’

The charity had asked for £1,000 but the panel was so moved by its story that it was given £5,000.

‘This means that we now be able to give 20 families a holiday,’ said Pam.

Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham will benefit from the funding through the 
Portsmouth Hospitals Charity.

The charity will use the money to design an outside area for teenagers to enjoy while they are in the hospital.

Fundraising manager Victoria Greenshields said: ‘We have a play area but there is nothing designed for teenagers so we want to create an area for them, middle children and youngsters.’

A support group has also been given a massive boost.

The Portsmouth-based Working Age MS Support Group helps friends, family, carers and those living with multiple sclerosis and has received £1,000.

Its chairman Martin Long said: ‘This will help towards running costs.

‘It also means that we can buy a projector so when guest speakers come in it is easier for many of our members who suffer with eyesight problems to see the presentation.’

Executive chairman and founder of the Car Finance Company Mark Smith said: ‘I’ve lived in Portsmouth for 30 years and one thing I have found about the city is it is a remarkable community for supporting people.’

The Friends in Finance scheme, supported by The News and firms KPMG, Shoosmiths, Coffin Mew solicitors saw charities and community groups apply for a cashpot of around £20,000.

Other beneficiaries

Beat the Bullies - £10,000

Established by 15-year-old Chloe Hine from Havant, the charity provides a beacon of support and guidance for those who are being bullied.

After being bullied for many years through social media and at school Chloe decided to form the charity to help people going through the same experience.

Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal - £5,000

Set up in the memory of Hannah Westbrook who died from Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 10, the appeal helps families with sick children to have a well-earned break.

The charity now owns three holiday homes in Oakdene, Hayling Island and Milford on Sea for families to use throughout the year.

Portsmouth Hospitals Charity - £4,000

The charity aims to serve the patients of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust by providing additional facilities and equipment.

It also supports research programmes and innovation in the development of services and education to both patients and staff.

Working Age MS Support Group - £1,000

The support group offers friendly monthly meetings providing peer support and professional advice for people of a working age with multiple sclerosis as well as their friends, families and carers.