Funky bean bags and cash for Waterlooville respite centre

Stuart Baldwin accepting donations from Paul Kieser and Jeremy Brown
Stuart Baldwin accepting donations from Paul Kieser and Jeremy Brown
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WHAT do an iced doughnut, camera, car tyre and cupcake have in common?

They have all been donated to Smile Support and Care’s new short-break centre in Waterlooville, in the form of fun beanbags.

The unique items are normally sold Harrods and Selfridges as well as local company, Mototile.com.

The beanbags will be a funky and fun addition to the centre’s two lounges, for disabled youngsters and their families to use.

In addition to the beanbags, a cheque for £1,000 was also presented to Smile staff by garage floor company, Mototile.com. The company raised more than £600 charging people to sit in a Ferrari or Maserati at various car shows during the year, including the Goodwood Revival.

Partner company Astroflame topped this total up to £1,000, and will also be donating finger protection devices free of charge for all doors at the centre.

Stuart Baldwin, chief executive of Smile, said: ‘It’s very kind of Mototile and Astroflame to think of us in all of these ways. The beanbags will be a big hit with the young people we support and the hinge devices are an invaluable safety feature.’

The work on the respite centre is complete but £180,000 is needed to kit it out. You can text to donate amounts of £5, £10, £15, £20 or any amount Text SMIL20 £5 (or the amount you wish to donate) to 70070. Alternatively contact the charity on (023) 8061 3084 or go to smilesupport.org.uk.