CHRISTMAS is coming . . . and one local charity is appealing for your help to make its festive party extra special and provide an extra treat for children who may have to spend time in hospital over Christmas.
For it is asking the generous Mansfield public to again donate selection boxes to put a smile on the faces of children in hospital fighting cancer.
PASIC — the Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children — is asking the public and local businesses to buy an extra Christmas selection box when they do their own festive shopping.
For the past few years the charity has been overwhelmed by Chad readers’ generosity as Easter eggs have been given for its Easter celebrations - as well as selection boxes for Christmas festivities.
A spokesman for the charity said: “If people could spare just one Christmas selection box, or if a local business would like to get involved we would be very grateful - every box makes a difference.”
Selection boxes can be left at Chad’s reception in Newgate Lane at Mansfield (for the attention of Tim Morriss) - or The King’s Treatment Centre at King’s Mill Hospital for the attention of Julie Dixon.
The boxes will be handed out to youngsters fighting cancer at PASIC’s Christmas party - and also given to children in hospital receiving treatment over the Christmas holiday.
Chad editor Tracy Powell said: “It never ceases to amaze me at the generosity of our readers in supporting this very special Christmas initiative. It really does help to bring a smile to the faces of some very ill local children and their families.”
Contact PASIC’s Heidi Bucknall, on 07874223462 or go to www.pasic.org.uk for more information.
Supporters can donate to PASIC via BT Donate. Log onto http://mydonate.bt.com/charities/pasic to donate directly to the charity.