The Sunshine Centre offers support and advice to disabled children and their families throughout Thurrock, and currently need 8k to fund the provision of a soft play area in their garden.
An additional £200 raised from raffle ticket sales was added to the cheque, giving the centre a bumper £2k from the night’s event.
The event was a night of mediumship by top TV medium Nicky Alan, and her friends Jay Gage and Ryan Saunders, who run the Open Arms Haven. All three mediums waived their fees for the evening, and the hall was generously donated by Thurrock Rugby Club, which meant that every penny coming through the door went directly to the centre.
Jay Gage said “We wanted a charity night to truly be a charity night, and not a token gesture. We were incredibly fortunate to secure Nicky Alan to work with us, as she is so high profile that tickets just flew out the door, and we sold out very quickly. Ryan works at Treetops School with disabled children, so we felt that this particular charity was a very relevant one for us to support, and we wanted to raise enough money to actually make a difference. Im delighted with the result, and cannot thank everyone enough for coming along, supporting us, and helping us to make this such a success.”
The Haven is based in Belmont Hall, Parker Road, Grays, and opens every Sunday with mediums, readers and stalls. They re-open after the Christmas break on the 9th of January, and can be contacted on 07908 632092 or on their website www.open-arms-haven.com