Big smiles as A Local Wish awards gifts to deserving families

A Local Wish presentation.
A Local Wish presentation.
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The smiles on their faces say “thank you” more than words ever could.

Thanks to your efforts, thousands of pounds has been raised for local families and groups through A Local Wish.

A Local Wish presentation.'Fenland Gymnastics Academy. Coach Kirstie Harrison with Nickie Bantoft (left) and Christina Purcell (right). Also pictured are Lola Harrison (5), Emma Elam (9), Millie Full (7) and Sharky Hawes (7).

A Local Wish presentation.'Fenland Gymnastics Academy. Coach Kirstie Harrison with Nickie Bantoft (left) and Christina Purcell (right). Also pictured are Lola Harrison (5), Emma Elam (9), Millie Full (7) and Sharky Hawes (7).

Now those worthy recipients have been given their gifts and A Local Wish organisers Christina Purcell and Nickie Bantoft want to express their gratitude to all those people and businesses who have helped them over the last year.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from local people and businesses,” Christina said.

Nickie added: “The hard work is overcome by getting to do this nice bit at the end.”

The five people who received gifts from A Local Wish gathered at Octavia View in Wisbech on Friday, where they were presented with their cheques.

A Local Wish presentation.'Sarah Tustin (right) and her daughter Lilia-Joy (6) with Christina Purcell and Nickie Bantoft (left).

A Local Wish presentation.'Sarah Tustin (right) and her daughter Lilia-Joy (6) with Christina Purcell and Nickie Bantoft (left).

Three West Norfolk families who have children with cystic fibrosis all received £1,000 to go towards a break or experience of their choice.

Ten-year-old Joe Knight is going to be heading on a family holiday, as will Shona Goodson (10). Ethan Hewitt (12) will be heading to a zoo to fulfil his dream of being a zoo keeper for the day.

Fenland Gymnastics Academy, based in Algores Way, Wisbech, also received £1,000 which will go towards a new set of asymmetric bars.

And March mum Sarah Tustin, whose son Jordan Simon (17) underwent a heart transplant last year, received £250 for a spa and hotel mini-break.

A Local Wish presentation.'From left: Simon Hewitt, Allaria Hewitt (6), Ethan Hewitt (12), Christina Purcell, Leah Hewitt and Nickie Bantoft.

A Local Wish presentation.'From left: Simon Hewitt, Allaria Hewitt (6), Ethan Hewitt (12), Christina Purcell, Leah Hewitt and Nickie Bantoft.

The people of Fenland have really got behind A Local Wish.

People have organised events and dedicated their fundraising efforts to the cause.

Businesses have supported with great raffle prizes and held corporate days in the charity’s name.

But the fundraising does not stop here. A Local Wish has big plans for next year. You will have to wait until next week’s Fenland Citizen to find out what those plans are, but here’s a little clue – it involves you!