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Wisbech-based A Local Wish hands over £4,000 to Meadowgate Academy's minibus appeal

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A Wisbech-based charity set up by two local business women has given a major boost to the Meadowgate Academy's mini-bus appeal.

Christina Fitzpatrick (front row) presents the £4,000 to pupils at Meadowgate Academy.
Christina Fitzpatrick (front row) presents the £4,000 to pupils at Meadowgate Academy.

A Local Wish was set-up by Christina Fitzpatrick of Holiday with Us and Nickie Barwell of Barwell Accountants in 2013 with the aim of supporting local good causes and to help make wishes come true for those in need.

It has raised thousands of pounds through a variety of fundraising efforts over the years as well as receiving donations from others who have held charity events.

On Thursday Christian popped along to handover a whopping £4,000 to the Meadowgate Academy for its appeal, launched two months ago to help buy a new minibus.

The school is looking to raise £17,000 so they are able to win support from the Variety Club of Great Britain's Sunshine Coaches fund.

The club will match-fund whatever is raised by the organisation looking for help and the estimated cost of the specialist minibus Meadowgate needs is around £34,000.

The vehicle needs to have a tail-lift and room to accommodate children in wheelchairs. The current minibus is now very old and regularly breaks down, it is also too small and cannot accommodate a class of children which means they have to travel in a number vehicles.

Christina said: "We would like to thank everyone for their kind donations and for supporting the charity and its events over the years. We will continue to accept any donations throughout 2019 in order to support those in the community who need help . If anyone would like to hold any charity events on behalf of A Local Wish, we would be pleased to use the funds raised to help change people’s lives in the local area.

"In the past we have made donations to children suffering illnesses such as multiple sclerosis and provided medical equipment to those who need it.

"It was absolutely fantastic to be able to give such a large amount to Meadowgate today, we know a new minibus will really benefit pupils and enable them to go out on lots of lovely class trips."

A spokesman for Meadowgate added: "We are really grateful for the donation from A Local Wish, it means we now have £12,000 towards the £17,000 that we need.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support we have had since the appeal was launched and we never expected it to reach this amount so quickly."

For more information on A Local Wish contact: christina@holidaywithus.co.uk or to donate to the minibus appeal contact Meadowgate on 01945 461836

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