The whole Whitgift Care community has pulled together to raise funds from an Easter raffle to transform the lives of children who have been born with clefts. £500 has been raised through the sale of raffle tickets to more than 80 staff, residents and relatives and will be donated to global charity, the Smile Train.
The money donated will cover the cost of three operations taking just 45 minutes so that a child can lead a normal life and avoid social isolation and possible speaking, hearing, breathing, and eating difficulties. Many residents came together, socially distanced, in Whitgift House’s main lounge to watch the raffle drawn by Director of Care, Dolores Pickersgill. The lucky winners of the raffle received an assortment of wine and Easter treats. After the draw the residents had an Easter bonnet parade and went on an Easter egg hunt.
Angela Tolley, Activity Organiser, Whitgift House, said: “I am so impressed and grateful for so many people across Whitgift Care who have taken part in the raffle to raise valuable funds for children with clefts. It’s overwhelming how much we have raised for such a worthy cause to transform the lives of three children – it’s amazing!” The Smile Train has supported more cleft surgeries than any other global cleft charities and works with local hospitals to train local doctors to perform cleft repair surgery.