Nominate children in South Yorkshire who deserve a special treat

Declan Gunn, second from left, and his headteacher Jane Goodman, second from right, with charity trustees Eamonn Hunt and Shirley Kilner.

Declan Gunn, second from left, and his headteacher Jane Goodman, second from right, with charity trustees Eamonn Hunt and Shirley Kilner.

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There is still time to nominate needy children for special treats over the festive season – so keep the names coming in.

For the third year running, The Star has teamed up with good cause Help A Child Have A Chance for the 12 Days of Christmas appeal, offering young people the chance to receive a slice of £10,000.

The charity has already received some nominations, but more are needed to make sure as many deserving youngsters as possible are given a Christmas to remember.

Grants from the charity pot are being offered to those who are vulnerable or in need of funding – for example, a poorly youngster who needs a fun-packed holiday, a gifted child who needs help making the most of their talent, or a family requiring equipment for a disabled young person.

Readers are asked to nominate potential recipients across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, and 12 will be chosen and presented with cheques during the two weeks after Christmas.

Last year, hundreds of pounds went to St Luke’s Hospice to buy 30 ‘bereavement bears’ to help children understand about terminal illness.

Hannah Jordan , fundraising manager at the hospice in Whirlow, Sheffield, said: “We have been able to keep up with demand for teddies over the past year, giving important support to all members of the family when they need it most.”

Meanwhile, £300 was given to Dinnington-based Safe@Last, which works for young people at risk through running away

Tracy Haycox, the charity’s director, said: “Sometimes, when young people arrive at the refuge they have nothing, or very little, with them and this donation enabled us to provide them with the basic items they need.”

Poorly schoolboy Declan Gunn, who attends Doncaster School for the Deaf, was sent on a special trip to Disneyland Paris, and Help A Child Have A Chance also handed £500 to Sheffield’s Cavendish Cancer Care.

Rebecca Allinson, Cavendish’s chief executive, said: “We were able to buy new art therapy equipment and supplies and offer additional sessions to help children express their distress when talking was too difficult for them.”

The funding can be for individuals aged up to 18, or groups, carers and educators who work with young people of the same age.

n Nominations can be made by emailing or by post to 12 Days of Christmas, Help A Child Have A Chance, 2 Woburn Place, Whirlow, Sheffield, S11 9QS.

Include as much information as possible about the nominee, plus their name, address and contact details. The closing date is Tuesday, December 10.

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