Thornbury neighbours come together for hospice

July 02 2021
Thornbury neighbours come together for hospice

A THORNBURY family have brought residents of their housing development together for a fundraising event for the hospice which helped them after their daughter died.

Martin and Mel Abrahams organised a family day for The Orchards in Thornbury, raising funds for Children’s Hospice South West.  

The couple and elder daughter Zoe have been supported by the charity's Charlton Farm hospice near Bristol and have been since their younger daughter, Jessica, died of leukaemia in January 2017, aged just six. 

Martin said: “The care and compassion that we experienced during the worst time in our lives was priceless.

"Jessica lost a long battle with leukaemia and the CHSW were there for my wife, Melissa, our eldest daughter, Zoe and myself.”   

The family fun day raised £662 for CHSW and consisted of a barbecue, activities for the children, a tombola and raffle.

Martin said: “The event went amazingly and was a great way to bring all the neighbours in this new estate together after just waving at them when on lockdown walks.

"The development really rose to the occasion, with lots of bottles and cakes being donated.

"Lots of people dropped by to purchase hot dogs and soft drinks, as well as taking part in the activities.

"We were really blown away by the support."

At the beginning of the year, Martin made it his mission to raise 2,021 for CHSW in what is the charity’s 30th anniversary year.

He has now exceeded this target and plans to keep going to see how much more he can raise.

So far Martin has raised more than £2,100 for the hospice. To sponsor him, visit online.