Samuel’s Children’s Charity in Lewes wins national award

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A LEWES children’s charity has scooped more than £6,000 after winning a national award.

Samuel’s Children’s Charity which supports the families of children with cancer was set up after brave Samuel-Lee Read lost his battle with the disease. The Sussex Express paid tribute to the ten-year-old in August 2010. The brave youngster had been diagnosed with a grade four brain tumour in October 2009.

Now the charity, which is named after Samuel, has won a £6,275 NatWest Community award. Samantha Read the charity founder, said: “We can not actually believe we won. This means so much to us as a small new charity we have been up and running for about a year now and we rely solely on fund raising and donations so winning this amount is a huge help to our project and hopefully it too will raise more awareness of our work.”

In July this year NatWest launched Community Force, a new initiative to help support local charities, organisations and groups to raise publicity for their work and attract volunteers.

The programme also provided the opportunity for three groups in each of the bank’s 131 Community Force areas to win awards of £6,275 each. More than 5,000 eligible charities and community projects in England and Wales applied to take part in Community Force and over 360,000 votes were cast.