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Fundraising Inspires Valentines Day Raffle

[07 Mar 2012]

Steve and Sabrina Withers’ daughter Lexie was born with a cleft lip and palate on 1st November 2010. A year on, Steve decided to take part in two runs to raise money for CLAPA this summer – the Reading Half Marathon on 1st April and the British 10k in London on 8th July.

Steve’s father Bill, sister Hannah, cousin Simon and friends Faye and Jo will be joining Steve in running the British 10k, and Faye will also join him for the Reading Half Marathon.

After learning about his fundraising efforts, Steve’s colleague Lorraine decided to hold a Valentine’s day raffle to support him.

Steve writes: “Lorraine took it upon herself to obtain a prize including Champagne and chocolates which was wrapped up all nicely, and with Theresa's help they went about selling raffle tickets. In two days they raised £120 which is a fantastic effort in such short time - £1 per ticket.  Lorraine asked if my daughter Lexie could pick the winning ticket, and after all her efforts how could I refuse? I made up a display of first born pictures and gave a description of what Lexie has been through and what the future holds, whilst Lorraine decorated a table with balloons, leaflets and magazines to get peoples attention - it worked!”

Steve was inspired by all the donations he received, especially considering his workplace officially supports a different charity. He will continue to raise awareness and push forward with his fundraising until his two runs in the summer.

We wish him and his fellow runners the best of luck with their training, and we’d like to give a huge thank you to all of Steve’s supporters!