Chip shop’s support for sick youngsters

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A chain of chip shops, with a popular branch in Ilkeston, has pledged to raise £10,000 in the next year for a charity which supports children with life-threatening ilnesses.

George’s Tradition hosted a launch night for the fundraising bid for When You Wish Upon a Star at their Bridge Street restaurant in Belper.

But staff at its base on Bath Street will also be involved.

The charity has made wishes come true for more than 14,500 youn­gsters since launching in 1990 — and sends sick youngsters to Lapland to see Santa at Christmas.

And now even more poorly children will be helped to do everything from meeting their favourite pop star to simply having more books and toys after George’s decided to team-up with the charity.

A spokesman for George’s Tradition said: “The launch event was held at George’s Tradition’s flagship restaurant in Belper, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, with special guests such as the founder of When You Wish Upon a Star, Barbara White. The night was a great success.

He added: “The partnership with When You Wish upon a Star is billed to be a great success over the coming years and George’s Tradition are aiming to raise £10,000 across the next year through various fundraising activities across all of their shops and head office.

“The first fundraising activity is led by one of George’s Head office colleagues Larha Rigby, who will be completing a sponsored sky dive on August 31.”

The fundraising will involve George’s Tradition shops in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire, including nine takeaways, four restaurants and a dining pub.

If you would like to support Larha and When You Wish Upon a Star please visit www.justgiving.com/larha-rigby. For more information on the charity launch please visit: www.georgestradition.co.uk and www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk