Project support from The Tile People

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Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project has been given a huge boost thanks to The Tile People in Haywards Heath.

They’ve been raising funds for five different charity causes over the last few months, and have kindly thrown their support behind this special project, which is supporting sick children and their families spending time at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, at Christmas.

A small independent family business, The Tile People have donated 20% of their retail sales to a charity pot which they have split between the five causes that they have chosen to support. Lucy Pond, founder of Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project was joined by Rockinghorse Individuals and Campaigns Manager, Louise Bartha, for a family fun day and an official cheque presentation at The Tile People showroom on Saturday 25 June (pictured above).

The family fun day was a great success, welcoming customers and suppliers to enjoy the event with their families, including entertainment from Poppy’s Parties, a charity raffle and food provided by Fabs Pizzas. The total amount raised by The Tile People over the last few months was £4,596.65, which has been split between the five worthy causes.

Lucy and Louise were presented with a cheque for £919 by Ashley Fabian, Business Development Manager at The Tile People (pictured with Louise and Lucy, above), which will fund Christmas dinner hampers for families spending time at the Alex over the festive period. The project, which is supported by Rockinghorse, was set up by parents Lucy and Simon Pond in memory of their little boy, Aidan. Now in its third year, the project is aiming to fund over 50 Christmas dinner kits for both the Alex and also the neighbouring Trevor Mann Baby Unit.

Ashley spoke about their support for the project, he said: “We loved the idea behind Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project. In day to day life it can be a challenge even for the lucky ones amongst us to deal with the usual daily struggles life throws at us. Then you get the extremely unlucky few that have to deal with so much more. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like if my kids were to be diagnosed with something terminal. I guess what I am trying to say is, it’s easy to take the little things for granted.

“Christmas is supposed to be a time of happiness, filled with family, laughter and festive food, however, if your child is diagnosed with an illness, unfortunately this may not be the case. The Pond family have done something remarkable in honour of their Son Aidan, and along with Rockinghorse, have made it possible for families to forget what’s really happening around them for a day. Their Christmas Hampers are like a light at the end of the tunnel for some families, providing them with that real taste of Christmas.

“We chose to raise money for Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project because we strongly believe that every child, mum, dad, brother and sister should be able to enjoy Christmas Day as a family, no matter what the circumstances. The Pond family have gone above and beyond to put a smile on as many families faces as they can – to us that’s what charity is all about – it’s the little things that can make the biggest differences.

“We want to say a big thank you to all our customers for supporting our cause, as without them, none of this would be possible – and of course to all the local companies that donated to our charity raffle, and everyone who has shown real generosity throughout. A huge well done to the Pond family for their efforts and the great work they do. We will continue to support them in any way we can.”

Lucy thanked Ashley and the team for their support, she said: “I know I’m always saying I feel overwhelmed by people’s support of my little project, but yesterday was incredible! We were handed a cheque for £919 from The Tile People who have graciously given 20% of their retail sales profit to charity. We sincerely want to thank the team for their generosity, and would encourage all of our local followers to support this wonderful business.”

To find out more about Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project, please click here.

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