Every little helps
The memory of courageous Cambridgeshire youngster Mikayla Clark will be celebrated by our estate agents and their building society counterparts in the form of three exciting Christmas grottos.
Colleagues from Harrison Murray and The Nottingham
in the town of March hope the trio of festive fundraisers will also aim to raise as much money as possible for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) - who cared for local girl Mikayla until she sadly passed away due to an incurable brain stem tumour in April this year, aged four.
And, in what is a huge boost to the profile of the grottos - at which youngsters will get to meet the one and only Santa Claus and his elves and receive a gift, all for just £2 - supermarket giant Tesco have also agreed to lend their support.
Not only will they hold one of the grottos (venues, dates and times below) in their flagship store in the area, but have also kindly agreed to donate presents and decorations too.
- Saturdays 3 and 10 December: 12.30-2.30pm
Harrison Murray/The Nottingham branch, 39 Broad Street, March, PE15 8TP
- Saturday 17 December: 12.30-2.30pm
Tesco, Hostmoor Avenue, March, PE15 0AX
manager Nicola Roberts said: “When we read Mikayla’s story we were really touched, especially as one of our colleagues lost a child too to a brain tumour.
“We can’t imagine what her parents must have gone through over the last year and to show support we decided to organise the grottos in Mikayla’s memory. Hopefully we can play our part in raising as much money as possible for the hospice.
“We are absolutely delighted that on approaching Tesco they were so keen to be involved and a big thank-you goes to them for backing our idea so generously and for agreeing to open their doors to us on 17 December.
“Now we can look forward to meeting lots of people, and seeing plenty of smiles, at the grottos - the first of which we are honoured to say will be opened by Mikayla’s parents Alyson and Neil.”
Mikayla died six months after being diagnosed with a rare diffuse pontine glioma. As there is no cure all she could receive was palliative radiotherapy - something which gave her and parents Alyson and Neil six precious months to make some memories together.
During that time the hospice in Milton in Cambridge made an unthinkable situation a little bit easier and since Mikayla’s passing the family have raised over £18,500 for them - it is hoped the grottos will help them reach the 20k mark.
Mikayla’s mum and dad Alyson and Neil Clark will officially open the first grotto on 3 December. Alyson said: “Neil and I have been very touched by what Harrison Murray Estate Agents, and now Tesco, are doing for the East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) in memory of our daughter Mikayla and we are proud to be part of this.
“EACH are an essential lifeline to many families, who like us would have been lost without them. The money raised at these events will go a long way to making sure they can carry on being there.”
Estate agency and building society colleagues ready for the Christmas grottos.