Stagecoach East Midlands have donated £1,000 to the family of Sophie Robinson from Lincoln who is raising funds to provide holidays to children living with cancer.
Stacy Southwell and her partner Ben Robinson said goodbye to their daughter Sophie Robinson from Lincoln a year ago after she was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma in 2014. The pair founded the charity ‘Sophie’s Journey’ and raised over £40,000 for the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre in Nottingham.
The charity launched Sophie’s Journey Caravan Appeal to give children under the age of 18 who are living with cancer a free holiday. They have raised enough money to purchase one caravan at the Haven site Golden Sands in Lincolnshire but would like to raise a further £15,000 to purchase a second caravan.
These caravans allow families to make special memories during an unimaginable time, just like Sophie’s family did.
Stacy said: “Our courageous daughter Sophie battled for two years with cancer before she passed away in January 2016. She had one wish and that was for nobody else to go through what she did. Sadly, we can’t promise this but we promised Sophie that we as a family would help others by providing free holidays to children living with cancer.”
“We would like to say a massive thank you to Stagecoach East Midlands for their donation. This will go towards purchasing a second caravan where families can make special memories.”
Stagecoach East Midlands raised £1,000 through selling Skegness Seasiders souvenirs and storybooks. The family of open-top character buses are popular with local residents and holidaymakers and can be spotted running along the seafront.
The caravan will be fully adapted with hoists, grab rails and ramps making the holiday home as convenient as possible.
Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to be able to present this cheque to Sophie’s Journey Caravan Appeal. The donation will help the appeal raise enough money for a second caravan and give children who are battling cancer a chance to focus on something positive, we urge other businesses in the area to dig deep and help raise funds for this worthy cause founded by an amazingly brave young lady.”
Stagecoach East Midlands also fundraise for a number of other charities through the Skegness Seasiders family. The sales of children’s books telling the adventures of the Seasiders have helped raise money for local charities including When You Wish Upon a Star, RNLI Lifeboats, Shine and The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre.
Donations can be made to Sophie’s Journey Caravan Appeal through a Just Giving page.
Ian Naylor, Operations Manager at Skegness and Stacy with her niece.