Epsom charity celebrates £300 donation and wraps presents with MP

This Is Local London: Brian and Chris wrap presents with the Sunnybank Trust during a masterclass Brian and Chris wrap presents with the Sunnybank Trust during a masterclass

Christmas has come early for a cash-strapped charity which is celebrating a £300 donation and wrapping presents with an MP this week.

The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund has donated £300 to the Sunnybank Trust, which helps more than 250 people with learning disabilities in Epsom.

The charity runs a weekly social club, an advocacy programme and friends scheme.

Club volunteer Joanna Matthews said: "We can now provide tabletop games such as checkers, arts and crafts sets and painting at our weekly activity club."

Epsom and Ewell MP Chris Grayling helped to wrap presents with the Sunny Bank Trust at the Ashley Centre in Epsom today.

Barclays Bank is match funding the amount raised by the present wrapping service.

The Epsom Guardian is running an appeal, Shine On, to help the charity raise £75,000 by April after its funding from trusts dried up due to the recession.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

There are a number of ways you can support our Shine On Appeal: 1. Visit the charity's Justgiving page on the Sunnybank Trust's website (www.sunnybanktrust.org) and click on 'donate'

2. Text £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to the Sunnybank Trust by texting TSBT16 followed by the amount to 70070.

3. Post cheques and postal orders payable to "The Sunnybank Trust" to: The Sunnybank Trust, St. Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8HA.

4. Volunteer to help fundraise or run an event, or donate gifts, services or vouchers for raffles. Call the fundraising team on 01372 749871 or email enquiries@sunnybanktrust.org

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