Posted on 31st October 2017
Dear local business.
I am helping to organise a community Christmas party to celebrate Christmas, friendship and all things good in our lives. It is being held in Cuckfield on 9th December. During the party I will be holding a raffle to raise money for secondary breast cancer.
Although there are many fantastic and very worthwhile charities, this one is particularly close to my heart. Last year, just before Christmas, my sister in law ,Laura, sadly lost her battle with secondary breast cancer. My 6 year old nephew and 3 year old niece were left without their Mummy, and my brother without his wife. Since then my good friend has also been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer.
If you are able to spare a prize for this raffle, I would be enormously grateful. The prizes can be as small (or big!) as you feel comfortable with. Not only would your contribution be very much appreciated, I will also make up a poster of all the companies kind enough to donate, so that everyone at the party (around 140 local residents) will also be able to see the generosity of the local businesses who have helped us. Your business name and logo will also be added to my facebook page.
Whilst any contributions would be welcomed, I also do not want you to feel under any pressure to contribute if now is not the right time for your business.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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