PHEW what a scorcher! Summer has proved a sizzling success for the Chronicle-backed 5X5 Appeal to boost the services of CLIMB to poorly children worldwide.
Last week we reported how the £125,000 appeal had reached £25,000 since it was launched in the spring.
After another flurry of fundraising that figure has topped a staggering £38,000.
Much of that has been down to the efforts of South Cheshire people who have got right behind events to raise funds for the Crewe-based charity.
CLIMB spokeswoman Chris Owen-Roberts said: 'We've had a phenomenal summer. The Chronicle's coverage of our appeal has brought it to the attention of a massive audience across South Cheshire.'
The Nantwich Road-based charity is expecting another big cash boost from a plastic duck race which took place on the River Waldron running through Macon Meadows in Crewe on Sunday.
Nearly 300 people turned out to race their ducks and proceeds from that event and a foreign coin collection at Asda and Bentley in Crewe are still being totted up.
This week CLIMB received a letter from another celebrity supporter Kylie Minogue.
She sent a signed CD for staff to auction off at an event in February.
The singer, who is recovering from breast cancer, wished them luck with their fundraising appeal. nFitness fans are shaping up to help the 5X5 Appeal. Members of Fitness First on West Street in Crewe have supported a range of events since the gym got on board.
Collection boxes around the centre are filling up fast with members donating spare change and, as part of a new fundraising drive, their locker £1 coins.