MOUNTAINS of copper coins and piles of dusty loose change could help a Cheshire children’s charity smash a fundraising record.
The Joshua Tree, which helps give children with life-threatening illnesses a place to laugh and play, is trying to raise £1.9m to build a state-of-the-art holiday home and support centre for Cheshire families to get a break.
The charity is hoping people in Chester will help it smash a charity world record by digging in the bottom of their purses, down the back of the sofa and into old jeans pockets to donate their forgotten small change.
During its massive Coin Challenge the charity is hoping to collect the most amount of coins collected by a charitable group, smashing the record of £152,217.
So far nine schools across the Wirral and Northwich have signed up to the Coin Challenge, along with Chester University, Chester-based The White Stuff, and Cheshire Ice Cream Farm, who have all collected their fundraising boxes.
Rachel Thomas of the Joshua Tree said: “All of the children who will come to the house will be suffering from an immuno- suppressed illness such as leukaemia which requires them to be in a germ-free environment.
“The Joshua Tree celebrates its fifth birthday this year and during the past five years we have raised more than £340,000 but we need your help to make The Joshua Tree Holiday House and Support Centre a reality.”
Anyone can take part in Coin Challenge, on their own or with a group of friends, family or colleagues. Events can be as big or as small as people choose.
Those taking part have from now until the week starting October 17 to collect their coins – all donations must be received by midday on October 21.
If you would like to register for Coin Challenge or receive further information, email rachelthomas@ thejoshuatree.org.uk or call 01606 331858.
Volunteers at the Joshua Tree will be collecting coins on October 1 on the streets of Chester, bag packing at Morrisons in Frodsham on October 21 and at Morrisons in Chester on November 29.