Long Sutton Garden Centre backs our Ten for 10 Appeal for Alice

Garden centre boss Jack Tyrrell is collecting your birthday cards for Alice Bates. SG021216-130TW
Garden centre boss Jack Tyrrell is collecting your birthday cards for Alice Bates. SG021216-130TW
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Long Sutton’s Silverwood Garden Centre has opened a postbox so residents can drop off birthday cards for cerebral palsy sufferer Alice Bates.

Alice, who has survived life-threatening health problems, will be ten on February 3 – and one of her big wishes is to have 1,000 birthday cards.

We continue to collect 10th birthday cards at the Free Press, and 36 have arrived so far, but you can also drop them off at Silverwood in St James Road.

Garden centre boss Jack Tyrrell and his team have also built an amazing Santa Grotto, which features five snow machines, and Santa Claus will be there on Saturday, December 17 to meet children between 9am-5pm.

It’s completely free – and every youngster leaves with a free gift from Santa.

Jack said: “Normally we see about 500 children on the day. We are keeping it as a free event but we will have a collecting bucket to help raise money for Alice’s therapy play room, which she needs to stay well. She’s a Long Sutton girl and we really want to support her appeal.”

The therapy play room costs £5,500. Donations from the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund and Spalding Lions have raised £1,000 – and donations from generous readers have now reached £195, which leaves us with £4,305 to find. Every penny goes to the fund.

• Please send birthday cards to Alice c/o Lincolnshire Free Press, Priory House, Spalding PE11 1AB. Please make donations payable to the Lincs Free Press Children’s Fund at the same address.