A THORNBURY couple have raised hundreds of pounds for a hospice that has supported their family since the death of their daughter four years ago.

Martin and Mel Abrahams organised a family day with residents of their housing development The Orchards. and raised funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

The couple are supported by CHSW’s Charlton Farm hospice near Bristol and have been since their youngest daughter, Jessica, died in January 2017.

Martin said: “The care and compassion that we experienced during the worst time in our lives was priceless.

“Jessica lost a long battle with leukaemia and the CHSW were there for my wife, Melissa, our eldest daughter, Zoe and myself.”

The day raised £662 for CHSW and consisted of a barbecue, activities for children, a tombola and raffle.

Martin said: “The event went amazingly and was a great way to bring all the neighbours in this new estate together after just waving at them when on lockdown walks.

“The development really rose to the occasion with lots of bottles and cakes being donated.

“Lots of people dropped by to purchase hot dogs and soft drinks, as well as taking part in the activities.

“We were really blown away by the support.”

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At the beginning of the year, Martin made it his mission to raise £2,021 for CHSW in what is the charity’s 30th anniversary year.

He has now exceeded this target and plans to keep going to see how much more he can raise.

If you would like to donate, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/martin-abrahams2021