11:00AM, Thursday 10 September 2015
A CBeebies presenter has joined the Hugs for Holly campaign which has now raised more than £12,000 for Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.
TV presenter Alex Winters sent Holly a hug after finding out about the campaign and was inspired to help Holly reach her fundraising target.
The campaign ‘Hugs for Holly’ – encouraging people to send virtual hugs – was set up by 13-year-old Holly George who suffers from DiGeorge syndrome, a life-limiting disease.
Selfless Holly, who needs medical attention round the clock, told her family she wants to help others by raising money for the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.
Alex said: “Holly is one of the most inspirational people I have come across. She hasn't let anything get in her way of raising awareness and much needed funding for Alexander Devine.
“What really amazes me is that her hugely successful campaign was her own idea and she's orchestrated it herself."
Alex is also hosting a fundraising event for Alexander Devine at Windsor Racecourse on Saturday, September 26, called Gung-Ho!
The event is a 5km inflatable obstacle course which will include Europe’s largest bouncy slide.
Holly, who lives near Newbury, has been delighted with the support for her fundraising idea.
“It’s been fantastic how so many people have shared my Hugs For Holly campaign on their Facebook pages and Twitter and are sending me lots of messages of support,” she said.
Staff from the Belgian Arms in Holyport and Adobe in Market Street, Maidenhead, have all sent their own virtual hugs.
Visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/millionhugsforholly or text HUG to 70700 to support Hugs for Holly.
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