TWO Sunderland business bosses have joined together to raise funds for the city’s most vulnerable and needy children.
Sean Thompson and Ali Parviz are fund-raising for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s (NSPCC) work in the city.
The charity aims to raise £80,000 a year for child protection in the city, with every penny raised being spent on Wearside.
Donations will help the innovative Childline Schools Service to be rolled out into every school in the city, teaching children about abuse and how to seek help.
Sean, director of Ashford Orthodontics, will complete the gruelling Coast to Coast cycle ride later this week to raise sponsorship for the charity, while Ali, of the Place Cafe, is selling raffle tickets at his Sunniside café to win a luxury hamper.
“We’re doing this to help children who can’t help themselves,” said Sean.
“Sunderland’s problems aren’t any worse than any other large city, but those of us who can be doing something to help children should be doing so.
“I’m setting off from Whitehaven on Thursday and getting back into Sunderland on Saturday, 140 miles later. I’ll be collecting on the way too, with a bucket strapped to my bike, and I’ll also be collecting at the pubs we’re staying at on the way home.
Allison Thompson, chairman of the city’s newly-formed NSPCC business board said: “Almost one in 10 children in the UK is neglected and Sunderland is no different.
“Of course, neglect can take many forms, but it can prove deadly and is a direct cause in one in six deaths and severe injuries investigated in serious case reviews.”
To sponsor Sean on his Coast-to-Coast ride, log on to www.justgiving.com/seanthompson2014