ELTHAM: A fund-raising weekend on October 20/21 at Sainsbury’s Eltham earned £997 for the Freddie Farmer Foundation and inspired the idea for a series of seasonal themed weekends for the months ahead.

Bakery manager Chris Trott, who has taken over the store’s charitable efforts, said: “It was such a great weekend that we’ll be looking at peak times of the year to do it again – Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, for example.

The store donated left-over Olympic stock for the charity to sell on the day, T-shirts and stuff like that. “We also donated a television and a digital camera,” said Chris. “In the buckets alone we got about £600, which is amazing at times like this. We also gave the charity £1,600 that we’d collected from tins in the store. Freddie was there both days and people just love him.

THE Freddie Farmer Foundation was formed in 2011 to raise £250,000 to set up a specialised physiotherapy centre in South-East London for children and young people with cerebral palsy and serious mobility problems. The inspiration behind it all is eight-year-old Freddie Farmer who was born at 28 weeks with cerebral palsy, weighing just 2lb 12oz. 

TO FIND OUT MORE visit www.freddiefarmerfoundation.org.uk .