£2,000 raised for Smile for Life Children’s Charity

6th May 2022

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£2,000 raised for Smile for Life Children’s Charity

Six lucky competition winners were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience at St James’s Park courtesy of StripeHomes.

StripeHomes donated their corporate box to Smile For Life Children’s Charity for the match with Leicester City, which was a 2-1 win for the Magpies.

The charity raffled off tickets to attend the game, raising more than £2000 for the charity, with the winners witnessing a last-minute goal from Bruno Guimaraes to seal three points for Newcastle.

Competition winner Josh Hardie, 24, who works at the charity’s Café Beam, said: “I had a fabulous day. Having a three course meal then watching an incredible game of football was a brilliant experience.

“When the goal went in at the last minute I was ecstatic. I felt really lucky to be there.”

As well as getting the best view in the house for the game, winners also enjoyed a three-course meal, free drinks, and a visit from a Newcastle United ex-player.

Smile For Life chief executive Paula Gascoigne said: “We are so grateful to StripeHomes for providing us and our competition winners with this incredible experience.

“All of our winners had such a memorable day and enjoyed fantastic service from the team at Newcastle United. And what a game to see as well!”

Smile for Life runs its very own café on Gosforth High Street – Café Beam – where it offers young people with a range of disabilities and learning difficulties placements to help develop the skills necessary for the world of work.

It also recently acquired an allotment in Gosforth, where placements involve learning about planting and harvesting fruit and vegetables.

The charity aims to improve the lives of young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, by providing them with vital equipment and new, enriching experiences. To find out more about the charity, head to www.smileforlife.org.uk, or search Smile For Life on social media.

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