A charity champion has been bowled over by people’s “kindness and generosity” after another year of fundraising success.
Shanice Green has been a long-time supporter of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) since brother Leo died when he was just 20 days old, in 2010.
Mainly thanks to a series of five tenpin bowling nights and accompanying raffles, she raised another £2,000 in 2023 – taking her overall total to £7,125.
“It was another brilliant year and everyone knows what this charity means to me and my family,” said the dedicated 28-year-old, from March.
“Fundraising is part of me and I’m always so happy and excited to get everyone together for these events.
“We have great fun while raising vital funds and the end results are amazing.
“Hopefully it makes a real difference and it’s hard to put into words how passionately I feel or how grateful I am for people’s kindness and generosity. It makes me emotional.”
The bowling nights took place at Play2Day, in Guyhirn, and raised nearly £550.
Each was attended by between 20 and 30 people, with £5 from every ticket going directly to EACH.
Shanice’s fundraising pot was also topped up by best friend Matthew Holder, who competes in the national gymkhana championship, known as Formula G.
Thanks to the generosity of spectators, he was able to contribute nearly £300.
More money was raised thanks to Orchard House care home, in Wisbech, which donated 100 Easter eggs. Shanice raffled them off and raised £206.
“I’m very lucky to have such supportive, enthusiastic family and friends,” she said.
“As soon as one bowling night ends, people start asking when the next one will be.
“Play2Day have been brilliant and they’re keen to continue fundraising on my behalf. I’ve even been asked to go along and do a talk when their new crazy golf facility opens in March.”
Shanice, who was asked to cut the ribbon at a new EACH shop in Milton Road, Cambridge, last February, shares details of her fundraising via a Facebook group which has over 400 members.
“I ask people what they’d like me to organise and use my group to ask people’s opinions, give updates, share information, run polls and stream live videos,” she said.
“They’ve followed my story and know exactly where the money goes. Everyone’s always so kind, helpful and positive and they have lots of ideas.”
EACH is a cause close to Shanice’s heart, having lost baby brother Leo when he was just 20 days old in 2010.
He was born prematurely at 23 weeks at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. It meant his organs were not developed enough to survive.
His family spent the next three weeks at EACH’s former Norfolk hospice at Quidenham.
While there they received “amazing” support, in addition to help organising Leo’s funeral.
Shanice has lots more planned for 2024, including more bowling nights, a quiz, bingo and car show. She got engaged to fiancé Gareth just after Christmas.