Christmas Comes Early for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital as Charles Camilleri Foundation Donates £7k Worth of Digital Gifts

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The Charles Camilleri Foundation is donning its Father Christmas outfit on Thursday 22nd December, 2011, and donating digital toys, including iPads and Xbox 360s, to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH) charity.

“Being in hospital is never fun and we hope these gifts will help pass what is often an extremely difficult time for these young people.

The Charles Camilleri Foundation (http://www.charlescamilleri.org) is donning its Father Christmas outfit on Thursday 22nd December, 2011, and donating digital toys, including iPads and Xbox 360s, to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH) charity.

Salford-based property developer FreshStart Living established the Charles Camilleri Foundation in 2011 as charitable organisation providing grants for budding entrepreneurs in Salford and Greater Manchester, as well as offering assistance to charities in the local area.

The brand new gifts being donated to RMCH charity include five iPad 2s, six Xbox 360, four 32” Flat Screen TVs with built in DVD Player, five PlayStation 3s, four Nintendo 3ds, and one Nintendo Wii, totalling £7,000.

Charles Camilleri Foundation trustees’ Philip Wright and John Camilleri, nephew of the late Charles Camilleri, will deliver the gifts to the children in the Teen Zone of RMCH.

Swinton Lions’ Thomas Armstrong, a patron of the Foundation, will also attend.

Philip Wright, trustee Charles Camilleri Foundation and director of FreshStart Living, said: “On behalf of the Charles Camilleri Foundation we would like to wish a very happy Christmas to the children at RMCH.

“Being in hospital is never fun and we hope these gifts will help pass what is often an extremely difficult time for these young people.

“The staff at the hospital do a fantastic job and Charles Camilleri Foundation is proud to support them.”

Maurice Watkins, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity Chairman said, “Being in hospital can be quite distressing for a child especially over the festive period. The donation of toys, computer games and TVs will offer a welcome distraction to our patients while they are being treated.”

The gifting will take place in The Teen Zone, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Oxford Road, Manchester on Thursday 22nd December at 1:30pm.

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About Charles Camilleri Foundation

The Charles Camilleri Foundation was set up by Salford-based property developer FreshStart Living in 2011 in memory of Salford entrepreneur Charles Camilleri (1928 -2006), with a remit to alleviate poverty and encourage the advancement of education in Salford by helping young people pursue business ideas.

Charles was prominent business man and during the 1960s had numerous enterprises on Trafford Road, Salford, including cafes, taxi firms, boarding houses and pet shops.

Potential businessmen and women, aged between 16 and 25, can apply for grants of up to £5000 to start a business or social enterprise by submitting a business plan demonstrating how the grant will be used to launch a sustainable business venture and produce a return on the investment.

The Foundation also assists charities and businesses in the local area with grants available to support expansion and development.

The Foundation has already made significant donations to local charities including £5,000 to the Twinkletoes Appeal (http://www.izzytwinkletoes.com) which was used to help Izzy Platt fund a life changing operation to help her walk. The Foundation has also made donations to the Refugee Welcome Trust (http://www.refugeewelcometrust.org), which reunites refugee families that relocated to the UK, St Anns Hospice (http://www.sah.org.uk) and Kidsafe (http://www.kids-safe.net)

About FreshStart Living

FreshStart Living (http://www.freshstartliving.com) was established in February 2009 in response to the virtual standstill of residential development following the downturn of 2008 and the growing need for affordable homes.

In its first two years FreshStart Living has successfully refurbished 500 residential properties across the North West to the private rental market, mainly situated in or close to prime city centre locations in cities such as Liverpool and Manchester.

About Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

The charity supports Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, which is the biggest children’s hospital in the UK. It helps to provide additional resources that support excellence in treatment, care and research improving the lives of its patients.

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