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'Stop the Dalek' to boost Rainbows Hospice

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

By Anna Hudson

  • EXTERMINATE . . . PCSO Ben Harrison comes up against a Dalek in Burton.

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A BUSINESSMAN is asking people across Burton and South Derbyshire to help 'stop the Dalek' as part of a bid to boost the coffers of a children's hospice.

Jed Smyth has issued a plea for help in stopping Doctor Who's mortal enemy as the black and silver alien makes it way from Horninglow Street, in Burton, to Rainbows Hospice, in Loughborough.

Mr Smyth revealed that the only way of stopping the Dalek is by people donating money to help support the hospice, where his 20-year-old daughter Freya regularly attends for respite care.

However, PCSO Ben Harrison has already fallen foul of the Dalek invasion after being 'exterminated' while offering his hand in friendship during the launch of the charity campaign.

Mr Smyth told the Mail: "Rainbows hospice is an invaluable resource for people with disabled children.

"Everyone involved in the centre offers amazing care that helps both the youngsters and their families.

"But the heart-breaking thing is that Rainbows gets no funding from the government and has to raise millions each year just to keep the doors open.

"My daughter Freya, who is severely disabled and suffers from epilepsy, has been going to Rainbows for years and me and my whole family cannot thank the people involved with Rainbows enough for what they do.

"This is why we are embarking on this charity challenge of taking this life-size Dalek all the way from Burton to Rainbows.

"The tag-line of the fund-raising effort is 'stop the Dalek' and the only way people can save Rainbows from Doctor Who's worst foe is by donating money.

"The Dalek will be travelling the 28 miles over the next few weeks and will be stopping off at sites along the route.

"We are hoping to raise £14,000 to try and give the hospice a boost.

"Now all that is left to do is come together, 'stop the Dalek' and save Rainbows."

To find out more or to donate, head online to www.justgiving.com/stopthedalek

People can also donate by texting WHOO88 and the amount to 70070.

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