Retailers at Freeport Fleetwood shopping centre support children’s charity

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Retail donations to Happy House in Kenya

Retailers at Freeport Fleetwood shopping centre have rallied around to donate a range of homewares to equip a temporary home for the injured charity champion, Sue Hayward.

Freeport Fleetwood stores have donated gifts for former Blackpool hotelier, Sue, founder of Children of Watamu, who is now ‘Mama Sue’ to 85 orphaned, abandoned, or neglected kids at her Happy House children’s home on the Indian ocean coast of Kenya.

Sue and her husband, Dave, have been forced to return to the UK for urgent medical treatment after fracturing her leg in five places. The charity’s UK voluntary organiser, Elizabeth Gomm, contacted the shopping centre for help whilst trying to find, furnish and equip a ground floor flat within a week.

Freeport Fleetwood has close connections with the Children of Watamu charity and Centre Manager, John Magee, sponsors Kennedy, a Danwata scholarship student aged 14 years old.

Stores at Freeport Fleetwood donated many items including furniture, electricals and cleaning products from Care Facilities Management, the centre’s cleaning contractor, candles from Hallmark, bedding and curtains from Rectella, cushions from Room, kitchen utensils from Pro Cook and home wares from Home Bargains. The centre also donated a £100 gift card.

John Magee, centre manager at Freeport Fleetwood, said: “As a centre we are committed to helping the Kenyan charity, the Children of Watamu. When Elizabeth got in touch and asked if we could help Sue settle into the UK whilst having treatment, I knew all our generous retailers would help.

“The charity is responsible for so much meaningful work in Kenya. They opened the Happy House giving a home and family to a growing number of children who have suffered from dire poverty, neglect, loss or abuse.”

Elizabeth Gomm, Happy House UK organiser, said: “Freeport Fleetwood has been incredibly generous and fully kitted out Sue’s flat in the space of a week. We’re very grateful for their support and hope Sue’s treatment is speedy and she gets back to our Happy House family and continues her inspirational work.”

The outlet centre offers a wide choice of fashion, homewares, fragrances, accessories and gift ideas from designer and high street stores including Moss, M&S Outlet, Jeff Banks and GAP Outlet. There is a wealth of locations in which to refuel too – whether it’s a light bite at Costa Coffee or a laid-back lunch in the Bay Tea Rooms.