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Local businesses help children’s charity

31 May 2013

In times of economic hardship charities are often the first to feel the brunt, which is why the Children's Hospital Trust Fund is overwhelmed with gratitude for the support it has received from renowned burger restaurant, Haché and several other local businesses.

In times of economic hardship charities are often the first to feel the brunt, which is why the Children's Hospital Trust Fund is overwhelmed with gratitude for the support it has received from renowned burger restaurant, Haché and several other local businesses.

Haché has shown enormous goodwill to the charity by selling every second burger purchased for just £1, which has then been donated to The Children's Hospital Trust Fund's Pluto Appeal. The fundraiser, which has been running for the past three years, is currently running on weekdays between noon and 5pm and has so far raised over £2,000.

Haché Restaurant owner, Berry Casey said: "We at Haché restaurant in Fulham Road genuinely feel honoured to be part of the amazing initiative the charity is taking in raising funds for this miraculous machine. This is now our third year in supporting the Pluto Appeal, and we remain impressed by the reaction we continue to get from our customers in supporting us."

With the help of Haché and other local businesses the charity has now raised more than £1 million to buy Chelsea and Westminster Hospital the UK's first da Vinci robot dedicated to operating on babies and children.

The da Vinci robot, nicknamed Pluto, still needs additional equipment, which means the charity still needs to raise up to £500,000. The charity is relying on Haché and the local community's continued support to ensure that the 85,000 children from all over South East England, who visit Chelsea and Westminster Hospital every year, benefit from the highest standard of medical care.

Haché is not alone in their generosity—Radio Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has donated £1,500 to the charity after completing a 20 hour marathon broadcast. Peter Jones in Sloane Square kindly donated £1,100 after The Children's Hospital Trust Fund was voted as a preferred charity amongst customers. The Sporting Page pub raised £700 during a quiz night for the charity. Local newsagent, Fulham News, collected £240 in donations from its customers.

Rebecca McLoughlin of The Children's Hospital Trust Fund said: "It is refreshing to know that the businesses around Chelsea and Westminster care about their local community despite the fact that times are difficult financially for charities and businesses alike. It is at times like these that human spirit shines and The Children's Hospital Trust Fund appreciates all the help that local businesses and the community can give."