Sara Berry presentation

Local star raises £1,000

by Foundation of Light

Former Family Learning participant hands over cheque.

A community-spirited woman from Sunderland has raised £1,000 for SAFC’s charity the Foundation of Light, with help from her local Starbucks.

Sara Berry first came into contact with the charity when she took part in a Family Learning course in 2012 and she has since gone on to raise over £1,000, through a variety of fundraising activities, including raffles and coffee mornings based at the Sunderland city centre branch of Starbucks.

Sara has also helped set up a support group called ‘Smiles of Pride’ to bring together parents of disabled children and those with learning disabilities.

Her son is autistic and the money raised by Sara will go towards disability awareness and sport coaching in the North East.

Speaking of the donation Sara said: “I was so inspired by the fantastic work that the Foundation does that I wanted to get involved through some fundraising of my own. Luckily Steve at Starbucks was open to my ideas and in a year we’ve managed to raise £1,000 which is fantastic.”

Foundation of Light Chief Executive Lesley Spuhler commented: “Sara’s achievement is fantastic and we’re incredibly grateful to her for her fundraising efforts. A big thanks must also go to Starbucks who have played a big part in making this possible.”

Structurally and financially independent of Sunderland AFC, the Foundation of Light relies on fundraising for the majority of its income.

Those wanting to raise money for the Foundation can take part in fundraising events, including 3K and 10K runs at the picturesque Lambton Estate in County Durham on 30 June and a zip line event across the River Wear from the roof of the Stadium of Light on 3 and 4 August.

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