Fund-raising gives boost to Worthing Hospital children’s ward

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A kind-hearted pensioner gave children at Worthing Hospital a boost when he helped raise the money for two new televisions.

Mick Provette raised £190 for two 22-inch televisions from his Christmas lights display, which he has held outside his house in Canterbury Road, West Worthing, for 10 years.

Funds were also raised by the Co-op, in South Street, Tarring, which held a collection box for four weeks and gained £110 from customers.

Mick, 66, said the decision to raise funds for the children’s ward of Worthing Hospital was made by his 44-year-old son, who had been treated there for cancer.

Mick said: “My son was in the cancer unit at Worthing and we nearly lost him. I said do you want me to raise money for the cancer unit and my son, Jason, said ‘no, do it for the children’s ward’.

“I’m absolutely elated we’ve managed to raise the funds for the televisions. I’m really chuffed.”

Mick decided to get the ward a gift, rather than donate money, and staff at the hospital ward suggested a television.

Mick said he was not sure yet what charity he would raise money for with his next lights display, but confirmed it would be local.