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Anonymous trust to match fund Ellie's Haven cash

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

SUPPORTERS:  Some of Ellie's Haven's supporters celebrate outside the charity's property in Duloe.

SUPPORTERS: Some of Ellie's Haven's supporters celebrate outside the charity's property in Duloe.

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A CHARITY in Looe has received a £100,000 pledge from an anonymous trust towards their plans to build a haven for children with life-limiting illnesses.

The pledge is for match-funding up to £100,000, so every pound raised by Ellie's Haven will be matched by the anonymous trust.

The money will provide holidays for families with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses at a house in Duloe that the charity is currently renovating.

Nigel Libby, general manager and co-founder of Ellie's Haven said: "This is a fantastic breakthrough for us.

"We only need one final big push on fundraising and we should be able to start building later this year."

Ellie's Haven bought the house in 2012 and is adapting it to suit the needs of children with complex medical conditions.

Peter Heywood, one of the charity's trustees, said: "The £100,000 pledge means the goal is in sight.

"It encourages other trusts to make further grants and pledges – so we're really busy sending off applications to make this happen."

Ellie's Haven was set up in memory of Ellie Libby who died in January 2012, a few weeks before her seventh birthday. She was born with a rare brain disorder.

Ellie's Haven is calling on supporters to put in a special effort this year, knowing that whatever raised will be doubled. Nigel Libby is leading the way with a personal fundraising programme of truly scary and gruelling challenges that he's dubbed Five for Ellie.

It includes the Plymouth Half-Marathon, the zip wire at Adrenalin Quarry, a 95-mile cycle ride on Dartmoor, a 300ft bungee jump and another cycle ride on the Camel Trail.

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