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Little did he realise how much good his action would do.

We all enter raffles and it is often a really great way of raising money for charity. Sometimes we win things that are absolutely fantastic and then others not so good. One raffle winner certainly caused an internet storm when he entered a raffle for a Birmingham homeless charity called Outreach Angels. Mark Whitehouse won tickets to the Championship football game between West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City. Mr Whitehouse is a West Brom season ticket holder and already had tickets so he decided to donate the tickets back to the charity.

The charity gave the tickets to a homeless man named Sean who was a Baggies fan. News of the donation spread and in no time at all money was raised for the homeless man so he could have an Albion shirt and a scarf plus £20 to spend at the game. A charitable foundation set up by former West Brom striker Geoff Horsfield heard about the act and are now trying to help the homeless man to find accommodation and get him medical attention. More money has been raised to try and get him a season ticket.

This just shows how a small act of kindness can snowball. Not only has this man been helped but it has raised awareness and shows that through sport amazing things do happen.

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What will you be doing 4 weeks today ?

Four weeks today we will be making the last preparations for the Banana Crumb-Ball. Exciting stuff and looking forward to what will hopefully be a great evening and raising some funds for the Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association. It isn’t too late as there are literally a few days left before we have to tell the venue our final numbers and we do have seats available so if you would like to join us please contact amandaaustin@bananacrumble.co.uk and don’t miss out on what should be a night to remember. The more the merrier. If you can fill a table that is great but if you are just a one, two or small group then we can definitely find a table for you to join.

We do have some really great raffle prizes including a BMW golf bag, tickets for Adventure Island, Pantomime tickets, Afternoon tea vouchers, C2C Family rail ticket, cycle coaching at the Olympic mountain bike track, food vouchers and hampers to name but a few.

The auction prizes are really amazing and include a signed cricket bat, signed photos, microlight flying experience, a driving lesson package and a chance to be the Southend Mascot at a league game, again to name but a few.

If you can’t come along and would like to buy some raffle tickets to help with the fundraising then contact us and we will be sure to sort you some tickets. All monies raised from this event will go to the Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association.