A new cafe bar will be supporting a charity set up in memory of a little girl throughout the month of June.
Castello Lounge only opened its doors in Wellingborough’s Market Street last month but it is already keen to show its support for groups in the area.
It has chosen to support Chelsea’s Angels, the charity set up in memory of Chelsea Knighton from Irthlingborough who lost her two-year fight with childhood cancer neuroblastomas in 2009, during June.
The charity is important to its staff as it has given ‘endless support’ to Jack Warboys, who is the little brother of team members Harriet and Lewis.
Jack from Wellingborough was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of seven and has been helped by the charity in various ways.
Vanessa Young, who is a supervisor at Castello Lounge as well as its charity ambassador, said: “Jack and his mum come in a lot so we have a personal relationship with them.
“And it needs to be something that is close to the staff’s heart so it’s only natural that we support Jack.
“Chelsea’s Angels has supported Jack in his journey and Jack’s mum said Chelsea’s Angels have been really good.”
To kick-start the June fundraising, Castello Lounge will be giving out its home-made lemonade mocktails on the refreshment stand outside to anyone taking part in the Waendal Walk on Sunday (May 15) and asking for donations.
They will be having several fundraisers during June, including a bake-off competition on June 4.
A number of other events are also in the planning stages, including a jazz night, a medium event and fun for all the family including face-painting on Father’s Day.
Chelsea’s one wish before she died was for her family to help other poorly children like her and this led to Chelsea’s Angels being set up in 2010.
Since then, the Irthlingborough-based charity has raised thousands of pounds and worked tirelessly to help other youngsters going through treatment and their families.
One of the ways it helps families is buying something to put a smile on the child’s face or by offering financial support to the family.
This could be to cover costs such as fuel to get to and from hospital appointments, or to cover bills or mortgage payments.
They also donate care packs to youngsters being treated at Leicester Royal Infirmary where Chelsea was treated.
Vanessa is hoping customers will support Castello Lounge during its month of fundraising, and added: “This is something that all the Lounges do, we are very charity orientated but we wanted to keep it to something that would benefit the community.”
For more information about Chelsea’s Angels, click here