HOSTS are needed to pop the kettle on and help raise money and awareness for a Northwich children’s charity.

The Joshua Tree is appealing to its supporters to hold coffee mornings, bake sales, table top sales or fancy dress days to support International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday, February 15.

Jo Pritchard, charity manager, said: “Last year was very successful and events were held in London, Wales, Manchester, Warrington and Northwich with many points between.”

Around 1,500 children per year are diagnosed with a childhood cancer, of which about 500 will be in the north west.

The Joshua Tree Support Centre is now open in temporary premises in Northwich town centre to offer practical, emotional and educational support for families of children who have, or have had, cancer or leukaemia.

But the charity is still fundraising to build a holiday house and permanent support centre on land already purchased in Sandiway, which will provide a haven for support, advice and free short breaks and give families a chance to spend real time with each other and to meet others in similar situations.

Jo said: “The Joshua Tree aims to reduce the loneliness, isolation, extreme stress and ongoing problems experienced by the families of children with cancer and leukaemia, from diagnosis, through treatment, and hopefully into the future – helping to ease the burden on all members of the family that such a diagnosis brings.”

Host and fundraising packs are available for events held throughout February, as well as goodies donated by Roberts Bakery.

For more information ring 01606 331858 or email