And just yesterday a single anonymous individual gave an incredible £10,000.
A second £10,000 donation was given by News UK, the parent company of The Sun.
Every penny from our Light Up Christmas appeal will go to the charity Bliss, which helps to save the lives of premature or poorly newborns.
The Sun Savers bonanza came from members of our rewards club who have kindly chosen to donate cash they have saved from the free fivers we give them for every 28 papers they buy. It could not go to a better cause.
Up to 8,000 babies will spend this Christmas on a neonatal intensive care unit, and no one knows what their parents will go through better than Charlotte and Chris Gell, who are both 28.
Their twin girls Darcy and Scarlett were born six weeks early in April 2016 and were so ill they had to be whisked straight to intensive care.
It was a terrifying time for the parents, from Northallerton, North Yorks, and they credit Bliss with helping them cope.
Cookery teacher Charlotte said: “It was a lifeline to have a point of contact with a volunteer from Bliss. Being separated from your babies is a very traumatic experience.
“To have someone checking on us every day was just what we needed.”
One of the many things that Bliss do is to train “Champion volunteers” to provide cot-side emotional support to families — and they will be on hand right over Christmas.
Little Darcy and Scarlett are now happy and well and looking forward to a big Christmas Day.
Charlotte said: “They are hilarious, full of character, they keep me absolutely run off my feet. They’re just perfect.”
HOW TO HELP
DONATE ONLINE: Go to thesun.co.uk/light-up-christmas.
DONATE BY TEXT: Send the word BLISS followed by the amount (e.g. BLISS £10) to 70085. You can choose to donate £1, £3, £5, £10, £15 or £20. You will be charged the standard network rate when texting.
DONATE BY PHONE: Call 020 7378 5740.
DONATE BY POST: Send cheques payable to “Bliss – National Charity for the Newborn” to Freepost RTZJ-GZYE-RCUA, The Sun Appeal, Bliss, Fourth Floor, Maya House, 134-138 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB.
- SUPPORT our appeal by buying an adorable Bliss Bear. The 13cm cuddly toy – the size of an average 24-week-old baby – costs £8.50, which goes directly to Bliss. It’s simple to buy online, just go to thesun.co.uk/blissbear.
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