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KEEP THEM COMING; Tokens are pouring in for share of pounds 25,000.

Byline: MARK WELFORD

TIME is running out for readers to help their favourite community groups win a share of a pounds 30,000 Gazette giveaway.

More than 200 good causes are registered in our third Wish campaign -and every one is guaranteed a payout.

But the size of the cheque depends on how much support they gain from Gazette readers in the form of tokens printed daily until the end of November.

The cash pot will be divided by the number of tokens collected -so the bigger a group's share of the tokens, the bigger its share of the money.

So far groups have collected hundreds of thousands of tokens -but there is still time to help your favourite cause.

One group storming ahead by a mountain of nearly 9,600 tokens is charity Positive Strokes, set up to help stroke patients overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Launched by the James Cook University Hospital and The Stroke Association to provide support to stroke victims and carers, it started off with 12 members but now caters for around 100 people.

Also leading the way is Abbie's Love, with 6,000 tokens.

The charity was set up in memory of 10-year-old Abbie Jane Clarke who died in her sleep in December 2006 from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.

Funds raised this year will be sent to James Cook University Hospital and go towards research into epilepsy.

Holding tight among the other front runners is the Hog Haven Sanctuary, 5,088; Marton FC Under-7s, 4,880; and St Joseph's Eco Group, 4,662.

We will continue to put tokens in the Gazette for registered groups and individuals to collect -and it simply comes down to the fact that the more you save, the bigger your share of the pounds 30,000 pot.

The Wish Campaign ends Saturday, November 28, and groups have just over three weeks left to collect as many tokens as possible.

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Don't miss your bonus Wish tokens on Page 12 GROWING STRONG: Victoria Spicer, of Positive Strokes, and husband Les are pictured above. Left is Abbie Clarke whose parents set up Abbie's Love in her memory. Both good causes are receiving huge support in the Wish campaign HUGE SUPPORT: The Hog Haven Hedgehog Sanctuary
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2009
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