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Sailors give sweet gift to Zoe's Place.

Children's charity Zoe's Place receive a variety of donations, but none quite as sweet as the one given by a passing ship.

The un-beet-able offer came from the crew on board a ship docking at Teesport.

It is thought that sweet-toothed sailors on a ship crewed mainly by Filipinos, heard about Zoe's Place, but did not have anything to donate to the charity which helps terminally ill children - nothing that is, except a huge sack of sugar.

The nylon sack weighs 50 kilos and is full of Brazilian refined sugar.

Zoe's Place general manager, Mark Guidery, said that the Mission to Seafarers - formerly the Seaman's Mission - had donated a photocopier to the hospice and when Mark went to collect the delivery, there was a sack of sugar propped up against it.

He said: "It's fantastic. It was such a lovely thing to do. I think it's just lovely that they thought of donating it."

"I don't really know what we will do with it yet, but it would help make everyone here lots of tea!"

The ship docked at the potash terminal for a week and, during their stay, the crew were entertained and taken on shopping trips by the Mission to Seafarers.

Mission chaplain, Colin Worswick said: "When we visit the ships to make the workers feel welcome they are often keen to reciprocate our hospitality.

"This seems an appropriate donation, considering that 90pc of everything that ends up on our supermarket shelves comes through ports. "

Mark, who is hoping the hospice will be ready to help terminally ill children by Christmas, said the gift was a "selfless act" .
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 3, 2003
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