Cilla Black children’s charity drive raises thousands after pals bemoan stingy public

Charity fund for children set up in Cilla’s memory raises a paltry €155… friends complain and generous donations pour in

LAST UPDATED: 20 Sep, 2015 @ 22:27

cilla blackDONATIONS to a Cilla’s charity fund for children have poured in after family slammed a ‘disgraceful’ fundraising effort from the public.

A JustGiving page for a Liverpool children’s hospital set up after Cilla died in her Estepona villa last month raised just €155 while the Great Ormond Street totted up €6175.

Her sons had helped launch the site for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and her close friend Sam Leach was disappointed at the lack of public engagement.

“This is disgraceful and we should be ashamed of that figure,” he said.

“Cilla was a massive fan of the hospitals and loved helping sick children” Leach continued.

“We must do more.”

So the public did more.

Just days later a JustGiving page for both charities is looking much healthier at an impressive €7,044 and climbing.

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The Olive Press spoke to numerous local residents who expressed their sympathies after Black passed away in her Costa del Sol villa.


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