Record £1,750 raised this summer at Rossendale’s Strawberry Delight 2016

Official tasters, Jack, Sophie and Thomas are grand-children of one of our committee members, Elisabeth Lonsdale, whose Mum, Edna Trickett, one of our branch founders, is our oldest member - at 103.
Tasters, Jack, Sophie and Thomas are grand-children of committee member Elisabeth Lonsdale, whose Mum, Edna Trickett, was one of the branch founders and their oldest member – at 103.

Three hours of hard work buttering and delivering scones, topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, paid off for the Rossendale branch of Save The Children by raising a record £1,750.

Molly Lancaster, Branch Treasurer.
Molly Lancaster, Branch Treasurer.

The annual ‘Strawberry Delight Day’ saw 30 volunteers, committee members and friends, take over Rawtenstall Conservative Club as their operations base to prepare the plates of delicious food which were then delivered to nearly 600 eager customers in shops, schools and offices in and around Rawtenstall in time for lunch.

The task (and scones) ahead!
The task (and scones) ahead!
Organiser Eroica Kelly with the finished product ready for delivery.
Organiser Eroica Kelly with the finished product ready for delivery.

Eroica Kelly, who organises the annual event said “Our committee members deliver letters to potential ‘Strawberry Delighters’ two weeks in advance and then return to collect orders. This all takes time, but the real effort is on the day. As we’ve been doing this for over 20 years, though, we work together as a team, each knowing our allocated job, and just get on with it until we’ve finished. Then we can enjoy our own plateful”

Main sponsor Tony Winder (left) with Rachel Dring (Save the Children Volunteering Manager) and one of Tony’s employees.
Main sponsor Tony Winder (left) with Rachel Dring (Save the Children Volunteering Manager) and one of Tony’s employees.

The main sponsor this year was ‘Antony & Patricia Hairdressing and Bosun’s Barbers’ in Bank Street, Rawtenstall, and the cream was donated by farmer Arthur England from Darwen, who has provided the cream for many years. Eroica continued “This year we were lucky enough to have two generous sponsors who covered all our costs, so everything was profit. This meant that although sales were down slightly this year we still raised more than in previous years.”

l to r Tim Nuttall - current President of Rossendale branch of Save The Children. Tony Winder, past branch president and owner of main sponsor Antony & Patricia Hairdressing and Bosun’s Barbers. Charlotte Jeffs - Senior Stylist at Antony & Patricia Hairdressing and Bosun’s Barbers.
l to r Tim Nuttall – current President of Rossendale branch of Save The Children.
Tony Winder, past branch president and owner of main sponsor Antony & Patricia Hairdressing and Bosun’s Barbers.
Charlotte Jeffs – Senior Stylist at Antony & Patricia Hairdressing and Bosun’s Barbers.
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