A record £1,780 was raised by Rossendale branch of Save the Children in their Strawberry Delight Day. Volunteers made and delivered portions of fresh strawberry and whipped cream covered scones, as well as a slice of Victoria sponge cake, to businesses around Rawtenstall in what has become an annual tradition.
Branch Treasurer Molly Lancaster said: “We had about the same number of orders as in the past couple of years, but added donations took the total raised to a new record. It does make all the hard work of getting the orders, making them up and delivering them worthwhile to our gang of helpers.”
The event was sponsored for the third year running by Rawtenstall hairdresser Tony Winder, this year in the guise of his latest venture ‘Noah’s Ark Children’s Hairdressers’ which opens in July. Tony said: “I was happy to sponsor Save the Children again, as I know how much hard work the local branch put into their fundraising. And as we’re opening a new child-friendly business it seems likes a natural connection.” As in previous years the cream was donated by Arthur England from Rishton, and thanks are also due to Rawtenstall Conservative Club for the free use of their premises to prepare and deliver the Delights.
Over the past 56 years, the Rossendale branch have raised well over £500,000 for the work of the international charity which helps children and their families in over 120 countries worldwide, including projects in the UK. Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm at St James The Less church’s schoolroom. Anyone with an interest in the work of the charity is welcome to attend.