Strawberry Delight Day – Rossendale Branch

Two events in one week saw the Rossendale branch of Save The Children raise over £2,200 for the charity.

On a chilly June day volunteers from the branch took summer cheer to businesses and schools around the Valley by delivering over 600 scones, smothered in whipped cream and fresh strawberries, in what is now a 20-year long tradition of ‘Save The Children Strawberry Delight Day’.

Branch Chairman Christine Worrell said “Putting together over 600 plates of strawberry-topped scones and sponge cake and delivering them before lunchtime is quite a task, but after 20 years the operation works well every year.  Nearly forty volunteers turned up to prepare the food and then deliver it to shops and offices. The reception the delivery teams get is always really positive, and of course the money raised is for an excellent cause.”

Christine continued “This year the event was sponsored by one of our founder members, Mrs Edna Trickett who, at the age of 102, had her portion of scones delivered to her by her daughter, Elisabeth, who is also a committee member.”

Earlier in the week a charity performance of the comedy ‘A Night On The Tiles’ at Rossendale Players’ Millennium Theatre raised over £500.  Christine said: “To hold two events in one week is a challenge for a small committee, but we were extremely grateful to Rossendale Players for inviting us to take part in their charity night, as they did all the hard work for us. The play was fun and we managed to fill the theatre to show our appreciation to The Players.”

Strawberry Delight Day 2015

Photo shows committee members and helpers at Rawtenstall Conservative Club, the ‘operations base’ for Strawberry Delight Day each year.


Added 2 July 2015 – Strawberry Delight Day feedback

It’s always good to know that the Strawberry Delight Day is appreciated. The Rossendale Free Press have printed three ’tweets’ this week which they received in response to our article which appeared in last week’s edition:

‘Look forward every year – much better than strawberries at Wimbledon with all proceeds going to a worthy cause’

‘Have mine every year and it’s always a delight’.

‘I miss this annual treat since I retired and no longer work in Rossendale’.