Barnoldswick bake-off spreads Christmas cheer

Craven Herald: Katie Collings and Jenny Purcell use a Rolls Royce to take presents to Manchester Children’s Hospital Katie Collings and Jenny Purcell use a Rolls Royce to take presents to Manchester Children’s Hospital

A portion of funds from a Barnoldswick charity event has been used to provide Christmas presents for children in hospital.

A total of £3,500 was raised at last month’s Barnoldswick bake-off.

Of that, £1,400 went to Operation Oliver to pay for physio treatment and therapy equipment for young Barnoldswick cerebral palsy sufferer Oliver Rushton, who recently had surgery to help him walk.

Bake-off organisers Jennifer Purcell and Katie Collins decided that the remaining money should be used to buy Christmas presents for more than 100 children at Manchester Children’s Hospital.

They have also bought 20 computer tablets for the cancer ward and the bone marrow unit.

Katie said: “These tablets all have built-in webcams so the children will always have a link with family members.

“We chose to give to this hospital because it’s a regional hospital that looks after many children from all over the North West, including Barnoldswick.

They also did it in memory of Hayley Barker, a Padiham teenager who died in October after a double lung transplant.

Jennifer said: “We called this ‘a gift from Barnoldswick’ as it was our wonderful community which helped raise this money.”

Lee Duerden, owner of the Alma Inn at Laneshaw Bridge, donated a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce to transport the presents.

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