CALLING all pubs, clubs, schools and workplaces ... we need your help to take our appeal for little Ryan Cottrell a step further.

Our generous readers have given Ryan's appeal a terrific start and we already have £2,297 in our special account.

Many donations have come from pensioners and other needy people so touched by Ryan's plight that they have given money they can ill afford. But we still have a long way to go to reach the £6,000 target, which we need to send Ryan, sister Amy, four, and their parents on a dream holiday to Lapland.

The magnificent Christmas break will give Ryan, who suffers from an agonising and incurable skin disease, a chance to fulfil his lifelong ambition of meeting Santa and having reindeer rides in the magical Arctic Circle. But we now need people to organise fund-raising events to raise larger sums and accelerate the campaign.

We are urging Hyndburn's kind-hearted folk to come up with as many sponsored events and wacky fund-raising schemes as possible. We will publicise your event in advance, send a photographer on the day and record how much has been raised in the paper.

Just ring our Newsdesk on 871444, or e-mail us at to set the ball rolling.

This week's donations are: £20 from 84-year-old K Heald; £35 from D Eastwood; £5 from Marcus Dutton; £5 from Eve Dutton; £10 anonymous; £25 from Ken and the Golden Girls at the Pioneer WMC in Church; £10 from R and E Holgate; £10 from J Stirzaker and B Marsden of Richmond Road, Accrington; £25 from Jessie Slater; £10 from pensioner Mary Coe; £5 from B Mattison; £10 from Craig and Melanie Foster; £10 anonymous; £5 anonymous; £15 from C Simm; £20 from M and J Pickles; £10 from J and M Chippendale; £35 anonymous; £21 collected at the Oswaldtwistle Area Council meeting.

Also, last week's donation of £60 from W and B Riley was collected by the couple's former colleagues from Winfields of Haslingden.

Published 1 October 2004