OUR plea for readers' help to make Ryan's Appeal a raging success has been answered with typical generosity.
Money continues to flood in from golden-hearted residents who have sacrificed cash to give courageous Ryan Cottrell a dream holiday in Lapland.
The trip will give Ryan, who suffers from the excruciating and incurable skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa, a chance to meet Santa, enjoy reindeer rides and soak up the magical atmosphere with his family.
Readers responded imaginatively to last week's appeal to organise fund-raising events.
A date is being set for a colourful fun day at Accrington Stanley, which will include a sponsored chest wax, face-painting and a disco.
And pub footballers from the Bridge Inn, Church, have organised a sponsored bed push that will go from the Hargreaves Arms in Accrington all the way to the Bridge. Teams of men, clad in fancy dress, will call in at every pub along the route to collect cash while the ladies collect in Oswaldtwistle.
The event is planned for a week tommorrow, 16 October, and will culminate in a disco, raffle and potato pie supper at the Bridge on Henry Street. Co-organiser of the event, Michael O'Riley, said hundreds of pounds had already been pledged.
He said: "Ryan's story touched me and my mate Gary Stinson who's organising the night with me. Raffle donations already include a widescreen television and a DVD player and we've a good collection going as well. The response has been brilliant, people are so kind. We are determined to make the night a real success."
Ryan's dad Shaun, 34, thanked fund-raisers for their efforts.
He said: "Everybody has rallied round and really tried to help out. As always, we're very grateful for that."
Ryan, eight, who lives with mum Amanda, dad Shaun, and sister Amy, four, in Carter Street, Accrington, should be jetting off for the Christmas break once we have reached our £6,000 target.
This week our special account stands at £3,042, and latest donations are: £100 anonymous; £75 from residents of sheltered housing Charter Brook, Great Harwood; £50 from W Barrett and Sons of Great Harwood; £10 from D Grimshaw, Garfield Street, Accrington; £10 from Mr Maddison, Avenue Parade, Accrington; £10 from S and E Long; £15 from Barbara Thompson; £10 from P M Leigh; £50 "Given in the name of Jesus"; £20 from M Rutter; £10 from M Clegg; £25 from S H Rigby; £50 from Antonio Villa; £10 from J and B Townsend, Green Haworth.
Also: £10 anonymous; £20 from Joanne Dearden; £5 from G and P Thornley; £5 from B and D Dearden; £10 from G and M Pickles; £5 anonymous; £20 from Liam Milton, aged one; £10 from J and H Seddon; £10 anonymous; £10 anonymous; £10 from M and J Southworth; £5 from Jean Love; £45 anonymous; £5 from Woodnook School; £25 from Georgia Brown, aged five; £50 from St Mary's Pantomime Group, Oswaldtwistle; and two anonymous £20 donations paid in at the bank.
You can help by delivering or posting donations to our offices at 103 Blackburn Road; all will be acknowledged. Please make cheques payable to the Ryan Cottrell Appeal. Alternatively you can pay directly into the Halifax in Union Street, Accrington, quoting account number 01043988 and sort code 11-00-08.
Published 8 October 2004