GENEROUS readers have got our Ryan Cottrell Appeal off to a magnificent start.
In less than a week a fabulous £905 has been raised to help send little Ryan, eight, on his dream holiday to meet Santa in Lapland.
The brave little Accrington lad suffers from the incurable skin disease Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), an excruciating condition where internal linings and chunks of skin blister and rip away from the body.
His condition will never improve and every day is a gruelling challenge of endurance for Ryan, who has to put up with cocktails of medication and whose body is covered in bandages.
We're aiming to raise £5,000 to send Woodnook Primary School pupil Ryan on a magical once-in-a-lifetime holiday with mum Amanda, dad Shaun and sister Amy, four, of Carter Street, Accrington.
His story touched the hearts of our readers all over Hyndburn but we still need more help.
You can help send the family to a luxury hotel for a five-day stay by making a donation. Any amount, large or small, will help and will be gratefully received.
Contributions can be handed in or posted (cheques only) to our offices at 103 Blackburn Road; all will be acknowledged in the paper. 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.
We would also like anyone organising a charity function to dedicate part of the proceeds to the Ryan Appeal or to organise a special one just for him. Ring our Newsdesk on 871444 and we will try to send a photographer along.
The appeal kicked off with a £200 donation from Stuart and Rita McFarlane, of the Duckworth Hall Inn, Oswaldtwistle, following an auction and quiz night.
Other first week donations are: £5 from an anonymous pensioner; £10 from Bill and Irene Pearce; £5 from W and D Yarranton; £25 from A and J Sanderson; £10 from P and C Thomas; £100 from M and M Brown; £20 from I and E Wilkinson; £10 from Susan and Zoe Wilson of Oswaldtwistle; £20 from P and E Cropper; £10 from C and J Haworth; £10 from G Morgan; £10 from A and L Braysford; £60 from W and B Riley; £20 from S Bellard; £10 from G Ashworth; £10 from A Whelan; £10 from P Jarrett; £30 from M Grime; and £20 from Norman and Betty Spencer of Sycamore Close, Rishton.
And a mystery benefactor delivered £300 to Ryan's home, which has been handed to us for banking.
Also, £1,100 has been handed to us by Margaret Dewhurst, Ryan's school carer, who helped organise a fund-raising soul and Motown night at Platt's Social Club in Accrington three weeks ago. This is separate from our appeal cash.
Published 24 September 2004