Colne Hippodrome hands out charity cheques

DRAMA DONATIONS: The Stage Awards evening's charity boost to Mountain Rescue and Louie.
DRAMA DONATIONS: The Stage Awards evening's charity boost to Mountain Rescue and Louie.

PENDLE Hippodrome Theatre, Colne, has again launched its popular arts, craft and gifts fair, and at the official opening there was a presentation of charity boosts from the Leader Times Stage Awards.

There were two £500 cheques, one for Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue and the other for the Little Lamb Appeal, which supports young Colne meningitis victim Louie Jenkins. Louie, who is two, lost his legs and some fingers after suffering the disease.

At the craft fair launch, guests which included the Mayor and Mayoress of Pendle, Coun. Asjad Mahmood and his wife, Samina,were welcomed by chairman Mr Kevin Mason.

He also thanked everyone involved in the fair. Each year, the stage awards, sponsored by Howard Rigg, are hosted by the Hippodrome and money raised goes to charities.

Mr Mason made the first cheque presentation to the Mountain Rescue team. Its chairman, Mr Neil Woodhead, received the cash and said: “We’ve been out for 18 hours today looking for a man who has gone missing in the Barnoldswick area.” Sadly, the missing man was later found dead.

But the funding boost will help keep the mountain rescue team available to look out for anyone who is missing, trapped or injured in the countryside.

Mr Woodhead said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to get a cheque like this. It keeps the team operating.”

Then the second £500 boost – for the Little Lamb Appeal – was presented to Louie’s mum Julie Jenkins. She explained that Louie would need new legs and facilities to help him do sporty activities.

But she added: “He’s recovered fantastically well. He is very active and growing.”

And she explained the money would help him fill his life.

“This is wonderful – thank you very much,” she said.

Mr Mason then officially opened the fair and asked guests to have a look round. It was open to the public last weekend and this week, and is still in operation today. There are 100 stalls around the theatre in New Market Street offering a whole range of different things, plus the chance to have refreshments or event a full meal. It is a good place to pick up Christmas presents with a difference.

Admission is just £1, and that means you can go again any time. Today (Sunday) it is open from 11am to 5pm. And it will be back next year, from November 16th to 24th.