Rose Queen raises regal sum for charity

Fifth year pupil Lucy Howling has raised over £11,000 for charity after being named Mellor’s Rose Queen for 2015/2016.

Lucy, who attends St Thomas’ Mellor church, held a number of fundraising events as she amassed an amazing £11,533.26 for EducAid.

After being crowned Rose Queen at a fête in July Lucy hosted a fashion show in which volunteers including the local vicar modelled clothes from local boutique SOS. The show was a great success with £850 being raised.

Lucy Howling - fashion show

Next up she held an Oktoberfest which featured a professional accordion player and a home grown Oompah band. £1,300 was raised as frankfurters, sauerkraut and apfelstrudel were consumed and people generously bought tickets for a raffle.

Lucy Howling - Oktoberfest

Activities such as a second hand toy sale, a children’s ‘Frozen’ party and selling homemade produce at various local events added over £4,000 to the total during November and December.

2016 started with a bang as Lucy and her team, which included members of her family, transformed the local village hall into a nightclub and hosted a Beatles tribute band. Both young and old ‘twisted and shouted’ the night away together and raised over £1,500.

Lucy Howling - Frozen Party

A ‘Mellor’s Got Talent’ show, a cake decorating workshop with afternoon tea and an African evening with a traditional African band and food further swelled the total for the charity.

Additionally, Lucy’s father and brother walked the Pennine Way in an extra attempt to raise more money.

Speaking about why she chose her nominated charity Lucy said: “I picked EducAid as I know the workers Miriam and Kofi and I think they are an inspirational charity. I have seen the fantastic work they do and I feel privileged to have supported them.”

Lucy Howling - Beatles show

EducAid were thrilled with Lucy’s efforts: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Lucy for organising this series of events and to the people of Mellor to whom we are extremely grateful for their generosity.

“We find it genuinely inspiring that a community will pull together to support children many thousands of miles away. These generous donations will go to an undeniably great cause: creating a brighter future for young people in Sierra Leone, and we will ensure that it is used in the most efficient and effective way possible.”

You can find out more about EducAid by clicking here.

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