Ap­peal raises £8,000 for fam­i­lies

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

A FUNDRAIS­ING ap­peal set up for the vic­tims of the blast has raised more than £8,000.

Parish coun­cil­lor Sylvia Jenk­in­son has cre­ated a online fund and says com­mu­nity events will also be held to raise money.

A team called Bosley United has also been set up by foot­ballers around the vil­lage and celebri­ties will be in­vited to play at a char­ity match at Mac­cles­field Town’s ground in Septem­ber.

Sylvia de­cided to set up the fund af­ter hear­ing the ex­plo­sion on Fri­day morn­ing. She was out­side her home on Lakeside on her way to a ser­vice at the church to celebrate the end of term for the school­child­ren when she heard the blast.

Sylvia said: “I heard a tremen­dous bang and knew it was Wood Treat­ment. It sounded like a bomb had gone off. I car­ried on to the church and peo­ple still gath­ered there, but the ser­vice was in the school in­stead. What should have been a happy ser­vice had a very sad note as we knew some­thing ter­ri­ble had hap­pened.

“Af­ter the ex­plo­sion, I was mak­ing quiches for the af­ter school party but it felt wrong do­ing nor­mal things af­ter what had hap­pened. I wanted to help, so I de­cided to do­nate my money for the quiches to a fund and it went from there.

“It’s been an over­whelm­ing re­sponse. There’s so much kind­ness and sup­port, which makes you happy at a hor­ri­ble time.”

The fund has raised more than £8,000 to help af­fected fam­i­lies.

More than £700 was raised at the Royal Oak in Rush­ton Spencer.

A num­ber of shops are also col­lect­ing money from cus­tomers.

A fundraiser with a bar­be­cue, auc­tion and raf­fle will be held at The Har­ring­ton Arms at 7pm on Fri­day and a biker group is tak­ing part in a char­ity ride-out on Sun­day from the Nags Head pub.

Next Fri­day, July 31, at 7.30pm there is a north­ern soul night, raf­fle and auc­tion at the Queens Arms near the mill to raise money.

Kerri Whitham, whose mum Gwyneth Jones runs the Queens Arms, said: “Bosley may be a small vil­lage but it’s a close com­mu­nity. Wood Treat­ment was such a beau­ti­ful place. It’s so dev­as­tat­ing.”

Visit gofundme.com/ znkr4vg to do­nate. There is also a Help Bosley Face­book page.

●● Bosley coun­cil­lor Sylvia Jenk­in­son has set up a fund for vic­tims

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