Appeal raises £8,000 for families
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