A baa-rmy idea to raise can­cer funds

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

FARM­ING friends have struck upon a baa-ril­liant plan to fundraise to fight can­cer.

Stephen and He­len Shel­don, from Adling­ton, and their pals Chris and Carolyn Thomp­son, from Ker­ridge, are of­fer­ing peo­ple the chance to name a new born lamb in ex­change for a do­na­tion to Prostate Can­cer UK char­ity (PCUK).

Once the lamb ar­rives its name will be spray painted on its fleece.

They are ex­pect­ing up to 450 lambs to ar­rive any time be­tween now and April.

The ‘Name and Lamb’ event has al­ready col­lected a grow­ing list of names in­clud­ing Hol­royd, af­ter the Mac­cles­field Town FC striker, Mr Moo, Boob and Dolly.

He­len, who runs Sugar Lane Farm in Adling­ton, said: “We’ve had more than 150 pledges so far, and some bril­liant names. We’ve had a few longer ones, so it’s go­ing to be tricky get­ting them on, but we’ll give it a go.

“Hav­ing launched the ap­peal last month we’ve been stunned at how many peo­ple have got in­volved. Peo­ple have been so gen­er­ous.”

The fo­cus of the fundrais­ing was in­spired by Chris, from Ker­ridge, who was di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer in 2012.

He de­cided to vol­un­teer for the char­ity to re­pay the help and sup­port he re­ceived.

The group tried a simi- lar lamb-nam­ing scheme last year, mid­way through the sea­son, rais­ing more than £1,000.

This time they want to dou­ble that amount.

He­len said: “One day a friend of ours said that he wanted to name a sheep and that he would do­nate some cash to PCUK in mem­ory of a loved one, and there the idea was born.

“We were well into the lamb­ing sea­son by this point but we de­cided to com­mu­ni­cate the idea out via so­cial me­dia to see what came of it.

“We very quickly be­came in­un­dated with re­quests and the lo­cal fields were soon awash with multi-coloured named sheep.”

Chris added: “We had lambs named af­ter foot­baller Ser­gio Aguero, sheep named af­ter chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, sheep named in mem­ory of loved ones, and lot’s named in mem­ory of fam­ily mem­bers who had been through the can­cer jour­ney.

“We even had one named Grumpy af­ter a friend’s hus­band.”

If you want to sup­port the ap­peal, visit just­giv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/ Namethe­lamb, or search for the Face­book group ‘Name the Lamb in aid of Prostate can­cer UK’.

Stephen and He­len Shel­don with pals Chris and Carolyn Thomp­son; Inset, a sheep gets the mes­sage

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