Queen’s hon­our for fundraiser Sylvia

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

ACOMMUNITY stal­wart who started a £240,000 fund for the vic­tims of the Bosley dis­as­ter has been named in the Queen’s Birth­day Hon­ours.

Sylvia Jenk­in­son, 66, has been awarded an MBE for ser­vices to the com­mu­nity in Bosley af­ter set­ting up a fund to help fam­i­lies fol­low­ing a mas­sive ex­plo­sion at the Wood Treat­ment mill in the vil­lage nearly two years ago.

It killed one of Sylvia’s best friends Dorothy Bai­ley and fel­low mill work­ers Wil­liam Barks, Derek Moore and Ja­son Shin­gler.

Sylvia, a vil­lage parish coun­cil­lor, was leav­ing her home to go to the pri­mary school for an end of year leavers’ ser­vice when the ex­plo­sion hap­pened and de­scribed hear­ing what sounded ‘like a bomb go­ing off’.

As news un­folded about the scale of the dis­as­ter she set up an on­line fund to raise money for the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies and oth­ers af­fected in­clud­ing those who lost their homes in the blast.

The to­tal raised nearly £240,000.

Sylvia, who lives with hus­band Ron on Lake­side, Bosley, said: “I’m so proud of what we achieved and to win the hon­our from the Queen.

“I was told six weeks ago that I was nom­i­nated but then didn’t hear any­thing un­til Fri­day night on the TV news they said that Paul McCart­ney and boxer John Con­teh had won hon­ours, and also Sylvia Jenk­in­son, all in the same sen­tence.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it, it did make me laugh.

“It was very pected.

“It means so much to me, but I feel like I’m ac­cept­ing this on be­half of the whole Bosley com­mu­nity, not just my­self. Ev­ery­one played a part in rais­ing money and I feel very priv­i­leged to have won the hon­our.”

The two-year an­niver­sary of the dis­as­ter is com­ing up on July 17.

Sylvia, whose daugh­ter Su­san­nah Lynn and son unex- Richard Jenk­in­son also live on houses on Lake­side, said: “It’s hard at this time of year with the an­niver­sary loom­ing.

“It was such an aw­ful time for ev­ery­one, not know­ing who was miss­ing and wait­ing for news.

“I’ll never for­get and I still think of Dorothy all the time. She’d be thrilled how much love has come out from the com­mu­nity af­ter what hap­pened.

“When I set up the fund, the sup­port was over­whelm­ing and it just snow­balled.

“I’ll al­ways live in Bosley. It was such a ter­ri­ble tragedy but in a way the com­mu­nity is stronger than it was be­fore.”

Sylvia Jenk­in­son

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