Young Olivia gives appeal a cash boost

Cash boost: Olivia Sylge, seven, organised a tea party at Heptonstall Primary School for Marie Curie, represented by Sarah Brooks
Cash boost: Olivia Sylge, seven, organised a tea party at Heptonstall Primary School for Marie Curie, represented by Sarah Brooks

A SCHOOLGIRL aged seven has helped boost the Courier’s appeal for Calderdale’s Marie Curie nurses to £73,462.

Cash donated at young fund-raiser Olivia Sylge’s tea party now means there is just over £6,000 left to reach the appeal’s target of £80,000.

The big-hearted youngster’s classmates at Heptonstall Primary School were treated to home-made cakes at the event she organised.

Olivia had been inspired by a leaflet about the charity’s Blooming Great Tea Party campaign, which she was given when she donated to its Great Daffodil Appeal earlier this year.

She hosted her first tea party for her family and neighbours and enjoyed it so much she held a further two at her school.

Community fund-raiser Sarah Brooks said: “We’re delighted children of Olivia’s age are getting so actively involved in fund-raising.

“It was wonderful to be invited to the tea party and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the pupils and staff at the school.”

Proceeds raised from all three parties will go towards the ongoing Calderdale Nursing Appeal, supported by the Courier.

The cash is needed to fund the vital work the Marie Curie nurses do to help terminally-ill people in Calderdale who choose to die at home.

The Calderdale team has never been busier and last year provided more than 3,479 hours of nusing care, costing £45,383.

To donate to the Courier appeal, people can pay by phoning Marie Curie on 01274 337034 or send a cheque payable to Marie Curie Cancer Care, indicating it is for the Calderdale Nursing Appeal to The Fund-raising Office, Maudsley Street, Bradford, BD3 9LE.