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Inspire Cheshire West has closed. Thank you to everyone who took part. Your contributions, stories, ideas and experiences about life under lockdown restrictions were a valuable resource to the communities of west Cheshire.

Evie and Susannah Stanton’s Rainbows- fund raising for the NHS

As an employee of CWAC myself I wanted to bring the community together in anyway I could when lockdown first started. My daughter and I decided we wanted to do something to show the NHS workers and Carers in care homes how much the public appreciated them. We started making little rainbows out of Coaster size wooden off cuts, nails and loom bands and sold them for £1 each from an honesty table at the bottom of my drive to raise money. Sadly the table was stolen after a few days but that didn’t stop us, Evie’s grandad made a new table and even chained it to a tree! Over a few days we raised a few hundred pounds, working every hour of the day until the early hours of the morning to meet the high demands for orders for rainbows all over my the country!! The demand for the rainbows got so big it turned into a 24/7 job so local schools Horn’s Mill, Alvanley and Manley Federated School and Homestead Private Day nursery staff and children all got involved and helped to make the rainbows. We supplied the wood and materials and they all worked tirelessly to make bulk orders. In 17 days we raised an absolutely incredible £2000 and distributed it personally (between £50 and £100) between 38 different NHS workers and carers in care homes. This story has been covered by helsby to hand magazine, Cheshire live, Frodsham life and soon to be in Pick me Up Magazine, the amount of positivity it has brought makes me so proud to have been a part of it and to have watched and encouraged my young daughter to help others that are so selfless and brave. The full story, photos and list of workers that received money can be followed on my personal twitter account ‘Susannah Stanton’.

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