June 2016: Student thanks charity by raising hundreds of pounds

Lauren Mayor

A GCSE student who arranged a concert for the Alzheimer’s Society that raised £710 is now planning a tandem skydive.

Lauren Smithson, 16, from Haslingden, wanted to raise money as a thank you to the charity that has helped her family.

The Year 11 student at Haslingden High School not only organised the Great British Tea Party at St Veronica’s Parish Hall in Helmshore, she did much more.

Lauren helped set up the hall, baked cakes to sell on a stall and played clarinet with Rossendale Valley Sounds who provided the entertainment.

Rossendale Valley SoundsThe hall was packed with every table taken and all the benches around the hall full.

Lauren said: “I expected to raise about £300 so I was delighted with the final total.

“I decided to do it because the charity has done so much for us as a family; I wanted to give something back.

“My tandem skydive is in October and will also be for the charity. I already have £190 towards it and I hope to raise £400.

”I am not scared about doing the skydive, but I probably will be when I am sitting on the edge preparing to jump out.”

It was also a family affair in Rossendale Valley Sounds because Lauren’s sister Abbie, 13, plays flute and dad David plays trumpet in the band.

She is planning to study fashion at Blackburn College.

To sponsor Lauren visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lauren-Smithson