Making a fool of yourself for charity

It was no surprise to the members of Lathom Abbey Lodge No 6286 when Stewart and Wendy Cranage disappeared from the ladies weekend at Buxton early on the Saturday morning to travel all the way home again to Lancashire and then to reappear later, totally exhausted.

Stewart Cranage, the jolly jester.

Stewart Cranage, the jolly jester.

Stewart has always gone that extra mile to help and support the lodge with its efforts in raising money for charitable good causes. On this occasion the plucky couple made the special round trip of over 100 miles to take part as competitors in the Legacy Rainbow Ramble dressed as Jessica’s jesters. This event was held to raise much needed funds in support of Rainbow House in Mawdesley. The couple took part with two of their grandchildren aged six months and three years, not only to bring in funds but also to raise awareness of the fantastic work undertaken at the centre.

The Legacy Rainbow House is still a relatively small charity with a huge heart. The staff offers services to children and youngsters with brain injuries and life limiting conditions. Essentially their aim is to teach these children how to gain independent life skills, enabling them to live more active and independent lives through specialist teachings. The children suffer from various degrees of disabilities and the staff teaches them physical, social, emotional, cognitive and self-care skills. Up to 120 children each week and their families benefit directly from attending the rehabilitation and specialist educational services. The parents of children attending Rainbow House often refer to it as their ‘lifeline’.

Jessica’s jesters raise much needed funds.

Jessica’s jesters raise much needed funds.

Stewart and Wendy’s Goddaughter Jessica, who was born with cerebral palsy, regularly attends the celebrated centre.

Stewart is no slouch when it comes to raising funds for this organisation having been sponsored on a previous occasion for abseiling down the Barton Tower in Manchester. The Ormskirk Group and many brethren were most generous on that occasion and he hopes that they will rise to the challenge again.

Stewart said: “I know you are all plagued with requests for donations to charity and it is always tragic when we have to decline. But I am so impressed by Legacy Rainbow House that I will continue to do all I can to raise funds. Your donation, no matter how small, will make such a difference to ensure that this dedicated team are able to continue their exceptional work.”

Stewart said that if you are able to help, you can donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/stewart-carnage