Holly’s Footprint and Hayfest

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Next weekend (October 3rd-5th) sees the first Hayfest – a new not-for-profit music festival right here in Hayfield village. Taking place on the cricket pitch it promises to be an exciting weekend for the community with a wide variety of musical artists appearing over the three days. The headline acts for the weekend are Andy Fairweather Low, Steve Harley and Roachford but there are more than 20 artists performing in total.

The organisers of Hayfest have kindly nominated Holly’s Footprint, along with Blythe House Hospice, to be one of their beneficiaries for which we are very, very grateful.


We will be at Hayfest and can be found in the craft tent providing face painting, selling our new fiendish Family Picture Quiz sheets (with a prize of £50 up for grabs) and running a chocolate tombola (a prize every time!!!) so we look forward to seeing you there.

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Hayfield Country Show 2014


Once again it’s been a while since the website was updated so apologies… though there have been a few updates to out Facebook page recently.

Last weekend we had our second year at Hayfield Country Show. It was a very hectic weekend made all the easier by the weather but most of all by the extraordinary and tireless help we’ve received from family and friends.

We’d like to thank everyone who has helped man the tent and walk around the field (and the bus this year) – we’d be lost without your boundless energy and generosity. Thanks to Hayfield Scouts for the loan of the tables this year.

Thank you to everyone who came along and bought things or had their face painted. We are incredibly grateful for all your support and kindness and suffice to say your generosity will make a real difference to the children we are trying to help.

Thank you to every one who donated cakes, biscuits, confectionary, soaps etc – without your kind contributions we wouldn’t have anything to offer. We had so many lovely cakes this year but I’d like to make a special mention for Nicki and Laura Lowe and Karen Garlick who provided the beautiful cakes that we used as raffle prizes this year.

Sadly the person who won Karen’s cup cakes missed the raffle being drawn on Saturday and lived too far away to deliver them, so we are sending a selection of the lovely Holly’s Footprint handmade soaps to her instead. The cupcakes are going to another winner drawn from today’s raffle. Congratulation to The Mann household of Hayfield who won Laura and Nicki’s creation today – we hope you enjoy it.

We need to say a special thank you to Lucy Nicholson and the organisers of Hayfield Country Show who have been incredibly supportive and generous again this year.

So the combined efforts of all those people mentioned above (and probably a few more I’ve forgotten besides… apologies) have resulted in making just over £1000 this weekend which will go towards our projects with Peak School, Manchester Children’s Hospital and another children’s organisation that we will be contacting in the coming week to see if we are able to help them out.

Thank you everybody.

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Remembering Holly


Again it’s been a while since we updated the website to let you all know what has been happening with Holly’s Footprint so we’ll try and bring everything up to date today.

First of all last week was the first anniversary of Holly leaving us all. It was a difficult day but we were overwhelmed by the number of friends and family who came along to Holly’s place to remember her with us. We decided to let off some purple balloons with little tags attached so people could write a message to Holly, before letting them go off into the sky (and surrounding trees). The balloons which did not make it very far were collected up and the messages tied to new balloons and sent on their way a couple of days later. We heard that one of these balloons had made it’s way over to Edale where it had attached itself to the gate of someone who knew Holly.

Thanks to everyone who came that day or sent messages if they were not able to be there in person, and thank you to everyone who brought flowers, plants and other things for Holly.

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Running for Holly’s Footprint


This coming Sunday (18th May) will see two people taking part in events to raise money for Holly’s Footprint.
Firstly our friend, Phil Chapman, will be running the Great Manchester Run and asked to be sponsored to raise money on our behalf.
He has set up a donation page through our fundraising partners, Localgiving, which can be found here…
Thank you so much for your generosity and energy… we wish you the best of luck. The run will be broadcast live on BBC2 from 10am on Sunday so we’ll keep our eyes peeled.

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Out of hibernation…

It has been a quiet few months for Holly’s Footprint since December. We had to take some time away from the project to get through some difficult anniversaries – Christmas, Holly’s Birthday and then the inquest… it was all a bit much.

But we’ve managed to come out the other side and it’s time to “get back on the horse” so to speak. We have plans for events over the next few months as well as letting you know about progress for some of the projects we’ve been working on. There are also a couple of upcoming events that people have been kind enough to collect sponsors for on our behalf.
But first, although we may have been quiet, lots of people have been busy doing things for Holly’s Footprint, so we have a long list of people to thank for their generosity and time.Eyes down for a full house…
First off in January, Holly’s brother, Luke, and his friend Zack Harrap celebrated their 11th birthdays. They had a joint party… a Nerf War… at Hayfield Scout Hut. Both of them very kindly said that instead of presents that they would like people to donate a little money to Holly’s Footprint. They raised £235 from this which was amazing so thank you to all of Zach and Luke’s friends (and their parents of course) for their generosity and the boys themselves for being so thoughtful.
We received £64 from Grace Hadfield of Hope Valley College who raised money through selling mini Christmas stockings at the end of last year. Thank you for your hard work Grace… we really appreciate it.
Halo Hairdressers in Whaley Bridge where Holly used to get her hair cut had a shopping evening which raised £131 for Holly’s Footprint. Thank you all so much for your kindness and support.
Sue Wyatt of Hayfield was moving house and couldn’t take her baby grand piano with her. She first contacted us to see if any of the organisations we were helping had a use for it but unfortunately they didn’t have the room to accommodate it. So it was sold and the proceeds, £300, donated to Holly’s Footprint.
Thank you so much for your generosity Sue – we know the piano was an important thing for you with sentimental value.
Bridge Insurance in Manchester have a raffle every Christmas with the proceeds split between several nominated charitable organisations. This year our friend, Cath Moss, who works for Bridge got to choose one of the beneficiaries and she put our name forward and gave us a cheque for £225.
Not one but two students from Hope Valley College took the plunge to become “folically challenged” for the benefit of the Richard Hill Fund and Holly’s Footprint.
Ben Hair
First Ben Dean (above) had his hair removed – by a professional I might add (don’t try this at home kids) – raising £200 for us. Then just last week we had a message from Jacob Foxley who had also taken to the razor to raise money, bringing in £375.
Thank you both, and of course the people who sponsored you, for your very generous and slightly loopy efforts in helping us out – we are very, very grateful.
And that is not all but I’ll have to thank them in a subsequent post.
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Thank you for the music!


A big thank you to everyone who gave up their time to entertain us and raise some money at The Royal Hotel in Hayfield on Saturday. It was a good afternoon set off by a group of Holly’s friends under the (last minute) name of Magpie, followed by Zingari Swing and finally Ken Allcroft’s All Stars.

Ken was the man behind organising the event for us and we are very grateful for his and all the musician’s generosity in performing as well as the Royal Hotel for providing the venue.

They raised £282 for Holly’s Footprint plus we had a further £26 in change from the collection box that has been stationed on the bar at the Royal.

Thank you all very, very much.

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Charity Gig in Hayfield 18th January


Hello everyone.

There is an afternoon of musical entertainment happening this coming Saturday 18th January at the Royal Hotel in the centre of Hayfield.
A number of people will be playing including some of Holly’s Friends from school. The event has been kindly organised by Ken Allcroft who will also be playing with his “all stars” band. Thanks Ken! 🙂

Things kick off at 1.30pm and tickets cost £5 (£3 Senior citizens and students) and will be available on the door or in advance from the Royal Hotel (07884 326 955) or from us on 01663 749906.

We hope a few of you can make it along.

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Happy New Year

True to form I’m a little late in wishing a very happy new year to everyone who has helped Holly’s Footprint over the last few months. It’s been a very sad and difficult time for us personally but the support and enthusiasm from our families, friends and the communities we live in has been both staggering and heart-warming. Here is to a much happier year for all of us.

quilt I’m also late in letting people know about a donation we received from Anne Shaw of Mellor just before Christmas.

Anne kindly hand stitched this delightful 12 Day of Christmas quilt and raffled it off to raise money for Holly’s Footprint. In doing this she made an amazing £153 – we are all so grateful for your generosity and kindness. Thank you.

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One Direction Raffle Winner

1dbook_608x376OK. The raffle for the signed One Direction book has closed and the draw has been made.

The winning number chosen using the random number generator at random.org is 46.

Which means the winner is Dierdre Stables of Hayfield.

Congratulations Dierdre and thank you to everyone who took part in the competition. Thanks also for Lynn, Megan and Kitty from near Carlisle who donated the book for the raffle. 🙂

Merry Christmas.

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Localgiving extend Grow Your Tenner scheme.

1dbook_608x376Hi everyone. Just plugging this raffle again but for a good reason.

I had a phone call from our fundraising parters, Localgiving.com,to say that the Grow Your Tenner scheme that they started in October has been extended so that charities can now claim £3000 of matched funding. We’d already hit the original maximum of £1000 when we ran the Print Raffle but now that the ceiling has been lifted we can take advantage of the matched funding on our raffle of the One Direction book.

This means that for every £1 ticket bought, we will receive £2. So if you’re thinking of entering between now and Christmas Eve when it ends, now would be a good time for us 🙂

Thank you

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