"Red head" Kate gives up sweets to support Lydia's Nepal trip

Knutsford Guardian: Kate Madison, who has arthritis of the spine, with her granddaughter Lydia on her new mobility scooter, which she is learning to use. n1420116 Kate Madison, who has arthritis of the spine, with her granddaughter Lydia on her new mobility scooter, which she is learning to use. n1420116

GRANDMOTHER Kate Madison is to forego some of her greatest pleasures in life to help her granddaughter’s fundraising appeal.

Kate, from Holmes Chapel, has a sweet tooth, and loves chocolate, cake and sweets.

She has agreed to give them up to help 15-year-old Lydia Dale hit her £3,250 target for a planned trip to Nepal in November 2015 to support a schools project.

Kate, 68, admits that abstaining from her favourite foods will be “purgatory,” and is planning to enjoy a farewell feast before the dreaded day when sweet treats are banished from her cupboards.

Retired teacher Kate, from Sandiford Road, has also had her hair dyed a ‘raspberry fizz’ colour to add to the fundraisers supporting Lydia’s trip.

Lydia, from Holmes Chapel, is a student at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and a fire cadet at Holmes Chapel fire station.

She and 19 fellow Cheshire fire cadets are raising funds for their trip to Nepal, which is supporting the Classrooms in the Clouds charity, which works in the Everest region building classrooms and sponsoring teachers.

The team will trek for a day and a half to reach a village where they will help with a school building project by painting a classroom.

Kate is giving up sweet things as part of a bid to lose four stones in weight to support the appeal.

“I love sweets, chocolate and cake, and am not looking forward to giving them up – it’s going to be purgatory,” said Kate.

Kate had her hair dyed pink at Mal B hairdressers in Holmes Chapel.

“However my daughter Elaine and Lydia didn’t think it was pink enough, and Lydia went out and got some crazy colour dye and has dyed it red,” said Kate.

“It is a raspberry fizz colour, and I’m going to leave it like this for the whole of the summer. Everyone loves it.”

Kate is hoping to raise £750 in sponsorship from having her hair dyed and losing weight.

Lydia is doing a bag packing this weekend at Sainsbury’s in Holmes Chapel, raised £100 by having a tea party and is hoping to organise a mini music festival.

Kate’s daughter Elaine Smith is planning a dinner party for friends where people bring a Nepalese dish and make a £5 donation, and Kate thanked The Print Room in Holmes Chapel for a donation.

“We will be going to Nepal to help finish a project we funded, and it will be a life-changing opportunity,” said Lydia.

“The school will help the children become more educated and help them get better jobs.”

More than half of men and three-quarters of women in Nepal are illiterate.

To support Lydia visit www.justgiving.com and type in Lydia Dale’s name.

The cadets planning to visit Nepal include Knutsford fire cadets Lois Beeson and Jessica Healey and Holmes Chapel cadets Jordan Logan, Jessica Lee, Jessica Leighton and Ryan Lysycia.

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