Special Santas add some glamour to raise hospice money in memory of Jake

Lea Marie, Jess Earnshaw, Katie Constable, Louise Routledge, Jo Royle and Charlotte Routledge, of Todmorden, who are collecting money for Forget Me Not Children's hospice in memory of local little boy Jake Booth,whose parents live at Mytholmroyd

Lea Marie, Jess Earnshaw, Katie Constable, Louise Routledge, Jo Royle and Charlotte Routledge, of Todmorden, who are collecting money for Forget Me Not Children's hospice in memory of local little boy Jake Booth,whose parents live at Mytholmroyd

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Sexy Santas are taking to the streets of Calderdale to raise much needed money for a children’s charity.

The ladies from the Todmorden-based Royle Event Management and Promotion and Halo Boutique have decided to add some sizzle to Christmas again this ‘Mad Friday’ - December 19.

Jo Royle said: “This year I am so glad the ladies have all agreed to collect for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice - in memory of my friends Joanne and Joel Booth’s courageous little boy from Mytholmroyd who died last year.

“Jake Booth, who was only six-years-old, very sadly died last year between Christmas and New Year, from a rare disease called Batten,” she said.

Jo explained that Forget Me Not support children with life limiting conditions, and their families. The charity and hospice is used by many families in Kirklees and Calderdale, and much money was raised by upper Calder Valley people towards its establishment, and they continue to support it.

Jo said: “They only receive four per cent funding from the government - all the rest is just from people like us helping out so we need to raise as much as possible.

“It costs Forget Me Not £3.2 million a year to deliver their vital help, to families going through the toughest times imaginable. If you are out on Mad Friday and you see us all, please make a beeline and give generously to help this amazing place of care to families who could not manage without them.”

Jo has successfully obtained collecting permits from Calderdale and Rochdale Councils for the areas they are covering.

They would like to say a big thank you to both councils, where Angela Johnson at Calderdale and Nicola Lord at Rochdale have really helped the speedy go-ahead with it being such a good cause.

The local ladies this year donning some skimpy red Santa outfits along with Jo Royle are Emma Bonny, Rhona Carrigan and Jade Lund and the amazing Halo Boutique ladies are Louise Routledge, Charlotte Routledge, Katie Constable and Dawn Porter - with more joining them!

“We will be collecting round Hebden Bridge, Todmorden then Littleborough with the possibility of also covering Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden - so it’s a co-ordinated effort to help a charity we think very highly of and I would like to thank all the ladies participating in advance,” said Jo.