Rose King Stan boosts Hospice funds

The generous fundraising efforts of an Eaton village schoolboy has seen East Cheshire Hospice receive a donation of over £4,000.

8-year-old Stan Taylor-Lankester began his impressive fundraising drive after being named Eaton-with-Hulme-Walfield’s Rose King in 2016, the first time that the village has crowned a Rose King in addition to a Rose Queen.

Following his coronation, Stan, a pupil at Marton and District Primary School, nominated East Cheshire Hospice as one of his chosen charities and he has taken his responsibilities to the Hospice as Rose King very seriously since then.

As a vice-president of East Cheshire Hospice local MP David Rutley joined Stan and his friends and family for the presentation ceremony, and to congratulate Stan on his impressive achievements.

Since his coronation, the pace of fundraising has not let up for Stan. He has organised events ranging from: a bag pack at Sainsbury’s in Macclesfield, raising nearly £900; a Christmas Carol evening at Eaton Parish Hall; and a swimathon. One of his biggest fundraising efforts was to take on the Cheshire Three-Peaks Challenge. Joined by friends and family, and his dog Kubrick, Stan completed the climbs of Tegg’s Nose, Shining Tor and Shutlingsloe on a beautiful weekend in June, adding £2,500 to his overall fundraising total.

In addition to his support for East Cheshire Hospice, Stan has raised £1334.66 towards the refurbishment of Eaton Parish Hall, which is almost complete. After a very busy year, he handed over his Rose King crown to his school friend, Dean Lennox, in July.

Speaking after the event, David said, “I was very impressed to learn about Stan’s generosity and hard work in raising funds for the patients of Cheshire East Hospice, and their families. It was an honour to attend the event, which recognised his huge achievement. It is clear that Stan has taken his responsibilities as Rose King very seriously and he should be very proud of what he has achieved.”

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