All smiles in Oliver’s name

Paul Scholes with Eleanor Winn, four, who came first in the Thomas the Tank Engine colouring competition
Paul Scholes with Eleanor Winn, four, who came first in the Thomas the Tank Engine colouring competition
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A fun day raised hundreds of pounds for a family’s charity appeal.

The Rocking Horse Nursery in Stamford opened its doors on Saturday to host a fun day in aid of the Histiocytosis Research Trust.

Two-year-old Oliver Scholes, who used to attend the nursery, died of the rare blood disorder haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis last summer. His family has pledged to raise £10,000 for the charity in his memory to help find a cure.

Nursery manager Dee Forster said: “The appeal is so close to our hearts that we wanted to do something to help.

“We wanted to remember Oliver and the things he liked which is why we included a Thomas the Tank Engine colouring competition and one of the girls spent ages perfecting some Thomas cakes to sell.”

The event included a tombola, raffle, bric a brac stall, cake sale and competitions which raised £470.

Oliver’s dad Paul, of Kesteven Road, Stamford, said: “We’re really grateful to the nursery staff for giving up their time.

“Oliver loved nursery so it was nice to see how well the staff knew him and for them to include his favourite things in 
the day.”