Teen thanks hospice with kind donation

Lydia Widdowson hands her cheque to Treetops, raised with friends Ruby Clarke and Mia Toboutt through cake sales.

Lydia Widdowson hands her cheque to Treetops, raised with friends Ruby Clarke and Mia Toboutt through cake sales.

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An Ilkeston teenager and herfriends have thanked the hospice which provided her with bereavement counselling after her father died.

Lydia Widdowson, lost her dad John, 49, to oesophageal cancer in 2010 and was supported by Treetops Hospice and its bereavement service in Sandiacre.

Now Lydia, and friends Ruby Clarke and Mia Tobutt, 14-year-old pupils at Ilkeston Academy, have raised more than £220 as a thank you.

Lydia, who lives with mum Jane and sister Miriam, 7, said: “The support from Treetops means everything to me. I don’t know what I’d do without it.”

From January to June, they baked 888 cakes which they sold to classmates at lunchtime.

Sally Castle, head of year nine, said: “I am so impressed with these girls and their selfless ability to see where help is needed and do something about it.”

The money raised was donated to the Families Bereavement Support Service at the Risley hospice. Lydia hopes the money will help to support more children after a bereavement.

She said: “Treetops has been there for me since I was 11, so it’s a way of saying thanks.”

Penny Lockwood from Treetops said: “The donation will make a big difference to the Families Service and I very much admire Lydia for bringing something so positive out of such a painful experience.”