When Val Pennington from Lostock Hall planned her special 60th birthday party at the
Leyland and Farington Club recently, she asked her family and friends not to buy her presents but to
give her the cash value they would have spent which she could then donate to Rainbow House, Mawdesley.
Val also persuaded Tesco in Chorley, where she works, to let her hold a home-made cake sale at the store
so that Rainbow House benefited from a donation of over £1,000.
Val’s brother, Barry Skelhorn, is a member of the RAOB (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes) who are
long term supporters of Rainbow House. Barry introduced her to Rainbow House and she has helped him
on many occasions with other fund raising events on behalf of the charity.
Val, Barry and Lenny Thompson (also a member of the RAOB) visited Rainbow House recently to
present the cheque and see some of the children taking part in the conductive education programme.
Val said, “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated money to this wonderful
charity and making my 60th birthday one to remember.”
Carole Cochrane, CEO at Rainbow House said, “I would like to thank Val for her generosity and the RAOB who
are great supporters of Rainbow House for all of their fund raising efforts which are very much
appreciated. As we have no statutory funding, every penny donated helps us to maintain and develop our services.”