SKIPTON youngster Ella Binns, aged nine, has been enjoying baking for her family and friends during the lockdown.

But recently she took her pastime one step further after seeing Manorlands’ emergency appeal.

The hospice issued a call recently stating it would struggle to stay open as donations through fundraising were slowing down because of the lockdown.

A number of planned events have had to be cancelled which the hospice relied upon to keep caring for its residents.

However, people have risen to the challenge to support it with Ella doing her bit too.

She asked whether she could sell her baking to help and with a bit of support from mum and dad to take orders and deliver to doorsteps around Skipton and Grassington she has raised over £1,038 for the hospice.

Special thanks have been extended to everyone who has supported her.

Among these are Sue and John Rudden at Grassington House Hotel for all the flour, sugar, strawberries and other ingredients they have donated and Rita Richardson at The Foresters Arms, Grassington for all the takeaway containers and baking powder they have donated.

Also busy raising money for good causes during lockdown is young athlete Harry Driver, also aged nine, from Barnoldswick.

Harry’s mum, Heather, an ICU nurse at Airedale General Hospital, said: “Harry just decided he wanted to help local people that were struggling at the moment.

“He loves running and is in the local running club so we decided that a 5k a day was a challenge but attainable for him.

“He’s nine and has raised £1,500 for the Pendle charity ‘Church on the Street’. T his charity collects food to help local people in Pendle in need.

“He did this by running 5k every day for seven days and did all of them in under 28 minutes.

“He did his runs with either me running with him - trying to keep up - or his dad alongside on his bike.

“His fellow running club members lined the route to cheer him on his last few runs. “With any cash donations he raised he did a big shop at Aldi and also delivered some food parcels around Barnoldswick and Earby.

“He also bought some toiletries for local nursing home, Cravenside, to help whilst relatives cannot visit.”

“I am so proud of his achievements while having to cope with me working full time also.”