Willaston Rose Queen Amy Smallman and her Rose Queen Attendants Lucy Ann and Eloise, are undertaking a Smartie Tube 20p Challenge to raise money for a new neonatal unit at Leighton hospital.

They launched their challenge at Willaston Primary School’s Christmas Fair last week, where they also manned a stall selling donated games and toys to raise money for the appeal.  The sale raised £124.60, and they also raised £31 for the Smartie tube appeal.

Amy, 10, has adopted the One in Eleven Appeal as her charity to support during her 2012/2013 reign and with help from her attendants Lucy Ann and Eloise she is aiming to fill as many Smarties sweet tubes as possible with 20p coins.

They are asking people to donate 20p pieces to help fill the Smarties tubes, or take a tube and fill it themselves.  Each Smarties tube holds 60 20 pence pieces, which adds up to £12 per tube.

The One in Eleven Appeal, by Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity, aims to create a new neonatal unit at Leighton Hospital near Crewe and is only £20,000 away from the £1.8m it needs to start work next year.

Amy’s mum Donna Smallman said: “When Amy became Rose Queen she knew she wanted to support a local cause and had heard about the appeal. It is our local hospital where she and my two-year-old son Oliver were born. Oliver was three weeks early and we thought he might need neonatal care but we were very lucky and in the end he was ok.

Any Smarties tubes you fill with £12.00 of 20 pence pieces can be handed into Mick at our local Willaston Fish and Chip Shop. Please leave a note of your name/organization with the tube.  Thank you.