IN this modern day and age, a cheque for £360 probably wouldn’t go very far when purchasing items for a hospital ward, but back in the eighties, it was quite a lot of money.

On October 8 1983, Burnley General Hospital was awarded three cheques totalling almost £360 so they could buy new equipment for their baby care unit.

The money was raised through sponsored events and jumble sales carried out by staff at the hospital, employees of Lucas Aerospace and other East Lancs residents.

A cheque for £210 was presented to consultant paediatrician, Dr I. L. Swann by three employees from Lucas Aerospace in Burnley, following a sponsored raft race.

And Mrs Linda Baxendale, Mrs Ida Wilcock and Mrs Audrey Holden, from the hospital’s central sterile supplies department, along with two staff from the catering department and a staff nurse at Marsden Hospital, raised £131 through taking part in a sponsored slim between April and July.

The third cheque, for £18, was presented to ward sister Kathleen Snowden by three friends from Rossendale.

Eleven-year-old Sharon Pett, and her nine year old sister Julie, along with friend Wendy Ollerenshaw raised the money by holding a number of jumble sales.