What happened at Helmshore Scarecrow Festival in the midst of a pandemic

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An “amazing” annual scarecrow festival in Helmshore saw dozens of wacky entries, and hundreds of people following a (socially-distanced) trail.

There were 90 scarecrows across the village in the Halloween weekend event, which has raised £2,300 for East Lancashire Down’s Syndrome Support Group (ELDSSG).

Festival organiser Sue Clarke said: “We had an amazing event.

“We sold 600-plus maps for people to find them, and had families walking in the rain enjoying the creative work.”

The face of the festival was Haslingden High pupil Lucas Shatliff, who has Down’s Syndrome and led the fundraising campaign.

The ELDSSG was founded nine years ago by four local families who had young children with Down’s Syndrome, including the Shatliffs.

It is currently fundraising to put a new book called Nobody Told Me in all hospitals, doctors and schools in the region.

The support group now helps 75 to 80 families.

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