Beanz meanz cash for hospital

Dave Standen during his challenge.
Dave Standen during his challenge.
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IT’S not exactly everyone’s idea of fun, but plunging into a bath of baked beans was all in aid of a good cause for one Blackpool couple.

Sarah and Dave Standen, who own the Valdene Hotel on Cocker Street, central Blackpool, sunk into the beaked beans to raise money for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, in memory of their stillborn daughter, Pepcy.

The couple raised £1,246 for the charity to go to the maternity unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, in memory of their stillborn baby girl, Pepcy, who died in May.

Mrs Standen’s brother Simon Ablett, also took part in the baked bean bath while Sarah’s father, Bob, and his wife, Linda, also took part in Ride the Lights to raise money.

Mrs Standen, whose daughter died in May, said: “It wasn’t that bad but I must admit I haven’t eaten a bean since, you don’t realise how much they smell until you are in a bath full of them.

“We attracted lots of people on the day who were watching and thought it was funny. A lot of our neighbours and local businesses came out to support us which was great.

“We’re quite proud of ourselves to raise the amount we have. It’s given us something to focus on since Pepcy. It’s getting something good out of something bad at least.”

The money will be used for the delivery suite.

Fundraising manager Kathy Ancell said: “Thank you to Sarah, Dave and the family for their generous support, raising a fantastic sum for the maternity unit.”