Cake sale in aid of north Cumbrian teenager badly hurt in crash


Students and teachers descended on the sixth-form common room of Caldew School in Dalston as “Pickle’s Bakery” opened its doors for the first time.

The school’s sweet tooth was satisfied by the hundreds of cupcakes, biscuits, flapjacks and traybakes laid out in tins and tubs at break time.

The cake sale was organised by friends of Year 12 student Michael Johnstone to provide a boost to the teenager as he continues to improve.

Football-loving Michael – known as Pickle – has had the lower part of his right leg amputated below the knee.

He suffered serious leg injuries in a crash outside the Pirelli factory, on the edge of Carlisle, on January 31.

Friend Lucy Gill, 16, said: “Michael lost a lot of his clothes – they had to cut them off him when they were treating him – so we’re trying to raise the money to replace them.”

Matty Watson, also 16, added: “Anything left over we’re going to put it to the gofundme page to get him a sports prosthetic so he can carry on playing football.

“Michael is bright, lively, always positive and enthusiastic. Everyone likes him. He’s been overwhelmed by all the cards that we’ve taken over for him.”

The cake sale was the first event Michael’s young friends have organised.

Sixth Form pupils from Caldew School, Dalston near Carlisle hold a cake sale to raise money for one of their classmates who was seriously injured in a recent road accidentSpherical Image - RICOH THETA

Others being planned include a non-uniform day, a sponsored silence and possibly a students-versus-staff football match.

Photographs of Michael are also up across the school asking people to donate loose change to help boost funds.

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