Toddler is set to launch campaign

PUBLISHED: 11:27 30 November 2006 | UPDATED: 14:55 12 May 2010

Little Eloise Quantrill and her sister, Annabel, get ready for the official opening - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2059DW07

Little Eloise Quantrill and her sister, Annabel, get ready for the official opening - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2059DW07

A TODDLER will be opening a baby changing unit at the church where she was baptised on Sunday to mark the launch of a fund-raising campaign. Eloise Quantrill will tear down a pink ribbon to mark the official opening of the £45,000 facilities at All Saints

A TODDLER will be opening a baby changing unit at the church where she was baptised on Sunday to mark the launch of a fund-raising campaign.

Eloise Quantrill will tear down a pink ribbon to mark the official opening of the £45,000 facilities at All Saints Church in Shepreth and will launch the Spend A Penny appeal in a bid to recoup £25,000 of the building costs.

Parish officials say the creation of the toilet, kitchen and baby changing facilities will bring the village's 700-year-old church into the 21st century.

The Rev Christopher Strong said: "I'm pleased with how the facilities have turned out. They will bring a medieval church into the new millennium, but it has been a result of many contributors.

"These facilities are an essential requirement to be able to cater for parents with young children and the elderly. We also wanted to strengthen links with local schools, too, and these facilities make it possible to cater for everyone and do all sorts of things without excluding others.

"We are looking forward to the launch on Sunday. We thought it would be fun to have a 21st-century parishioner do the honours.

Eloise seemed to be the obvious person because we were looking for a young person and she was baptised here exactly three years ago and lives next door to the church."

Eloise's mother, Mary Quantrill said: "I think it will be quite sweet."

- If anyone would like to donate money to the appeal call Christopher Strong on 01763 208195. Payments should be made to All Saints Shepreth PCC.

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