CREWE and Nantwich's MP Gwyneth Dunwoody helped raise the profile of Chronicle -CLIMB 5X5 Appeal by releasing 25 doves in front of a crowd of onlookers.

They gathered to watch the veteran Labour MP release the doves one by one at Nantwich Square on Friday, symbolising the freedom from fear families find when gaining the support of CLIMB.

Without the Crewe-based charity thousands of children across the world would have no support, and often treatment, for life-threatening metabolic diseases.

Because some diseases are so rare, the signs can go unrecognised but CLIMB has worked over the past 25 years to raise the profile of metabolic conditions among medics and steer children towards the right treatment.

CLIMB - Children Living With Metabolic Diseases - offers support to worried parents worldwide, pointing them in the direction of specialists who can help their children. Its specialist staff are also on hand to support a family when tragically a child dies.

CLIMB founder Lesley Greene said: 'Providing vital lay-friendly information, support and comfort to those affected by over 700 metabolic diseases, CLIMB is now established as the national information centre for metabolic diseases.

'It is well respected throughout the UK for its quality service to thousands of families and has links across the world.

'The first week of July is now endorsed by the Department of Health as National Metabolic Disease Awareness Week when CLIMB supporters throughout the country, together with associated groups and company sponsors, hold events to raise funds and promote awareness.

'Schools, primary care trusts, hospitals and churches are among the organisations taking part. They are holding events and displays to raise aware-ness of the devastating impact that metabolic diseases have on those affected.'

Foreign coin appeal is on > > >

Foreign coin appeal is on

SUN seekers back from holiday have chipped into a massive foreign coin collection.

Bags and buckets full of coins have been donated to CLIMB's 5X5 appeal fund after officials put out an appeal in May.

And with the holiday season now in full swing, they hope to receive many more.

The Asda store in Crewe responded by setting up collection points at tills and customer services.

Then CLIMB had a nice surprise from Bentley. Workers arrived at the charity office at Nantwich Road in Crewe this week with several Bentley bags full of coins.

CLIMB spokeswoman Chris Owen-Roberts said: 'We are grateful for the support of Asda and Bentley.

'It's always annoying to come back from holiday with foreign coins you can't convert but they can be of tremendous use to us.

'A company called Travelex, based in Sussex, is willing to convert them for our charitable cause.

'So far we've had coins from as far afield as Australia, Canada and America. They have come from all manner of European destinations as well. Local people obviously like their holidays and get about.

'People also work away and we would ask them to think about us as well.'

Collection buckets will be returning to Asda and Bentley.

Companies and other stores are being asked to follow suit.

Crewe firefighters are totting up the proceeds of a sponsored rowathon staged during the fire station open day which has raised about £500.

How to help

TO stage a fundraising event for the 5X5 Appeal, phone the Chronicle newsdesk on 01270 502430.

Donations can be sent to: The Chronicle, 32-34 Victoria Street, Crewe CW1 2JE. Cheques should be made payable to CLIMB.

They may also be sent to CLIMB headquarters: 176 Nantwich Road, Crewe CW2 6BG.

Offers of assistance can also be e-mailed to