LAVENDER Patten was one of the first to lend a hand at yesterday's launch of this year's Cookie Campaign. She was at the Landmark to start the sale of 150,000 cookies which must go before next Saturday. The Cookie Campaign, with biscuits selling for $30 each, will raise money for the Helping Hand charity, which provides housing and nursing care for more than 700 elderly people. Mrs Patten, the charity's patron, was joined by Miss Hong Kong, students from the Hong Kong International School and other volunteers. Each cookie is wrapped in a red and gold envelope and comes with a raffle ticket. They can be bought at most MTR and KCR stations and major shopping centres. Helping Hand was set up in 1978 to help 100 elderly men facing eviction who were found living in squalid bed spaces in Tsuen Wan. The organisation rehoused them, and since then has found new homes for more than 6,000 elderly men and women. The lucky draw will be held on February 7.