Live Ribble Valley takes a look at the many and varied charity projects that are taking place in towns and villages across the region

Leyland Trucks has donated £10,000 to St Catherine’s Hospice following its Miles Better Together initiative. Launched to replace the company’s annual Factory to Festival fundraiser, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, Leyland Trucks’ charity arm, Helping Hand, instead introduced a socially-distanced programme of events which saw almost 200 participants cycle, run or walk nearly 10,000 miles in aid of local causes.

Phil Jones, materials manager and chairman of the Leyland Trucks Helping Hand Charitable Trust, said: “St Catherine’s Hospice delivers our local community with an invaluable service, taking care of the most vulnerable individuals at the hardest time of their lives. Our business has long been ingrained with theirs. We share values, we share a love for the local area, and we share a dedication to use events like this to bring the best out in people.”

Nathan Sewell will be taking on one of the greatest challenges of his life to climb 8,848 metres in under 48 hours, the equivalent of reaching the summit of Mount Everest. Nathan will be attempting to complete the challenge on 1st and 2nd May next year, in aid of East Lancashire Hospice to honour his late grandfather Harry Sewell.

Lancashire born Nathan, left school when he was 16 years old to join the army where he served as a Recovery Mechanic until he was 25. His time in the forces included a tour of Afghanistan as well as Germany, Canada and Poland and it was through his service that he discovered a love for the great outdoors.

As an outdoor enthusiast, father-of-two Nathan will be attempting his climb in the Lake District by summiting Harrison Stickle in the Langdale Valley, covering at least 42 miles over the weekend. Nathan will be accompanied on his climb by his brother, Joe Swindells and brother-in-law, Ross Huntingdon – together they have double checked the route they will take, including the elevation and mileage.

Nathan said: “My grandfather spent the last few weeks of his life at East Lancashire Hospice and we couldn’t have asked for any more as a family in terms of the care he received there.”

You can support Nathan via his JustGiving page:

Moorland Ballet Academy Sixth Form recently decided on an impromptu fundraising event. The academy tutors along with those from Moorland’s Football Academy completed a 5k fancy dress run around Clitheroe. The day wasn’t the brightest but that didn’t dampen the widespread support shown from the whole school, with infants and juniors lining the school drive to wish the runners well. The Sixth Form ballet students also dressed up for the run in support of PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide. Moorland’s Mr Kidd explained: “With the current global climate it is more important than ever that our young people are not forgotten, and no young person should be suffering in silence.”

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