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

A team of property law experts are still on a high after their first ever charity ball collected almost £13,000 for two local causes. The event, organised by Alexander Grace Law, saw 250 guests enjoy an evening at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa, which raised a grand total of £12,796.76 for Pendleside and East Lancashire Hospice. James Young, of Alexander Grace Law, on the Network 65 Business Park, said: “We felt the ball would be a good way to bring together friends and colleagues while raising money for two worthy charities and it was certainly worth the effort from all involved. We were truly blown away by the support and generosity of our guests and all those who donated raffle and auction prizes.”

Farleys Solicitors teamed up with Rawtenstall’s Sunday Best for their fifth annual Fashion Fundraiser, as part of a firm-wide pledge to raise £10,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s 20 Year Anniversary Appeal. Fifty clients and contacts of the firm raised £1400 whilst enjoying fizz and fashion, with a catwalk presentation by Jill Pollitt, one of the UK’s leading fashion stylists.

Ribble Valley Breast Friends was set up just over three years ago as a support group for those who has been affected by breast cancer. The meetings take place each Monday afternoon, between 1pm and 3pm at The Pavilion in Grindleton. Alongside this afternoon meeting there is the opportunity for the ladies to take part in some Tai Chi and on the first Monday of the month the meeting takes place in the evening for those who are unable to visit during the day. Quite often there is a speaker as well as craft work – the ladies have been knitting rainbow toy elephants for a local charity called Millie’s Smiles. Breast Friends have also raised money for Alzheimers and the breast ward at Burnley Hospital. Earlier in the year the group joined forces with Grindleton WI and raised £800 which was split between the Breast Friends group and for the Field Nurse Trust, again a local organisation that provides support for the farming community.
Events coming up include a Christmas night out at Foxfields in December.

Ladies’ Night is a new initiative which recently launched at the Bowker Blackburn showroom to raise funds for local charities Rosemere Cancer Centre and Nightsafe. Ladies of the Ribble Valley were given the opportunity to browse and chat to a host of local businesses whilst sipping prosecco and beautiful canapes kindly provided by Copa Fizz and Stanley House. A fabulous catwalk show sponsored by Napthens Solicitors featured a preview of autumn/winter fashion by michelle b and Carousel Childrenswear. Melt Candles ensured no one left empty handed as all ladies received one of their luxury ‘goodie’ bags – a great end to a lovely evening.
With thanks to Napthens Solicitors, michelle b, Leonard Dews, Stanley House, Copa Fizz, Melt Candles, Discover Laser, The Ivy Barn, Plush, Carousel, Studio @ Bashall Barn, Charles Campbell, Bernard Dickinson and Fitness Plus.

The ever-popular St Catherine’s Christmas Festival weekend returns to the hospice grounds on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December. Around 3,500 visitors attend over the two days to enjoy a host of festive fun including craft and gift stalls, live music, food, an ice rink, Santa’s grotto, funfair and the sponsored Santa Dash and Rudolph Rumble. There are a number of special opportunities for local businesses to sponsor the ice rink or the Santa’s grotto, so why not support a much-loved charity whilst reaching thousands of local people.
If you would like to discuss this unique opportunity further, please call Emma Jacovelli, on 01772 324540 or email:

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