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

Leading North West cardiac care charity Heartbeat is in its 40th year! This year has seen the Heartbeat team organise a series of events to raise £40,000 in order to continue and enhance the work they do delivering activities, classes and services supporting rehabilitation for those affected by heart disease after they have been discharged from hospital. In order to raise the money Heartbeat is appealing for corporate support in a bid to raise the £1m it needs each year to continue to provide the service for more than 900 people.
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Last month saw Wayne Ellison of Gisburn and Derek Russell of Clitheroe reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Having set off from Barafu Camp, they climbed 1,200 metres, in pitch darkness to arrive at the peak – to be met by the most amazing views. Both had committed to the challenge in 2017 with the aim of summiting one of the world’s most iconic mountains and each raising £1 for every metre of the mountain on behalf of leading children’s hospital Alder Hey. Wayne said: “We have both exceeded our monetary target of £5,895 and are very close to achieving nearly £7,000 each! We would genuinely like to thank everyone who has supported us.”

Jenny Grogan and her team at Solitaire in Darwen held a two-day event inviting customers to celebrate 40 years in business and to support the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. There were refreshments and canapés as well as a grand raffle with prizes worth over £3,000. The Solitaire team were on hand with style help and advice and there was a fashion show as well as a giveaway bonanza every half hour.
Jenny commented: “We are so grateful to many of our suppliers who kindly contributed to this event and also to family and friends who have helped us along the way.” All the proceeds from the raffle plus other donations will go direct to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation to help fund their vital work.

A new Ribble Valley food and drink fair raised more than £1,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation. The event at the Inn at Whitewell was organised by chef Ian Crowther and Gillian Bartlett from Copa Fizz. The event featured 24 local food and drink companies including a number of the Guild of Fine of Foods ‘Great Taste’ award holders. Rosemere Cancer Foundation had a stand and ran a raffle with prizes donated by the exhibitors. The foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to patients being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, at the Royal Preston Hospital.
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A charity ball is to be held on 17th November at the Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping, in aid of Hold My Hand – a charity that supports those who have lost a baby through miscarriage or still birth. The event will be an evening of fine dining and entertainment by The Voice star Hayley Eccles and Paul Guard. There will be an auction of gifts on the night. Tickets are £60 per person. Rooms are available at a special rate of £100 per couple.
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