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

Following a strong and successful 12-month partnership, Hippo Motor Group is delighted to once again announce its support for Burnley FC in the Community. The football club charity, which helps transform lives in Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, the Ribble Valley and West Yorkshire, has turned helping local food banks into a key priority throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. 
To support, Hippo Motor Group is donating a fully-customised Sterling Automotive Ford Transit van which will help deliver much-needed food and supplies during this unprecedented time. The van was handed over in February and helps solidify Hippo Motor Group’s commitment to helping the local community.

With over 120 years of history, a war hero founder and making a huge difference within the community, Burnley Boys and Girls Club is something to be celebrated and now a youth engagement project across the Ribble Valley is being rolled out by BBGC centre manager Graham Vernon, in the hope that it will keep young people with nowhere to go, off the streets.
Founded in 1899, originally titled the Burnley Lads’ Club by Henry Davison Riley, the club was a haven for boys who had fallen into the wrong crowd in the early 20th century. The club grew rapidly with over 600 members during WWI, which sadly took the lives of the founder and many other members.
The club, which offers a sanctuary to young people is always in need of community help and support in order to grow and help more children.
More than ever the club needs the support of Lancashire businesses, and the centre itself needs major refurbishment. So, if there are any businesses looking to integrate a social purpose into their organisation the BBGC would be delighted to hear from them.
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SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has donated £1,250 to Grimsargh Wetlands Trust. Staff from across the country were invited to nominate charities supporting those in need in their local communities and working to improve the environment. Raymond Walker, Site Manager at SUEZ nominated Grimsargh Wetlands at the end of 2020.
Grimsargh Wetlands is one of Lancashire’s newest nature reserves. It is made up of three former United Utilities reservoirs which provided water for the local community and industry from the mid-1800s until they were decommissioned in 2001. The £1,250 donation awarded by SUEZ will go towards improving biodiversity and the local bird population as well as improving access for all visitors.
Raymond said: “The Trustees have worked really hard to provide, maintain and improve this nature reserve which has proven an invaluable asset to the village, its residents and schools during the many lockdowns. It provides much needed open space to help people take a break and reconnect with nature.”
Photography: Mark Ashmore

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