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 giant cheque was presented to pupils, staff and parents from Barrow Primary School and Friends of Barrow School thanks to pre-lockdown fundraising efforts by The Eagle at Barrow. Keen to support the local primary school, The Eagle made its first donation of £273 raised by donating 50p from every sausage meal sold. A specially created ‘sausage-ometer’ was made to show just how much has been raised so far towards their £500 target. Mrs Jannette Halstead, Assistant Head at Barrow Primary School said: “We are truly thankful to the Eagle at Barrow for pledging their support in raising vital funds that really will support the school and the education of the local community.”
Blackburn Rovers, working alongside catering partner Sodexo, donated matchday food to two charities following the lockdown postponement of their championship fixture against Bristol City. The club and Sodexo arranged for the food, which would otherwise have gone to waste to go to the Salvation Army Bramwell Lifehouse and the Blackburn with Darwen Foyer, which provides accommodation for those in need.
A retired physiotherapist from Samlesbury has embarked on 20 unique challenges to complete during 2020, to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. Keen golfer Catherine Seed, the lady captain at Wilpshire Golf Club has selected Brain Tumour Research as her charity for the year. Cathy originally set out to play 20 rounds of golf in 20 days during 2020. But she soon decided to set her sights higher: “I now have a list of 20 pledges, which I am hoping to gradually work my way through. They include baking 20 cakes for charity, doing 20 walks in the Lake District and losing 20lbs in weight.” Other challenges Cathy has set herself include growing 20 tomatoes, reading 20 books and going on 20 20-mile bike rides.
Family and friends of showbiz legend Joe Longthorne MBE are gifting more than £880 to Rosemere Cancer Foundation for the charity to spend on making patient areas at Rosemere Cancer Centre, at the Royal Preston Hospital, more comfortable and relaxing. Their donation was raised through a Go Fund Me page that was set up, following the singer and impressionist’s death last August, by his former partner of 25 years Rita Lamey, his sister Ann, family friend Simon Woolston and supported by other family and friends. Rita, who also once worked as Joe’s PA and fan club president, said: “This is all about Joe. We initially set up the page to raise funds for a memorial statue to Joe in Hull but then we thought Joe would really want to spend the money on helping people.”
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