Charity Focus

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

During lockdowns many people relied on others to deliver essential services and above all the marvellous work of the NHS in dealing with Covid patients. The Ribble Valley Music Festival will pay tribute to these heroes of the pandemic with a very special Last Night of the Proms concert on 13th November – the eve of Remembrance Sunday at the Old School Rooms in Clitheroe. Celebrating the great British spirit which also prevailed in WWII, the evening will feature stories from veterans on the night. Music will be performed by the Championship Section Wingates Band including all the prom favourites. Entrance is £10 and all proceeds go to the Catholic Church and the Royal British Legion. Advanced booking is essential by calling 01254 384893.

Labels for Cares is proud to announce a partnership with luxury boutique brand Temperley London. The partnership will see Temperley London providing stock in a range of coats, dresses and other accessories over the coming years. Securing the partnership is a major coup for Labels and a fantastic addition to the charity, which aims to raise money by selling designer labels to buy cancer screening units for East Lancashire Healthcare Trust. Anthony Fairclough, co-founder of the Labels’ charity adds: “This is a big luxury brand and we see this as a clear sign of how far the charity has come to be recognised by a design house in London.” The Temperley London stock will be available from October at Labels for Cares at both the Ribble Valley store at the Wellsprings and in Burnley. The charity has already purchased two endoscopy equipment for adults and children.

Retired businessman, community stalwart and charity fundraiser Ian Lloyd has been installed as the 37th president of Clitheroe Lions Club, taking over from Brian Alston at a ceremony at the Spread Eagle, Sawley. Ian was a founding member of the club in 1983 and was president in 1984. He was also awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship by Lions Clubs International in recognition of his services to the community. Over the years Ian has been an organiser and board member of the successful Clitheroe Food Festivals and chairman of Clitheroe 800, a year-long celebration marking 800 years of the building of Clitheroe Castle – the event raised thousands of pounds. Ian has also been an active member of Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce for over three decades and was president for two years.

Through funds raised from sales of Goosnargh Gin’s Hay Time, a Re-wild the Child project has secured educational resources to support visits for youngsters to learn about the special hay meadows in the Forest of Bowland AONB. Goosnargh Gin uses local, organic and sustainably grown botanicals from Bowland’s Coronation Meadows to produce their gins. The wildflower-rich meadows at Bell Sykes Farm in Slaidburn act as a living seedbank – one of the last unimproved flower-rich grasslands in Lancashire. During 2020, for every bottle of Hay Time gin sold, Goosnargh Gin donated £5 to Champion Bowland, raising £600 in total. Re-wild the Child, based near Abbeystead, is a grass roots project, raising funds and awareness for the rewilding of a wildflower meadow and providing opportunities for educational visits.

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