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 special Queen’s Platinum Concert is being organised by Ribble Valley Music Festival at St Peter’s Church in Salesbury on 28th May as an overture to the Buckingham Palace events the following week. The concert will bring the Queen’s 70-year reign to life with music from each of the seven decades, performed by the versatile and entertaining Championship Section Wingates Band and there will be reference to major events and cultural changes during this second Elizabethan age depicted in drama and dance by the Performance Academy. Red, white and blue attire is optional.

The Ribble Valley Music Festival which brings quality music to the Ribble Valley, will start with an event on 23rd April and this is followed by four events up to September with more in the pipeline.

Advance Bookings are advised for these popular events by calling 01254 384893 or email: or £10 entrance on the night. All proceeds will be donated to the church.

James Hall & Co has marked a momentous half million-pound fundraising milestone for SPAR’s charity partner Marie Curie.

To celebrate the landmark £500,000 figure, the highest fundraising James Hall & Co company-owned stores from each region of the North of England have been recognised for their achievements and fundraising methods.

The highest fundraising independent store was named as Nigel and Sue Masters’ SPAR store in Oswaldtwistle, which has raised £5,271.75 since SPAR partnered with Marie Curie in March 2017.

Fundraising initiatives have varied from fancy dress competitions and cake stalls through to second-hand book sales and raffles.

James Hall & Co, SPAR UK’s primary wholesaler and distributor for Northern England, supports Marie Curie through a number of initiatives.

The company donates a penny to Marie Curie from the sale of every SPAR sandwich sold in one of the 600 SPAR stores it services in Northern England, and James Hall & Co helped distribute PPE to frontline Marie Curie nurses throughout the duration of the pandemic.

Marie Curie, the UK’s leading end of life care charity, provides essential frontline nursing and hospice care for people with terminal illness, as well as a free support line and a wealth of information and support.

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