In photo, Bob Gallager, Linzi Young – Head of Fundraising, Michelle Lonican – Community Fundraiser, Marie Mallinson – Volunteer. Helen Lomax – Volunteer
Bob Gallager, member of the St George’s Day Committee, was thrilled to present Trinity Hospice with a cheque for £20,000 today. Touching the lives of 8,000 locals annually, Trinity provides compassionate end of life care for Blackpool, the Fylde and the Wyre.
Supporting both adults and children, patients and families by improving quality of life, these services are offered completely free of charge, for as long as they are needed.
Trinity is incredibly dependent upon the support and fundraising efforts of the local community, and with limited government funding, each year needs to raise £5 million in order for the hospice to continue to run its £7million service.
Community Fundraiser Michelle Lonican commented that, “
The St George’s Day Festival in Lytham has become a valued partnership for us, not just in terms of financial support, but also as a very effective way of raising our profile with people in Lytham, St Annes and beyond. As ever, our volunteers did us proud in supporting a number of the events, and this generous donation will contribute to patient care not only at the hospice, but also through our nursing teams working out in the community across the Fylde Coast.
“A huge thank you to the festival organisers and to everyone who made a donation during the course of what was a vibrant community event – your generosity is very much appreciated.”
This donation from the fundraising efforts of the St George’s Day Festival represents a huge boost towards achieving this goal annually.
Cheque Presented to LOVE Lowther
The much needed refurbishment of the Lowther Pavilion is continuing apace, and was given a boost this week with the donation of £20,000 from Bob Gallager from the St George’s Day Charity Festival committee.
In dire need of an update, the whole of the Lowther was no longer fit for purpose with performances frequently being interrupted by water coming through the roof, and the worn out seating from 1981 simply collapsing beneath the audience.
The refurbishment will secure this iconic building for the future, ensuring that the Fylde region has a state of the art Community and Arts Centre for years to come. A new roof was a fundamental to guarantee that the audience are dry, warm and comfortable whilst watching a performance. However, the icing on the cake is a brand new seating system, which has been made possible as a direct result of the money from the St George’s Day Charity Festival. Audience visibility will be improved with the addition of a rake rather than flat flooring, and the integrated electrics allows the switch between theatre style seating and flat space in under an hour, opening up The Lowther Pavilion for increased community use during the day.
Operations manager Iain Orr commented that,
The new seating will provide a better experience for both staff and most importantly the public who visit us. Lighter and more automated the seating makes changeovers quicker and easier with far less lifting and carrying; for our customers the new seating is far more comfortable, easier to access and staggered to improve sight lines across the theatre. None of this would have been possible without the assistance and donations from the St Georges Day Festival. We are extremely proud to have their support and to be working with them to bring a better Lowther for Lytham and Fylde.”
In photo Left to Right: Cheryl Little (FBC Councillor/ SGDF committee), Bob Gallager, Hannah Harrison (Volunteer at the Theatre, Clive Greaney (Lowther Trustee),Iain Orr (Operations Manager from the Theatre)
About St George’s Day
St. George’s Day Festival has now been running for over 10 years and shows no signs of tiring. Raising in 2017 £101,000 for local charities, it remains true to its original aims to:
- help raise awareness and campaign for an official St George’s Day holiday
- use this great occasion to raise money for charity
- help the local economy by bringing people to the town and thus raising awareness of the local area – in simple terms putting the Fylde Coast on the national map.
Tickets for all the fantastic 2018 events www.stgeorgesdayfestival.com are on sale now and can be purchased through the website or in person/by phone or via internet from the Lowther Pavilion Box Office.
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If interested in donating or supporting LOVE Lowther, read more HERE