Charity News

Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival announces major sponsor

Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival has announced Barton Grange Garden Centre as their headline sponsors. Award-winning garden centre and one of the county’s premier retail destinations, Barton Grange, will be the lead sponsor for the festival to be held 23rd — 26th June 2016. Thousands of flowers are set to fill the stunning architecture of the Cathedral during the four-day extravaganza …

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Blackburn’s ‘Most Wanted’ Jailed and Bailed for Charity

NINE people were arrested, charged with a crime and then jailed and bailed earlier this week as part of a fundraiser held by Age UK Blackburn with Darwen. Employees from Westholme Senior School, Forbes Solicitors, Nat West, the Legal Services Guild and the Lancashire Constabulary were amongst those who took part in the event, which challenged each participant to raise …

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Cathedral Carols by Candlelight returns to support NSPCC & Childline

The NSPCC / Childline Carols by Candlelight Concert was a sell out event last year with incredible reviews, and is back by popular demand. Although a challenging task, Janette Monroe’s aim is to exceed last year’s event and give the audience another night to remember. This year’s event takes place on Thursday 4th December at 7.30pm. Tickets are available by …

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Turn in Toiletries for the Homeless

VOICE, a local charity that works with local homeless individuals, need your help! They are organising a “Toiletry Amnesty”, appealing to local people and businesses to donate new toothbrushes, soap, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste etc. This will be running from Wednesday 15th October — Wednesday 30th October and the drop off point will be the Ask Me Point in The …

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Kings Nursery shouting about Deaf Awareness Week

Nursery Deaf Awareness Week

Toddlers at two town centre nurseries managed by the East Lancashire Deaf Society are taking part in Deaf Awareness Week (19 — 25 May 2014) with a range of fun activities from learning nursery rhymes to numbers, animals and colours in British Sign Language.

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Lolo’s Wheel – Support the Campaign

The transition from junior to secondary school is a major milestone in any child’s life but for Enola Halleron from Feniscowles her move from St Paul’s School to St Bede’s next year is an even bigger challenge. Ten year old Enola was born with a condition which means her body will never grow more than a metre tall.  During her …

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Blackburn Old Cemetery in preservation funding boost

Work is ongoing at Blackburn Old Cemetery, as part of a project to make the historical site a safer and more attractive location. Friends of Blackburn Old Cemetery worked with the Greenspace Development Team at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to secure money to carry out the work, under s106 funding. Actions agreed under s106 money include resetting stone steps …

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Local business people revive Blackburn Beer Festival

After a break of several years Blackburn will host a real ale festival this May at Blackburn Rugby Club. The festival is being organised by a committee of local business people who, after a trip to a similar festival in Bolton, felt a Blackburn beer festival was long overdue. Local brewery Thwaites is part of the organising team and is …

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Darwen Company raises thousands for Children’s Charity

Staff at Herbert Parkinson in Darwen have raised £5792 to support local children and young people.  The money was raised through a sponsored cycle ride, a curtain sale, a pop up charity shop and a Pound Day raffle. A cheque was presented to Child Action Northwest at their Wilpshire headquarters by Gillian Walsh the charity coordinator. Chief Executive, Sue Cotton …

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Hearty welcome for royal couple

There was fun and fundraising on Saturday (1 February) when shoppers and traders at Blackburn Market received a royal visit from the King and Queen of Hearts who made a royal tour of the stalls and café areas in aid of the British Heart Foundation.  The market was gearing up for this Friday when staff will team up with Blackburn …

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Mum’s the Word come to Darwen

Mum’s the Word, the successful social enterprise company which recycles textiles and provides affordable uniform solutions has come to Darwen’s three day market. Families in the area can now find affordable second-hand and new recycled branded and non-branded school clothing, shoes and school coats. Joint founder and mum, Caroline Fotios explains, ‘We were keen to come to Darwen because we …

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Josephine Cox returns to Blackburn to celebrate her 50th novel

Blackburn author Josephine Cox is hosting a drop-in session at the town’s central library on Thursday, February 13. Her visit to her home town coincides with the publication of her 50th book, The Runaway Woman. The award-winning author is meeting a group of school children from 10.30am until 12pm, then hosting an informal drop-in session meeting her fans from 12.00 until …

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Darwen Market to raffle India Mill cake for Charity

Darwen 3 Day Market is offering people the chance to win an amazing cake that is a representation of the town’s famous India Mill. The cake, which was donated to the market, is on display near the cafe and raffle tickets are being offered at just £1 per ticket with all proceeds going to East Lancashire Hospice. The cake, which …

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“Curtains” for local children’s charity!

Children’s charity, Child Action Northwest is selling brand new John Lewis curtains from £10 per pair at their pop up charity shop for one week in July. The items are slight seconds that have come from the factory, Herbert Parkinson who design and manufacture textiles from their factory in Darwen. The stock will also include cushion covers and tie backs …

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Local charity Lottery Bid for History Project – “Discovery Centre”

The local children’s charity, Child Action Northwest, which grew from the original Blackburn Orphanage, is hosting a public meeting to discuss a proposed bid for Lottery cash. The charity, which now runs a range of projects from finding foster carers, supported lodgings, supporting young carers and helping families in crisis across the North West will hold the public meeting tonight (4 February …

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Charity benefits from a changed life at Blackburn hairdressers

Child Action Northwest, the charity based in the building that used to be Blackburn Orphanage at Wilpshire, has benefited from a donation after a customer who could not pay his hairdresser came back 20 years later. This week, Jeff Stone, the well known Blackburn based hairdresser in Fleming Square, was visited by a customer who he last saw 20 years earlier when the customer …

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“Corrie” star hosts charity lunch in Mellor

Coronation Street star, Shobna Gulati, who is best known for playing Sunita – and Anita on Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies – entertained 150 of Lancashire ladies who lunched at the hotel in Mellor. Guests browsed stalls from some of Lancashire‘s finest independent retailers including floral displays from The Flower Shop, luxury home accessories from Finishing Touches and a range of jewellery, …

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Inspirational charity fundraiser is welcomed to Blackburn

Phil Packer MBE is a face familiar to many, who has taken on incredible challenges despite suffering severe spinal cord injuries whilst on active service in Iraq in February 2008. In 2009 he walked the London Marathon route over 14 days and his fundraising efforts to date have raised well in excess of £1 million. Today, he had a great welcome at Blackburn …

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Bogus charity collector at Blackburn pub jailed

A man, who falsely claimed he was collecting money for a kick boxing club, has been jailed for 90 days. Norman Jones, 61, of Albert Street, Nelson, appeared before Burnley Magistrates Court on Tuesday 16 August after pleading guilty to fraud by false representation. Jones told people in the Witton Inn pub, Redlam, Blackburn that he was working as part …

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