Generous music fans have donated more than £21,000 to Lytham Festival’s charity partners.
Almost 200,000 people partied at the biggest ever celebration of the Lancashire music festival which saw more than 30 artists perform over the 10-day event with headline gigs from Diana Ross, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Simply Red, Elbow, The Strokes, Alison Moyet and Paul Weller.
And the festival’s 10 charities – Blackpool Fylde & Wyre Samaritans, Cleveley’s-based Doherty’s Destiny, Lytham St Annes RNLI, Blackpool’s Trinity Hospice, Disability First, Wesley’s Community Café & Larder, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, Blackpool Fylde & Wyre Group – MS Society and n-compass – all benefited with a total of £21,149 raised through donations – £6,420 more than was raised at the last Lytham Festival in 2019.
Lytham festival co-founder Peter Taylor said: “The support for our charity partners this year has been phenomenal.
“The donations are more than has ever been raised previously and we are delighted with the generosity of our customers.
“All these charities do a fantastic job and are there for everyone at all times so it is really great to see so many people showing them support.”
As well as nationally recognisable charities including Samaritans, RNLI, MS Society and guide Dogs for the Blind, Lytham Festival 2022 supported smaller local charities including Doherty’s Destiny – a Cleveley’s based charity which was set up in memory of 16-year-old James Doherty who took his own life in 2016, St Annes-based Wesley’s Community Cafe and Larder which helps local people who need, food, assistance and company, and n-compass which works to help people regain control of their lives, providing hope and a sense of purpose, through the provision of carers, advocacy, wellbeing, counselling and volunteering services.
The charities were all allocated their own headline night at Lytham Festival with an army of volunteers from each collecting donations from festival-goers.
Alan Glasgow, from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Samaritans, said: “Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Samaritans are grateful to have been chosen as one of the charities at this year’s Lytham Festival.
“We are very proud of our volunteers who worked so hard. This money will help us to continue to provide emotional support for callers who are often experiencing feelings of distress and despair.”
Joanne Hargreaves Doherty and Aimee King, founders of Doherty’s Destiny, said: “It was such a wonderful opportunity to get our local charity’s name out there to thousands of people.
“We were able to speak to residents about the work we do in the local community by supporting those bereaved by suicide and working in local secondary schools equipping young people with a positive mental health toolkit.”
Digby Moulden, chair of Lytham St Annes RNLI fundraising branch, said: “We were delighted to have been chosen as a charity partner for the 2022 Lytham Festival and are extremely grateful for the money raised through the collection.”
Trinity Hospice Community Fundraising Manager, Michelle Lonican, said: “We are thrilled to have raised so much on our night at Lytham Festival. The wet weather certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of festival-goers, who were so generous.
“The money raised will help us to care for people across the Fylde coast who need outstanding, expert hospice care wherever they are, and we wouldn’t have raised it without the support of Lytham Festival, our incredible volunteers who gave their time on the night and every single person who donated while enjoying a night of Duran Duran. We’re sending a huge thank you to everyone involved.”
Sandra Wilson, Volunteer coordinator at Blackpool-based Disability First, said: “Disability First CIO were thrilled and delighted to take part in this year’s Lytham Festival. We met lots of wonderful people and received some valuable comments towards accessibility.
“We raised valuable funds which will enable us to raise awareness of the charity and develop exciting new projects giving our clients a better standard of living and getting the benefits they are due.”
Paul Caddy, head of Lytham’s Wesley’s Community Café and Larder, said: “Thirty-four chefs in a silly uniform worked their socks off all evening, then partied with Simply Red under the night sky.
“It was brilliant and to collect so much from such generous festival-goers was an amazing experience. Wesley’s Community Cafe and Larder will be all the better for everything on the day.”
Guide Dogs for the Blind community fundraising relationships manager, Lynne Whittaker, said: “We’re delighted and so grateful to everyone who supported us at Lytham Festival.
“Thank you so much for the kind donations. We’d also like to say a big thank you to the organisers for choosing Guide Dogs as a charitable partner to benefit from this year’s festival, all of our volunteers had a great time.”
Kila Redfearn, head of charity at Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, said: “Once again Blue Skies has been blown away with the generosity of the customers at Lytham Festival 2022.
“We could not do what we do without the generous support of the general public. Thank you so much.”
Estelle Blackman, from Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre MS Group, said: “Everything we do is focused so that people affected by Multiple Sclerosis can live their best lives.
“Lytham Festival 2022 offered us such a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and much needed funds for our small local charity – every single penny will be spent on local people on our wonderful Fylde coast – who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis, and we can’t thank you all enough.”
And Teresa Jennings CEO of n-compass said: “n-compass were thrilled to be part of such an iconic event, and on the final night when Paul Weller was the headliner.
“All our volunteers had a great night raising money for the services we provide on the Fylde coast and all proceeds will go towards helping the unpaid carers and young people we help in this area”
Lytham Festival returns for 2023 from Wednesday June 28 to Sunday July 3. To keep updated go to www.lythamfestival.com