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Lytham Festival Boosts Charities by £15k

Generous music fans have donated almost £15,000 to Lytham Festival’s charity partners.

The Lancashire seaside festival attracted more than 75,000 people to its 10th anniversary celebrations on Lytham Green earlier this month with headline performances from Kylie Minogue, Rod Stewart, Stereophonics, The Human League, Michael Ball, Sheridan Smith and Lea Salonga.

And the festivals five charities – North West Air Ambulance, Brian House Children’s Hospice, Fylde Coast Women’s Aid, Blackpool Carers and Blue Skies Hospital Fund – all benefited with a total of £14,729.17 raised through donations – £2,700 more than was donated in 2018.

Lytham Festival senior event manager Joe Robinson said: “The donations to our charity partners at this year’s festival is more than has ever been raised before and we are absolutely delighted with the generosity of our customers.

“This is the second year we have worked with this group of charity partners and it would appear the people attending Lytham Festival’s headline shows are only too happy to dig deep and support them.

“All these charities do a fantastic job and are there for everyone at all times when needed so it is really great to see so many people showing them support by making donations.”

The charities were all allocated their own headline night at Lytham Festival with an army of volunteers from each collecting from festival-goers throughout the Main Proms Arena.

Tina Hibbard, Service Manager of Fylde Coast Women’s Aid, said: “Thank you to Cuffe and Taylor for inviting Fylde Coast Women’s Aid back to Lytham Festival to raise funds for victims of domestic abuse on the Fylde Coast.

“FCWA’s team of volunteers pulled out all the stops and we were overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who donated – double the amount we raised last year!”

Kila Redfearn, Head of Fundraising for Blue Skies Hospitals fund, said: “It was an honour to be charity partners with Lytham Festival as they celebrated their 10th anniversary this year. 

“The generosity of their customers this year will help to enhance patient care where needed most in hospitals in Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre.  We could not have done this without the help of our fabulous volunteers who worked so hard all day.”

Terry Hodkinson, Head of Business Development & Fundraising for Blackpool Carers, said: “A huge thank you to Cuffe and Taylor and their wonderful team for giving us this stage upon which to promote carers and our small but mighty charity.  It is opportunities like this that come along and change lives for the better and that will certainly make a significant difference to our respite provision in the coming months. 

“Thanks to all the party goers who contributed on the night and our team of staff and volunteers who never cease to amaze us with their support.”

Michelle Lonican, Community Fundraising Manager for Brian House, said: “It was absolutely wonderful to welcome our friend Rod Stewart back to the Fylde coast, and to have him once again supporting our hospice – this time for our dedicated children’s hospice Brian House.

“As always, the crowd was amazing and incredibly generous. A huge thank you to everyone who supported us on the night, to all of our volunteers who gave their time to be there and to Cuffe and Taylor for their continued support and for once again inviting us to be a charity partner of Lytham Festival. Because of you all, we are able to be there for the most fragile children across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.”

Jennifer Barry, Regional Fundraiser for the North West Air Ambulance Charity, said: The North West Air Ambulance volunteer team thoroughly enjoyed raising funds at Lytham Festival.

“We would like thank Cuffe and Taylor for giving us this opportunity, we were delighted to be asked to attend again and we would also like to thank each and every festival goer that donated to our cause. Thanks to support like this, we can continue to make a lifesaving difference to people across the North West.”

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