A FUND-RAISING football match between train drivers in England and Scotland has raised hundreds of pounds for a Blackpool charity.
The donation of £560 will go towards the refurbishment of Donna’s Dream House on Chapel Street, which suffered a fire in December 2011 causing £100,000 of damage.
The devastating blaze prompted train drivers at Virgin’s Preston depot to choose the charity as its beneficiary.
Organiser David Weeks, who explained this year’s match was held at Lancaster City Football Club, funded by Virgin, said: “It’s a great charity and, because of the fire, we thought it was an especially worthwhile cause.”
Donna’s Dream House was set up by Len and Barbara Curtis to offer free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses.
The house was the dream of their daughter, Donna, who died of cancer aged 20 in 1996.
Len said the money would help the refurbishment of a second property next to Donna’s Dream House, allowing the charity to expand.
He added: “Obviously this money makes a big difference to us because we are in the process of this refurbishment.
“Many of the works have finished, and there are fire prevention and security works to make sure anything like the fire doesn’t happen again.
“That fire was like losing Donna all over again, it was absolutely devastating. We didn’t know if we were going to be able to start again.
“But we found there were so many people willing to help and support us. To have such an unbelievable amount of people come on board has helped make the charity grow.”
n Last month Cairn Major, 19, of Tyldesley Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to arson and two counts of burglary while Jason Baxendale, also 19, of Granville Road, Blackpool, admitted one charge of burglary at Donna’s Dream House.