Fund-raising mayor in £12k donation to help two of region’s charities

Picture (MayorFundPresentation) shows, from left, Allan Williams, chairman of Lytham St Annes branch RNLI; Mrs Valerie Eastham, former mayoress, Mr Kevin Eastham, former mayor; Ian Paterson, president of Fylde Coast YMCA; Digby Moulden, chairman of RNLI fund-raising in Fylde and an RNLI crew member.

Picture (MayorFundPresentation) shows, from left, Allan Williams, chairman of Lytham St Annes branch RNLI; Mrs Valerie Eastham, former mayoress, Mr Kevin Eastham, former mayor; Ian Paterson, president of Fylde Coast YMCA; Digby Moulden, chairman of RNLI fund-raising in Fylde and an RNLI crew member.

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Close to £12,000 has been donated to two special Fylde coast charities thanks to the hard-working efforts of a mayor.

Kevin Eastham and Valerie Eastham, Fylde mayor and mayoress until May, raised the £11,750 by a series of coffee mornings, a music concert and an annual mayoral ball.

A cheque for £5,334 was given to Fylde Coast YMCA which to support its Face to Face programme, which helps young vulnerable young people find accommodation and work, while another cheque for £5,542 was given to the RNLI as a thanks for its volunteer-run and life-saving work in Fylde.

The money will be used to provide crew training and the eventual replacement of Sally, the inshore lifeboat.

Mr Eastham said: “I enjoyed every minute of being mayor and I’m delighted to have had the chance to help these volunteers who do such good work.

“Both of these organisations do first class work. It costs £250,000 per year to run the lifeboat service locally and residents are immensely grateful that we have them here.

“The YMCA’s Face to Face programme helps young people in need to get on their feet. The people the programme helps are typically homeless and it’s very pleasing to see them get into work and set out into adulthood on a firm footing.”

This year’s mayoral fund-raising was boosted by £5,000 donation from the George’s Garage Charitable Trust. The Trust was established after the 1999 death of George Blackburn, who ran a garage and petrol station in Freckleton.

The Trust supports causes which benefit the Fylde.

Coun Eastham, pictured with Allan Williams, chairman of Lytham St Annes branch RNLI, Valerie Eastham and Ian Paterson, president of Fylde Coast YMCA added: “These volunteers do it all without glory – and often without recognition – and we’d all be the poorer without their efforts.”