Club’s fireworks show provides charity spark

Gazette reporter Rebecca Draper, Collette Goodwin, reporter Alex Ross and Janet Atkins collecting at the fireworks.
Gazette reporter Rebecca Draper, Collette Goodwin, reporter Alex Ross and Janet Atkins collecting at the fireworks.
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The Hospice Heroes were out in force on Bonfire Night.

Families across Blackpool gave generously to The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign, which aims to raise £200,000 to help redevelop the hospice and Brian House, at Blackpool Cricket Club’s fireworks display on Tuesday night.

The Gazette's appeal to raise �200,000 to help build a better Trinity and Brian House hospice.

The Gazette's appeal to raise �200,000 to help build a better Trinity and Brian House hospice.

Gazette reporters and Trinity volunteers collected £302.51 on the gates, while the cricket club has agreed to donate a portion of ticket sales to boost the total.

Campaigns and lottery fund-raiser at the hospice Janet Atkins, who was among those holding a collection bucket, said the amount raised had exceeded expectations.

She added: “We cannot thank Blackpool Cricket Club enough for letting us take part.

“We would also like to thank everyone who attended – they are all heroes.”

Dave Cresswell, chairman of Blackpool Cricket Club, said the event had been a huge success.

He said: “We don’t know exactly how much we raised from ticket sales but the club’s denotation is likely to be around £200. We had an excellent night – we were very lucky with the weather – and it’s nice to help raise a total of £500 for the hospice.”

Although the turnout for the fireworks event was slightly lower than last year, early estimates suggest between 4,000 and 5,000 people showed up.

DETAILS OF HOW YOU CAN DONATE OR GET INVOLVED ARE LISTED ON OUR DEDICATED HOSPICE HEROES PAGE.