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£6k boost for resort causes

Blackpool teenager Michael Willacy, who comes to Brian House, urging people to vote for the hospice during the Lloyds appeal.

Blackpool teenager Michael Willacy, who comes to Brian House, urging people to vote for the hospice during the Lloyds appeal.

Good causes from across Blackpool are set to benefit from a cash windfall after residents cast votes for their favourite charities.

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund award has dished out £6,600 to four organisations based in the resort.

Blackpool Polar Bears Disability Swimming Group and Brian House Children’s Hospice have each received £3,000, while the 5th Cleveleys Brownies and Fylde Coast Women’s Aid both received £300.

Members of the public cast their votes by text and used social networking sites to boost support.

Lisa Martin, community fund-raiser for Brian House said: “What great news – and what a superb team effort to help us win this valuable donation.

“Our supporters texted their votes and took to Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word – it’s a great result.

“We don’t know yet what the money will be spent on specifically, but every penny will make a difference to us.

“Brian House is part of our major upgrade of facilities at Trinity right now, so it’s a very exciting time for us.

“Thank you to everyone who helped with the Lloyds Community Fund voting – it’s a lovely early Christmas present.”

Nationally more than 2.3 million votes were cast by the public for their favourite good cause.

Graham Lindsay, group director for responsible business at Lloyds Banking Group said: “Lloyds Bank scaled up the Community Fund considerably in 2013 and in return we have had an incredible response from the public.”

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