Intrepid Gazette reporter Steve Canavan and his band braved a hailstorm to raise money for Trinity Hospice.
Steve, Entertainment Writer at the paper, is singer in local band Lupa Tom and he persuaded band-mates Rob Stocks (the Gazette’s Fleetwood football writer) and Gareth Jones to go busking in the town centre.
The only problem was that they perhaps didn’t pick the best day weather-wise.
Steve said: “No sooner had we set up it started lightly raining, which we could just about cope with.
“Then, about half an hour later, this huge hail storm came down. I don’t think it’s done my guitar much good.”
The main thing, though, was bringing in money for The Gazette’s Hospice heroes campaign, which aims to raise £200,000 for a massive refurbishment of the Bispham facility.
It’s the first time the hospice, on Low Moor Road, and Brian House children’s hospice, have had major works in Trinity’s 28-year history.
The money we raise will be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health to pay for single rooms, replacing many of the original features and making Brian House brighter and safer.
Steve’s efforts, during one of Blackpool’s late night Christmas Shopping evenings, raised a fantastic £135.
“I can’t believe we raised so much, we weren’t expecting anywhere near that much,” he said.
The money has been sent to Trinity to be added to our appeal money.
Steve added: “Despite the weather I couldn’t believe how many people stopped, especially younger people, which was great to see.
“Having said that, and it might just be my imagination, people seemed to give us money when we’d stopped playing ... perhaps they were trying to tell us something.
“I’d like to thank everyone who did contribute and it went so well that we’ll probably go out again in the new year and try and raise a bit more for the campaign.”