Festival’s £21k boost to hospice

Trinity Hospice volunteers Michelle Winter and Ann Almond on duty at Lytham Festival back in the summer
Trinity Hospice volunteers Michelle Winter and Ann Almond on duty at Lytham Festival back in the summer
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More than £21,000 has been raised for Blackpool’s hospices thanks to Lytham Festival.

The festival’s promoter Cuffe and Taylor has donated £10,000 to Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Trinity Hospice at Home nurses Fiona Murtagh, Becky Blackwell, Jennifer Brooks, Cathy Whittaker and Chris Bennett, receive the donation from Peter Taylor and Daniel Cuffe

Trinity Hospice at Home nurses Fiona Murtagh, Becky Blackwell, Jennifer Brooks, Cathy Whittaker and Chris Bennett, receive the donation from Peter Taylor and Daniel Cuffe

In addition to the £11,622 collected by hospice volunteers from revellers at the main festival arena on Lytham Green, it makes a total £21,622 for the Bispham-based hospices.

The event promoters, which was originally established in St Annes, chose to support Trinity and Brian House because of its work on the Fylde coast and beyond.

Director Peter Taylor said: “The staff and volunteers at both Trinity and Brian House Children’s hospices work tirelessly to help those in need.

“They do a remarkable job and if we, by donating some money, can help them continue their fantastic and vital work then that is great.

“So many people rely on the hard work of the hospice and its wonderful staff. They make such a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves and so we are delighted to be able to help this vital service.”

The funds will be used to support Trinity’s Hospice at Home service, which gives families support in their homes throughout the night.

Head of fund-raising at Trinity Hospice Linzi Young said: “We are enormously grateful to Cuffe and Taylor for giving us this opportunity and for all their continued support.

“Since launching the Hospice at Home service the team has made hundreds of calls and visits, giving local families the support they need throughout the night so this money will make a great difference and help Trinity plan for the future service with more confidence.”

A band of 176 volunteers joined Team Trinity for the festival – working 1,850 hours, across 321 shifts at 18 events.

“Without their support this partnership wouldn’t have been possible,” Linzi added.

Cuffe and Taylor has previously supported the hospices, donating £25,000 from tickets sales for Rod Stewart’s Bloomfield Road concert in 2013.