Late night shoppers can help boost our Hospice Heroes campaign by supporting The Gazette feature writer, Steve Canavan.
Steve will be busking in Blackpool Town Centre between 5pm and 7pm tonight with his band Lupa Tom, which also features The Gazette’s Fleetwood Town writer, Rob Stocks.
Gareth Jones completes the trio, and the two-hour set outside Waterstones on Adelaide Street West will raise money for The Hospice Heroes appeal for a massive £500,000 refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
We need to raise £200,000 for the works, which include creating single rooms and updating original features.
The money will be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department of Health.
Steve, who wrote a “longest day” song to celebrate the Summer Solstice in June which was viewed 3,000 times, is looking forward to entertaining the town’s Christmas shoppers for a fantastic cause.
He said: “Anyone who lives in Blackpool knows what an important place Trinity Hospice is and the brilliant work they do there. “Anything that I can do to raise money, I’ll do and as I play a bit of guitar and write songs busking seemed a decent idea.”
Shoppers can expect to hear a selection Lupa Tom’s original work, festive favourites including Fairytale of New York and the current number one Somewhere Only We Know.
Steve added: “If anyone does see us playing it would be lovely if they could slip a few coins into the collection buckets and help raise some money for a really good cause.”
Pip brings festive cheer
This festive friend was on hand to offer some Christmas joy to patients at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice. Pip the PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog visited the hospices on Low Moor Road, Bispham, this week. A Trinity spokesman said: “We are always glad to see our visiting PAT dogs. They bring a lot of joy. “So many people love to sit and stroke a dog, it’s relaxing but can also be a great conversation starter. Our PAT dogs are an important part of the team here.”