A museum friends group has donated cash to a good cause in honour of their Lytham chairman.
Since the Museum of Lancashire closed to the public in 2016 as part of Lancashire County Council cuts, its Friends group has patiently waited for news of its reopening.
But now they have admitted defeat and disbanded.
So members decided to donate their £16,500 funds to another worthy local cause – North West Blood Bikes.
The surprise donation means the Blood Bikes charity can purchase three new Honda 800 Crossrunner bikes. The Friends say this will be a fitting tribute to their founding chairman and major donor, the late Stanley Brown, especially as one of the bikes will be named “Stanley”.
The donation was made by the Friends Chair Denise Nelson of Longridge at the Blood Bikes HQ at Bamber Bridge.
Afterwards Denise, former Premises Officer at the Museum of Lancashire, said: “Stanley lived in Lytham, was an accountant and friend of Lytham Heritage. He was a man of some integrity.
“He was one of those guys who kept himself busy with good causes and doing nice things for others.”
She said the Friends had considered where best to donate the cash but ruled out museums as they believed the money could be put to better use at the Blood Bikes charity.