The good causes needing your support to raise thousands in Blackpool, Fleetwood, Lytham and Lancashire include Kindness Counts, Lancashire Mind and Lytham Christmas Lights

Here's a round-up of worthy fund-raising events happening near you...

Friday, 22nd October 2021, 3:45 pm

Mental Health charity Lancashire Mind are hoping Fylde Coast business will chip in for the final sponsorship packages of their flagship fundraising event Mental Elf.

The event is the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year and this year will see an in-person event as well as a virtual one. Aiming to collectively travel the 4042km from Rivington Pike to the North Pole, Lancashire Mind are asking supporters to choose their own distance challenges or take part in the charity’s 5K Fun Run on Sunday December 5 at Witton Park in Blackburn. As well as the race itself, where people are encouraged to come dressed as elves, there will be lots of entertainment and a marketplace where you can grab some Christmas presents. Emma Bateson, Fundraising Lead at Lancashire Mind, said: “Lancashire businesses are a key part of Mental Elf.

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Lancashire Mind fundraising event Mental Elf

"They have always stepped up and partnered with us for this, our biggest event of the year, and we couldn’t do it without them. “It’s a great opportunity for Lancashire companies to promote their businesses and also show their commitment to the mental wellbeing of all in Lancashire. We know that the mental health effects of the pandemic will continue to manifest within our communities for a long time to come so it’s important that we’re able to continue to deliver our services to the people of Lancashire. But we simply cannot do that without the support of the communities and businesses we serve.”

Any business that would like further information should contact [email protected] or visit Kindness Counts UK

Kindness Counts UK is a new Thornton Cleveleys based charity aiming to raise bullying awareness and provide anti bullying resources to local schools. The charity was the brainchild of Michelle Atherton and was formed just before lockdown last year.

Now they are running a series of fundraising events including a Christmas Draw, a street collection in Cleveleys and an awareness stall at Baines School Christmas Fair on December 10. Collection boxes are available for shops too. Michelle said: "We have amazingly made great strides over the last year with several local schools already on board including Millfield, Baines, Manor Beach and Northfold Schools - all of which have been supplied with 'Buddy' Benches. Some have also received sports equipment, Lego therapy - which includes teacher training courses and even school uniforms for those in need. For more information visit or www.kindnesscountsuk.orgChristians Against Poverty

Fleetwood man Freddie Moyle is an intern at Christians Against Poverty and has been challenged to raise £3,000 for CAP. Between now and August next year he will be doing several fundraising efforts to reach his target. The first is to challenge himself to run a five minute mile.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) provides free debt help and local community groups across the UK. The free services, run with local churches, provide practical and emotional support and show people that there is always hope. To find out more or to donate visit ps:// Christmas Lights

Organisers behind Lytham’s Christmas Lights switch-on are appealing to the public to help them raise £15,000 to ensure the event makes its comeback in style.

The switch-on, which has traditionally attracted thousands of spectators, was last staged physically in 2019, before the pandemic caused a switch to virtual last year. It costs around £18,000 to stage the event with an additional £9,000 needed to keep the festive lights shining. In past years, the Lytham Christmas Lights committee, supported by Lytham Business Partnership, has successfully fundraised all year while also receiving donations from businesses and individuals. Meanwhile, a grant for £8,000 from Fylde Council goes towards the installation and upkeep of the lights as well as covering the cost of a Christmas tree. Lytham Christmas has launched a Go Fund Me page in the hope it will encourage financial support for the free event, along with the extended lights season. Donate here