Three charities benefit from Clitheroe Community Bonfire

East Lancs Hospice, Ribble Valley Crossroads Care and Ribble Valley Foodbank receive cheques for �2,000 each with money raised at the Clitheroe Community Bonfire. (S)
East Lancs Hospice, Ribble Valley Crossroads Care and Ribble Valley Foodbank receive cheques for �2,000 each with money raised at the Clitheroe Community Bonfire. (S)

Three Ribble Valley charities have had a festive boost following the roaring success of Clitheroe Community Bonfire.

Representatives from East Lancs Hospice, Ribble Valley Crossroads Care and the Ribble Valley Foodbank have each received £2,000 from Andy Belcham, Chairman of Clitheroe Community Bonfire, who presented the cheques on behalf of the town’s five service clubs: Clitheroe Lions, Clitheroe Round Table, Clitheroe Rotary, Ribblesdale Rotary and Pendle View Rotary Club.

“We set ourselves the task of finalising accounts immediately so that we could get the money out quickly to this year’s three chosen charities,” said Andy.

Nigel Rix and Ruth Haldane from the Foodbank said: “£2,000 is around 10% of Ribble Valley Foodbank’s annual budet, so it makes a huge difference to our ability to support over 120 families each month.”

Carl Barlow, manager of Clitheroe’s East Lancs Hospice Shop, said the money would make a big difference and Ian Joyce, from Ribble Valley Crossroads Care, said the funding would boost its profile and development plans.

Andy added: “We’re delighted that these donations have been so well received and can be put to immediate good use.

“Our last task of the year is to have one final meeting where we can de-brief the event as we strive to constantly improve the way the night flows and provide the community with a top-class event.”