Everyone’s a bonfire winner

Cheque presentation of the money raised at Clitheroe's annual Bonfire Night celebrations.

Cheque presentation of the money raised at Clitheroe's annual Bonfire Night celebrations.

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IN the wake of Novembers exceedingly successful Clitheroe Bonfire and Firework Display, a grand total of £18,500 has been presented to two local charities.

The organisers of the civic bonfire celebrations – the three local Rotary Clubs of Clitheroe, Ribblesdale and Pendle View, plus Clitheroe Round Table and Clitheroe Lions – gave the profits to Crossroads Care and Life Education Centres.

The presentation was made at the Old Post House in King Street, Clitheroe, where the organising committee thanked all the members, friends and several local businesses who helped make it such a success, especially Hanson Cement, who made a generous donation towards the cost of the fireworks and the loan of equipment.

With their help, Clitheroe and the surrounding area now has one of the premier firework events in the district, providing the community with a safe and cheap event for all the family, and in the process allowing local charities to continue their good work.

Life Education Centres continues to provide inspirational programmes to local primary schools regarding healthy lifestyles with reference to diet, exercise, bullying and substance misuse, which is still a persistent problem. This donation helps make the charity’s annual visits to the Ribble Valley schools affordable.

Crossroads Care continue to provide respite for people who care for their loved ones and this donation helps them continue with a recent service of giving night respite. It will also help to develop previously unrecognised needs within the rural community and their involvement in bereavement support and “end of life” care, along with district nurses. Crossroads provides an essential service to all those unpaid carers helping to make a life of their own outside caring and they fill a gap not catered for by the NHS and local government services.

The service clubs are already making plans for the next event on November 3rd 2012 and look forward to another success with the help of all the supporters and the public, who continue to make such generous donations each year.