Charity begins at home for Ribble Valley orphanage

This will be a fun event for a great cause.
This will be a fun event for a great cause.
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One of the district's best loved fundraising events is returning home to Wilpshire.

Child Action Northwest’s annual "Pound Day", which will be held on Sunday, July 1st, will be staged at the charity’s Whalley Road headquarters for the first time in four years.

The event, which has a history dating back more than 125 years, will feature a fairground, live bands, children’s entertainment, food and game stalls, tug of war competition and a barbecue.

Teams are also being invited to sign up for a tug of war competition, which promises to be one of the highlights of the day.

Pound Day has its roots in an appeal launched by James Dixon, the founder of Blackburn Orphanage, in 1891.

Dixon called on local people to donate a pound to the orphanage, or, for those that couldn't afford it, a pound of a useful household product such as tea, sugar, flour or soap which could be used in the running of the children's home at Wilpshire.

The orphanage went on to become CANW, a charity which today offers help and support to children, young people, families and communities in need across the region.

Sue Cotton, CEO of CANW, said: “This is going to be a real homecoming for Pound Day. CANW HQ, the former Blackburn Orphanage, is the birthplace of the event and it’s going to be wonderful to host the event here in the grounds of our charity, just as James Dixon envisaged it.

“Pound Day is one of the oldest traditions in the local community’s calendar and we’re looking forward to welcoming the public to CANW HQ for a great day of family fun and the chance to find out more about the work we do.”

Pound Day takes place at CANW on Whalley Road in Wilpshire from 11am to 4-30pm on Sunday, July 1st. The event costs £1 per family and all proceeds go to CANW.