AN art exhibition in a Clitheroe solicitors’ offices celebrated the launch of a new-look local charity
The Church Street offices of Chenery Maher were transformed into an art gallery to mark the Ribble Valley launch of Age UK Lancashire, formerly known as Age Concern Lancashire.
The exhibition featured work from two prominent local artists, sculptor Clare Bigger and painter Jo Taylor, spread over four rooms in the historic Chenery Maher offices in the shadow of Clithero parish church.
Visitors, who included local dignitaries and volunteers and service users from Age UK Lancashire, were treated to canapés and champagne (donated by Huntroyd Estate Simulated Game and Clay Pigeon Shoot), alongside a feast of artwork, skilfully lit by Blue Door Designs. Over two days more than 150 people attended the exhibition and £941 was raised for Age UK Lancashire from the sale of artwork and a raffle – a sum which Chenery Maher has offered to make up to £1,000 for the charity.
Geraldine Moore, Chief Officer at Age UK Lancashire, said: “For 60 years we have been working across Lancashire to improve the lives of older people in this county.
“Our new name and branding reflect the fact we are a part of the new Age UK family nationwide, but our remit remains unchanged – working locally to enable older people to make more of their lives. We are very grateful to Carol Maher and Irene Chenery and all the staff at Chenery Maher for hosting this special event and for their ongoing support of our work.”
Age UK Lancashire has an office in Clitheroe and provides services across the Ribble Valley, including lunch clubs, activity sessions, befriending for isolated older people, day care and information and advice. The charity has an information office in Castlegate, Clitheroe, as well as a charity shop in nearby Moor Lane.