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Axed concert kindness

St Catherines Hospice Chief Executive Stephen Greenhalgh splashing in the puddles of water standing on the field at Hoghton Tower where the symphony in the Park was planned

St Catherines Hospice Chief Executive Stephen Greenhalgh splashing in the puddles of water standing on the field at Hoghton Tower where the symphony in the Park was planned

A hospice forced to cancel an outdoor concert after heavy rainfall has revealed that it still made £15,000 in funds due to the generosity of the public.

St Catherine’s Hospice, in Lostock Hall, near Preston, axed its hugely popular Symphony At The Tower event at Hoghton Tower which was meant to be held in July because of dangerous ground conditions.

The cancellation was a huge blow to the hospice as not only is the concert one of its biggest fundraisers, there was no insurance in place to cover the cancellation.

Usually, the Symphony At The Tower, which features classical music and a fireworks spectacular, raises around £90,000 for the hospice.

Hospice chiefs have revealed that thanks to the generosity of the community and businesses who waived their ticket costs and fees, the hospice still managed to raise £15,000 despite cancelling the concert.

Many families pledged the money they had spent on tickets to the hospice despite missing out on the show and several firms including Progress Housing and Eric Wright Group still donated the sponsorship money they had pledged.

Cliff Hughes, chairman of the board of trustees at St Catherine’s, said: “We would like to extend our deepest thanks to the community for their wonderful support following the cancellation of our Symphony At The Tower for the first time in 18 years.

“We are looking forward to seeing people at next year’s Symphony on July 6 and we promise it will be bigger and better than ever.”

Stephen Greenhalgh, chief executive, added: “St Catherine’s has had to face a number of challenges during its 27 year history and it has pulled through largely due to the positive and unrelenting drive of its staff, volunteers and supporters.

“That spirit continues be very much alive. We have the best supporters, friends and volunteers here in Preston, South Ribble and Chorley.”

 

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