An appeal to raise cash for a new Red Cross vehicle in Lancashire has been stepped up after a businessman offered to match fund up to £20,000.
The Red Cross runs a Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle in the county but the current vehicle is 15 years old an no longer efficient enough.
The organisation launched a campaign in February to raise £40,000 and hoped to reach the target within the next three years.
However a kind-hearted businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has pledged to match fund any money raised between now and the end of November.
It means if the charity raises £20,000 they will have a total of £40,000 enabling them to buy the vehicle much sooner than planned - but they need the help of the public to reach the target.
Alison Whittaker-Stewart, senior community fundraiser in Lancashire for the British Red Cross, said: “We anticipated it would take us three years to raise the funds needed, until a very generous and humble business man from Bamber Bridge generously offered to match fund all donations we receive for this appeal by the end of November.
“We still need to raise £12,500 to make the most of this marvellous ‘match funding’ opportunity.
“Please remember your donation, no matter how large or small, will be doubled and will make a difference to people in Lancashire who’ve been forced to leave their home because of a fire, flood or other emergency.”
To donate to the appeal contact Alison on 07738 944 551 or visit: http://uk.virginmoney giving/FESS