Penwortham businesses in the pink for charity week

Paint Penwortham Pink  Jenny Rogers and Craig Mather hanging out their smalls

Paint Penwortham Pink Jenny Rogers and Craig Mather hanging out their smalls

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“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response”, said Linda Baldwin as she scanned the displays at the launch of Paint Penwortham Pink.

Business owners throughout the town have decked out their premises with pink balloons, pink banners, ribbons and lights for the week-long charity event organised by the Pink Champaigners Group, aimed at raising awareness of breast cancer and cash for charity Breast Cancer Now.

Paint Penwortham Pink Niamh Draper of Felicity Hat Hire

Paint Penwortham Pink Niamh Draper of Felicity Hat Hire

There’s even a balloon version of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to add more pomp to the occasion.

Linda, who came up with the idea, said: “It’s fabulous, it’s blown us all away. When we said we were going to do this, we didn’t realise how good it was going to look.

“Everyone’s gone to town and even the businesses who didn’t join up initially have been ringing, asking if they can put a display on.

“People are being very generous too, for instance Marie Holmes Estates has said they’ll donate 20 per cent of the commission on every house listed with them between October 16 and November 30.”

Everyone’s gone to town and even the businesses who didn’t join up initially have been ringing, asking if they can put a display on

She added: “It’s been hard work, me and Joan have walked miles around Penwortham promoting the event, but it’s been totally worth it.

“There’s a real sense of community, and I feel very humbled. I wanted to do this because my daughter-in-law has breast cancer, and I’ve been down to the research laboratories and have seen the work the charity is doing to try and eradicate cancer.”

The businesses have all made a donation to join a competition to find the best display. Residents are also being urged to join in the event and there was a light switch on at The Fleece Inn on Saturday night.

Paint Penwortham Pink  Former Apprentice star Jenna Whittingham on the pink carpet

Paint Penwortham Pink Former Apprentice star Jenna Whittingham on the pink carpet

Paint Penwortham Pink Organisers Joan Marshall and Linda Baldwin with Royalty

Paint Penwortham Pink Organisers Joan Marshall and Linda Baldwin with Royalty

Paint Penwortham Pink Hilary Gardner and Halle Berry at International Aid

Paint Penwortham Pink Hilary Gardner and Halle Berry at International Aid

Paint Penwortham Pink Christine Denton in the window of Integrate

Paint Penwortham Pink Christine Denton in the window of Integrate

Paint Penwortham Pink Natalie Littlefair and Lisa Dawson with their display

Paint Penwortham Pink Natalie Littlefair and Lisa Dawson with their display

Paint Penwortham Pink Alex Gregson and Sammy Hardman of Hair & Nail Box with their giant flashing bra

Paint Penwortham Pink Alex Gregson and Sammy Hardman of Hair & Nail Box with their giant flashing bra