Target for vehicle appeal smashed

Fundraising efforts: Red Cross in Lancashire has reached its �40,000 target for a new vehicle

Fundraising efforts: Red Cross in Lancashire has reached its �40,000 target for a new vehicle

An appeal to raise £40,000 for a new Red Cross vehicle in Lancashire has been smashed - two years ahead of the target.

Earlier this year an appeal was launched to raise the money for a new Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle.

Fundraisers at the charity had expected it to take three years to raise the money but thanks to kind donations and match funding they have now raised the money and exceeded the target by £466.77.

The appeal was launched because the current vehicle, which is 18 years old, is no longer as reliable or efficient as needed.

A special celebration event to mark the end of raising the money was held at Sherwood Primary School.

The school raised £300 for the appeal by dressing in red on a none uniform day.

In October this year a businessman, who wishes to remain anonymous, pledged to match fund anymore raised before the end of November, enabling the charity to reach its goal.

Senior community fundraiser for Lancashire, Alison Whittaker-Stewart said: “The response to our Fire and Emergency Support Service new vehicle appeal has been amazing. Earlier this year when we launched the appeal I never thought it would be possible to raise the £40,000 required in just eleven months, we anticipated it would take us three years.

“People in Lancashire have been so incredibly supportive and have contributed in so many ways, we’ve received anonymous donations in the post, businesses have supported us by having collection tins, we’ve undertaken many supermarket collections, individuals have climbed the ‘Big One’, walked the Guild Wheel, abseiled down Barton Tower at the Trafford Centre, local charitable trusts and voluntary organisations have also made contributions - it has really has been a collective effort.

“If you have supported the appeal in anyway, thank you; your support will allow the Red Cross to help many people in crisis across Lancashire for many years to come.”

The Fire and Emergency Support Service vehicle and volunteers respond, on the request of the emergency services, to house fires, floods, power cuts, gas explosions and much more across the whole of Lancashire.

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