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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Two worthy causes have been given a boost thanks to the West Lancs Mayoress’ charity

Two worthy causes that help people in their hour of need have been given a welcome boost to their funds thanks to the West Lancashire Mayoress’ charity.

 Over the last 12 months, with the help of their hardworking Charity Committee, the past Mayor Councillor Iain Ashcroft and Mayoress Beverley Ashcroft raised £12,800 to their chosen charities.

One of the last duties they performed in their ceremonial chains was to present cheques for £6,400 to both Queenscourt Hospice and West Lancashire Stroke Association.

Councillor Ashcroft said: “The Mayoress and I are delighted that our charitable events raised a considerable amount of money for the benefit of Queenscourt Hospice and the West Lancashire Stroke Association. It is our wish that this money is spent for the benefit of the people of the borough.”

“My wife Beverley would particularly like to thank all the members of the Charity Committee that assisted with the organisation and selling of tickets for events throughout the year.”

A number of events were organised over the last 12 months to raise money, with one of the highlights being an autumn ball at Edge Hill University which raised £2,400.

A bit of Ooh la la added £1,200 to the coffers at a French-themed night, while a Michael Buble tribute night and a fashion show raised a combined £1,110.

Generous shoppers at Asda gave a total of £1,700 to collections. Further money was raised at the Mayor’s Annual Civic Dinner and Dance and through a collection at the Civic Sunday Service at Ormskirk Parish Church. A number of donations were made, including £300 from the Up Holland Tawd Vale Lions.

Rebecca Owen, Regional Fundraiser for the Stroke Association, said: “With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one every three and a half minutes - it’s vital we have supporters who can raise funds for people affected by stroke. We are extremely grateful to Councillor Iain Ashcroft and his wife Beverley for their wonderful support over the past year, most recently attending our Step out for Stroke event at Coronation Park. The money raised will help us to prevent strokes and reduce their effect through campaigning, education and research. It will also to help support people in the North West adjusting to a life after stroke.”

Jane Royds, Director Of Non Clinical Services at Queenscourt Hospice, said: “On behalf of everyone at Queenscourt Hospice I would like to extend a huge thank you to Councillor Iain Ashcroft and his wife Beverley Ashcroft for raising £6,400. We really appreciate all the hard work and efforts that Ian, Beverley and the charity committee have put in over this last year to make every event a success. The fundraising team have thoroughly enjoyed working with West Lancashire Borough Council and hope to work again with them in the future.”

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