Festival is supporting so many good causes

Tony Harrison, Rotary Club of Leyland and Leyland Festival treasurer; Coun Phil Smith; Tim Burridge, president of the Rotary Club of Leyland; Paula Richardson, area fund-raiser for Rosemere Cancer Foundation; Norman Cutler, from St Catherine's Hospice; and John Nickson, from DEBRA
Tony Harrison, Rotary Club of Leyland and Leyland Festival treasurer; Coun Phil Smith; Tim Burridge, president of the Rotary Club of Leyland; Paula Richardson, area fund-raiser for Rosemere Cancer Foundation; Norman Cutler, from St Catherine's Hospice; and John Nickson, from DEBRA

Thousands of pounds raised from this year’s Leyland Festival have been donated to charity.

Tim Burridge, president of the Rotary Club of Leyland, presented a cheque for £5,500 to the group’s chosen charities.

Among those to benefit will be The Rosemere Cancer Foundation, DEBRA, St Catherine’s Hospice, Sue Ryder and Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum also received a donation in recognition of the role the volunteers play and the support they give to the festival.

The rest of the money raised by groups at the festival will be used to establish the ‘Festival Spirit Fund’, which will benefit local good causes.

The festival, which attracts thousands of people to enjoy a day out for all the family, is set to return on June 21 next year.

Coun Phil Smith, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities said: “A staggering £10,000 was raised from this year’s festival.

“It was a wonderful occasion for the people of South Ribble to join in with – from the grand parade through the town to the many attractions in Worden Park.”