Darwen Vale’s Innovative Scheme To Help Local Charity

Date: July 24th 2015

Blackburn Rovers football club fans can help a hospice during the forthcoming football season thanks to an initiative by nearby Darwen Vale High School. Vale’s pledge to raise funds in memory of a former governor will allow East Lancashire Hospice to take over the grounds for parking during Rovers’ home games next season.

The community fundraising initiative by the school comes following the death of their former governor Don Heatlie-Jackson, who was cared for by the hospice shortly before his death in March. Mr Heatlie-Jackson was a former councillor for the Earcroft area, involved in the Lower Darwen Community Association, a governor of both Darwen Vale and Holy Trinity Schools and a bell-ringer at St Peter’s Church.

Darwen Vale’s Principal Fiona Jack said the school was delighted to be able to help the charity that was close to them and the nearby community. She said: “As a school we already do a lot of fundraising for the hospice movement as it is something our young people care very deeply about. Given that we are also massive supporters of our local team, Blackburn Rovers, this was a great opportunity to combine both things in this great initiative.”

Denise Gee, events fundraiser at the hospice, said: “The school have kindly allowed us to use their car park to raise funds from matchday parking. This extra income will provide football-goers with a very meaningful reason to park at Darwen Vale. Every penny they spend on parking will help to make a difference to patients suffering from life-limiting illnesses. We’re delighted to strike up this deal with one of our local schools.”

Courtesy of the Lancashire Telegraph

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