Ball’s boost to charity funds

The Mayor of St Annes Coun Viv Willder (left) prepares for the sellout ball with Inn on the Prom manager Tom Croston, and Home Start Senior Co-ordinator Pat Naylor.
The Mayor of St Annes Coun Viv Willder (left) prepares for the sellout ball with Inn on the Prom manager Tom Croston, and Home Start Senior Co-ordinator Pat Naylor.
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The first-ever St Annes town mayor’s ball is set to provide a timely four-figure cash boost to a charity urgently in need of funds.

Home-Start Fylde has had to reappraise its budgeting plans after missing out in a bid for £300,000 Lottery funding over the next five years.

Officials of the St Annes-based charity, which looks after the needs of families all over Fylde, are determined the service will carry on and have taken pay cuts themselves to make ends meet.

And senior co-ordinator Pat Naylor is delighted that the inaugural St Annes mayor’s ball, to be held at the Inn On The Prom on Sunday, has sold out and is set to bring a very welcome boost to the coffers.

“It’s wonderful news,” she said. “We’re so grateful to everyone who’s bought a ticket.”

Home-Start volunteers provide support and friendship to families with young children, helping them to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their youngsters.

They are the chosen charity of St Annes mayor Coun Viv Willder as well as Fylde’s first citizen Coun Linda Nulty, while St Annes Carnival Queen Zara Harris also has it as one of her two chosen causes.

The mayoral ball is a 94-seat sellout and Coun Willder said: “I am so pleased the tickets have gone so well and we hope to make lots of money on the night. Home-Start does so much vital work with families and it is vital we do all we can to support it.”

Pat and her colleagues’ latest fund-raising strategy is set to include an application to the BBC’s Children In Need fund, while appeal tins are set to appear shortly in various locations all over Fylde.

The fund is also set to be boosted further by the St Annes mayor’s carol service and the Fylde mayor’s traditional candlelight carol service, both next month.

The charity needs around £4,500 a month to run its current level of service, that amount having been brought down from £6.500 by staff’s voluntary pay cuts.