Home-Start fails in bid for lottery funding

Pat Naylor, senior co-ordinator of the charity Home-Start Fylde
Pat Naylor, senior co-ordinator of the charity Home-Start Fylde

A Fylde charity has stepped up its plea for urgent help from the community after being turned down for lottery funding.

Officials at Home-Start Fylde put in a bid for £300,000 over the next five years.

But amid keen competition from similar charities all over the country, the bid has been turned down – and Home-Start needs public support to help boost its coffers.

The charity’s senior co-ordinator Pat Naylor and other members of staff have already taken voluntary pay cuts in a bid to keep down costs, helping to bring minimum running costs down from £6,500 a month to around £4,500, and Pat is determined that the charity will continue – but she stresses that the public’s support is needed now more than ever.

“We look after the needs of scores of families who need support all over the Fylde and are determined to continue but we really need the backing of the community,” she said.

“We have a number of fund-raising events coming up, starting with a rummage sale this Saturday from 11am at St Thomas Parish Centre. Even coming along to attend that and the other which follow would help.

“But we hope people and organiastions will consider monthly giving, one-off donations, bequests or, as the festive season beckons, possibly money in lieu of Christmas cards.

“Money is still forthcming from other sources such as the Awards For All scheme, from which we have recently gained £10,000 but we were really hoping for the lottery cash so we could maintain and develop our services. But we were told they received applications worth more than £19m abd has less than £9m to give out so unfortuinately there were higher priorities.”

Home-Start Fylde is one of the charities of the year for Fylde mayor Coun Linda Nulty, St Annes town mayor Coun Viv Willder and St Annes Carnival Queen Zara Harris and among events coming up which will help raise funds for the organisation are a fashion show at St Margaret’s Church next Friday, the St Annes mayor’s Christmas Ball on December 1, the St Annes mayor’s Carol Service St Thomas’ Church on December 6, and the Fylde mayor’s traditional candlelight carol service on December 16. Coun Willder said: “I would urge everyone to support Home-Start Fylde in any way they can.”

Details of all events and how to help with fund-raising from Home-Start Fylde on (01253) 728615.