Queen Charlotte’s fund-raising aim in memory of grandad John

St Annes Carnival Queen Charlotte Griffiths (right) with chief attendant Lucinda Heavyside
St Annes Carnival Queen Charlotte Griffiths (right) with chief attendant Lucinda Heavyside

St Annes carnival queen Charlotte Griffiths is turning to craft and stagecraft in her bid to boost the fund-raising campaign in memory of her grandad.

The 14-year-old has organised a charity gift and craft fair to be held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre in St Albans Road on Saturday.

John Carr, late grandad of St Annes Carnival Queen Charlotte Griffiths

John Carr, late grandad of St Annes Carnival Queen Charlotte Griffiths

Two weeks later, Charlotte will take to the stage at the same venue to showcase her tap dancing skills in a fundraising family cabaret, while a seasonal craft and gift fair will follow, again at the Our Lady Centre, in December.

The aim of all three events is to raise as much cash as possible for this year’s carnival charity, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation – and many more are promised for the coming months.

Chief attendant Lucinda Heavyside, other members of Charlotte’s retinue plus her mum Joanne, dad Jeff, sister Rebecca, 19, and brother Tom, 16, have all helped Charlotte organise the fair and Joanne said: “Charlotte was thrilled to be crowned carnival queen and it means a lot to her to be raising money to help a local cancer charity as we lost my dad, John Carr, to bladder cancer in January.

“Charlotte’s determined to try and raise as much as she can for Rosemere and we hope people will support this event and those which follow.”

Doors open at 11am, with a variety of stalls, while refreshments will also be on sale.

The cabaret evening on October 25 will feature local singers and dancers, including Charlotte’s contemporaries from St Annes’ Clifton Academy dance school, and brother Tom, who is studying dance at Preston College.

Show tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and can be reserved by calling Joanne on 07739 525662.

As well as representing St Annes and taking on civic duties such as turning on the town’s Christmas lights next month, Charlotte is hoping to visit the Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston where the Foundation is based.

Her grandad John was a familiar face at the Carnival for many years, helping out with the miniature gardens competition.

“Grandad was so proud when I told him I had been chosen as Carnival Queen and I hope to see lots of people at the Our Lady Parish Centre for our upcoming events,” said Charlotte, who attends St Bede’s High School, Lytham and has recently achieved her Baden Powell Challenge Award as a member of the 2nd St Annes Guides.