Over £8,000 was raised for charity to buy multi-sports and outdoor gym equipment by staff at Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust along with their families at a recently-held charity ball.
The money, which will be donated to buy the equipment for service users at the Chorley Inpatient Unit, was raised at a fundraising ball held on 27 September 2019 at the Hallmark Hotel in Leyland.
The event comprised of a three-course meal, live auction, live music from Connor Banks and a speech by guest speaker Jimmy Gitins. Jimmy is an ex-rugby league player who in 2002 suffered a horrific injury to his neck that put an end to his playing career.
Laura Holdcroft, Modern Matron at the Chorley Inpatient Unit run by Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust, said:
“It was a great night with fantastic atmosphere and we had lots of fun raising money to buy vital equipment that will help service users in their journey to recovery. I’m so proud of the team at the unit who have all worked together and in partnership with our service users to raise this money. Jimmy delivered a passionate speech that really touched hearts.”
Jimmy Gitins, said:
“It is my absolute pleasure to support this event. When things don’t go to plan, or maybe don’t work out we just need to discipline our disappointment. Don’t get too focused on the negative, this then allows us to think differently and enables us to find another way around the problem that gets us closer to our vision”
The Chorley Inpatient Unit opened in December 2018 for adults with mental health issues. For more information please click here.