Annual Luncheon raises a record £32,000+ for Lancashire

THE 19th Lancashire West Coast Wooden Spoon annual luncheon took place at the Village Hotel in Blackpool on Friday 17th November, attended by 400 guests.

The guest of honour and main speaker, who gave a moving and very inspiring speech, was Falkland’s War veteran Simon Weston CBE, who suffered burns to nearly half of his body when his ship RFA Sir Galahad was bombed by Argentine planes. In addition, two children, Amanda and Tyler, gave a first-hand account of how they had been helped by Wooden Spoon.

Lancashire annual luncheon

Simon Weston CBE with Amanda, Tyler and Lancashire Chairman, Martin Long.

Entertainment was provided by the Singing Waiters and by comedians Joey Blower and John Stiles, the son of 1966 Football World Cup winner Nobby Stiles.

The Committees Honorary President, Bill Beaumont CBE, was also in attendance and with Simon Weston made a presentation to one of the charity’s major patrons, Roy Wilkinson of Guys Thatched Hamlet.

The event, sponsored by investment managers Hargreave Hale, beat all previous records with an amazing £32,000+ being raised in the afternoon. Dudley Warnes, senior investment manager at Hargreave Hale’s Blackpool branch commented: “We’re really proud of supporting the effort to transform the lives of children and young people in Lancashire, and we look forward to participating in the delivery of Wooden Spoon’s projects in the future.”

Lancashire annual luncheon presentation

Wooden Spoon Lancashire chairman, Martin Long would like to extend his thanks to all of those who contributed to this massive effort on the day. Every penny raised will towards local project/s which benefit disadvantaged children and young people in the region.