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Friends of Haigh raise £200 for charity
Wednesday 17th April, 2013

Friends of Haigh raise £200 for charity
Lft to Rt: Secretary FOHCP Edna Hulme, David Wilde Fundraiser for Derian House and Louisa Bibby from WLCT.

The Friends of Haigh Country Park (FOHCP) have raised a magnificent £200 for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

The friends of group, who formed last year to support events and improvements on the 250 acre park and woodland, raised the cash by asking for donations at a fayres organised in the Stables Courtyard at Haigh over Christmas and Easter.

Working with leisure and culture providers WLCT, the group has already spruced up and re-opened the crazy golf on site.

Over the next few months the 170 strong group will be asking their members to support a number of initiatives designed to enhance the park for visitors.

John Hulme, Chairman of the FOHCP, said: “All the group are extremely please with what we’ve achieved so far. Equally, we’re proud that we’ve been able to raise money for such a worthy charity at the same time.
“The Friends of group continues to go from strength-to-strength and we look forward to working with WLCT on future projects.”

Derian House is renowned throughout the region as being at the forefront of children’s palliative and respite care.

Families who have a child with a life shortening condition can choose from a range of care and support services to meet their individual needs.

David Wilde, Fundraiser for Derian House said: “We’re extremely grateful for this donation. We need to raise £2.9m each year to keep the doors open so every penny really does count.”

WLCT manage Haigh Hall and Haigh Country Park on behalf of Wigan Council.

Louisa Bibby, Parks Activities Officer for WLCT who manage the site on behalf of the council, said: “We work with a strong network of volunteers and “friends of groups” in many of the borough’s parks and open spaces.

“Passionate and enthusiastic, their skills and support make a valuable contribution to the work to improve and enhance the facilities we manage.”

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