St Catherine’s Hospice have been forced to cancel their main fundraising event of the year. “Symphony at the Tower” was due to take place this weekend at Hoghton Tower and was billed as an evening of music and fireworks.
Bosses fear that with upfront costs and the loss of ticket sales they could be facing a loss of £93,000.
The Hospice has consulted with a number of professionals including the fire service, police and their own Health & Safety Consultant, Ian Routh, who says that, “Due to recent poor weather and having visited the site twice over the last few days, I found the fields waterlogged in many places and far too hazardous for safe car parking and for pedestrians carrying their outdoor equipment. With more rain expected ground conditions are likely to deteriorate further and so the Hospice has been left with no choice but to cancel the event. I fully endorse the decision of Stephen Greenhalgh, Chief Executive of St Catherine’s Hospice to cancel this event.”
The Symphony at the Tower is St Catherine’s flagship event and 2012 would have been it’s18th firework concert. At this late stage, many set up costs have already been paid and, when these are added together with profit from ticket sales, the Hospice could lose up to £93,000. The Hospice are saying they will do all that it can to cope with the loss but this will not be easy in times of economic recession.
The Hospice issued a statement on their website saying “We thank everyone who planned to come to the Symphony at the Tower and apologise for the inconvenience that this decision, even though it was unavoidable, will have caused. We are also grateful to those supporters who may generously choose to donate their tickets. However, for those who wish to claim a refund, a special call centre has been set up and lines will be open from 10am Monday 9th July. The call centre numbers are 01772 695290 or 01772 324540.”
Stephen Greenhalgh, Chief Executive said “St Catherine’s has had to face a number of challenges during its 27 year history and it has pulled through largely due to the positive and unrelenting drive of its staff, volunteers and supporters. That spirit continues be very much alive at St Catherine’s and we will do all in our power to overcome this latest difficulty. We have the best supporters, friends and volunteers in the world here in South Ribble, Preston and Chorley and that makes all the difference!”
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