Christmas Giveaway of £7000

Good causes from across the district received the perfect Christmas present as they shared more than £7,000 from the We Love Lichfield fund.

At a special presentation at The George Hotel in Lichfield on Friday 2nd December, representatives gathered to receive cheques from the fund which aims to help those who “make a difference” in our area.

Hosted by We Love Lichfield patrons Simon Price and Julian Fisher the event saw 12 organisations benefit including: 2nd Stowe Rainbows, £300; Acoustic guitar group Lichfield U3A, £500; Saxon Hill Craft Barn, £500; Open Door of Hope, £500; Parkinson’s UK, £505; Whittington Wednesday Club, £600; The Lichfield and District Live at Home Scheme, £720; Friends of the Museum of the Staffordshire Regiment, £750; 6th Lichfield Scout Group, £750; City Of Lichfield Friends, £750; Staffordshire Buddies, £875 and Pathway project, £1,000.

“We have hit two landmarks today,” said Simon Price. “Today we will have given back over £50,000 to the community and helped 99 different organisations.”

Simon thanked the mayor of Lichfield Councillor Sheelagh James and Sheriff Cllr Robert Yardley for attending and for both making We Love Lichfield one of their two charities of choice for their year in office. He also thanked various organisations who had donated vouchers to the recipient groups.  The vouchers are as special gifts to the volunteers who give up their time to help others.  Gifts included vouchers from Arthur Price, Anthony John Salons, Worth Brothers and The George Hotel.

Simon said volunteers in the Lichfield district are “remarkable people” and he feels society would collapse without them.  “I would like to thank all of the volunteers present and who are finding it harder and harder to get funding and I and my fellow patrons at We Love Lichfield are going to work very hard to raise funds for groups in the future and everyone is looking forward to the next giveaway when the 100th recipient will be announced.”