In association with The MumMum Foundation, in 2017 Pendle Powerfest have been raising money to buy toys and creative supplies for children in hospital across Northern England.
Being in hospital can be terrifying as an adult, but as a child it is even worse.
Hospitals are desperately underfunded for toys, arts and crafts and just generally things for children to do.
If we can brighten a child's day just a little then we will all go home happy.
Because we are a family show, the team decided that rather than just raising money for good causes we should launch a totally new idea and put it into practice ourselves.
The Pendle Powerfest Team are over the moon to be able to support Seven Hospitals with £500 toy donations each from profits from this year's Pendle Powerfest.
This exceeds anything we could have dreamt of when we started planning in August 2016.
Thank You to everyone who has helped in any way, it will really make a difference to more children than we will ever know.
The Hospitals are:
Royal Blackburn Hospital (with some passed on to Burnley Urgent Care)
Royal Preston Hospital
Airedale General Hospital
Manchester Children’s Hospital
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Derian House Children’s Hospice.
Plus we will also be making a donation towards a much needed Defibrillator for Barrowford.
On Sunday 2nd July Pendle Powerfest will be heading off on their Horsepower Heroes Convoy to take toys to local hospitals.
Due to the success of this year’s show the team will be donating £500 each to Royal Blackburn & Burnley, Royal Preston, Airedale General, Manchester Children’s, Alder Hey Children’s and Northampton Hospitals and Derian House Children’s Hospice.
Setting off from Barrowford, an eclectic mixture of cars and bikes will head off to visit Royal Blackburn, Preston and Airedale Hospitals creating a rolling motorshow for the children and families to enjoy. Other venues will receive donations at a later date.
“We asked our exhibitors to volunteer their services for the day and we have had a great response” said organiser Chris Walker.
“With record visitor numbers and revenue from our event in May, we couldn’t be happier with the end result. To be able to complete this year’s cycle by actually handing the toys over to more hospitals than we would have dreamed will be fantastic for the whole team who have worked so hard.”
The convoy’s first stop at Royal Blackburn Hospital will deliver much needed toys to their children’s wards complimented by the £500 donation to ensure a sustained supply of entertainment to those children unfortunate enough to end up in hospital. This will be presented to a member of the nursing team at a mini-motorshow in the hospital’s grounds. Children and families will be encouraged to come and see the vehicles and brighten their day. Some of these will then be fed across to Burnley Hospital. The team will then move on and repeat this at Preston and Airedale Hospitals throughout the event with some vehicles and a few surprises joining along the way.
The idea for this was inspired by the entertainment manager Lee Tombling’s late sister Amy’s idea of providing toys in children’s wards out of her own pocket. The team took on the challenge of servicing as many hospitals and hospices in the local area as they could plus Northampton where Amy had been a regular visitor. All of the donated toys will carry a sticker with the words “Simply Amy” on them in recognition of her idea.
“We had such a great response in toy donations at our Booths collection point plus help from Giddy Goat Toys in Didsbury that our little meeting room is overflowing already!” said Chris.
Pendle Powerfest is run by a team of volunteers who spend a long time planning and organising something they feel is unique to the area. Made up of people with diverse backgrounds and interests they tirelessly work towards making the day out appeal to everyone and raise lots of money for their chosen causes.
Newest volunteer Debby Preston: “I think Powerfest is a feast for Petrol heads. The organisation has a dedicated team of volunteers who are committed to fundraising and do their utmost to bring together a professional show.”
“As for the upcoming convoy, I am sure it will be a sight to be seen, delivering joy and many hours of fun for those children who are unfortunate to be in need of hospital treatment. SANTA HAS NOTHING ON US!”
Pendle Powerfest will also be donating £500 towards a new defibrillator for Barrowford as a way of hopefully saving local people’s lives.
The Mummum Foundation is a registered charity founded by a family who have witnessed, first hand the struggle Cancer creates. We as a family have felt the full affect of losing the most special, loving person in “our world”.
The Mummum Foundation’s primary objective is to help put smiles on the faces of those who need them most. Whether it be a meal out with loved ones, a trip to the theatre, a day out, a weekend away, some rest bite, or simply someone to talk to; we will be here for families every step of the way.
We were blessed enough to share beautiful memories with our loved one; we want families simply to share the same blessing with theirs.
We ask nothing in return. We are just doing what our loved one, “MumMum” would of wanted.
Families to laugh, smile and enjoy every minute of life.
Nothing more, Nothing less.
Although the charity is based in London, Pendle Powerfest will be working with them to help spread this idea in London initially with the hope it could take nationally if other groups get involved.