We reported in the November newsletter that the Leigh Co-op food and funeral care outlets had approved the Endeavour Trust as one of two local community groups they were supporting for six months. Great news – our total contribution at the time of going to print is £1,939.91, and Co-op members, who selected us, are adding to it every time they buy selected Co-op brand products from their stores and funeral outlets.
The fundraising period ends on April 9th, a little over two weeks to spread the word and get more members to back our cause and hopefully raise the total to over £2,000.
More good news! We have been selected as one of three local groups for the April Community Matters Scheme at Waitrose in Leigh. At the end of your shop in branch, you’ll receive a green token to place in a box of the good cause you’d most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between three local good causes. We were selected a few years back and finished 2nd. Lets go one better this time - please tell all your relatives and friends which box to put their green tokens in!!
When Mickie Davison, lead singer of Grand Reunion, read an article about the Endeavour in the Leigh Times he quickly signed up for membership and offered help to raise funds with a gig by the band. Grand Reunion were back on home soil when they returned to Ye Old Smack Inn on Saturday February 18th to perform in support of the Trust. They lifted the rafters with their eclectic mix of folk rock, a splash of Celtic Irish, a pinch of blues, a dash of rock ‘n’ roll, a hint of skiffle and a drizzle of trad jazz. We are grateful to Grand Reunion and the staff and management of Ye Old Smack Inn for their support which helped us to raise £130 shaking collection tins. When Andy Wood approached the Peter Boat, owned by the East Anglia Pub Co, they were keen to support us in some way. As can be seen from this photograph they have mounted a framed print of Endeavour on the wall accompanied, by a plaque with a brief history of Endeavour’s role in WWII. A collection tin is on the bar along with information leaflets. They have also agreed we can have a stall in their car park at certain times in the summer. From this we will sell merchandise, tell the Endeavour story and recruit new members. This should prove to be a marvellous opportunity especially with the added advantage of Endeavour moored so close by. Thanks to everyone at the Peter Boat for their help.