DSCF9460 - CopyDave and Angela Gallagher live in Lichfield and love to fundraise. Both suffer from poor health so “it gives us something to take our minds off our illnesses and we like to help the community.”

Having run successful table top sales on Sundays at Curborough Community Centre, they came up with the idea of a summer fete but were unable to raise the funding themselves. Angela says: “We live in the same street as Marie Bull from Bromford and she told us that we could apply for funding from YouCan. We didn’t know anything about it and have funded things ourselves in the past so it was a real help to have the £300 grant.”

The £300 YouCan grant went towards the costs of advertising, refreshments & entertainment costs.

DSCF9491The fete was held in July and was a huge success. Lots of people from the community had stalls in the hall and North Lichfield Initiative – a volunteer-led group supporting one of the most deprived areas in Lichfield – and the local community police got involved too.

Dave says: “The weather was against us but despite that we had a great time and made a clear profit of £444 which was shared between Curborough Centre and North Lichfield Initiative.”

The much needed funds raised will help the two charities with their on-going work for the residents of Lichfield. Both community organisations support and deliver community activities across a number of Bromford communities, with quite a few Bromford customers volunteering to support both initiatives.

Dave continues: “Everybody thought the day was wonderful and wanted to do one again which we had booked but unfortunately have since had to cancel due to ill health.

“However if that improves, the next thing we’d like to support is ‘Friends to Friends’, a group which helps adults with all different types of disabilities as they desperately need funds to keep going.”

DSCF9457Marie Bull said: “Dave and Angela are very modest. What they do for Lichfield is remarkable. They have also set up a local group called ‘You’re probably from Lichfield’, which looks back at the history of the city. They have set up a facebook page and organise weekly group meetings. They pay for everything themselves so people have an opportunity to get together and share memories and old photos from Lichfield.”

Angela’s next desire is to be able to help her brother who has leukaemia. She is currently waiting to see if her blood is a good match and says: “it would be wonderful if I could give him his life back.”

Thinking of running your own community day? YouCan can help support it with grants of up to £300. Find out more on our ‘Apply Now’ page.