Dave Gallagher, who is 71 and lives in Lichfield, approached YouCan for a grant of £130. He has a passion for the history of the city and helps to run the Facebook group: 'You're probably from Lichfield, Staffs if….' which has nearly 6,000 members. Dave wanted to put on a photo exhibition of old Lichfield and needed the funds to help with the cost of hiring the Guildhall room. “I wanted to show the public how Lichfield was in the early days and how it has changed. I got involved in the Facebook group about four years ago.” Dave goes on: “I had a few albums about the city and by taking over the day-to-day running of the Facebook group, I’ve now amassed loads more photos and memorabilia. About eight of us run these shows; we started free monthly group meetings at Lichfield social club and moved on to taking the show to hospitals and homes. Now we do free displays for anyone who is interested in the old Lichfield city." Dave is really pleased to say that the exhibition was a big success: “We had a steady flow of people through the doors all day and it was great seeing peoples’ reaction at seeing the old photos and how the city has changed - it was wonderful.” Here are a few pictures from of the day. Do you recognise anyone?
Dave 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. The 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 [...]