Ribble Valley’s outgoing mayor presents farewell check to veterans’ charity

From left to right are VIC CEO Amanda Walton, VIC President Ronnie Barker, Councilor Stella Brunskill and Trustee David Peat.

Com. Brunskill comes from a military family and her son Michael, who serves in the forces, was her husband.

When she selected charities to benefit from the money raised during her year as mayor, as well as Ribble Valley causes, she also chose Veterans In Communities, which works with veterans of the armed forces and emergency services in East Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Outreach worker Ray Sharkey is setting up a new VIC coffee morning, drop-in and outreach at Family Thrive Centre, New Market Street, Clitheroe and the funds will help cover the costs.

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Com. Brunskill, who ended up serving for two years due to the pandemic, said: “VIC received 50% of what was raised and as I am the children’s champion for Ribble Valley Borough Council, the rest supported the families to support activities to return after the pandemic.

“Money was donated to the Longridge Youth Band family projects, the Clitheroe Dolphins swimming club and the Mellor Junior Football Club and there was also money left over to contribute to the Little Green Bus.”

VIC’s chief executive, who is based in Haslingden, Amanda Walton, said: ‘We are very grateful to Councilor Brunskill for the £1,000 donation which we will be putting back into the Ribble Valley as we will use it to cover the expenses, including rent, for the morning coffee of our new veterans.

“The money will help cover the costs until it becomes self-sufficient.”

Ray plans to open the coffee morning during National Armed Forces Week on Tuesday, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Thrive Family Center is located near the market, bus station and train station.

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