Blue Skies “apple-lauds” fruit fundraiser

The people of Lytham has been warmly praised for raising £500 for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals through a “fruit fundraiser”.

Lytham resident Julian Wilde planted over 2,000 daffodils and hyacinths in pots last September and also harvested 2,000 cooking apples donated by Bridge Farm in Lytham and Westby Hall.

Bags of apples were sold by Andy Simpkins and his team at Strongs Fruit and Vegetables on Clifton Street, Lytham, during the autumn.

Now a spring harvest has enabled Julian to sell all the pots of bulbs to friends and neighbours in a record-breaking time. He feels that the lockdown is a major factor in his sales this year.

“The apples were snapped up very quickly and recently people have really welcomed the arrival of the spring flowers after a long and difficult winter.

There is a great deal of support locally for the magnificent sustained work being done by the staff at Blackpool Vic and customers have been especially willing to support the project this spring.”

Joanna Allitt, Community Fundraiser for Blue Skies, thanked Julian and his supporters for their generosity.

“This £500 is a very welcome donation and it is most heartening for all those who work at the Vic to know that so many people in the Lytham community are supporting us.

The money donated will go directly to help NHS staff who have been under immense physical and mental pressure for the past twelve months now.”