We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s Pound Day will be staged at CANW HQ for the first time in 6 years! The event, which has a history dating back almost 130 years, will be held on Sunday 1st July, at our Whalley Road headquarters.
This year our fantastic fundraiser will feature a fairground, live bands, a bouncy castle and a barbecue. We’re also inviting teams of five to test their strength in our tug of war competition, which promises to be one of the event’s highlights. And CANW is on the look out for local bands and singers keen to showcase their talents on the day. Pound Day has its roots in an appeal launched by James Dixon, the founder of Blackburn Orphanage, in 1892. Dixon called on local people to donate a pound to the orphanage, or, for those that couldn’t afford it, a pound of a useful household product such as tea, sugar, flour or soap which could be used in the running of the children’s home at Wilpshire. The orphanage went on to become CANW, and today we help and support children, young people, families and communities in need across the North West.
CEO Sue Cotton said: “This is going to be a real homecoming for Pound Day. CANW HQ, the former Blackburn Orphanage, is the birthplace of the event and it’s going to be wonderful to host the event here in the grounds of our charity, just as James Dixon envisaged it.
“Pound Day is one of the oldest traditions in the local community’s calendar and we’re looking forward to welcoming the public to CANW HQ for a great day of family fun and the chance to find out more about the work we do.”