Local businesses across Lancashire are being asked to team up for our historic football tournament the ‘Orphanage Cup’ to help raise vital funds for Child Action NorthWest.

The football tournament – which began as the Royal Infirmary Cup in the 1930s – raises funds for the charity CANW, which was previously Blackburn Orphanage.

The cup first started when there was no health service, but once funding became available to create the NHS, the fundraising continued and was given as Blackburn Orphanage.

Sue Cotton, CEO of CANW commented:

“We’ve talked about whether we should change the name but we’re proud of our heritage.

It gives businesses from across the county the chance to boost morale in the workplace, get more people fit and healthy, and encourage teamwork for a good cause.

Businesses are also increasingly searching for a way in which they can directly support good causes within the communities most local to them – the Orphanage Cup gives local businesses the chance to score in both of these areas.”

A huge thank you to the Lancashire Football Association, for their continued guidance and support and also each business that signs up to participate in this year’s exciting tournament.

The competition has gone on to raise thousands of pounds for CANW to support the most vulnerable children, young people and families in Lancashire.

The current Orphanage Cup holders are Accrington Stanley Community Trust, who are set to keep their title in this years tournament also.

To find out more about taking part in the 2023 Orphanage Cup, contact Georgia at CANW on 07824 014 844 or email GMurphy@canw.org.uk

Registration is now open and closes on Friday 24th February. To register a team for the event, please click below. Registration costs £100 per team, with proceeds going straight to CANW.

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