News of the appeal being granted registered charity status by the Charities Commission this week made the front page of the Lancashire Evening Post.
Appeal Chairman Lindsay Hoyle said: “Charity registration gives the appeal more credibility and allows us to raise the profile accordingly. Many Pals worshipped in local churches and worked for Chorley companies, so I ask them and everyone in the town to support the appeal”.
The appeal, launched earlier this year, aims to raise enough money for a permanent memorial by way of a statue of a WW1 soldier to be erected in Chorley Town Centre.
After Christmas we plan to step up the fundraising efforts aided, we hope, by a grant from the Lottery ‘Awards for All’ scheme. Other applications will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the War Memorials Trust but we must show that funds have also come in from local sources.