The Chorley Pals Memorial Appeal hope to benefit from the generosity of visitors to an energy price comparison site during November.
The deal, brokered by Secretary and Co-Founder of the Chorley Pals charity, Steve Williams, is with the website “saveforachange.co.uk“, run by Lancastrian Alex Whyles.
Save for a Change was launched in February 2008, with a user-friendly website. The service is completely free and impartial and, for every person who uses the service to change energy supplier, a donation is made to the charity of their choice. However, to coincide with Remembrance Sunday the website hopes that visitors will donate to the Chorley Pals during the month of November.
The charity was set up in February 2007 by Brindle based WW1 Historian and Author, Steve Williams, along with the town’s MP, Lindsay Hoyle. They have already raised funds for the statue and plinth but still need donations towards having the names of all the 250 Chorley Pals engraved on the stone plinth. Plans are well advanced for the statue of a World War One soldier, going “over the top”, to be unveiled in Chorley Town Centre on Remembrance Sunday, 2009.
Alex Whyles, co-founder of Save for a Change, comments: “Having been born and raised in the area, I am well aware of the history and sacrifices that were made by previous generations and I believe that it is important to recognise those sacrifices and to also be able to give something back. Save for a Change is delighted to be able to offer their services to enable its customers to express their gratitude, by providing the opportunity to contribute towards this permanent memorial”.
Visitors to the website will see an artist’s impression of the Chorley Pals statue on the home page as well as clicking onto a link to the Pals website.
Steve Williams said “We would like to thank Save for a Change for the opportunity of receiving donations from a wider audience. Exposure for our appeal for a month on a national website is immeasurable. With energy consumers feeling the pinch at the moment and looking for opportunities to save money, they can benefit by visiting Save for a Change and at the same time make a donation to a unique project like ours”.
Echoing the sentiments, Lindsay Hoyle MP said “I am delighted that saveforachange have decided to feature the Chorley Pals Memorial and encourage people to donate to the fund. As we approach Remembrance Sunday it is extremely timely for saveforchange to help us provide a permanent memorial to the Chorley Pals who served on our behalf”.