Fundraiser launched in memory of Grimsargh’s ‘heart and soul’

Posted on - 31st July, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Longridge, Preston News, Ribble Valley News
Andrew Small was a keen supported of Grimsargh Wetlands Pic: Justgiving

A man who was the heart and soul of Grimsargh is to be remembered in the village.

Andrew Small, who was a keen supported of Grimsargh Wetlands as well as many other causes in the village, died in mid-June.

Andy was also the caretaker at Alston Lane Catholic Primary School as well as taking on the role of Santa in the run up to Christmas at events in Grimsargh.

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A fundraising page has been set up in his memory – with the aim of raising £2,500 – to put up a permanent memorial tribute to Andy in the village.

A statement from the family said: “In response to the many questions asked, and having been overwhelmed by the number of enquiries regarding a memorial or tribute to the memory of Andrew, we are pleased to launch a fundraiser on his behalf.

“Not only did Andrew hold a demanding and very responsible job, he worked tirelessly for the Wetlands and the local community that surrounded him.

“He was an integral part of this community and gave so much of his time up in aid of others, working tirelessly in support of those around him – from his fundraising efforts and conservation work at Grimsargh Wetlands, to working with young people in the community to help them connect with nature, not to mention his annual festive treat for local children.”

Andrew Small, furthest right, parading and raising money for the Grimsargh Wetlands Pic: Justgiving

The family are working with Grimsargh Wetlands Trust – where Andy was a trustee for many years – to establish the best way to remember him.

As well as the Justgiving page cash donations are also being accepted at Grimsargh Club, The Plough and Grimsargh Premier Store.

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