Firm saves Loros fireworks show
A company has stepped in to save Loros hospice's fireworks fund-raiser.
Loros faced having to cancel its annual bonfire extravaganza at Mallory Park, near Hinckley, after failing to secure sponsorship.
Now Morningside Pharmaceuticals, of Loughborough, has come to the rescue.
The company supplies pharmaceuticals to the NHS and retail pharmacy sector, as well as humanitarian organisations such as the United Nations, charities and non-governmental organisations.
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The annual fireworks display, planned for November 3, attracts about 6,000 people and includes a bonfire, entertainment, a funfair and food.
It is the best attended event in the charity's calendar and has been held for the past six years, raising thousands of pounds.
Morningside's chief executive officer, Dr Nik Kotecha, said: "Having seen the appeal by Loros in the media for a sponsor for its fireworks event, I felt I wanted to help such a worthwhile cause.
"I know it supports 2,500 patients and their families each year, so I had no hesitation in coming to its assistance.
"I am extremely pleased the sponsorship will help generate valuable funds and provide a fantastic night of spectacular fireworks and entertainment."
Loros fund-raising manager Diane Morris said: "I am thrilled that Morningside Pharmaceuticals has agreed to sponsor the fireworks event.
"I am extremely grateful to them for their generosity and support of Loros and very much look forward to working with them to raise further funds.
"I have been overwhelmed by the response to our plea and feel humbled that so many people have come forward wanting to support us."
The Caterpillar Cares Society, formed and run by the workforce at Caterpillar BCP, Desford, has also agreed to donate a significant amount to the event.
Members of the workforce have attended the firework party since it was launched.
Society secretary Phil Kelly said: "We are happy to help a charity that does so much for the community by providing care and support for those in need."
More than 2,500 patients are able to use the free Loros services in Groby every year, which include a palliative therapy unit, counselling service and a team of community nurses.
The charity must raise £7 million a year to provide the services. It relies on the support of individuals and businesses.