Blackburn child charity in bid for Lottery cash

First published in Blackburn

CHILDREN’S charity Child Action Northwest, which is based in Wilpshire, is making another bid for Lottery funding.

It is hoped the extra cash will allow people to continue to discover the history of their Whalley Road headquarters which was Blackburn Orphanage.

The proposal is to create more permanent exhibition areas and visitor facilities with educational opportunities for schools following the success of its archive project.

There is also an idea to create a community film project to tell the story of James Dixon who founded the orphanage in 1886 to provide care for the region’s children.

Heritage project manager Harriet Roberts said: “The work we did in 2012 around The Hidden History of James Dixon marked a significant development for Child Action Northwest in using our 120 year history to raise our profile, recruit volunteers and raise funds.

“We are asking the local community as key stakeholders to come along to a consultation meeting to discuss the plans around the application so far and to contribute ideas.”

The meeting will take place at Child Action Northwest’s headquarters February 4 at 6.30pm.

Send an email to or call 01254 244711 to confirm your attendance.

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