Lichfield Bower Committee are pleased to announce a record contribution to local charities from this year's May Bank holiday event. The cheque presentation took place in the Guildhall on Tuesday September 9th. Cheques were presented to local charities by Lichfield Bower Queen Beth Daire and Lichfield Sheriff Bob Awty along with Bower Committee Chairman Michael Mullarkey. 30 charities were in attendance on the night to collect cheques raised from the street collections on Bower Day. Bower representative Heath Rhodes commented 'It was a great night for local charities and I know I can speak for all the Bower Committee when I say how grateful we are to Lichfield people and others from the surrounding area for their contributions on Bower Day - it's these contributions along with the tireless efforts of our committee that make it possible to give local associations and charities such well deserved and needed funds'. Each year Lichfield Bower throws open the streets of Lichfield and Beacon Park to the general public to raise funds for local organisations. This year's Bower saw record attendances in Beacon Park and on the streets alongside the procession. Heath continued 'We are a community event, and apparently one of the longest running community events in the World. We have a small group of extremely dedicated volunteers, some who have been with the committee for nearly 40 years. It is there dedication plus the support of our local community, that give with such generosity, that allows us to continue giving these donations'. Cheque presentations were made to: Clic Sargent, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, Trent Valley Community First Responders, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, Staffordshire & Shropshire Blood Bikes, Erasmus Darwin House, Voluntary Transport for the Disabled, Lichfield Churches Criminal Justice Forum, NSPCC Lichfield District, Friends of Sandwell Pumping Station, Macmillan Cancer Support, Francisco House, Lichfield City Football Club, Dan Berry, Lichfield & Tamworth Cats Protection, Saxon Hill School, Lichfield Golf & Country Club, Violets in Bloom, Tamworth Samaritans, Burntwood Sub Aqua Club, Lichfield 7th Scouts Group, Lichfield Army Cadet Force, Lichfield Cathedral, Soroptimists International, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Teenage Cancer Trust, Lichfield Ladies Circle 106, Lichfield Round Table, Lichfield Lions.