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Pearls of Wisdom Ladies Lunch 2022

The Ladies Lunch took place this week at the Holiday Inn, Bolton. 120 women from Bolton and beyond got together to celebrate Backups Pearl themed lunch in recognition of the 30th anniversary of Backups operations in Bolton. The charity, which supports young people who are homeless, hosts an annual ladies lunch and this year we were entertained by singer John Norcott who hosted the event, had raffles, multiple stalls, and an auction. The charity’s CEO Maura Jackson practiced her stand-up comedy routine and had the audience in stitches talking about life, dating and faux pas. The lunch was sponsored by Boo Coaching, KP Financial Wellbeing, Costco, Lisa Forshaw and Cura Accounting. The atmosphere was wonderful and there was a fashion show organised by She Boutique, 2 of the models were young residents of Backup, Destiny and Charlie who were amazing. They volunteered to get involved and overcame their nerves to support the event, both were naturals! The event was supported also by colleagues from Lloyds Bank (Hotel Street branch) who are always around to assist the charity’s fundraising. One of the guests was Backup Guardian Marie Walsh from Ye Olde Pasty shop who brought Paddington with her straight after his audience with HRH Queen Elizabeth at her Jubilee last weekend. The Holiday Inn don’t serve marmalade sandwiches so he had a pasty.

All the money raised is tackling homelessness locally, changing lives for young people.

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What We Do!

BACKUP provide multiple services across Bolton to young people aged 16-25 years who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. Read here about all the supported accommodation which includes emergency housing, temporary accommodation, short and medium stay supported housing. Also the non accommodation based support work that focusses on mental health, employment support and much more.

Young people can live in more than one Backup service as they make progress and develop more independence prior to moving on completely. The different services are designed to meet various levels and ranges of needs.


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Our Events

Every year Backup delivers multiple events for fundraising. Each one is designed to raise awareness and much needed money to support young people who are homeless. Annually we have our core events; Gala Ball, Golf Day and Ladies Lunch. We also have other events that are different each year so that we can have a wider appeal to all.

Fundraising and Events

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