One of Lancashire’s biggest employers has backed the Preston Guild’s volunteer programme.
BAE systems has pledged £20,000 to support over 500 people who are giving up their time to help make the Guild happen.
The volunteers, called Guilders, play a vital role in organising events, meeting and greeting and many other behind the scenes roles.
Chris Boardman, managing director of BAE Systems Military Air & Information business, said: “Supporting the hundreds of volunteers who will give their time and expertise to the Preston Guild was always going to be something we were keen to consider.
“There’s huge pride in Preston, and there’s pride in what we do too. Just like the Preston Guild we aim to be part of the community for the long term and our commitment to this event reflects that fact. I wish all the volunteers well in playing their part in what will be an historic year.”
The money and support from BAE was welcomed by Guild festival director Stella Hall.
She said: “Having the backing of such an important name in Lancashire, and in fact the world, is enormously important to us.
“BAE Systems has long been an invaluable part of business and employment in Lancashire and since, at its heart Preston Guild is about trade, it’s very fitting that they are supporting the festival.
“Their backing for the volunteer programme is particularly important as Guilders are a vital ingredient in making the Guild happen and ensuring success ‘on the night’.”
Guilders wanted to sing Guild anthem
The Guild team are still looking to recruit more volunteers to help make 2012 the biggest and best Guild.
Those of a more musical persuasion can help sing the Guild anthem, as part of a project to reflect the maritime history of the city.
The Guild anthem will see 2,012 singers to line Preston dock and sing a special song celebrating the ships that used to sail into port.
To sign up complete the online registration form and be part of the Guild.
Are you volunteering at the Guild? Let us know if you are in the comments below