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Mike Stapleford

It was with great sadness that we learned the terrible news that Mike died suddenly on 30th September at home.

We have known Mike for nearly twenty years. He first joined PROSPECTS in 2002 as Community Projects Officer. After a brief spell doing aid support work in Sierra Leone he rejoined PROSPECTS and later became Charity Manager in 2012. He also ran our Social Enterprise Programme resulting in the creation of the One Planet Shop, Woody CIC and the adoption of Hyndburn Used Furniture Store.

As well as being central to most of PROSPECTS' work, Mike was kind and generous and was loved and respected by everyone that came into contact with him. He will be missed by so many friends and colleagues. Our thoughts are with Katharine and Mike's family.

Mike's funeral is at 1.00pm on Thursday 21st October at Accrington crematorium then afterwards at the Peel Park pub. All are welcome who want to come to say goodbye to Mike.

Donations in Mike's memory can be made to Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary and/or Tinker Brook Support Services CIC. Donation boxes will be available at the crematorium or alternatively cheques can be sent to the Funeral Directors - Booth & Wolstenholme, Peel Chapel, Crow Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 9BR.

Welcome to the Prospects Website

The PROSPECTS Foundation is Hyndburn’s community owned environmental charity and we are something of a unique and wonderful organisation. We were established by local residents as a company limited by guarantee in 1998 and became a registered charity in 1999.

Our aim is to improve people’s quality of life through positive environmental action. By working with a diverse range of groups in Hyndburn we aim to inspire young people; improve health and wellbeing; support communities; improve the environment; and encourage sustainable living.

All our projects fit under one of our six themes of sustainability



Protecting and enhancing local wildlife and plant life.

Energy Conservation

Promoting home and community energy efficiency which could lead to warmer homes and reduced fuel poverty and encouraging the use of renewables.

Local Food Growing

Encouraging local and organic food growing and increasing access to healthier food.

Environmental Awareness

Publicising global and local environmental issues and promoting the work of PROSPECTS.

Sustainable Transport

Encouraging greater use of sustainable transport means encouraging more use of public transport, bicycles and walking and recognising the additional health benefits of increased physical activity.


Increasing waste minimisation and recycling is about identifying more ways of reducing, reusing and recycling everyday waste that could lead to a cleaner, greener, healthier environment.

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Grants are available to community groups throughout Hyndburn for environmental projects which will improve the quality of life of local residents and contribute to the sustainable development of the Borough.

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