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Ivy St Community Centre Fundraising Ivy St Community Centre held a fundraising event in aid of Cancer Research and Bouncy Castle Appeal for the community centre activity use, which the current one now is in urgent need of replacement. The centre is continuously raising funds for this and other materials which require replacing due to everyday wear and tear.The community centre welcomes any form of donations from the residents, services users and members of the general public. The community centre's management and volunteers would like thank for the support, generosity and donations from the local businesses and public. Hey and do you know my luck? I won a pair of ladies high heel shoes, light pink, hmmm last straw to this win my size as well. I and a few of the colleagues had a good chuckle. The event raised a fantastic sum of £374 to be distributed evenly. Pictured left to right rear is volunteer Michelle Gooden, member of the public and Ewood Ward Labour Councillor Jim Casey on the tombola stall trying his luck.
Ramsey's Ace Kickboxing team carried out a bag pack at the store and raised an amazing sum of £604 for their club. The Gym/Club is less than a mile away from the store and the team compromises of both males and females of various ages. The team were proud to have displayed some of their titled trophies and belts. Sensei Paul Ramsey (far left) was delighted the generosity with the donation given by our customer and would like to extend the groups thanks to the management, staff and customers of the store Well done to all.
Apna Ghar Age UK Blackburn with Darwen Annual Fundraising at Bangor St Another year has gone by and here we were at Bangor St carrying out another fundraising. I was at the tombola and raffle tickets. The venue had garment stalls, face painting, henna painting, refreshment stalls, including candy floss and hot sweet corn to which you could add your own flavours to suit your palate. The corn stall was run by former colleague Saj, nephew and friend. Hmm I had to go for the typical medium heat Asian style variety of chilli sauces etc, boy yummy!! Yummy!! and to cool it down you've got it candy floss, cup cake Joan and Allan Cook service users of Shadsworth Community Centre were also present, Joan away with her knitting away. I asked Joan if she'd knit an item for me and she said yes. A good day with this fundraising and thanks to all for volunteering and donations.
We had the Guide Dogs Blackburn branch with volunteers who carried out a fundraising at the store and raised £409.66. The branch secretary Alan Dean and the team of volunteers would like to thank the store and their customers for the fantastic support and generous donations. Pictured rear Secretary Alan Dean and front left to right Debbie Platt with son Isaac Platt giving a donation, Guide Dog Burley and volunteers Bob Dysart who is blind himself. If you look closer, you're able see Burley who couldn't resist in his way of saying thanks to young Isaac with his donations. Well done to all particularly to Isaac and Burley for their fantastic pose, as to get both to do this is 1 in a million, cause there is always one who gets fidgety and not wanting in keeping still. Beat that one
SHINE is part of a registered charity organisation called Alternative Futures Group. The name SHINE stands for Shared Hobbies Interest And New Enterprises. The group have branches in various locations throughout the UK. SHINE supports those who have learning disabilities and any other supporting needs. The group’s venue is held at the Ivy Street Community Centre and meets every Friday from the hours of 10.30 till 2.30. They are looking for expand and have more available days subject to the demand. The group charges a small fee of £5 which includes refreshments, light lunch and the usage of any art or materials. Any items that are made the service user are welcome to keep their work. I would certainly recommend it to anybody, no matter what their disability is. You are welcome to visit and see if it’s suitable by just turning up on the day and trying it out. The group relies and welcomes donations from the public whether it’s money, material or personal support. The group has grown in numbers week by week and continues to do so. Well done guys good pose eh!!!
Fun Friday At Asda Blackburn: CPM colleague Rheagan Hendry at the store carrying out one of the two Fun Friday activities for the youngsters during the summer break. We also had a special visitor to the store on her annual vacation from Australia with her parents visiting her grandfather, Ray Grimshaw and was delighted with the fun that she had and pleased to pose. Pictured left to right is Ray Grimshaw, Rheagan Hendry and Amy Walker with her prized activity. Thanks and we hope that you enjoyed it.
Foodbank Collection At Asda Blackburn: The team from the local Foodbank carried out a collection in store and collected just over a ton. The generosity by the store's customers has always been overwhelming. Pictured left to right are volunteers Liz Wilson, Zaman Hosseini, customer Jemma Taylor with daughter Erin, volunteer Evelyn, Ros Duerden and front and hiding behind his mum is Ismaeel Mulla and Sabeeha Mulla. The management, volunteers of Foodbank with Asda Blackburn would like to thank the customers for their generosity and support.
Christian Barton, of Community Flood Watch from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council held an awareness session on flood areas of Blackburn and Darwen at the store. This was interesting to some of our elderly customers who reminisced about floods that happened in the areas they lived in. I even myself not so many years with the residents experienced the flooding of the Havelock Bridge Hollin Bridge St between the Hamilton Arms and Havelock pubs. We had a real heavy down pour, the water from the River Darwen/ Blakewater had risen so much from below ground level and above, that the road cracked and burst. This flooded the Hamilton Arms pub's cellars and inside the pub. The landlord Paul, Janet and family couldn't believe the disaster that fell on them in a matter of hours. The friends and family got together helping with emptying the cellars and sweeping out the overflow from pub. The bridge and the road was repaired and now the bridge foot path has a few 1 ton sand bags in the event of another disaster. Pictured are (left) Mrs Smook with Christian Barton as she recalls incident when she was younger and he was able to show her on the map of the district of Blackburn with Darwen. The customers also received a free flood watch information pack. Thank you Mrs Smook