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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
Mill Hill Community Centre Fun Day Mill Hill Community Centre held their fun day and I helped with the selling of raffle tickets for some fantastic prizes that were donated by local businesses and community members. I also sold a little of the Tickled Pink merchandise. The event was well received with face painting, bouncy castle, refreshment/sweets stalls, homemade cakes, book stall, Blow Jangles with their instruments playing their hearts out, Sumo Padded Wrestling were all that were able jousted against each other knocking each other out of the ring,majorettes and boy lots to mention. The Lancashire Constabulary (Blackburn Division) and Lancashire Fire and Rescue were also in attendance. fantastic weather and excellent Here are some of the raffle prize winners left to right rear Courtney Duckworth, mum Leanne Mawman Front left to right Lexie O'Boyle, Jessica Duckworth and Caitlyn Fitzsimmons Well done guys and thanks for posing as they did well with their winnings
Lancashire Fire and Rescue (Blackburn Division) The Lancashire Fire and Rescue (Blackburn) held their station's Open Day with fun,fizz and fundraising. I with Donald McPhee, Lyndsey Dunn and Stephen Smith were given the task in looking after the guess name of bear and selling raffle tickets with some fantastic prizes that were donated, and funds raised was for the Fire and Rescue Benevolent Fund. And of course we donated and it was brilliant as the public were given various demonstrations on the various types of fires that can occur. Road Traffic Collision, rescuing an injured passenger, an old fire tender in an immaculate condition where members of the public posed including our own Miss Blackburn Alexandra Thomas with her young Leon Berry. Thanks Pictured are the station manager Julian Williams, Lindsay Dunn, Donald McPhee, Stephen Smith and of course myself seated.
Prince's Trust Team 79 Bag Pack At Asda Blackburn The Prince's Trust team 79 carried out a bag pack at the store and raised £352.19. the funds that they raised was used for the following: Newbank Retirement Home were they provided a fun day for the residents, including bingo, quiz, jigsaw puzzle activity, finishing it off with an afternoon tea The second was to visit the THOMAS were they cooked and provided meals for the homeless. The last one was were they took the war veterans (Veterans In The Community)to the war museum in Manchester for the day, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first World War. The team raised £352.19 and would like to thank Asda for supporting them and the customers for their kind support and donations. Pictured left is team leader Ally O'Donnell with the team and far right is customer Kath McKay who was pleased to see the young people helping to raise funds for the Prince's Trust Well done to all
The Prince's Trust Team 79 Presentation At Ewood Park The Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service - The Prince's Trust Blackburn Team 79 held their Final Presentation at Ewood Park following successful completion of the challenging 12 week Team Programme. Throughout the 12 weeks, the Young People have overcome many barriers and have completed fire and road safety awareness training at Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service's Training Centre in Chorley; an outdoor residential teambuilding week; a 3 week Community Project; a 2 week work placement and a 2 week Team Challenge supporting various groups in the community along with many other tasks. One of the team members Katy Cowell received a £50 gift voucher for outstanding achievement and for improving so much during The Programme. In attendance were the Team Members' families; local supporting business representatives; Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen - Councillor Alan Cottam and Mayoress Agnes Cottam; Chief Fire Officer Chris Kenny; Chief Inspector Abid Khan of Lancashire Constabulary. Team Manager Helen Stanley stated that each of the Young People on T79 should be immensely proud of their achievements. All have pushed themselves throughout the 12 weeks to rebuild shattered confidence and build self esteem. All have developed and gained employability/team working skills and go forward with new found confidence into college and/or employment. The Team 79 Members were Andrew Mitchell, Ahmed Mulla, Declan Hawthornthwaite, Scott Barber, Lee Lloyd, Aaron Moore, Tom Cooke, Cameron Munro, Liam Walker, Paul Hilton, Melissa Place, Mubeen Chopdat, Hannah Malone, Katy Cowell, & Tom Smith. The Prince's Trust would also like to thank Blackburn Rovers FC for hosting the event and Asda Blackburn with the continuation of fundraising for the Prince's Trust Charity.
Blackburn Youth Zone Holiday Club Awareness. Youth Supporters from Blackburn Youth Zone attended in our store informing those customers who have children or know of any aged 8/13 of their Holiday Club offer. Youngsters can have the usage of various activities and programmes starting from Monday 28th of July till 22nd of August for a fantastic value. For further details please feel to contact them on 01254 292000 or through the website www.blackburnyz.org/holiday-club. Pictured are Paul Whittam and Sidra Ashiq. Thank for informing our customers of the fantastic value package.