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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.
Blackburn with Darwen Canal Festival. The Blackburn with Darwen organisers held the canal festival over two days at the Eanam Wharf. The weather was sunny throughout, a little cloudy on Sunday, but this didn't deter the public . The ceremony was opened by Mayor Alan Cotton with Mayoress Agnes Cotton. Over the 2 days of festival they had Musicians with bands, face and henna painting, refreshment stalls, Roast Hog, mini Fun Fair, Football tournament (organised by FACE Charity) and various other agencies informing the public of the services that are available, Cadets from the Armed Forces, tom bola. Pictured left to right are Graham Vernon (DAPA and Organiser), Mayoress Agnes Cotton, Mayor Alan Cotton myself (Barratt Palmer Community Life Champion) and 2 Sea Cadets .
Action for Children’s and Blackburn Families Celebrate 145th Birthday Anniversary. Blackburn families gathered at the project to enjoy a fun-packed afternoon in honour of 145 years of support for vulnerable children and young people. Nicola Parker, service co-ordinator at Action for Children in Blackburn said: “Action for Children has been supporting children, young people and families across the UK for the last 145 years and families from Blackburn and Darwen have had a fantastic time today marking this important anniversary. Action for Children’s Blackburn with Darwen Families Project works at the heart of local communities offering advice and support for a wide range of issues to vulnerable families to make their lives easier, healthier and happier. Her Majesty the Queen, the patron of Action for Children, sent a special message to the charity as it celebrates its 145th anniversary. The message said: “On the occasion of Action for Children’s 145th anniversary and as your Patron, I send my best wishes to all those involved with the charity during this most special anniversary year. Elizabeth R.” Action for Children began in 1869 when a young Methodist minister, shocked at the plight of homeless children on the streets of London, set up The Children’s Home. Over time, the charity’s work has shifted towards community-based projects like children’s centres, which are designed to help parents give their children the best possible start in life. Previously known as the National Children’s Home and NCH, Action for Children now runs 650 services across the UK. Pictured left is Simon Husband Project worker with colleagues and some of the attendees were delighted with the celebration and can't wait for the 150th. Well done to all that attended and enjoyed the day.
St Francis Beavers, Cubs and Scouts Charity Fundraise and Fitness Challenge Badge Activity. They raised £360 for this year's chosen charity The Guide Dogs, carrying out many activities including Incident Hike (Walk), sleepovers and lots more. Pictured in the centre is Alan St John with Jasper the guide dog. A little sad news is that there are a few members from the cubs who are leaving to pursue other activities and joining the scouts. Well done guys and we wish you all the best in your new ventures
St Stephen's Tockholes CE Primary School Mid-Summer Fayre. Rachel Willis (Parent Governor) and Karen Riding informed of their Mid-Summer Fayre held on the school grounds, requesting for a raffle prize and assistance. I went along and had lots of fun, the little ones carried out their own or dual performances, with singers, comedians, and even parents singing. The event was well attended including former pupils.