Blackpool South wins top award for third year

Blackpool is celebrating today after Keep Britain Tidy named Blackpool South as the only Blue Flag beach in the North West.

The award recognises coastal destinations that boast the highest quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.

This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards to England’s very best beaches, including 65 international Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards.

On top of the Blue Flag at Blackpool South, Blackpool North beach opposite the Tower, Blackpool Central beach and Bispham beach have also been given Seaside Award status.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said:

“ I am so proud that Blackpool South has achieved a Blue Flag for the third year running.

“Our entire coastline is award-winning which is great news for the millions of people that enjoy it every year.

“We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the support of local residents and businesses who have donated their time and energy to the LOVEmyBEACH campaign.

“We want to keep this Blue Flag next year and we can only do that with everyone helping us.”

The public LOVEmyBEACH campaign has helped to improve sea water quality, with messages around looking after the water reaching thousands of people across the North West, as well as hundreds of volunteers doing Fylde coast beach cleans and many local businesses signing up to be responsible companies.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said:

“The success of the 148 beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.

“When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an international Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country.”

The Environment Agency carries out water quality sampling throughout the bathing water season. All beach goers are encouraged to check bathing waters results at and follow advice on signs at the beach to help keep the water clean.

To find out more about the work being undertaken across the North West to improve bathing water quality, visit

Lytham Festival set to support hospital charity

THE charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, has been announced as one of the Charity Partners at this year’s Lytham Festival.

Blue Skies and other charities across the North West will benefit from Lancashire’s biggest music festival this summer.

Along with five charities from across the region, Blue Skies has been selected to be represented at each of the festival’s headline concerts in the
Main Proms Arena on Lytham Green when volunteers will be collecting donations.

Lytham Festival will attract around 100,000 people for it’s annual musical extravaganza from Wednesday July 18 to Sunday July 22. Lytham
Festival senior event manager Joe Robinson said: “We are delighted to be welcoming five fantastic charities to be part of Lytham Festival

“We openly welcome applications from charities to partner with the event and it is always very difficult to decide who those partners will be as
they are all deserving.

“Brian House and Blackpool Carers have previously been charity partners, so we are very pleased to welcome them back along with charities we haven’t worked with previously.

“All these charities do a fantastic job and are there for everyone at all times when needed so we would encourage our festival-goers to donate
to them where possible.”

An army of charity volunteers will be evident throughout the Main Proms Arena on Lytham Green for each headline event in the hope of
encouraging festival-goers to donate.

Fylde Coast Women’s Aid will be the charity partner for Steps on Wednesday July 18, Blackpool Carers for Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics on Thursday 19, North West Air Ambulance for George Ezra and Emeli Sandé on Friday 20, Blue Skies for Nile Rodgers & CHIC on Saturday 21 and Brian House for Last Night of the Proms with Il Divo on Sunday 22.

Kila Redfearn, Head of Fundraising for Blue Skies, said: “We are absolutely chuffed to bits to have been chosen as the charity partner for Lytham Festival 2018 on the Saturday night.

“This will not only raise the profile of the charity, we will be able to raise precious funds, that will enhance patient care in the Trust.

Cuffe & Taylor is officially one of the UK’s top 10 live music and event promoters with offices in London and the North West. Established for
more than eight years and now part of the Live Nation family, they present breath-taking tours, festivals and shows across the UK. Cuffe &
Taylor work with artists including Britney Spears, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Bryan Adams.

Source: Health Matter Issue 167

Training Opportunities Available With LABGC

Training Opportunities Available With Lancashire Boys & Girls Clubs

They would like to tell you about some training opportunities that they have coming up for people who work or volunteer with organisations that work young people.

The first being a L2 Food Safety course on 11th June being held here at Lancashire Boys & Girls Clubs, Lancaster. The course runs from 9am – 4:30pm and costs just £10 to attend.

They also have their Train2Sustain Training & Networking Day on 7th July being held at Forrest Hills, Lancaster.

The Train2Sustain Day is a full day and sees delegates participate in a series of workshops including: Utilising art to engage young people in issue based work, Young people and mental health and wellbeing, CSE awareness and social media and Activities on a Shoestring.

The cost to attend is free for individuals from Lancashire Boys & Girls Clubs affiliated groups or just £5 per person for individuals from non-affiliated clubs/organisations, lunch is also provided to all delegates on the day.

Please see the attached information for further details

2018 Train2Sustain Training & Networking Day Flyer

2018 Train2Sustain Training Day Booking Form

L2 Food Hygiene LABGCCourse Flyer

2018 L2 Food Hygiene LABGC Booking Form

Both these opportunities are open to organisations working with young people  including club leaders, staff, volunteers and young leaders (16+).


Free Holistic Healing Sessions

Free Holistic Healing sessions with Dr Sheelagh Donnelly 10th March 2018

Dr. Donnelly is a GP and a Healer member of The Healing Trust which is a non-denominational professional healing organisation. She had an article entitled ‘Working as a General Practitioner and a Healing Practitioner’ published in the Careers section of the British Medical Journal in 2002. Her medical practice began in 1985.

She was the Medical Adviser to Vine House (Cancer Help) in Preston which provides free complementary therapies, support and advice to people with cancer and Medical Director of the East Lancashire Hospice in Blackburn from 2005-2008.

Dr. Donnelly is a qualified spiritual healer and aromatherapist. No charge, however donations are welcome.

Phone: 01253 343701 or 07909 254604 for an appointment.

WHC – World Healing Centre