Penwortham food and drink fair promises to be beanfeast for charity

Penwortham food and drink fair promises to be beanfeast for charity

Artisan food and specialist drink producers from throughout Lancashire are set to transform St Theresa’s Parish Centre, Penwortham, into an emporium of deliciousness to help charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation enjoy a beanfeast!

They will be taste testing and selling their goodies at a Food & Drink Fair there to raise money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation on Sunday, 6th October.

Doors open at 11 am until 4pm. Entry is £1. All money taken on the door, in producers’ pitch fees, money raised by a raffle and a percentage from the sales made by the fair’s street food vendors will go to the charity to help it bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford.

Co-organiser and exhibitor Gillian Bartlett, of mobile drinks company Copa Fizz, who lost her close friend and business partner to cancer last year, said: “We’re really excited to be bringing this event to South Ribble.

“We held our inaugural Rosemere Cancer Foundation Food & Drink Fair in the Ribble Valley last year at the iconic Inn at Whitewell, where my fellow organiser, Ian Crowther, is pastry chef. We raised more than £1,000 for the charity. As we have a fantastically exciting array of award-winning producers joining us again this year, we’re hopeful that past and new visitors will come along, making the fair even more successful.”

Among the exhibitors taking part is Bowland Snails from Inglewhite, a company that specialises in producing snails for the table and supplies a host of top restaurants nationwide. In addition, other exhibitors will be offering bakes, cakes, chocolates, marinades, meats, coffees, crepes, cheeses, pizzas, wines and gins. There will also be demonstrations of how to mix the perfect cocktail.

Anyone wanting to register as a seller can go to www.eventowl.co.uk for further information. For information on Rosemere Cancer Foundation, its work and to make a donation, visit www.rosemere.org.uk

Join Rosemere for an illuminating evening

Join Rosemere for an illuminating evening

Blackpool Illuminations

Recruits are being sought by charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation to take part in its eighth annual Walk the Lights through Blackpool’s world famous Illuminations.

The five-mile walk along the Promenade from Bispham Tram Station to Starr Gate sets out at 7 pm on Friday, 4th October. Everyone walks at their own pace before meeting up for a sit down, tea and biscuits at Sharples Hall, a community centre close to the walk’s endpoint.

Entry fees and any sponsorship money raised will go towards helping

Rosemere Cancer Foundation bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford.

The cost of participating in Walk the Lights is £5 per person. Walkers can register online or on the night. To find out more, go to www.rosemere.org.uk

Kind donation to improve patient experience

Kind donation to improve patient experience

Staff members celebrating donation

Staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have received a generous donation to improve experiences for neurosurgery and neurology patients.

The donation comes from Jim Rolfe, Service Centre Manager at Millercare in Accrington; who kindly volunteered to refurbish and donate a specialist chair to be used by patients; having heard about the team’s fundraising efforts.

Patients in the neurosurgery and neurology departments often need a highly specialist wheelchair as they aren’t able to maintain their own sitting balance. This piece of equipment is hugely important to give patients a better quality of life and help them on their road to recovery.

Alison McMichael, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have received this donation and overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of our partners in the community. We can’t thank Jim and the team at Millercare enough.”

“Our current chair has been able to improve quality of life for our patients as well as improve sitting tolerance. The chair has enabled parents to spend time with their children off the ward. It has been used for patients to attend the funeral of their loved ones. It has meant that patients under palliative care can get out into the fresh air and have some sense of normality. These chairs really do make a big difference.”

Jim Rolfe, Millercare Service Centre Manager, said: “Once I was made aware of the urgent need for this type of specialist wheelchair I was only too happy to donate one to the Preston neurosciences team. The dedication and hard work of all the staff in the team towards their patients and families was paramount in my mind when handing over the wheelchair and I know after visiting the department, how tremendously helpful to the staff and patients this donation will be.”

Coast to coast to raise funds for Baby Beat

Coast to coast to raise funds for Baby Beat

Charity participants group photo

A group of men from Preston recently took on a coast to coast cycling challenge to raise funds for the Baby Beat Appeal; part of our Charity.

The group was led by Clarke Steele; who wanted to support the Baby Beat Appeal following the loss of his and his wife’s baby, Louis, in 2006. Following the support that they received from the charity, the couple have regularly raised funds for the cause; but wanted to take on an even bigger challenge – an epic 200 mile cycle from Morecambe to Bridlington.

Clarke said: “Me and Michelle sadly lost our baby, Louis, in 2006 and while this was a deeply upsetting time Baby Beat gave us both a lot of comfort at this sad time. Having already done a few fundraising efforts, I wanted to challenge myself and raise a few quid at the same time. I have friends who would be able to do this challenge before breakfast, but the team and I who are doing it are just fat middle aged blokes.”

Charity participants group photo 2

Clarke got a group of friends together to join him in this challenge - Jason Lynch, Dave Hewitson, Lee Whitehead, Mark Woan, Darren Lynch, Mick Scott, John Coffey, Colin Hughes and Ian Grant. Natalie Coffey also drove the support vehicle for the team. Each member of the group had experienced support from the Baby Beat Appeal in some way so were all determined to complete the cycle for this incredible cause.

The team cycled for three days; receiving support throughout from friends, relatives and colleagues.

Ian Grant, one of the team members, said: “None of us had been cyclists before taking on this challenge so we have invested a lot of time and effort. We thoroughly enjoyed it despite how tough it was and we would like to challenge ourselves to do an even tougher challenge next time!”

The team aimed to raise £5,000 to go towards a new bereavement centre for the Baby Beat Appeal but were able to raise over £10,000 for this cause; a fantastic achievement.

Charity participants group photo 3

Paula Wilson, Head of Fundraising at our Hospitals, said: “We are extremely grateful to Clarke, Ian and the whole team for their generosity and commitment; and for supporting our Baby Beat Appeal. The money raised will make a huge difference to others facing a similar journey.”

You can still donate to this cause by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/clarke-steele.

Waiting room goes back to nature

Waiting room goes back to nature

Rosemere waiting room paintings

The main waiting area for patients undergoing radiotherapy treatment at Rosemere Cancer Centre has gone back to nature with four giant, brand new framed photographs of natural scenes installed under a roof light.

The pictures are replacements for similar artwork that had become faded by sunlight and their £2,096.40 cost has been funded by charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

But their installation is about more than just making the walls look nicer. Gillian Clarkson, Principal Therapeutic Radiographer, who asked Rosemere Cancer Foundation to buy the images, explained: “These photographs will help ensure the waiting area is pleasant and calm.

“They contribute to the overall exceptional comfort and ethos of the department, which welcomes more than 300 patients and visitors daily.”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford. For further information on its work, including how to make a donation, visit www.rosemere.org.uk

Incredible fundraising effort to thank three great causes

Incredible fundraising effort to thank three great causes

Group of people holding banner in front of Royal Preston Hospital sign

A group of family and friends have undergone a 32 mile walk to raise funds for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity in support of the Critical Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital, as well as the North West Ambulance Service and Preston Marina as a thank you for the care received following a recent personal experience. The team set a target to raise £1,000 initially but have massively exceeded this target with a total so far of £5,449.

On 2nd of July 2019, Dennis Shiels suffered a cardiac arrest at Preston Marina. Immediately after being found, he received CPR from members of the public and his heart was started by a member of the team at the marina. The emergency services arrived within minutes, including four ambulances and two helicopters, one of which airlifted Dennis to Royal Preston Hospital. Dennis still has a long journey of recovery as he sustained significant brain damage as a result of his brain being starved of oxygen when he suffered the cardiac arrest and the damage and long term prognosis is unknown.

Group of people holding banner in front of Fylde Coast sign

On Friday 2nd August, to mark one month since Dennis was brought into hospital, his family and close friends decided to walk the coastal route between Fleetwood and Royal Preston Hospital which is a distance of approximately 32 miles. The team aimed to complete the walk within 12 hours and were able to finish in 11.5 hours after a difficult and strenuous time.

Christina Shiels, daughter of Dennis Shiels, said: “Dad and his best friend Robert were due to set sail for their maiden voyage on their boat jubilee so we wanted to mirror this journey on land to raise funds for the North West Air Ambulance for the amazing work they do, to provide replacement pads for the defibrillator located at Preston Marina and for the incredible Critical Care Unit at Royal Preston Hospital to help provide resources that are vital in supporting families like us, who are experiencing some of the most difficult times. We all found the walk incredibly tough but we were doing it for such personal reasons that we were motivated by dad and that really helped us through those last few miles.”

Image of people holding banner and drinks in front of pub

“We are so grateful for everyone who has contributed to our dad being with us today. As a family we are focused on giving something back as a thank you to the support we have received from those that found and tended to our dad, to the emergency services and to every single doctor, nurse, healthcare assistant, clerical and facilities staff at Royal Preston Hospital who have not only cared for our dad, but who have been amazing in supporting our family at this heart-breaking time and delivered first class care and compassion at every stage. The team in the Critical Care Unit were so supportive and compassionate and were constantly giving us their wishes and going above and beyond to make us feel comfortable. Some of the staff from Royal Preston Hospital even met us at the end of the walk to congratulate us on our achievement.”

Jane Platt, Matron on the Critical Care Unit at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are so grateful to Christina and the family for taking on this challenge to raise money for our Critical Care Unit, as well as Preston Marina and North West Air Ambulance. All money given to critical care will be used for the benefit of future patients. We wish Christina, her dad and all of the family well and look forward to regular updates.”

Cancer patients to benefit from new Rosemere Cancer Foundation funded ECT Machine

Cancer patients to benefit from new Rosemere Cancer Foundation funded ECT Machine

Cancer patients who suffer recurrent tumours may now be spared the ordeal of repeat surgeries thanks to an investment of £40,000 by Rosemere Cancer Foundation to help the Plastic Surgery Department at the Royal Preston Hospital buy an Electrochemotherapy machine (ECT machine).

ECT is a new, innovative therapy for harder to treat patients – patients whose cancer deposits keeps coming back – and the machine’s arrival in Preston means the hospital is one of only a handful of centres in the UK able to offer this new procedure.

ECT combines the administration of low dose chemotherapy medicines to selectively kill tumour cells, which in many cases are given intravenously, followed by the delivery of brief and intense electric pulses using needle electrodes directly into the tumour.

The electric pulses make the cancer cells more permeable to enable the chemotherapy medicine to reach exactly where it is most needed – they create temporary pores to let the medicine in (electroporation).

Sofiane Rimouche, Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, explained: “Electrochemotherapy is hugely beneficial to patients as it is an alternative to recurrent surgery or higher dose chemotherapy on its own or with radiotherapy, which all potentially have significant side-effects.

“Different shaped electrodes or plates are used depending on the tumour size, extent, shape and location. As a team, we were extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to trial ECT equipment at no cost. From this trial, we were able to demonstrate patient experience and outcome benefits especially for breast and skin cancer.”

Mr Rimouche added: “At the trial’s end, we felt the prospect of not being able to continue to offer ECT was a significant backwards step for patient care and quality of life, which is why we approached Rosemere Cancer Foundation for help. Thankfully, the charity supported our bid and we’re now able to continue to provide ECT on an as needed basis”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre, and at another eight local hospital cancer units.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford. For further information on its work, including how to make a donation, visit www.rosemere.org.uk

ECT

Singing surgeon joins telly favourite on stage for Rosemere

Singing surgeon joins telly favourite on stage for Rosemere

A singing, guitar playing consultant surgeon from the Royal Preston Hospital is to share the bill at Preston’s Playhouse Theatre this Sunday evening (14th July) with veteran comic Jimmy Cricket in a show raising money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

While the ever popular Irish funnyman is headlining the event, endoscopy clinical lead Mr Rob Hart will perform both original material and covers from the 1960s to present day with his singing partner, retired endoscopic nurse Barbara Keith.

Both live in Chorley and for the last eight years have been performing as New Venture Duo exclusively for charities and good causes.

It is Barbara who has organised Sunday’s concert, which when the curtain goes up at 7-30 pm will also feature renowned folk duo Trouble at’ Mill and the much sought after Paul Scholey, who performs as Elvis. Barbara and entertainer Carl Gordon will co-compere.

Tickets for the show are £10 each, inclusive of parking, which normally costs £3. They are available from the Playhouse Theatre’s website via its events page and also, by calling Barbara on 07402 600222.

Barbara said: “It’s a great bill featuring very popular acts. I hope former patients, work colleagues and anyone who enjoys a good laugh and great music will support it as all the proceeds are for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford. For further information on its work, including how to make a donation, visit www.rosemere.org.uk

Barbara and Bob

Building society’s new affinity for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Building society’s new affinity for Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Staff at Chorley Building Society have developed a new affinity savings account for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which will raise money for the charity on an ongoing basis.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation is already the building society’s charity of the year for 2019 but the launch of this new account will continue the partnership into the foreseeable future.

Chorley resident and Rosemere Cancer Foundation patron Dennis Benson OBE, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s former chairman, has become the first person to open an account, which can be done with as little as £1.

Chorley Building Society will make an annual donation to Rosemere Cancer Foundation based on the total value of customers’ balances at the end of each financial year.

Cathy Skidmore, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s Grants and Corporate Fundraising Manager, said: “We are very grateful to the Chorley Building Society for launching this new account in our name. It cements our relationship with staff and members.”

Dennis said: “I would encourage anyone able to save money to follow my lead as to all intents and purposes, the affinity account is like any other savings account but with the added bonus that saving for a rainy could ultimately help save someone’s life by funding research or new equipment to benefit local cancer patients.”

Kim Roby, Customer Service Director for Chorley Building Society, added: “We are delighted to introduce the Rosemere Cancer Foundation Affinity Account to our portfolio of savings accounts. We strive to support our local community and believe that launching this affinity account demonstrates our commitment to helping worthwhile causes that matter to us and our members.”

The building society, which has supported a number of local charities over the years, is part way through a calendar of Rosemere Cancer Foundation fundraising activities involving staff and members that has so far included raffles, dress down Fridays and a sponsored swim.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties, including that at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that the NHS is unable to afford. For further information on its work, including how to make a donation, visit www.rosemere.org.uk

Chorley building society

Charity hair grow to support Baby Beat Appeal

Charity hair grow to support Baby Beat Appeal

Millers Taxis in Preston have undergone a “hair-grow” to support the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity Baby Beat Appeal.

Eleven of the team from Millers Taxis decided to take on the challenge of not cutting any of their hair for a three month period. In doing so, the team were able to raise a fantastic £2,000 for the charity.

The Baby Beat Appeal provides funding for the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit at Royal Preston Hospital to ensure babies born within our community have the very best monitoring equipment during pregnancy and delivery. The charity also supports research into stillbirths and premature labour in addition to bereavement support.

Tony Abraham, Director of Millers Taxis, said: “We have done a lot of fundraising for Baby Beat previously and it’s a charity that myself and the whole team want to support. It’s an absolutely fantastic charity and they do such an amazing and important job.”

“It was actually my idea to do the hair-grow, and we were wondering why we were doing it by the end – it was horrible!”

Paula Wilson, Head of Fundraising and Charity Governance at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity, said: “We are so grateful to the team at Millers Taxis for taking on this challenge and raising a fantastic amount of money for Baby Beat.”

“One of the younger drivers told me it was the night time that was the worst, and said that it was sleeping with all the facial hair that he found hardest, he said, 'when I turned over I thought, what’s that!' What an amazing group!”

Baby Beat

Four inspirational individuals set to swim the Channel for four incredible causes

 Four inspirational individuals set to swim the Channel for four incredible causes

The incredible Blue Light Bathers are set to take on an epic challenge to raise funds for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity for MND (motor neurone disease), Blue Skies Hospital Fund at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals for their Cardiac Centre, Brian House Children’s Hospice, and Parkinson’s UK.

Swimming team The Blue Light Bathers are four inspirational individuals from the emergency services who will be enduring the 21 mile, gruelling swim along the English Channel from Dover to Cap Gris Nez in France during the week of 13th-20th September, with the aim of raising £20,000 for these four incredible charities.

Simon Mason, 46, decided to take the plunge and get the team involved with this amazing challenge. Simon is ex-RAF and now works for the North West Ambulance Service. Having undergone several challenges before including triathlons, Ironman distances, cycling the country, and completing the national three peaks challenge – Simon was ready for the next challenge.

Simon said: “I have always enjoyed a challenge and whilst walking up to view a sunrise over Mount Everest last year, I thought to myself – what’s next? I then had the crazy idea to get these other crazy people to join me in swimming the Channel.”

“They say that in swimming terms, swimming the English Channel is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. It's a demanding physical and mental challenge of swimming a distance of 21 miles or 33km's. That, of course, is in a straight line but add in the changing tides, in cold water without wearing a wetsuit and this will be a lot further! More people have actually climbed Everest than swam the Channel.”

Simon will be fundraising for The Cardiac Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital who he works closely with in his role with the ambulance service. Simon continued: “What sparked me to choose the Cardiac Centre was a close family member who went through life saving surgery and is now back to what he loves doing best. The work that they do in the Centre is just incredible.”

Mr Amal Bose, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, said: “This is such an amazing challenge to undertake and we are thrilled that Simon has chosen to support the Cardiac Unit here at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. It is always humbling when someone wants to give back for the care they or a loved one received.”

Joanna Allitt, Community Fundraiser for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, said: “The enthusiasm of the Blue Light Bathers is fantastic and you can’t help getting swept away with them. We are really enjoying watching their progress and can’t thank them enough for doing this on our behalf and the other three fantastic charities.”

Caroline Brady is 38 years old and a Paramedic for the North West Ambulance Service, as well as an owner of the Domiciliary Care Company. As part of this company, Caroline and her colleagues have cared for clients diagnosed with motor neurone disease and supported their families at their end of life.

Caroline said: “I have chosen to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association in honour of two clients in particular; Mrs Karen Martin and Ms Pamela Greenwood, who we feel incredibly honoured to have met and cared for. Such lovely ladies who were brave, courageous and fought until the end to continue their lives.”

“Not only will this challenge improve my physical and mental strength, but we are doing this challenge to support four incredible charities.”

Swimming Team Suresh Chhetri, Consultant Neurologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, and Co-Director for the Preston MND Care and Research Centre, said: “We are very delighted and honoured that the Blue Light Bathers have chosen to support us – it will not only make a significant and positive impact on the lives of our patients and their families, but also help to improve awareness of the condition and fund research.”

Paula Wilson, Head of Fundraising for the Hospital Charity said: “We are extremely grateful to the Blue Light Bathers for their generosity and commitment; which is a huge source of inspiration.”

Andy Bedford, Paramedic, took up swimming for fitness several years ago and has improved over that time, taking on a 10km swim in Loch Lomond last August.

Andy said: “As a team, I am confident that we can do it. Acclimatising to the cold water and not using a wetsuit is my main fear, but this is a chance to raise some money for Parkinson’s UK. My Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2000, and died last April in a nursing home, in his room, with a sea view. When Dad was still able, he would be the first in the sea on holidays, and loved swimming in salt water. This all seems to make this challenge all the more fitting for me.”

Sarah Green, North West Regional Fundraiser at Parkinson's UK, said: "We are delighted that Andy has chosen to support Parkinson's UK in his swim across the channel. As the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition it is our mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's and we rely solely on donations to do this. Best of luck to Andy and all the swimmers."

Finally, Ian Cosh, 56, is a Director of Resources for Lancashire Police, and is the final member of the team who will be supporting Brian House Children’s Hospice in Blackpool.

Ian said: “I’m not an accomplished swimmer, and whilst I’ve run marathons and cycled hard miles, I’ve never done anything like this, but I am driven to succeed and when it’s for others who need help you can count me in. It is definitely the biggest physical challenge I’ve ever contemplated but it’s also a massive psychological challenge combining, deep and cold water, strong currents, relative isolation and competing with the busiest shipping lane in the world. All of which makes it a once in a lifetime challenge.”

Michelle Lonican, Community Fundraising Manager for Brian House, said: “The Blue Light Bathers are really putting themselves to the test with this incredible challenge for four really important charities. We are so grateful they have chosen to support Brian House Children’s Hospice – what they raise will help us to be there for every life-limited child who needs our specialist care on the Fylde Coast.”

You can follow the journey of the Blue Light Bathers to swimming the Channel on their social media pages below and help them to reach their target of £20,000 by donating here.

Swimming Team