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Designing fund raising awareness for the Blackpool Victoria’s Children’s ward 1 month, 1 week, 4 days ago

Designing fund raising awareness for the Blackpool Victoria’s Children’s ward

On 8th July at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, a special charity ball will take place to raise much needed funds for Blackpool Paediatric Unit & DKMS - We Delete Blood Cancer.

Chris Taplin from RTDCreative met Steph Holmes & Louise Paramel, Practice Development Sisters on the Children’s Ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, at a recent Shout business networking meeting. The two nurses had attended the meeting to promote the ball and make local businesses aware of the charities they support. After hearing of the important work they do, Chris was keen to help.

Chris commented, “It’s not always possible to support every charity or fund raising event you hear about, however, after listening to Steph and Louise talk about their experiences within the paediatric unit at the hospital, and the passion they showed, I felt I wanted to do something to help. 

Remembering an experience he’d rather not repeat, Chris continued, “My daughter spent three nights on the ward a few years back and as a parent it was incredibly frightening. However, the staff were all really supportive and this went a long way to reassure us; they deserve all the support as they can get.”

Based in Thornton, RTDCreative are a local graphic and web design company and Chris gave a lot of thought as to the best practical way he could help. He decided the best way would be to use RTDCreative’s design flair to help promote the event so he offered to design the event programme. 

Steph and Louise said, “We want the night to be really fun as well as successful and obviously we want to raise as much money as possible for our chosen charities. We have both worked on the children’s unit at Blackpool for many years and during this time we’ve seen many children and their families go through some really challenging times in relation to many conditions but especially blood cancers. Over the years, we’ve seen all the staff work incredibly hard to support the families through these tough times. The money we raise will go to improving the care we can give to the children and their families but it will also increase the opportunities for staff development.

In addition, a portion of the money raised will go to the DKMS – We Delete Blood Cancer charity, as this charity is very close to our hearts and we want to support them as much as we can.”

They continued, “We are really grateful to all the supporters of the event and thank RTDCreative for designing the programme for us”. 

RTDCreative have helped numerous charities over the years, including building a website for The Swallows Head & Neck Cancer charity, producing raffle tickets for fundraisers for Brian House and Trinity Hospice and many more.  

For more information about Blackpool Children’s Unit & Delete Blood Cancer contact Steph Holmes & Louise Paramel on 01253 956900.

RTDCreative can be contacted on 01253 856314 or by visiting

UCLan strategy receives commendation 1 month, 3 weeks ago

UCLan strategy receives commendation

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) five-year Knowledge Exchange strategy 2016/17 has been recognised as one of the best in the country by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the main funding body for universities. 

The commendation was made by a panel of experts from national funding and policy-making bodies, based on an assessment and overview 

All higher education institutions which receive Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) allocations are invited to submit knowledge exchange strategies as a basis for financial support. 97 strategies were submitted. 

As part of the HEFCE commendations, higher education institutions receive acclaim for either their overall strategy, or a particular focus on a key area. UCLan was commended on having a strong overall strategy. 

The University’s five-year strategy focuses on supporting businesses and employers in the local area, broadening civic engagement, supporting and engaging with communities, encouraging innovation and entrepreneurialism and expanding partnerships and collaboration in both the UK and overseas. 

UCLan is one of the leading UK universities for the number of start-up businesses still active after three years, as highlighted in the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS).

In 2013/14, an independent economic report found the University contributed more than £200 million to the North West economy, with its graduates adding an average of £24 million per annum, cementing its status as an economic anchor in the region.

John Lonsdale, Director of Innovation and Enterprise at UCLan, said: “It’s very rewarding to have had our strategy recognised in this way. The University of Central Lancashire is a key part of the local, regional and wider economies. Our strategy lays out how we will continue to develop to be an innovative, entrepreneurial university, working in partnership with all our stakeholders.

“To make sure we achieve this we undertake and promote a number of key activities including collaborative research, student enterprise, consultancy, and regeneration and development programmes. Higher Education Innovation Funding is key to implementing this and is invaluable.”

Football legends raise thousands for disabled youngsters 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Football legends raise thousands for disabled youngsters

Five local football legends took on some exciting challenges at the Anderton Centre in Chorley to raise funds for disabled youngsters.

Ex-footballer ‘Super’ John McGinlay led his team to victory over Tony ‘Zico’ Kelly in the teambuilding contest which included orienteering, climbing and raft-building, to raise money for Children Today, a charity which helps children and young people up to the age of 25 with disabilities enjoy a better quality of life by providing them with the specialised equipment they need.

Children Today teamed up with charity run Anderton Centre as it was the perfect venue, containing all the facilities required such as the range of activities, catering and accommodation for the participants.

The teams were awarded points depending on how well they did in each event and those points went towards purchasing equipment to build a raft. The teams then raced their rafts and the winners were declared the overall champions.

Elizabeth Oakes, Regional Fundraising Manager at Children Today, who was part of John McGinlay’s winning side commented, “The fundraising event was part of the ongoing partnership between Children Today and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA). All of the competitors were amazing throughout the competition. There were a lot of events and activities involved that took everyone out of their comfort zones. That is what teamwork is all about — encouraging and helping each other. John was superb as team captain and was a real inspiration to us all.”

The event took place over a whole weekend and participants were treated to a fantastic evening by the Anderton Centre including campfires, barbeques and generally lots of fun! They also slept in the centre’s residential facilities so were up and raring to go the next morning! The weekend ended with a celebration dinner where the Challenge Cup winners were announced on Sunday evening.

Sarah Pattison, Business Manager from the Anderton Centre said, “We were thrilled to be involved in such an inspirational and worthwhile event. Our aim is to provide access to everyone so they can enjoy the outdoors and this event enabled us to do just that. We look forward to welcoming Children Today and the PFA to our Centre again.”

Money can still be donated by calling 07990 510325 or emailing

For more information visit , ring 01257 484220 or email  

Lea Miller to help frontline emergency services personnel 1 month, 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Lea Miller to help frontline emergency services personnel

Lea Miller from Bayee Holistic Therapy is delighted to be supporting frontline emergency services personnel at the UK’s first “Intensive Programme’ event.

The event is aimed at courageous frontline staff such as the police, paramedics and firefighters who have dealt with harrowing events such as the very recent London Bridge attacks, the Manchester Arena Bomb and the fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington. The event will take place in London in November.

The Intensive Programme is being run by the Upledger Institute and is the first of its kind in the UK. During the event a team of highly qualified CranioSacral Therapists will treat the frontline personnel for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other long-term issues over the course of a week. 

To help deliver this event Lea is aiming to raise £10,000 which will go towards the care, venue, accommodation and food of the personnel being treated.

Lea is looking for anyone who can contribute to this extraordinary cause to help many of these forgotten heroes so they can continue to support our communities.

Lea commented, “I feel very humbled to be part of such a valuable cause. Our frontline staff are exposed to so many traumatic incidents and it is crucial that we heal the negative effects of these and enable the incredibly brave individuals to continue their work in supporting us all.”

Lea continued, “We know how successful this particular treatment and these events can be, as the Upledger Institute in America has been running them for decades for war veterans, going back all the way to the Vietnam War. 

To support Lea please call or email her on 07970 633130 or  and she will discuss how you can make a contribution to this worthwhile cause. 

Any business that makes a contribution over £50 will have their logo, company information and a link to their website included on Lea’s website to demonstrate their support.

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