Preston aims to maintain its champion status for Race for Life funds

Preston has put up the biggest fight against cancer in the region – and it is ready to let the battle commence again.

Last year’s Race for Life in the city raised a whopping £217,000 for Cancer Research UK, which was the highest in the North West. This year, event organisers are hoping to beat that, with a target of £230,000. The charity, in partnership with Tesco, is once again launching its popular Race for Life events, with a full weekend of activities.

The Pretty Muddy Race for Life takes place at Moor Park on Saturday, June 17 – 10 am start, with the Race for Life 5k and 10k at the same venue on Sunday, June 18 – 11 am start.

Last year, 748 women took part in the 5k and 248 embraced the 10k run, but Cancer Research UK is aiming for 900 women to tackle the 5k and more than 200 to take on the 10k.

Jane Bullock, Cancer Research UK’s North West spokesman, said: “Life-saving research is being funded right now thanks to the women of Preston running, jogging or walking at Race for Life. “Our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients in the North West and across the UK and we rely on their incredible commitment to the cause.

“Race for Life isn’t about being the fittest, fastest or first over the finish line. We need women of all ages and abilities to sign up. It’s the taking part that counts whatever women raise. Just £10 could make a difference in the fight against cancer.”

Every day around 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West. Money raised through Race for Life helps to make long-term research and pioneering trials possible, leading to new tests, kinder treatments and cures, which could save the lives of more people across the North West. Cancer Research UK spent more than £23m in the North West last year. Jane added: “Sadly, most of us know someone whose life has been touched by cancer. #

By taking part in Race for Life women in Preston could help more men, women and children to survive the disease.

“Our aim is that one day everyone will beat cancer. The more women who Race for Life – the sooner that day will come.”

Sign up for Race for Life now at www.raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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Preston Health Mela@UCLAN

Founded first in friendly Preston, it’s fantastic fun, family focused, famously about fitness – what’s more, it’s all free! You can find It in the Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire (Preston PR1 2HE) between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm on the 1st . of April. So – what is it? It’s the fabulous 16th . Preston Health Mela, brought to you by the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing in collaboration with UCLAN, local NHS Trusts and the Rotary Clubs of Preston.

opportunities on offer
  • take a relaxed ‘Health MOT’ (free) – have your blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and cholesterol levels recorded. (No appointment required)
  • receive personally tailored counselling from friendly health professionals
  • find information on sight, hearing and dental health
  • visit 50+ stalls representing hospital and care Trusts, GP services and a wide range of voluntary organisations offering health related information and advice
  • bring a cuddly friend to the Teddy Bears’ Clinic
  • take part in a taster session of Reiki
  • make a healthy drink on the smoothie bike
  • learn about complementary medicine
  • talk to a wide range of health professionals and volunteers about their work in the community

Park your car (free!) on one of the University car-parks and bring the whole family in for an exciting visit which will work wonders for the health and wellbeing of you, your family and your community. Get an experience to change the way you think about the National Health Service and how you make use of it.

There’s much, much more of course! For example, our ‘Drop In Theatre’ focuses on the importance of children’s health. This is situated next to the exhibition area and is open from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. The Theatre features an impressive programme mix of child friendly mini presentations on health-related topics and a variety of entertainments provided by children’s groups from a wide range of local organisations. Watch out for details on the Programme Boards on display on the day and pop in and out as you choose. The 2017 Mela promises to be bigger and brighter than ever. Summing up the significance of the event, Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, Chair of the organising group the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW), said,

“The NHS is under immense stress and we all have a responsibility to ensure its survival. The Health Mela helps relieve this stress in a number of important ways. First, the comprehensive advice on healthy living provided, enables us to avoid getting ill in the first place. Secondly, the ‘Health MOT’ allows for the identification of health problems at an early stage when they are most easily and less expensively dealt with. Thirdly the wide range of information on health services available from NHS and voluntary bodies makes it possible for users and advisers to make more rational and hopefully, more cost effective choices. Finally, and most significant of all, is our focus on engaging children to take an interest in and responsibility for their own health. It’s in the minds of children that we can construct a healthy nation and a sustainable future for the NHS.

NFHW has now organised over 40 successful Health Melas across the North West and further afield. Dr Chris Moulton, Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, a recent visitor, made a typical comment, “Altogether, it was an unforgettable day. I came away convinced that Health Melas are a brilliant concept. They combine a great day out with the ability to promote healthy living and to inform people about current issues in healthcare. Here is my advice: if there is a Health Mela near you, go to it. If you don’t enjoy it and you don’t learn something, then I will be very surprised!” To sum it all up, if you are looking to spend a few profitable hours on Saturday 1st April, come along to the Foster Building at the University of Central Lancashire between 11.00am and 4.00 pm. Bring the whole family. You won’t regret it!

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You can find out more about NFHW by visiting our web-site at – www.nfhw.org.uk or by contacting:

Derek Ormerod, Public Relations derek.ormerod@nfhw.org.uk
Sarifa Kabir, Secretary sarifa.kabir@nfhw.org.uk

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Help Becky and her son rebuild their lives

Unfortunately this week Becky has lost all of her belongings and all her memories due to a house fire , if all of her friends and family could please donate and support Becky at this awful time and try and raise as much as possible to rebuild her life. Thank you for your support.

Weʼre raising £2,000 to help Becky and her son rebuild their lives after losing everything in a house fire

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Click here to help this family recover after a devastating event that happened to their family home.
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Man missing in Preston

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 34-year-old man who’s gone missing from home in Preston.

Michael Hutchinson was last seen at around 7pm last night (Wednesday) at an address on Towngate, Leyland and has not been seen or heard from since.

It is thought he may be suffering with mental health problems.

“We are extremely worried about Michael and would like to trace him as soon as possible.

“We would urge anybody with information as to his whereabouts to contact us immediately. Similarly we would appeal to Michael, if he sees this appeal, to get in touch to let us know he is safe.”

He is described as white, of slim build, with a ginger ‘skinhead’ hairstyle. He has a tattoo on the back of his neck and is clean-shaven.

He was last seen wearing a tartan hooded shirt, faded blue jeans, a black puffa jacket with square stitching and black Adidas high-top trainers.

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 1208 of February 22nd.

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Winner of the 2017 Grand Prix in Preston

RECENT RESULTS

2016 Scottish Open Last 16

2016 UK Championship Last 64

2016 Northern Ireland Open Runner-up

2016 International Championship Last 128

2016 English Open Semi-final

2016 European Masters Last 16

2016 Shanghai Masters Last 16

2016 World Open Last 32

2016 Indian Open Last 16

Barry Hawkins put on an incredible display of break building, making four centuries, to open up a commanding 6-3 lead over Ryan Day in the final of the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Preston. Taking it right through to a win of 10-7 to Barry Hawkins for this 2017 World Grand Prix Snooker competition.

Hawkins took the opening frame this afternoon and had looked set to snatch the second, before a missed red down the bottom cushion. The two-time ranking event winner made the first of his century breaks to take the third frame, compiling a run of 114. He then crafted a break of 102 to double his advantage at the interval with the score at 3-1.

Winning a massive £100,000 and the crown of this years Grand Prix. Hawkins says:

That is probably the best i have played in a while getting to 9-3 but all credit to Ryan. I was 9-3 down and Ryan came back to take a few frames from me, however i was delighted to get another chance to steal the frame to take the crown. I was really struggling throughout the final and toward the end i was worried. I am absolutely over the moon for wining this.

wins his third ranking title, taking home £100,000 top prize .

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Preston home of NEW BIG GLASS BOX!

Ambitious plans for the next phase of Preston’s Market Quarter are moving forward, with the announcement of public consultation into the scheme.

Bringing £50m of new investment into the City Centre, the plans comprise a new 11 screen cinema with a large format experience screen, 7 family restaurant units and a new replacement multi-storey car park (593 spaces).

Mike Horner, Regional Director for Muse Developments, said:

“We are working extremely hard to deliver a high quality scheme which is long overdue for Preston City Centre.  The proposals are truly spectacular and will include views out across the City Centre and beyond.

“The Light are making a name for themselves in new cinema experiences and they are a great fit for Preston as they do not solely show mainstream cinema releases but also a wide range of other arts, culture, sporting and educational productions – it is not ‘more of the same’ in terms of cinema provision but a destination that will truly excite local residents and get people back into the City Centre.

“The Markets Quarter redevelopment is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the perception of Preston City Centre and establish it as the premier family-focused leisure destination.

“It is not a quick fix solution but instead represents the critical part of a long-term strategy for the successful regeneration of an area within the City Centre which contains a number of historic buildings and assets.

“We are extremely confident that local residents and businesses will recognise the significant benefits that the Markets Quarter will deliver to the City Centre as a whole.”

The scheme forms part of  the construction of a new glazed Market Hall under the larger of the two canopies, to accommodate market traders relocated from the existing indoor market.

whats being said

John Bridge, Frank Whittle Partnership, said:

“As a company based in the city we are delighted to be working on the Markets Quarter development, along with Greig and Stephenson Architects. We’re really looking to change the face of Market Quarter and to build a lasting legacy for the future, by both respecting our city’s heritage and moving with the times.

“It’s an ambitious project and rightly so, as the development is the key to unlocking wider development in Preston city centre.  In our sensitive vision for the new Market Hall we believe we’ve created an exciting new space for traders and customers. And we’re working with those traders to retain and enhance the city’s vibrant market offer. We’re very keen to listen to what people think.”

Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Edwin Booth, said:

“Our multi-million pound investment in major new infrastructure via the City Deal is helping to strengthen Preston’s position as a thriving and well connected commercial centre in the Northern Powerhouse.

“A successful Markets Quarter will make an important contribution to the growth of Preston City Centre which lies at the heart of the City Deal area. It’s great to see new investment proposals coming forward which will generate new jobs and new private investment with more people also visiting the city.”

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