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Edition No. 206

Date:- 19  June 2005

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PROVINCIAL Grand Lodge Officers from the Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons have presented the North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) with a cheque for a staggering £10,000! The Provincial Grand Lodge, consisting of 9 Lodges and 250 ladies from across the North of England chose the NWAA as their overall charity 2 years ago and promised they would raise £10,000 in funds over a period of 3 years.

Heather Hitchen, Provincial Grand Master commented:- "The NWAA has been an extremely popular charity to raise funds for within all our Lodges, so much so that we were able to raise £10,000 in 2 years rather than 3. It is for this reason that we have chosen the North West Air Ambulance as our charity for the next 2 years and we hope to raise an equally, if not bigger amount to present to the charity."

The Lady Masons raised this money through a variety of means, including raffles, sponsored walks and a collection at the Merry England Bar on Blackpool's North Pier.

Lynda Brislin, charity chief executive of the NWAA who was presented with the cheque at the NWAA's Blackpool Airbase commented:- "We are extremely grateful to have received this cheque from the Lady Masons and feel very lucky to have once more been voted for as their charity for the next 2 years. When speaking to a couple of the ladies, I discovered 2 had grandchildren who had been rescued by the service in recent months. It shows just how vital it is that people like the Lady Masons continue supporting us and raising funds to keep the NWAA in service, as there is always someone in the North West who knows of at least 1 person who has had to use the service."

The North West Air Ambulance is a registered charity and receives no mainstream funding. It costs £1 million a year to maintain and the charity relies solely on the generosity of businesses and the people of the North West to keep this vital service running 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

For the patient, the NWAA is the fastest emergency service. Donations can be made by ringing 0800 587 4570.

Go North West this summer

IN partnership with Granada Television, the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) is pleased to announce that the 3rd series of Go North West will kick off on Thursday 16 June on ITV1 at 7.30pm. The new series, which will be aired over the next 8 weeks, will take in some of the best sights, events and attractions that the Northwest has to offer. Presenter Eamonn O'Neal will visit a different area of the region each week, beginning tomorrow in Cumbria - the Lake District and working his way through Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire. 

In addition guest presenters including Tupele Dorgu, better known as Coronation Street's Kelly Crabtree, paralympian Simon Jackson and Star Wars' R2D2 Kenny Baker, will give viewers even more ideas for great days out across the region.

Each programme will feature a different winner from last year's Northwest Tourism Awards and viewers will have the opportunity to nominate their favourite place to visit in England's Northwest, to be honoured with a special Go North West Award at the 2005 Northwest Tourism Awards.

Felicity Goodey, Chair of the Tourism Forum for England's Northwest said:- "Granada has recognised that the Northwest is becoming increasingly popular with visitors from in and out of the region. We already have loads of fantastic places to see and stay and anyone who likes their food is fast becoming spoiled for choice. The annual tourism awards celebrate the very best. We already use mystery shoppers to make sure award winners really are as good as they claim. How much better to have the public decide where the best places are - that's how we will get everyone to raise their game and make England's Northwest one of the best tourist destinations in the country."

Viewers whose nomination is chosen to receive the award will be in for a chance to win a short break at last year's award winning small hotel, The Samling in Cumbria - the Lake District, a favourite with some of show business' biggest stars. The winner will also be invited to attend the glitzy 2005 Northwest Tourism Awards in Liverpool in October.

Nominations for the Go North West Award, along with viewer's contact details, should be sent to:-

Northwest Regional Development Agency, ADM3926, FREEPOST, Warrington, WA1 1WH
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