'CALENDAR GIRLS' COVER UP FOR CHARITY CHALLENGE
railway workers are wrapping up warm in preparation for next April’s
Husky Trail, where they will brave freezing temperatures taking part
in a trek from Norway to Sweden, to raise money for children’s
charity Barnado’s. This is a far cry from when the two safety
employees at Northern Rail stripped off to make last year’s ‘Cheeky
Chuffers’ calendar, featuring them and their colleagues baring all
around the Northern network!
Emma Hind from York and Maggie Whitaker from Manchester have worked
together within the safety department at Northern for nine years and
have both taken part in various charity challenges together in the
past. The road to Norway has not been all smooth sailing though as
they were due to take part in this year’s trail, but were forced to
withdraw when Emma suffered a broken ankle just four weeks before
the Challenge was due to take place.
Emma says:- “We were devastated not to be able to take part in
the challenge last April, but nothing will stop us in 2012. We are
committed to raising as much money as possible for Barnado’s and
taking part in what will be an amazing experience. Through sales of
the cheeky chuffers calendar and other fundraising activities, we
have raised more than £5,000 so far. We need another £1,700 to reach
our target and ask anyone with a few spare pounds to help us get
The challenge will be for the pair to drive a sled through rolling
highlands and deep forest into the heart of Lapland, erect their
tents, tend to their dogs, sometimes following 14 hours of sledding
in one day; anyone who has seen ‘71 Degrees North’
will know how tough this challenge will be!
Maggie comments:- "This is a difficult challenge for both of
us. It’s a once in a lifetime adventure that will certainly test us
mentally and physically and to do this challenge and raise money for
a charity like Barnado’s at the same time is perfect. We believe
Barnado’s is a fantastic charity who gives so many opportunities to
young people, no matter who they are or what they have been through
and we are looking forward to raising as much money as we can for
them. They will be running a Christmas raffle with various prizes,
including a days sea fishing for 2 in Whitby, a night’s stay at the
Royal York Hotel and a 2 night stay at the Park Inn York."
To sponsor Emma and Maggie, by going
online to find out more about
the Christmas raffle.
POLICES GOES ON THE RUN FOR THE FAIRBRIDGE CHALLENGE!
DETECTIVES from Merseyside Police and 3 local businessmen are
hoping to raise £5,000 by going "on the run" for 48
hours for this year's Fairbridge. Programme Challenge, but how
far they will they get when they are being closely followed by a
team of Merseyside Police’s finest?
The fugitives will try to evade capture from the specialist team of
detectives, when they break out from Wavertree Road Custody suite on
Friday, 25 November 2011. They will be given £50 and a
'getaway car' to help them on their way and will be given
specific tasks to complete before the event finishes on Sunday, 27
The fugitives; Mal Mearns of Bowmer and Kirkland, Geoff Murphy of
Merseyside Plastering and Caldan Solution and Mark Scudder of
Everite windows, will be expected to polish their powers of
persuasion, buff up their blag and improvise as they try to evade
capture. They being are sponsored for the number of hours they
remain at large.
Detective Inspector Alison Foulkes said:- "We are proud to get
involved in this year’s Fairbridge Challenge and I know that both
'the fugitives' and the officers; are raring to go. We wanted to
think of a fun, imaginative way of raising money for the charity and
this jail break... not only put our officers skills to good use, but
also captured the imagination of local businesses, who were more
than happy to get involved and have already been working hard to
raise money for the challenge. I'd like to thank all of the officers
involved, who are helping with the hunt in their free time and I'd
also the Toxteth branch of Arnold Clarke who have donated a 'getaway
car' car for the fugitives."
Fairbridge programme manager, Jayne Wilson, said:- "All the
money raised from the police challenge will be used to fund the
Fairbridge programme in Merseyside. This will help to support at
least 200 disadvantaged young people giving them the motivation and
self-confidence to turn their lives around. Fundraising efforts,
such as Zero to Hero, are crucial to the continuation of this
programme and we are extremely grateful for the support. All our
teams do wonderful things for us as part of the challenge but this
is the most exciting yet."
April 2011, Fairbridge became part of The Prince’s Trust. The new
united organisation will help 50,000 young people this year.
Fairbridge works with young people aged 13 to 25 that other
organisations find difficult to engage; giving them the motivation,
self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives.