to Dance for the Dreams of the Seriously ill
DANCE for a Dream is set to
be a fantastic event set up by The HoneyRose Foundation. The 3 hour
Zumbathon and Dance Fitness event is taking place at The Dream
sculpture in Bold Forest Park, St. Helens on Saturday, 6 July 2013, at
Everyone is invited to the event, giving people of all fitness
levels the chance to get fit whilst raising money and awareness for
a great cause! The HoneyRose Foundation is a small charity based in
St Helens that grants wishes for adults fighting life-threatening
illnesses in the UK.
All of the money raised for this event will go to making a wish come
true for someone fighting a terminal illness. The aim is not just to
make the recipient's dream come true, but it is a chance to give
their family a chance to spend some quality time together. "We
couldn't have found a more suitable, picturesque location in the
country as The Dream in St Helens. Dreams are what our charity is
all about providing, by buying a ticket and participating, people
will be dancing for the dream of a seriously ill adult"
explains James Connolly, the marketing and media manager of the
Gary Conley, St Helens Cultural Co-ordinator and Dream Project Manager
will be there to answer any questions:- 'For me this is what
Dream represents. The community coming together for the benefit of
the good. At this one event you will experience Culture, Heritage
and Health all working together to raise money for the fabulous
Honey Rose Foundation and seriously ill adults. Even with my dodgy
knees and my Dad like dancing, I'll be so proud to be part of it'. St Helens boxer Martin Murray will be kicking off the event. Martin
is currently competing in the middleweight and super middleweight
divisions and is taking the time out from training to come and
support the charity and all of the events participants.
There will also be an amazing opportunity for participants to Win a
brand new Mini One or £10,000, thanks to Utilities Warehouse.
Tickets for the event cost just £7.50 and are available from The
HoneyRose Foundation charity shop, 18 Hall Street, and can also be
or purchased by calling:- 07838238309. If you are getting involved you can get
your sponsor form by contacting the charity or you can set up your
own fundraising page by visiting:-
There are many adults suffering that need your support to give them
hope, make them smile and you can make that happen.
Student Raises £1500 for Charity
14 year old Jack Cameron-Pimblett
recently completed his personal goal of kayaking the length of the
Leeds to Liverpool Canal for charity.
Earlier this month he battled through 91 locks, 226 bridges and
tunnels to complete his 127 mile journey in five days and three
hours, paddling for 21 hours straight on the final day!
Jack set himself a goal of raising £10 per mile for the Cystic
Fibrosis Trust, but in the end he raised a fantastic £1500. He said:-
"It's a surreal sensation when your mind overcomes your body
and you just have the will to carry on."
Jack attends Formby High School and is in Year 9, Head Dominic
Mackenzie said:- "The whole school community is incredibly
proud of Jack and his exceptional determination to succeed and raise
funds for this worthy cause."
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Boat builders go
back to the future
Photos by Richard Williams
A business consultant whose
ancestor sailed with Charles Darwin before taking over the
Lancashire coastguard is recreating the North West's traditional
salmon fishing boats. Martin Dooley has set up as a boat
builder; the trade once practised by his great great grandfather;
with his friend Andy Lee-McGurk. And from their new premises in Pool
Hey lane, Scarisbrick, they are making a modern version of the
whammel fishing boats that a century ago were a common sight on the
River Lune and across Morecambe Bay, and until recently were still
being used. The pair, who run Character Boats, will be unveiling
their latest version of the long keel, clinker style boats; the 17ft
long Weekender; at the All Wales Boat Show.
The event, 24 July to 28 July 2013, will be split between Conwy and
Deganwy Quay marinas, with visitors ferried across the River Conwy
from one harbour side to the other. There will be a range of craft
on show, plus the chance to try out some of the equipment on sale,
along with a variety of events and entertainment. Organised by
boating enthusiast Kit Farmer and his wife Davina Carey-Evans, the
event aims to help Wales grab a bigger share of the marine industry
that generates around £3 billion in the UK every year. Davina
said:- "We are delighted that Character Boats have chose the
All-Wales Boat Show as the ideal place to launch the Weekender. They
are doing a fantastic job in reviving the spirit of the traditional
whammel fishing boats and I am sure that they will cause quite a
stir at the show."
Martin said:- "The Weekender was developed from the working
salmon fishing boats of the early 1900s, large numbers of these
fished Morecambe Bay off the North West Coast and they were also
raced by enthusiastic crews under their regatta rig. Our versions
can easily be loaded onto a trailer, and are suitable for estuary
sailing. It's a distinctive traditional craft with glass fibre hull
and cockpit mouldings fitted out in hand crafted hardwoods, with a
traditional rig of distinctive tan sails. The long shallow keel and
offers stability and good sailing performance, allowing them to sail
well in shallow waters. Their protective stainless steel keel
banding enables them to be launched from, and sailed on to, a beach
without damage. The ballast in the keel gives them better stability
than a similar sized dinghy so there is no need to sit out over the
side when sailing. The commercial background of the craft with their
seaworthy hulls and full built in buoyancy has left a legacy of
safety and sailing efficiency, allowing the experienced skipper to
accommodate varying skill levels with the crew."
The 56 year old comes from a long line of links with the sea.
"My great-great-grandfather, John Johns, was an able seaman aboard
The Beagle with Charles Darwin – I've got his sea-chest. He went on
to captain a ship in the Royal Navy during the Opium Wars with China
and he later came back to the UK when was put in charge of the
coastguard, along this coast and down to Hoylake and Rhyl. And his
father was also a boat-builder, in Devon and Cornwall, though I've
not yet found out much about him. I've been sailing since I was 5,
boats are really in my blood. I own my own boat as well, Tao, a 26ft
wooden sailing boat, which is moored at Beaumaris, Anglesey. That's
my escape from life."
Martin, who lives Aughton with his occupational therapist wife Mary
and their three children, and is also a consultant advising small
and medium sized companies on how to succeed, while dad-of-three
Andy, 48, works with homeless young people and lives in Crosby with
his wife Karen, a youth worker.
Martin added:- "As I am a consultant with the Government's
Manufacturing Advisory Service I am flexible when I work, and Andy
works evening and weekends, as we build the boats to order. It's a
small business but the model works very well, as we have other
interests to keep us afloat. We looking forward to exhibiting our
Weekender at the All Wales Boat Show, as it's a chance to meet a
whole range people and explain to them at first hand the background
to the boat, and its benefits, out of the water. Plus I am looking
forward to seeing all the other boats on show, and sampling some of
the Welsh produce."
Andy also has a link to his nautical heritage; the tools that he
uses at Character Boats were left to him by his maternal grandfather
Len Brown, a carpenter on sailing ships around the world. Andy, aged
48 said:- "He worked for the Blue Funnel Line and was on board
the ships, rather than working in the yards. He was away much of the
time, as an on-board wood worker. I was only eight when he died, but
he left me his wood working tools."
His dad John, from Belfast, was also a seafarer, working as a cook
and chief steward on bulk carriers sailing to and from Australia.
Andy previously worked with the Ocean Youth Club in Merseyside,
taking youngsters on sailing trips and was an instructor on the
Drake Fellowship's Spirit of Liverpool ship. He was also a sailing
instructor with Sefton Youth Services. Davina added:- "The
boat show is a celebratory festival of all water-based activities
promises to dazzle with the very best in boating, with an amazing
array of watersports and incredible outdoor activities plus
wonderful leisure opportunities. There will be yachts fit for
millionaires, the tallest ship ever to have sailed into the harbour
at Conwy, hand-crafted traditional boats such as coracles, plus the
chance to try your hand at everything from paddle-boarding and sail
boats to diving. For landlubbers, there are stunning luxury cars to
admire, mouth-watering food and wine from Wales to sample and
mock-rock faces to tackle. You can also take a ride across the River
Conwy, from one marina to another or stroll along the coastal path
between the 2, to get a view of the historic waterfronts and the
line-up of boats; with plenty on offer to buy."