team in Blackpool complete gruelling challenge to support charity
THE construction team
building The Harbour, a £40m mental health facility in Blackpool,
have completed a 60mile bike ride and raised more than £3,000 for
local charity Lancashire Mind.
The challenge covered a route from Manchester to Blackpool on the 13
July, with over 7,000 cyclists taking part.
The popular event began at Manchester United's football ground at
Old Trafford where keen cyclists rode on country lanes before
finishing on the Blackpool promenade.
The weary cyclists celebrated the completion of the ride with a
barbecue whilst enjoying live music.
John Curphey, Commercial Manager from VINCI Construction UK, said:-
"It was a tough challenge but worth the effort, knowing the money
raised is going to a great cause. Well done to all the people who
took part and helped support our journey."
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust appointed IHP, a joint venture
between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, to construct
a 154 bed mental health inpatient unit known as The Harbour.
The facility will be completed in November 2014 and will provide
dementia, advanced care, psychological intensive care units and
adult functional wards.
Alistair Rose, Project Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation
Trust said:- "Congratulations to the team for their brilliant
achievement and supporting such a worthwhile cause in Lancashire.
They have done an excellent job throughout the construction of The
Harbour and we are looking forward to it opening in Spring 2015."
Stewart Lucas, Chief Executive Officer at Lancashire Mind
commented:- "Lancashire Mind is the county's leading mental
health charity. We enable people all over the county to manage,
maintain and improve their mental wellbeing as well as provide
support to people experiencing a mental health condition. As a
registered charity we are reliant upon people to raise money,
organising and taking part in events such as this bike ride is truly
an amazing way to support our vital work. We cannot thank the team
from VINCI Construction UK enough for all their efforts."
Lancashire Mind is the county's leading mental health and mental
Youth and play
centres set to remain open
5 youth and play centres in
Liverpool are set to remain open after the City Council reached
agreement with organisations willing to take them over.
The City Council needs to save £156 million over the next 3 years
due to cuts in Central Government funding, and the youth and play
service is facing a 50% reduction in its budget.
A report to the Cabinet on Friday, 1 August 2014, is recommending that:-
► Mab Lane Youth and Play Centre is taken over by Merseyside Society
for Deaf People, who will locate their youth and play provision at
► Knotty Ash Youth and Community Centre becomes the northern
regional office for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and will be an open
centre for young people who want to complete the award
► Childwall Youth Centre will be taken over by Childwall Valley
Estate Management Board, who intend to continue to operate youth and
► ZAP Play Centre will be transferred to Daisy Inclusive UK - who
support young people and adults to participate in sport, arts,
educational and community activities
► Epsom Street Play Centre will be operated by Nugent Care. It will
retain play and youth services as well as becoming a community
volunteer centre to train local young people
No expressions of interest were received for Walton Adventure
Playground and Centre, and this building will be retained until an
alternative use can be identified.
Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member with responsibility for the
youth service, said:- "These are tough and challenging times
for the Council but we are determined to do what we can to find
alternative ways of keeping services going. I am pleased that we
have been able to attract the interest of a number of well respected
organisations in taking over five of the buildings. They have come
up with some exciting proposals which will secure the future of the
centres and will see additional investment. We don't have any
control over the money available to use from the government for
spending on services. The challenge for us, partners and the local
community is to find a way to deliver services better and more
cheaply. This is a great example of how working with the voluntary
sector, and by transferring assets to them, we can protect essential
services and also help their work."
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