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Issue:- Thursday, 01 September 2016

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North West Air Ambulance Charity throws down the gauntlet

THE North West Air Ambulance Charity has been announced as the nominated cause for the 2016 Gauntlet Games and event organisers are calling for people from across the region to crawl, swing and slide their way through a wacky obstacle course, in an effort to keep the charity's helicopters in the air. The Gauntlet Games takes place in Manchester's Heaton Par, on Saturday, 3 September 2016. 5km or 10km of inflatable, water and climbing obstacles stand between the start and finish lines, with real Gladiators to compete against. Obstacles to negotiate include the 'Flume of Doom' water slide, rocking see saws and even a joust pit. With no time limit, the 5km race is suitable for participants of all fitness levels, and is billed as a hilarious day out for friends and family, with the 10km option throwing in some extra challenges. Participants who choose to compete as part of the North West Air Ambulance Charity team receive exclusive discounts, as well as raising vital funds to keep the charity's fleet flying 365 days a year. They also receive a T-shirt, water bottle and medal to wear with pride.  Linda de Sa, Challenge Events Officer at the North West Air Ambulance Charity, says:- "The Gauntlet Games are a real 1 off event and we're thrilled to have been selected as their nominated charity. When else will you get the chance to try out such a brilliant range of obstacles; all while raising money that goes straight to save lives all over the North West? Last year, we flew over 2,000 rescue missions throughout the region, funded entirely by public donations. We encourage anyone who's looking for a day out with a difference to join our Gauntlet Games team now and be part of a truly lifesaving adventure."

The Gauntlet Games take place in Heaton Park on Saturday 3rd September, with start times between:- 9:30 and 11:30. To sign up, visit:- TheGauntletGames.Co.UK, and sign up to join the:- 'North West Air Ambulance Charity' team. Use the code:- 'NWAA5' to secure your discount.

A charity event is planned to mark the Isle of Man leg of an epic journey around the British Isles

Bruce Kelsey with the Morris Minor which will visit the Isle of Man on 4 September 2016, with Steam Packet.

TO celebrate its 40th Anniversary of the Morris Minor, the Morris Minor Owners Club have arranged for a standard specification 1962 Morris Minor 4 door saloon to travel from John O'Groats to Land's End. Instead of using the most direct route, the car, driven by Bruce Kelsey, will criss cross Britain in an attempt to visit every branch of the MMOC and several locations with links to the history of the car and the club.  The journey of more than 3,000 miles is expected to take up to 5 weeks with events being held at each of the 75 planned stops to raise money for charity. The car travels to the Island on 4 September 2016, with transport costs supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Wades Truck Services.  On the day the car arrives in Douglas, the Isle of Man branch of the club will host an event in the B&Q car park on Spring Valley Industrial Estate. Starting at 10am, it will feature several locally owned Morris Minors from between 1949 and 1971, with the marathon car due to arrive shortly after 2pm. There will be collections for Marie Curie, which is being supported by the MMOC charity marathon, and Hospice Isle of Man, which will have representatives at the event.  Bernie Wade from the Isle of Man branch of the MMOC said:- "We're really pleased the Island could be included in this historic journey and hope we'll have a good turnout to greet Bruce. It'll not only be a great opportunity to see a wonderful display of cars and chat to the owners, but also a chance to support very worthwhile charities. We're very grateful to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for its support, as well as to B&Q for its help in putting on the event."  Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said:- "We look forward to welcoming Bruce and the visiting car to the Isle of Man and hope the local branch's event enjoys a good turnout and raises plenty of money for 2 very deserving causes."  So keep an eye out in Liverpool to see it pass through on it's way to the ferry boat.

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