LAL learners organise Fylde fundraiser for underprivileged children

A Lancashire Adult Learning group from the Fylde are holding a family fun day to raise money for local underprivileged children.

The event on Saturday April 15th promises to be fun-filled and action-packed and attractions on the day include a bouncy castle, cartoon card making with a local cartoonist, a “name the teddy” competition, table top sale, homemade cakes, plant and painted pebble sale, free hand massage and Body Shop products, face painting and a raffle.

A few other surprises are also planned, including musical entertainment, and the event will be held at Fleetwood Pavilion in Fleetwood Memorial Park.

The fun day, from 12 noon to 4pm, has been organised by a group of people in recovery from life controlling problems, such as addiction and mental health issues, and the aim of the event is to drive up vital funds for children who have also been affected.

Lancashire Adult Learning is running it as a training course in conjunction with The Work Company to teach learners valuable skills such as communication, project management, fundraising, promotion and problem solving to prepare them for the workplace.

One of the group members, Barbara Murphy, has been in recovery from addiction for three years. She is the chairman of the Recovery Workshop at Fleetwood Pavilion every Thursday and runs a Saturday group at the Pavilion for families in recovery.

Barbara said: “We just want to give a bit back to the community. These children have never had a day out before and it will be wonderful to see their faces on the day.

“There is often a stigma about people who have gone through things like addiction. But because they have been taking from the community for years, they really want to give back and are very caring and loving people.

“I would like to thank members of the community who helped out in different ways and donated raffle prizes.”

Course teacher Andrea Robinson said: “The group have been brilliant at coming up with creative ideas and learning how to plan effectively and work well as a team.

“They have all brought their own skills and talents to the project and we believe it will be a great success and an inspiration to others in the community.”

The organising group would be very grateful for any donations of raffle prizes or cakes to sell on the day. For further information, contact Emma on 07748 272927.

Up to date information on the family fun day can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/130257037505941/.

Lancashire Adult Learning delivers a huge range of planned provision across the county, from Arts and Crafts to Humanities classes, Languages to Health and Wellbeing sessions and Employability courses, as well as a range of FREE taster sessions to celebrate the Festival of Learning.

For more information about LAL, contact 0333 003 1717 or visit www.lal.ac.uk

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