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Will Gary Barlow make it to the Petal Relay for Life Weekend in September?

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‘Take That’ star Gary Barlow is once more causing a stir on Twitter after offering to play at a series of fans’ birthdays this year.

 The catch? You need to be celebrating a “milestone birthday” in 2016 and you need to tweet the star with a compelling reason for him to choose your event to sing at.

Barlow, who last year offered himself up as a wedding singer, announced the news by tweeting: “21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 110 !!!!! I’ll come and sing at your party”.

At Petal we are tweeting like crazy to encourage him to come to this year’s Petal Relay for Life event on the weekend of 3rd and 4th September to surprise Kim Imeson,  one of our very loyal supporters, who will be celebrating her 50th birthday during the weekend.

Please keep your fingers crossed everyone that Gary makes it to Gisburn to surprise Kim and indeed to make this year’s Relay even more special!! And if you are a regular Twitter user please do follow us and retweet as often as possible on our behalf.

 

3 Cheers for Matthew Kibble

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And here it is – the Kibble truck named ‘Beau’! This was a very generous and unique auction prize donated by honorary member Matthew Kibble. It was purchased by Tony Bradley and named after his granddaughter Beau.  Bravo Matthew Kibble and Tony!!?

Opportunity to join in Ed’s 2016 Challenge

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Ed’s 2016 Challenge (to run/walk 2,600kms in 2016 is now well and truly up and running with money starting to come in and the miles being ticked off.
And now there is a chance for everyone to join in.
As part of the challenge, Ed is organising a mass participation event which just about anyone can enter.
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, he decided that the challenge would be to run or walk the equivalent of the length of the canal from Leeds to Liverpool – and then turn round and run back again.
This is not something he feels he can manage by himself and now Ed is looking for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to join in.
The challenge is to complete 254.5 miles or just under 410 kilometres in 12 hours.
That means completing  1,025 laps of a running track in 12 hours at a rate of around 86 laps an hour.
Thanks to Pendle Leisure Trust, the event will take place on Saturday 30th April at Seedhill Athletes Track and Fitness Centre  in Nelson, commencing at 8am.
Ed needs as many people as possible to join him and take part.
The first hundred people to complete 10 laps, a distance of four kilometers or around two-and-a-half miles, will receive goody bags.
There will also be a special prize for whoever completes the most laps and other spot prizes during the day.
Runners and walkers are all welcome.
All we ask is for a £5 registration fee and the registration process is now live  on the  Pendleside Hospice website.
NB:’Petal’ supporters please note that although the process is via the Pendleside website, Ed is raising funds for Pendleside and Petal but for admin purposes it is simpler to use the Pendleside site.
Anyone who registers will also have the chance to raise money for Pendleside and Petal Childhood Cancer Research and special fundraising packs can be requested when you register.
However, if people want to register, pay £5 and then raise money for a charity of their own choosing, that is also fine.
Please come along and complete as many or as few laps as you feel able and support Ed in this monster challenge.
You can also Like Ed’s Facebook page ‘Ed’s 2016 Challenge’ or follow him on Twitter @ChallengeEd16 on Twitter to see when registrations open for the next stage of the 2016 challenge
Below is the link to take you to the Registration page.

Update on Ed’s Big Challenge

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Action Man Ed Lee has now completed the first month of his Big Challenge – to walk/run 2,600kms in 2016. Below is an update from him in his own words on how he’s clocking up the ‘K’s! Keep it up Ed – we are delighted to have you fundraising for Petal and Pendleside

“I have enjoyed a great start to the 2016 Challenge.
Having set out to make sure I was ahead of the target by the end of the first month, I have done just that.
I have been helped by a Bank Holiday, a day’s leave and not too much unexpected weather.
 And by the end of January a huge chunk had been chalked off the 2,600 kilometre target.
Helped along by old friend David Greenwood and new friend Graham Denney, who have both joined in to lend me some moral support, I actually managed to drag myself out 29 times for either walks or runs.
In almost 40 hours I either ran or walked a total of 255.1 kilometres, split fairly evenly in just over 132 kilometres of running and just under 123 kilometres of walking.
The longest run was exactly 10 kilometres on a treadmill at Pendle Wavelengths.
And the longest walk was just over 15 kilometres starting in Briercliffe, walking out to Roggerham, round to Hurstwood Reservoir, down to Rowley Lake and then back to Briercliffe which was all made much easier by listening to the Clarets beat Middlesbrough in the FA Cup!
Apart from knocking a lump out of the overall target, I haven’t yet ticked off any of the other parts of the challenge yet.
They are running a half marathon, completing the Burnley 10K, taking part in the Pendle Pub Walk, walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks and the Pendle Three Peaks, organising the mass participation event which is detailed above, taking part in Petal’s Relay for Life and completing both the Pendle Way and the Burnley Way.”

 

Ed Lee Commences his Big Challenge!

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Ed is now up and running and pounding out the miles in his 2016 Challenge for Petal Childhood Cancer research and Pendleside Hospice. He is aiming to run or walk a total of 2,600km in 2016 and has a number of separate challenges built into his programme.

In the first week of the challenge he covered a total of 60.54 kms in 10 hours 11 minutes to get well ahead of target.

Follow his progress on twitter @challenge Ed16 or on his Facebook page Ed’s 2016 Challenge.

A Virgin Money donation page is also up and running and you can make donations by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/EdwardLee3

Watch this space for ways you can join in with future events as the challenge unfolds

Liberties & Co of Bingley Host Masquerade Ball

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Glitzy & Gorgeous Pair: Emma Harrison and Mum

On Saturday December 11th, Emma Harrison of Liberties & Co Beauty Salon in Bingley, hosted a super glam Masquerade (Fundraising) Ball with all proceeds coming to Petal. Emma is a highly enthusiastic & energetic supporter of Petal and she and her partygoing friends, family, colleagues and customers raised an astonishing £2,000 on our behalf. What a result – and we have it on good authority that it was an awesome night for all concerned. We are indebted to you Emma – yet again doing a great job to help us in our mission to give ‘more tomorrows for children with cancer’.

Please check out the Liberties & Co Facebook page as per the link below to discover the extensive range of beauty treatments/services they provide.

https://www.facebook.com/LibertiesCo-288904347808677/

 

Ed’s Big 2016 Challenge

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Local journalist Edward Lee has set himself a big challenge for 2016 – and he wants others to join in.
He has committed to run and walk a total of 2,600km – 50km a week – to raise money for Petal and Pendleside Hospice
Kicking off in January, he will aim to complete a series of challenges on his way to completing the ultimate challenge.
The first way people can help him is to sign up for the challenge.
He will be tracking all his runs and walks – all of which must be at least 5km – through Endomondo.
Create an account either on your phone or your computer.  Download the app to your smartphone and then make sure it is active whenever you put on your running shoes or hiking boots.
To keep Ed on his toes, simply log into Endomondo and in the Challenges section join Ed’s Big Challenge. All your runs and walks will be totalled up and will help encourage Ed to keep going all year round.
There will be various fund-raising activities as the year progresses which will be highlighted on our website
THE CHALLENGE
Complete 2,600 kilometres in 2016.
Complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
Complete the Pendle Three Peaks.
Organise an event which covers the length of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Leeds to Liverpool – and then back again – in one day
Complete a half-marathon.
Take part in the Pendle Pub Walk.
Run the Burnley 10k (formerly the Pennine Lancashire 10k).
Complete the Pendle Way.
Complete the Burnley Way.
Take part in the Petal Festival of Fun/Relay for Life.

Booths Wine & Cheese Event – Storming Success

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Booths event 2  booths wine tasting  Booths event

Booths of Barrowford put on a tremendous event on behalf of Petal on Friday 20th November. A magnificent turnout for a most memorable and entertaining evening of ‘Wine and Cheese’ tasting. Huge Thanks to all those who participated, to Angela Stuttard our wonderwoman committee member and of course to John and his team at Booths Barrowford for raising in excess of £1600 for research in to childhood caancers!!! Stunning outcome from a fantastic Friday night out.

In Memory of Frank Smith

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Frank Smith

All at Petal are deeply saddened at the loss of friend and long time honorary member Mr Frank Smith who passed away at the age of 83 on 2nd November 2015 having fought cancer for several years. Frank lost his first wife to the disease some years ago and latterly his beloved daughter Alex, 5 years ago also to cancer.

Frank has supported our charity for over 17 years in a multitude of ways but most of all by giving generously at our charity auctions and throwing himself into the huge majority of our events year upon year. One of the last times he was seen in public was at our 24 hour Festival of Fun in September when, despite being extremely poorly, he bravely undertook the opening lap of the event along with other cancer survivors and sufferers. A truly moving sight.

Our Frank was not only a hugely generous, kind and caring character but also a mischievous, fun loving character to the last.

Our most sincere sympathy goes out to his family in their loss.  Rest in peace Frank and thank you for all the wonderful happy memories you have left behind. We shall all miss you dearly.