It was chocs away for those good eggs at Blackpool Carers with a cracker of an Easter fair raising more than £300 towards support services for the resort’s unpaid carers of all ages. The event was organised by volunteers Rachel Lambert and Andrea Smith. Well done Ladies what a fantastic effort.
Up to 100 visitors hunted eggs, bagged freebie Easter ‘bonnet’ head bands, checked out the crafts on sale, including a new range of spring/summer accessories for the charity’s donkey mascot, Rocco, and enjoyed fun in the sun and surrounds.
It was a chance to discover what Beaverbrooks House at Newton Drive, the HQ that BBC DIY SOS totally transformed for Blackpool Carers in the summer of 2016, had to offer.
Almost 4m viewers watched the Blackpool Big Build for Children in Need on TV and today the Centre has 6,000 carers on its books – 5,000 adults and 1,000 young and young adult carers.
Three years on, the building has grown into a real community asset, busy day and night, including at selected weekends, and by no means exclusively used by the charity but by other community groups and networks too.
With Easter the season of new beginnings the centre has an ambitious programme of events and projects such as Carers Week in June along with the charity’s annual Cash Quest for Carers which gives a real employment opportunity to a caring young adult. There’s a chance to make a real splash with the Wakepark Wipeout challenge over two gloriously soggy days too – businesses invited to join the fun. The charity also has a Tower to Tower Blackpool to Paris cycle challenge for fundraisers in September.
Meantime, the Blackpool Hockey Festival, which runs from Good Friday to Easter Monday at Blackpool Sports Centre and Arena for seven a side and 11 a side matches respectively, hosts the annual President’s Dinner in Beaverbrooks House as well as raises funds for the charity throughout the four-day festival.