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GOOD NEWS - 6th July

This week marks the 75th Anniversary of the NHS. and it's been an opportunity to celebrate and thank the amazing, caring and dedicated staff who make up the service locally and across the Country.

There are many great community activities and events taking place to support the occasion and one is this week's parkrun. If you've been thinking of trying out the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun, Saturday 8th July is the perfect opportunity. It's great fun being involved as a runner/jogger/walker or as a volunteer and this week everyone is encouraged to wear blue to show support for the NHS. To find out more about the local event and register for free to take part visit the Fleetwood Promenade parkrun website.

And as part of the media coverage for the anniversary, BBC North West were in Fleetwood recently to hear the experiences and thoughts of residents about the NHS, including meeting the members of Harmony & Health. If you missed the feature at the time, you can watch it now on the BBC iPlayer.

Thank you to the local residents who make up the Fleetwood Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG).

Following a recent visit by staff from the local NHS to Charles Saer School highlighting the dangers of skin cancer, the PPG raised funds through a cake-bake to provide a sunscreen dispenser for the children - great work everyone!

Healthier Fleetwood has an extra member of the team this week, Daisy a Year 10 student at Fleetwood High School joined us for her work experience placement.

During her time, she's been helping to update the posters and leaflets in our Information Centre, using her creativity as part of an upcoming project and meeting some of the residents, groups and partner organisations from the community. We've also chatted about what's important to young people living in Fleetwood and looking to the future. Daisy said, "I wanted to come to Healthier Fleetwood because I had heard about the way they work, supporting people to try something new and improve their confidence. I wanted to be part of this even if it was just for a week, to help our community and our Town." It's been a pleasure working with Daisy this week, she's a credit to her family and the young people in Fleetwood and we wish her well in her studies and beyond.

One change to the opening hours of the Healthier Fleetwood Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity Lancashire next week - we are closed Tuesday 11th and OPEN on Monday 10th, Wednesday 12th and Friday 14th July, 11am - 3pm.

Please come and say hello to us at this weekend's big community event ... Saturday is the Friends of Memorial Park Fun Day.

There will be fairground rides, a bouncy castle, games, and much more - raising funds for new play equipment in the park. It's a great day out for all the family from 11am to 3pm.

We'll be there sharing news on the groups and activities for health and wellbeing.

Also on Saturday, 8th July, Fleetwood & Cleveleys Lions Club host a Historic Walk & Treasure Hunt around the Town.

The walk starts at 1pm from Fleetwood Museum, heading along the Promenade with interesting facts and the treasure hunt to enjoy. It's a £5pp donation to take part, the money raised supports Brain Tumour Research. For further information please see the Lions page on Facebook or email the organiser

This month's Fleetwood Museum heritage walk is Wednesday 12th July.

Seaside Holidays in Fleetwood in the 1950s is the topic and you'll find out about the history of our Town on a guided walk with a local volunteer. To book contact Fleetwood Museum on 01253 876621 or call in at the venue. Full details of the opening hours and more are online here.

With excitement building for England Lionesses at the Women's World Cup in Australia & New Zealand ...

... Fleetwood Town Community Trust is offering ladies the chance to play a little closer to home! They are inviting teams to enter a tournament, Saturday 5th August at their excellent Poolfoot Complex, over in Thornton Cleveleys. It's a 7-a-side event for ages 16 and over with the first kick-off at 10am. As well as playing to win the trophy, you'll support grassroots football as the funds raised will increase recreational and competitive opportunities for girls and women in the area. > To find out more and enter a team please email

Thank you to everyone who attended the Healthier Fleetwood Open Meeting yesterday evening, a summary will be sent soon as an extra Good News bulletin - the next meeting is Wednesday 2nd August at Emmanuel Church at the Mount. And finally, some of you may be heading off later to Marine Hall for the recording of BBC's Question Time programme - yes, that includes the man at the back in the blue shirt. We hope you have an enjoyable evening and look forward to hearing the voice of the Fleetwood community and their contribution to national debates.

See you all soon, keep sending in your Good News ... until the next time, take care.




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