Dance fest in step for family fun
A CHARITY trustee will test his survival instincts by spending two days and one night deep in the Irish wilderness, challenging the wild to raise money for North West Cancer Research.
Mark Haig, 57 from Mawdesley, will take part in Heart North Wales Challenge the Wild weekend to support the charity which funds life-saving cancer research across the North West.
Having been diagnosed with cancer himself in 2012 and undergoing successful treatment in 2013, the Director of PHP Active Community Interest Company understands the vital role that research must play in the fight against cancer.
So tomorrow (June 23) Mark will join nine other fundraisers and Heart North Wales presenters Oli Kemp and Rachael Howarth in Killarney, County Kerry.
The group will be split into two teams headed by Oli and Rachael, and will spend the weekend challenging themselves to rock climb, scramble, abseil, cliff jump, trek in the dark and explore tunnel caves.
They will survive on food sourced from the land and sleep under basic Army-style tarpaulin shelters and tents.
So far Mark has raised £1,175 through his Just Giving page and donations from local businesses including Advance Accountancy Southport, Bespoke Healthcare and Greater Lancashire Hospital, Merlin Cycles and SIB Insurance.
He hopes other businesses will see the benefit in supporting the work of North West Cancer Research and help make a difference to many lives.
A trustee for North West Cancer Research, Mark said: “I’m genuinely looking forward to the challenges and obstacles which will be thrown our way at the end of the month.
“I’m a regular cyclist, so I’m fairly fit on two wheels, but we’ll see how I cope with wild rapids and jumping off a cliff.
“I am personally and professionally involved with North West Cancer Research in my role as trustee.
“I am proud to support a charity that can directly impact on the health and quality of life of individuals and the communities it serves.
“Having had cancer, I know too well the lifechanging effect it can have on you and your loved ones.
“I was lucky enough to receive treatment that has led to a very positive outcome, but this is not always the case for everyone.
“The more money we raise for cancer research, the more advances we can make when it comes to cancer diagnosis and treatment.”
THE whole family can enjoy a fantastic free celebration of dance and music at Coronation Park in Ormskirk on Sunday (June 25) between 11am and 4pm.
The Ormskirk Dance Festival features exciting performances from a number of groups ranging from line dancing to street dance centred around the park bandstand. There will also be musical entertainment.
Groups performing are Attitude Dance, Base Dance, Divine Dance, Dream Makers, E Rooms, Learning Stars, Lucy Contemporary Tap, Moonflower, and The Conway Girls.
Plenty of other attractions are lined up for people to enjoy including dance and art workshops, children’s rides and entertainment, a bouncy castle, craft activities, donkey rides, community stalls and much more.
West Lancashire Borough Council’s Parks and Countryside Service has teamed up with Divine Days Community Arts CIC for the third year running to organise the extravaganza.
Katie Whitehead, managing director and founder, says: “It’s the highlight of our performance calendar. We love working with the park rangers and performing with so many different dance/ performance troupes from our community.
“We love seeing all the hard work of planning and rehearsing come together.”
For more information about Divine Days Community Arts CIC please visit www.divinedays.co.uk or email katie@ divinedays.co.uk
Dave Tilleray, the council’s director of leisure and wellbeing, said: “The dancers will be showing off their expert moves and there will be plenty of other attractions for people to enjoy at the festival.
“So make sure you don’t miss this exciting event for all the family to enjoy.”
For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council events please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/events.
Fancy volunteering with the ranger service? Call 01695 622794 for more information.
Find out more about parks and countryside events by following the rangers on Twitter @WLBC_Rangers or visiting their Facebook page www.facebook. com/wlbc.rangers.