Dance fest in step for fam­ily fun

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

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.

Charity trustee and Di­rec­tor of PHP Ac­tive Com­mu­nity In­ter­est Com­pany, Mark Haig

Corona­tion Park in Ormskirk

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