Monday, March 11, 2013

Volunteers stage fun day for community

Volunteers organising an Easter family fun day are ‘fantastic’ examples of the Council’s Your Call campaign.

The Friends of Roe Lee Park are hosting a fun day at Roe Lee Park on Easter Sunday, March 31.
The event will feature a range of attractions including egg hunts, fairground rides, bouncy castles and a ‘Fun Bus’. 

There will also be market stalls and competitions to get involved in as well as demonstrations from Lancashire Fire and Rescue.

Volunteers at the event, which will run from 10am from 4pm, will be turning their hands to everything from face-painting to providing first-aid cover or advising visitors where to park.

Blackburn Foodbank will also be at the event and are appealing for visitors to bring donations, which will be distributed to families across the borough.

Jason Walker, from the Friends of Roe Lee Park, said:  “There’s going to be a great variety of events and activities going on throughout the day and we’re hoping to see a great turnout from everyone across the town.”

“With the Council having to make cut backs it’s important that communities step in to fill the gap.  When I was younger there were loads of events like this taking place and we all want our kids to grow up with these things too.”

Councillor Phil Riley, also a member of the group, said:  “The Easter Family fun day continues the long tradition of the volunteers of the Friends of Roe Lee Park in organising celebration events at various points in the year.”

“This builds previous fantastic events such as last year’s Winter Wonderland in which over 2,000 residents took part in various activities in the park.”

Councillor Kate Hollern, Leader of the Council, said:  “The Friends of Roe Lee Park are a fantastic example of our Your Call volunteers: residents who give up their free time purely to boost community spirit.”

“Your Call wants to celebrate these kinds of stories and to encourage more people in our borough to see the benefits of doing their bit.”

For more information or to book a stall contact Jason Walker on 07743 101 067, or find the Friends of Roe Lee Park on Facebook.

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