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Street Angels new tool to keep revellers safe

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Blackpool and the Fylde Street Angels have a new tool to help them in their mission to keep revellers safe on a night out.

The team of volunteers, who can normally be seen with their minibus outside Soul Suite in the resort, have been given a mobile phone charging unit by family-run business Well-Charged Ltd.

Photo Neil Cross'Dusty Lawton of Well Charged Ltd handing over phone battery charge machine to Paul Rawson of Blackpool Street Angels as part of a scheme to help vulnerable people who have been separated from their friends when their phone battery dies on a night out.

Photo Neil Cross'Dusty Lawton of Well Charged Ltd handing over phone battery charge machine to Paul Rawson of Blackpool Street Angels as part of a scheme to help vulnerable people who have been separated from their friends when their phone battery dies on a night out.

It means the Street Angels will be able to offer mobile phone charging to vulnerable people who may have lost friends and their phone batteries have died.

Dusty Lawton, company director of Well-Charged Ltd, said the firm wanted to give back to the community.

She said: “The safety of night dwellers is important to us.

“We have our own children who go out and we were so worried about them drinking too much and losing their friends, they then become a vulnerable target for the wrong type of people.

“We want to ensure people’s communication needs are met at their most difficult times.”

Paul Rawson, manager of Blackpool Street Angels, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the donation.

“The device allows us to charge up to six mobile phones simultaneously in the van.

“This is especially helpful when trying to reunite people with their friends, as we’re able to recover their contacts once their phones are charged.

“This is also great for holiday makers who can’t always remember the name of their hotel.”

Dusty added: “This small gesture may also reduce the workload for emergency services, maybe preventing hospital admissions and the need for police intervention.”

Blackpool and the Fylde Street Angels launched in June 2012.

* If you’re over the age of 18 and wish to learn more about Blackpool and Fylde Street Angels and would like to join them, you can email help@bfstreetangels.org