Letters - 12-06-12

Alison Gabbitas (left) with her daughter Lydia at Battersea Bridge in London.
Alison Gabbitas (left) with her daughter Lydia at Battersea Bridge in London.
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I HAVE just returned from four days in London with my daughter Lydia and friends Lesley, Hannah, Kathy, Stevie, Carolyn and Emily.

Despite the rain, we wore our Blackpool sunglasses, and attracted so much attention we got asked about Blackpool and whether it had an airport!

I also managed to be on the BBC news, singing Singing in the Rain – yes, you guessed it – in my Blackpool sunglasses.

We had such a memorable time, despite the rain, and very much look forward to the Queen’s 70th celebration.



YOU may be surprised to know that more than 900 million animals are farmed for food each year in the UK – that’s about 56 times the number of pet dogs and cats.

Most of these farm animals are kept in conditions which the RSPCA thinks are unacceptable, and that’s why we need your help.

Farm Animal Week starts takes place from June 18 to 24, run by the RSPCA’s Freedom Food labelling scheme, and we are asking people to pop along to their local Sainsbury’s store to help raise money for farm animals.

For selected Freedom Food labelled products bought in store during the week, Sainsbury’s will donate 5p to the RSPCA to help improve the lives of farm animals.

And you can help cats and dogs and other needy animals too, as the RSPCA will be collecting donations outside many Sainsbury’s stores up and down the country throughout the week.

To find out more, visit www.freeedomfood.co.uk/farmanimalweek


RSPCA North regional manager

THE charity, Aspired Futures, based at Kensington Lodge, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, would like to express its thanks for all the local support it has received over the last year, enabling it to grow its therapeutic services, supporting vulnerable children and young people living across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

First of all, a special thank you to Kensington Trust, especially Julia for providing us with a beautiful home and for believing in the Aspired team.

An additional thank you to Lords Kitchens who recently, at short notice, refurbished the kitchen to ensure we meet Ofsted regulations, to all their tradesmen who gave their time for free, to local organisations and companies e.g. Palatine and Sunrise Rotary, Russell Haldane Trust, Queendeans, Glasdon, Classique Windows, Athertons Flooring, Premier Heating, Belmont Blinds and Curtains for converting the annex into a music friendly zone.

We also want to thank Emma Harris, and the photographer on the day, who recently visited our Aspired project and made our young people feel really special, they truly enjoyed the interview process.

Last but not least a special thank you to all our volunteers for their ongoing dedication, enthusiasm and kindness.