Letters - December 2, 2011

PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Search for a Star. Helen O'Neill
PHOTO. KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Search for a Star. Helen O'Neill
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THERE are many clubs around Blackpool holding charity nights for various charities, the most popular of which over the last two to three years has been Help for Heroes which supports our injured servicemen in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

These events are usually a great success and raise needed for deserving causes.

However, these events would not be anything like as successful as they are if it wasn’t for the artists who support them, giving their time virtually free of charge, to encourage people to come in and to entertain them.

I feel it is time they were given the recognition they deserve. We have arranged several charity nights over the last three years, and there are certain artists who always want to help.

Kev Rees Owen has done nearly all our charity nights, as well as many others and has helped to raise tens of thousands of pounds, mainly for Help for Heroes because he is an ex-serviceman himself. John Gillan from Oldham has also helped us many times and has raised thousands of pounds through the sale of his CDs.

Many other willing helpers have included Jon Dean, Lydia Jordan, Neil O’Neill, Helen O’Neill, Paula and Michaela, plus others too numerous to mention, and we are very grateful to them all.

We would not have made anything like as much money as we did if it hadn’t have been for them.

I have only mentioned the artists who have helped us, but there must be many more around the Fylde and even further afield, who have helped out at such events who also deserve recognition.

Thank you to all of you, and I hope you will continue to support us when future events are arranged.


Station Road Social Club


ON behalf of the Blackpool RNLI Ladies Guild, we would like to say a big thank you to management, staff and customers of Sainsbury’s supermarket at Bispham for all their help at a recent collection in the store, we raised £428.

Without such help we could not do our job. Once again a big thank you to every one concerned.


Secretary Ladies Guild

I WOULD just like to respond to readers’ condemnation of the unemployed.

Maybe families get good benefits’ but spare a thought for the single person living on their own.

They get a percentage of their rent, and job seekers allowance which just pays for their food, but they don’t get a penny towards gas, electricity, water rates or three quarters of council tax. This has to come from the family and these are the lucky ones.

So please come down from your comfort zone for one moment and step into the real world.

These unemployed would give anything for a job so they could start living again.

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