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Best performance of St Annes swimmer - Cole Hci

Well done Helen wants to congratulate St Annes Swimmer Cole H on his performance in the pool on Saturday - she was very pleased with his efforts and wanted to recognise this on the website - well done Cole!

Snorkelling Centre

Snorkelling Centre Fylde Sharks is pleased to announce that it is now authorised as a BSAC Snorkelling Centre for 2017. We have trained instructors who are registered to teach snorkelling within the ASA Learn to Swim Pathway to those Fylde Sharks swimmers who have the necessary swimming ability and who have expressed an interest in learning to snorkel.

Thank you

Thanks for donations Fylde Sharks would like to thank the following for their generous donations: John Barnes - £229.10 Morrisons Kirkham: £100 The money will go towards providing equipment for the support of our swimmers who send a big THANK YOU!

We need your help!

FSDSC trustees Fylde Sharks is a local charity offering one to one swimming lessons to approximate 65 young disabled people and we are growing. We need your help, we need Trustees. Can you help? Committed, reliable, helpful and most of all passionate in moving the club forward and helping disabled children enjoy coming to Fylde Sharks, then this volunteering opportunity is for you. Contact Pam to discuss 07922 522 895

Lytham Sixth Form College donation

Cheque donation Students from Lytham Sixth Form college raised £250 and a cheque was donated to FSDSC trustees at a short meeting at the College. Pam Young said: "It is refreshing to see so many young people thinking and helping those less fortunate. The money raised will help to purchase equipment for Sharks' next project of snorkelling. Fylde Sharks works tirelessly for children with disabilities to reach their potential in the pool and it is through young people raising money and also volunteering to help swim instructors in the pool that our task is made so much easier."

Congratulations Jack on your Puffin Award

Jack_Puffin Jack was awarded his Puffin certificate and badge on Saturday March 10 2017. Well done Jack!

Fylde Sharks to register as Snorkelling Centre

BSAC Snorkelling Fylde Sharks is in the process of registering with the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) as a snorkelling centre. TRaining for the FSDSC swimming teachers will take place in the summer so that they are qualified under BSAC to teach snorkelling to Fylde Sharks swimmers. The club will provide masks and snorkels and competent swimmers will be able to let us know if they are interested in learning to snorkel within the safe environment of the swimming pool.


Congratulations_Nicola Congratulations to our swimming teacher Nicola on achieving her Level 2 Teaching qualification.

Flying the flag at Lytham Flag Festival

Flying the flag at Lytham Flag Festival

We are very excited to have our new official Fylde Sharks flag!

The flag was made by our own very talented Treasurer, Jane Pinnock and her husband for the Lytham Flag Festival, which is taking place from 13th to 27th February.

You will be able to see this flying from buildings in Lytham, along with lots of other flags from local community groups, schools and business's.

Brilliantly done Jane!

Run and Cycle for Freddie

Run and Cycle for Freddie

Fylde Sharks received a magnificent £410 raised at a recent fund raising event organised by Sue Craddock in aid of 'Run and Cycle for Freddie'.

Freddie can be seen in the photo handing over the cheque.

A huge thanks to all involved!

Christmas Fair & Coffee Morning

Christmas Fair & Coffee Morning

Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us yesterday at our Christmas Fair & Coffee Morning. We had a lovely morning and raised a fantastic £326 for our club! Thanks also to all our volunteers for giving up their time to help us!

Please visit our Facebook page for photos of the day

Thank you all!

The Lytham Schools Foundation steps in to help Fylde Sharks!

The Lytham Schools Foundation steps in to help Fylde Sharks!

Fylde Sharks Disability Swimming Club would like to say a big thank you to the Trustees of The Lytham Schools Foundation for their generous donation of £2520. This money has been kindly donated to allow the club to purchase steps for the pool at Kirkham to help the children in getting in and out of the water.

The steps have now been ordered and it is hoped they will be installed in the very near future with pictures to follow later. Thank you so much Lytham Schools Foundation!

Phil Swindells cheque presentation for £2059!

Phil Swindells cheque presentation for £2059!

Phil Swindells, who ran a 35 mile ultramarathon on behalf of Ben Trend Getinvolved in August to raise money for our club , came to meet us at one of our Kirkham swimming sessions. Here he is with some of our club members, committee and Ben's family, handing over the final sum of £2059!

Grateful thanks to Phil for raising such a fantastic amount of money for the club and for bringing Ben's family to meet us. Our children get a great deal out of the swimming opportunity that the club offers them. Sincere thanks also to all who helped and assisted Phil on his 35 mile run. Well done and thanks!

Tom Wright raises over £3000 in a 19 hour run for Fylde Sharks!

Tom Wright raises over £3000 in a 19 hour run for Fylde Sharks!

Tom Wright’s son, Freddie, swims with Fylde Sharks at St Annes on a Saturday afternoon. On June 27th 2015, Tom completed the Ultimate Trails Challenge to raise money for Fylde Sharks. The picture shows Freddie joining his dad for the final leg!

This grueling challenge involves running 110km within 24 hours in the Central Lake District and Tom completed it in an unbelievable 18 hours, 47mins and 1 sec, raising over £3000 (and still counting!) for Fylde Sharks.

Wow! Many, many thanks Tom!

Phil Swindells and his 35 mile run for Sharks!

Phil Swindells and his 35 mile run for Sharks!

"It was warm and sunny as we set off from Preston Grasshoppers RUFC on the first leg of my adventure across the Fylde. Accompanying me on bikes were my wife Sarah, Peter Trend from BenTrend GetInvolved, David Rees, Aidan Carson and Ian Pearson. About 3 or 4 miles in we were unexpectedly joined by another group of cyclists, Andy Charles and the Paris to Pisa Charity Bike Ride crew and for them to cycle out and meet us was a fantastic gesture, please look out for updates of their epic 800 mile cycle ride on Facebook and other social media. I was now surrounded by about 10 people on bikes making my journey on the fairly dodgy back roads a pretty safe one, thanks everyone for that.

Aidan Carson left us after this and Ian Pearson had a puncture so he decided to sort that and then head back home Preston way, cheers Aidan and Ian. We arrived at Thornton/Cleveleys RUFC with a bit of rain in the air but bang on schedule and were joined by Aodhan Carson who was going to run the rest of the route with me and I really can’t thank him enough for that! As we entered Fleetwood and Reesy had recovered from getting his front wheel stuck in a tram track and coming off his bike, the rain began to get steadily heavier and we definitely needed the 10 minutes respite from the heavy downpour in Fleetwood RUFC’s office before setting off south towards Blackpool.

Running through Cleveleys, wet through, wasn’t much fun but our spirits were lifted by the sight of a number of Blackpool RUFC players waiting for us for the run into their club. About 15 or so people came out to greet us at Blackpool which was fantastic, they also gave us some money to put to the total so all in all a brilliant effort from them.

Accompanying myself and the cyclists for the run into Fylde from here, were Paul Beverley and Richard Openshaw and on the Promenade at Bispham, Deborah and Tony Terras joined us too. Aodhan was still running strong and the last 11 miles would have been so much harder if this lot had not been there to help me along. Unfortunately Reesy had another mishap on his bike when his chain snapped and he met up with us at Fylde later.

The sun came out as we ran and cycled along Blackpool Promenade and dried us all off nicely! It was a brilliant feeling as we entered Fylde RUFC’s gates after 5 hours and 15 minutes running and after a good few slaps on the back and photos, I celebrated completing the 35 miles with a pint of Guinness; this went down unbelievably well! Doug and Dorothy Thomas from Fylde Sharks were at Fylde to meet us, which was great and it was really good to meet them.

I’d like to thank everyone who has helped, supported and sponsored me on this challenge. I’ve named a few people in this write up but there were so many others and you are all awesome. To be able to give some money to Fylde Sharks, who do amazing work with the youngsters of the area, makes all the hours before, during and after the event worthwhile. At the moment the total money raised is about £1,600 and I can’t wait to arrange to come along with this and see you all.

Thanks very much from Phil Swindells"

THANK YOU Phil and well done, from all at Fylde Sharks. We cannot thank you enough for raising all this money for our club!

High achievers Ben & Alex

High achievers Ben & Alex

Congratulations to Ben Wilding and Alex Crockart for their amazing hard work and completing their IOS Alpha Level 7 Awards!

Ben, shown in the picture receiving his certificate from volunteer swimming instructor Doug Thomas, was the first to complete this in February and Ben has just completed his Bronze award also. Hot on his heels is Alex, who has become the second swimmer to achieve level 7.

This was no mean feat as the level 7 involves swimming 25ms in backstroke, crawl, breaststroke & butterfly, performing a sequence of sculling and floating, a dive, a 50m continuous swim with 1 stroke, a 100m continuous swim using 3 different strokes, treading water for 30 seconds and completing an obstacle course without touching the bottom of the pool with their feet. The Bronze award includes swimming 400m which is 16 lengths of the pool!

Well done Ben and Alex for this fantastic achievement!

St Annes Kite Festival 2015

St Annes Kite Festival 2015

Well the St Annes Kite Festival was brilliant again! Saturday was a fantastic day with thousands visiting St Annes beach - shame about the weather Sunday, but still people braved the rain to come and see us so thank you!

Despite the rain Sunday, we raised an amazing £815 over the weekend event so huge thanks to everyone who supported us: our wonderful volunteers, Pat & Jenny May & the fabulous kite fliers, Ed Nash and his veterans John, Colin & Chris who helped set up and keep the tent safe overnight!, all those who came and bought raffle tickets and had a go on Hook a Duck and the tombola, and all those that kindly donated raffle prizes including Linder Myers Solicitors, The Best Western Glendower Hotel, Glasdons, Sandcastle, Blackpool FC, Tescos, Auto A&E, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, and Booth's.

All raffle prize winners have now been notified and prizes delivered.

Thank you once again to everyone who helped! We could not do it without you!

Vote for Fylde Sharks to be Sainsbury's 2016 local charity

Vote for Fylde Sharks to be Sainsbury's 2016 local charity

Thank you St Annes Sainsbury! Fylde Sharks has been shortlisted along with 2 other charities for a chance to be their local charity for 2016. Voting runs until 28th June both in store and online. Please support us and vote for Fylde Sharks. Thanks :)

In addition Sainsburys have very kindly donated a gift voucher as a raffle prize for our two day fundraiser on the beach at the St Annes Kite Festival on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July 2015

Thank you so much!

Emma Jeffrey swims with Sharks!

Emma Jeffrey swims with Sharks!

Fourteen year old, Lytham St Anne’s High School student, Emma Jeffrey, raised £120 for Fylde Sharks, when she swam with Real Sharks recently. Emma is a keen supporter and a regular volunteer with our club and bravely decided to swim with real sharks to raise funds for us.

She came out of the challenge unscathed and said, “It was one of the best experiences of my life. It was so exciting when the sharks were swimming right past me. I am so glad that I decided to ask people to sponsor me to do it for Fylde Sharks. It is an amazing organization, they do so much for children with disabilities and their families.”

Emma has a cousin who suffers from severe autism and life can be very demanding for him and his family. She continued, ” My cousin swims with the group and has gained a lot from the experience. I am happy that I can finally thank the group and give something back.”

Christine Miller, Chair of Fylde Sharks said, “It is fantastic when a young person gives up their time to help other less fortunate than themselves. The club are delighted that Emma raised this much needed funding for the club and wish her well for the future.”

BBC Children in Need grant update

BBC Children in Need grant update

We were incredibly lucky last year to secure a three year grant from BBC Children in Need to pay for 6 swimming teachers.

Having completed our first year of funding and reporting back to BBC Children in Need, we are thrilled to announce that they are very happy with what we have achieved in 2014 and have agreed to fund the second year of the grant.

This grant has made a massive difference to the lives of many children and we are very grateful to BBC Children in Need. THANK YOU!

LSA Cubs Mammoth Wrapping Session

LSA Cubs Mammoth Wrapping Session

Massive thanks to all the Lytham St Annes cubs for spending hours wrapping the Fylde Sharks childrens' Christmas presents!

Instead of having fun playing games, the fantastic Lytham St Annes cubs instead selflessly gave up their time to help the Fylde Sharks committee wrap all the Christmas presents for the children.

Without their help, this would have taken us hours, so we are very grateful indeed and we think you all deserve a huge pat on the back. You did an amazing job well done!

St Annes Kite Festival Fundraiser 2014

St Annes Kite Festival Fundraiser 2014

What an amazing weekend with fabulous kites, gorgeous weather and kind generous people. What fun we all had too! Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us and helped us raise an amazing £1216 for our club. Huge thanks also to the brilliant kite fliers, who held a kite auction on Saturday evening and raised £412 towards our total! And of course thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, with special thanks to Mayor Ed Nash and four of his veteran volunteers, who gave up their whole weekend to help us build and dismantle the tents and guard them overnight - we could not have done it without you!!

Special thanks also to the following amazing local businesses and supporters, who very kindly donated money and prizes and helped us raise such a fantastic amount for our club: Glasdons, Auto A&E, Sandcastle, Richard Hair & Beauty by Jane, Blackpool Football Club, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Booths, Tesco, Lytham St Annes Soap Workshop and Doug Thomas. Thankyou!!

The attached photo shows some of our volunteers with the Mayor, Ed Nash and more photographs can be seen on our facebook page. We are already looking forward to next year!

Kite Festival Donations

Kite Festival Donations

Huge thanks not only to Sainsburys Lytham St Annes branch for very kindly donating a £10 gift voucher raffle prize for our summer fundraising stall at the St Annes Kite Festival, but also to Richard Hair & Beauty for donating a facial voucher and a cut and blow dry, to Blackpool Football Club for donating a signed football, to The Sandcastle for donating a free pass for 4 people and to Blackpool Morrisions for donating £20 to purchase Hook a Duck prizes. We are so very grateful for all your help!

Don't forget to put a note in your diaries for Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2014 to come and see us on St Annes beach and help raise funds for our swimming club.

Without fantastic donations and support from local businesses and our other amazing supporters, we could not keep going. If anyone else is able to donate a raffle prize or prizes for our tombola or hook a duck game, please contact Pam Young on 07922 522895. Thank you!

See you on the beach!

Tom Wright completes ultra marathon for Fylde Sharks

Tom Wright completes ultra marathon for Fylde Sharks

Tom Wright, joint owner of String Computer Systems Limited, challenged his staff to increase turnover in 2013 and promised to carry out a forfeit if they did.

Following the best performance in the company's 17 years, Tom rose to the challenge and ran the grueling 35 mile Anglesey Ultra Marathon last month.

Tom was motivated further by the fact that he was also raising funds for our Club, of which his young son Freddie is a keen member, following a stroke at the age of 5.

Massive thanks to Tom for raising over £100 for Fylde Sharks and well done!

Fylde Sharks make a splash!

Fylde Sharks make a splash!

On Sunday 26th January 2014, Fylde Sharks members and volunteers gave up their Sunday lie in to take part in the Lytham St Annes Lions annual charity Marathon.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning and the team helped to raise funds for the Lions nominated charities and also for our swimming club.

Many thanks to all who took part and to all those that helped organize this fabulous event.

G-Wizz raises £500 for Fylde Sharks

G-Wizz raises £500 for Fylde Sharks

G-Wizz are a small group of friends who operate the G-Wizz Garden Railway display attending exhibitions around the country whilst raising money for local charities.

For the second year running, G-Wizz very kindly adopted Fylde Sharks as one of their local charities for 2013 and held a Christmas themed exhibition on 7th December at St Margaret's church. This fabulous event, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, raised a fantastic £500 for Fylde Sharks.

Grateful thanks to the members of G-Wizz from all at Fylde Sharks for their wonderful support.

Clifton Bridge Club raises a massive £1414 for Fylde Sharks

Clifton Bridge Club raises a massive £1414 for Fylde Sharks

Massive thanks from all at Fylde Sharks to Clifton Bridge Club for an amazing donation of £1414 to Fylde Sharks.

The picture shows 97 year-old Mamie Heyworth and Anne Waters handing over the cheque to Fylde Sharks' fundraisers Paul Cooper and Pam Young and one of our swimmers, Paul's son Max.

This money is a massive boost to the club so please accept this heartfelt “THANK YOU” to the Bridge Club members for their support.

Ex Mayor Heather Speak raises £5000 for Fylde Sharks

Ex Mayor Heather Speak raises £5000 for Fylde Sharks

Ex Mayor 2012-2013 Heather Speak very kindly nominated Fylde sharks as one of her chosen charities for her year of office.

Not only did she help us raise funds by holding two coffee mornings at the Town Hall in aid of our charity, but she also raised funds throughout her year of office and presented Fylde Sharks with a cheque for an incredible £5000 in November 2013.

We are so grateful for all her support and would like to say a huge thank you from all at Fylde Sharks for this wonderful donation. We cannot express how much this will help our club. THANK YOU!!!!

St Annes Kite Festival 2013 event raises £1138

St Annes Kite Festival 2013 event raises £1138

What a fabulous weekend we had at this year's St Annes Kite Festival with spectacular kites and gorgeous weather. On our Fylde Shark's stall, we held a tombola, raffle, name the bear and of course our popular hook a duck and we raised an amazing £1138 for our swimming club.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us: To everyone who came to see us and take part, to all the volunteers and helpers, and to all the local businesses and organizations (The Tangerine Group, Glasdons, The Glendower Hotel, YMCA, Kirkham Lions, Linder Myers Solicitors, Sandcastle, Tescos, Dahlia’s Kitchen, Booths, Lytham St Annes Soap Workshop, Blackpool Pleasure Beach) who generously donated funds and prizes to make this event a huge success. Special thanks also to Darren Skelly for loaning us the tents and to the St Annes Kite Festival Organizers and kite fliers! What an amazing weekend thoroughly enjoyed by all. Can’t wait for next year, 26th and 27th July, make a note in your diaries!

For more pictures and videos visit our Facebook page and The St Annes Kite Festival website for further information at

Santander donates £5000 to Fylde Sharks

Santander donates £5000 to Fylde Sharks

Sandi and Katie Mawdsley nominated Fylde Sharks to be considered for £5000 donation from Santander. To the delight of all at Fylde Sharks, this bid was successful!

We were thrilled to receive a cheque for £5000 to help with future club running costs at Kirkham poolside with Katie, Ronnie, Glenn, Anne, Kim and our little swimmer, Joshua. Thank you Santander.

Dave and Steve's mammoth cycle ride

Dave and Steve's mammoth charity cycle ride

Massive congratulations to Dave Marsland and Steve Ashton who completed their grueling ten day charity cycle ride from Lands End to John O' Groats on June 12th 2013 raising almost £3000 to be shared between three local charities: Fylde Coast YMCA, Fylde Sharks Disability Swim Club and Funpod Foxes Disability Multi Sports Club.

Massive thanks to Dave and Steve and also to their loyal companion and supporter Helen Jenkins, who drove the van behind them and kept them supplied with food and water and lots of encouragement.

Many thanks to everyone who has sponsored Dave and Steve and to Pam Young and Doug and Dorothy Thomas, who drove all the way to John O' Groats, to surprise them at the end with a banner and noisy cheers!

Well done all of you, what a brilliant achievement!

3rd Annual Giving Day of South Fylde Group of Lodges and Chapter

3rd Annual Giving Day of South Fylde Group of Lodges and Chapter

Our chairman Glenn Whitley,attended the Freemasons 3rd annual Charity Giving Day at the Palace Masonic Hall in St Annes on Saturday 20th April 2013.

This was a large event attended by about 30 Charities, who all received a portion of £38,280 which the Freemasons had raised. What a brilliant achievement for the South Fylde Group of Lodges and Chapter! Fylde Sharks were thrilled to receive a cheque for £500 from this fund and Glenn gave a short talk all about our club, helping to raise awareness about what we do.

Many thanks to the Freemasons from all at Fylde Sharks for this generous donation.

Lytham St Annes Art Society donates £2200 to Fylde Sharks

Lytham St Annes Art Society donates £2200 to Fylde Sharks

Lytham St Annes Art Society is a registered charity which aims “to advance the education of the public by fostering an interest in the arts of painting, drawing, sculpture, design, architecture, the crafts, music, and the live theatre and to bring together all those who are interested in these arts and crafts.” It makes grants to organisations, other charities or voluntary bodies

Money is raised by members paying commission from the sale of their artwork in the Society’s Exhibitions and during various social functions and is paid to good causes, especially to the Society’s Charity of the year

Fylde Sharks were lucky enough to be adopted as the Society’s charity of the year for 2012/2013 and we were thrilled to be presented with a substantial cheque for £2200 this week. Massive thanks to all at Lytham St Annes Art Society for this fantastic donation, which will help us continue to provide swimming lessons for our amazing children

For more information, follow this link to their website: Lytham St Annes Art Society

Soroptimist Fylde Ltd Grant £3000 to Fylde Sharks

Soroptimist Fylde Ltd Grant £3000 to Fylde Sharks

Fylde Soroptimists charity Soroptimist (Fylde) Limited, launched their new grant giving charity on 11th October 2012 on the International Day of the Girl Child. The grant monies must be needed or used for one or more of the following purposes: • To relieve financial need, hardship or distress (in particular women and children in need) • To promote good health (in particular the good health of women and children) • To advance education and training (in particular for the benefit of women and children

Fylde Sharks are delighted to announce that we applied for a grant to help fund swimming lessons for our children and young people and in December 2012, we were thrilled to be awarded a grant and presented with a cheque for £3000

This grant will make an amazing difference to our club and the children who participate in swimming lessons, and will go a long way to helping to ensure the future of Fylde Sharks

Massive thanks to Soroptimist (Fylde) Limited

If anyone wants further information about Fylde Soroptimists and their charity, please visit their website at Fylde Soroptimists

Flower arranging Demonstration

Flower arranging Demonstration

Fylde Sharks supporter, Dorothy Thomas, organised a flower arranging demonstration at St Margaret's Church on Friday 7th December 2012 with all proceeds to be donated to our club.

The afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended and our grateful thanks go to Dorothy for all her time and effort in organising this event and for raising a fantastic £150 for Fylde Sharks

Thank you Dorothy

Mayor's Coffee Morning

Mayor's Coffee Morning

Fylde Mayor Heather Speak, who has nominated Fylde Sharks as one of her chosen charities for 2012, hosted a coffee morning at St Annes Town Hall on Tuesday 4th December 2012 to raise funds for our children's swimming club.

Despite it being a very busy time of the year with lots of events taking place, not to mention the expense of Christmas, we were thrilled to see so many people attend and support this thoroughly enjoyable morning, helping us to raise an amazing £581.

Special thanks to Heather Speak and the staff at the Town Hall, all our wonderful cake bakers, all those who kindly donated items or supported us on the morning, and of course to all our fantastic volunteers for all their hard work. We rely very heavily on help like this to keep the club afloat, so thank you all so much!

Danbro sponsors Fylde Sharks new kit

Danbro sponsors Fylde Sharks new kit

Local Business Danbro, Accounting Solutions for Contractors, have made an amazing contribution of £800 to sponsor our new logo printed club T-shirts and hoodies.

Items of clothing, which had been pre-ordered, were handed over to the children, volunteers, swim teachers and parents at November swim sessions at St Annes and Kirkham pools by Fiona from Danbro.

As you can see in the photograph, our new T-shirts are really bright and cheerful and we love the new kit. Grateful thanks to Danbro for their generosity.

If anyone has not yet received their new kit and would like to order a T-shirt or Hoodie, please contact Helen Jenkins.

Lytham St. Annes Lions donate £1000 to Fylde Sharks

Lytham St. Annes Lions donate £1000 to Fylde Sharks

The Lytham St.Annes Lions Club handed over a cheque for £1000 to the Fylde Sharks Disability Swimming Club following their annual Swimathon.

Dave Shaw, President of the Lytham St.Annes Lions Club said: “The Lions have always admired the Fylde Sharks and what they do for Disabled children In the Fylde area, It is an honour to be able to present them with a cheque for £1000 to support them in their efforts.”

Helen Jenkins, Secretary to the Fylde Sharks added: “We cannot thank the Lions Club enough for the contribution they have made to the club, If it wasn’t for generous donations such as these we wouldn’t be able to afford to keep the club running and continue with the work that we do.”

The Money donated will help to sustain the club by helping with the running costs, and it is also being spent on some new sensory equipment for the pool. The children enjoy having equipment to use in the pool, and it is a very important part of their stimulation and development. The Equipment is an essential part of improving their motor skills and their hand eye co ordination.

Thank you so much from all at Fylde Sharks

Pam Young Wins Fylde Adult Volunteer of the Year 2012

Fylde Adult Volunteer of the Year 2012 award winner, Pam Young

We are very proud to announce that Pam Young, Fundraiser and swimming co-ordinator for Fylde Sharks, won this year’s Fylde Adult Volunteer 2012 and was presented with her award at St Annes Town Hall.

As a result, Pam is automatically nominated for the Lancashire Sport Adult Volunteer 2012 and has been invited to attend the awards ceremony at Preston Guild Hall on Friday 28th September 2012.

Anyone who has been lucky enough to meet Pam will agree that she works selflessly for Fylde Sharks as well as other organisations and she thoroughly deserves this award for all her hard work. Congratulations Pam!

Fylde Sharks Flying High at the St Annes Kite Festival

St Annes Kite Festival 2012

The Kite Festival on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July 2012 was a roaring success and our stall raised nearly £700 for Fylde Sharks Disability Swimming Club.

We had the only stall on the beach, despite the wind’s best attempts to blow us away, and we offered fun for all the family with a variety of different games including hook a duck, guess the number of sweets and a raffle.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved with the Festival and all those who helped and supported Fylde Sharks and helped make this event so successful. Not only did we raise vital funds for the club, but we also had lots of fun (memories of Graham Lavin shouting "Hook a Duck" across the beach and of Paul Cooper’s patience and expertise on the Hook a Duck game will never leave us – they found their true vocation that weekend!) and we met lots of wonderful people.

All the raffle prizes were kindly donated by local organisations and businesses and we cannot thank them enough for their generosity. Special thanks have to go to :

  • The Best Western Glendower Promenade Hotel for donating our first prize of a 2 night dinner, B&B stay for two!
  • Fylde Coast YMCA, Glasdons, Fylde Rugby Club, Tesco’s, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Darren Sprigg for kindly donating our other amazing raffle prizes
  • Darren Skelly for his patience and helping us with the loan and erection of a tent
  • St Annes Kite Festival organisers and kite flyers, especially Pat, Jenny, Bob and Craig, for putting on such an amazing event and for all their help over the weekend.
  • All our volunteers who worked tirelessly for Fylde Sharks

We had so much help and support from so many people it is impossible to thank everyone individually so if we have missed anyone, we are very sorry and thank you so much. We can’t wait for next year!

The Difference A Donation Can Make

Lancashire County Council swimming teacher donation

Your donations really can make a difference, and Lancashire County Council along with Councillor Carolyn Evans, the Champion for Disabled People in Lancashire (pictured here with Pam Young, left, from Fylde Sharks) have made a huge difference!

Their contribution has enabled us to provide a swimming teacher for the club for a 6 month duration, a real benefit for the children of Fylde Sharks and their families - thank you!

Pat Furgusson Coast to Coast Fundraising Walk

Pat Furgusson Coast to Coast Fundraising Walk

Pat Fergusson, Fylde Soroptimist, is back home safe and sound after surviving the Wainwright Coast to Coast walk.

Pat bravely defied the British weather and spent half of June walking the 196 miles from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay raising funds to be shared between TOFS (Tracheo Oesophageal Fistula Support for families of babies born unable to swallow) and Fylde Sharks. Pat said “the weather had been so wet all day. I am sure it would have been easier to swim the last 20 miles rather than walk it, as we did.

The triumphal march along the cliff-top to Robin Hood's Bay gave absolutely nil visibility and I had been wondering all day just how long you can have wet feet before your nails drop off. But that being said, it was the most wonderful experience and every moment of it was fantastic in its own way, not only the route but the people, the odd places and situations we found ourselves in and the terrific camaraderie of the people Chris, John and I met along the way."

A massive thank you goes out to Pat from all at Fylde Sharks, well done for this amazing achievement - thank you!

Thank You To The Lytham Ladies

Thank You Lytham Ladies

We're delighted at the wonderful fundraising achievements of The Lytham Ladies who kindly donated a cheque for £3,160 to Fylde Sharks in 2011.

It's donations like this that enable Fylde Sharks to continue providing one to one swimming lessons for children with disabilities - thank you!

Helen Scoops Fylde Volunteer Award

Helen Scoops Fylde Volunteer Award

We're very proud to announce that our very own Helen Jenkins was awarded Fylde Adult Volunteer of the Year Award 2011 in recognition of all her hard work throughout the year for Fylde Sharks.

This automatically entered Helen into the Lancashire Sports Awards, for which the presentation evening was held on 25th November at The Hilton Hotel, Blackpool.

Although Helen didn't win the Lancashire category due to strong competition from other fantastic volunteers in Lancashire, we enjoyed an inspiring and enjoyable evening at the awards and were all very proud of Helen - well done!

Psychic Night 2011

Psychic Night 2011

Fylde Sharks held a fundraising Psychic evening on Saturday 17th September 2011 which we are very pleased to say was a great success, raising just over £820 for Fylde Sharks.

The committee and members would like to thank everyone who supported this event. The feedback was very positive and we all had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Special thanks to mediums David Alexander and Glen Barratt and their fledgling assistants Jamie, Dorothy, Mark and Angela who gave their valuable time voluntarily and put on a fantastic show with individual private readings.

Special thanks also to Laila's Fine Foods for donating the delicious hot buffet and to Zera Remtulla for her hard work and very kind assistance on the evening.

Finally, we would like to say a very special thank you to Tracey Miller for all her hard work organising and hosting the evening and to all our volunteers, whose hard work and efforts helped make this fundraising event such an enjoyable success.

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