Supporting our local HEARTBEAT Charity

I recently met Steve Haycocks the Headteacher at Balshaws C of E High School in Leyland.

Why?  To ascertain his views regards a High Schools Sports Event during the month of June supporting our local charity HEARTBEAT who are based at Preston North End Football Club at Deepdale in Preston.

A good friend of mine Danny Maddox who runs Evolve Documents Solutions Ltd (Photocopiers) is sponsoring the event.

As somebody who served in HM Forces for over 30 years and then worked in sport nationally, supported local charities for many years, HEARTBEAT since 2014, I thought it best to ascertain his views.

Balshaws C of E High School are doing an endurance rowing competition between the four houses to see which house can row the furthest in 8 hours.  There will always be eight students rowing at any one time (one boy and one girl from each each house) in 10 minute shifts throughout the day!


 Following my meeting with Steve I emailed all the Headteachers in the Preston, Chorley and South Ribble areas.  The following schools have also confirmed they are taking part: Lostock Hall Academy, Preston Muslim Girls High School, Hutton Grammar School, Penwortham Priory Academy, All Hallows Catholic High School and Penwortham Girls High School.

Whatever sport or sports they hold is up to them:

  1. Time of Event – Held during the month of June, whatever days it best suits them
  2. Children’s donation – £2 per child

Attached please find copies of the following posters:

  • Event
  • Prizes
  • Photo taken at Balshaws C of E High School recently

My thanks to the following Organisations/Companies who have kindly donated prizes for the event: Preston North End Football Club, Waterstones Preston, VUE Walton-le-Dale, 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, Tony Knappett – TBS Sports Racket Sports Specialists Tennis Centre South Ribble, COSTA Coffee St Georges Shopping Centre Preston, WH Smith Deepdale, ISIS Jewellers Preston,  Nuffield Health Preston, JH Sports Leyland, Bamber Bridge Football Club, Barton Grange Garden Centre, WAITROSE Walton-le-Dale, Energi Trampoline Park Preston, Tennis Lancashire, Diane Fever Chartered Physiotherapist, Currys PC World Walton-le-Dale and Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service.

 Prize Draw.  Preston North End have confirmed that Alex Neil their Manager will make the draw on Monday the 24th June at HEARTBEAT.

I am now contacting businesses to see if they would like to make a donation.  Todate raised just over £400.