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Family Fun Day raises nearly £500

The Family Fun Day held on Sunday 7th September at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk was a great success raising nearly £500 for  Trinity Hospice, Blackpool and St. Catherine’s Hospice, Preston.

Organisers of the fun day had prepared a wide range of stands including tombola, raffle and a wheel of fortune with a large number of prizes as well and children’s races and cakes. Organiser Kathie Bates said

 Its’s for a good cause and I just hope the people have fun and the weather holds out.

George the search dog at the Family Fun day
George the search dog at the Family Fun day

Luckily the weather was bright, warm and clear which was perfect for the fun day. We had over 300 people join us, civil servants and their families from over 10 departments. This was the 1st event of its kind in the north west and we should thank the many civil servants who organised, hosted and took part in the event all in their own time. It was great seeing families and colleagues having fun together outside the work place and to cap off a superb day we got to see a great demonstration by the North West Search Team and their sniffer dog George.

 

All aboard!!
All aboard!!

 

The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service also attended the event and allowed children to get into the cab of their Fire Engine and find out how it works.

 
However, the highlight of the day was the 7-a-side football tournament which took place throughout the day between several different departments. The matches had a good competitive spirit and were fun for the players and the large audience.  Andy Ashworth said

Everyone’s joined in and gotten into the spirit of the thing, it’s really good.

UK Veterans team win the 7-a-side football tournament
UK Veterans team win the 7-a-side football tournament

The competition final at 2pm was between the MoD and the HMRC with the MoD coming out on top, narrowly beating the HMRC team 1-0 after a tough defence from the HRMC.

A member of the MoD team Craig Cook said "The MoD put in a lot of hard work but the stalls have helped raise a lot of money."

The money raised on Sunday will go towards providing palliative care to patients as well as their families and carers.

 

The day was summed up nicely by Jayne Krol:

It’s just good to see people from so many different departments giving up their Sunday to help raise money for a good cause

This article and the pictures were pulled together by a young student called Christopher Lloyd from Liverpool Community College as part of a joint initiative with Civil Service Local.

5 comments

  1. Comment by Kymberley Johnson posted on

    I would like to congratulate CSNW Local on their success, putting together this first of its kind cross government charity event. I had a fantastic day and I hope to see this event replicated for many years to come!

    Coming from a small government department, days like these are great to meet other fellow civil servants in the North West and even more so in a relaxed family orientated environment.

  2. Comment by Tracy Kirkham posted on

    The event was great! Everyone was able to wander around in the sunshine, browse the stalls and cheer on the footballers. The children, in particular, had a great time - with children's races, the tombola, sweet and cupcake stalls, search dogs and a fire engine! And it all made money for some great causes. Well done Kathie and the team!!

  3. Comment by Helen Roylance posted on

    What a wonderful day! The sun was shining on us at the CSNW Family Fun Day at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. I had a wonderful day meeting lots of fabulous civil servants who were willing to give up their Sunday for such a good cause. I had the pleasure of meeting the Dog Handlers and the Fire Brigade too! (Not at all bad for a Sunday afternoon!)
    I do hope that this event becomes a tradition and will be replicated in time to come!
    Thank you for the invite Kathie, I would definitly like to participate again!
    Well done to everyone who took part and contributed to raise an amazing amount of money for the Hospices.

  4. Comment by Eileen Fenerty-Lyons posted on

    NOMS North West Search Team were proud to attend and support this family fun day fundraising event. Our Dog Handlers were able to demonstrate with their dogs and talk to colleagues and their families about the valuable work we do to help make prisons safer for the people who live and work, or visit them.
    The NWST and NOMS is grateful to Kathie and the team for organising the family fun day and giving us the chance to build on the interest shown by colleagues at Civil Service Live earlier in the summer.
    Maybe a CSL Christmas fundraising event next?.....

  5. Comment by Becky Collins posted on

    Brilliant day CSNW, Kathie and the team should be exceptionally proud of how things went. All those attending and involved on the day had a great time and we look forward to taking part in the next one. It was great to spend the day interacting with other civil servants in a non work environment. Great job CSNW!!