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City in the Community to host all blue colour run at the Etihad Stadium 

On Sunday 26 March, City in the Community will host the UK’s first all blue colour run as part of its 30th year celebrations. The family-friendly event will see thousands of Manchester City fans line up outside the Etihad Stadium ready to get covered from head to toe in a City blue colours. The event is open to all ages and abilities, and the route encompasses exclusive access around the Etihad Campus.

Blue runners will have the options to run, stroll or even skip their way around the route with all participants encouraged to fundraise for City in the Community, who are using the power of football to give 50,000 Manchester kids a better shot at life this year.

Former City keeper and City in the Community ambassador, Alex Williams MBE said: “Every year, I’m inspired by the number of people who get behind the Club and City in the Community to take part in our fundraising events. Our Blue Run course is fully accessible and as the event falls on Mother’s Day, it’s the perfect way to get the family together for a brilliant day out. In our 30th year of making a difference in Manchester, we are calling on families to get involved and help raise money for the Foundation.”

Blue Run registration is now open, with an early bird special offer now until Tuesday 31st January. To register, visit www.mancity.com/BlueRun.


From Cheshire to a top US achievement award 

Former Withington Girls’ School Head Girl Sonya Passi has been named in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 awards as one of America’s leading young change makers.
 
Praised as the world’s most definitive gathering of today’s top young innovators, the Forbes list recognises ‘game changers in 20 industries under 30 years old.’  Sonya, a qualified lawyer, has been cited as a 2017 Law and Policy category winner for her advocacy work on domestic violence. 
 
Sonya was brought up in Cheshire and attended Withington until 2006, when she took up a place to study History at Trinity College, Cambridge, achieving a B.A. and M.Phil. before moving to America to study Law at UC Berkeley School of Law and Harvard Law School. 
 
The 28-year-old, originally from Mottram St Andrew and now living in Los Angeles, has gone on to carve out a successful career in the US, founding two not-for-profit organisations. The first, the Family Violence Appellate Project  (FVAP), was founded whilst she was still at Law School and the second, FreeFrom, was established last year. Both organisations aim to help survivors of domestic violence achieve justice and economic stability, and her impressive work in this area helped her stand out amongst the field of 15,000 entrants under consideration by Forbes’ formidable judging panel.  
 
According to Sonya, her interests in charitable work started whilst she was a pupil at Withington, on one occasion successfully raising £7,000 for tsunami relief efforts by selling bracelets, when they had expected to raise just a few hundred pounds. 

Sonya said: “I was involved in a lot of fundraising during my time at Withington and while I didn’t realise it then, it prepared me for my future endeavours. Withington gives young women a space in which their intellect is valued above all else, their compassion is celebrated and their power nurtured. This is very unique and not at all, unfortunately, reflective of the broader world. Existing in that incubator for seven years gave me a confidence and belief in myself that remains my greatest strength.” 
 
Forbes’ 30 under 30 listings is highly regarded not only in America but across the globe, with winners said to be ‘rewriting the rules for the next generation’. Their goal is ‘nothing short of breaking the status quo and transforming the world,’ states their website, and as Donald Trump takes over the US Presidency, they continue, ‘theirs are the young voices that will be shaping U.S. policymaking from both the public and private sectors.’ Forbes asked the members of this year’s 30 Under 30 Law and Policy list to make a one-item to do list for the new President. 

Sonya said: “End the war on women’s health and instead, use those resources to fight violence against women.”


Floyd Mayweather hits UK in March 2017, courtesy of events specialists, Kong Events

Kong Events based in Leicester, have been working on something very special and are excited to announce that they will be bringing undefeated boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather to Liverpool on March 10 2017.

The Echo Arena shall play host to the evening as part of ‘The Undefeated Tour 2017’. The event features a 45-minute question and answer session, with the boxing legend himself, which will be hosted by Sky Sports’ Johnny Nelson. There will also be the chance of a VIP experience, to get up close and personal with a meet and greet opportunity. Tickets also include a 2-course meal and entertainment.

Boxing fans will also get the opportunity to pose questions to Floyd himself, maybe the all-important question of ‘Will he fight Conor McGregor?’ will be answered…

Floyd Mayweather Jr, an American former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2015, many of us regard him as one of the all-time greats. Undefeated as a professional, Mayweather won 15 world titles across five divisions and was undefeated throughout his impressive career. To add to his historical accolade, Mayweather won several sporting and boxing awards, most recently being ranked the greatest pound for pound boxer of the last 25 years by ESPN earlier last year.

In anticipation of the event, Shane Whitfield, owner of Kong Events, says: “Our aim has always been to bring A star sporting legends to the UK, with an excellent value for money experience … and this one ticks all the boxes. Mayweather is an absolute highlight in our calendar for this year, and an achievement which I’m particularly proud of’. With the excitement building by all involved, the evening is not one to be missed.

Following the triumph of previous Kong Events evenings, which have seen the likes of Mike Tyson, Alan Shearer and Anthony Joshua, Mayweather’s appearance hopes to further highlight the fact that Kong Events are the experts at securing high profile names at exclusive events. As one of the most talked about boxers in boxing history, the night promises to be one to remember.

Tickets can be bought individually or per table. For further information and to purchase tickets, search ‘Floyd Mayweather’ on www.echoarena.com or visit www.kongevents.co.uk.

Mayweather will also be making appearances at the following cities on the below dates:
Leicester – Thursday 2nd March – Leicester Athena
London – Monday 6th March – Indigo at The O2


Local charity halve child & maternal deaths in coastal Bangladesh
 

Human Appeal, a humanitarian aid charity based in Greater Manchester, are celebrating the end of a two-year maternal and child health project that they conducted in an area of Bangladesh which has helped reduce infant and child mortality by 50%.

The project was conducted in Satkhira Sadar, a coastal region of Bangladesh that is particularly prone to natural disasters, poor access to clean drinking water and high food insecurity. It is also an area below the national average for literacy rate and income, with poor access to health facilities and health professionals.

Human Appeal CEO, Othman Moqbel, said: “When we first started this project in August 2014, Satkhira Sadar was suffering from a disastrous cocktail of poverty, poor knowledge and behaviour around health, as well as cultural constraints that have prevented women from accessing health care. Child mortality and deaths in childbirth in Satkhira is disastrously high and over 60% of mothers in the district give birth to low weight babies – which is a baby that weighs less than 5 pounds 8 ounces. Prior to this project, per 1000 births, 54% of children were dying during childbirth and 3.5% of mothers were dying.”
 
To help bring down the number of mother and baby deaths, Human Appeal took a multilevel approach. Othman Moqbel, said: “The statistics of this project are very impressive, a woman giving birth in this area of Bangladesh, or her child, have had the chances they will die slashed because of our hard work. But, for me, it’s not about the statistics, it’s about the individual stories. There’s a young lady there, Tanzila, she’s 22. We gave her health care during her second pregnancy. Unfortunately, her husband left her whilst she was pregnant and she had to support her children with an income of just £10 a month. Most of that was spent on food, clothes and medicine for her eldest son who was unwell.”

Human Appeal identified and registered all pregnant women in Satkhira Sadar over the 2-year-time period. All identified pregnant women would then receive antenatal check-ups at least 5 times during their pregnancy. Human Appeal identified 153 of the registered pregnant women as being high risk and referred them to a governmental hospital, because of this 93% of the babies were born above normal birth weight. 

Human Appeal recruited, trained and increased the skills of 26 Trained Traditional Birth Attendants in the area, which resulted in the increase in the number of deliveries conducted by trained birth attendants rising by 80%. Human Appeal held 1,548 community awareness raising and health education sessions to encourage behavioural change towards seeking health and their dietary habits when pregnant.

Human Appeal increased the number of deliveries conducted in health centres to 30% (up from 10%) and improved the nutritional intake of women taking park in the project. Human Appeal provided treatment for 4,775 children in the area, under five-years-old, who were suffering from illnesses and diseases such as the common cold, fever, diarrhoea and worm infestation.


Manchester Airport set to open new lounge brand

Manchester Airport has unveiled plans for a new brand of lounge that will open in Terminal Three in April costing £1.6m.

1903, named after the year of the Wright Brothers first flight, will hold up to 71 people and provide a more premium offering for passengers looking to get their holidays off to a flying start.

With fantastic views of the airfield, the lounge will offer all-inclusive luxury in an adult-only environment.  With its own chef, passengers will be able to choose from seasonal dishes with locally sourced ingredients as well as enjoying complimentary drinks including premium spirits. Passengers using the lounge will also be able to make use of Fast Track security and unlimited free Wi-Fi.

Ken O’Toole, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “We’re looking forward to the launch of 1903 in Terminal Three.  It’s in a prime location and will offer passengers a real slice of luxury before their flight.  We continually listen to the needs of our passengers and 1903 offers something different from our existing airport lounges.”

Beth Brewster, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Lounges for Manchester Airports Group, said: “1903 at Manchester Airport will be our flagship lounge for the brand and will provide passengers travelling through Terminal Three with the opportunity to begin their travel in the most enjoyable and relaxing manner possible.  We expect to roll the brand out in due course to our other airports.”

The lounge will be priced from £30 when booked in advance and is on sale from 1 February 2017.  The airport has appointed Gariff Construction Ltd as the lead contractor.

For more information or to book log on to – www.manchesterairport.co.uk/1903


Grange Team Becomes Northern Netball Champions Again

After emerging victorious from a fantastic game against Yorkshire’s South Hunsley School, The Grange’s U13 netball players have retained their status as champions of the North in the prestigious School Sport Magazine Cup.

The 46-27 victory means this group of players become Northern champions for the second year in a row. The Northern final also serves as a national quarter-final meaning that the Grange team will now go forward to contest a National semi-final.

In the mid-January game against South Hunsley the Grange team allied an excellent defence with great control and composure from the shooters. Sophie Sellers got girl of the game with her dynamic attacking play proving too much for the South Hunsley squad.

In the previous round The Grange came up against a very strong Bury team. Seen as underdogs by many, the Grange team produced an excellent performance with Emily Hills turning the ball over to great effect in defence whilst Jessica Brocklebank and Katie Wakefield were ice cool when it came to converting their shots.


Missed an easy putt? Mottram Hall’s BOGOFF Initiative offers chance to try again

Mottram Hall, Cheshire’s finest golf and leisure resort, is offering visiting golfers the opportunity to double their enjoyment with a BOGOFF offer: Buy One Get One Fourball Free.

Until March 31, golfers booking a fourball at Mottram Hall – or at any of QHotels’ golf venues across the UK – will receive a voucher entitling them to another fourball visit, with the only stipulation being it is to be used at the same property by the end of March. The offer is sure to be a real boon for golf society organisers who are able to effectively halve their golfing costs in one fell swoop.

John Angus, QHotels’ group director of golf, explained: “This offer is just another initiative in the QHotels’ drive to get more people playing golf and getting healthier. It’s ideal for golfers because they always ‘leave some shots’ out on the course – this way they get a quick opportunity to get back out there and put it right …”

Part of the multi-award-winning QHotels group, Mottram Hall sits in 270 acres of Cheshire’s finest parkland, one mile from the picturesque village of Prestbury, and was the host venue for the 2013 European Seniors PGA Championship. The 7,006 yard, par-72 Championship Course – comprising magnificent parkland fairways dotted with oak and beech trees, and tricky, well-guarded greens – is broken up into two contrasting circuits of nine. The front nine, with its impressive backdrop of the 18th century hall, gently rolls over meadowland and offers the golfer many chances to make a score. The back nine winds through some lush woodland and is a much more demanding test of golf.

The multi-award-winning, four-star QHotels group offers championship-standard courses in unique resort locations including Slaley Hall – recently voted ‘Best Golf Hotel/Resort in the North of England’ for the third successive year in the 2017 Today’s Golfer Travel Awards and host of 18 European Tour and European Seniors Tour events – Belton Woods, Oulton Hall and Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort.

To take advantage of this BOGOFF offer, visit http://bit.ly/QH-bogoff or www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/mottram-hall


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