Working together in the North West

The Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde and North Lancs/South Cumbria branches came together to exchange ideas and future plans.

Sandra Harding, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde Branch committee member, tells us about the event.

“The two branches are situated some 65 miles apart geographically, but it seemed a good idea to meet up socially in a venue equidistant to us both so that we could all get to know each other, exchange ideas, and discuss our thoughts about fundraising and raising awareness of MND.

“Both branches warmed to the idea, and we arranged to meet in a pub at lunchtime. We had a good response when 24 people came to enjoy a lunchtime interlude.

“We all moved around different tables and met and exchanged ideas and suggested future plans. The idea of a much larger group meant that more ambitious ideas for events could be held probably on new territory between the locations of the two branches, and ideas started to be born!

“Each branch has its own strengths and we felt that we could draw on each other’s resources in the future and move from strength to strength.

“It was an enjoyable event, and it was suggested that we should do something similar again in the future as it was to both our mutual benefits.”

Jean Chatterley, from the North Lancs/ South Cumbria Branch adds: “Our lunchtime get-together proved to be an excellent time for meeting old friends and new colleagues, and for thinking about joint fund-raising opportunities. There was a lot of laughter too!”

If you are interested in getting together with a neighbouring branch or group or two to discuss the potential for joint activities across boundaries, contact your VDC.

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