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Gordon has given his backing to a campaign launched by the Blackpool homeless charity Streetlife, which aims to secure its financial future.

Streetlife, which ruJane_Hugo.jpgns a night shelter for young people near St John’s Church, is urging people to commit to donating £5 a month.

Its 2020 campaign hopes to persuade 2,020 people to sign up by the year 2020.

Gordon said: “This is a really important initiative and an incredible testament to the valuable work Streetlife does in helping young people who have real problems in Blackpool.

“People need to realise that Lottery funding can only do so much which is why I am backing the 2020 campaign.”

As well as Gordon, the charity, which also runs a support centre on Buchanan Street, launched the initiative in front of guests including Blackpool Mayor Councillor Kath Rowson and High Sheriff of Lancashire John Barnett MBE at The Village Hotel in Marton.

The charity needs to find new funding streams after it lost a £45,000 a year grant in 2014. It was able to keep going thanks to a £430,000 Lottery grant last year.

Streetlife chief executive Jane Hugo said: “We have two choices, either we allow the funding to run its course and close the doors on hundreds of vulnerable young people, or we carry on seeking the funding and support of a community which looks out for each other.

“We need people’s help to help turn these lives around which is why the 2020 campaign is so important to us. Without the donations we receive we are unable to plug the deficit this charity has been left with.”

The charity currently supports more than 400 young people each year. It is the only organisation providing emergency accommodation to young people in and around Blackpool.

Anyone who can help should go to www.wearestreetlife.org to find out how to help.

Gordon backs Streetlife's 2020 campaign

Gordon has given his backing to a campaign launched by the Blackpool homeless charity Streetlife, which aims to secure its financial future. Streetlife, which runs a night shelter for young...

Gordon has once again been championing the wide variety of small businesses across Blackpool for Small Business Saturday – an initiative that is now in its fourth year in the UK.15268087_1268383956554828_2220862157604696380_n.jpg

As the local MP but also as Shadow Skills Minister, Gordon who was also once part of Chuka Umunna’s team, who himself was instrumental in bringing the initiative over to the UK, Small Business Saturday has always been a key date in his diary.

With Small Business Saturday having cross-party support, Gordon started the day with his Parliamentary neighbour Mark Menzies MP for breakfast at Dahlia’s Kitchen - a coffee shop and restaurant which sits on the boundary between the Fylde and Blackpool South constituencies. There they had a traditional English Breakfast with Shaun Pickup, who has been running the business for the last five years.

Gordon said: “I was pleased to hear about how Dahlia’s Kitchen is going from strength to strength and the recent success they have enjoyed with some of their award winning food, including some of their very own sausages we had with our breakfast. Working with Shaun on Blackpool Pride, I have always known him to be a person who is very community minded and someone who is passionate about the Fylde Coast area. That is reflected in the way he runs Dahlia’s Kitchen, which promotes produce which is the very best of Lancashire.”

Following the hearty breakfast, Gordon along with Labour councillors Peter Hunter and Alistair Humphreys, met up with Danielle and Joe Yates, who run Montagues on Highfield Road - both of whom supported Gordon’s “Cleaner Greener Blackpool” campaign in the spring. It was the second successive Small Business Saturday, he had met with the couple, who in just over a year of opening have already had award winning success with Danielle earning an Enterprise Vision Award.

Montagues.jpgGordon explained: “Montagues is again another example of a community minded restaurant and bar, and a year after opening, it is firmly established on Highfield Road. When I walk from my office to my flat, it is always busy with customers and it’s no surprise to see the recognition they are receiving. Danielle and Joe are a young couple and I was also really pleased to hear they share the same passion I have for both skilling and training, as well as providing opportunities for young people in Blackpool.”

Over the last few years Gordon has also worked closely with Geoff Reeves and Councillor Mark Smith, in Blackpool Council’s Enterprise and Economic Development team. One of the council’s most successful initiatives in this area has been the “Get Started” scheme, and Geoff who is a Small Business Adviser has helped hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs turn their dreams into a reality. Geoff showed both Gordon and Mark around some of the businesses that had more recently been supported by Get Started, including Tanya’s Nails and Beauty, Labyrinth Spiritual Gifts, the Polo Market and finally Beauticology ltd - all of which are in South Shore and is an area which Gordon has always promoted.

Gordon ended the day with Leanne Docherty, who recently set up her own training business, LM Training and Consultancy, which provides bespoke training for people in social care – an area which Gordon said was of “particular importance to an area like Blackpool”, because it has a higher than average older population.

He commented: “As I have said in the past there’s a huge amount of entrepreneurial activity in the town which should be celebrated – I saw that from the various visits this Saturday. As the local MP and as Shadow Skills Minister, I know how important the role of small businesses are to the success of the local economy but also in providing skills and employment for Blackpool people.”

 

Gordon champions Small Businesses across Blackpool for Small Business Saturday

Gordon has once again been championing the wide variety of small businesses across Blackpool for Small Business Saturday – an initiative that is now in its fourth year in the...

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery next Friday (2nd December).

This will take place from 3.00pm to around 4.30pm at his Constituency Office, 304 Highfield Road, Blackpool, FY4 3JX.

Appointments are required and can be made by either calling 01253 344143 or emailing gordonmarsdenmp@parliament.uk

Gordon's next Advice Surgery - 2nd December

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery next Friday (2nd December). This will take place from 3.00pm to around 4.30pm at his Constituency Office, 304 Highfield Road,...

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