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Police find body believed to be missing Blackpool man Craig Daffern

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Police have spoken to a man’s next-of-kin after a body was found in Preston

 

A police issued image of Craig Daffern
A police issued image of Craig Daffern

Police officers looking for a missing man from Blackpool have found a body.

Lancashire Police had previously issued an appeal to help find missing 35-year-old Craig Daffern.

He was last seen in the Paddock Close area at 2.30pm on Friday (January 14) and police said he had links to Beacon Fell in Goosnargh, Broughton, Clifton, Freckleton, Kirkham and Woodplumpton.

Officers looking for Craig have this evening found a body of a man in Catforth, Preston.

Lancashire Police believe the body belongs to Craig and have informed his family.

Lancashire Police said: “Although formal identification has not yet taken place, we believe it to be that of Mr Daffern.

“Mr Daffern’s next of kin have been informed of the latest development. Our thoughts very much remain with them at this incredibly difficult time.

“We would like to thank everybody who shared and supported our appeals.”

 

 

Festive trees for recycling bring a record £24,300 boost for Trinity Hospice funds

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Scores of volunteers made it a double record weekend for Trinity Hospice as they collected the highest number yet of Christmas trees for recycling to raise the highest-ever total from donations to the seasonal fund-raiser.

 

The 60 volunteers collected nearly 2,000 trees from homes across the Fylde coast, raising more than £24,300 for the hospice.

The trees were taken for recycling either at the tip in Bispham or to St Annes where they will form part of the sand dunes restoration project.

Volunteer collector Clare Blyth

Volunteer collector Clare Blyth

The hospice’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, Janet Atkins, said: “Once again, we are blown away by the generosity of our community.

“Our Christmas Tree collection continues to grow, with more trees collected and more money raised than ever before.

“We really wouldn’t be able to put this event on without our incredible volunteers, who spend their weekend in all weathers driving across the Fylde coast to collect and cut up trees and take them to our local recycling centres.

“The weather this weekend was particularly tough, but our volunteers kept on smiling and truly made this year’s collection the best ever.
Ian Holland, David Cummins, Elaine Midgley and Howard Midgley were among the volunteers

Ian Holland, David Cummins, Elaine Midgley and Howard Midgley were among the volunteers

“A huge thank to you everyone who gave up their time to help, to all those who booked their collection with us, to Blackpool and Fylde councils and to our event sponsors, Ameon and Easthams Solicitors. You are all absolutely amazing.

“It is only thanks to our supporters and the incredible people who help us to hold our events, like the Christmas Tree Collection, that we are able to reach everyone who needs specialist hospice care on the Fylde coast.”

The collected trees are set to be planted into the dunes at St Annes over several days early next month.

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Police looking for missing Blackpool man release details of vehicle to look for

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The force first announced their urgent search appeal yesterday.

Officers searching for a missing man from Blackpool have released details of a vehicle he is likely to be driving and are asking for the public to be on the lookout for it.

Craig Daffern, 35, was last seen in the Paddock Close, near Whitehills Business Park, at 2.30pm on Friday (January 14) and police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Officers believe Craig, who has has links to Beacon Fell in Goosnargh, Broughton, Clifton, Freckleton, Kirkham and Woodplumpton, may be in a red Mazda 6 estate (similar to the one pictured), with the registration plate FJ63 HVN.

Blackpool police announced a search appeal for Craig yesterday.

Blackpool police announced a search appeal for Craig yesterday.

Craig is described as being white, of a stocky build with dark hair, and he has a tattoo of a rose on his hand and an owl on his arm.

Inspector Helen Bevan, of West Division, said: “We remain extremely concerned for the welfare of Craig and are continuing to ask for the public’s help in finding him.

“Our enquiries are very much ongoing to find him and as part of our investigation we are asking the public to be on the lookout for Craig’s Mazda 6 estate, which maybe parked up in a rural location.

“I would also ask anybody with information on Craig’s whereabouts – or Craig himself if he sees this appeal – to contact the police as soon as possible.”

Missing Blackpool man, Criag Daffern, is likely to be in a red Mazda 6 estate.

Missing Blackpool man, Criag Daffern, is likely to be in a red Mazda 6 estate.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log 0758 of January 14, 2022. For immediate sightings call 999.

 

Fylde mum shares her tips for a healthier 2022 after transforming her life

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Grace Jagger struggled to get up and down the stairs after having baby Heidi in May 2021. She wants to motivate other Blackpool women after her lifestyle overhaul

 

A Fylde mum is hoping to inspire others to embark on a healthy lifestyle this new year after transforming her own life.

When Grace Jagger had a baby in May 2021, she decided to change her eating habits after realising her old size 12/14 dresses didn’t fit.

Now baby Heidi helps motivate others to reach their slimming goals.

Grace and Heidi motivate people to reach their health goals in a new Slimming World group at Freckleton

Grace and Heidi motivate people to reach their health goals in a new Slimming World group at Freckleton

Grace, 34, has started her own Slimming World group in Freckleton after losing two stone in five months through the plan.

And eight-month-old Heidi joins her at the class.

“They love to hold her and pass her around. One slimmer asked the baby’s weight, to see if it was more than what they had lost,” said Grace.

The turning point for Grace came when she realised she was struggling to get up and down the stairs.

She’d also gone shopping for new clothes, and had to alter some items so they didn’t rub.

“I just assumed after giving birth I’d go back to my old size. It’s the first time I’d ever had to get anything bigger than a 14 and I was just so upset with myself.”

“I had to hold on to the banister. I kept having to stop as I was getting out of breath.”

She joined Slimming World in July 2021 and lost five and a half pounds in her first week. That success motivated her to continue with the sessions at South Shore Tennis Club, Midgeland Road, before launching her own group in Freckleton for the new year.

Grace, who still has half a stone left until she has reached her personal target weight, says her secret is to think about making little changes that become a regular habit.

She added: “I’m not a gym person. My only exercise is walking with Heidi in the pram.

“Instead of gliding the Hoover, I’ve started pushing it a bit faster. When I go out shopping in Blackpool, I take the stairs rather than the escalator.”

She’s now thrilled to be able to run up and down the stairs with ease.

Grace puts her dieting success down to swapping processed foods for more nutritious options that keep her fuller for longer.

Eating more fruit and vegetables, swapping high fat meats for leaner cuts, and being more mindful of portion sizes.

But the self-confessed chocoholic hasn’t cut out the treats she loves.

She added: “25 grams of milk chocolate is 7/12 sins so I try to stick to that.”

And she suggests not being hard on yourself if you have a slip-up. Research shows that negative self-talk is more likely to lead to comfort eating and giving up completely. A kinder approach is more helpful in the long run.

Grace is now a full time Slimming World Consultant, and her new group runs every Thursday at 5.30pm and 7pm at Holy Family RC Church Lytham Rd, Freckleton. For more details, call Grace on 07599405716.

 

 

Charlene Downes’ brother Robert laid to rest after dying suddenly aged 30

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The funeral of Charlene Downes’ brother Robert took place at Carleton Crematorium today, one month after the dad-of-four was tragically found dead in his bedroom.

 

Robert Downes was found ‘in a pool of blood’ by his father, Robert Sr, at around 11.30pm on December 4, just a few hours after complaining of feeling unwell.

The 30-year-old, who lived on George Street, was a father of four, a steward at Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium, and was looking forward to qualifying as a security guard for the club in the new year.

But his dreams were tragically cut short when he suddenly collapsed.

The funeral of Robert Downes at Carleton Crematorium

The funeral of Robert Downes at Carleton Crematorium

 

Dozens of people, some of them dressed in Blackpool FC shirts, gathered at a heartfelt ceremony at Carleton Crematorium today to pay their respects to him.

His heartbroken mum Karen Downes said: “Robert was gorgeous, he was outrageous, he was funny and he was loud…He wasn’t an angel, he had his flaws, I’m not going to give him a shining halo. But he was my boy and we loved him.

“Robert was the baby of the family, and my only boy. I already know what it’s like to lose a child and it’s not something you can ever get over.”

The day before he died, Robert spent the night with the mum of his children, Enya Cardwell. He left her house the following morning, and went with his dad to his job at Blackpool FC.

The funeral of Robert Downes at Carleton Crematorium

The funeral of Robert Downes at Carleton Crematorium

However, shortly after he arrived there at 12.30pm he complained of feeling ill and left, returning to George Street at 6.30pm.

At around 11.30pm, Robert Sr returned home and went upstairs to check on his son, and found him unresponsive.

Paramedics were called, and Robert was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem was carried out following the young dad’s sudden death but the results came back inconclusive, meaning his family must now wait for his inquest, which is scheduled to take place on July 5.

Robert Downes with Enya Cardwell, the mum of his children

Robert Downes with Enya Cardwell, the mum of his children

Enya said: “Robert was doing brilliantly, and it was a Robert I had never seen before. He was very focused. I’d never seen him so full of life. He was doing so well. He even talked about getting married.

“He was the loveliest lad you could ever meet. People misjudged him; they read things about him and made assumptions about him, but he had the biggest heart. He always wanted to make someone smile.”

Investigation into Charlene’s murder remains open 18 years on

Charlene Downes was 14-years-old when she disappeared from Blackpool town centre on November 1 2003.

The funeral of Robert Downes at Carleton Crematorium

The funeral of Robert Downes at Carleton Crematorium

She had spent the day with her friends on Blackpool Promenade, playing on fruit machines before heading to McDonald’s. Her last known actions are as follows:

3.45pm: Charlene and her sister Rebecca were caught on CCTV walking along Bank Hey Street towards Coral Island amusement arcade

6.45pm: Charlene and Rebecca walked up Church Street to meet their mum Karen, who was handing out leaflets in the area. Rebecca decided to go home, while Charlene called some friends in the phone box on Leopold Grove and arranged to meet up with them.

7.15pm: Charlene kissed her mum goodbye at a bus stop on Church Street before heading into Blackpool town centre.

9.30pm: Charlene and her friend went to the Carousel bar on North Pier

11pm: Charlene and her friend go back into town and part ways in the area of Talbot Road and Abingdon Road.

The investigation into Charlene's disappearance remains open

The investigation into Charlene’s disappearance remains open

Police believe Charlene was murdered within hours of her last sighting, with suspicions arising that she had been a victim of child sex abuse at the hands of one or more men.

Two men faced trial for her murder in May 2007, but the jury failed to reach a verdict. A retrial was ordered, but prior to the start of this trial in April 2008, the prosecution identified a number of issues with the evidence, and no hearing took place.

Detective chief superintendent Andy Webster, leading the investigation into the teenager’s disappearance, said: “We remain committed to finding Charlene’s killer and her body despite it being more than 15 years since she went missing. A £100,000 reward remains on offer for information leading to the conviction of her killer or recovery of her body.

“We will continue to not only focus on her disappearance and murder but also on the wider issue of child sexual exploitation in Blackpool, for which we have now secured a number of successful convictions.

“I would encourage anyone who knows anything about Charlene’s disappearance and death to come forward and speak to us. Similarly if you have been a victim of abuse, please speak to the police. We will listen to you, support you and bring offenders to justice.”

There is still a £100,000 reward on offer for information leading to the conviction of Charlene Downes’ murderer or the discovery of her body.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 01253 607370, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or email charlenedownesinvestigation@lancashire.pnn.police.uk.

 

 

Courageous North Shore girl fights final stages of rare bone cancer which ‘snapped her thigh in half’ as she put on jeans

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A brave Blackpool teenager is on a mission to make the most of every moment count as she battles the final stages of a rare form of cancer which caused her bones to ‘waste away’.

 

Quiarnah McLachlan

Quiarnah McLachlan

Quiarnah McLachlan, 15 is fighting Ewing sarcoma, a type of cancer which develops in the bones and spreads to other parts of the body.

The Armfield Academy pupil was diagnosed with the rare disease in 2019, when her thigh bone suddenly snapped in half as she was putting on a pair of jeans.

“Her femur broke. The cancer had just eaten it away. It had left it like a piece of thread,” her mum Thalia Darrod, 43, said.

Quiarnah with mum Talia and stepdad Mike

Quiarnah with mum Talia and stepdad Mike

Quiarnah, who lives on Blackpool Promenade, was sent to Manchester Children’s Hospital where she underwent chemotherapy and had her femur replaced with a titanium bone last year.

She then embarked on a gruelling quest to relearn how to walk just in time to walk her mum down the aisle at her wedding in August – which Thalia described as ‘the best feeling in the world’.

But tragically, just one month later, a scan revealed a ‘huge’ cancerous tumour had developed in the the teenager’s skull – and had spread to her legs and left hip.

Despite having an operation to remove the tumour, Quiarnah and her family were told that her condition had become incurable.

Thalia, a mum of five, said: “She does know what the eventual outcome will be. We don’t know how long we have left. The last time we went to the consultant, she told us now was the time to start doing what she always dreamed of doing.

“She just wants to live her life to the full until then. Her main wish is to keep going to school. Mentally, it helps her.

“She’s the most amazing, bravest person I’ve ever met. I can’t put into words how much she’s been through and she’s still there with a smile on her face, always joking.

“I’ve had my fair share of break-downs. But I have stayed strong for Quiarnah. She’s the one who keeps me going.”

“Before she was born, I wished upon a star for a baby, because I had suffered a stillbirth Two weeks later, I was pregnant with Quiarnah. Now I feel like she’s being taken from me as well.”

Quiarnah’s friends have rallied to help her life the rest of her life to the full, as they are planning a big fund-raiser at the New Albert pub on Lytham Road, Blackpool, later this month.

Money raised will go to Quiarnah to help her tick off her bucket list.

Thalia said: “We’ve been having a lot at things she might want to do – but she’s so easily pleased. At Christmas we went all-out, and when she was asked what she got for Christmas she said ‘too much!’

“I would like to take her to some places she has never been. She’s never been to London, and I think it would be amazing to go up on the London Eye and see a show on the West End. She loves musicals.”

Event organiser Sarah Hallett, whose daughter India is friends with Quiarnah, said: “She hasn’t asked for anything. She’s just taken it full-on, day by day, and I can’t believe how strong she is.

“I would love to raise £2.500, but since it’s just after Christmas and there’s a new wave of Covid-19, whatever we raise will help in some way bring comfort to Quiarnah and her family. Anything we can do to help, we will.

“Quiarnah is my daughter’s best friend and it’s heartbreaking to have to see her go through this. She’s such a beautiful girl and such a character.”

Friends and family rally for Quiarnah

The fund-raiser for Quinarah’s bucket list will take place at the New Albert, Lytham Road, on January 30 from noon until 9pm.

There will be live entertainment, bingo, a tombola, raffles, a sponsored wax, drag queen acts, an auction, and a full buffet with homemade chilli and pies on sale. Glitter body art, hair braiding and face painting will be provided by Sez’s Sparkle and Glitter Tattoos and Inferno Face Paints, and artist Paul Crompton will be doing caricatures.

Entry to the event is free, with small charges for games and attractions.

 

Missing 13-year-old girl from Blackpool found ‘safe and well’

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An appeal was launched to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from Blackpool.

 

Melanie Law, from Blackpool, was reported missing on Friday morning (January 14).

Police said her disappearance was “worrying” and launched a public appeal to help find her.

Officers later confirmed the 13-year-old had been found “safe and well” and thanked residents for their help.

A missing girl, 13, from Blackpool was found "safe and well" following a police appeal

A missing girl, 13, from Blackpool was found “safe and well” following a police appeal

Concern growing for missing 13-year-old girl from Blackpool who may have travelled to Preston

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An appeal was launched to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from Blackpool who police believed may have travelled to Preston.

 

Melanie Law, from Blackpool, was reported missing earlier today (Friday, January 14), police said.

The 13-year-old girl is described as white, 5ft 4in tall, of slim build with brown hair, styled in a bob.

She was wearing blue jeans, white trainers with glitter heels and a black fur coat with a hood at the time of her disappearance.

Melanie – who has links to Blackpool and Kirkham – may have travelled to Preston.

PC Georgia Boyle, of Blackpool Police, said: “Melanie’s disappearance is worrying and we are concerned for her welfare.

“If you know where she is, please come forward with information.

Melanie Law, 13, from Blackpool, was reported missing on January 14 (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Melanie Law, 13, from Blackpool, was reported missing on January 14 (Credit: Lancashire Police)

“I would also ask Melanie, if she sees this appeal, to get in touch and let us know she is safe and well.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101.

In an emergency call 999.

 

 

Woman’s amazing transformation after she ‘didn’t fit’ on Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

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Antonia knew something had to change after a seat belt wouldn’t fasten around her at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and she was turned away from two rides

 

Antonia Mulvaney, 28, from Whiston, pictured before her incredible weight loss
Antonia Mulvaney, 28, from Whiston, pictured before her incredible weight loss (Image: Echo)

A woman has lost seven stone after she was turned away from two roller coasters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Antonia Mulvaney, 28, struggled with her weight from a young age and as she got older, lost control of her diet, which led her to weighing over 20 stone, LiverpoolEcho reports.

Antonia, from Whiston, said her diet had mainly consisted of takeaways and convenience foods before she realised something had to change.

Antonia was turned away from The Big One and Revolution roller coasters at Blackpool Pleasure Beach before she decided to lose weight.

Recalling the experience, she told The Echo: “They’ve got these tiny little entrance ways to get into the rides. I was struggling to go through the turnstiles and then basically, when I got to the ride the bar came down but I’ve got a seat belt and basically, the seat belt didn’t go anywhere near me.

“They come down and check to make sure everyone is strapped in and I hadn’t even noticed the seat belt at first, I just got in and pulled the bar down.

“It was the most humiliating experience of my life. I wanted the ground to open and swallow me up.

“I tried to go on another ride and the same thing happened – I couldn’t go on that.”

Antonia said: “It was sort of the first real time that my weight had stopped me doing something, it had stopped me going on these rides that I wanted to go on.

“I’d never been to Blackpool before, I always wanted to go and the time I went I couldn’t go on any of the rides, so I was just like ‘no I can’t go on like this.’

“I went to the doctor and they told me I was pre-diabetic. That was also another motivation for going back to Slimming World.”

Antonia had previously been a member of Slimming World and had made the decision to try and follow the plan independently.

When this proved unsuccessful, she returned to a Slimming World group in Huyton where her friend was also a member.

Antonia has lost seven stone since joining Slimming World
Antonia has lost seven stone since joining Slimming World (Image: Antonia Mulvaney)

In the space of six months, Antonia has lost seven stone and dropped six dress sizes.

She now weighs 13st 3lbs and wears size 12-14 in clothes.

Antonia said: “I’m really proud of myself and happy because people who haven’t seen me for ages notice and they’re like ‘oh my, don’t you look well, haven’t you lost weight’ – and honestly, that’s better than any takeaway could ever taste.

“The way I dress has completely changed as well. I’ve gone from wearing leggings and really big baggy t-shirts to dresses and skirts and stuff like that.

“My wardrobe has completely changed because of how I feel in myself.

“I cook all my own food now. I don’t think I’ve bought something ready done – unless it’s a Slimming World ready meal – in I don’t knows how long.”

Antonia added: “I’d say for anyone who’s wanting to join, who’s a bit nervous, to take the plunge because everyone is in the same boat there.

Antonia Mulvaney pictured before and after her incredible weight loss
Antonia Mulvaney pictured before and after her weight loss (Image: Echo)

“Everyone has their ups and downs with it and everyone has their good weeks and bad weeks and if it is a gain everyone will support you.

“They will give you ideas maybe of how you can jig up your weekly menu and give you recipe ideas. When you do have a bad week there’s always that support in group.”

Antonia’s typical diet before she lost weight

Breakfast

McDonald’s breakfast – sausage and egg McMuffin with two hash browns

Lunch

Thick white bread sandwich with crisps and a fizzy drink

Dinner

Takeaway pizza or an Indian or Chinese takeaway

Antonia’s typical diet now

Breakfast

Bran flakes

Lunch

Chicken salad or an omelette

Dinner

Homemade spag bol or chilli or a Slimming World ready meal

 

Blackpool adventurer Jordan Wylie completes ice marathon in antarctica

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Despite the world being put off all forms of travel by continuously changing rules and regulations, British adventurer and Channel 4 Hunted star Jordan Wylie said he remains determined in his quest to complete his polar mission of running marathons in the world’s coldest places.

After nearly three weeks of flights, quarantines in Chile, PCR tests, a library of documentation in his back pack and patiently waiting for weather windows to open from Antarctic storms, the intrepid former soldier and army cadets national ambassador made it to the Union Glacier in Antarctica where he ran 26.2 miles on the coldest, windiest, iciest, highest and driest continent on the planet.

Jordan has already competed ice marathons in Siberia, Yukon, Alaska and Jökulsárlón in Iceland and late last year had his latest book published about a paddle board trip around the UK.

He said: “To accomplish a marathon at the end of the earth on in this magical place was an incredibly tough challenge, it was punishing from start to finish and unforgiving throughout.

Adventurer Jordan Wylie  having completed a marathon in Antarctica. Picture by Mark Conlon

Adventurer Jordan Wylie having completed a marathon in Antarctica. Picture by Mark Conlon

“I had also carried an achilles’ heel injury for the last 12 months which was really painful and caused me problems from around nine miles in, there was no way I was quitting though, it would have punished me mentally for the rest of my life, having come this far.

“It was a great privilege to experience this majestic land that most people will never make it to. I feel very grateful for this incredible opportunity thanks to my incredibly kind sponsors at The Eton Harris Group.

“Many people asked me why I would want to travel to so far for an adventure in the current climate, my answer to them is that one thing I have learned in the past 18 months is that tomorrow is never promised and we must always embrace the here and now. Be safe, get your vaccines, follow the rules, but keep living life to the full as you never know what’s around the corner.”

Jordan will now prepare for his next extreme marathon which will be even colder when he heads for the North Pole in April to continue his mission.

Jordan running across the Union Glacier. Picture by Mark Conlon

Jordan running across the Union Glacier. Picture by Mark Conlon

He will also be back on screen in January on Channel 4 when Celebrity Hunted returns to TV once again, where he works as one of the hunters tracking the contestants.

 

Community groups invited to apply for funding boost

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Vital support groups across Fylde are set to receive a key boost to funding as the community grants scheme relaunches for another round of bidding.

After allocating a total of just under £50,000 on 25 grant awards across four previous four bidding rounds, a further allocation of £20,000 has been approved by Fylde Council to be made available to voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise organisations under the Covid Response Fund grant scheme.

Added to the remaining £10,000 already banked with the council for voluntary services from previous rounds, the aim is for this latest funding package to empower charitable groups to better help those hardest hit by coronavirus.

Eligible groups will be able to bid for funds from a minimum of £300 up to a maximum of £5,000 for projects which help residents struggling with food and essentials and to access longer term support, such as benefits, debt, or employment advice; provide emotional and mental health support; help address social isolation; demonstrate how people would benefit from the funds.

Just Good Friends, based in St Annes, is among groups which have benefited from previous rounds

Just Good Friends, based in St Annes, is among groups which have benefited from previous rounds

New funding for Covid-19 support projects in Wyre and Fylde

Organisations which have benefited from previous bidding rounds of the grant scheme include Hope Church, Lytham, enabling it to provide targeted, practical support to help significantly improve the quality of a child’s environment through the provision of practical items; Park View 4U, Lytham, with the delivery of a programme called Exploring the Wild Edges – to engage with women who have struggled with their mental wellbeing, social isolation and losing confidence during the pandemic and Just Good Friends, based in St Annes, allowing it to offer guidance to members for use in IT equipment.

This latest stage of the scheme will be another partnership between Fylde Council, Wyre Council and the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Council of Voluntary Services. and Fylde says an independent evaluation has identified the tremendous success of the previous phases of the scheme.

“The clear, simple bidding process was found to have been highly effective in swiftly getting aid to vulnerable persons across the region, as well as helping community support groups themselves survive and develop a strong network throughout an exceptionally challenging time,” said a spokesman.

Coun Tommy Threlfall, chairman of Fylde’s environment, health and housing committee, said: “The council is delighted to support a further award of grants to the voluntary community and faith sector, in order to support the most vulnerable within our communities.

“Having supported the hugely successful previous phases of this grant scheme, it gives me great pleasure to endorse the council’s further financial backing of the project.”

Closing date for applications in the latest round is 5pm on April 30 and details of how to apply are at www.cvsbwf.org/covoidgrants

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Police in Blackpool urgently searching for missing woman

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Janette Bertram was last seen on St Anne’s Road at 10.30am on Tuesday and police say she may appear to be confused

 

Janette Bertram
Janette Bertram (Image: Blackpool Police)

Police in Blackpool are urgently searching for a 66-year-old woman who has gone missing.

Janette Bertram was last seen on St Anne’s Road at 10.30am on Tuesday and police say she may appear to be confused.

Ms Bertram is described as 5ft 4ins with shoulder-length grey hair.

She was last seen wearing a beige top, white zip-up fleece, brown trousers and was carrying a green shopping bag.

Members of the public are being urged to call 999 in the event of any immediate sighting of Ms Bertram.

Anyone who thinks they may have any information that could help to locate her should call police on 01253 289 112 or 101.

 

 

Concern growing for two missing teenagers believed to be in Blackpool together

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A search has been launched for two missing teenagers who may be in Blackpool together, police said.

 

Caitlyn Morgan and Alicia Bond both went missing from the Bispham Road area at around 10.30am yesterday (Monday, January 10).

Police believed the two teenagers were in Blackpool together and launched a public appeal to help find them.

Sgt Riz Dala, of Blackpool Police, said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for Caitlyn and Alicia and I would appeal for anyone who has seen them or has information about where they might be to get in touch.

“I would also ask the girls themselves to contact us if they see this appeal.”

Caitlyn, 15, is described as white, 5ft 4in tall, of average build, with blue eyes and long blonde hair with green tips.

She was last seen wearing a grey Zavetti Canada coat, black jeans, black and red Nike trainers and a black JD bag.

Alicia Bond (pictured left) and Caitlyn Morgan (pictured right) (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Alicia Bond (pictured left) and Caitlyn Morgan (pictured right) (Credit: Lancashire Police)

Alicia, 16, is described as white with brown eyes and long brown hair with blonde highlights.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black puffer jacket with belt, light coloured trainers and a black JD bag.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting log number 0478 of January 10.

For immediate sightings call 999.

 

 

Olly Murs donates £500 to help Cleveleys girl, 6, receive lifesaving treatment following cancer diagnosis

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British singer-songwriter Olly Murs donated £500 to help a six-year-old Lancashire girl diagnosed with a rare type of cancer receive lifesaving treatment.

Isabelle Grundy, from Cleveleys, was diagnosed with stage four high-risk neuroblastoma – a rare and aggressive form of cancer – in July 2021.

Her mother, Louisa Moss, 33, needs to raise £200,000 to gain access to treatment in the USA that is not readily available in the UK.

GoFundMe page has since raised over £20,000 for Isabelle, with over 1,336 people kindly donating to the cause.

Isabelle Grundy was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in July 2021

Isabelle Grundy was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer in July 2021

Among those who donated included British singer-songwriter Olly Murs, who contributed £500 on Thursday, January 5.

Posing a link to the fundraiser on Instagram, he said: “Please share and help Isabelle get the treatment she needs.”

Speaking about receiving so many donations, Louisa said she was “eternally grateful” to everyone who has helped her daughter.

“Never in a million years did we ever think our family would be in this situation; our world has been completely turned upside down,” she added.

A GoFundMe page raised over £20,000 for Isabelle, with British singer-songwriter Olly Murs kindly donating £500

A GoFundMe page raised over £20,000 for Isabelle, with British singer-songwriter Olly Murs kindly donating £500

“Thank you to everyone who has shown support, love and kindness towards Isabelle and our family. We are eternally grateful for each and every one of you.

“All donations great or small mean the world to us.”

Lousia first noticed something was wrong when Isabelle started to feel ill and took her to Blackpool Victoria Hospital after finding a lump on her stomach.

A concerned doctor sent Isabelle to Manchester Hospital the following morning.

Within a couple of days she was diagnosed with cancer.

Isabelle has since undergone a range of intensive treatment, from high dose chemotherapy, several blood and platelet transfusions and a stem cell harvest and transplant.

Once she has recovered from her stem cell transplant, Isabelle will move on to her next stage of treatment which will be radiotherapy at The Christie in Manchester.

“She has done absolutely amazing so far,” Louisa said,

“Now she’s got as far as she has, we are looking at vaccines which are not approved in this country.”

To read more about Isabelle’s story, click HERE.

If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page, click HERE.

 

Father and son Ian and Jack Brayshaw join National Police Aid charity convoy to transport ambulances to The Gambia

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A father and son from Garstang have launched a Just Giving appeal to support a mercy mission to get ambulances to The Gambia.

Father and son Ian and Jack Brayshaw are raising funds to join a mercy mission taking ambulances to The Gambia

Father and son Ian and Jack Brayshaw are raising funds to join a mercy mission taking ambulances to The Gambia

They are also helping a special bear called Ollie will help them with their fundraising.

Retired Lancashire police officer Ian Brayshaw and his son, Jack, a serving Police Support Officer, from Catterall, near Garstang, heard just days ago that they could join a 2,000 mile plus charity journey which it’s hoped will culminate in gifting more than 30 ambulances to communities in The Gambia.

Operation Zephyr will see ambulances, support vehicles and fire engines delivered to the West African nation to form the core of a new emergency service throughout the country.

Ollie Bear is being made and sold by Ian's wife Jean to raise funds for the mercy mission to The Gambia

Ollie Bear is being made and sold by Ian’s wife Jean to raise funds for the mercy mission to The Gambia

The mission from the U.K. is being led by National Police Aid Charity UK (NPAC), which provides aid to impoverished communities around the world in war zones or in developing countries.

Ian, who is Chairman of Catterall Parish Council, served in the Lancashire Constabulary for more than 34 years. His son Jack, 20, now works at the Constabulary’s Hutton HQ. The pair will be helping, along with other volunteers, to drive and navigate the fully equipped vehicles thousands of miles to their new homes.

But first they have a target of raising £5,000 which will go towards paying for the fleet of ambulances and transport costs. Ian and Jack will be funding any personal expenses themselves, including food and accommodation, but are hoping individuals and businesses will step up to support their appeal.

As part of the fundraising Ian’s wife Jean is making toy bears called Ollie Bear which can be purchased for £10. Ian and Jack will be taking a bear with them and posting pictures of it online on Instagram so donors can see how their journey is progressing. Ian said: “If anyone want to buy one they need to contact Jean on jeanbrayshaw@hotmail.com and we will send one out. If anyone wants one from the Just Giving page they can message us – providing the donation is £10 or above and we will send one out on request.”

Ian, whose roles with the Constabulary included more than a decade as a family liaision officer, now works as operational security manager at BAE Systems, Warton. He said that in his police career he had always been called upon to help people and The Gambia expedition continues that work. He said: “This opportunity gives me the rare chance to help the children and their families in an entire country. As a member of the International Police Association I saw the request for volunteers to take part and instead of just donating I thought I should take up the challenge and Jack jumped at the chance to help as well.”

The current lack of ambulances in The Gambia means doctors have to cycle from village to village or critically ill patients are carried by relatives or transported miles to their nearest hospital by whatever transport is available, sometimes in a wheelbarrow.

The ambulance convoy was due to set off in March but the trip has now been postponed until September due to the COVID pandemic. It is anticipated that the left hand drive emergency vehicles will come from France, Portugal or Spain. Ian and Jack will travel over to mainland Europe to collect their ambulance.

On their Just Giving page the pair state: “We intend to travel from the U.K. via France and Spain through the north west of the African continent all the way to Banjul the capital of Gambia. The intent is to provide functioning emergency vehicles, radios, equipment, training and uniforms to this emerging but very poor African nation. Organised by the UK’s National Police Aid Charity, National Police Aid Convoy and working with the International Police Association and other organisations, we have decided to help end suffering and unnecessary deaths caused by the absence of any form of ambulance service in The Gambia.”

Jack said: “None of us chose where to be born, we feel that by helping out in the Gambia we are trying to reduce the health inequalities across the globe, especially under the current pandemic situation. This is an exciting challenge, I’ve never done anything like this before … The Gambia is one of the poorest places in the world and we’re trying to give them an entire ambulance service, providing support from the 30 key locations where they can be of optimum use and effectiveness.”

Teams of three will drive each ambulance taking it in turn to navigate, drive or sleep. It is estimated that the journey will take around 10 days. Once the vehicles have been delivered to their chosen destination local doctors and healthcare professionals will be trained to use the vehicles.

Their Just Giving page also notes that corporate sponsorship to the charity, is welcome. It is costing around £10,000 to purchase and transport each ambulance to The Gambia. Ian and Jack suggested: “Perhaps you could help with fuel costs by providing a company fuel card, or by providing much needed equipment, tools or supplies, for the convoy to use or for us to take with us. Everything will be left with the Gambian Emergency responders.”

Their donation page also emphasises the urgent need for the ambulances and equipment in The Gambia: “The levels of maternal mortality in the Gambia are unacceptably high and are ranked among the highest in Africa, estimated at 1,050 per 100,000 live births and are higher in rural than in urban areas. The manner of those deaths for mother and child do not bear thinking about. The number of deaths and amputations through late presentation of infected fractures and wounds is unbelievably high.We are reaching out to everyone to play their part and donate to this important lifesaving mission, by doing this you will be helping create a better, safer, happier world.”

To donate see: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-brayshaw1

*Ambulances to Gambia 2022 – The Journey

After crossing Europe and assembling at Algeciras, Spain, the mercy mission will cross to Tangier in north west Morocco. In convoys of no more than eight vehicles the volunteers will travel via Casablanca and West Sahara to Dakar, Senegal. At the Senegal/Gambia border the convoys will separate to deliver the vehicles to the chosen towns with the volunteers returning to Banjul to fly home.

 

Here’s how your discarded Christmas trees can help charity and nature

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As another Christmas season comes to a close, the first steps are being taken to send discarded festive trees galore from homes across the Fylde coast back to nature.

Trinity Hospice will carry out its annual doorstep collection of real trees this weekend, while a host of deposit points are now open across Fylde for householders to drop off the tree themselves.

All the trees will then be planted at St Annes beach next month to help with dunes preservation and soft sea defence.

Trinity volunteers will be picking up trees from postcodes FY1. FY2, FY3, FY4, FY5, FY6, FY8 and PR4 on Saturday and Sunday – 12 months on from the trees collection raising a record £23,000 for the hospice via donations from the householders involved.

Trinity volunteer tree collector Emma Lonican

Trinity volunteer tree collector Emma Lonican

More than 1,800 trees were collected then and Janet Atkins, corporate partnership manager at the Bispham-based hospice, said: “The tree collection is the perfect way to begin 2022 by helping to support local hospice care while doing something amazing for the environment.

“Last year was incredible for us. We had nearly 70 wonderful volunteers working hard over the weekend to collect more than 1,800 trees from across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

“They all said they had a great time, knowing they had done something special to support their local hospice.

Around 1,800 trees were buried in the sands at St Annes last year.

Around 1,800 trees were buried in the sands at St Annes last year.

“We’ve increased our locations for this year’s collection, so we hope this collection will be our best yet!”

Emma Lonican and Mark Robinson volunteered for last January’s collection and said they would be looking to help out again this year.

“Helping with the tree collection was such a lovely feeling,” said Emma. “It was our way of giving something back to our community by supporting our local hospice, as well as helping the environment.

“It really was a great way to start the year with such a wonderful act of kindness, not just for charity and our home, but also to all those people who had booked their collection.”

Fylde Council leader Coun Karen Buckley was among the volunteers last year and said at the time: “I was delighted to join the volunteers to fill our trailer with trees from addresses around Ansdell.

“The residents were thrilled to be part of the scheme, knowing their donations were helping Trinity and their used trees were being recycled.”

Fylde Council’s temporary collection points and now open up to next Thursday, January 13 at various site around the borough.

They are at: HM Coastguard Station, North Beach car park, St Annes; Lytham Rail Station car park; Rawstorne Sport Centre car park, Freckleton; William Segar Hodgson car park, Coronation Road, Kirkham and Elswick Village Hall car park, Roseacre Road, Elswick.

Householders dropping off their own trees are reminded that tree skirts, bases and all decorations need to be removed and the trees should be left inside the barriered area.

All the trees will be planted on St Annes beach as part of the sand dunes restoration project.

It’s a campaign to help nature which started 10 years ago and last year, almost 2,000 trees were planted in the dunes inside four days, despite only a small number of socially distanced staff and no volunteers being allowed to participate in tne ‘big dig’ because of the pandemic restrictions.

Amy Pennington, Fylde Sand Dunes Project Community Engagement Officer for the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, who works with Fylde Council on the project, said: “The buried trees are important to catch the sand blowing in from the strong onshore winds.”

Details of the Trinity collection at www.trinityhospice.co.uk/tree-collection

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Little Noah was final baby born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 2021

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Noah Elliot Houston didn’t want to wait for New Year – he turned out to be the final baby born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 2021.

 

Little Noah Elliot Houston

Little Noah Elliot Houston

The bonny infant had originally been expected on Wednesday January 5 and might have been one of the first babies born at the hospital in 2022.

But he clearly isn’t one to hang about and he came into the world at 11.30pm, just half an hour before the bells chimed at midnight and ushered in the New Year.

Noah, who weighed in at a healthy 81b 3oz, is the first son of Emily Houston, 24, who is single and works as a receptionist.

Noah Elliot Houston was the final baby to be born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 2021

Noah Elliot Houston was the final baby to be born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 2021

Emily is the only daughter of Donna Houston, 46, of Hodder Avenue, Fleetwood and Noah is Donna’s first grandchild,

The proud grandmother, an admin assistant at the Spire Hospital in Blackpool, said: “It’s fantastic to be a grandmother, he’s just beautiful and I can’t get enough of him.

“Noah and Emily are both doing really well.

“He wasn’t due until January 5 but he obviously had other ideas and Emily went into hospital on Wednesday, January 29.

“When Noah was born the staff told us he would be the final baby of 2021 to be born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.”

Mother and baby are due to leave the hospital’s neonatal until and go home on Wednesday this week.

Noah is also the first great grandchild for Robert Houston, Donna’s father, a former inshore fisherman who still lives in Fleetwood.

Donna added: “It’s really wonderful – our celebrations started before the New Year came in.”

 

 

Six year old girl initially suspected of having chest infection now needs life-saving operation following cancer diagnosis

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A family from Thornton Cleveleys are in desperate need of raising £200,000 for life saving treatment for their six-year-old daughter who has been diagnosed with cancer.

While most six-year-olds play with their new Christmas toys, Isabelle Grundy has been in Manchester Intensive Care Unit since Boxing Day after suffering a collapsed lung.

Since then, she has had 3,777mls of fluid drained from her right lung and is now breathing on her own with minimal assistance from a ventilator.

This is one of the many side effects she is left to endure as she bravely battles a rare and aggressive form of cancer, all the while reserving a quiet strength and smile on her face.

Six year old Isabelle Grundy who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Six year old Isabelle Grundy who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Her mother Louisa Moss, 33, needs to raise £200,000 to gain access to treatment in the USA that is not readily available in the UK.

Isabelle, a pupil of Anchorsholme Primary, who has just turned six was diagnosed in July as a High Risk Stage Four Neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer that affects mostly babies and young children. This means she has a 50 percent survival rate and of the 50 percent that survive 60 percent relapse and of them only five percent survive it.

Louisa said: “She’s improving but still needing to stay on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for the time being.”

Since diagnosis Isabelle has undergone a lot of intensive treatment, ranging from high dose chemotherapy, numerous cannulas, MIBG scans, CT scans, ultrasound scans, several blood and platelet transfusions, high risk surgery – of which only a small section of Isabelle’s tumour was safely removed, stem cell harvest and transplant.
Isabelle with her mother Louisa.

Isabelle with her mother Louisa.

In the New Year once Isabelle has recovered from her stem cell transplant, she will move on to her next stage of treatment which will be radiotherapy at The Christie.

Explaining when she first noticed something was wrong with her little girl, Louisa added: “She was a fit and healthy little girl from a baby growing up – all the normal milestones.

“In June she started feeling poorly but around that time there were a lot of bugs going round.

“We took her to Blackpool Victoria Hospital after I found a lump in her tummy. We went to her GP who managed to get us a fast track, same day appointment.”

A smiling, positive and determined Isabelle.

A smiling, positive and determined Isabelle.

Initially suspected of having a chest infection, a concerned doctor then sent Isabelle to Manchester Hospital the following morning by ambulance and within a couple of days she was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive cancer.

“She went through a strong case of chemotherapy which she is just over halfway through.

“She also had her high risk surgery to which we were told they (doctors) can’t guarantee she will make it.”

Louisa and her partner, Isabelle’s father Blaine Grundy, 35, then endured an agonising six and a half hour wait which she describes as “horrendous.”

Isabelle and Theo.

Isabelle and Theo.

“She has done absolutely amazing so far. Now she’s got as far as she has we are looking a the vaccines which are not approved in this country.”

To brighten Isabelle’s stay in hospital and not wanting his friend to be left out at Christmas, kindhearted Theo Robinson, who is in the same class as Isabelle, came up with the idea to put on his list to Santa that she was in hospital in case he was not aware.

He then went to the toy shop with his mother Emma Robinson and that night they compiled a video asking if friends and family would like to help.

In just one week they received over 100 presents for the family of four, with local businesses also donating.

Emma said: “I’m so proud of Theo for what he has wanted to do for his friend.

“I went to Anchorsholme School myself with Isabelle’s mum and we too were in the same class.

Warrior Princess Isabelle.

Warrior Princess Isabelle.

“This could have been any one of our children and came so unexpectedly for their family so doing this has been an honour to have been able to help.

“The next mission now for me and Theo is to do what we can to help raise the £200,000 needed to look into treatment in the USA for Isabelle in the future to stop any relapse.

“She certainly is a fighter and her mummy, daddy and brother are so brave too.”

Although Isabelle’s treatment is going to plan at the moment, things can change unexpectedly change, evident in the fact that she now has a condition known as VOD which is an inflammation of the liver – a side effect from her high dose chemotherapy.

For this reason Emma Robinson has also set up a GoFundMe page in the hope of reaching a target of £200,000 to help raise funds in order for the family to travel to America for Isabelle to receive possible life saving treatment.

Louisa added: “Never in a million years did we ever think our family would be in this situation, our world has been completely turned upside down.

“Thank you to everyone who has shown support, love and kindness towards Isabelle and our family, we are eternally grateful for each and every one of you.

“All donations great or small mean the world to us.”

If you would like to help Isabelle CLICK HERE.

Friends Isabelle and Theo.

Friends Isabelle and Theo.

Theo has sent Isabelle gifts and a Christmas video while she is in hospital.

Theo has sent Isabelle gifts and a Christmas video while she is in hospital.

Isabelle and her nine-year-old brother Grayson who also attends Anchorsholme Academy in Blackpool.

Isabelle and her nine-year-old brother Grayson who also attends Anchorsholme Academy in Blackpool.

Isabelle, 6, was diagnosed in July as a High Risk Stage Four Neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer that affects mostly babies and young children.

Isabelle, 6, was diagnosed in July as a High Risk Stage Four Neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer that affects mostly babies and young children.

Isabelle always keeps a positive mindset.

Isabelle always keeps a positive mindset.

Concerns mount for missing man Shannon Gath last seen more than two months ago

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A man from Clitheroe has been missing since October

 

Police are searching for missing Shannon Gath
Police are searching for missing Shannon Gath

A missing person’s search is under way for a Lancashire man last seen more than two months ago.

Shannon Gath has been missing since for months and concerns continue to grow for his safety.

The 52-year-old from Clitheroe was last seen in October 2021 but was only reported missing on Thursday, December 23.

Police say they are very concerned about Shannon’s disappearance and are now urging anyone who knows where he is to come forward.

Shannon is also believed to have links to Burnley, Blackpool and Blackburn.

He is described as white, 6ft 2in tall, of large build with dark, greying hair styled into a small ponytail. He was last seen wearing a blue sleeveless hoodie, a white t-shirt, dark blue jeans and was carrying a small black rucksack.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We are appealing for information to find Shannon Gath.

“Shannon, 52, from Clitheroe, was reported as missing on December 23. He was last seen in October.

Police are searching for missing Shannon Gath
Police are searching for missing Shannon Gath

“Shannon is described as white, 6ft 2in tall, of large build with dark, greying hair styled into a small ponytail. He was wearing a blue sleeveless hoodie, a white t-shirt, dark blue jeans and was carrying a small black rucksack when he was last seen.

“Shannon has links to Burnley, Blackburn and Blackpool. Police are very concerned following his disappearance and urging anyone who knows where he is to come forward.

“If you can help call police on 101 quoting log 0781 of December 23.”

 

 

Tragic death of ‘caring and intelligent’ Lytham woman found dead at home with BMI of just 12.5 after doctors failed to monitor her

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A coroner has asked health bosses to improve eating disorder services following the death of Louise Cooper

 

Tragic: Louise was found dead at her home
Tragic: Louise was found dead at her home (Image: Facebook)

A Lytham woman who suffered from anorexia was found dead at her home after health professionals failed to monitor her condition.

Louise Cooper was found dead at her home in Oxford Road on Saturday May 16 in 2020 by a friend who had taken round some shopping.

Earlier this month Blackpool’s Senior Coroner Alan Wilson concluded the 44-year-old died from severe malnutrition and he has since sent a Prevention of Future Deaths report to the Department of Health and Social Care after hearing how Louise was not sufficiently monitored by health professionals.

The inquest, held on December 17, heard that Louise had suffered from anorexia for “many years” and had been admitted to hospital on a number of occasions. She was last discharged from hospital in July 2019 after which time she received care from an eating disorder service until January 2020.

“Louise knew that the Clinical Psychologist with whom she had worked for a number of years was due to go on maternity leave. She did not wish to work with any other members of the Eating Disorder Service [EDS] team,” the coroner said in the Prevention of Future Deaths report.

When discharged, her Body Mass Index [BMI] is estimated to have been at a significantly low level of 12.5. She was discharged on the understanding that she would receive ongoing monitoring from her General Practitioner. The GP surgery was notified about the discharge but due to an administrative issue the need for Louise to be monitored was not appreciated.

“She did not receive the necessary monitoring. During the weeks preceding Louise’s death, her health went into further decline. This was in part contributed to by the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 which left her more isolated.”

Body Mass Index is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy. Patients with a BMI of less than 15 are considered to have extreme anorexia.

The inquest heard that the care Louise received included one-to-one support whereby a health professional would visit her once a day and sit with her while she ate a meal. Louise’s father said during the hearing that had this support continued then the outcome might have been different.

Louise’s father added that the cost of providing this service would have been “far less” than the numerous hospital admissions which he described as a “revolving door”.

After exchanging text messages with a friend, on Friday May 15, Louise failed to make further contact and her friend visited her home at 12.30pm the following day to check on her.

“Unable to obtain a reply he forced entry and he found Louise to be deceased on her bed in the rear bedroom. A subsequent post mortem examination confirmed she had died from the consequences of severe malnourishment,” the coroner added.

Recording a narrative conclusion the coroner said: “Having been discharged from an eating disorder service on 2nd January 2020, Louise Cooper’s condition had not been monitored by medical professionals by the time she died on 16th May 2020 as a result of complications of her previously diagnosed anorexia nervosa.”

In his report to Gillian Keegan MP, a minister with the Department of Health and Social Care, Mr Wilson noted a number of concerns regarding the care Louise received.

“It is reported that she stated to friends that the nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 Pandemic had removed all of the mechanisms that she had for coping with her condition,” the coroner wrote.

“A trust review would later find that as Louise was self isolating due to Covid, this may have impacted upon her mental and physical wellbeing due to reduced social contacts. Louise did not received the monitoring she was expected to receive during 2020.

“The court found that had she received that monitoring as envisaged, there was a good chance she would not have died when she did, but was unable to say that she would have survived.

“There will be many patients such as Louise who appear to make minimal if any improvement in a hospital setting but who may benefit – according to the clinicians treating them – from sustained supported eating. If that option is not available, these patients may be left with no realistic chance of any meaningful improvement.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Health and Social Care said the department would respond to the report in due course. The coroner requires a response, including details of proposed changes or improvements, within 56 days.

A spokesperson for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust said: “We would like to offer our condolences to Louise Cooper’s family at this difficult time.

“We have received a copy of the Regulation 28 report and will work to implement any recommendations that have been outlined.”

Bosses at Impact Computing, where Louise worked in the finance and admin department, paid tribute to her following her death back in May 2020.

“Today our company mourns the loss of Louise Cooper, who sadly passed away this Saturday the 16th of May 2020,” the company posted on Facebook.

“Louise worked in our finance and admin department and was instrumental in the company’s growth during the long period that she worked with us. Louise was a very thoughtful, caring, intelligent and determined individual who always put others before herself.

“She fought hard to address the injustices she saw in this world in an effort to help as many people as she could throughout her life. She will be sorely missed by us all.”

Around 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from an eating disorder, according to Beat, the national charity which offers a support helpline and aims to raise awareness and campaign for better services.

Beat’s helpline, 0808 801 0677, is available from 9am to midnight Monday to Friday and from 4pm until midnight on weekends and bank holidays. Between December 24 and January 3 the helpline is open from 4pm until midnight.

You can also email the charity at help@beateatingdisorders.org.uk or use the live webchat service HERE.