In case you missed it: Five stories from Preston this week December 5 to 11

Posted on - 12th December, 2020 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - In Case You Missed It, Preston News
Co Op Food store, Garstang Road, Preston. Co Op Head of PR Craig Noonan officially opening the new store with staff members Kelly McDonald, Steve Biss, Josh Shevlin and Zoe Warnock.

We’ve had plenty of news to bring you from Preston over the past week.

From a new Co-Op store opening in a former Fulwood restaurant building, to a local care home vaccinating 30 staff members, and even a Christmas window display in aid of a food bank, there’s been lots going on.

Below are five of the stories you might have missed.

Have you been to the Cadley Illuminations?

The ‘Cadley Illuminations’ are stunning

Charlotte Reynolds and her family have put up a delightful display for their community to enjoy.

How gorgeous are all those lights?

It didn’t occur to the family to raise money for charity until a passer-by asked the family were they raising funds with the lights.

After giving it some thought, they chose to raise money for local food banks.

If you’d like to go and visit the lights, they can be seen at 69 Cadley Causeway. You can donate in person, or if you’d prefer, online here.

Read the full story here.

Fulwood streets participated in the Santa Dash for St Catherine’s Hospice

Santa dashing! Pic: David Duxbury
Santas dashing in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice

The event was in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice is part of the Lostock Hall based charity’s replacement for the usual red and white Santa dash around the grounds of the hospice.

More than £800 was raised by those taking part in entry fees, donations raised and a raffle.

In close to freezing temperatures a staggered start throughout the day saw households – including many children – make their way round six laps of the crescent while dressed as Santa to complete their three miles each.

Read the full story here.

Royal Preston Hospital delivered the first Covid-19 vaccination in the region

Doreen McKeown received the first vaccine at the Royal Preston Hospital

Royal Preston Hospital gave their first Covid-19 vaccination on Tuesday, 8 December.

The vaccines are currently being rolled out in various locations across the country.

81-year-old Doreen McKeown, a volunteer at the hospital, was the first in the region to receive the vaccine.

The hospital were ‘so proud’ to be able to administer her with the vaccine.

Read the full story here.

Late night Christmas shopping to showcase Preston’s indie businesses

Louise Sey from Ravenous
Louise Sey from Ravenous is organising the event

A late night Christmas shopping event is coming to Preston city centre.

The ‘Bratwurst and Butter Pies – Christmas with the shops of Cannon/Winckley Street’ event has been organised by small business owners to highlight what’s on offer down some of Preston’s best-loved side streets.

The late night shopping event is taking place on Saturday 12 December from 2pm to 8pm.

Safety will be paramount, with social distancing and masks a must.

To find out more, visit the Facebook event page.

Read the full story here.

Friends donate thousands to charity in memory of Preston’s ‘potato man’ Keith Roberts

A group of friends have been fundraising in memory of Keith Roberts

A group of friends have paid a moving tribute to Preston’s ‘potato man’.

Keith Roberts, who died of cancer aged just 43 in September, was well known around Preston for selling jacket potatoes and traditional Lancashire parched peas.

In a challenge devised by Prestonian Stuart Singleton, 34, Keith’s friend of 15 years, raised donations by committing to running, walking or cycling five miles a day five miles a day every day for 26 consecutive days with a group of friends.

The team so far have raised around £2,500 to donate in Keith’s name to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Read the full story here.

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