In Case You Missed It: Five stories from Preston this week March 5 to 11

Posted on - 12th March, 2022 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - In Case You Missed It, Preston News
Spring blooms at Preston Minster in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
Spring blooms at Preston Minster in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

As the days are getting longer and brighter, we’ve had lots of positive stories to bring you from Preston this week.


Many Prestonians have been inspired by the resilience and strength of those in Ukraine, and are doing what they can to help, and these stories have really brought smiles to our faces in what is a really tough time.

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Here are five stories from Preston this week which you may have missed.

Six-year-old Ashton-on-Ribble boy making ribbons to raise funds for those in Ukraine

Jonathan has made ribbons to raise funds for those in Ukraine

A six-year-old boy from Ashton-on-Ribble has been helping his mum to make blue and yellow ribbons to raise money for Ukraine.


In January, Jonathan Brindle-Wright made a new year’s resolution with his mum Adele Brindle. The resolution was to raise money for charity.

You can read the full story here.

Penwortham potter’s work described as ‘powerful, brave and poignant’ in final of The Great Pottery Throwdown

Christine Cherry. Pic: Channel 4

Christine Cherry, a Penwortham youth worker, managed to get to the final of The Great Pottery Throwdown.

Her pottery was been described as ‘powerful, brave and poignant’ by the judges.

In the final, potters were asked to create a garden totem sculpture, and they were given eight and a half hours to create it.

Christine said it was a ‘shock’ to be in the final, and she ‘never expected to be at this stage.’

The theme for her totem was family, people and education.

You can read the full story here.

Prestonian pair on the way to Poland-Ukraine border to help those displaced by conflict

The Prestonian pair are supporting Ukrainian people in need

Two Prestonians have driven to Medyka on the Polish-Ukrainian border to help transport those who have been displaced by the conflict to different areas in Europe.

Paul Lord and Darren Wilkinson have described the situation as ‘horrific’ as people enter Poland in the cold and snow, short of food, water, blankets and medication.

Paul said they want to help get these people to a place of sanctuary and give them food.

You can read the full story here.

UCLan sports team to swim length of Ukraine for refugee fundraiser

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The UCLan swimming team

A Preston swimming team will cover 346.4 miles over 22,000 lengths this weekend to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees.

The UCLan team will swim for over 203 hours in pools at Fulwood Leisure Centre and West View Better Health Leisure Centre to buy medical supplies, food, water and shelter.

The swim starts this weekend, between Friday 11 and Sunday 13 March, with the team appealing for donations via their fundraising page.

You can read the full story here.

Preston North End fans thanked by club for Ukraine relief donations

The Ukraine relief donations at Preston North End. Pic: Preston North End/Twitter

Preston North End fans donated items during a match with Bournemouth on Saturday to help Ukrainian refugees facing war with Russia.

On Saturday 5 March, the same day as the match against AFC Bournemouth, Preston North End tweeted a photo of a room filled with donated items and thanked fans for their contributions.

The club will take the items to the International Aid Trust for distribution as emergency relief to the nearly 1.5 million displaced Ukrainians fleeing conflict with Russia.

You can read the full story here.

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