Month: March 2020

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Andy’s epic MND challenge supported by Cod Army

Fleetwood Town Football Club is proud to be supporting local man Andy in his challenge to raise money to support those living with Motor Neurone Disease through a remarkable 535-mile bike ride.

At the beginning of May, Andy Rushton, aged 53 from Cleveleys, will be taking part in the UK Red Empire State 500, an epic cycling adventure that will see 23 intrepid riders, including eight ex-professional rugby players, hit the road from Niagara Falls to Central Park, New York.

Inspired by rugby legend Rob Burrow’s battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Andy was so moved after watching Rob’s video, he decided he needed to do something to help raise awareness of this horrific disease.

Up until last month, Andy hadn’t ridden a bike for 30 years, so has been training hard already and along with the 22 other riders, he’ll be raising money for the charity Rugby League Cares (RL Cares).

The mission of RL Cares is to enhance and enrich people’s lives through the power and positive influence of Rugby League. Once all the sponsorship money has been collected, RL Cares will forward a significant amount to the Rob Burrow fund, which was set up to support Rob in his treatment and his family. A proportion of the money raised will also go to other players like Rob who are living with MND.

Andy will be raising awareness of his challenge at the Fleetwood v Rotherham game on Saturday 21st March, and he’ll be collecting money for the charity at half time and after the game.

“When I decided take part in this challenge, I shared it on Facebook and was astounded by how many people commented and said they had been affected by the disease,” said Andy. “I have covered all of the travel costs myself, which means that all the money raised will go to charity.

“Fleetwood holds fond memories for me as that’s where I went to school, so when I heard about Fleetwood Town fan Alan Morley who sadly passed away recently because of MND, I approached the club in the hope that they would help me spread the word. They agreed, and I am so grateful for their support.

“I have never done a sponsored event in my life, and I probably never will again, so I hope everyone can support me. Motor Neurone Disease is a horrible, terminal condition that has no treatment or cure, so we hope that this ride and the money it raises will play a small part in changing the lives of those affected.”

Andy Pilley, Chairman and owner of Fleetwood Town, said:

“On behalf of everyone involved with Fleetwood Town I am so pleased to be able to support Andy’s amazing fundraising efforts. 

“Motor Neurone Disease is such a devastating illness, and supporting this cause is extremely poignant for us, having only recently lost a fellow member of the Cod Army, Alan Morley, who was well known to myself and many others at the club, to MND. 

“It will be an honour to have Andy and his team of collectors with us at Rotherham match, and I’d urge as many people as possible to donate and show their support.”

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, you can do so through Andy’s JustGiving page, and if you’re attending the Rotherham match on Saturday 21st March, keep your eyes peeled for him.

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New CSR partnership demonstrates BES’ commitment to helping the community

BES Utilities shows dedication to enriching the lives of individuals within the local area as Fleetwood Town Community Trust become their official Corporate Social Responsibility Partner.

As one of the largest employers on the Fylde coast and with most of their staff from the area, BES wanted to give something back and make a direct difference to the local community.

Last year, the Community Trust delivered around 30 projects to over 13,000 local people, and thanks to sponsorship from BES, they will now be able to change even more lives.

Fleetwood Town Community Trust is a non-profit, self-funding, registered charity which relies completely on funding and sponsorship to provide socially inclusive engagement programmes to the community.

To kickstart the partnership, BES are investing in a brand-new minibus for the Trust, which will provide programme participants access to community groups and events across Wyre and Fylde, and the sponsorship will also support their ongoing programmes.

Andy Pilley, Owner and Director of BES, said:

“On behalf of everyone at BES Utilities I’m delighted to announce that the FTFC Community Trust has been selected as our official CSR partner. 

“Having lived on the Fylde coast all of my life, I’m proud to be able to be able to support the Community Trust, which makes an enormous difference to the education, health and well-being of local people across the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre region.

“We’re really excited to begin working with them on a range of initiatives and can’t wait to get the partnership up and running.”

Matt Hilton, Chief Executive of the Community Trust, said:

“It’s such an honour for the Trust to have been chosen as BES’ official CSR partner. I feel that this is real recognition of all our hard work and dedication to helping individuals within Fleetwood and the surrounding areas.

“Making a difference within our local communities is at the forefront of what we do, and the generous sponsorship from BES will enable us to increase our offering and engage more individuals through our multitude of programmes.”

“The Trust has expanded at a phenomenal rate and our programmes have raised attainment in schools, developed employment pathways, helped people get healthier and stay more active, built stronger and safer communities and ultimately made a difference to a record number of people.

“This exciting new partnership with BES will enable the Trust to deliver bigger projects that have a wider reach and impact across Wyre and the surrounding area.”

The Community Trust offers many diverse activities that provide individuals across the Fylde coast with the chance to participate and enjoy themselves in a fun, friendly environment. They also have a strong focus on educating young people in life skills, promoting self-esteem, respect, sportsmanship, social inclusion, and healthy active lifestyles.

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BES Metering Services celebrate smart meter milestone

BES Metering Services has reached a significant milestone after successfully completing their first commercial installation of latest generation smart meters.

Formed in the summer of 2019, BES Metering Services is a North West based metering and asset management company, which is committed to delivering smart metering solutions to domestic customers, small businesses and energy suppliers nationwide.

As well as installing their first SMETS2 smart meter – the latest generation – for an established commercial supplier, they have also supported them in becoming a DCC live user.

The Data Communications Company (DCC) is the organisation tasked with establishing and maintaining the network that connects household smart meters to suppliers and network operators.

All SMETS2 meters use the DCC network to communicate with energy suppliers, which should solve the problem of some meters no longer automatically sending usage data if a customer switches energy supplier.

With almost 30 years’ experience in the industry, Meter Fitter, Brian Vare, was involved BES Metering Services’ first installation.

“Having installed smart meters previously, I was astounded by how quickly the meter connected to the network and linked to the supplier during this first installation – it was instantaneous, which benefits engineers, suppliers and customers alike,” said Brian.

Andy Pilley, owner and Director of BES Metering Services, said:

“The significant investment that BES Metering Services has made in systems, training and infrastructure shows true commitment to supporting the government’s initiative to install more than 53 million smart meters in homes and businesses by the end of 2024.

“We are looking forward to supporting energy suppliers in meeting their obligations and the significant year of growth 2020 brings.

“Our team of engineers have been perfecting their skills in our state-of-the-art training academy in Manchester, and it’s an exciting time for us all as the team get out on the road and start getting meters on the walls.”

BES Metering Services is already receiving positive customer feedback about their service, and will continue with their national commercial rollout following the success of their first installation in Manchester.

Their team of fully qualified dual fuel Smart Meter Engineers are committed to the UK government’s Smart Metering Implementation Programme (SMIP), an energy-industry led initiative to rollout approximately 53 million smart meters to domestic properties and non-domestic sites in Great Britain by 2024.

BES Metering Services also provide a day hire only service for both traditional and smart meter requirements. With a nationwide footprint, they can react, submit and deploy fully industry compliant engineers within a 3-5 working day period.

Click here for more information about BES Metering Services.

Please contact your energy supplier if you would like a smart meter fitting at your home or business.

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Cod Army Chairman provides experience of a lifetime for Highfurlong student

Jack, a football-mad student from Highfurlong School, was given the opportunity of a lifetime when he was invited to Poolfoot Farm to spend the morning with Fleetwood Town’s manager and players. 

After pledging his support for local special school, Highfurlong, Chairman of Fleetwood Town Football Club, Andy Pilley, made a real connection with 16-year-old Jack when he visited the school last month to launch the partnership. 

Andy chatted to Jack about his football dreams, and invited him to Poolfoot for a morning to remember. 

When Jack arrived, he was greeted by Andy and presented with a goodie bag full of Fleetwood Town merchandise, including a shirt, scarf and autograph book. 

During his visit, he chatted with first team players who all signed his shirt, he watched the players train, met Joey Barton who had him laughing his socks off, and he was treated to lunch at The Crossbar. 

Andy Pilley said: 

“I met Jack during my first visit to Highfurlong a few weeks ago and was amazed by his football knowledge and passion for the game – he’s definitely the young man you want on your quiz team!   

“Jack told me about his dream to work in football coaching in the future, so I thought the best way to kick start things was to get him along to meet the manager and players, and to watch the first team training.   

“It’s been wonderful to see the smile on Jack’s face today, and since he’s already proven to be a good luck charm for the team, we can’t wait to welcome him back when we play Blackpool at home.” 

Jack thoroughly enjoyed his visit and can’t wait to return. 

“I had an amazing morning at Poolfoot Farm,” said Jack. “I got to meet lots of the players and they all signed my Fleetwood Town shirt.  

“It’s hard to choose a favourite moment, but if I had to, then I think it would be meeting Joey Barton – we had a good chat and he was really funny. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in action at the Blackpool game next week, and I’ll be there cheering them on. 

“I’m also going to be completing my work experience at Poolfoot in June, which I can’t wait for because I’ll find out what it’s like to work in a sporting environment.” 

Highfurlong School, which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, delivers education and care to children and young people with a wide range of physical, medical and neurological conditions aged between two and 19 years old.  

Through the partnership, Andy wanted to not only provide students with fun experiences, but also the chance to learn key skills they can transfer to the workplace, which is crucial especially as they reach the end of their school careers.    

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