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Cycle around the world

in Pendle – in 24 hours!

Anyone who can ride a bike is being urged to take part in an exciting cycle challenge to cover the world distance cycling around the Steven Burke cycle track in Pendle. Pendle Council has teamed up with Go Velo, a Pendle cycling organisation which offers cycle training and activities across Lancashire, for the unique fundraiser in aid of Pendleside Hospice. GLOBE VELO 24 - Around the World Challenge will take place from 6pm on Friday 21 September and 6pm on Saturday 22 September at the Steven Burke Sports Hub cycle circuit at Swinden Playing Fields in Nelson. Details are available on www.pendle. gov.uk/cycling including a link to Eventbrite to register to take part in the overnight challenge between 10.30pm and 10.30am. The rest of the time between 6pm to 10.30pm on Friday and 10.30am to 6pm on Saturday you just turn up, pay £5 towards the Hospice, get kitted up with a transponder, get on a bike and pedal as many laps as you like, no need to register. Councillor Paul White, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “It’s a unique way to raise funds for Pendleside Hospice and get more people into cycling,” “Cyclists of all levels of ability and ages, from beginners to veterans and professionals can choose how many circuits they do during the 24 hour

challenge for charity. “I will be taking part and clocking up some circuits in aid of Pendleside Hospice which is a cause close to all our hearts.” “Transponders fitted to every bike will count the miles,” he explained. Tricia Wilson who leads on cycling for Pendle Council said: “We’ve been inspired by longdistance British cyclist Mark Beaumont who cycled around the world in 78 days. “Pendle Council has organised the event with support from Cycle Development Pendle Partnership and people in our wider cycling community. “We all share a passion for cycling! “That’s why we want to jointly cycle a staggering the 18,000 miles distance in 24 hours! Kirsti Grayson, the Director of Go Velo who lives in Trawden in Pendle said: “I’m confident that together we really can cycle the world distance and clock up thousands of pounds for Pendleside Hospice. “We need you, your friends and family and anyone else you can persuade to take part with you to turn up with your bike and helmet and complete as many laps of the circuit as you can,” she urged. “It will all add up to that world distance and if you haven’t a bike or a helmet we can provide them,” she

said. The challenge event will also be a family fun event with live music from acclaimed Trawden band The Switch on the Friday evening from 6.30pm until 7.30pm and a Glow Group Disco from 8pm to 9pm to help keep people

pedalling and to entertain spectators. More bands are being signed up to play on Saturday afternoon and there’ll be a range of stalls including refreshments. Cyclists can also take up sponsorship to raise even more funds for the

hospice if you wish - just phone 01282 661051 if you would like a sponsorship form. To take part, cyclists must register on Eventbrite and find out more including health and safety information and information for business teams and

groups. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ globe-velo-24-around-the-worldchallenge-tickets-47989369496 Individual riders must pay a minimum contribution of £5 towards Pendleside Hospice on arrival at the event.

More success for digital

schools programme

An exciting digital programme for schools combining health apps with the national curriculum has found even more success in Blackburn with Darwen with a second school successfully taking part. Blackburn’s Witton Park Academy joins St Thomas’s Centre and seven other East

Lancashire schools participating in the Digital Healthy Schools scheme. The programme enables pupils to engage with mobile apps to help them manage their health. It has been designed in collaboration with teachers and students from across the country to join together national health and academic priorities, in an initiative where ‘safe’ health apps can be searched, compared, downloaded – and even recommended. Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, the Integrated Care System (ICS), and ORCHA (the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications) have collaborated to bring the programme to the area. Since the start of the programme in February 2018, pupils have discovered and downloaded more than 88 different apps onto their phones and 50 per cent of pupils who participated now use a health app. Pupils have reported changing a range of behaviours, from swapping car journeys to walking, drinking more water and going to bed earlier. The most popular apps have included Lincus companion, which allows users to track a number of complex health conditions as well as tracking general day-to-day wellbeing, and Fitbit the well-known activity tracker. Steve Archer, a teacher at Witton Park Academy, said: Using apps is second nature to young people so they embraced the programme

immediately. It created conversations and enabled technology’s positive role to shine through. Pupils have actively used apps to adopt changes to their lifestyles, particularly around diet and exercise – although one pupil even found an app to better treat his mum’s eczema! It’s great to see them taking responsibility for their own health. Dr Amanda Thornton, Digital

Health and Activation Clinical Lead for Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: It’s important to keep children safe online but also important to encourage them to keep well – and use digital tools to do so. ORCHA has prompted some great conversations in schools and helped enforce the message that we want to empower every person to feel confident and

capable of making informed decisions about their health. Councillor Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said: I’m delighted that more of our schools are taking part in this programme and seeing some great results. Healthcare apps are a valuable tool in taking care of health. Helping students engage with technology to manage their health is something that will be important for their future wellbeing. Visit the ORCHA website to learn more about how it’s helping people to find the best and safest health and care apps.

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