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Lakeside North Harbour selects Sands as Charity of the Year

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Lakecider team webEach year staff at Lakeside North Harbour Portsmouth, the south’s premier business park, votes to choose a charity that they can support. This year Lakeside is supporting Sands (www.uk-sands.org) the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. The charity was established by bereaved parents in 1978.

Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby; works in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved families; and promotes and funds research and changes in practice that could help to reduce the loss of babies’ lives. It is a national organisation, with around 100 regional support groups across the UK.

Karen Tyrrell, Client & Communications Manager for Lakeside North Harbour said: “Stillbirth is not rare and it’s a tragedy that can happen to anyone. According to the national statistics available through Sands, the UK’s stillbirth rate remains unacceptably high. More research therefore is needed to help identify babies at risk and reduce the loss of babies’ lives; so we are proud to be supporting Sands as our Charity of the Year.”

Liz Grace, Corporate Partnerships Manager for Sands says: “Thousands of babies tragically die each year. In 2013, over 100 babies every week were stillborn or died soon after birth, shattering the lives of expectant parents, their families and their friends and the people who have cared for them.

“In around one in three stillbirths the exact reason for the baby’s death is unclear and the death is described as ‘unexplained’. This is because we don’t fully understand the causes of stillbirth. More research is needed, so having the support of organisations such as Lakeside, and broadcasting our message to a wider audience, is vital to helping our work; and we are hugely grateful.”

Lakeside will be running a number of events during the year to help raise money for the charity which was kick started by taking part in the Annual Portsmouth Dragon Boat festival which took place on the campus on Sunday 15 May. The “Lakeciders” team rowed into 3rd place and raised a total of £200.

For more information contact Karen Tyrrell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Portsmouth Festivities: Portsmouth is Electric!

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This June, two of Portsmouth’s most iconic venues are the canvas for light display artists Luxmuralis to illuminate and bring to life.

Portsmouth Festivities are thrilled to have commissioned purveyors of high quality public art, Luxmuralis to create the world premiere of a unique multi projection, open-air light display spectacular inspired by this year’s electric theme, incorporating sound and illuminations onto two of Portsmouth’s most historic venues.

Luxmuralis is a collaborative team combining artists from different backgrounds and artistic disciplines led by lead artist and Artistic Director, Peter Walker. Creating works across multiple media and prevention formats, Luxmuralis work with a variety of different clients from Councils to Corporate alongside developing and generating ad hoc and individual works of art. The primary purpose of Luxmuralis is to take art onto the streets and provide access to visual artwork in public as well as unexpected places.

Director of Festivities Erica Smith says: “I am so looking forward to seeing the Royal Garrison lit up at night; Artists Luxmuralis have a real treat in store for Portsmouth Residents. This event is at the heart of our Electric themed Festivities this year and this is not to be missed.”

Join Luxmuralis in bringing Electric Art to the city in these one off events. Watch out for light tags in and around the city in the build up to Festivities. The events are free and takes place 17 June 9.45pm outside Portsmouth Cathedral and also 18 June 9.45pm outside the Royal Garrison Church.

Portsmouth Festivities are very grateful to English Heritage for allowing the use of the Royal Garrison Church, and are very proud of its long standing relationship with Portsmouth Cathedral.

These events are free to the public, so don’t miss out on either display on Friday 17th June at 9:45pm outside Portsmouth Cathedral or Saturday 18th June at 9:45pm outside the Royal Garrison Church, for more info visit portsmouthfestivities.co.uk or call 02392 828 282.

About Portsmouth Festivities 2016

Portsmouth Festivities will run from Friday 17– Sunday 26 June 2016. Tickets are on sale now. For more information or to view the full programme, visit www.portsmouthfestivities.co.uk.

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The new Emirates Spinnaker Tower experience [Interview]

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Emirates Spinnaker Tower has reopened with a newly refurbished entrance foyer, including a brand new animated film show, Sail of the Solent, introducing the fascinating stories and characters that helped make Portsmouth the great waterfront city it is today.

At the launch, Cheryl Buggy spoke to Sarah Webb, General Manager of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower:

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Portsmouth introduces talking bus stops

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Travelling by bus is being made easier for blind and visually impaired passengers as Portsmouth City Council have introduced 90 talking bus stops in the city.

Under the scheme, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) React trigger fobs, which can be used to hear information at bus shelters, will be available to residents at 25 per cent of the full cost, with the council paying the difference.

The RNIB React system links into the city’s Bus Real Time Information signs allowing blind and visually impaired people to hear announcements at bus stops telling them which bus stop they are at, which buses are coming and when they are due to arrive, meaning they no longer need to rely on fellow passengers for help.

The RNIB React system helps make the city more accessible, bringing independence and confidence for blind and visually impaired people who want to use local buses.

Cllr Jim Fleming, the council's Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation, said: "I am delighted that we are able to offer our residents the opportunity to make use of this technology at a reduced price in order to make travelling by bus in Portsmouth an easier and more attractive option."

The council has written to every visually impaired concessionary card holder directly to let them know about the availability of the fobs.

The RNIB React trigger fobs are available at a reduced cost of £10 from Central Library, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth. Please call Julie Duffy in advance to arrange an appointment on 02392 829 923.

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Gunwharf Quays choose Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as Charity of the Year 2016/2017

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Gunwharf CharityRetail outlet Gunwharf Quays has selected Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) as Charity of the Year for 2016/2017. With eight million shoppers visiting the South Coast’s leading designer outlet shopping centre every year, the opportunity will provide HIOWAA with invaluable exposure, helping to raise the profile of the charity within the local community.

Ray Southam, HIOWAA Corporate and Community Fundraiser, commented: “We are hugely grateful for this opportunity to be able to reach out to a wider audience and to spread the word about our life-saving work in a new environment."
Throughout the year the HIOWAA fundraising team will be joined by Gunwharf Quays staff to help raise valuable funds through a series of events at the centre. The team recently visited the retail outlet with their popular ‘Herocopter’ mascot and spent the day handing out flags and posing for photos with children.

Colin Wilding, General Manager at Gunwharf Quays, added: “It’s great to be supporting Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as our chosen Charity of the Year. The charity provides a vital service which relies on support from the community so we’re delighted to offer our help. Over the next 12 months Gunwharf Quays will be hosting an array of fundraising activities for shoppers, diners and local residents to get stuck into; we look forward to raising as much as possible for this very deserving cause.”

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies seven days a week, up to 19 hours a day, and attends an average of two to three missions a day, many of them lifesaving. The charity receives no government, statutory or national lottery funding for routine operations, and is entirely dependent on gifts received from members of the public, companies and grant-making bodies to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. To keep the Air Ambulance flying HIOWAA needs to raise approximately £230,000 per month.

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