Bristling with success for charity

THE ‘Beard’ retained its crown at a recent charity quiz but the real winners are the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
For the second year running ‘Mark’s Beard’ took the honours at the Central Lancashire Business Club annual quiz, a fundraising event to support the Preston-based charity.

The quiz, held at Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland, attracted eight teams of four and, along with a raffle, raised £165 for Rosemere.

Organiser and quizmaster Steve Ward, owner of, said: “It was a really enjoyable evening, serious competition but with lots of laughs. Mark’s Beard have won for two years now, they will be under real pressure next year. I am grateful to Fox Lane Sports Club for donating use of their function room for our event. It allows us to give all our proceeds to the charity.” donated the prizes for the quiz and CLBC members provided gifts for the fundraising raffle.
Mark Croasdale, of Whitehead and Howarth Accountants and owner of ‘the beard,’ added: “We always enjoy supporting these events. There is a great business community here in Leyland. Thanks to Steve’s hard work, the quiz is good fun and a great cause to raise money for.”

The Central Lancashire Business Club meets monthly in Leyland and has been operating for over 30 years. The next networking meeting of CLBC is on Tuesday February 2 at 8pm at Leyland Golf Club. For details call Steve Ward on 01772 435010.

Mark's Beard Quiz Team

Picture: Mark’s Beard quiz champions (L to R) Mark Croasdale, Mansel Pope, Ruth Bradshaw, Keith Bradshaw

Distributor of the Year award for Ad-Options Ltd.

To celebrate 30 years in business, the team at Ad-Options have been working harder than ever not just for their clients, but also for their local community. Loop Keyrings have been donated to help to promote some of Lancashire’s many good causes, and branded merchandise products have made their way to St Catherine’s Hospice. On top of everything else, cash donations have been made to charity on behalf of Ad-Options.

Now, adding the ‘cherry on the top’ to a very exciting 30th anniversary year, Ad-Options has been awarded Distributor of the Year 2016 – an award received thanks to votes from trade supplier group members at the industry national body “Sourcing City”.

Stephen Ward, Director of Ad-Options Ltd, said of the news:

“What a lovely surprise and brilliant end to the year. Distributor of the Year award 2016 from our industry suppliers.

Thanks to all our staff for making this happen, thanks to all our customers for making this possible and thanks to all our Sourcing City suppliers for your wonderful support.

Same again next year.”


The current Ad-Options team, l to r, Steve Ward, Hannah Murphy, Ann Ward, Nicola Derbyshire & Ben Ward

The current Ad-Options team, l to r, Steve Ward, Hannah Murphy, Ann Ward, Nicola Derbyshire & Ben Ward


It’s tough on the streets for Martin

Martin Harrington, BB4B’s money saving Chip & Pin maestro, has been raising money with a brave effort on the streets of Blackburn.

He explained: “In the company of about forty others, we spent the night sleeping on the street in Blackburn Town Centre. The purpose was to raise awareness and money for Nightsafe (

“We had the luxury and privilege of packing up and going home at 6am. Remember, there are many young people that will be sleeping rough tonight and every night. Kath Lord-Green is a friend I know through another networking group. She is pictured here with me and has a Just Giving page if any of my friends and family want to contribute.
“Thanks to those that have already sponsored me, I am happy to collect donations at the next BB4B meeting, thank you for your support for this worthy cause. This will be handed over next week. Cheers everybody.”

Well done Martin, in view of the terrible weather we have experienced recently and the proximity to Christmas and all its excesses, this is a particularly poignant cause to flag up. Congratulations to everyone who took part.

Martin Harrington for Nightsafe

Matt’s the way!

Congratulations are due to BB4B member Matt Langton who is receiving deserved national recognition for his creative skills.

Matt, owner of Mattefinish Photography on Towngate, is a member of the Master Photographers Association (MPA), the association serving to grow and support the standards and values of professional photography.

An excited Matt learned recently that he been nominated for an award at the 2015 MPA Annual Awards Presentation Dinner.

He explained: “It’s great news, it’s what I dream of and work for. I received an email telling me that one your images submitted into the Master Photography Awards this year has received a merit!”

The email continued: “This means the MPA Panel of Competition Judges scored your image ’80’ or above. Images obtaining an ‘Award of Excellence or ‘Category Winner’ are selected from our MERIT winners. Images receiving an ‘Award of Excellence’ and all ‘Category Winners’ will be announced at the Awards Dinner and Presentations.”

The award-winning image, shown here, features a striking ‘twin portrait’ in black and white.

Mattefinish Photography Leyland Matt Langton Photograph

Matt, who is self-employed, set up Mattefinish Photography in Leyland, just six years ago. Prior to that he travelled the world as a professional photographer on exclusive cruise liners.

He added: “I think I’d better get my suit out and book some tickets for the dinner in London, it’s an exciting time!”

Golf Goodies Going To a Great Cause

Former top flight and international football star Mark Lawrenson is inviting golfers to come along and compete for a good cause – and they’ll be playing for Ad-Options goodies along the way.

Every Autumn, the Liverpool and PNE defender turned Match of the Day summariser is the celebrity patron of a charity tournament at Leyland Golf Club in aid of Baby Beat, and each time, locally located Ad-Options t/as do their best to play their part.

For this year’s competition on Monday 14th September, the printed products specialists are donating branded drawstring bags to each team, which will be filled with allsorts of bits and pieces to help them along their way as they bid to win the competition.

They have also teamed up with to provide a short break at Les Bellême Golf Apartments in Normandy, France, which will be used as a raffle prize that is sure to be in great demand.

“We are pleased to help this good cause again which has raised tens of thousands of pounds over the last few years,” said Steve Ward, managing director of Ad-Options Ltd, which is currently celebrating its 30th year of trading in the north west.

“Every year this tournament delivers some great excitement and it’s a brilliant way to donate to charity, so we hope that this year’s field will be bigger than ever and that we have to keep increasing the size of our donation!”

Teams of four can still book their place at the tournament – which includes 18 holes of golf, a light lunch, four course evening meal, entertainment from a top comedian and a photo with Mark Lawrenson, as well as various spot prizes throughout the day – via a £275 donation to Baby Beat.

Contact Karen Entwistle at the charity on 01772 524414 for further details.

Mark Lawrenson Golf Day

Steve is pictured handing over the first of the drawstring bags to Vincent Slater from Slater’s Catering at Leyland Golf Club, organiser of The Mark Lawrenson Charity Golf Day on behalf of Baby Beat.

Having a Ball for charity

WHO says you can’t mix business with pleasure? A Leyland business networking group literally ‘had a ball’ and raised a four figure sum for their favourite local charity.

BB4B (Breakfast Before Business), a group of local businesses, trades and services, has been meeting monthly at Leyland St Andrews Parish Church since setting up in 2011. The networking group decided their 2015 summer social would be a charity ball in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. The glittering occasion was a great success, raising £1600 for the cause.

Group member Vince Slater, who runs Slaters Catering and the Greenery Restaurant at Leyland Golf Club, hosted the occasion. Around 75 ‘glammed up’ guests attended and along with a four course meal, popular singer Steve Charles provided live entertainment and a late disco kept the party going.

BB4B members provided items for a charity auction and raffle and member Matt Langton of Mattefinish Photography, raised extra funds through portraits on the night.

In 2015, St Catherine’s Hospice is celebrating 30 years since first opening its doors in1985. Lynne Whittaker, Senior fundraiser is also a regular with BB4B and has helped raise awareness and profile within the group.

She said: “It’s the first time BB4B have undertaken a charity initiative, we are delighted the group chose to support us. It costs £5m a year to run the hospice, of which £3.7m is raised through charitable donations. We couldn’t achieve this and continue to deliver our care without the support and dedication of groups like BB4B.”

BB4B Cheque for St Catherine's Hospice

Pic: BB4B cheques in (L to R) Keith Bradshaw BB4B Chairman, Lynne Whittaker of St Catherine’s, Ruth Bradshaw Secretary BB4B, Vince Slater of Slaters Catering

Introducing the Ad-Options Community Stadium

Ad-Options are delighted to confirm that they are now the proud naming rights holders to Wigan Warriors’ training ground and academy venue in Orrell, which will be known as the Ad-Options Community Stadium for the next 12 months.

Ad-Options is one of several Community Partners sponsoring the work done by the Wigan Warriors club at the community stadium. Each year the partners go into a draw for the stadium naming rights and this year Ad-Options have been lucky enough to be pulled out of the hat.

As it was the 30th anniversary of Ad-Options in June, this was a great bonus birthday present.

Find out more on the Wigan Warriors website.

Ad-Options Sponsors Wigan Warriors


Picture: Anthony Winnard Joint MD of Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls, Shawn Wane – Head Coach Wigan RLFC, Ann and Steve Ward – Directors of Ad-Options Ltd pictured at the Ad-Options Group Community Stadium

On the Ball for charity

BB4B staged their first ever fundraising event with a glittering Summer Charity Ball at Leyland Golf Club.

With the region’s local hospice, St Catherine’s, celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2015, and as ever in need of financial help, the group voted to support the cause – and enjoy themselves at the same time.

Around 74 guests spruced up and ‘glammed’ and were rewarded with a fantastic night of fun, food and, of course, fundraising.

Celebrity chef Vincent Slater hosted the event in his Greenery Restaurant overlooking the picturesque golf course. A sumptuous four course meal was ‘interrupted’ with champagne bingo games and was followed by an auction and prize draw.

Matt Langton, of Mattefinish Photography, worked hard throughout, producing memorable souvenirs of the event – and raising money for the cause

Keith Bradshaw, MC for the evening said: “Having replaced our summer social with a prestigious ball, we were unsure how it would work, but credit to everyone involved, it was a great success. Ruth and I are grateful to everyone who supported in any way – by attending, donating prizes and much more, thank you!”

Lynne Whittaker, Senior Fundraiser for St Catherine’s, added: “It’s great to belong to this networking group. It’s a big year for us and we thank you for all your support, it really is appreciated.”

The total amount raised is as yet unknown, but we are hoping to make a presentation to Lynne at the August BB4B meeting on August 14.

BB4B Summer Ball

New NCT Advertising Coordinator Role for Cheryl

Cheryl Lewis of Sense Content and Copy is using her marketing skills in a voluntary position for the Chorley & Leyland branch of the NCT.

The NCT is a national charity that aims to support parents through pregnancy, birth and early childhood (officially through the first 1,000 days, but with groups to support parents until their children move on to school).

The Chorley & Leyland branch of the NCT runs a number of parent and child groups for all ages from newborn until preschool, along with a sling library and a busy calendar of events (the most well-known being the NCT Nearly New Sales which take place twice a year). In addition, the branch publishes a quarterly newsletter with important information for parents and members.

NCT Chorley & Leyland Logo

As Advertising Coordinator, Cheryl Lewis is now in charge of working with family-friendly businesses and organisations that wish to advertise in the newsletter or in goody bags at events.

Cheryl says: “I joined the NCT’s Bumps and Babies group before my daughter, Melody, was born. I was keen to meet other parents so that Melody would have great social experiences through her early life. It didn’t take long to see how, for some parents, NCT groups are a valuable support and a lifeline during the early weeks, months and years of parenting. As a result I became a volunteer and took over as Bumps and Babies Coordinator, running the groups twice a week.

Now, Melody is on the move and too old for Bumps and Babies. We’ve moved up to the next group – Cruisers and Crawlers – but this meant giving up my role as Coordinator. I’m very passionate about continuing to support the NCT, so it’s great that I’ve been able to move into a new role that can really make a difference behind the scenes, raising vital funds for our branch through the sale of advertising space. Businesses that advertise will also really see the benefits – parents are big consumers, and a valuable source of word of mouth marketing”.

Advertising Information

Prices for advertising within the newsletter start at £25+VAT for a single issue black and white (discounts available for bookings covering four issues) and go up to £85+VAT for a single issue full page colour advert and full page editorial (again with bulk discounts available).

Leaflets can be included in 250 goody bags for £30, and relevant promotional gifts can also be added for £15 per 250.

The magazine is distributed to 250 member households and also to groups, libraries, antenatal classes and health professionals, covering Chorley and Leyland plus outlying areas in PR6, PR7, PR25 and PR26.

Any interested businesses can email for more information.