Beaumont College welcomes the Bishop of Blackburn

Bishop of Blackburn with Beaumont College student

Beaumont College, Scope’s Further Education College in Lancaster, was proud to welcome the Bishop of Blackburn earlier this month as he met students to learn more about their life at college.

The Bishop took up his position in March 2004, and has since used his seat in the House of Lords to press the Government on issues relating to young people and disability. This was his first time meeting staff and students at Beaumont College – situated in his Diocese – and his visit proved to be inspirational not only for staff and students of the college, but also for the Bishop himself.

The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Nicholas Reade, said after his visit:

“I was very, very deeply moved and impressed by everything I experienced at Beaumont College. For once it was neither hyperbole nor romanticism to talk of miracles.

“Futuristic technology, endless patience, imagination and care by tutors and support staff, and reservoirs of realistic compassion that ought to hallmark every Christian community, combine to proclaim for people with severe physical and learning difficulties new life in all its glorious potential.

“Everyone – students and staff – was so open about what they were doing, in helping me to understand what was being achieved. I came away deeply grateful for all I had experienced, and so better informed to be able to talk of the College’s wonderful work in wider communities.”

Tesco Mum of the Year

Guest post from Sharon Sambrook Face 2 Face Co-ordinator for Sandwell and Dudley

Unbeknown to me when I was shopping in Tesco last summer my son Ben picked up a Tesco Mum of the Year leaflet, nominated me and I won out of over 4,000 entries nationwide!!!

There were 8 categories and I won ‘Most Charitable Mum’ for the fundraising I have done following Ben’s diagnosis with an aggressive malignant brain tumour aged only 7. At that time I realised that brain tumour research was extremely underfunded and that treatments for Ben’s tumour type hadn’t moved forward in 20 years and so my fundraising began in attempt to change this staggering fact. To date I have raised over £90,000 and funded three research projects. I have also volunteered with various brain tumour charities and now I am the Face 2 Face Co-ordinator for Sandwell and Dudley supporting parents of disabled children.

The award ceremony took place at The Waldorf Hotel in London on Sunday 11th March and was a star-studded event, very different to my real life! Many celebrities attended including Pixie Lott, Amy Childs and Sinitta with the event being hosted by Fiona Phillips.

After a champagne reception and a three-course lunch, the awards were given out with a short film being shown for each of us Mums. The place was in tears with each story having an impact on everyone in the room and each of us getting a standing ovation when it was our turn to take the stage. My award was presented to me by Arlene Phillips OBE.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the next day we were taken to No. 10 Downing Street and had tea and biscuits with the Prime Minister David Cameron and I even got chance to tell him about Face 2 Face!