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FANS of one of Stoke-on-Trent’s most respected sports stars can drink to his health as well as support a treasured North Staffordshire charity as he sets off on a 26.2 mile challenge this Sunday

 Former Stoke City star Andy Wilkinson is taking part in the London Marathon on April 22 to raise vital funds for The Donna Louise Hospice in Trentham. And now Congleton-based The Manning Brewers has added some froth to the occasion by launching the Wilko Warrior Pale Ale, with proceeds from sales donated to Andy's charitable fund. "Once we became aware of Andy's journey to raise vital funds for The Donna Louis Trust we turned our attention to how we could help,” explains Derrith Turner of The Manning Brewers. “We are proud to border the city of Stoke on Trent.

 It’s a key focal point for us and we’re always championing what makes the Potteries beer scene unique. Knowing we could support a local hero in his campaign to raise vital funds for an amazing local charity is something we just couldn't resist.” Wilko Warrior is a straw-coloured session pale bitter available to pubs, bars and clubs from April 23.

The brewery is hoping as many outlets as possible will jump on board to help Andy in his goal of raising thousands for the much-loved charity. "We wish Andy the best of luck in his ongoing mission to raise funds for such a great cause, and of course on the day of the marathon itself," says Derrith. Fans’ favourite Andy, 33, has made repeated visits to The Donna Louise down the years. Indeed, Andy, now coaching with Stoke City's academy, donated half of the £100,000 raised by his testimonial to the charity – the other half went to another place held in great regard in North Staffordshire, the Dougie Mac.

 He is delighted to receive the brewery’s backing. “It’s quite something to have a beer named after me,” he says, “especially one that will help a cause so close to my heart. “I would like to thank The Manning Brewers for their generosity. It’s a great beer and after 26.2 miles pounding the streets of London I might be ready for a few sips myself!” The thousands Andy is raising will go towards meeting The Donna Louise’s ever-present need for funds. Once the complex’s new unit is up and running, allowing the charity to continue to care for its users beyond the age of 19, costs will rise to £4.5m a year. “It’s such a good cause,” notes Andy. “The new unit will be an incredible addition. It means that young people won’t have to face that question of ‘Where am I going to go next?’. They know that someone is always going to be there for them.”

To sponsor Andy, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/run-wilko or text WLKO80 with the amount you wish to sponsor him, for example £5, to 70070. Wilko Warrior will be available at… Knypersley Cricket Club, Tunstall Road,Knypersley Tollgate Hotel and Leisure, Ripon Rd, Stoke-on-Trent Longton Cricket Club Trentham Road, Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent.

Appeal Wilko Warrior is a straw-coloured session pale bitter available to pubs, bars and clubs from April 23.

The brewery is hoping as many outlets as possible will jump on board to help Andy in his goal of raising thousands for the much-loved charity, anyone wishing to stock the ale is asked to contact melissamatthews@premmanagement.co.uk for more information.


 

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Andy and Gareth Wilkinson team up to support hospice's One in a Million campaign

ANDY Wilkinson was a footballer who forever ran his heart out for Stoke City, but he knows he’s taken on a whole new challenge when it comes to the London Marathon.

“I’ve never done anything like this before,” he says. “Stoke had had me running up and down a few mountains in Austria but that was only a kilometre or two at a time!”
Andy, 33, will pound those famous 26.2 miles this April 22 to raise thousands for The Donna Louise hospice, a charity which means so much to him after repeated visits down the years.

“Tony Pulis would take the Stoke players down every Christmas and we’d see what an amazing place it is,” he explains. “With three kids of my own, a place like that really resonates. Hopefully you never would, but it’s incredible to think there’s somewhere like that if you ever needed it.”

Andy gave half of the £100,000 raised by his testimonial to The Donna Louise – the other half went to another place held in great regard in North Staffordshire, the Dougie Mac.

“As a footballer I was always quite grounded anyway,” he says, “but the work these places do does remind you how lucky you are. The things you take for granted are incredible.”

With two months to go until the big day, Andy is currently running up to 16 miles in a training session. “Touch wood I can keep going with the training to the point where I’m OK with the other ten,” he reflects. “I’m running with my brother and we’ve been doing our long training runs together.

e got lost once and it extended to a 20-mile run unintentionally – I can’t honestly say I ran all of that one! But ’m doing as much training as I can and then hopefully on the day I can go down and really take in the whole experience.”

For the ex-defender and fan favourite, the marathon has reenergised his competitive spirit.
“If a cyclist goes past I try to beat him! I’ll have to rein myself in competitively I think. Every time I run I try to beat my times, but 26 miles is a long way and you need to pace yourself.”

Andy was prematurely forced out of football after a serious head injury. “It’s great to have something to aim at again,” he says. “It’s built into sportsmen that they need something going on, and your body is addicted to training. I know I’m not starting from a level of fitness I would have been had I not suffered a serious injury, but the London Marathon was always on my bucket list for when I finished playing. When I was given the go-ahead by the specialist it was perfect.”

The money Andy raises will go towards meeting The Donna Louise’s ever present need for funds. Once the complex’s new unit is up and running, allowing the charity to continue to care for its users beyond the age of 19, costs will rise to £4.5m a year.
“It’s such a good cause,” notes Andy. “The new unit will be an incredible addition. It means that young people won’t have to face that question of “Where am I going to go next?”. They know that someone is always going to be there for them.”
On April 22, Andy will be there for them every step of the way.

To sponsor Andy, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/run-wilko or

Text WLKO80 with the amount you wish to sponsor him,for example £5, £10, £20 to 70070.


 

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Andy and Gareth Wilkinson team up to support hospice's One in a Million campaign

ANDY Wilkinson has received two thousand more reasons to make it to the finishing line of the London marathon after receiving the generous backing of PM Training. ‘Wilko’ is taking to the streets of London on April 22 to raise vital funds for The Donna Louise Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent. As an ambassador for PM Training, which provides apprenticeships, study programmes and traineeships for 16-19-year-olds in North Staffordshire, it was only natural the company would get behind his bid – with the former Stoke City star’s fundraising handed a huge £2,000 boost.

 “As a local lad made good, Andy sees the value in what we do,” says PM Training manager Richard Kettrick. “He’s a natural fit for us as he has an inspirational quality for our trainees. He’s very down to earth, talks to them, and inspires our youngsters to be the very best they can. We wanted to give something back to Andy and to help The Donna Louise, a charity dear to the hearts of everyone in the city, as well.” “Andy has taken on the marathon challenge to help The Donna Louise develop its new service for young adults. The charity is currently building a new unit to enable it to care for its young adults beyond the age of 19.

To do so, costs will rise to around £4.5m a year.” “We’ve got 150 staff at PM,” notes Richard, “and they all back the great work of The Donna Louise. To be able to support Andy over the 26 miles as well as help The Donna Louise, what’s not to like?” While the marathon scene is new to Andy, Richard knows all about watching someone take on the epic challenge.

“My dad used to enter marathons,” he says, “and we all used to go and watch as a family. I’ll be watching Andy on the TV at home but I’ll be willing him on just the same. I don’t think he’ll struggle with the mileage. There’s not many tougher than Andy when it comes to mental strength.” Andy, meanwhile, is delighted to receive PM Training’s backing. “The work PM Training does is vital for the city of Stoke-on-Trent,” he says, “and it means a lot for me to receive their backing.

“I know the difference this money will make to The Donna Louise at such an incredibly important time for the charity.”


 

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As the City of Culture judges spend a day visiting Stoke-on-Trent, here’s a message from PREM Management:

They say it’s impossible to get to know the city of Stoke-on-Trent in a day. They’re wrong. You can get to know the city of Stoke-on-Trent in 30 seconds.

How? By getting off the train and simply asking somebody, anybody, what they love about their hometown. Their only quandary will be where to begin. Possibly it will be with a starter of oatcakes, served up with a main course of the Spitfire and Reginald Mitchell, a dessert of Stanley Matthews, washed down with a mugful of the Staffordshire Hoard.

Others might feast on the New Vic Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival, and Emma Bridgewater. And don’t forget a side dish of Arnold Bennett. Yet more might prefer a meat pie and cup of Bovril at Stoke City or the Vale.
Thing is, Stoke defies definition. It is six towns of six different people. It means something unique to everyone, and it is that variety, that living everyday variety, that makes it so beautifully joyous a place in which to live.

People decry Stoke-on-Trent. They say it has been lost, a post-industrial landscape reflecting former glories. No. What we have in Stoke-on-Trent is heritage - but heritage that will take us forward. Those skills we always had – creative, industrial, engineering, artistic – are those that still captivate the world.

The name of this city exists on the underneaths of cups, saucers, plates across the globe. Its tiles furnish some of the most ornate buildings on the planet. More than that, though, Stoke-on-Trent exists in the heart, both of those who live here, and those from elsewhere who hold it dear.

Stoke-on-Trent has a story, and that story deserves to be told. City of Culture is our chance to do exactly that.

Chapters past, present, and future. We know the brilliance of this city. Let others hear it too.

 

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2016

Potters Club welcomes Michelin Starred chef Daniel Galmiche

On Saturday 17th September the Potters Club is proud to welcome well-known chef Daniel Galmiche, the Master of French cooking, to Stoke.

Daniel is famous for his appearances on the television cooking programme, `Saturday Kitchen` and his organic approach to his art. Not only will he be sharing a gourmet dinner with his guests, his menu of course, but also some of his kitchen secrets as well as signing copies of his new book, `French Brasserie Cook Book`

Michelin starred chef Daniel says.
"I`ve been to Stoke on Trent a few times and am really looking forward to my evening at the Potters Club and seeing a few old friends, and creating some fabulous food.

Stuart Darby, Potters Club General Manager says.
"We look forward to welcoming Daniel to the Potters Club for an evening of gourmet dining. A chef of Daniel’s calibre reiterates the quality we strive to deliver at our prestigious venue, here in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent.”

The Potters Club has been catering for discerning audiences since 1951. It offers a taste of times gone by mixed with a contemporary menu in luxury dinning surroundings.

If you haven`t sampled the exquisite fare on offer at The Potters Club, traditional or contemporary, why not come along on September 17th. Tickets are priced at £95 per person, which includes a four-course dinner

To book call 01782 848869 or email at info@thepottersclub.co.uk

Bon appetit

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August 2016

ELEVEN daredevils, including several Stoke City members of staff, took the plunge from 10,000 feet at the weekend in aid of the Community Trust.

PREM Management, Melissa Matthews along with members of staff at Stoke City, Hayley Buckton and Saranjit Kairo took part in the parachute jump, helping to raise over £1,500 for the Potters' charity fund.

Two groups took to the skies, 'Team Stoke' and 'Team Radwell International', with all but PREM's Melissa, making their first ever jump over Whitchurch on the 6th August.

The Club's Fundraising Officer Steve Hunt paid tribute to the participants and thanked them, as well as Sky Dive Tilstock, for raising the proceeds.

"Jumping from an aeroplane doesn't sound too appealing to a lot of people, so I would just like to thank everyone who took part for doing so, and helping us to raise a significant amount of money for charity.

"From speaking to the participants it is clear that they had a thoroughly enjoyable experience, which in no small part is down to Alex and his team at Sky Dive Tilstock."

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OVER 200 young people are preparing to graduate from the Stoke City Community Trust NCS Summer Programme after successfully completing a number of local projects.

Each young person has received the help and support from Community Trust NCS project workers, enabling them to improve a number of social and work-based skills.
Open to young people aged between 15 and 17, participants took part in a four-week programme where they chose a project of their interest to work on.
Participants took part in two induction waves in July and August, completing residential exercises that concentrated on creativity, team building and planning before each young person delivered their ideas and put them into physical practice within the local community.

Rob Milton, a Community Trust NCS Project Worker said: “Young people can get a lot of bad press, but the NCS Programme shows that some will do things and expect nothing back. The young people have fought tooth and nail, improved their skills and their response has been great to see.”
Matthew Adams, aged 16 from Stone added: “I can’t commend the NCS programme enough – they have been absolutely amazing. We have really been proactive in delivering our particular project and I feel more confident.”
The young people participated in a number of NCS projects:

RUBY GIRLS
Young people promoted the work of the Ruby Girls charity at the intu Potteries Shopping Centre. They also created different ideas for the shop which included designing a sculpture out of recycled bicycles and a video for the store.

OPEN DOOR
Young people collected different types of foods which were donated to charity at the Spode Factory as well as creating their own shoe box which were given out to the homeless, offering essential items in each box.

ALLOTMENTS
Young people worked on an allotment within the local community that included the All Saints Church garden and a separate project in Fenton.

KICKBOXING YMCA
Young people worked on a gym based at the YMCA centre in Stoke-on-Trent, where they painted and decorating the kickboxing area.

SMOOTHIE MAKING
Young people developed healthy smoothies and a plan for a healthy lifestyle at Tesco, Trent Vale.

SPORTING STORIES
Part of Stoke-on-Trent’s European City of Sport scheme, young people worked with a local publisher at the bet365 Stadium to gain stories of how sport makes a difference to people’s lives.

CANAL AND RIVER TRUST
Working alongside the Canal and River Trust, young people transformed wasteland near Kidsgrove into a memorial garden to mark the 300th birthday of Staffordshire canal engineer James Brindley.
Glyn Parks, a key stage three Project Co-ordinator with the Canal and River Trust concluded: “The young people working on this particular project have been brilliant, they have been really passionate and it’s truly great to see. This has shown volunteering and young people in a really positive light.”

GROUND WORKS
Young people worked to develop and regenerate canals in the local area to make them more sufficient as well as protecting the local wildlife.

WEST END VILLAGE
Young people took part in the intergenerational project. This involved joining in with different activities and helping them set up and deliver their summer fayre.

RESOLVE
Young people designed a video in relation to the dangers of legal highs.

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