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Non stop playathon in memory of popular youth worker

Remembered: Worker Ron Blenkinship shortly before his death last year

Remembered: Worker Ron Blenkinship shortly before his death last year

Friends and relatives of a popular youth worker are planning to stage a charity event with a difference in his memory.

Youth worker Ron Blenkinship died last summer, just a year after taking early retirement to spend time with his family after a 28-year career working with young people.

He was described “ an inspiration” to thousands of Lancashire youngsters after spending almost his entire working life helping teenagers and young people in schools and youth centres across Penwortham, Lostock Hall and Leyland.

Ron’s daughters Beth and Rachel, family, friends and Double R Arts have now organised a 24 hour Performathon.

The event ‘60-4-60’ is being held on what would have been his 60th Birthday (Sunday March 10) and will see 60 different stage performances in 24 hours.

Beth, 28, said: “All of the money raised from this event will go to Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care, both amazing charities that really supported my family during Dad’s last few months.”

The perfromathon will be held at Penwortham Youth and Community Centre in Priory Lane, where Ron was the worker for 17 years until he left the Young People’s Service in 2011.

This is still the home of Double R Arts Youth Theatre which runs to continue Ron’s legacy in youth arts work.

The father-of-two originally trained as a professional actor.

He was described as “someone young people could absolutely relate to” and besides the weekly drama club he ran at Penwortham - where the local community looked forward tot he regular productions, Ron also ran summer schools for youngsters across the area.

Beth said response for the performances had been good and will include a wide variety of drama and music.

However, the actors and organisers are keen to make sure they have a good audience to play to, which will also help boost funds for the charities.

Ron died at home in Leigh, near wigan, after losing a short battle against lung cancer. Angela his wife and daughters Beth, and Rachel,

The event will start at noon on Saturday March 9 and run for 24 hours - ending around noon on Sunday March 10.

Beth said: “ We have all the performances sorted now so we want people supporting the event and donating monies to the charities. We have also set up a Virgin Money Giving page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/60460 so if people just want to donate money that is also possible.”

 

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