Celebrating what is good about our communities and volunteers and including a Guinness world record attempt

URPotential will be holding three celebration events one in Blackpool, one in Fylde and one in Wyre.

The first main event is on 22nd October 2016  at Stanley Park Sports Centre, Blackpool; Guinness world record attempt for the Largest Gathering of Princesses,  we require as many members of the community to come together and take part in this Make a Difference day event, wristbands will be given and refreshments will be provided, organisations will be invited to showcase what they offer for volunteers and community member.


URPotential want to celebrate all that is good about our communities in Blackpool and what better way than with a fun activity. Supported by funding from Big Lottery, URPotential are holding a celebration and Guinness World Record event on 22nd October 2016 at Blackpool Sport Centre.  The High Sheriff of Lancashire John Barnett MBE DL will open the event. URPotential want to encourage inter-generational communities gathering together to have fun, celebrate volunteering and for organisations to showcase what they offer in Blackpool.

URPotential will be attempting to break the Guinness world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as princesses. This event will be the first event of our Big Lottery Funded celebration events that will be held across Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde. The Blackpool event will be held on Make a Difference Day, so in order to make a difference we will be fundraising. The event requires participants to come along dressed as princesses (ankle to floor length dress and a crown or tiara) the dress code is very strict. We are welcoming all ages and genders, mums, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, brothers, sisters; to come along, join in and be involved. Children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult in the official attempt area who is also in full fancy dress.

Time to dig out old wedding or prom dresses and give them one last twirl. Or borrow a dress and a tiara!

We will be fundraising at the event raising funds for a young man called Freddie. Freddie is an inspirational boy who after suffering a stroke at age 5 and losing the use of his left side has taken the family on an amazing voyage of discovery. When their original NHS physiotherapist decided to leave the NHS his parents  made decision to go with him privately, partly because they knew and trusted him and because he had industry knowledge of treatments and services that were not available through the NHS or not recognised as a treatment plan for stroke children. PSP Physio and DMO orthotics have supplied Freddie privately with arm braces for the last few years away from the NHS. Recently this same company have introduced an “Electric Sock” which hopefully will allow Freddie greater freedom when walking and also strengthen his muscles. With a standard plastic leg brace Freddie’s foot is in a fixed position and his muscles are not being taxed but with the stimulation and support this new sock offers he is able use the tendons in his leg correctly.  Tom, Freddie’s Dad explained “The first time he tried the sock to see if he was suitable was amazing, to see his foot go from a droop position to suddenly upright and responsive just through electrical stimulation was incredible to us. Freddie has just started High School and our goal as a family has always been to make Freddie independent as he matures and give him every opportunity  to enjoy life and not be restricted. Our aim is for him to drive a “regular” car when he is 17 and participate in all leisure activities without restriction or need for special adaptations. His sock and arm support are part of getting his body to a point where his brain can switch over and start to work them again.”

The second and third events will be held in Wyre and Fylde. Fylde on Monday 24th October at AKS Lytham School and the Wyre event will be Wednesday 26th October at Fleetwood High School.  The events will celebrate volunteering and community engagement. Our fizz and fancies events will be an opportunity for  communities to come together to recognise the achievements of volunteers, be part of some wonderful entertainment and have the opportunity to meet other people in our communities, all put together with fancy cakes and non-alcoholic fizz!


What better way to enjoy your evening!

Organisations will have the opportunity to nominate their most inspirational volunteer for an award and to showcase their services and volunteering opportunities. We would like the whole community to attend  the events and celebrate the achievements of local people.

If you want to be part of any of the events, either as a princess, an organisation or to help volunteer then please contact Sam on 01253 344398 or 07432000530 or sam@urpotential.co.uk