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URPotential celebrated the best in volunteering and communities coming together to celebrate and support others.

URPotential attempted to break a Guinness book of Records for the most amount of people dressed as Princesses in one place. They came from across Blackpool in all kinds of glittery sparkly outfits with tiaras and crowns fit for a Princess. The youngest was 6weeks old and the oldest 70 all excited and ready to volunteer their time to support URPotential raise funds for a young man named Freddie to purchase an electric sock. Freddie suffered a stroke when he was five and lost the use of his right side. Freddie’s family said ‘the sock will give him greater freedom when walking and also strengthen his muscles. Freddie has just started high school and our goal has always been to give Freddie every opportunity to be independent and this sock will support this’. The volunteers raised £345 in total which takes us up to nearly 50% of our target of £2000. High Sheriff of Lancashire John Barnet opened the event and made a very passionate eloquent speech about coming together to support people and the power of volunteering. He brought his beautiful wife Dannielle dressed as a Princess. Michigan from Skool of Street sang Let it go from Frozen dressed as Elsa. Everyone who attended enjoyed it enormously not only the event but the getting together to find their outfits. Lytham Ladies Circle supported along with Blackpool Soroptimists.

All the Princesses went home with a Princess wrist band, special cupcakes and drinks. A great day was had by all even though the record was not beaten. Linda Markey of URPotential said ‘everyone was so keen to try the attempt again that they have already stated plans to hold it in Volunteers Week 2017’.