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Catering team on television

The work of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust’s catering team will feature on national television this week.

Celebrity Chef James Martin’s Operation Hospital Food will run each weekday from 9.15am on BBC1.

The final episode of the series, airing on Friday, February 28, will feature the work he did when he visited the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in November last year.

Before the visit in November, Andy Bickle, Head Chef at Furness General Hospital, spent a day with the top chef and TV star.

The day’s Cookery School session inspired Andy to create some new recipes to improve the food offered to patients, staff and the public in the Trust’s restaurants.

Duke of Edinburgh awards ceremony

A large group of young people from Lancashire who have completed the challenging Duke of Edinburgh’s Programme (DofE) have received their Gold Awards from HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. The official ceremony took place at St James’s Palace in London. The 71 young people, aged between 16 and 24, all achieved their DofE Gold Awards with support from Lancashire County Council’s young people’s service.

They completed the programme which involved volunteering, learning a skill, progressing in a physical activity, and taking part in an expedition and shared activity in a residential setting.

Ellie Gough, 18, from Lancaster, is the first young person at Central Lancaster High School to receive a Gold Award. She said: “I began my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award two years ago when I started in Year 12. “The reason I began this award was to gain skills in leadership and to give myself a new challenge. I realise now that I have developed as a person and gained more self-confidence. I was the only girl to take part and this was very daunting at first. It made things more difficult as I had to form a bond with the others.I was ecstatic to find out that it had been approved and I have been awarded Gold.”

Volunteer drivers needed

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) shop in Morecambe is urgently appealing to local people to come

in and volunteer.

The ahop is looking for some local Heart Heroes to give their time each week and volunteer to Drive to Save Lives.

The charity is currently in desperate need of

volunteer drivers with their own car or van to collect donations of clothing, books and bric a brac from people and businesses and also to assist with special events.

Volunteering is rewarding. You can learn new skills and make friends with people from your local community.

Cheryl the Manager for said: “Our volunteers are at the heart of the charity and we simply wouldn’t be able to continue our lifesaving work without them.

“We have volunteers who enjoy their time with us so much they have been volunteering with us for over 14 years.

“ We appreciate every minute people can spare and to show how grateful we are, we also hope to give

something back.”

For further information on joining the team contact Cheryl or Kate on tel: 01524 833714 or email Visit