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Marathon Bid for Mum

Posted by Rachel on Thursday, 09 April 2015 at 14:40:39

Filed under: Events, Announcements, Sports, Lymm, Interview, Charity, Business, Village centre

A Lymm mum is running the London Marathon for Mind to highlight how exercise can help people overcome post natal depression. Jennifer Emmess, 31, is hoping raise nearly £2000 for the mental health charity by running the 26.2 mile race on Sunday April 26th.

Jennifer, a nurse, who is mum to Harry, four, and Eva, two, says she knows only too well the benefits running or any exercise in general can  have if you are suffering from depression. She said: “ I think there should be more information out there about how exercise can help, particularly with women who have just had children.

“Medication is often needed, but I believe exercise should play a key role in a woman's treatment plan alongside this. “Even if it's just getting out for a brisk walk. This can be very hard if you are feeling low, so friends and family need to help and encourage it as much as they can. 

“By supporting Mind I want to reinforce the message that exercise really is important. I know from being a mum myself that you need that time to yourself. I want to encourage women to share how they might be feeling so that they can get on the road to feeling better, rather than suffering in silence.”

Jennifer  has to raise a total of £1750 and is only £400 off reaching her target, having arranged cake sales and a Tropic skin care party to boost her appeal.

Next week, along with her friend Clare Singleton, 41, she is putting on a Mothball event at the Spread Eagle pub in Lymm. Tickets cost £10 for the event on April 11th and guests can either come along in their wedding dress, or a bridesmaids dress, or simply dress as they would do for a wedding.

She said: “I hope plenty of people can come along to support me and enjoy a good drink and a dance. I will be on water though as I have the race two weeks later!”

Jennifer had only ever run six miles when she decided to sign up to the event last October, and has had some setbacks in training, hurting her foot and knee which has meant she’s needed to rest for the last four weeks.

But she’s determined to cross the finish line and says when she struggles she thinks about how far she has come from barely exercising at all to doing a marathon. She explained: “So far my longest run has been 14 miles and for the last mile I could barely put one foot in front of the other. But I just tell myself to dig deep, think about how the money I raise will help people who really are struggling, and remember how running has helped me feel strong and positive.

“I was on target to finish in four hours before my injury but I don’t think I’ll make that now, but as long as I cross the finish line I will be really happy.”

The Mothball event is at the Spread Eagle, Lymm, on April 11th from 8pm, tickets £10.

To sponsor Jennifer go to

Tags: lymm, running, marathon, charity, fundraising, community, events

Lymm Mum Launches Charity Calendar

Posted by Rachel on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 at 18:41:30

Filed under: Announcements, Sports, Charity

When Lymm mum Jo Shaw found a lump in her breast she naturally feared the worst - that she had cancer. Thankfully, after a series of tests at North Manchester hospital she was given the all clear just days later. But the ashen faces of the men and women Jo saw in the clinic that day who were devastated to be told they did have cancer stayed with her.

So she decided she wanted to do something to help them and along with her friend Rachel Murphy, came up with an idea to celebrate women's bodies but raise vital funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer in the North West.

Rachel, 42, who works as a photographer and Jo, 49, who works in pensions, had seen the success of the bare-faced selfies campaign in raising money for Cancer Research UK and decided they wanted to do something similar.

Jo explained: "I found a lump in my breast in May and naturally, I was very worried. I went to the doctor and was given an appointment for screening a few days later. Thankfully, the tests came back negative, but being in that waiting room and seeing the women and men there, as breast cancer affects them too, there with their partners and friends and family who didn't have the same fortunate news as me, it stayed with me.

“Breast cancer affects 55,000 women and 350 men each year in the UK and I wanted to do something to help."

Jo, who is mum to Jack, 19, Max, 14, Eve, 12, and Beth, 11, chatted about how she felt with her friend Rachel, who has three boys, Josef, 14, Ewan, 12, and Finlay, 11, and they came up with the idea of a nude calendar, using the ladies of Lymm who train with them at the Warrior HQ gym as models.

Rachel explained: "We talked about the bare-faced selfie campaign and how women kept apologising for posting photos of themselves online without their make up, and how, in the face of Jo's cancer scare, how silly that was. Then we came up with the idea of shooting a nude calendar, but instead of the Calendar Girls style poses, we would shoot the girls naked then impose scenes and images on their bodies, so while they were celebrating themselves, they weren't totally exposed.

“We’re all used to sweating together at the gym and work hard to keep in shape, so when I suggested the idea to Dan McIntosh, our trainer, he loved it and said I could use the gym as a studio, and helped me find ladies to pose. So far, we have had 20 women who come to the gym, of all shapes and sizes, aged from 21 to 51 come in and pose naked and once the initial nerves have subsided, they have really enjoyed the experience and love how they look. I've projected all kinds of images, from stars and stripes to zebra and leopard print to tropical scenes, set against a black backdrop, and the photos and the women all look amazing."

Rachel and Jo have already been thrilled with the support they have had from local businesses who have sponsored the calendar and will have a launch event on October 17th at 7pm at the WHQ gym at Tanyard Farm, off Rushgreen Road.

Copies of the calendar will be on sale, as well as prints of the photos which will be on display, along with a raffle and drinks, with all money raised going to Breakthrough Breast Cancer North West.

Jo said: “After my experience, I wanted to raise funds to help women in this region, and we hope seeing the images from the calendar will get people talking about who the women might be, but also get across a serious message – that Breast Cancer affects so many women – and help this vital cause.”

To donate to the raffle or to help the appeal, call Jo on 07811 700 766.

Article Courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.

Tags: Lymm, Warrior HQ, Breast Cancer, fundraising, Story, About, Events, Charity, Photography, Sports, Village Centre, Business

Con Woman Jailed

Posted by Neil on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 at 10:36:32

Filed under: Announcements, Sports, Crime

A con woman who stole £20,000 from Lymm children's football team has been jailed after trying to get job as teacher. A fraudster who ripped off a junior football team in Lymm has been jailed after forging a security check to try and get a job in education.

Sheryl Ingham - also known as Cheryl Lee - attempted to change a letter that alerted recruiters at a teaching agency in Leeds to a criminal conviction.

That conviction related to an appearance at Warrington Crown Court in September last year, when Ingham admitted stealing more than £21,969.55 from Lymm Piranhas Junior Football Club. As voluntary treasurer, the defendant paid 29 cheques from the club into her own bank account.

Ingham, then using the surname Lee, was given a prison sentence of 16 months, suspended for two years, by Judge Nicholas Woodward. Despite the conviction, Ingham, aged 39, of Suffield Road, Gildersome, tried to gain employment with Celsian Education, in May this year.

Subsequent checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly known as a CRB check - flagged up Ingham was subject to a suspended sentence. A certificate confirming the security alert was sent by the DBS to Ingham, who was obliged to present it to the prospective employer.

However, West Yorkshire Police confirmed she tried to doctor the certificate, and continued trying to gain a job working with children. The defendant eventually handed herself into police on July 4 after the forgery was discovered. Ms Ingham was jailed for 16 months at Leeds Crown Court on September 2, this year. She pleaded guilty to the use of a false instrument with intent to be accepted as genuine.

Article Courtesy of the Warrington Guardian.

Tags: jail, con, football

Lymm Squash Academy 2014

Posted by Neil on Monday, 29 September 2014 at 17:37:13

Filed under: Announcements, Sports

Lymm Squash Club is looking to grow its coaching and development program for children aged 5-17 in Warrington and surrounding areas; aiming to introduce children to the popular sport of Squash.

The coaching program features six weekly squash coaching sessions on Saturday mornings led by coach Darren McCann. Sessions are tailored to suit children of any age and ability with each program concluding with a competition and prizes for participants.

The first program received great feedback with all participants signing up for the next program.  “The club is looking to build on the success of the first program by boosting the number of participants,” said Rob Spurr, Chairman of Lymm Squash Club. “We aim to give these Juniors the opportunity to compete at County and National level in the future as they develop.  Perhaps we’ll find the next Commonwealth Games star in Lymm!”

Six weeks of coaching works out at only £18 per child per and all equipment is provided making it a low cost sport to take up.

For more information about Lymm Squash Club and its Junior Academy visit or email

Tags: sport

Lymm Rovers Reaches 30 Years

Posted by Neil on Friday, 15 August 2014 at 09:53:51

Filed under: Announcements, Sports, Lymm

This guest post come courtesy of Gavin Laidlaw:

Since it was formed in 1984 (when Lymm Youth Club merged with Oughtrington Rovers,) the club has gone from strength to strength and has grown to 20 teams including 3 all girl teams.

The Club was awarded Chartered Status by the FA and then was awarded Community Club status in 2011.

Nowadays, we are very privileged to have all of the clubs training sessions and matches taking place within the beautiful grounds of Lymm High School.

The 2013/14 season saw a big change to the management structure of the club with the introduction of level 2 FA Qualified Coaches, with access to all of the squads.

The improving standards of the players has come to the attention of several professional clubs, with more than half a dozen children training with Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Crewe. The club is also represented within the Cheshire Girls Squads. 

Lymm Rovers Development Academy

This September will see the opening of the Lymm Rovers Development Academy. Open to children between 4 and 8 years of age, and taking place on Saturday mornings at 10.15.

The Academy will provide coaching within a fun, and progressive environment, the emphasis will be on learning new football skills and developing each child to the best of their ability.

All playing and coaching within this golden age of learning will follow current FA guidelines, which encourage play within a non-pressured environment.

We realise kids want to be part of a team so, In addition to the weekly coaching there will be regular indoor 5 a side tournaments involving teams from all around South Manchester, as well as matches arranged with like-minded clubs from the region.

If you would like your child (boy or girl) to be involved in the Lymm Rovers Development Academy in September then please contact below.

Congratulations go to all the managers, coaches and parents who over the last thirty years have made the club what it is.

C’mon Lymm!

For more information please contact Gavin by email or call him on 07770 966433 or visit the Lymm Rovers website.


Tags: football, rovers, academy


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