Special Olympics GB's golfer Robert Holden who is heading to #AbuDhabi2019 with #TeamSOGB!

June 18, 2018


We caught up with Robert who is going for his second gold after winning one at the Winter Games in 2013 in South Korea!


Special Olympics GB: Hi Robert, how often do you train?

Robert: Everyday, at Rossendale Golf Club. I train in the daytime!

SOGB: What does Special Olympics mean to you?

Robert: It has allowed me to compete at standards I wouldn’t have been able to without Special Olympics.

SOGB: How has Special Olympics changed your life?

Robert: It has enabled me to go to South Korea to compete and gave me the opportunity to live independently which I had never been able to do before.

It also allows me to be part of a team.

SOGB: What is your biggest Special Olympics dream?

Robert: To hopefully win gold in Abu Dhabi!

SOGB: Do you have any other personal ambitions & goals?

Robert: I have met top golf caddie Billy Foster and I would like to meet one of the professionals that he has caddied for! 

Gin-ormous amount raised for cancer charity

December 02, 2016

A charity event to raise money for a local cancer sufferer has raised a gin-ormous amount.

The ‘Great Big Girls Night In’ held at Birchall Foodservice, Burnley Bridge Business Park, on Friday raised £5,800 to support Kate Anne Fight Cancer.

A Gin & Fizz Bar (courtesy of Burnley Mechanics), a talk by Burnley-based Batch Gin, supper and a DJ, plus a raffle and auction, were among the attractions on the night. One of the auction prizes was donated by the family of Victoria Waiting, who died earlier this year from a brain tumour. Victoria, who was in the process of having immunotherapy, sadly didn’t have time to see it through. Her family is keen to help anyone who would also like that chance.

Birchall Foodservice’s development chef Paul Dickson was both chef and DJ on the night, ably assisted by some of the company’s sales managers, who acted as waiters. Kelbrook-based A to B Vehicles provided a taxi service.

Event organiser Louise Birchall said: “When I heard about Kate’s plight and her need to fund pioneering cancer treatment in Germany, I wanted to do something to help.

 “What better way than to get a group of likeminded women together for a night of fun and gin tasting!”

The latest news is that Kate Anne’s tumour markers have reduced by 25% since she started the treatment. You can donate to her fund at

Picture caption: Event organiser Louise Birchall (centre) is pictured with her daughters Courtney Birchall (second left) and Sigourney Birchall (second right), along with Krissy Fremont (left) and Sue Yates (right)

Turning up the heat on charity donations

November 08, 2016

A Burnley foodservice business has turned up the heat on its charitable donations – and given an oven to a local charity in need.

Award-winning Birchall Foodservice, based on Burnley Bridge Business Park, presented the industrial oven worth £500 to the Pyramid Self Help Group, who meet at the Gannow Community Centre, Adamson Street, Burnley.

Pyramid is Lancashire's leading mental health and wellbeing group, and the oven will be used to provide lunch three days a week (around 50 meals in total, to adults with mental health issues. The oven is available to any group using the centre.

Glen Back, Group chairman, said: "We would all like to thank Birchalls for their very generous donation of an oven. We serve around 60 hot meals every week, which would be impossible without this oven."

Peter Dunn, development officer, Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale Council for Voluntary Services, BPRCVS, added: “Everybody who uses the kitchen has commented on the benefits to having the oven, it is definitely an asset to the kitchen and to the centre.”

Justin Birchall, managing director of Birchall Foodservice, which won the Red Rose Employee of the Year 2016 award, said: “We have very close links with a number of charities in Burnley and are more than happy to help out wherever we can.

“The Pyramid Self Help Group provides a vital lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

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