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HARRY's Kick Start at Deepdale

Posted on the 8th February 2019

The Trust is joining forces with Preston North End Community and Education Trust (PNECET) to launch HARRI, a new health and wellbeing information vehicle!

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HARRI is a purpose built, information vehicle for members of the community to step on board and talk to healthcare professionals, volunteers and people with find out with lived experience about how they can live happier and healthier lives. HARRI’s first outing will be at Sir Tom Finney Splash at the Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest football game on 16 February 2019, where it will be providing free physical and emotional wellbeing advice from 1pm onwards.

HARRI will be officially opened by Preston North End player Mark Patterson and on board will be representatives from the Trust’s Mindsmatter Service, Quit Squad alongside State of Mind (SOMS) and Prostate Cancer UK. PNECET will also play host to a number of educational workshops for members of the public and professionals to benefit from to help improve their own personal health and well-being and that of their clients. Anyone who steps on board HARRI will also be entered in to a raffle for the chance to win a signed PNE shirt.

Sue Moore, Director of Strategic Developments at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We recognise that providing people with the knowledge, skills and support needed to take ownership of their own health and wellbeing, is key in ensuring that people are well and are able to remain well.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Preston North End Community and Education Trust to launch our brand new recovery vehicle, HARRI and to be working together to improve the health and wellbeing of the Preston community. The event will be opened by PNE ex player Mark Patterson and on board will be lots of useful advice and information from services working across Lancashire, so pop over and see us from 1pm!”

Tom Drake, Assistant Head of Preston North End Community and Education Trust (PNECET) said:

“A fundamental objective at PNE Community and Education Trust is improving the health and wellbeing of those in our community, and we envisage ‘HARRI’ will be a fantastic way to not only engage with our supporters, but also offer clear and precise knowledge regarding their health.

“We encourage as many supporters as possible join us on board ‘HARRI’, especially if they have any questions or concerns regarding their physical and mental health

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