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Lovell Homes launches a campaign to save bees

NATIONAL housing developer Lovell Homes launched a campaign to celebrate World Earth Day, on 22 April 2021 and help save the bees by encouraging residents and local School children across the North West to plant wildflowers in their gardens. The campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the dwindling bee population and drive sustainability efforts by creating natural habitats for pollinators to thrive in, included the provision of wildflower seeded paper for participants to plant at home, as well as a mindful colouring of a bee to boost well being.

Anne Marie O'Doherty, Regional Sales Director at Lovell Homes, said:- "We're very excited about the launch of this initiative and can't wait to see both the residents on our developments and local students getting involved in the campaign. Once the wildflower seeds have been planted, we've asked participants to pop their colouring of the bee in their window to show support, along with posting the pictures on social media so we can see the fantastic designs and reshare them across our platforms to help to spread the message even further online. The 1st ten participants to post on social media will also win a Bee Brick, which provide a nesting site for non aggressive bees to help further the cause."

As well as delivering the packs to its residents, the Lovell team also partnered with Weston Village Primary School and its Eco Ambassadors to educate students on the environmental impact of bee extinction.

Thomas Cutts, Head Teacher, at Weston Village Primary School, said:- "It's lovely to see local businesses investing in the education of our students and teaching them about important sustainability issues. We've worked with Lovell Homes in the past and always welcome its donations and contributions to the school curriculum. The students love getting involved in initiatives and we look forward to seeing them learn about the importance of bee preservation."

Anne Marie continued:- "Community engagement is at the core of the Lovell company ethos and we work hard to bring value to the communities in which we work. It's great to see this campaign being rolled out across the North West, helping to bring both environmental and educational benefits to the local area."

Lovell's save the bee campaign is part of a worldwide initiative to protect the species, which play a key part in our ecosystem. ⅓ of the UK's bee population has disappeared over the past decade and 24% of Europe's bumblebees are now threatened with extinction. By creating new habitats for pollinators, Lovell is helping to protect the bees and increase awareness across the country. For more information visit:- Lovell.Co.UK.

Bob Cootes, Marches for Maggie's and Raises an Incredible ₤1,138 for the centre in memory of wife Doreen

BOB Coote of Little Neston, took on an incredible challenge in the month of March 2021 for Maggie's Merseyside and completed 300,000 steps in just 31 days to raise vital funds to help Maggie's be there for people living with cancer.

Former Policeman Bob, has been keen to support Maggie's since the death of his beloved wife, Doreen, who sadly passed away 18 months ago after her diagnosis of kidney cancer. Bob completed the 300,000 steps in March challenge (which was equivalent to around 150 miles) in memory of Doreen and has enabled her legacy to live on.

Bob said:- "I had a long high profile Police career with Merseyside Police. Sadly, Doreen my wife of 50 years, died on Boxing day 2019 and Maggie's were excellent so I decided to enter the challenge in memory of her. I have lost my sight and I'm registered severely sighted impaired/ blind, but my fitness is good and I walked the same route of 10 miles along the Wirral Way three times a week throughout March. Bob said:- 'sometimes I had company and I was even joined by Swassie Turner MBE, an established cancer fundraiser and also a retired Police officer who lost his wife to cancer. As I used to be the head of the Merseyside Police Dog Section we were seen off on one of our walks by a Police dog handler and a Police dog from Merseyside Police."

Doreen enjoyed visiting Maggie's, a place where she could unwind and relax whilst receiving support from the cancer support specialists. After seeing 1st handthe support Maggie's had provided to Doreen Bob was extremely eager to sign up for the challenge and is encouraging others to sign up for more local challenges to help people dealing with the effects of cancer, whether it be them directly or even their friends and family.

Maggie's has a clear message for people living with cancer:- "We are here to help. With the current Pandemic Maggie's professional practical, emotional and social support is more important than ever before and the centre in the grounds of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, is welcoming anyone with a cancer diagnosis, or their family and friends, in a way which adheres to all local and Government guidelines."

Support by professional staff is available face to face in the centre, as well as by:- phone, email or online, to help people with stress, fear and anxiety, as well as money worries and questions about cancer treatment. Maggie's Merseyside Centre Head Kathy Wright said:- "We know people with cancer need Maggie's now more than ever. Cancer is possibly the hardest experience of a person's life, yet Coronavirus and restrictions have made living with cancer even more difficult. If you or anyone one you know need to chat please don't hesitate to contact us. We're extremely grateful to people like Bob, it's because of our supporters that we're able to continue offering our support. We'd love others to join Bob and sign up to take on their own personal challenges."

Maggie's has been supporting people with cancer throughout the Coronavirus crisis over the phone, email and through our online community. This support helped people 60,000 times during the 1st full lockdown.

Since Maggie's opened their 1st centre in 1996, the charity has developed a programme of support that is proven to help people with cancer and their loved ones take back control. Maggie's Merseyside relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to be able to offer this high quality, professional support. You too can make a difference, sign up for your own fundraising pack:- Register.Enthuse.Com.

To find out more about Maggie's Merseyside please contact us:- 01513344301 or email:- Liverpool@MaggiesCentres.Org.

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