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A Southport and Formby District General Hospital Nurse has died

A locum Nurse who worked at Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Josephine Peter, died on Saturday, April 18, after testing positive for COVID-19. She leaves behind her husband, Thabo Peter, who is still residing here in UK, her 2 kids, Bongani and Buhle, who are now living in South Africa, a granddaughter, a brother and 5 sisters.

Josephine Matseke (Manini) was born and raised in South Africa, Johannesburg, Brakpan Springs.  She moved to the UK in 2002, following a massive recruitment drive by the NHS, where she started to work for the NHS at Princess Margaret Hospital, Windsor. She later moved to London and worked for Care UK and later joined the Hillingdon NHS Trust majoring in Gynae and Obstetrics; her passion! In the later years, she decided to work as a locum nurse via an Agency. Manini's last assignment was in Southport Hospital NHS Trust, until her untimely death on Saturday 18/04/2020!

Trish Armstrong Child, Chief Executive, said:- "Josephine, from Hayes, Middlesex, had worked at Southport since February on an agency contract until falling ill in early April. She was a nurse for 20 years and was married with 2 children. Josephine's husband, Thabo, told me she was passionate, hardworking, always putting others before herself. She was 'my heroine,' he said. Our thoughts are with Josephine's family at this difficult time and we offer them our sincere condolences."

James Lock, chief executive of Altrix, the nursing agency that employed Josephine, said:- "Josephine was a diligent nurse who was highly regarded and liked by the team. She would always go that extra mile and was a pleasure to work with. My team and I send our very best wishes and deepest condolences to Josephine's family."

A Go Fund Me Page has been set up in Josephine's memory. To make a donation please go to:-

'Run for The 96' has changed to Virtual 5k Fun Run for 2020

THE organisers of the:- 'Run For The 96,' in what would have been the 6th annual community legacy fun run event have announced that it will not be staged this year, and has instead been changed to a virtual 5K.  The event was scheduled to take place on Saturday, 16 May 2020, in Stanley Park, a fitting backdrop between the home grounds of Liverpool Football Club's Anfield Stadium and Everton Football Club's Goodison Park.  However, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, mass participation events are currently not permitted under guidelines from Government, Public Health England, and the World Health Organisation. The Run For The 96 5K 2020 fun run is now a virtual option only, which still gives supporters the opportunity to run, jog or walk to remember The 96. Run For The 96 is a community legacy event to celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool Football Club fans who tragically lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster on 15 April 1989. The event also strives to remember the families of The 96 and the survivors, who have tirelessly fought for justice with the utmost dignity. 1st staged in April 2015 to honour and remember The 96, the event has gone on to raise more than ₤25,000 for charity through donations and the fundraising efforts of its participants. Run For The 96 continues to have the support of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG).

Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, has attended the event each year and taken part in recent years. She commented:- "We are very sad and disappointed to cancel this year's Run For The 96 5K in Stanley Park but we are facing a global health emergency. You can still run to remember The 96 by taking part virtually, but please ensure you respect social distancing at all times. Run For The 96 has become such a special day for football supporters, 'Red' and 'Blue,'' across Merseyside and beyond. And we look forward to returning to Stanley Park next year when we can come together once again like no other football family. Stay safe and stay healthy."

Participants are invited to run, jog or walk the 5K distance to celebrate the lives of The 96; wherever they are in the world. Registrations have already been received from:- Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand; as well as across the UK and on home soil in Liverpool. After registering, virtual runners will receive their race number and medal in the post. They are encouraged to wear their own club colours to run as, due to the current restrictions, it is not possible to provide race T-shirts this year. Runners can complete the 5K distance any time after receiving their race pack, but they are being asked to run on the original event date of Saturday, 16 May 2020, if possible. They should take a run selfie featuring their race number and medal and email to:- Alan@BTRLiverpool.Com, so it can be included in an online gallery. This year's official 4 beneficiaries are the:- LFC Foundation; Jamie Carragher's 23 Foundation; Everton in the Community; and Stanley Park Liverpool CIC. Together, they support the vision of creating a legacy event to honour The 96 while ensuring local communities benefit. BTR Liverpool organise and deliver the event. Participants are encouraged to fundraise or make a 1 off donation. All monies raised by runners or donated by third parties will be split equally between the four named beneficiaries to enable them to continue vital outreach services in their communities. This year's official fundraising page can be found at:- JustGiving.Com.  Run For The 96 entries are open, visit:- BTRLiverpool.Com/965k.

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