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Edition No. 136

Date:- 24 January 2004

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DO you have a friend or neighbour in the Liverpool area who deserves recognition for the fantastic job they do bringing up a family on his or her own? Then why not enter them for the Gingerbread / Eurocamp Lone Parent of the Year award to be in with a chance of winning a Eurocamp family holiday worth almost £2000, plus lots of other fantastic prizes. 

40-year-old Paula Wormald, from Bromborough, the Wirral, is one of the 1.75 million lone parent families in the UK (one quarter of all families). Paula, who is a member of Gingerbread's lone parent support group in Chester has been the bastion of the campaign. 

In addition to juggling a full time job, childcare and daily chores. Research has shown that the main challenge for lone Mums or Dads and their children is poverty. Nearly half (45 per cent) of poor children now live in a lone parent family. Going on holiday, therefore, is almost impossible for many lone parents and their children - and one of the main things that lone parents and their children say they miss the most is not being able to have an annual holiday.

Paula agrees, she commented:- "In addition to having to make life decisions that affect the whole family by yourself, one of the most difficult things when you're a lone parent is taking a holiday, both physically managing on your own and the expense. 

I've only managed to go on holiday three times in the past seven years - which is why this is such a great prize for a lone parent to win. I am definitely going to be nominating some of my friends for this award, as I think a lot of people take it for granted how difficult it is coping on your own, and I think they deserve the recognition."

To nominate someone for the Eurocamp / Gingerbread Lone Parent of the Year Award simply explain, in no more than 50 words, why the person you're nominating deserves the title. 

The overall winner, voted the Eurocamp / Gingerbread Lone Parent of the Year, will receive a family holiday at one of Eurocamp's 187 European holiday parcs plus a weekend break to Legoland for the whole family. Three runners up will each receive a day of pampering and activity for the children. 

Entries to  or post them to Lone Parent of the Year award, PO Box 348, MANCHESTER M15 4WL. Nominations are unlimited and more information and links to voting can be found at or

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City unites to remember Holocaust

HUNDREDS of people will gather at St. George's Hall as the city remembers the Holocaust.

Civic leaders will join representatives of Jewish and other communities in Liverpool, and unite in recognition of National Holocaust Memorial Day.

The event is part of the city's continuing commitment to ensure that the horrors of the Holocaust are never forgotten, and that we learn the lessons of history.

As 2004 marks the tenth anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, this year's theme is "From the Holocaust to Rwanda. Lessons learned, lessons still to learn."

Thirteen year old Rwandan, Jules Twaglira, will tell his real-life, moving experience of the genocide. The River Niger Orchestra, from the Congo, will then perform a traditional African folk song.

Council Leader, Councillor Mike Storey, said:- "Holocaust Memorial Day gives us the chance to reflect on the atrocities of the Holocaust, and more recent human tragedies. 

It's clear that we still have lessons to learn, but education is the key and ensures that we can all embrace diversity and stamp out prejudice."

The special ceremony begins with a short service at the Holocaust Memorial Stone in St John's Gardens, including a prayer reading and the laying of white roses.

In St. George's Hall, Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Ron Gould will lead guests in a one-minute silence, as a mark of respect to the victims of the Holocaust.

See last weeks report.


TOP ATTRACTION Pleasureland is seeking staff for full time, part time and weekend work in the following departments:- 

Catering & Retail
Ride Operations
Ticket Sales
Car Parks

 Mature applicants welcomed.  Bonus scheme in operation, uniform provided, discounted food and beverages and access to staff facility.  

For an Immediate Interview, contact Staff Services at:-  Pleasureland, Marine drive, Southport, PR8 1RX or phone on 01704 532 717 ext 205 or 208.  Apply online at

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