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Edition No. 158

Date:- 03 July 2004

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RESEARCH INTO AGEING BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE

A STAR studded Oscars Ball and auction of prizes staged by The David McLean Group has raised £40,000 for Research into Ageing’s One for All Appeal, the company’s Charity of the Year for 2004.

One for All Appeal Chairman Professor Peter Toyne was presented with the £40,000 cheque by David McLean Group Business Director Bill Addy at the company’s City Quays development site in Liverpool. 

Green Goddess Diana Moran and comedian Willy Miller hosted the Oscars Ball and auctioned an array of sought-after items such as football and rugby tickets from the North West’s top clubs including Liverpool and Everton, Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings, a signed Pop Idol script from Ant and Dec, Harry Potter memorabilia from Stephen Fry and a rugby ball signed by the England team.

Professor Peter Toyne, a former Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University and Chairman of Liverpool’s successful Capital of Culture bid team, said: “We are thrilled with the amount of money raised. The Oscars Ball was hugely successfully and our relationship with The David McLean Group has gone from strength to strength – after all, we are both working towards building a better future for everyone!” 

The David McLean Group is one of Britain’s largest commercial and residential development and construction businesses and funds raised through the Group’s efforts will go directly towards research into diseases such as stroke and dementia which affect older people and their quality of life.

The One for All Appeal is North West based and aims to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of older people both today and tomorrow. The appeal has raised nearly half of its £1 million target to fund six new research fellowships at universities in the region.

HOSPITAL TRUST BOARD SAYS... "PLEASE NOTE!"

DUE to unforeseen circumstances the date of the Trust Board meeting in July has had to be changed:-

Trust Board will now take place on Tuesday 27th July
at 10:00am in the Board Room, Corporate Offices, Southport & Formby District General Hospital, Town Lane, Kew, Southport 

BEACON HUNTS FOR LOCAL CHARITY HEROES 

THE Beacon Fellowship has launched its search for this year's winner of the Beacon Prize. Beacon is asking the public to nominate a person they feel has made a significant contribution to charity.

The winner will receive £20,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. This year, as well as the main prize, there will be regional shortlists to honour the most inspiring givers from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

The Beacon Prize aims to celebrate and raise the profile of giving in the UK by giving recognition to those who make an outstanding contribution to charity. 

Do you know someone that deserves the Beacon Prize? 

Perhaps someone who has used their entrepreneurial skills to help transform a charity or a young person who has used their time and talent in a creative way to help others? 

Or that person who retired then with tireless and relentless energy worked to change your community? 

Perhaps someone in your family has taken a risk by championing an unpopular and controversial cause, giving a voice to those who needed to be heard? 

Whatever the charity success story, Beacon wants to hear about it. The overall winner will receive the Beacon Prize of £20,000 to give to charity. Categories include Risk Taking, Creative Giving, New Initiatives, Leadership, Community Builder, Young Philanthropist. In addition there will be Judges Special Prizes for The Most Generous Celebrity, The Most Generous Business Leader and The Most Generous Young Person. 

Last year, the prize-giving ceremony was held at No. 11 Downing Street at an event hosted by Rt. Hon Gordon Brown, MP, and Chancellor. Talking about the Beacon Prize Mr. Brown added his support, saying:- "You may call it the Oscars of the charity world, but it may be better to call it the Nobel Prizes of the charity world."

Nominations forms need to be received by 1 October 2004 and can be obtained visiting www.beaconfellowship.org.uk, emailing enquiries@beaconfellowship.org.uk or telephoning 020 7849 6550. 

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