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Edition No. 172

Date:- 23 October 2004

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Friday 12 Sunday to 14 November 2004 
@ Pontins Holiday Centre, Southport

IT'S with great sadness that due to operational, business and personnel problems Come Together Events ltd have decided to cancel their forthcoming weekender.

A spokesperson commented:- "We tried to look at working with people to bring a scaled down event, however certain parties were unable to help us on this, we also felt that this would devalue the event and cheat all of you who have paid for chalets already. Therefore a decision was taken to cancel the event".

All those who have purchased tickets will automatically be refunded and will gain free entry into a Promise, Goodgreef event of their choice in 2005.
*Excluding bank holidays + birthday events

This decision will not affect future Come Together parties and Come Together Limited are looking forward to next year's parties with excitement and anticipation. 

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Top class show for Whitehall chief 

THE government's top civil servant for education toured Liverpool schools this week after the Audit Commission described the city as the most improved education authority of the country.

David Normington, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Skills, spent a day in Liverpool this on October 21 visiting schools within the Mersey region after the magnanimous recommendation by the Audit Commission.

Sir David Henshaw, executive director for education met the Secretary of State with Colin Hilton to hear how the city's education service is now rivaling the best in the country after not so long ago was proved to be the worst given this year's Ofsted report..

One of the highlights of his visit will be the opportunity to see children working with the city's innovative Friend Ship project at Roscoe Junior School, Tuebrook.

It comes after the government praised the exciting education project and handed a £250,000 treasure chest to develop the initiative and take it to other cities around the country.

The Friend Ship has visited more than 50 schools in Liverpool since being launched earlier this year, with 12,000 children climbing aboard so far to work with a treasure trove of engaging, interactive classroom activities.

The next phase of the voyage will see the vessel travel to Brighton/Hove, Canterbury, Cardiff, Newcastle, Gateshead, Highlands, Norwich and Oxford, along with Belfast.

Mr Normington will also drop in on lessons at Kensington Primary and Junior Schools and visit one of the city's One Stop Shops.

Sir David Henshaw, Liverpool City Council's Chief Executive, said:- "We are leading the way in Liverpool in making education stimulating and engaging for our children.

"We have moved from being one of the worst authorities in the country to being one of the best in the country in a little over four years."

Colin Hilton, Liverpool City Council's executive director for education, said:- "It's always an important opportunity to share with the permanent secretary some of the issues facing schools in challenging areas and to demonstrate the good practice we have developed in Liverpool."

Chief Executive Sails Round the World to Save Children

MARK Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of Strategic Leisure Limited is participating in the Clipper 05 to 06 Round the World Yacht Race. Mark is seeking sponsorship for his intrepid exploits and he aims to raise £30,000 for two children's charities, UK based Children with Leukaemia and Operation Smile-Vietnam. 

Clipper 05 to 06 Round the World Yacht Race

The 05-06 Race is Clipper Ventures' fifth round the world yacht race. A fleet of 10 new 68ft boats will race over 30,000 miles in seven legs between September 2005 and July 2006. Following the incredible turnout of over 80,000 people in Liverpool, to welcome home the boats in the 2002 race, the next event will both start and finish in Liverpool. Mark is doing two legs, leg five from China to the West Coast of America via Japan and the final leg from the Caribbean to Liverpool via the East Coast of America, a total of over 10,000 nautical miles. Participation in a round the World race is the ultimate sailing challenge and not for the faint-hearted as Mark found out at a recent week-long training session!

"As a total novice I found being out at sea for days at a time in a thoroughbred racing yacht an awesome experience not to mention a very steep learning curve. After two-days we were hit by a force nine gale that lasted for almost 24 hours. Being out on the bow changing a sail in 25 foot swells was a massive physical and mental challenge. I know now how tough the race will be. For a large proportion of the time I will be cold, wet, tired and hungry… but it's all in a good cause!"  

Children with Leukaemia

While Mark is away sailing his wife, Rachel will be left at home looking after his children (two teenage boys) and the Strategic Leisure business where she is also a Director. In recognition of this huge commitment Mark was keen to let her choose one of the recipient charities. Her choice was Children with Leukaemia, as she points out;

"Leukaemia claims more young lives than any other disease in the UK. The incidence of childhood leukaemia is increasing, and it is vitally important that research can continue to be undertaken to improve understanding of the disease, and the factors that cause it, so that more children can be helped to survive, and have a future. Having experienced the consequences of cancer in my own family and friends, I want to help in the fight against leukaemia, to enable more children to experience a happy and active childhood, free from this devastating disease."

Operation Smile

Operation Smile is an international charity that carries out reconstructive surgery on children with facial abnormalities. In developing countries 1 in 500 children are born with problems such as cleft palates. Despite it costing less than £100 per individual operation, many people go without treatment. As a result they lead miserable, solitary and difficult lives. Indeed a number actually die due to the increased risk of infection and in extreme cases through abandonment. Mark met the organisers of OS-Vietnam on a recent business trip and commented;

"I couldn't help but be profoundly moved by the plight of people suffering from facial abnormalities and by the fantastic voluntary work of Operation Smile. Once I found out it only costs around £15,000 to fund a 'mission' at which 300 children could be operated on, I knew I had to do something. As a father myself I can not bear to think of children suffering when it costs so little to transform and in some cases literally save lives. 'Changing Lives one smile at a time' is the apt motto for OS and it inspired me to do something to raise money. The Round the World Yacht Race seemed a fitting challenge."

How People Can Help

Mark is looking for corporate sponsors and individual donations. Every single penny given will go to the two charities. A range of corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. To request a sponsorship information pack please contact Victoria Howarth, Marketing Manager at Strategic Leisure using one of the methods below. Individual pledges can be made by contacting Mark, Rachel or Victoria or via the Strategic Leisure website at:- 

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