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Edition No. 179

Date:- 11 December 2004

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GOLD medallist Kelly Holmes is urging runners who are signed up for the Flora London Marathon 2005 to add meaning to their 26.2 miles by raising money for the NSPCC.

Kelly, who is patron of the NSPCC's Running Team, knows first hand about the value of training hard to achieve your goals, whatever they are. She said:- "Training for a marathon and running the 26.2 miles is no easy task whatever level you are, but having the added incentive of raising funds for the NSPCC to help them put an end child cruelty - should really inspire runners to achieve their goal. I hope you will join our team."

Kelly's top training tips:-

Begin training as early as possible 
Start slowly and work your way up 
Write yourself a schedule - including weekly activity
Assign yourself goals, to mark how much you aim to have achieved by each point in the year
Ensure you are eating a balanced diet
Train with a friend
Commit to raising money for charity - such as the NSPCC - to give yourself an added incentive.

Every week a child is killed by a parent or carer and there are more than 30,000 children on the child protection register in the UK. More than £76m was spent last year by the NSPCC on activities to end child cruelty and 84% of that money was raised from gifts or donations - like those from our annual team of marathon runners.

Any runners who are signed up to run next year's marathon and are interested in running for the NSPCC, or those who are not running but want to support someone who is, should call Margaret Biddle at the NSPCC on 0161 628 1209.

Steve Morton, head of community appeals for the North West, said:- "The NSPCC relies on funds raised by ordinary members of the public to ensure our vital services can run.

Every pound that runners raise for us is valuable as it contributes to our 180 UK-wide projects such as therapy and counselling for abused children, funding our child protection helpline and family support services."

Sunshine gift for special young people

GREEN LANE Special School played host to Liverpool FC's ex-striker Ian St John, last week, when he popped in to bring sunshine into the lives of some very special young people, a brand new Sunshine Bus!

The gift, courtesy of Vodafone, was a brand new set of wheels for the kids at Green Lane and signals the continuation of a special relationship between the school and Vodafone. The officially named 'Sunshine Coach' will help the pupils at Green Lane get out and about in and around the Northwest.

The friendship between the phone company and Green Lane began when parents who visited the school decided to help fundraise for needed items. One of the parents worked at Vodafone and involved the company's School Liaison Officer, who was determined to sponsor or donate a minibus (Sunshine Coach) to the school. 

Paul King, Headteacher at Green Lane, said:- "We're absolutely over the moon with the Sunshine Coach as it will open up opportunities for our kids that they wouldn't normally have. We are especially appreciative of all the parents and employees at Vodafone and the Variety Club of Great Britain for putting such much hard work and commitment into making such a difference to our children.

Not only have they bought us a new set of wheels, but the employees at the call centre also donate monies, toys and their time to the school on a regular basis. 

This proves that from little acorns grow oak trees. All we need now is a bigger garage to park the minibus in!"

Christmas Light Competition

IF YOU live on Merseyside and you have a Christmas Light Display on your house, send us a photograph.  We want to know who has the best house decorations.  Also tell us where you are from eg:- Southport. Email:- 

The best pictures we get will be put in to our Christmas week issue and then its down to our readers to tell us who has the best display!


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