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Edition No. 199

Date:- 01 May 2005

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THE hunt is on across the nation to find creative, artistic people with Parkinson's Disease. The Mervyn Peake awards, held annually by the Parkinson's Disease Society (PDS), honour the outstanding talent of people with Parkinson's in art, poetry and photography and anyone with Parkinson's is invited to enter.

Last year's overall winner was Peter Cameron of Liverpool, whose touching picture 'Piano Man' beat off stiff competition. 

The awards are held in memory of the late artist and writer Mervyn Peake, whose works included Gormenghast and the Alice in Wonderland Illustrations, and who developed Parkinson's in later life. The awards are supported by the Peake family and were established in 2002.

All participants will receive a certificate and are invited to the awards ceremony in July, which will be held in the historic setting of Staple Inn Hall in London and will include a cream tea. The winning entrants in the 3 categories, and the overall winner, will be presented with a commemorative scroll.

Sebastian Peake, founder of the Mervyn Peake Awards, said:- "My father loved both writing and illustrating, creating his first book at the age of nine, 'Ways of Travelling', which described a journey by boat up the Yangtse River with his father. I am therefore delighted that the awards will once again be recognising the artistic talents of those with Parkinson's. The standard of the winning entries in previous years has been remarkably high, showing without doubt that when diagnosed with the disease, no barriers are placed in the way of creativity. The awards ceremony is always an enjoyable affair and I look forward to seeing this year's entries."

The closing date is Friday 20 May. To enter contact Sophie Jerrold on 020 7963 9312 or email:- 


ON Monday 9 May, 2pm to 4pm materials will be provided places are limited so please telephone the gallery on:-

0151 934 2110

to book your place

Support for dynamic entrepreneurs in Liverpool

SOUTHERN representatives of Britain's finest and fastest-growing young entrepreneurs are looking for similar business owners in Liverpool who they can support through mentoring and training. Members of the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization UK, predominantly based in London and the South-East, benefit from peer-to-peer learning, coaching and networking at the highest levels. These are the business leaders who have yet to mark their 40th birthdays, yet have achieved business turnovers into the £millions. They believe that their counterparts in the North of the UK are currently missing out on the advantages of membership.

YEO UK President Kent Yearsley is calling for the launch of a Northern Chapter and believes that cosmopolitan cities such as Liverpool are nurturing many visionary young business owners. "I want these people to share the same benefits and routes to success as our South-East based members. We enjoy access to some of the most inspirational business greats of our time who are willing to share their experiences and wisdom, and give us unparalleled advice. In turn, we work with each other to advise and coach so that our businesses can grow."

YEO UK is part of the global YEO network, which has attracted over 5,500 members worldwide employing over 700,000 staff, and together account for over $81 billion in combined sales. UK members achieve sales ranging from £1 million to £70 million. Membership of YEO UK has grown 100% in the past 6 months.

YEO UK enjoys the support through sponsorship and help-in-kind of Coutts & Co, one of the UK's leading private banks. The bank, which boasts a special division for the support of successful entrepreneurs, is impressed by the unique level of peer support, learning and mentoring provided by YEO both formally when members meet, and informally. Speaking on behalf of Coutts & Co, Paul Scott, Senior Private Banker at Coutts in Liverpool said:- "We want to help build a new YEO Chapter in the North of the UK. In our experience, the most successful entrepreneurs are those who seek guidance and actively learn from others and the YEO plays a vital role in encouraging entrepreneurs to do this, at all stages of their business development. The support they provide is invaluable in helping entrepreneurs gain in both confidence and business acumen which in turn leads to strong business growth - something that can only be of positive benefit for businesses in Liverpool."

Entrepreneurs who may be eligible to join the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization and want to find out more should email their details to

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