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Edition No. 217

Date:- 04 September 2005

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A Paramedic from Halewood, Liverpool, who saved a young boy who had been hit by a car, could be on her way to 10 Downing Street to be congratulated by the Prime Minister after being named a Semi-finalist in the Vodafone Life Savers Awards 2005.

The annual Vodafone Life Savers Awards pay tribute to the unsung heroes of our emergency services, as well as recognising the bravery of ordinary people who have saved a life in extraordinary circumstances. They were launched in April by Vodafone UK in recognition of the vital contribution mobile phones can play when minutes matter in an emergency.

Now Caroline Harvey’s brave story will go before the judging panel, which includes Nell McAndrew, Claire Sweeney, Gary Kemp, Michael Buerk and Falkland War Veteran Simon Weston.

Together they will select 10 National Life Savers – to be announced in September – who will receive a personal invitation from Prime Minister Tony Blair to a special reception at Downing Street on Thursday 17 November 2005.

Afterwards, the successful 10 will go on to be honoured at a glittering star-studded event at London’s famous Savoy Hotel, where they will collect their award before an audience of 300 guests, including some of Britain’s most popular celebrities.

Paramedic Caroline Harvey was on maternity leave, visiting her parents with her five week old baby, when she heard a loud bang in the street outside.

A paramedic is never off duty in such circumstances and Caroline immediately went to investigate.

She faced the worst road accident of her career.

A young boy had been hit by a car on a pelican crossing and left lying in the road. He was badly injured and had stopped breathing. Caroline didn’t hesitate. She started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while her father called an ambulance and re-directed the heavy flow of traffic that threatened his daughter and the injured boy.

Some five miles away, Philip Newton was on duty in a fast response ambulance and when he heard that his partner, Caroline, was ‘involved’ in a serious road accident he was on the scene in minutes.

In the meantime, Caroline had managed to get the boy to breathe, but he was still unstable and she continued resuscitation, keeping him alive until the ambulance arrived.

The hit and run driver was never found but, happily, the injured boy, Christian Bell, 14, has made a remarkable recovery and has recently celebrated his 15th birthday with Caroline Harvey as his very special guest.

Although technically on leave, Caroline was named employee of the month by the ambulance service for her immediate and highly professional response to a situation where a life depended on her actions.

Ally Stevens, spokesperson for Vodafone UK said:- “The quality of entries this year was outstanding and selecting the 20 semi-finalists was an extremely tough task.

However, we felt this was a particularly courageous story which highlights the vital work of the people behind our emergency services and epitomises their day-to-day dedication and bravery, which we all so often take for granted.”

Learn to use Sign Language.

SIGNING starts in September... classes in Practice Makes Perfect "Marian Centre". Bath St North from Monday 12 September at 6pm-8pm

Please note that Practice Makes Perfect,Sign Language classes are now also at a New Venue on a New day. To be held at:- Holy Trinity Community Hall. Hoghton St.
Wednesday 14 September 1.30pm till 3pm.

Further details ring:- 01704 546626 or visit the website:-


THERE'S a chance to dance in Dovecot next Tuesday, at an event organised by Co-operative Funeralcare.

The funeral director in Dovecot Place has organised a tea dance for all those who are young at heart.

Guests will be able to play bingo and take part in a raffle, with various prizes including wine, chocolates and toiletries up for grabs.

Admission to the dance is free and refreshments will be served. The event will take place from 1:30pm on Tuesday, 6 September at the Holy Spirit Church community hall on East Prescot Road.

Night time revellers to get on-street treatment

A pioneering mobile medical unit to treat the walking wounded is to be located in Liverpool city centre late at night to ease pressure on paramedics and hospital staff.

The unit, which will be located at the bottom of Bold Street on a Friday and Saturday night for the next two months, will be staffed by a medical team and police between 10pm and 4am.

It will be able to deal with people with minor injuries, for example a twisted ankle or a sprained wrist caused by a trip or fall.

It follows research by Citysafe, Liverpool's crime and disorder reduction partnership, which showed that on an average weekend around 60 per cent of admissions to accident and emergency wards are alcohol-related minor injuries between midnight and 4am.

Liverpool's executive member for community safety, Councillor Richard Marbrow, said:- "If police come across people who are even slightly injured then they are obliged to call them an ambulance. This often results in many individuals refusing medical attention and signing the paramedics log to this effect.

Because so many accidents occur in such a short space of time it causes a massive strain on the Ambulance Service and the NHS. That is why we have decided to locate this mobile unit in the city centre, to lighten the load of overburdened ambulance and NHS staff."

Councillor Marbrow added:- "It seems ridiculous to have highly skilled paramedics travelling to people who either don't need serious medical attention or who refuse to be treated. Any system that takes the pressure off a beleaguered NHS is worth assessing.

We are also looking at ways to reduce the number of alcohol-fuelled incidents in the city to ensure we can maintain a vibrant but safe 24-hour economy."

The idea is also to provide a place of safety for people who become vulnerable through drink who may otherwise become victims of crime.

Chairman of Liverpool Central Primary Care Trust (PCT), Councillor Gideon Ben-Tovim, said:- "The right treatment at the right place is at the core of NHS thinking. Depending on the results of this pilot scheme we will consider establishing a facility which can support people who become vulnerable through drink.

Treating night time minor injuries close to where they happen makes a great deal of sense, freeing up paramedics to deal with more serious cases which do require hospital treatment."

Citysafe is also working to prevent crime and disorder in the city centre by using high-profile policing, recruiting street crime wardens, using extensive integrated CCTV and continuing the Gold Zone policing initiative to reduce aggressive street begging.


FREE events from 8 September to 11 September 2005 with National Museums Liverpool. The group is running free events for Heritage Open Days from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September 2005. The busy programme includes talks by architectural historian Joseph Sharples, along with tours of several fascinating venues including the Conservation Centre, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the new World Museum Liverpool.
Heritage Open Day events take place nationwide over a four-day period in September. They give members of the general public free access to buildings that are usually closed to them or have an admission charge. They provide an opportunity once a year to discover hidden architecture, along with local and cultural treasures.
Heritage Open Day events at National Museums Liverpool (please note booking is essential at some venues):-

County Sessions House, Islington
Join Joseph Sharples, architectural historian and author of the revised Pevsner Architectural Guide to Liverpool and discover the courtrooms, judges’ chambers and the cells of this magnificent Liverpool building.
Saturday 10 September 2005
Tours at 11,12, 2 & 3pm
Advance booking essential, so call on 0151 478 4178 to book your place.

The Oratory,Upper Duke Street
Visit the former chapel of St James’ Cemetery, located in the grounds of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Built in 1827 by John Foster, the Oratory is an example of the Greek Revival style. Housed within the Oratory is an important collection of 19th century sculpture and Funerary monuments.
Saturday 10 September 2005 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11 September 2005 12 to 4pm
Saturday 17 September 2005 10am to 4pm
Sunday 18 September 2005 12 to 4pm
No booking necessary

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