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Edition No. 226

Date:- 07 November 2005

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Homes wanted for Liverpool children

A SEARCH for people willing to give a loving home to 70 children in Liverpool is getting underway as part of National Adoption Week. The annual campaign, which runs from 7-14 November, is organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. Liverpool has many children over 5, some of them in sibling groups, waiting for adoption - and there is always a particular need for more black families to adopt.

Executive member for children's services, Councillor Paul Clein, said:- "We are committed to trying to find permanent homes for youngsters locally rather than placing them in children's homes or miles away from the city. However, this presents a considerable challenge as it means we are constantly in need of new adoptive parents. Many people rule themselves out as they don't think they meet the criteria. But the truth is that all kinds of people make good adoptive parents and it often doesn't matter what your personal circumstances are."

A special information evening is being held at Glaxo Neurological Centre on Norton Street on Thursday 10 November starting at 7pm, at which people can find out more about adoption.

Executive director of children's services, Colin Hilton, said:- "All the evidence we have is that children thrive and develop in families. It gives a tremendous sense of achievement and doing something that has a real benefit for future generations."

Anyone interested in finding out more about adoption can call the Liverpool Adoption Service on 0151 233 3700, or visit the city council's website at www.liverpool.gov.uk

ADOPTION ANALYSIS

* The city council provides a comprehensive assessment and and training package for prospective adopters along with ongoing advice and support post adoption

* Applications are welcomed from single or married people, and those in a partnership

* It doesn't matter if applicants are in work or not, have a disability

* People of all racial, religious, cultural and linguistic backgrounds can apply

St. Mary the Virgin, Waterloo Park

AUTUMN FAIR, Saturday, 12 November.

The fair opens at 11:00am, the opening ceremony being performed by Miss Charlotte Dew, (St. Mary's Rose Queen).

There will be lot's of stalls with something for all the family. Favourite stalls include Face Painting, Home-Made cake stall, bottle tombola, (sure to please dads), jewellery stall, chocolate tombola, children's toys fancy goods, bric-a-brac and a bookstall.

You might find a bargain, find a good book to read on a cold winter's night or buy some home-made goodies. there'll also be a grand raffle to win a hamper, just in time for Christmas!

Refreshments will be on sale. Admission costs for the Autumn Fair are: Adults 30p, children FREE.

Help Make Lung Cancer Awareness Day a Big Bonanza in Liverpool

BOOK lovers in Liverpool are being encouraged to share their old favourites and help raise much needed funds by taking part in the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation's Big Book Bonanza on Thursday 17 November - Lung Cancer Awareness Day. The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, which is the only charity wholly dedicated to defeating lung cancer, is organising the nationwide initiative as part of November's Lung Cancer Awareness Month and is appealing to schools, businesses and community groups in towns and cities across the country to organise their own bring and buy book sale to create one Big Book Bonanza on 17 November and help raise much needed funds for research into the cause of the disease which claims the lives of 92 people everyday.

"The Big Book Bonanza is a great way of raising money and awareness of our cause," commented Paul Gauntlett, director of development at The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. "People of all ages can get involved and the book sale can be held at any venue - at home, work or any community location. Over 38,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year in the UK alone - this initiative will go a long way in helping to defeat the disease, educate people about the symptoms and causes and continue to provide patient care and support."

To request further information about The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation's Big Book Bonanza or to request a fundraising pack for any event you may have planned during Lung Cancer Awareness Month please email Jenny Brady on bradyj@roycastle.liv.ac.uk or call on 0871 220 5405

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