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Edition No. 228

Date:- 28 November 2005

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TIME to dig those old coins out from the back of the sofa! Leading UK bank Barclays are turning old and foreign coins into a real money-spinner for
children's charity ChildLine, as part of this year's Blue Peter Appeal.

Branches of Barclays across England and Wales are stepping up their operations and bracing themselves for an influx of unwanted coins, after the flagship BBC children's programme launched its Treasure Trail appeal yesterday, in aid of ChildLine. Young viewers will be collecting foreign, old or unwanted currency, as well as unwanted mobile phones, which will all be turned into vital funds to help the UK's free, 24-hour helpline answer more calls from children and young people.

Lynne Fearn, corporate partnerships manager for ChildLine, says:- 'Barclays has worked very hard with us and the BBC to get this appeal right. We're confident that, with their support, Blue Peter viewers will be able to raise an amazing amount of money and help ChildLine answer many more children's calls for help.'

Rachael Barber, Barclays Head of Community Affairs, says:- "We are delighted to support ChildLine and the BBC with this appeal. Staff in over 2,000 branches across England and Wales are looking forward to welcoming and
encouraging donors to contribute to such a worthwhile cause."

Coins can be dropped off at branches of Barclays banks in England and Wales.  In Northern Ireland they can be dropped off at branches of Bank of Ireland, and in Scotland, at Halifax Bank of Scotland branches. For more information
and to take part in the Blue Peter Treasure Trail Appeal visit


COMPASS Costs Consultants Ltd a local legal costs firm based in Liverpool are holding a charity dinner at Anfield stadium in the Trophy Room where guest speaker Ian St John (ex Liverpool F.C player) will be joining them alongside comedian Ricky Grover (11’0 Clock Show, Red Dwarf). The evening is being held on November 25, 2005 and they are hoping to have 200 guests attend who will enjoy a three course meal prepared by Heathcotes

The night is in order to raise money for 21st Century Kids, a charity of 105.4 Centuryfm. A charity auction will take place with fantastic items including a signed Kevin Keegan shirt and a pair of signed Eric Cantona football boots

Each guest will get the chance to have their photograph taken with the European cup which Liverpool F.C so gracefully took home to Anfield earlier this year. Tours of Anfield stadium are also available to guests throughout the night and a raffle with prizes donated by clients and sponsors will be held to raise even more money for the charity.

The event has been held at Anfield for the past two years and this year they are hoping that it will be as successful as the last. They are hoping to raise around £10,000 for the charity and all ticket sales and auction money will be donated by Compass Costs Consultants Ltd.

Phil Hodgkinson, Managing Director of Compass Costs Consultants Ltd is excited about the evening and organises this event every year with success each time. He has chosen 21st Century Kids as the charity this year and has said that:- “This is a fantastic and fun evening geared towards a mixed audience , it gives my firm and everybody in attendance the chance to get together and raise money for a good cause, helping local underprivileged children whose need is greater than ours.”

With so much going on at the event it will hopefully raise more money than expected and will be a huge success.

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