THIEVES REPEATEDLY TARGET ANIMAL CHARITY
DOGS Trust Rehoming Centre in Huyton
was burgled for the fourth
time in one year. Staff entered the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre
in Huyton this morning to begin their work, only to find the Centre
had been the target of yet another break in. IT equipment and
essential veterinary medication for the dogs had been stolen from
the centre during the night.
The centre, which cares for and re-homes hundreds of stray and
abandoned dogs every year, has been repeatedly targeted by thieves
in the area, costing the charity both money, time and resources
which are vitally needed to care for the dogs. The charity receives
no Government finding and relies completely on generous donations
from the public.
Dogs Trust Merseyside Rehoming Centre Manager, Georgina Lowry,
comments:- “I can’t believe this has happened again. We all
very demoralised that thieves would continue to target Dogs Trust
like this. Our primary concern is for the welfare of the dogs and we
are happy to report they have not been hurt; but the continued
break-ins are costly and very worrying. What kind of person steals
from a charity?”
Hard drives, printers, veterinary medication and an entire computer
system which had just been purchased were stolen during the
break-in. Local police are currently investigating the crime, but
are urging anyone who thinks they might have any information that
could help bring the perpetrators to justice to call Crimestoppers
on 0800 555 111 or the Crime Management Unit at Huyton Police
Station on 0151 777 6286.
Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for
over 13,500 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network
of 16 Rehoming Centres across the UK.
For further information on the
charity’s work, to adopt a dog or make a donation, please visit the
website or call 0207 837 0006.
ABSOLUTELY ANIMAL EXHIBITION
Hilton Hotel, St Helens
OVER 20 artists many of whom are
international and nationally recognised are due to stage a unique
exhibition at one of St Helen’s most stylish hotels. The Absolutely
Animal exhibition will feature original paintings and prints by
artists from the North West to coincide with the Grand National
Meeting at Aintree in April. The Hilton St Helens is hosting this
prestigious exhibition within their striking glass atrium and will
welcome visitors who wish to sample their delicious contemporary
food whilst enjoying the art on view. The hotel has a lively and
informal atmosphere and the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing drink
in the Britisserie Bar or a meal in the Britisserie Restaurant.
Visitors are welcome to the exhibition
which is open from 8am to 10pm, the artists exhibiting include
acclaimed painters such as Elisabeth Scrivener, Peter Worswick,
Alison Ashton and Michael Miller as well as American contemporary
artist Kate Eggleston-Wirtz and illustrators and cartoonists Diane
Breeze and Nicola Moore (Nik) who design for publications such as
Horse and Hound and the British Horse Society.
With a basic equestrian, animal and
wildlife theme, paintings will include oils, watercolours and mixed
media and is one of a series of Absolutely Animal events to be
staged in the area for 2006. The exhibition runs from the 1 April 06
to 29 April 06. For further information please log on to
Young budding chefs cook up a healthy alternative
THE Family Support Group
Parenting 2000 decided to put home cooking sessions on the local
menu when it realised many parents in the borough relied on
convenience food and microwave meals, and were unable to prepare
Using £400 from the Community Foundation for Merseyside's Community
Fund for Healthy Eating, the group cooked up 'Making Mayhem',
an after school club to encourage parents and children to prepare
and eat healthier meals.
Armed with utensils and food, funded by the grant, the families have
been busy experimenting with pasta dishes, homemade pizzas and
healthy biscuit recipes. As well as choosing and preparing the
meals, club members are also enjoying sampling the results and
compiling a recipe book to use in their own kitchens.
Anne-Marie Morrison of Parenting 2000, which has bases in Southport,
Litherland and Orrell, is delighted with the impact the sessions
She explains:- "We found that many parents throughout the
Sefton area lacked the knowledge to prepare simple healthy meals and
relied on convenience food. Making Mayhem has given them food for
thought and parents are now going home and experimenting with food
and different, more healthy dishes."
Joan Ford, Community Foundation Grants Officer, adds:- "The
Making Mayhem sessions are an excellent way for children to learn
more about and enjoy healthy food.
Parents are also benefiting by becoming more adventurous in their
cooking and not relying on processed meals. This is a great example
of the kind of proactive projects that the Community Foundation is
keen to support."
Grants of between £50 and £400 are available from the Healthy Eating
Fund to voluntary and community groups in Sefton developing projects
that relate to food and nutrition. The fund, supported by South
Sefton and Southport and Formby Primary Care Trusts, Alliance &
Leicester and Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, is targeted at groups that
wish to set up or continue to provide ways of healthy eating.
For further information please visit