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Date:- 17 December 2007

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 Young People Party for Red Cross and raise £1500!!!

TWO groups of young people from across Liverpool have organised fundraising evening party events, to raise money for British Red Cross. The first party event took place on Friday 16 November 2007 at Pilgrim Bar in Liverpool. Leon Gomez and friends organised a fantastic event at the venue and raised nearly £700 through entry fees, sponsored chest wax for brave Greig Campbell (ouch!!) and raffles. The money raised will go to help people in Mexico, after the devastating recent floods that affected Tabasco and other areas in Mexico. The funds will be used to provide these families with food as well as relief items (hygiene articles, kitchen utensils, mosquito nets and jerry cans) over the next four months, as well as to replenish vital emergency stocks of the Mexican Red Cross to help with shelters and relief supplies.

The second party event took place at Fairfield Police Club on Thursday 6 December 2007 and was organised by a group of sixth form students from Bluecoat School in Wavertree. The evening was organised by Kahra Larty, Becky Leddy, Nathalie Connell, Kaya Melia, Siobhan Christian and Patrick Taft as part of their enrichment project to help the local community. They sold tickets and everyone DRESSED IN RED for Red Cross. A whopping £815 was raised, a fantastic achievement!

Alexis Fairclough, Senior Fundraiser for British Red Cross said:- "Thanks again to Leon, Greig and Adam for agreeing to organise another party night in January to raise funds for the Bangladesh Cyclone Appeal.

I am so proud of both groups. They have worked really hard for the past two months. It takes a lot of organising and determination to put on events such as these, and these two groups of young people and their supporters have pulled out all the stops to ensure their Red Cross party nights were a success and to make a difference to someone, across the World and around the corner. I was very impressed by the amount of work and effort put in by the students from Bluecoat School, and having attended on the evening, want to say a thank you to the teaching staff that came along to support their event. With disasters striking more frequently these days, Red Cross needs your support so we can be there to help someone in crisis. If you can help, or if you have been inspired to raise much needed funds, please call me on 0151 702 5061.”

Southport's Festive Season Is Well Under Way

SOUTHPORT'S Christmas Continental Market was a huge success yet again.

The market, selling everything from cheese and pancakes to roasted nuts and handbags, spiralled out along Lord Street, over the 14 December 2007 to 16 December 2007.

The fair, which opened on 13 December 2007, outside the Town Hall, will be open to the 7 January 2008, but please note that it will be closed on Christmas Day...

Did you go, if yes please email our news room with your comments about the market and the fair....

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