Merseyside are being asked to check the authenticity of
'charity' collections after Trading Standards officers in
Sefton area have been contacted by a number of concerned residents.
The residents all received leaflets through their letter boxes
asking for clothing and other items. If these are scams, then they
are likely to be used through out the region. Generally the leaflets
say they are collecting for charity and the needy, when in fact some
of them are registered charities and are from bogus collectors.
Trading Standards officers don't want residents to stop giving to
legitimate charities and those in need, but are asking them to
follow some simple steps.
Sefton Trading Standards manager, Andrew Naisbitt, said:-
"Donating your clothing and other goods to genuine charities helps
to raise vital funds. Please make sure that your donation goes to a
legitimate charity or organisation collecting on their behalf.
Take care when making your donation and make sure that your help
goes to those who really need it - and that charities don't lose
Unfortunately, some anonymous 'bogus collectors may try to exploit
your generosity for their own gain - some of these have been
operating in the Sefton area.
They may also steal donations left for collection for genuine
charities and it estimated these bogus collections cost charities at
least £2 million a year.
But don't be taken in. Always read the small print and know exactly
where your donation is going. Try to check the contact details,as
they might be false.
Remember, if there is no legitimate telephone number, the people who
put the leaflet through your door don't want to call - for a
If you have any doubts about the leaflets asking for donations,
check them out.
* Ring the Charity Commission helpline (0845 300 0218) or visit
their online register of charities at
to see whether the name or number given belongs to a legitimate
* Call Consumer Direct for further advice (08454 04 05 06) or visit
the 'Watch out!' section of their website on
DONATIONS FROM HOSPITAL SHOP
years, most of the wards and departments at Ormskirk Hospital have
benefited from generous donations from the Hospital Shop. For nearly
20 years Audrey Stuart has run the shop together with her husband
Ron and a band of very willing helpers.
During the last 12 months, the staff in the Theatre Suite have had
good reason to be grateful to Audrey, Ron and colleagues for every
time they have a few minutes to spare for a cup of tea or a little
something to eat in their rest room, they benefit from the
refurbished easy chairs provided by a £1,500 donation.
However, of late they have had even more reason to be grateful as a
£40,000 donation has provided much needed additional equipment. This
has included, three sets of arthroscopic instruments, a diathermy
machine and specialist equipment for upper limb surgery and for ear,
nose and throat surgery.
Penny Hipwell, Theatre Manager couldn't thank Audrey and Ron enough
when they paid a visit to the Theatre Suite to see the newly
refurbished chairs and the medical equipment.
"We need the additional equipment as there are seven theatres in
the Suite which are regularly used six days a week."
In addition to the magnificent sum of money donated to Theatres,
proceeds from the Shop has provided £500 to l5 wards and departments
throughout the hospital during the last 12 months, including £1,500
to Tiddlywinks Nursery for play equipment.
The Hospital Shop is open 7 days a week for some 11 hours a day and
some 60 volunteers are involved in covering this span of hours -
quite a staffing achievement.
Southport FC Juniors go into 2008 in style
Juniors Under 11’s will be starting 2008 in style thanks to new kit
sponsored by UKHairdressers.Com. This is a snap shot of the team
before a recent home match, with their coaches Besides Andy
Cunningham and Steve Baldwin and Peter Davenport (SFC First team
manager), together with Joan Stapely (Managing Director) and some of
her team from UKHairdressers.Com.
The Bishop Of Liverpool's
statement over the death of Rev Canon Chris Woods
THE Bishop of
Liverpool, the Diocese of Liverpool and the people of St Helens are
greatly saddened by the death of Rev Canon Chris Woods. He died
suddenly in the early hours of Monday 10 December 2007.
Chris was priest in charge of St Helens Parish Church since 2005 and
Area Dean of St Helens for six years up until 2006. He was known for
his outstanding care and concern for the people of his parish and
was a hugely popular figure in the town.
He was previously Vicar, then Team Vicar of Holy Trinity, Parr
between 1979 and 2007. He was an Honorary Canon of Liverpool
The Bishop of Liverpool the Rt Rev James Jones commented:- “We
are all profoundly shocked by Chris’ death. He was an outstanding
Vicar who, with Kathy, served the Parish, Deanery and Diocese with
great energy and dedication. His love of God was infectious and his
commitment to people exemplary. We are all in mourning but thank God
for the privilege of knowing him and working with him in God’s
We pray for Kathy and his family that they might know the promise of
Jesus who said ‘Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be
at St Joseph's Church, in Tranmere
Police are appealing for any information about a burglary, which
took place at St Joseph's Church in Tranmere.
During the incident, which took place on Thursday 29 November 2007,
between 10am and 5:30pm, offenders gained entry to the church and
stole a valuable 5 foot tall brass candlestick.
Neighbourhood Inspector Brian Griffiths said:- "This is an
appalling crime, where offenders entered a place of worship and
helped themselves to a valuable item.
As it is near Christmas, this item of stolen property is more likely
to be seen and offered for sale.
We are appealing to anyone who has any information about this
incident or the whereabouts of the candlestick, which is very
distinguishable, to please make contact with Merseyside Police via
0151 709 6010 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111."
Sadness of the death of Diocese of Liverpool Bishop Jim
Bishop of Liverpool and the Diocese of Liverpool are greatly
saddened this week by the death of much loved Bishop Jim Roxburgh.
Bishop Jim died on Monday 10 December 2007 after a long illness.
Bishop Jim had been an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Liverpool
since 1991 and was an outstanding servant of the church and
community. He was very actively involved in church life. He was a
great ‘people person’ and many knew him well from the
many services of Confirmation he would take in various churches
around the Liverpool diocese each year. All would speak of his
vivacity and charm.
Before returning to the Diocese of Liverpool Bishop Jim ministered
in a number of parishes throughout the country, including Bootle St
Matthew and was Area Bishop of Barking from 1984-1990. On retirement
he moved north to live in Southport, where he soon became well known
for his love of people.
The Bishop of Liverpool Rt Rev James Jones commented:-
“We thank God for Bishop Jim and his continuing
ministry right up to the end of his life. Countless people have been
blessed through his work since his ordination 63 years ago.
returned to the Diocese in his retirement and proved that there is
no such thing as retirement from the Kingdom of God. We hold Audrey
and his whole family in our prayers."