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Issue Date:- 11 February 2008

It’s never too late to steal hearts and save lives this Valentines!

WITH Valentines Day fast approaching the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is urging the people of Merseyside to make February 14 a day to remember, not just for their loved ones, but for heart patients across the UK.

Getting involved in the BHF 2008 Valentine Appeal has never been easier. Whether you’re planning on spoiling that special someone this Valentine’s Day, hosting a sexywear red day in the office or fancy holding a delicious cake sale for your neighbours, there are so many ways you can make a real difference at the last minute.

The BHF Valentine Appeal is aiming to raise £20,000 to fund BHF Heart Nurses in Merseyside and the charity’s Heart Help Line to care for and support more heart patients and their families.  Whether at home, work or with a group of friends the BHF has a range of heartwarming and fun ways that you can get involved to help heart patients by giving a gift that saves lives:

Do it Your Way – If you have a burning desire to hold an event, from a coffee morning, to a car boot sale or Valentine’s dance, then visit the campaign website to find everything you need to get started at

Love is in the Air – Whether you’re mad about Pretty Woman, or swoon at the thought of Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing, the BHF romantic film themed sweepstake poster is the perfect way to get involved in the Valentine Appeal. Just ask your friends or colleagues to pay £1 to guess which famous romantic film is concealed under the scratch off panel. With 50 films to choose from everyone can get involved and the lucky winner will receive a cash prize.

Giving a gift online – Why not make your loved one smile this Valentine’s Day by sending a cheeky gift through the BHF Facebook application. All gifts cost £1 and include a virtual girlfriend or boyfriend, glass of champagne, a kiss, or a flirty message. Visit and start flirting today!

In the UK there are 2.6 million men and women living with coronary heart disease and for some it can be frightening and debilitating. Last year BHF Heart Nurses were able to help 50,000 of these heart patients and the charity’s Heart HelpLine provided support and information to 13,000 callers. But we urgently need your help to reach so many more.

Kenneth Fretwell, Fundraising & Volunteer Manager for the British Heart Foundation in Merseyside, said:- “With your support the BHF could help care for even more heart patients and their families, whether in their homes or on the telephone. So please get your colleagues, friends of students involved in the Appeal this year and help the BHF make a real difference to heart patients this Valentine’s day. It’s never too late to save a life!”

To order a sweepstake poster or fundraising events pack call Kenneth on 0151 6782646 or email.


MENSA is offering people in the Liverpool area a chance to find out their own IQ score for just £15, and to see if they can join 24,000 other members of the High IQ Society.

A supervised test session has been organised on 2 March (11.00am) at the Express by Holiday Inn, Albert Dock, for anyone interested in finding out their IQ score. Local people are invited to contact Helen Oliver on 01902 772771 or email to reserve a place.  Everyone who scores within the top 2% of the population is invited to join Mensa. More information about IQ testing can be found on the Mensa website –

Mensa currently has almost 2,200 members in the North West region. The society welcomes people from all walks of life, with the objective of enjoying each other’s company and participating in a range of social and cultural activities.  The society’s aims are to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members; and to encourage research into the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence.

Birkenhead Woodcraft Folk’s Play Out! Project

THE local outdoor co-operative play project, Play Out!, run by Birkenhead Woodcraft Folk, is having a break from playing out in our parks and estates due to their current funding from Children in Need coming to an end. Birkenhead Woodcraft Folk is part of the national voluntary children’s organisation The Woodcraft Folk. It has been running groups for children aged 0-17 in the area for many years, and activities include co-operative games, craft, singing, issue based activities, camping and hostelling. Their project Play Out! involves a team play workers traveling to many different outside locations around Birkenhead each day of the school holidays, providing co-operative and sustainable play activities for children, young people and their families.

Activities include co-operative games, recycling crafts, parachute games, and wide games which try and encourage children and young people to explore and appreciate where they live and who they live with.

As Project Co-ordinators Jennie McLaren and Viviane Fearnett explain "Play Out! has been running now for 5 years, with the last three being funded by Children in Need and small pots of local money such as The Local Network Fund and Community Initiatives Fund. These grants have enabled Play Out! to keep a sustained presence in the community, creating safe spaces through co-operative play methods for children, young people and their families to come together, meet their neighbours, make new friends and explore where they live". With the new Children’s Secretary Ed Balls calling for a serious debate on children’s opportunities to play outside, and the importance of safe spaces for outdoor play being recognised in the new Children’s Plan, projects like Play Out! find themselves at the cutting edge of local play provision. One of the unique features of Play Out! is that all ages are able to access the activities, creating an opportunity for different groups of people (e.g. young families and teenage gangs) to meet, play and break down the barriers and preconceptions that have prevented them using the same community spaces in the past. As more children are encouraged out of their homes and into their communities to play, perceptions of certain run downareas are beginning to change, as they are seen more as play areas and are starting to be treated better by the wider public.

As their 3 year funding is now coming to an end the Play Out! Project is having to take a break for a while. They are waiting to hear from several continuation and development bids they have submitted, and hope to be up and running again by the summer.

There will be 2 Play Out! days running over the Easter holidays with the help of volunteers (details below). For more information on Play Out’s situation or Easter dates please contact Jennie, Viv or Nicky on 0151 6532269.

Monday 31 March 2008
1pm -3pm
The Activity Barn at Tam O’Shanter Farm, Bidston Hill

Friday 4 April 2008
1pm – 3pm
Birkenhead Park by the new pavilion
Further Information about Birkenhead Woodcraft Folk

Birkenhead Woodcraft Folk is part of The Woodcraft Folk, a national voluntary educational organisation for children and young people, based on equality, friendship, peace and social justice through active co-operation. They have been running voluntary groups for children and young people in the area for many years, for ages 0-18. We run activities based on our aims including games, drama, singing, craft, problem solving, discussions and issue based work including local, national and global campaigns.

We also go camping and hostelling each year, locally and nationally with other groups from across the country, and have taken part in international exchanges with children and young people from Western Sahara, Italy and Austria. In 2003 we launched our Play Out! Project, which is a free, open-access, outdoor play scheme for all children, on the estates and green spaces around Birkenhead in the school holidays. Activities emphasise co-operative and sustainable play, which try and encourage children to explore and appreciate where they live and who they live with.

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