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Issue Date:- 12 May 2008


LADIES on Merseyside are being urged to join forces and take part in this year’s Jospice Midnight Walk sponsored by Medicash which takes place on Friday 6th June. The 10K event will start and finish at ASDA Aintree.

In aid of St Joseph’s Hospice, the annual walk was first held in 2006 and has since raised over £110,000 for the charity. Based in Thornton, the hospice was established in 1974 and has cared for over 5000 people and their families.

Last year’s walk attracted 950 people. Jospice’s director of fundraising Pat Murphy said:- “This year we are aiming to beat last year’s total and raise over £60,000 with the help of over 1,000 walkers. A bit of good weather would also be welcome! There is always a lively atmosphere at the event and we hope to see many of last year’s supporters as well as lots of new faces along the way.”

The Liverpool based healthcare cash plan provider Medicash has sponsored the event since it was launched three years ago. Medicash’s interim chief executive Sue Weir said:- “Medicash has a long history of charitable giving and has been caring for people on Merseyside for 137 years. We are delighted to be sponsoring Jospice’s Midnight Walk again. The care St Joseph’s Hospice provides for patients and the support to families is invaluable and the walk will ensure essential funds are raised to continue with this specialist care. It is a fun occasion and a healthy way to raise money for such a good cause.”

Other sponsors include Merseytravel, Liverpool Airport’s Skypark and Total Fitness. Staff from Total Fitness will be on hand on the night to motivate and warm up walkers before they set off.

Well known supporters of Jospice include Cherie Booth QC, who is vice president of the charity, Liverpool actress Pauline Daniels and actor and broadcaster Dean Sullivan.

To take part in the Jospice Ladies’ Midnight Walk, download a registration form from or call 0151 932 6025 for more information. Registration is £7, you will be sent a t-shirt and sponsorship form before the event. On the night all participants will receive a goody bag including bottled water, fruit, chocolate and a glo band.

Pic shows: (L-R) Vicki Williams & Toni Jones (Medicash), Pat Murphy (director of fundraising, Jospice) and Sue Weir (chief executive, Medicash)

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Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies views about Cannabis

ON 7 May 2008 speaking after the announcement that cannabis is to be reclassified as a Class B drug, Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies said:- "The Advisory Council are to be congratulated for resisting political pressure and basing their recommendation on theobjective evidence. Gordon Brown has ignored the advice of these experts and instead appealed to irrational tabloid sentiments.

My fear is that a Prime Minister desperate to find someone who will vote for him now wants to win a cheap headline by returning to the bad old days when a hundred thousand young people each year were arrested, fined and all too often imprisoned for cannabis possession.

It is ridiculous to cause so much distress to individuals who have done nothing that could cause harm to anyone other than themselves.

The use of cannabis has fallen since it was downgraded to a Class C category. Will Ministers take responsibility if this stupid and irrational decision leaks to an increase in its use?"

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