Wirral schoolchildren help turn cards into trees!
youngsters from West Kirby Grammar School, are making it a green New
Year by recycling their Christmas Cards to help out leading woodland
conservation charity, the Woodland Trust.
The pupils are dropping off cards in the classroom, which are then
taken to branches of WHSmith, Tesco, TK Maxx or M&S where they’re
turned back into card products. The process raises “recycling
credits” as a reward from councils for less waste going to landfill,
and last year paid for the Woodland Trust to plant 17,000 trees.
This week, keen recyclers from West Kirby Grammar School, are doing
their bit for the scheme, by dropping off cards into a special
recycling bin in the school.
Last year, 73.6 million cards were collected and people in
Merseyside alone handed in 1,530,000 cards which raised enough money
to plant 362 trees (Liverpool collected 748,000, Sefton collected
223,000, Knowsley collected 82,000, St Helens collected 387,000,
Wirral collected 90,000).
It’s all part of the Woodland Trust’s campaign to make the UK a
greener place – currently only 12% of the country is wooded,
compared to 44% in Europe.
Sue Holden, chief executive of the Woodland Trust said:- “I’d
like to say a great big thank you to the staff and pupils at West
Kirby Grammar School for supporting our Christmas Card Recycling
Scheme. Woodlands are wonderful places for exploring, keeping fit
and learning about nature – however old you are! Plus, they play a
vital part in keeping our planet healthy for future generations. By
recycling cards this January at WHSmith, Tesco, TK Maxx or M&S,
we’ll be able to plant thousands more trees which these youngsters
can then one day take their grandchildren to see!”
JESSY DIXON GOSPEL CONCERT CANCELLED AS ‘KING OF GOSPEL MUSIC’ TAKEN
the man who the International Herald Tribune newspaper dubbed ‘The
King of Gospel Music’ as a result of his prolific performances
across Scandinavia and Europe as well as America and many other
parts of the World, who was due to fly in from Chicago, Illinois
this Friday, 16 January 2009 to do a concert at Banks Methodist Chapel
(nr Southport) on Saturday 17 January 2009 at 7.30pm. has had to
cancel the event, as his doctors are unable to give him permission
Just over a week ago, Jessy was suddenly taken ill, with pain in one
of his legs. He was admitted to hospital, and it was discovered that
he was suffering from a thrombosis. In view of this, the doctors
attending him forbade him to fly for at least two weeks.
Richard Jagger, the concert organiser, said:- “We are all so
disappointed with this news, but our main thoughts at this time are
for Jessy, and his speedy recovery, so that he can continue the
great work he carries out all over the world. I am sure Jessy will
be completely frustrated, as he loves nothing better than flying
around the world, singing the Gospel Music that he has dedicated his
life to. We are all praying for Jessy’s return to full health as
soon as possible, and will arrange another date for this concert as
quickly as we can. We would like to apologise to everyone for any
inconvenience caused, but clearly this postponement is unavoidable.
There was to be no charge for admission to the concert, but a
collection was going to be taken for the work of the ‘Epiphany
Trust’, a North-West based Charity working with disabled and
disadvantaged children in various parts of the world affected by
disasters and human atrocities. They are currently doing work in
Romania, Sri Lanka, D.R. Congo, India, Pakistan & Burma. Jessy Dixon
is a patron of the Epiphany Trust.”
Jessy appeared with Mica Paris in a BBC ‘Songs of Praise’ special,
‘The Story of Gospel’ on Sunday 28 December 2008.