Prince William at Alder Hey
Photographs by - Ian Fairbrother
PRINCE William visited Alder Hey Childrens Hospital on 24 February 2010 to unveil a new £3m “intra-operative” MRI scanner. The scanner was paid for after a £3m donation was given to the hospital’s Imagine Appeal by the Barclay Foundation. The Prince chatted with staff about the equipment. On his visit first ever official visit to Liverpool he told an Alder Hey patient, Sion Meredith, that he was a “very brave boy”. The Prince found out that Sion had been operated on in December 2009 using the scanner after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. He also commented to the 7 year old Sion that he too had felt it was a “scary” experience after having an MRI scan himself at the age of 8. The scanner is the first of its kind in Europe and is used during surgery, as medics perform life-saving brain operations within the operating theater. Outside hundreds of well-wishers waited outside.
Liverpool Tourism bosses billed £750,000
THE new X-shaped museum has lead to bill of £750,000 to hit the Museum of Liverpool that is due to open in the spring of 2011. This bill id down to the fact the new building partially blocks the view from an iconic waterfront building and 1963 covenant that states those who break the height restrictions must pay compensation to the affected parties. This rile ment that the museum had no option but to pay so the project could go ahead. National Museum Liverpool told the press that:- "We would have rather spent this money on the museum, but it amounts to around 1% of the total cost of the entire project, put it in context. we were made aware of a land covenant before 2005 and the issues restricting the height of any development. It is not unusual for there to be ancient agreements in place on land in prominent locations like this. Due to the scale of the building and how important museum will be for the area, it was necessary to remove that restriction, so we had to pay." Email your views on this to ournewsroom.
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