RNLI charity fun
run is hailed a success on Merseyside
FUNDRAISERS from the Royal
National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have sent out a heartfelt
thanks to runners who took part in the charity’s Summer Series fun
runs on Crosby beach on Saturday, 6 August 2011.
More than 100 runners of all ages and abilities braved the
unseasonable summer weather to assemble at the start line and take
part in an aerobic warm-up session led by RNLI lifeguards who patrol
the Sefton coastline during the summer months.
Tabea Heckrodt, RNLI Events Coordinator, said the money raised in
sponsorship by all of the runners participating in the 10km and 5km
runs will go directly towards training and equipping the charity’s
Tabea said:- "This is the second time the RNLI’s Summer Series
has been held on Crosby beach and once again we were delighted with
the amount of runners who took part. The lifeguards wages are funded by Sefton Council
while the RNLI is committed to paying for all equipment and training
costs for the lifeguard service, which nationally cost the charity
£8M last year.
It is reassuring to have the support of so many people locally while
we work together to ensure the Sefton coastline is a safe and fun
environment for families to visit."
WARNING - LETTER SCAM
RESIDENTS in the borough
are being warned of a recent unsolicited mail scam that aims to get
people to part with cash by saying they are entitled to a claim of
millions of dollars.
The mail has a London postmark and
comes from Hor K Wai from a bank in Hong Kong. It tells the
recipient they are entitled to a share of $6.8m following the death
of a man who shares the same surname as the recipient.
The letter is alleged to be from a banker wanting to transact the
money to the UK and share it with the recipient. But this is just a
scam to start the process of exchanging confidential details like
bank account numbers.
Sefton Trading Standards was alerted to the scam after being
contacted by a man from Crosby who recently received the letter
which was intended for his deceased mother. They are now warning
other residents in the borough to be on their guard and discard any
such letters if they received them.
Sefton Trading Standards manager, Andrew Naisbitt, said:- "A
scam is a scheme designed to con you out of your cash and this is
exactly what this letter intends to do. After making contact through
a letter, scammers will try and prise more information out of people
like bank account details. These will then be used for illegal
purposes so instead of receiving money, residents caught out in this
scam will end up losing cash. We are warning all residents across
the borough to be on their guard against such a scam and ignore and
shred the letters if they drop through the letter box. Please don't
be a scam victim."
For advice and help on all consumer enquiries contact Consumer
Direct on:- 08454 04 05 06 or visit
actionfraud.org.uk, a website which lets
residents report scams and gives information on how not to be a scam
Advice to take against unsolicited mail:-
Call Consumer Direct on:- 08454 04 05 06 for advice if you are
unsure whether a letter is genuine or not
Talk to neighbours, friends and
relatives and check out whether similar letters have been sent to
► Never give out personal
financial information or be pressed into sending money-take your
time to check the company and consider the offer at length.
Blues & Reds
unite to call for calm
LIVERPOOL and Everton
football clubs have issued an appeal for calm in the city and an
immediate end to the disorder which has taken place during the last
Reds manager Kenny Dalglish said:- "The city has made
incredible progress over the past few years and no-one wants to see
our restored reputation damaged by what we have witnessed over the
last couple of days. For everyone’s sake let's stop this now and
pull together for the benefit of the whole community."
Everton Manager David Moyes said:- "There can be no
justification for the shocking display of behaviour that has been
witnessed throughout the city of Liverpool and the rest of the
country over the past few days. The mindless actions by small groups
of individuals cannot be condoned and along with the rest of the
Merseyside community, everyone at Everton Football Club gives its
full support to the police and local authorities in bringing an end
to the troubles. As a result of recent events, football has already
suffered and we need to ensure that this stops immediately so
thousands of people up and down the country can enjoy one of the
most anticipated weekends of the year – the start of the Premier
They were joined by international stars from both clubs.
Everton captain Phil Neville said:- "I, like the vast majority
people, have watched the events in London, Manchester, Liverpool and
across the country with a combination of disbelief and disgust over
the last five days. But it’s been heart-warming to see the
response from the vast majority of upstanding, law-abiding citizens
to the riots. In Liverpool and Manchester we have seen organised
groups gathering to clean up and protect their communities.
I have so much respect for the police in the work they have done in
such difficult circumstances, particularly in the 2 cities closest
to my heart - Liverpool and Manchester. They are great cities with
so much to be proud of. The last few nights have been shocking. The
actions of a minority of mindless criminals is appalling but, as
ever, our communities have responded in a great way and I'm proud of
the way the north-west has dealt with what has happened."
Steven Gerrard, Liverpool’s club captain commented:- "This is
a city which has always stuck together in difficult times and
supported each other. If there are people thinking of going out and
causing problems, then please think again. The community doesn’t
want you behaving like this. We're proud of how Liverpool has been
transformed and we shouldn’t let the actions of a few have such an
impact on the rest of the people who live here and care about the
Jamie Carragher added:- "It's up to all of us to do what we
can to help stop this type of criminal behaviour and get these
people off the streets. Everyone has worked so hard to turn the city
around and we don't want this to overshadow what has been achieved.
Please think of those being affected by these disturbances and put
an end to this now."
And Everton’s Leighton Baines said:- "As a proud Scouser it
has been incredibly sad to see repeats of the London riots in areas
of Liverpool. These acts of mindless violence and vandalism paint
our great city in a very dark light and certainly don’t reflect what
an amazing place Liverpool is. I have a lot of respect for the work
the police have been doing to keep communities safe and I sincerely
hope we have seen the last of the trouble because the people of
Liverpool deserve better."
Glen Johnson added:- "We watched the worrying scenes from
London and hoped it would not spread anywhere else. As the situation
appears to be calming in London, the minority of people who have let
down our community in Liverpool must understand that this behaviour
Phil Jagielka commented:- "Everyone at Everton and inside the
England camp has been absolutely appalled by the riots and the
subsequent events that have unfolded in Liverpool and various parts
of the country over the last few days. Watching the footage on the
news has been nothing short of unbelievable and those who have been
misguided enough to get involved have shown a complete lack of
respect for themselves and their own communities. The players at
Everton do a lot of work in the local community through Everton in
the Community and have seen first-hand how hard the people of
Merseyside have been working to try and make a positive difference.
The events of this week simply do not help."
Councillor Joe Anderson, City Council Leader, said:- "It is
very encouraging that both football clubs are taking this approach
and I hope that the minority of young people in the city which have
been involved in disorder listen to what their heroes are saying and
calm can be resorted as son as possible."