Reach new heights with a charity
abseil in aid of the NSPCC
DO you fancy an abseil from the iconic
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral? Then sign up today. The NSPCC is
daring adrenaline junkies in Merseyside to take on a sponsored
abseil on Saturday 17 September to help raise funds for the
Feel the thrill and exhilaration of a 150ft freefall abseil over the
main entrance of the Liverpool Cathedral .The beautiful Liverpool
landmark is the largest Cathedral in the UK and the 5th largest in
the world. Just imagine the views from the very top!
If you’re up for the challenge and not afraid of heights then join
us from 3pm – 4pm. Why not challenge yourself, your friends, family
and work colleagues to have a go? Participants must be 18 or over
and will abseil down the cathedral in pairs. Registration is £35 per
person and participants are asked to raise minimum sponsorship of
£155 for the NSPCC.
NSPCC fundraising manager, Helen Gazzola, said:- "We are
encouraging as many people as possible to take part in this exciting
abseil and do their bit to help.
By raising sponsorship, your abseil will help the NSPCC in
Merseyside carry on its vital work with children and young people.
This includes supporting children and families through local
services as well as providing vital funding to develop our national helplines – ChildLine
for young people and the NSPCC Helpline for concerned adults, so
that we can be there whenever and wherever children need us."
Places are still available for this truly unique opportunity to do
something exciting and out of the ordinary whilst raising money for
a good cause. To register or to find out more information, please
contact Helen Gazzola, NSPCC fundraising manager for Liverpool on:-
07971 291 323 or you can send an
Money raised from sponsorship will support the NSPCC's Safe Place
Appeal which funds the Hargreaves Centre in the heart of the city.
The Hargreaves Centre houses different teams to help and support to
the most vulnerable children in the community, including a domestic
violence team, a families and substance support team and ChildLine,
the UK's free, confidential 24 hour helpline and online services for
For more information about supporting the NSPCC locally please
contact Helen Gazzola on:- 0151 637 3275.
Photography Competition Announced
THE Friends of Mere Sands
Wood are organising their second annual photographic competition to
take place in October. The Friends is an association dedicated to
the support of the work and development of the Lancashire Wildlife
Trust’s Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve in Rufford.
In recent years, the group has funded training courses for volunteer
workers, equipment for use on the reserve, signage and display
boards, cameras and TV equipment, a weather station and supported
the work of species recording and data collecting groups.
The Friends also run an annual programme of events both indoors and
outdoors on the reserve and in other locations. These events are
open to the public and have provided entertainment, education and
enjoyment for all.
Mere Sands Wood is a very popular location for photographers,
providing the opportunity to take close-up pictures of wildlife in
the woods and on the water. Visitors have captured stunning shots of
kingfishers diving, great crested grebes’ courting rituals, foxes
patrolling the paths and dragonflies skimming the lakes.
Sponsorship has been raised from the following local firms and
► Jason Smalley
► Red Barn Products
► C.W. Berry
► Whitehead and Aldrich
► Rufford Veterinary Group
► Rufford Arms Hotel
► Don Fraser Coaches.
► J. Holland and Son
► Homestead Farm Shop
The competition will have three categories: Wildlife photos taken
anywhere in the UK, Wildlife photos taken at Mere Sands Wood and
Junior: 14 and under. Further details and entry forms can be
Mere Sands Wood Reserve, Holmeswood Rd. Rufford. 01704 821809.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust, The Barn, Berkeley Drive, Bamber Bridge.
01772 324129, or go to the LWT
benefit from virtual consultation
STROKE patients are
benefitting from round-the-clock stroke treatment thanks to
innovative use of teleconferencing technology by hospital doctors.
15 stroke consultants from 6 hospitals, including Southport and
Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, are providing out-of-hours clinical
advice online from their homes to 8 hospital sites across Lancashire
The stroke consultant will be linked to a "telecart" positioned at
the patient’s bedside in the Accident and Emergency Department or,
in some cases, the stroke unit. The consultant will conduct a
virtual consultation, seeing and speaking to the patient and
recommending an appropriate treatment.
The Telestroke service is set to transform and improve the diagnosis
and treatment of all stroke patients by providing round-the-clock
thrombolysis treatment (the use of drugs to break up or dissolve
blood clots). In addition to huge patient benefits, the service is
also expected to save the NHS more than £8 million a year.
Dr John Horsley and Dr Patrick McDonald have been closely involved
in the development of the new Telestroke service at Southport and
Formby District General Hospital.
Dr McDonald said:- "Stroke
specialist nurse Lucy Bowers and the rest of the nursing,
rehabilitation and radiology teams have done a fantastic job to make
this new service happen.
If a patient arrives in hospital with a stroke, outside the normal
working day, a Telestroke consultation will then be commenced. The
telecart contains a screen so the patient can see the consultant and
a camera for the consultant to view the patient and will be placed
in front of the patient’s bed. The consultant will then be able to
ask the patient questions and perform an examination with the help
of the local team to decide whether the new symptoms have been due
to a stroke and whether thrombolysis treatment is appropriate.
Thrombolysis treatment can only be given to patients within
four-and-a-half hours of the onset of their stroke so time is core
to this treatment and Telestroke will help improve the speed of
The Telestroke service utilises groundbreaking telecommunications
which will maximise the number of patients given effective stroke
treatment and drastically reduce the number of stroke-related
disabilities and deaths in Cumbria and Lancashire.
Kathy Blacker, Director of the Cumbria and Lancashire Cardiac and
Stroke Network, said:- "The Telestroke system has been 2 years
in the planning, as a team effort between all members of the
network. By combining our resources and taking advantage of new
technologies, we can now ensure that every suitable stroke patient
gets this fantastic treatment, wherever they are in the region and
whatever time of day their stroke hits."
Sara Creeney & Alex Danson
A fantastic evening with a local duo of young
local singer songwriters who's work shows maturity beyond their
years, This fantastic duo are poised to take the music industry by
storm and represent one of the most promising rising acts in the
music world. Singing many all time classics and some you may not
have heard before this is your chance to enjoy the amazing acoustic
sound and brilliant vocals of one of Britain’s most exciting young
talents. If you want a sneak preview then visiting Sara's
website. Tickets:- £7.50 Including Supper or
£5.00 with Longton VM Loyalty Card (Membership Card). To order
call:- 01772 616974.
Southport Access For Everyone
THE next meeting of the ‘Southport Access For
Everyone’ forum will be held at Victoria Methodist Church, Sussex
Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6DG, on Monday, 26 September 2011, at 7.00 pm.
The speaker will be John Driffill who runs the Southport
Shopmobility Service in Scarisbrick Avenue and will tell us more
about the newly opened Southport Community Service Station and what
services they have to offer disabled people.
This is a free public meeting. The premises are fully accessible for
wheelchair users, with adequate car parking facilities, and light
refreshments will be served. All enquiries should be sent to Val Carr,
on:- 01704 567046
Please note our change of venue and that our meeting days will now
be on Mondays. Date will be specified prior to each meeting.