Campaigns For Essential Support
NEW research findings by
the Meningitis Trust highlights the long-term effects of meningitis.
The charity is calling for assessments and educational support to
become routine for every child who survives the disease. With 10927
people living with the drastic effects of meningitis in Merseyside
right now and 197 new cases each year it is essential for the
disease to be at the forefront of minds. The Meningitis
Trust’s ‘Meningitis Changes Futures’ Campaign is
backed by new research which shows the often invisible, but
devastating impact of meningococcal disease (a form of meningitis)
on children. The campaign is being launched at a time when the
numbers getting meningitis are set to rise because of the
traditional winter peak in the disease. 1 in 4 people who
survive meningitis will suffer some form of long-term after-effect.
While some suffer obvious after-effects, such as loss of limbs and
blindness, others; who appear to have made a full recovery, are left
with psychological and neurological problems that often go
unrecognised. Children can be left struggling at school, deprived of
the educational support they need to reach their potential.
According to new research, children who survive meningococcal
disease (a type of meningitis) are:-
► 5 times more likely to have speech,
communication and hearing problems
► 4 times more likely to have mental
► 6 times more likely to have epilepsy
► Are significantly more likely to have
memory and IQ problems
Sue Davie, Chief Executive of the Meningitis Trust, said:-
"Parents who have had to watch their child fight for their life when
meningitis has struck now have to fight for their child to get the
best chance in life. Recognition of the needs of these children
should be a right, not a lottery."
As part of the ‘Meningitis Changes Futures’ campaign,
the Meningitis Trust is calling for every child survivor of
meningitis to be assessed at different points in their educational
life; as different problems can arise over time; so they can be
given the support they need, when they need it. People are being
urged to sign the Meningitis Trust education petition at:-
Every 6 hours meningitis could rob a child of its future, many who
survive the disease are left with after-effects such as brain
damage, deafness, memory loss or epilepsy. The
Meningitis Trust is helping rebuild these lives by providing support
for life for victims of the disease, including funding additional
educational support through unique financial grants. Every year the
Meningitis Trust helps 20,000 people in the UK and is determined to
reach out to the 500,000 people in the UK who have had meningitis,
and those who will continue to contract it, providing support
whenever it is needed.
Wanted - James Anthony Welsh
MERSEYSIDE Police are
appealing for information to trace the whereabouts of a Wavertree
man who is wanted for recall to prison. James Anthony Welsh, aged
39, of Heygreen Road was released on license on 18 May 2011, from
HMP Garth where he was serving a 7 year sentence for drug supply.
Since his release, Welsh has failed to comply with the conditions of
his license by not reporting to his probation officer and residing
at the approved address. Officers are searching for Welsh and
would urge anyone with any information regarding his whereabouts to
call Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 1161, or Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
LIVERPOOL City Council are
encouraging residents to unleash the Latino within and raise money
for charity at the same time!
Lifestyles Tennis Centre in Wavertree is hosting a special three
hour Zumbathon on Friday, 18 November 2011, from 6pm to 9pm in aid
of BBC's Children in Need.
It follows the massive success of a similar event in March for Comic
Relief, which saw 700 people shimmy into action and raise a whopping
£16,000 for the charity.
This time, the team at the tennis centre is hoping to attract 800
people to shake their thing during the latest marathon session, and
hopefully smash the previous money raising record.
Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism,
Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "2011 has really been the year
of Zumba and it’s important we tap into this popularity and raise
money for such a worthwhile charity. Not only will people be raising
money for important projects at home and abroad, but people will be
able to have fun and get fit at the same time. I hope as many people
as possible take part and we can once again showcase the generosity
of the people of Liverpool – and of course our fantastic sense of
Tickets to take part cost just £6 and can be bought from:-
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Lifestyles Garston, Lifestyles Peter
Lloyd, Lifestyles Millennium, Lifestyles Alsop and Lifestyles
Children from the age of 8 to 15 years, need to be accompanied by an
adult and comfortable clothes and suitable footwear should be worn.
Anyone who would like an individual sponsorship pack should visit:-
Everyone who joins in the fun will be entered into a prize draw and
could be in with the chance of winning theatre tickets, gym passes,
vouchers for salon treatments or a HD Freeview Box.
Arriva North West launch search
for cleverest commuter
ARRIVA North West has
launched a search to find the cleverest commuter, as they believe
people who travel by public transport are smarter than the average
person. The bus company claims that instead of being stuck behind
the wheel of a car, passengers who travel by bus have more time to
catch up on current affairs, read a book or have a go at puzzles
such as the crossword and sudoku. Now Arriva North West has decided
to put its theory to the test and invite its commuters to take part
in an online quiz that focuses on a variety of topics, to determine
whether those extra minutes in the day really do help to boost
brainpower. To be crowned cleverest commuter, entrants must
answer all 20 questions correctly to be in with a chance of winning
a brain-box of goodies. Phil Stone, marketing manager for Arriva
North West, said:- "There are many benefits to using the bus
instead of travelling by car, such as saving money and helping the
environment. However, one of biggest advantages of bus travel is the
extra time it provides for activities such as reading a book or a
newspaper. We hope our passengers have fun taking part in the online
quiz, which has been designed to put their grey matter through its
paces and help find out who will be crowned cleverest commuter!"
Passengers who want to take the Clever Commuter Challenge,
can do by visiting:-
For more information about Arriva North West and the service it
provides, please visit:-