festive magic with NSPCC’s Letter from Santa
WITH Christmas just around
the corner, the NSPCC’s 2011 Letter from Santa fundraising campaign
is off to a festive start and can be ordered now.
Each year the charity helps to spread some extra Christmas magic to
local children by arranging for them to receive a personalised
letter from Santa. For a suggested donation of £5 a family member or
friend can nominate a child or newborn baby to receive the special
letter in time for Christmas.
Last year 20,565 letters were sent to children across the North
West, helping to raise an incredible £1.3 million for the NSPCC.
This year, with the help of local people, the charity is hoping to
make even more children smile by sending out more letters and
raising money to support local vulnerable children through its
projects and services, including ChildLine.
Louise Stimson, NSPCC Head of local fundraising in the North West,
said:- "Christmas is a great time of year full of anticipation
and excitement, especially for children. Parents, carers,
grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends can make it even more
magical by arranging for their child to receive a personalised
letter from Santa. And by making the suggested donation of £5 you
can spread the magic even further and help support the NSPCC and
In December 2010 ChildLine counsellors answered 50,700 contacts from
children and young people via telephone, email and 1-2-1 chats, 885
of which were dealt with by volunteers at the local Liverpool
ChildLine base, located at the Hargreaves Centre in Everton. The
main issues that young people contacted the service about during
December were family relationship issues (14%), bullying (10%) and
physical abuse (6%).
Louise continued:- "The ChildLine service is available for
young people 365 days a year. Last December when lots of children
were excitedly getting ready for Christmas and looking forward to
the holidays, there were many others that contacted ChildLine to
talk about issues ranging from family relationships, bullying and
This is why, in ChildLine’s 25th Anniversary year, we are aiming to
raise £1.6 million through Letter from Santa to help make sure we
can continue to be there for all children and young people whenever
and however they need us."
To arrange for a child or newborn baby to receive a personalised
letter from Santa in time for Christmas people can visit:-
nspcc.org.uk/santa or telephone:- 0845 839 9304.
Orders can be received until 16 December 2011 and letters will be sent
out between:- 28 November and 19 December 2011.
Letter from Santa order leaflets can also be found in a range of
stores including SPAR, Debenhams, Thorntons, Matalan and Rowlands
Pharmacy. This year’s Letter from Santa campaign is being supported
by Heart FM.
BY CANDLELIGHT HERALDS FESTIVE NOTE FOR THE NSPCC
THE magic of Christmas will
be captured at Liverpool Anglician Cathedral this year at the
NSPCC’S annual Carols by Candlelight concert on Wednesday, 14
December 2011, which will support the charity’s Safe Place Appeal on
The special concert will see performances including the Wirral
Schools Concert Band, the children of the Liverpool Signing Choir,
and the choristers of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. It will
feature carols, traditional music and singing in the beautiful
candlelit setting of the cathedral.
Doors open at 7pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets for Carols by Candlelight, are £8 for adults, concessions £5
and accompanied children under 16 are free. They are available by
calling:- 0161 628 1209 or by
Helen Gazzola, NSPCC fundraising manager for Merseyside said:-
"Christmas is a time of great hope and anticipation for many
children and their families, but we mustn’t forget that the festive
season can also be the most difficult time of the year for some
children. I would encourage friends and families across Merseyside
to come together at Carols by Candlelight to help us raise vital
funds to help provide support, advice and protection for these
children who are in desperate need of help."
Now in it’s 5th year, Carols by Candlelight is once again being
sponsored by Liverpool Based Home Bargains, and the concert is the
perfect opportunity for family, groups of friends, or work
colleagues to get together and enjoy the true spirit of Christmas.
The evening will support the NSPCC’s Safe Place Appeal on Merseyside
which delivers services to protect babies and toddlers from abuse
and supports children and young people affected by physical abuse in
vulnerable families. The centre is also home to ChildLine, the UK’s
confidential, 24 hour telephone and online counselling service for
children and young people.
If you would like to support the NSPCC locally or make a donation,
please contact them via calling:- 0161 628 1209.
SERVICE LAUNCHES AS LIVER DISEASE BECOMES MORE DEADLY THAN CANCER
A new alcohol service for
Liverpool was launched on Monday, 21 November 2011, as new figures
suggest that people with liver disease have a lower survival rate
than those with common cancers.
The Liverpool Community Alcohol
Service (LCAS) is a joint venture between Aintree University
Hospital and Mersey Care NHS Trust.. The NHS service will combine
addiction experts from mental health services with hospital
specialists, including alcohol nurses and Gastroenterologists.
Dr Steve Hood, Liver Specialist at
Aintree University Hospital said:-
"Twice as many people are
admitted to hospital with alcohol related symptoms today compared to
ten years go. Some people with breast and bowel cancer now have a
better chance of survival compared to severe alcoholic liver
disease. The Liverpool Community Alcohol Service aims to address the
physical illnesses alcohol can cause, while also supporting people
with education and support to control their drinking.
Alcohol admissions are rising by 11% each year and the NHS cannot
sustain this. By talking about the problem and doing something about
it we can hopefully change people’s behaviour and encourage people
living in the city to take a healthier and more informed approach to
Mohammad Faizal, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for
Addiction Services at Mersey Care NHS Trust said:-
with alcohol problems are at increased risk of mental health
problems. Chronic alcohol consumption increases the risk of
depression, anxiety, psychosis, memory problems and suicide.
This joint partnership between acute and mental health NHS trust
will provide a seamless care for patients in community or Hospital
setting based on their needs. This partnership will enable
integration of physical and mental health needs for people dependent
on alcohol delivered by skilled professionals within the same team."
The launch of the service is part of wider event looking at how
health services can work together to break the cycle of alcohol
abuse in the North West.
Dr Aric Sigman, a leading figure
in preventative health related to children and alcohol, is one of
the key guests. He has recently published 'Alcohol Nation'
that is about how
to protect our children from today's drinking culture, a book
specifically addressing British children, adolescents and alcohol.
The former health educator on the
BBC’s classic Going Live series said:-
"The alcohol problem in
the UK begins in the home. We learn behaviour and what is normal,
and our attitude to alcohol is no different. If we can educate
young people and encourage them to develop healthy attitudes towards
alcohol we can halt the epidemic of alcohol addiction that we are
seeing in this country."
The new Liverpool Community Alcohol Service has bases in Aintree
University Hospital, the Royal Liverpool Hospital and runs clinics
across the city.
For more information and to find out how to access
the service, call:- 0151 529 4504.