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Issue:- 26 April  2012

£1,000 is presented to Zoe's Place

TRANSPORT companies from across Britain have joined forces to help swell the coffers of a baby hospice in Liverpool. The Fortec Distribution Network, made up of 65 licensee members from across the country, has raised £1,000 for Zoe’s Place in Yew Tree Lane, West Derby which forms part of a £3000 cash boost which has been divided equally between the hospice’s 3 sites in Middlesbrough, Liverpool and Coventry. The cheque was presented by Ken Blood, General Manager of Lombard Shipping, which has been a licensee of Fortec since 2004. The money will be used towards providing care of babies and young children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses, or those who have special complex needs.

Carol Kirkham, Fundraising Manager of Zoe’s Place, said:- "This is fantastic news and we would like to say thank you to Fortec and its licensee members for their generous donation. Zoe’s Place in unique in that it operates the UK’s only dedicated baby hospices in the country and our aim is to provide a facility that is ‘home from home’ for the babies. As a registered charity we receive little funding from the government. Therefore we are almost wholly reliant upon the generosity of the public and companies such as Fortec to help us raise the £2.5 million per year that is needed to keep our three site open for the benefit of the children and families in need of our care and support."

Neil Hodgson, Managing Director of Fortec, said:- "Zoe’s Place is an extra special facility and anyone who comes into contact with the work of the charity cannot fail to be moved by the endless stories of the staff and volunteers. We first came into contact with Zoe’s Place last year and since then each of our licensee members have been touched by the plight of these children. This money has been raised purely from donations. Zoe’s Place has captured the hearts of our licensees and they were only too delighted to dig deep into their pockets to help this fantastic cause."


Huge Liverpool Tapestry to go on display in Museum of Liverpool

ON 25 April 2012, Zombies may not be known for their sense of rhythm, but next month fans of the undead can enjoy entry to a three-day music event as 2.8 Hours Later teams up with Liverpool Sound City over 17 May to 19 May 2012.

The tie in means players of the zombie chase game can buy a joint ticket to both events, enabling them to celebrate their survival of the zombie apocalypse at the annual city music festival and conference.  Liverpool Sound City is now in its fifth year and will be taking place over three days across various Liverpool venues. Headliners include Professor Green, The Temper Trap, James Vincent Mcmorrow, Mystery Jets, Michael Kiwanuka, Space, Death in Vegas, White Denim, Kids in Glass Houses, Alkaline Trio and many, many more.

Joint passes allowing access to both events are now on sale, along with all regular tickets, from the 2.8 Hours Later website.  The development comes with just 3 weeks to go before the zombie invasion commences on May 16, and as the hunt for zombie volunteers intensifies.

2.8 Hours Later is a thrilling night time chase game. It is played across an inner city backdrop, and sees multiple secret locations transformed into zombie film sets and populated by a cast of survivors and zombies.  Starting from a secret location (which will be revealed to ticket holders in the run up to the event), players hit the streets in waves after dark to outwit and outrun the zombies as they hunt for clues to the whereabouts of Resistance HQ, the last safe place in the city. Using their mobiles, they are also able to call or text in to get game updates and safety information.

The game has a cast of hundreds of zombie volunteers, who chase, groan and scare players along the route. Game organiser,
Simon Evans, says:- "Having a horde of blood-thirsty zombies is one of the key components of the game; the more the better. We are still recruiting for Liverpool and are looking for local zombie fans to help us transform the city into the zombie apocalypse."

Local zombie fans can sign up for zombie school, a one-stop shop for all things zombie. Volunteers practice their zombie moves, learn how to play safely and, if they graduate, take part in the game. All volunteers are then issued with a free ticket to play on one night so they get to experience the terror from both sides of the zombie divide. Wannabe zombies can register for zombie school at:-

Since it was premiered in 2010, 2.8 Hours Later has been played by around nine thousand players in Bristol, London, Leeds and Glasgow. The location for the next staging of the game in July is to be announced shortly with Cardiff and Brighton the front runners.  2.8 Hours Later will be taking place in Liverpool from 16 May to 19 May 2012 inclusive. Tickets cost £29 (£24 for the preview night on 16 May 2012) and joint tickets for Liverpool Sound City cost £58. All are available from the website.  SlingShot is planning further dates and locations for 2012. Fans can catch up with the latest news, competitions and special offers on the 2.8 Hours Later Facebook page.

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