MANCHESTER TO LIVERPOOL BIKE RIDE TO SUPPORT NSPCC
CONGRATULATIONS to all the
riders from across Southport who joined the NSPCC's Manchester to
Liverpool Bike Ride on Sunday, 3 June 2012 to help support
vulnerable children. Over 800 riders of all ages, abilities and
aspirations took to their saddles and joined the route from Salford
Quays Watersports Centre through Manchester via Old Trafford and
Stretford, before joining the Trans-Pennine Trail, riding 39 miles
through to Otterspool Park in Liverpool. NSPCC volunteers and
supporters from across Manchester and Liverpool were out in force to
cheer the riders on and offer encouragement along the way. There was
also local business support from North West SPAR wholesalers James
Hall & Co Ltd, who kindly donated bottles of water to the ride to
support the NSPCC. Organisers anticipate the bike ride will raise
over £20,000 for the children's charity which will help support
ChildLine the UK's free, confidential 24 hour helpline for children,
which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Helen Gazzola, community fundraising manager for the NSPCC, said:-
"A big well done to all our fantastic riders who took part in
the bike ride. We were delighted to see so many people come and
enjoy a fantastic day. There was great atmosphere and we are on
target to raise a record amount of money."
If you'd be interested in taking
part in a bike challenge for the NSPCC or for further information
about supporting the NSPCC locally call:- 0161 628 1209 or email
A King George V College student's
bungee jumped for Lattitude Global Volunteering
ON Saturday, 9 June 2012,
Megan made the hour long journey to Salford Watersports Centre in a
bid to raise as much money as she could for her gap year,
volunteering at an outdoor education centre in Australia.
Outdoor camp placements provide outdoor education and activities for
groups of children from all over Australia. Some specialise in
certain areas of education such as the Australian landscape and
Aboriginal culture. Some placements also provide young people from
disadvantaged backgrounds with the opportunity to participate in an
enriching camp experience that their life circumstances would
Megan said that:- "I've always wanted to take a
gap year and travel. I think it's important to gain life experience
and skills abroad. I love the idea of going away and gaining
independence, particularly working for a charity, which I will find
more valuable than going straight to university."
Lattitude Global Volunteering is celebrating its 40th anniversary
year during 2012. It's biggest accolade to date, sending its
40,000th volunteer to Ecuador in September of this year.
Megan continued:- "I chose
Lattitude because it is an
experienced charity which offers structured placements. Most gap
year organisations are companies that offer placements for only a
few weeks, but I like the fact that Lattitude offers longer
placements which is more beneficial both to myself and the community
I'll be working in."
Megan is currently studying
History, Geography and Psychology at King George V College and hopes
that her gap year will help her make up her mind about what she
wants to do with her future.
To support Megan with her bungee jump and future fundraising
activities, please go to:-
Jones shines on
Ginetta Supercup debut
THE Liverpool based
teenager Declan Jones produced an impressive performance to stun the
series regulars on his debut in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at
Oulton Park, on 10 June to 11 June 2012. The 17 year old went
into the weekend with just a single day of testing at the wheel of
his Ginetta G50, which was being run by series front runners Century
Despite his relative lack of experience compared to his rivals,
Declan was on the pace from the outset when on track action kicked
off with Friday testing, posting the quickest time amongst the G50
drivers by more than a second. Maintaining that pace into Saturday's
qualifying session, Declan secured the G50 class pole in 12th
overall on the grid, putting in him the ideal position to showcase
his talents in the opening race of the weekend.
Sadly, Declan's hopes of challenging for victory in
the opening 15 lap encounter came to nothing when a mechanical issue
on the green flag lap forced him into retirement before even taking
the start, which also meant he was left at the back of the grid for
race 2. Despite the disadvantage of his grid slot being on the
uphill section of the Oulton Park start-finish straight, Declan made
a solid start and then set about working his way up the order;
making up one position on each of the opening 4 laps.
Closing onto the rear of the car of Reece Summerfield, Declan made
an impressive move at Cascades on lap 9 to move into 3rd amongst the
G50 drivers and 13th overall; a position he would hold through to
the finish to secure silverware on his first weekend in the series.
"My pace in practice on Friday when the track was wet was really
strong. so I was confident that I could run towards the front.
Qualifying went really well and I got a good lap in before I tried
to really push, although I got held up and couldn't improve my time.
Despite that, I was still on class pole although the gap could have
been bigger. The opening race was obviously disappointing but race
two was fantastic. I had a lot to do from the back of the grid and
it wasn't easy to get the car away from the line because it was an
uphill start, but it was a good race and I'm pleased to have
finished on the podium on my first weekend. Given the amount of time
I'd spent in the car before the weekend, there are a lot of
positives that I can take away it." said Jones.
Declan, who is also competing in V de V this season, is due to make
his next appearance in the Ginetta GT Supercup at Rockingham later
in the year.
Centre opens to help vulnerable youngsters
LIVERPOOL City Council has
opened a new centre on Tuesday, 12 June 2012, which will provide
help and support to children and young people considered at risk.
The Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Unit which was formerly
housed in Brougham Terrace has now been reopen in Pendine Close,
Kensington and named the Ray Hurst Centre, in memory of one of the
city council’s foster carers who sadly died last year. The official
opening had 70 invited guests including elected members, the Junior
Lord Mayor, Megan Howarth from Arnot St Mary school and Young Lord
Mayor Jayne Massey from Holly Lodge Girls School.
Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care, Councillor Roz
Gladden said:- "These centres are vital in ensuring that we
can protect those most at risk in our community by offering help,
support and guidance to families in need. It is fitting that this
centre will be named in honour of someone who dedicated so much time
to looking after and caring for some of our most vulnerable
children. I hope that Ray’s family will take some comfort in this
Ray and his wife Linda were approved as carers eight years ago and
have had 53 children placed with them ranging in age from 4 to 16
years. Ray worked tirelessly with the Children in Care Council and
the Fostering Service to help develop the fostering services.
The Centre was opened by Ray’s wife, Lyn who said just before the
opening:- "This is a great tribute to Ray and I know he would
have been proud to have this unit named in his honour. I would like
to thank everyone involved in making this happen today."
Part of Liverpool City Council Children’s Services, the Ray Hurst
Centre will continue the work of arranging, chairing and
administering meetings concerning children who are either looked
after by the local authority or considered to be at risk of harm and
will enable children and families to participate more fully in these