Fund Needs You to go to its Valentines Ball
THE Southport Kidney Fund
is holding a Valentines Ball on Friday, 1 February 2012, at the
Prince of Wales Hotel, Lord Street, Southport. The purpose of the
fund is to support patients no matter what age, who suffer from
kidney disease and either live within the 01704 area code or on
dialyse at Southport Dialysis Unit. Debbie Adams, who is the Deputy
Chairperson of the Southport Kidney Fund told us:- "Although
we have been established nearly 34 years, we still struggle to gain
support. Out fund helps patients both financially and personally,
depending on the stage and condition that they are suffering with.
We also find that partners or families and friends often feel quite
alone when someone is suffering with this condition so we also offer
support to them. So every penny raised really does help our
community. We would like the people of Merseyside to help us and
show support for the fund. Those of us on the committee are all
volunteers which means that none of us are paid for what we do and
in fact, most of us are either patients or carers so we have a wide
range of knowledge between us which enables us to see things from a
unique perspective. It's not only the donations side that is lacking
so much as the support at events. The idea of this ball is to reach
out and let the local community and businesses find out more and to
have fun in the process. We desperately need a volunteer database
that we can turn to for our various fundraising events. People who
are fit and healthy who can stand for long periods of time at some
of our events marshalling or collecting. But it is also to raise
funds to let us continue over 2013 to run. If anyone is interested
in tickets for the Ball, helping as a volunteer or becoming a member
of the fund, please contact us via our
website. Our site also has links to
other helpful sites and other useful information, if you need
support." So if you are wanting to go, tickets are £25
and include a welcome drink, 3 course meal, half bottle of wine on
each table and some great entertainment from Matt Coleman. Plus
Jimmy Blanche will be rocking the venue with his disco. Also for
more information you can see the events poster by clicking
and the Funds information leaflet by clicking
here. To book tickets call:-
THE REAL VALUE
OF AVERAGE EARNINGS FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
ACCORDING to the GMB:-
"If negotiated settlements in the public sector are not offered
in coming pay round, then strike ballots are inevitable."
They have also add that thay are doing this:- "as hard press
families need pay rises to cope with bills going through the roof."
But how true is it? The drop in the real value of average
earnings, according to the new GMB study of official earnings, shows
that all employees in employment, between April 2008 and November
2012, in the UK, has been 12.8%. In April 2008 the mean gross annual
earnings for all employees in employment according to the Annual
Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) was £26,137. The ASHE figure for
the mean gross annual earnings for all employees in employment for
April 2012 was £26,664. This is an increase of £527 or just 2%.
Between April 2008 and November 2012 inflation has been 14.8%. This
means drop in real value of earnings between April 2008 and November
2012 has been 12.8% for the UK. The drop in the real value of
average earnings between April 2008 and November 2012, for all
employees in employment resident in London has been 17.4% - the
largest drop of all 12 regions in the UK. Next is Yorkshire and The
Humber with a drop of -13.3 %, followed by North West -13.1%, East
Midlands -12.8%, East -12.6%, Wales -12.4% , Northern Ireland
-12.1%, West Midlands -12.0%, South West -11.7%, South East -10.8%,
Scotland -9.5% and North East -7.9%. The table below sets out the
official data for mean gross annual earnings for UK, GB, England and
all 12 regions in the UK for all employees in employment resident in
the areas ranked by GMB by largest to smallest drop in the real
value of earnings between April 2008 and November 2012 by region.
The used in this part of the study cam from data that was published
by Office for National Statistics. Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary
said:- "These figures showing a drop of 12.8 % in the real
value of earning explain why we are on our way to a triple dip
recession. Consumer spending is the single biggest component of
demand in the economy and with the real value of wages from
employment falling there is no mystery as to why the economy is in a
downward spiral. The replacing of full time permanent jobs with part
time and temporary lower paid jobs is part of this. An example of
this are GMB members employed by Prospect Housing a private care
company in Surrey who were notified that they have a choice of
accepting a pay cut of up 40% - £8,500 per year for one member for
example- or being replaced by agency staff on lower pay. Another
example is the last ditch talks today to avert industrial action
over hours are being cut for GMB employed by Sedexo at Brighton
Hospital to save money. GMB is seeking negotiated settlement in the
forthcoming pay round in the public sector. If such settlements are
not on offer GMB has already said that ballots for strike action
will be inevitable. Such settlements are badly needed to boost the
economy and stop the downward spiral. Pay rises are needed to help
hard press families cope with bills going through the roof."
So do our readers agree that strike are "inevitable"
and should take place or not? Email your views to:-
Fashion Show In aid of
UK & St George's Hall
Photographs in this report
below are by Nicola Bald.
THE Style Night is your chance to meet the
next generation of fashion designers and also local musicians, as
they come together for one night only.
The Liverpool based events company
8TEN Events Ltd. will be hosting charity fashion event, called:-
"The Style Night" is on 2 February 2013, in the World Famous
St George's Hall.
The event is in aid of Make-A-Wish
Foundation® UK and St
The event was set up to help new
designers raise awareness for their brand by showcasing their latest
collections to an audience of fashion forward individuals, press and
Doors will open at 7pm and the
show will start at 8pm and run until 10pm; during this time guests
including Desperate Scousewives star Elissa Corrigan will be treated
to a drinks reception and fashion show including collections from
womenswear designers; Paris.G, Isabel Wong, Helena Hussain, Sophia
Grace and Booty Junk, menswear designers; Dirty Fresh Laundry, and
Lee Miller and jewellery designer Dollface London.
will be entertainment from artists including:- Kemm, Tanisha Rose
and local artists Ben ft. Klaire Louise and Lanca Gomez who
headlined at the Liverpool O2 Academy and has supported acts
including N-Dubz, Chipmunk and Tinchy Stryder.
Ticket prices start at:- £15 for
standard entrance and include a goody bag, show-guide and drink on
All profits made will be split
between Make-A-Wish Foundation®
UK and St George's Hall.
For further information and for
thestylenight.com Tickets will
also be available to buy from St George's Hall.
The photographs in this report are
of work by the following designers:- women's wear designers Isabel
Wong, Sophia Grace and men's wear designer Dirty Fresh Laundry. All
3 will have their work on show at this event.
Maritime are happy to be back in Liverpool!
THE latest ship to join the
Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) fleet is Discovery and
she will be sailing from Liverpool, on a British Isles cruise, to
the Fjords, and a 'Celtic Explorer' cruise with the
famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra providing some of the entertainment on
board. To find out more we suggest you log on to the lines
website as you can make savings
up to 25% when booked between now and 18 March 2013.
The CMV fleet in association with All Leisure Holidays, who have
successfully operated this ship for many years said that Discovery
replaces the CMV vessel Ocean
Countess, which created history in
2012 as the first vessel in many years to use Liverpool's new Cruise
Terminal as a 'turnaround' port.
Mike Hall, Head of Marketing at CMV said:- "Liverpool have
made us really welcome and the new port facilities are exactly what
we enjoy. A Fast and reliable check in and disembarkation facilities
plus good local transport connections are key factors in our
popularity as the UK's leading Ex UK cruise specialist. We have
three cruises from Liverpool in 2013 and eight separate departures
scheduled for 2014 which we look forward to."
Discovery Cruises from Liverpool in 2013 along with details of 2014
departures can be found online as well.