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Issue:- 7 March 2013

Dancers raise £540 for hospital in memory of dad

3 children of a man who was treated at Southport and Formby District General Hospital raised £540 in his memory to help equip the cancer treatment centre.  Insurance statistician Richard Chapman, 48, from Formby, had been a patient at the hospital's Medical Day Unit (MDU) and later at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Wirral. His children, Olivia, 8, Hannah, 11, and Lucy, 14, are all members of Debbie Jay Dance Academy in Formby which organised raffles and a dance display with a magician, singer and tombola to raise the money. The money will be used to purchase more specialist treatment chairs for the unit. The older children attend Formby High School with their sister Katie, aged 17, who also attended the academy. Olivia is a pupil at Freshfield Primary School. The girls presented the cheque to Sister Gemma Alston in the MDU accompanied by their mum Anne.  The Medical Day Unit was extended and refitted at a cost of £1.3m last year. The Marina Dalglish Appeal and West Lancashire Community Hospice Association each gave £500,000 towards the project. Numerous other organisations and hundreds of individuals have also supported the work.

Letters To The Editor:- "Joan Barton 60th Birthday"

"JOAN Barton a well known Formby Childminder and she is going to celebrate her 60th birthday on 9 March 2013, at the Oak Leaf Hall, Whitehouse Lane, Formby, Merseyside, from 2.00 to 6.00pm. She is using her birthday to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer care by having a raffle, tombola and selling knitted items. Joan worked as a busy childminder in Formby serving a number of local primary schools. Sadly in July 2011 her sister Ann became ill and finally passed away in the September from secondary cancers brought on by the breast cancer she had several years ago. Just after coming to terms with the loss of her sister In January 2012 Joan discovered a lump in her breast which was diagnosed as an aggressive cancer and she was forced to give up childminding, something she loved and had been doing for the last 20 odd years. Surgery followed by up by chemotherapy and radiotherapy took their toll but happily now the cancer has gone. She is still recovering from the after effects of the surgery and subsequent treatment. Throughout all this Macmillan have, and still are giving her a lot of support on what has been a long road up to now. This is a good cause and Joan would like to invite all who know her to come and celebrate her birthday and help raise some money for Macmillan, please no presents just a donation. So come and have a coffee and a cake with Joan." Steve Barton (Joan's husband).


THIS Comic Relief is 25 years old and it is again being held, so be warned, all types of mad charity events will be taking place on 15 March 2013. joining in again with the fun will be a Southport nail salon who are asking for men, yes men, to take part in a Wax-a-Thon! The girls at Nails By Dorothy Mae, on Anchor Street, are hoping to have over 30 males take part in a day long waxing. Each male will have 45 min session and all the money raised will go to the Red Nose Day Appeal. So if you want to take part, this is your chance to help raise some cash and at the same time get nice and smooth! A charge for friends and family to watch will be taken on the door, and you can also sponsor some of the chaps! "It should be fun to watch and have a giggle! But also it will help us to raise money that will help million lives." said Victoria Griffiths.

City becoming greener

LATEST official figures show Liverpool is moving up the league table for its performance in cutting greenhouse gasses- and saving Council taxpayers £90,000. The Environment Agency's National Performance League table places Liverpool in the top 4% of major organisations for cutting consumption. It has moved up from 109th position to 86th out of 2097 organisations throughout the country.  Carbon emissions from Council buildings have been reduced by 13% in the last year (51,455 tonnes of CO2 compared with 59,071 tonnes in 2011).  Under the Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme; a mandatory scheme aimed at cutting emissions and improving energy efficiency of all companies and organisations whose energy consumption exceeds £500,000 a year; that is the savings to the Council will be around £90,000 this year.  The Council is investing £1million in energy saving schemes in its buildings including:-

Energy efficient lighting installed on 2 floors of Millennium House.

"Presence detection" lighting controls introduced at the Town Hall and Municipal Buildings meaning areas are only lit when someone is in the vicinity.

Using 1000 energy efficient light bulbs in the chandeliers in the main hall of St George's Hall, Liverpool.

Work on water and heating systems and controls at Everton Park and Garston Lifestyle Fitness Centres and the Liverpool Aquatics Centre.

Councillor Tim Moore, cabinet member for transport and climate change, said:- "Reducing carbon emissions is one cut we should all welcome.  Of course, CRC is only one way to measure an organisation's progress in reducing their carbon footprint; but the fact that we have improved in this league table from last year and are now in the top 4% is great news and is testament to our commitment to tackling carbon emissions."

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