BRING A SMILE TO FACES AT ALDER HEY WITH GARDEN PROJECT
A GROUP of Redrow
apprentices have brought joy to children at Alder Hey Hospital in
Liverpool by creating a relaxing sensory garden. The
apprentices transformed an outdoor area at the Dewi Jones Unit of
Alder Hey Hospital which specialises in helping children with mental
health issues. They created a sensory garden so that young patients
will have somewhere to relax and enjoy themselves in a peaceful
setting that includes a bird bath, bird table, benches, shrubs,
plants, wind chimes and walkways.
Team member Rebecca Hornbuckle, a sales office assistant at Redrow
Lancashire's head office in Chorley, said:- "We are all so
excited to have been given the opportunity to work with Alder Hey
and create a sensory garden for the children at the Dewi Jones Unit.
We took part in most of the practical work on the day, with some
supervision from experts. This included some heavy lifting of gravel
bags and slates, digging out existing plants and shrubs and planting
new flowers and shrubs together with laying down gravel and log
rolls. We worked as a team, using our combined skills and
pushing ourselves to ensure that the children would have a lovely
place to relax in and enjoy. It was a great way for us as
apprentices to work together and create something really worthwhile
that would benefit the children of Alder Hey."
Rachel Donohoe, fundraising executive at the Alder Hey Imagine
Appeal Office, said:- "We are so pleased that the apprentices
have given up their time to benefit our hospital. This recreational
space will be used therapeutically for patients and families.
We are delighted that Redrow is continuing its ongoing support for
Alder Hey and we're very excited to be working with the Redrow staff
members on a number of projects throughout the year."
The team organised the voluntary
community project as part of the Brathay Challenge 2013; the
official search for apprentice team of the year which is organised
by the Brathay Trust and supported by the National Apprenticeship
During the heats for the challenge, which runs until March 31, the
team is also undertaking marketing activities to try to raise the
profile of apprenticeships, through local media and also using
social networking sites. They will also engage with local schools
and colleges to spread the word.
Karen Jones, HR director at Redrow Homes, said:- "This
challenge is a wonderful opportunity for our young trainees to build
on their skills. It's a fantastic show case for the individuals
involved and also serves to shine a national spotlight on
apprenticeships as an alternative to university. At Redrow we are
huge advocates of apprenticeships and believe that they are 1 of the
best ways to future proof our business and ensure our employees have
the skills set to succeed."
The project funds for the team were originally £250, but they
received donations of goods and services from suppliers including
Keyline Supplies, BRK Landscaping, SMP Playgrounds, James Chadwick &
Sons LTD, Inspired Landscapes, Speedy Services, WPI Civil
Engineering, CW Berrys, Newhall Landscapes, Ringwood Fencing and Tim
To show your support for the North West group, visit their Twitter
page, 'Apprentice Redrow' and Facebook page, 'Apprentice Redrow
For more information about the Brathay Challenge 2013, visit:-
brathay.org.uk. For more on career
opportunities with Redrow, go to:-
for details of their new homes around the UK visit:-
FOR TONGUE TWISTER EXPONENTS TO APPEAR IN NEW SOUTHPORT
PLEASURELAND TV AD
AN amusement park boss is
searching for singing 'motormouths' in Southport to audition
on Facebook for a part in his 2014 TV ad. The Southport
Pleasureland ads, which feature a jingle of the park's name sung to
Rossini's urgent William Tell Overture, will air Easter next year,
but the hunt is on now to find up to eight vocalists, from all
corners of the UK, capable of getting their lips around the tongue
teaser. Sneak preview of this year's ad
but for next year the park will be featuring the faces and the
voices of park fans from all over the UK.
Said owner Norman Wallis:- "Our jingle is a bit of a roller
coaster on the tongue, and of course the music is very fast, so yes,
it's tricky. We want a representative from each part of the country
to take part in making the ad which we'll then run on TV, with a
longer version on our website, facebook page and on YouTube. Andy
Warhol did say that in the future everyone would be famous for 15
minutes; this could be your chance. All entrants have to do is
go to our
then play the track to the jingle and record themselves singing
along with their phone camera. Then just follow the link to
Southport Pleasureland's official Facebook and post their entry
Pleasureland will pick the best (or funniest), one from each region
of the country, to feature in the ad. The ones the park uses will
also receive a ticket to ride free at the park with a friend for the
day. We hope this will be a lot of fun and people
will take five minutes out to have a practice and then post their
efforts on our Facebook page. Anyone can enter, no age restrictions... the more the merrier!"
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ADDITIONAL SAILING TO MEET INCREASED DEMAND
FOR IOM FESTIVAL OF MOTORCYCLING!
AN additional sailing has
been scheduled for the new Isle of Man Festival of Motorcycling this
summer, with motorcycle bookings at this point up 25% on last year's
forward bookings position for the Manx Grand Prix.
The Festival, which encompasses the new Classic TT, the MGP, the 2
Day and Classic Trials and the VMCC Rally, takes place from 17
August 2013, until 1 September 2013.
To help cater for the increased demand, the Steam Packet Company has
confirmed it will now operate an extra overnight Manannan sailing
from Liverpool, departing at 03.00 on Saturday, August 24th to suit
the start of the new Classic TT.
Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said:-
"Bookings at this stage indicate that the increasing popularity of
the MGP we have witnessed in recent years is set to continue. The
number of visiting motorcycles climbed 13% in 2011 and a further 9%
last year. Now, with the rebranding to the Festival of Motorcycling
by the Department of Economic Development, the number of motorbikes
booked at this stage for 2013 is up by 25%, while demand for cars
and vans is up 50% on the same point in 2012. Some of our of peak
day inbound sailings are already full."
Trevor Hussey, Director of Motorsport, Department of Economic
Development, commented:- "We introduced the Isle of Man
Festival of Motorcycling concept, and the Classic TT event, to
increase the number of visitors to the Isle of Man this year and the
early indications are that, even in its first year, this will result
in a significant increase in the number of visitors to the Isle of
Man and a positive contribution to the local economy. The Motorsport
team is working hard on all aspects of the new Festival of
Motorcycling to establish the event in the racing calendar and
ensure the event's long-term future."
NEXT OF KIN APPEAL - JAMES EDWARD
HARRISON - WATERLOO!
SEFTON'S Coroner's office
is appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of James Edward
Harrison from Waterloo. Mr Harrison was found dead in his home in
Hougoumont Avenue, Waterloo, on 19 March 2013. There are no
suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. The 69 year old is
believed to have had relatives in Liverpool. Anyone who can help the
coroner locate any next of kin is asked to call Jeanette Lesbirel
on:- 0151 777 3481.