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Issue:- 11 April 2013


SOUTHPORT based Fletchers Solicitors has launched a £1million national marketing campaign that is very personal for the firm's CEO Ed Fletcher.

The campaign, advertising the firm's specialist services for people suffering severe personal injury and medical negligence, will run across cinema, radio, online, outdoor and press and includes a 30 second film based on Ed's own story.

Ed severed his spinal chord in a motorbike accident in 1999 and believes that this experience helps shape everything his firm's support of others who have suffered life altering accidents and injury.

"Our message for people with injuries and their families is that you won't be going through this alone. Its common for people to feel that their life is over at times like these, we try to show them that actually they have a new life that is only just beginning.  I wanted to use my own experience because it has helped inform everything we do as a firm and challenges the traditional perception that for lawyers these cases are 'just a job.' For us, that's certainly not the case." explains Ed.

A senior litigator and member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Ed also chairs the North West Spinal Injuries Centre Patient Group. He is a mentor for young people with recently sustained spinal cord injury.

He remains a motorbike enthusiast and belongs to the National Association of Bikers with a Disability (NABD).

Ed is also a keen hand-cyclist, sit-skiier and swimmer. He was also a member of the Great Britain Para-Triathlon Squad.

Fletchers handles a significant proportion of the UK's serious personal injury claims and also handles one in 25 of the UK's medical negligence cases.

Merseytravel Customer Forums

MERSEYTRAVEL'S Spring Customer Forums will be held across the region over 15 April to 19 April 2013, giving people from Merseyside the opportunity to air their views on public transport.

Each of the forums, held in Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, give people the chance to meet local Councillors, representatives from Merseytravel, The British Transport Police and transport operators including Arriva, Stagecoach, Northern Rail and Merseyrail. The topic for discussion at this month's forum is Customer Service Standards, including bus driver behaviour.

There will also be 'Travel Surgeries' at each event, offering one to one advice and information.

Merseytravel Chair, Councillor Liam Robinson, said:- "Merseytravel is working with partners to achieve world class Customer Service for all transport users, so this month's forum topic is ideal to look at what's going well for our customers and explore ways in which we can improve."

Members of the travelling public are welcome to attend any of the forums, for further information visit the Merseytravel website phone:- 0151 330 1200 or they can send an email

Each event starts at 1pm - Transport Surgery for your chance to speak to transport operators followed by 2pm; Transport Customer Forum.

Missing From Home:- 84 year old, Ken Donaldson

MERSEYSIDE Police are continuing its appeal for information for the whereabouts of 84 year old Ken Donaldson. Mr Donaldson went missing from his home in Heywood Boulevard, Thingwall at around 2pm on Saturday,6 April 2013 and was last seen at the junction of Arrowe Park Road / Pensby Road and Barnston Road. He is described as white, 5ft 1in tall, of slim build with grey hair. He was last seen wearing a beige jacket and brown trousers. He also walks with a stoop. Inspector Steve Hall said:- "I would appeal to anyone who may have seen Mr Donaldson to get in contact. His family are very worried about him and think it may be possible he has sought refuge overnight in someone's shed or garage. I would therefore ask residents to check any out-buildings they may have." Anyone who has seen Mr Donaldson since 2pm Saturday,6 April 2013, are asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 101.

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