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Issue:- 12 September 2013


A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN for a church that is welcoming and open to all celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend with a day of special events in Liverpool.

Rev Bob Callaghan, the National Coordinator of Inclusive Church, will lead a programme at St Bride's Anglican Church, Percy Street, on Sunday, 15 September 2013, known in the Church of England as Inclusive Church Sunday.

He will celebrate the Holy Communion Service at 10am with special prayers and hymns to mark the occasion.

At 3.30pm Bob will lead an afternoon workshop called:- 'What does it really mean to be inclusive and welcoming?'

He will also lead the Open Table monthly service for Liverpool's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, their family and friends, from 6pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of these events.

Inclusive Church raises awareness about the ways that people feel excluded by the Church, especially because of their gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, or mental well-being.

Rev. Guy Elsmore, Rector of St Bride's Church, said:- "The heart of Christianity is welcome for everyone, and a celebration of the rich diversity and giftedness of all God's people. 

We are honoured and delighted to welcome Bob Callaghan to St Bride's, and look forward to his encouragement and challenge to deepen the inclusivity of our community."

Rev. Bob Callaghan said:- "I am really excited about being in Liverpool to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Inclusive Church. St Bride's is one of our 200 registered inclusive churches and is a brilliant example of what an inclusive church should be like."

Everton FC and the Royal are urging men to take advantage of AAA screening

EVERTON legend Derek Temple and staff at the Royal are encouraging men aged 65 and over across Cheshire and Merseyside to take part in a national screening programme for potentially fatal abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs).

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is where the wall of the aorta (the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the body) becomes weak in the abdomen or belly. It can then expand causing a weak spot or aneurysm, which if left unchecked can burst causing massive internal bleeding and is fatal in 98% of cases.

The condition is most common in men aged 65 and above and the Royal is hosting a range of screening events across the region, including one held at Goodison Park on 12 September, that was attended by former Everton footballer Derek Temple who played for the club between 1957 and 1967.

Robert Fisher, consultant vascular surgeon at the Royal and director of the Cheshire and Merseyside AAA screening programme, said:- "This screening programme is so important because people may have an abdominal aortic aneurysm without knowing about it until it bursts and sadly, by then, it's usually too late. 

Men are 6 times more likely to have an AAA than women and the risk increases with age, so this screening program is directed at men in their 65th year, but older men can refer themselves to the programme.

Our trained staff perform a quick and painless ultrasound scan which will determine whether you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm and if so how large it is. You get your result straight away, but a copy is also sent to your GP.

 A small aneurysm does not pose a serious threat to health, but it is still important to know about it so that we can monitor it regularly to see if it gets bigger.

Large aneurysms are rare, but can be very serious and if we find that you have one we may want to book you in for surgery to prevent it from bursting.

I am convinced that this screening program will save lives across Merseyside and Cheshire and hopefully reassure men against the threat of an aneurysm."

Derek Temple, said:- "I am only too pleased to get involved with this initiative. If a partnership involving Everton in the Community and NHS Trust can raise awareness and potentially save lives then there more support it receives the better."

The most common symptom of a ruptured aortic aneurysm is sudden and severe pain in the abdomen. If you suspect that you or someone else has had a ruptured aneurysm, call 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

The Royal is the only hospital in Cheshire and Merseyside accredited to carry out the screening, monitoring and preventative surgery as part of a national programme of screening and research.

The Royal aims to screen 12,000 local men aged 65 and over a year. Further NHS screening events are being held in GP practices across the region and invitations are being sent to men aged 65 and those over 65 living in Cheshire and Merseyside can book a screening appointment by calling:- 0151 706 4767 or you can also send an email.

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