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Issue:- 10 October 2013

Hospital worker's twin role helping road accident victim

A teenage road accident victim has thanked an off-duty trauma practitioner who came to his aid after coming off his motorcycle.

For not only did she help at the roadside but was also the woman responsible for overseeing the plastering of his two broken legs at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

Jake Howarth, 18, was riding on Roe Lane, Southport, on Monday (September 30) when his machine was in a collision with a car.

He was thrown on to the pavement outside the home of Cathy Symonde-Edwards, the senior trauma casting practitioner who works setting broken limbs in the fracture clinic and Accident and Emergency department.

"I heard this almighty bang and went outside to see Jake and what was left of his bike," she said. "I could see he had a nasty compound fracture to one ankle and was able to speak to the ambulance people as they made their way to us."

Jake, from Churchtown, Southport, who is an apprentice mechanic at Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood, Liverpool, needed the bones in one leg screwing and plating, and both setting in plaster.

"It was only next day that I realised one of my new patients was the same man I'd helped the day before," said Cathy.

Jake, whose mum Liz is a discharge coordinator also at Southport hospital, said:- "It's been a horrible experience but both me and mum are very grateful to Cathy for the care she's shown both on and off-duty."

Cambridge Ward Conservative Councillor Surgeries

THE next surgery will be held on Friday, 11 October 2013 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.  Cambridge Ward Conservative Councillor Tony Crabtree will be holding a surgery on the 2nd Friday of each month at the:- Crema Café from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.   The Crema Café is located at 48 Park Road; this is part of Hesketh Park Shops on the corner of Queens Road and Park Road, Southport, Merseyside. Tony will be there to meet you and discuss any Council problems you may have. No appointment necessary - just pop in.  If you prefer, Tony will make arrangements for a home visit and can be contacted by phone:- (01704) 506505 or via email.

New funding available for local groups in Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral

LOCAL groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.  People's Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral; a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age. Using money raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery, People's Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Merseyside. Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to 2 years. The projects should take place within a small area for a small group of people, such as 20 or 30 streets or a couple of villages. John Hume, Chief Executive, People's Health Trust, says:- "We're looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities. Whether it's a tenants and residents' mediation group or a computer skills group for older people, we're interested to hear about it. Applying couldn't be easier - it's about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place grow, live, work and age. It's an online process with a step by step guide from start to finish."   The closing date for applications is midday on 20 November 2013.  To find out more about Active Communities, visit:-

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