opens new charity shop in Crosby
IT'S fast approaching
Children in Need 2013. The campaign's mascot and national children's
icon, Pudsey Bear, took a moment out of his busy schedule this year
to officially open a new charity shop in Crosby.
The Merseyside based
children's charity, Stick 'n' Step, welcomed Pudsey Bear to
officially open its brand new charity shop in Crosby on 3 October
The new shop in Crosby will also double up as a training facility
for unemployed adults with a training need that are looking to
return to, or enter into, work.
The charity will be working in
partnership with local training services provider, Total People, to
support the training and will offer its volunteers an NVQ
qualification in Customer Service and/or Retail.
The newly recruited
shop manager, Liz Wood, will not only be responsible for running the
shop but will also be enlisting and providing training for all 12
volunteers over the next 6 months.
Stick 'n' Step's new shop brings a fresh vibe to the image and
experience of a traditional charity shop.
The shop stocks clothing
for men, women and children, as well as a vintage section, and
includes other items such as books, toys, DVD's, brick 'a' brack and
Commented Liz Wood, shop manager "This shop is a space that
everyone in the community can benefit from; whether it be a unique
shopping experience where styling advice is free, a training
facility for volunteers, somewhere fun for children to play or
simply a moment's respite for mothers, the elderly and the
vulnerable to just pop in and have a chat with the staff. This is a
shop completely influenced by the community around it and I hope it
will develop to be a service the community can be proud of."
Just a few days before the shop opened, on Monday 30 September,
Pudsey Bear made another guest appearance for Stick 'n' Step during
its tour of Burton's Biscuits factory.
Burton's Biscuits is a loyal
fundraiser for Children in Need, which also supports Stick 'n' Step.
Burton's Biscuits kindly donated Pudsey Bear's time for a one-off
special appearance at the charity shop's opening.
Commented Sarah Smithson, Operations Manager at Stick 'n' Step
"The opening of our third shop was such a great occasion and all
of the community around came out to support the cause. We hosted a
small tea party and Pudsey did a splendid job at cutting the ribbon.
The shop looks fantastic. Liz has done a great job of getting it all
prepared and open in just 3 weeks! It is a huge development
for us to be able to offer beneficial training for those most in
need within the community and expand what we do as a charity. It
means we can offer something back to the community that has
supported us and remained loyal to our cause over all these years."
Stick 'n' Step is a children's charity based in the Wirral that
provides free conductive education; which is an educational method
that develops the abilities of those with cerebral palsy; and
support services for over 70 children and their families from across
the North West and North Wales.
In order to provide this free service, the charity has to fundraise
£300,000 a year and the revenue from its charity shops contribute
heavily towards this funding requirement.
This will be the 3rd
shop that Stick 'n' Step has opened in the Liverpool area since
2004, with shops located in Formby and New Ferry already open and
Stick 'n' Step relies entirely on donations from individuals and
businesses to stock the shop, including fixtures and fittings, so it
is appealing to the community to help maintain this new shop with
donations of unwanted items.
To donate or to find out how you can
volunteer, visit Stick 'n' Step's new shop at 48 Mersey View,
Brighton-le-sands, L22 6QB. Alternatively, for more information
about Stick 'n' Step and to find out how you can fundraise, visit:-
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
Cambridge Ward Conservative
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,
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
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:-