SEARCHES FOR BUDDING CHRISTMAS CARD DESIGNERS
1 of the UK's largest
discount retailers is searching for budding artists, to create a
special range of charity Christmas cards. Children from Primary
Schools across Merseyside, aged 5 to 11 years old, are invited to
put their artistic skills to the test and submit their festive card
The top 12 designs will be sold in over 300 Home Bargains stores for
Christmas 2014, with all profits going towards Alder Hey Children's
Charity. The young artists will also win a £50 gift card for their
school, to spend at their local Home Bargains store.
Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, said:-
"Following the success of last year's design competition, we wanted
to give children the opportunity to once again see their creations
sold in our stores. We were blown away by the number of excellent
entries we received in 2012 and thought that it would be fantastic
to involve Merseyside's schools in the campaign to fundraise for
children cared for by Alder Hey. The children's hospital is the
busiest in the UK, so we'd really like to thank all of our customers
for their support and hope that our collective efforts will continue
to make a genuine difference to children in Alder Hey's care."
The charity Christmas cards have been sold in Home Bargains stores
for the past 6 years and the retailers hopes that the 2013 winning
designs; which are now available to purchase in-store; will raise in
excess of £15,000 for the charity.
Alder Hey Hospital cares for over 270,000 young patients each year.
Alder Hey Charity raises funds to support the hospital's pioneering
work and aims to improve the quality of life for patients.
Helen Hughes, fundraising and merchandising manager at Alder Hey
Children's Charity, said:- "We're truly grateful to Home
Bargains for their continued support of Alder Hey and are delighted
that we will benefit from the 2014 Christmas cards sold throughout
their stores. Donations through purchases of the Home Bargains
Christmas cards have made a massive difference to our patients, so
we'd like to extend a huge thank you to Home Bargains customers for
buying them every year."
Home Bargains' Christmas Card Competition is open to primary schools
across Merseyside. Children can submit their designs by downloading
an entry form from their
website and posting their
original artwork to the address outlined. The closing date for
entries is:- Friday, 31 January 2014.
"Unfortunately we've only had two entries to the competition so far
and we were hoping you could put the story out, to help us really
support Alder Hey again next year. So 2014 might be your chance to
win!!!" said Aimee Horwich from the PR for Home Bargains.
Fresh CCTV image
released after South Parkway staff assault
18 December 2013, Officers from British Transport Police
released a new CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in
connection with an assault on a member of rail staff. The
assault happened shortly after 12.30pm on Sunday, 17 November 2013,
as the train guard travelled on the 12.22pm Liverpool to
Middlesbrough service. PC Shaun Lee said:- "As the train
travelled between Liverpool Lime Street and Liverpool South Parkway
the guard checked the tickets of all passengers and discovered the
suspect was travelling without having paid the correct fare. The man
subsequently refused to pay for his ticket and refused to give his
details for a penalty fare. When the train arrived at South Parkway
the man was asked to leave the train. He refused and became abusive
and aggressive and then threw a can of energy drink at the guard,
which struck the back of his head and caused swelling and soreness
to his ear and jaw. The man then left the train and walked off into
the station. We believe he may have then travelled on to
Manchester." PC Lee added:- "We issued this appeal to
the public last month and since then have sourced fresh images of a
man we would like to speak to in connection with the incident. If
you recognise the man, or have any information about the incident,
please call British Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40 or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111." In all
calls please quote log:- NWA/B15 of 18/12/13.
We mean business
– hoola fitness that's streets ahead!
ON Saturday, 14 December
2013, 2 Hoola hoopers made their way through Liverpool ONE. Hoola
Nation, a hoola hooping fitness
company, teamed up with Liverpool ONE to organise the event, with
the duo interweaving among crowds of Christmas shoppers.
The hoola hoopers were dressed in full business attire, which
suitably matched the event title:- 'Suited and Booted'.
Hoola Nation used the suited and booted businesspeople as a
recognisable example of how fun and fitness can be injected into all
lifestyles and is accessible to everyone. The choice of dress, which
wasn't conventional sportswear, formed part of the message:-
'Don't take yourself too seriously'.
More and more people are finding it increasingly difficult to fit
exercise into a hectic routine, so the hoola hooping duo set out to
reshape our perceptions of fitness.
Hoola hooping is a great way of
showing that there are a diverse range of options available of how
people can stay fit these days, and that exercise can be fun! Hoola
hooping through the streets of the City also reiterated the message
that fitness activities can be carried out in any environment, at
Like any cardiovascular exercise,
hoola hooping lifts the spirit and lightens the mood. Hoola hooping
has many energetic benefits. Most people find hooping quite
meditative and, perhaps more importantly, hooping provokes laughter
The event in Liverpool ONE
certainly brought a smile to the faces of many passers-by, who
encountered the hoola hooping trio.
Commented Sasha Kenney, founder of Hoola Nation:- "The day was
a great success and we had a really positive response from everyone
we passed. The novelty of unexpectedly encountering hoola hoopers,
dressed in business clothing, really did catch people by surprise
and we certainly made them stop and think. Hoola Nation is all about
encouraging participants to have fun and workout with a smile, so we
were really excited about this event. It's enabled us to inspire
people to explore the boundaries of fitness!"
Donna Howitt, Marketing Director
at Liverpool ONE commented:- "We are always committed to
making the visitor experience at Liverpool ONE the best it can be,
so we welcomed the idea of 'Suited and Booted'. There was a
fantastic response from our customers on the day, with many
onlookers taking time to absorb and enjoy the atmosphere."
For more information about Hoola Nation visit:-
hoolanation.co.uk or email:-
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