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Issue:- 13 March 2014

Star Trekk News 2014

THE annual Queenscourt Hospice sponsored night walk Star Trekk is taking place on Friday, 16 May 2014, and this year we have a new sponsor, a new route and a new earlier start time.

The walk which is 7 miles long will start and finish at Southport Pleasureland this year heading out through Birkdale Village before looping round past the hospice and returning back to Pleasureland via the town centre. We have also decided to start a little earlier than usual at 9.00pm.

We are pleased to announce that Moisters of Southport, funeral directors have chosen to be the main sponsors of this year's Star Trekk.

Janine Owen, manager of Moisters said:- "Sponsoring the largest fund raising event of the year for Queenscourt Hospice reflects the commitment Moisters funeral directors have for supporting our local community. We recognise the valuable contribution the hospice makes to so many local people and we want to give back to those families that both the hospice and ourselves have cared for during the most difficult times of their lives."

Places for this year's walk are available on a first come first served basis, plus if you register today you'll qualify for the special early bird rate of £12. This offer is only available until the 31 March 2014, so make sure you don't miss out and sign up today! Standard registration after this date will be £15.00.

Queenscourt Hospice cares for hundreds of people with a life limiting or terminal illness from across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire every year; all the care we provide is completely free of charge.

Star Trekk has raised over £425,000 since it first started 7 years ago and that money plays a vital part in helping us provide our services to our patients and their families.

The support of our walkers and event sponsors is really important as we need to raise £3 million this year to continue to run and develop our services, so we're hoping you will join in with the walk and help Queenscourt to continue to care.


MUSICIANS and community groups in Merseyside are being encouraged to sign up for England's largest summer community music festival.  Our Big Gig will once again host hundreds of music events in communities across the country from 11 July to 13 July 2014, with grants and support available for event organisers who wish to hold community events in their area. Funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, Our Big Gig will see the country once again come together to celebrate local music at community events, showcase new and existing talent, and give people the opportunity to have a go at making music.

Last summer, over 200,000 people attended 326 free Our Big Gig events which saw a wide variety of musical activities take place in a range of unusual spaces. From schools to skate parks, beaches to boats, some 14,600 people performed across the length and breadth of the country.  In Merseyside, performances took place at Aintree University Hospital, Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, St Helens Central Library, Sefton Park, Vale Park Bandstand in Wirral, and at the Williamson Square Bandstand, Stanley Park Bandstand and the Picket Live Music Venue in Liverpool.

For 2014, all types of community organisations are being urged to apply to put on an event in their local area and bring together diverse groups of people through music. Be it a sports club, faith group or another. All successful applicants receive grant funding and event management training is provided.  

Organised by music and arts organisation Superact, Our Big Gig has grown out of the Bandstand Marathon; an iconic London 2012 festival event that helped close the London Games with 9,000 people across Britain simultaneously performing Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida'.

As an official 'Spirit of 2012' legacy event, the Olympic feel good factor pervaded Our Big Gig in 2013 as 5,800 people volunteered to help at events and nearly 35,000 people took part in new musical activities.

Launching Our Big Gig for 2014, Stephen Williams said:- "Our Big Gig is a great opportunity for local people to take the lead in putting on a musical event that unites their local community, celebrates home grown talent and inspires people without a background in music to get involved. Like taking part in sport, making music has the power to transform lives and I'm really looking forward to events that inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved and make music part of their lives."

Katharine Lane, Director at Superact added:- "Our Big Gig is a fantastic opportunity for organisations to put on a musical event in their community and reach out to people that they may not yet know. While Superact has been running community music events across the UK for years, we never cease to be amazed at the unifying power of music.  We're looking forward to receiving event applications from across the country and would encourage as many people as possible to apply before 31st March."

'Our Big Gig' is one of a number of projects that the Department is funding to bring people together from different backgrounds and help build stronger communities.  To apply to host an Our Big Gig event, go to:- and fill out the online form. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2014.

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