a silent killer
A hundred Liverpool
households are being protected from a silent killer; carbon
monoxide. CO detectors are being fitted in the homes of
vulnerable residents who have been identified by the Healthy Homes
The detectors were supplied by local charity Dying to Keep Warm
which has raised money from Liverpool churches and businesses to
provide a range of assistance for people who need help in reducing
risks in their homes.
They are being fitted free of charge by Liverpool City Council's
Handyperson's service, delivered by social housing provider
Riverside who are also giving advice about energy suppliers who
provide free gas safety checks.
One of the residents who has had a detector fitted in his home is Mr
Laurence Brereton, of Liverpool 14. He said:- "I'm very
impressed with this service and glad the opportunity to have a
carbon monoxide monitor fitted has been brought to my attention."
Councillor Ann O'Byrne, cabinet member for housing, said:- "We
are very grateful to Dying to Keep Warm for supplying these
detectors and our Healthy Homes team has worked with Riverside to
ensure that more of our residents are safe in their homes. Carbon
monoxide is known as the silent killer because it can kill quickly
and without warning if gas appliances and flues have not been
properly installed, maintained or are poorly ventilated. These
detectors will bring greater peace of mind for vulnerable people."
Claire Richards, Riverside Service Development Leader, said:-
"We are very pleased to support this project. It takes very little
time for our Handypersons to fit a carbon monoxide detector, but it
can make such a difference to peoples' lives. This project helps to
demonstrate the wider importance of our Handyperson service across
Liverpool, to help people to stay safe in their own homes."
Please call the hotline on:- 0151 295 6102, for further information
about the Handyperson service.
Wirral sees a significant rise in
company closures in 2013
THE latest Duport
Associates Ltd. Business Confidence Report for Wirral shows there
was a significant rise in company closures during 2013, as well as a
drop in company formation. Recent research from the Bristol based
group showed that there was a rise in company closures in Wirral
over the course 2013, with 597 companies closing. The report also
shows that after a record number of new company registrations in
2012, but in 2013 the area saw a 17% drop in company formation. This
led to an overall reduction in net company growth (the number of new
company formations minus the number of company closures). In
addition, the UK company share of Wirral also fell over the course
of the year, as did the percentage of young director appointments
and female director appointments. Managing Director of
Duport, Peter Valaitis said:-
"Although rising company closures isn't good news for Wirral,
we should remember that 2012 saw a record number of new company
formations. Naturally, some of these companies have not survived
their first year of trading, which has led to a higher than usual
number of closures during 2013." The Duport Business
Confidence Report for Wirral gives a valuable overview of the local
business landscape and an insight into trading conditions. More
information and statistics can be found
Did you know?
Duport Business Confidence Reports are
generated and released by Duport Associates Ltd? The data contained
in these reports are assimilated and analysed by Duport using public
record data, from sources including Companies House, Office for
National Statistics and Ordnance Survey. Duport Associates Ltd. is a
leading UK company formation agent, established in 1997 and
registering around 10,000 new companies each year through its
Companies House approved software.
dedicated at Southport crematorium
A woodland garden of remembrance for babies
lost in early pregnancy was dedicated at Southport Crematorium on
Wednesday, 9 April 2014.
The service was conducted by the Rev Martin Abrams, chaplain at
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. It was attended by
representatives of the Trust, Sefton Council, Scarisbrick Parish
Council and Clare Birley, from the local branch of the Still Birth
and Neonatal Death Society.
The centrepiece of the "Forget-me-Not Glade" is a stone bird
bath paid for by an anonymous Southport benefactor.
Mr Abrams said cremation services had been held on the last
Wednesday of each month at the crematorium since 2009 for parents
who had experienced an early pregnancy loss. Previously, they were
held at Emmanuel Church in Southport and the Ormskirk Parish Church.
"Since then, the Trust has been working with the Council at
ways to create a focus for a baby garden in the crematorium
woodlands," he said. "Last year we were fortunate to
secure a charitable donation that allowed us to purchase a memorial
At the end of each monthly crematorium service, families will be
invited into the garden and invited to plant bulbs or sow
forget-me-not seeds "as a symbol and sign of hope." At a
later date, any ash remaining from the cremation may be scattered in
As well as being used as a place of significance for early pregnancy
loss, the garden will also be a focus for when a service is
requested at the crematorium after either a loss later in pregnancy
or a still birth.
Mr Abrams added:- "Our hope is that the garden
will become a helpful, peaceful place for bereaved parents and their
families and friends."