Liverpool complete Total Wipeout challenge in aid of the ChildLine
TEAMS from Santander in
Liverpool put their strength and agility to the test last week as
they faced a barrage of foam and water in a charity remake of the
popular TV game show Total Wipeout. Santander built a replica of the
hit TV show's aquatic obstacle course and staff threw themselves
into Santander's goal of raising vital funds for the ChildLine
School Service. The event is part of the Charity of the Year
partnership with the NSPCC, which aims to raise £1 million in 2014
for the ChildLine Schools Service. April Armstrong, Charity
Partnerships Manager for Santander said:- "The energy and
enthusiasm shown by our staff has been inspiring. Staff voted for
the NSPCC to be our chosen charity for 2014 and they have really
shown their commitment to the cause. By taking on this unique
challenge, they've raised lots of money and had fun. The
money raised will go towards the NSPCC's Now I Know appeal, which
will enable ChildLine Schools Service volunteers to visit every
primary school across Merseyside to talk to children about abuse,
how to protect themselves and where to get help if they need it. By
helping children understand and identify abuse in an age appropriate
way, the NSPCC hopes that its ChildLine Schools Service can
encourage children to speak out earlier and protect themselves and
others from the devastating effects of abuse.
Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, said:-
"We are thrilled to have been chosen by Santander staff as their
Charity of the Year and are looking forward to working with them
throughout 2014. The money raised from the partnership will fund the
pioneering ChildLine Schools Service, which helps primary school
children understand abuse, giving them the confidence to talk about
it, the knowledge to prevent it, and the courage to find help if
they ever need it. On behalf of those children, we want to thank
everyone at Santander for their support."
April Armstrong, Charity Partnerships Manager for Santander, added:-
"Our Charity of the Year partnership is a key part of our commitment
to the community. Together with our employees, customers and
suppliers we've raised millions of pounds for our charity partners
over the past few years. I'm delighted that as a result of our
support for the NSPCC we will be able to help protect a generation
In addition to fundraising, Santander staff have been encouraged to
volunteer to help deliver the service in schools in their local
area, enabling them to witness 1st hand how the service helps
protect children and prevent abuse. For more information about
the Now I Know appeal, visit:-
New life and new
homes for New Heys
THE FORMER site of New Heys
School in South Liverpool is being revitalised, with the delivery of
119 high quality, executive homes, aimed at families.
Housebuilder Redrow is starting
work on the construction of the 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes, following the completion of a
deal to acquire the land from the City Council.
The capital receipt the City
Council receives for the sale of the
land will be reinvested in the delivery of new schools, as part of
the City's Schools Building Programme; the £169m scheme which is
delivering 1 of the Mayor's key pledges, to deliver at least 12
new schools for the City by 2017.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson visited the site, to see the work
getting underway. He said:- "It's vital that Liverpool has a
good mix of housing which meets the needs of all our residents. We
are making great strides in the delivery of affordable housing
across the City, and the New Heys scheme gives us a real boost at
the higher end of the market.
This is a stunning development, which will provide much needed, high
quality family housing, and bring this site back into use. It's yet
another great example of how we are working with partners to make
the most of our assets and drive up the quality of our housing
Our deal with Redrow is also good news for our young people, because
the money we are receiving for the sale of this site will be
invested in in the delivery of new schools, as part of our School
Building Programme. So, it's a win win for the City."
The development will be marketed from 2 separate outlets, each
featuring a range of homes designed for modern family living. Allerton on the Hill, off Allerton Road, will feature 38
5 bedroom properties while New Heys, off Heath Road, will have 81
homes, comprising a variety of 3 and 4 bedroom designs.
The homes all hail from the housebuilder's award winning Heritage
Collection, and marry traditional Arts and Crafts; inspired
architectural design with contemporary, 21st century interiors
including open plan kitchen and dining rooms and high specification
fixtures and fittings.
The 14-acre site in Allerton previously housed the Enterprise South
Liverpool Academy, in the former New Heys School building, until the
academy relocated to a new facility at the former St Benedict's
Catholic College, in March 2013.
The land, which lies around three miles south of the City centre,
was then marketed for sale by the City Council, leading to the deal
As part of the deal, Redrow are investing in the Eric Hardy Local
Nature reserve, and the improvement of local sports pitches, as well
as helping fund the provision of a synthetic cricket wicket, as part
of the English Cricket Board's 'last man stands' initiative.