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Issue:- 8 May 2014

Liverpool charity gives people the chance to win £25,000

PEOPLE are being given the opportunity to support a valuable Liverpool charity while being in with the chance of winning up to £25,000 at the same time. Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children's Hospital has been providing accommodation totally free of charge for 21 years for the parents and carers of the most critically sick children who are in patients in Alder Hey. With 84 rooms the house is the largest Ronald McDonald House in Europe. Annual running costs are £600,000, all of which has to be raised from voluntary donations. To help the charity raise the funds it needs to do its valuable work, it has become part of the Unity lottery scheme run by Sterling Lotteries.

Sterling runs Unity on behalf of charities all over the UK. Players who enter Unity pay as little as £1 a week for a unique 6 digit number. Every Saturday the winning numbers are selected at random giving players the chance to win up to £25,000. For every pound players spend 50p goes towards the charity.

Jan Thomas from Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey said:- "Imagine having a seriously sick child, you would want the best possible treatment and that might mean travelling from another part of the country to somewhere where you would need to sleep, cook, wash and look after their brothers and sisters. Ronald McDonald House can provide all of this for as long as it takes, keeping families together at the most traumatic time of their lives. We are proud and privileged to work closely with the busiest children's hospital in Europe and by supporting our lottery you will be helping us develop still further."

Richard Dixon managing director of Sterling said:- "We are really pleased to be working with Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey to help them raise much needed funds to continue their work. I hope people get behind the charity by signing up to Unity and giving themselves the chance of winning at the same time."

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Firefighters go on Strike again

THE Firefighters from the FBU where out on strike again over government attacks on their pensions and other funding issues. The walk outs took place on Friday, 2 May and on Saturday, 3 May 2014, marking the 12th period since the dispute began. Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said:- "Yet again firefighters have shown the strength of their anger over government attacks on their pensions and have been united in standing up for a fair, workable and affordable deal." The anger is not just felt at the lower end of the Service, but earlier this year even Cllr. Dave Hanratty, who is the Chairman of Merseyside Fire Authority, has been on record this year sating that:- "Personally I would rather not be imposing cuts. This is a national thing that is being forced upon on us by the Government. Sadly we have a legal responsibility to have a balanced budget and we have tried our best to protect the front line. We will continue to challenge the Government about the consequences of the cuts we are having to make." One of the local Firefighters said:- "It is also a very dangerous time for the public and our members. The public do not understand and the national media is not covering it. A significantly reduced fire service ultimately puts the public at risk, as are the ways they are wanting us to work to get to pension age. this is a National Strike not just affecting us on Merseyside, but how many people understand it and why we are doing it?   Please can you ask your readers to sign the online petition and help us to protect you, by protecting our members."

Firefighters have several concerns over the government’s pensions proposals:-

1. The amount firefighters would be expected to pay in employee contributions. These are among the highest pension costs anywhere and are making Firefighter pensions unaffordable.

2. The pensions of existing firefighters are not sufficiently protected from the proposals and existing agreements are being ripped up.

3. Firefighters face the risk of the sack simply because their fitness declines as they get older.

4. Anyone who wants to or must retire after 55 faces losing almost 50% of their pension.

The Stroke Association calls for Southport to step out for Action on Stroke Month

THE Stroke Association is calling on residents in Southport to take part in the charity's Step out for Stroke event at Dunes Leisure Centre, The Esplanade on Wednesday, 21 May 2014, at 2pm. The fundraising walk is part of Action on Stroke Month, when the Stroke Association aims to promote stroke awareness and prevention as well as raise vital funds for the charity. BBC Radio Merseyside's Frankie Connor will be helping to officially start the fundraising walk which is part of Action on Stroke Month, when the Stroke Association aims to promote stroke awareness and prevention as well as raise vital funds for the charity.

Susan Fitton, Step out for Stoke organiser said:- "Step Out for Stroke walks are fully accessible whatever your walking ability, wheelchairs and pushchairs are more than welcome too. People taking part in the walk set their own pace and distance they want to cover. Anyone can take part, and we are really keen to invite stroke survivors and people affected by stroke to join in with their family and friends. Being part of a Step Out for Stroke walk is an inspiring experience, but there's a serious purpose behind it; stroke is the leading cause of complex adult disability in the UK. At the Stroke Association we want to be there for everyone affected by stroke, so please do join us and raise the funds that will help make that possible."

For more information on Step out for Stroke visit:- Action on Stroke Month 2014 is supported by Legal and General. To find out more, please visit:-


MERSEYSIDE Police confirmed that a 32 year old man from Tuebrook has been arrested on suspicion of of theft from a dwelling and attempted theft of a motor vehicle, following an incident on Southport Road in Bootle on Thursday, 1 May 2014. The man, who requires treatment for an existing injury, was been taken to hospital for treatment and then interviewed by detectives.

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