Whizz-Kidz celebrates their charity of the year success
THE Children's charity Whizz-Kidz received a cheque for £1413.42 from Dobbies
Garden Centre, Southport. Over the last year staff and customers
have been donating to ensure the lives of disabled children across the North
West are at the forefront of peoples minds. Throughout this time Dobbies staff
have held tombola’s, raffles, family fun days, face painting to try and raise as
much money to help transform the lives of local disabled children. Jacqui
Schober Thomson, Community Champion at Dobbies Southport store said that:-
“Each year Dobbies Garden World, Southport selects a worthy cause to become
their local Charity of the year. Whizz-kidz were chosen as Dobbies’ Local
Charity of the Year from March 2013 to February 2014. We are delighted with the
total raised this year. Our customers have always been extremely generous in
supporting our charities. We would like to thank all our customers for their
overwhelmingly positive response and look forward to the next year.” Emma
Jones, Regional Fundraising Manager says:- "It has been a true pleasure to
work with the staff at Dobbies. Their enthusiasm to make a real difference was
infectious. Through their fantastic fundraising efforts, Whizz-Kidz can continue
providing the vital mobility equipment and life enhancing skills to the children
of the North West” For further information about Whizz-Kidz, please visit them
Crosby Lakeside saves the day for Southport theatre’s first ever stage wedding
SOUTHPORT Theatre's stage will be playing host to a different kind of
performance; the theatre’s 1st stage wedding which will be nautical themed.
Following an appeal from the bride and groom, Anne and Nic, Crosby Lakeside
Adventure Centre has stepped forward to help dress the stage to make sure the
perfect seaside setting is achieved. Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre is a
stunning watersports and visitor centre located in Waterloo. The Lakeside team
are supplying a boat, oars and other nautical accessories for props which will
enable the couple’s unusual nuptials vision become a reality. Anne and Nic are
set to marry next bank holiday weekend, on Friday, 23 May 2014, and like any
other happy couple, they've chosen a unique venue to ensure their special day is
unforgettable. Southport theatre opened back in 1973, and after undergoing major
refurbishment it offers a whole host of conference and event facilities in
addition to spectacular shows. Mr and Mrs Wilson-to-be’s nautical civil ceremony
will be a small affair on stage in front of family and friends who'll be
watching from the stalls. However theatre lovers are welcome to come along to
witness this historical event, which starts at 12.30pm. Anne Kelly a
Communications Officer, and Nic a Maths teacher, live in Waterloo, a stone’s
throw away from Crosby Lakeside which inspired their water based wedding theme.
The bride, Anne says:- “We can’t thank Crosby Lakeside enough for offering
to help dress the stage, and with just 2 weeks to go we are confident that the
creative theatre team will make our wedding day spectacular.”
Darren James, Operations Manager at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre
says:- “After months of careful planning, we are all very excited here to
see Anne and Nic’s big day go brilliantly. This will be our first stage wedding,
so it’s literally going to be history in the making for us!.” In keeping with the theme, Anne held her hen do at the newly opened Titanic
Aparthotel – 30 James Street.
Galea pens a new 2 year deal
WIDNES Vikings have been given a major boost ahead of the Club's trip to Hull KR
this afternoon as Australian back rower Danny Galea has signed a new 2 year
deal. The 30 year old put pen to paper this week and he's says it was the
easiest decision he's ever had to make after enjoying an excellent start to the
2014 First Utility Campaign and his Widnes career.
Galea, who joined the Vikings in November 2013 from Canterbury Bulldogs, said:-
"I'm excited at signing the new deal and
I'm really looking forward to playing a part in shaping the future at the Club.
We have a good group here and it makes coming in to training fun, easy and
enjoyable and that's hard to achieve sometimes. I didn't look anywhere else as I
just wanted to sign at Widnes. I'm enjoying my footy here and it didn't take
long at all to get things through as I'm happy, my family is settled here and
things are going well in Super League and in the Cup. We've made a really solid
start. It's a long year, we know that, and the biggest challenge is continuing
that start for the rest of the season. I think we can do it too, and if we keep
producing the level of performance that we have shown already this year then
it's going to be a pretty good season."
Denis Betts, Widnes Vikings Head Coach, said:- "Danny has really played a
big part of what we have achieved this year. He came in as a bit of a unknown
quantity, in the sense that we had lots of information and knowledge on his
culture and we knew he was a player that would enhance our environment both off
and on the field and that has been the case. We knew he was a really good Rugby
League player but I think he has even gone beyond all expectations that we had
of him, which is a credit to how hard he's worked. He's established himself as
one of the senior players, his experience is impressive and every week he's not
far off being the best player on the field. The quality in his game and the
things he does means he's a player we want to keep around our place as his
standards are so high. He keeps making the team better."
GamCare and Beacon Counselling Trust Free Gambling Support service off to a
flying start in Liverpool
THE Beacon Counselling Trust, in partnership with GamCare recently
launched a free support service for individuals and families affected by problem
gambling from Liverpool Town Hall on Thursday, 17 April 2014.
The new service, whch offers face to face problem gambling treatment, including
free one to one counselling, couples counselling and group counselling, is
currently delivered from a central hub in Liverpool.
Neil Platt, Clinical Lead at Beacon Counselling said:- “The response since
the Launch in Liverpool has been overwhelming which just goes to show that there
is a real need for this free service. The service is now being extended beyond
Liverpool and we are taking referrals from across Merseyside.” The GamCare network of treatment partners provides services across Great Britain
for those who need sustained help to deal with their gambling problems. This
service is free and confidential and is available to anyone affected by problem
The service has the support of Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Gary Millar
and Liverpool Councillors Nick Small and Peter Mitchell, as well as a wide range
of statutory and local community organisations.
Since the Launch on the 17th the Service has been welcomed with open arms by
service users and community support services alike in Liverpool. The next step
is to extend this free service across Merseyside and offer it to the residents
of Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, Southport and St Helens.
To find out more about the service offered by Beacon Counselling Trust visit:-
Anyone wishing to use the service should contact them on:- 0151 321 1099 or the
GamCare helpline on:- 0808 8020 133 (gamcare.org.uk).