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Issue:- 12 June 2014


5 disabled Merseyside children are among the first to benefit from a new charity partnership which has raised more than £450,000 to provide specialist equipment.  The equipment is being funded through a partnership between leading UK children's disability charity Newlife Foundation and The Morgan Foundation, which supports organisations across Merseyside including education therapy group Stick 'n' Step, Gilbrook Special School on the Wirral and Activate Arts in Kirkby.  The money was raised through a recent (May) Morgan Foundation golf day and gala evening which featured rock legend Robert Plant. It will be used to provide vital equipment for families working with Newlife Foundation and living in The Morgan Foundation catchment area of Merseyside, North Wales, West Cheshire and North Shropshire. In the 1st tranche of funding, almost £22,000 of equipment is being provided for a total of 13 children. In Southport, 1 child is getting £2,412 to help pay for a wheelchair and another will be receiving a £660 specialist car seat. Car seats will also be provided for 2 4 year olds, 1 each in Bootle and St Helens, with a child in Prenton set to get a £3,600 bed. Newlife Foundation has previously funded 196 Equipment Grants for children on Merseyside, totalling £250,856.

* Wolverhampton Wanderers' charity, Wolves Aid, receives 10% of the annual funding budget to replicate the work of The Morgan Foundation in the Wolverhampton area.

Rogue traders jailed for conning elderly homeowners

2 men who conned elderly vulnerable people over building work on their homes have been jailed.  Dean Evans , aged 30, of Manor House Lane, Higher Heath, Whitchurch, Shropshire and Lee Hargreaves, aged 23, previously of Mather Avenue, St Helens, were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing at the City's magistrates court to offences under the Fraud Act and Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations (CPR)

Evans pleaded guilty to 9 offences under the CPR and 1 fraud offence, and Hargreaves pleaded guilty to 3 CPR offences and 2 fraud offences.

Liverpool Trading Standards Officers took action after Evans and Hargreaves carried out painting, roofing and guttering work on a number of properties during the summer of 2013 after cold calling in Liverpool 9.

The work was of poor quality, they didn't give the required paperwork or cancellation notices and failed to return and put right faults when contacted by the homeowners.

They were also charged with fraud by North Wales Police following a complaint about overcharging for work they claimed to have carried out on a property in the Wrexham area. All of the home owners targeted were elderly.

His Honour Judge Hatton said that he had to take into account the numbers of elderly victims, the fact the offences were committed over a period of time and in different parts of the country. He said that the only appropriate sentence was custodial and the difference in sentencing reflected the fact that Evans was clearly the ringleader.

He sentenced Evans to 10 months in prison and Hargreaves to 6 months. He ordered that they both be disqualified from driving for 2 years as they were itinerant fraudulent traders and ordered that a vehicle seized from Evans during the investigation be forfeited.

John McHale, head of Liverpool Consumer Protection, said:- "This is an important result for the service and its partners working together to protect vulnerable residents in the City. We will not accept the targeting of consumers and in particular vulnerable members of our communities by rogue traders. Consumers have rights and those rights need to be protected and we will continue to ensure we use all statutory powers at our disposal to deal with rogue trader activity.  We would also advise people not to accept work from building workers offering to do work when they cold call. This case is a classic example for homeowners."

Range High School Chemists Create Winning Formula!

BUDDING chemists from Range High School will represent the North West in the final of a national schools' chemistry competition after beating off hopefuls from across the region. The students from Range won the North West regional heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Schools' Analyst Competition held at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston.  The 3 AS level chemistry students; Ciara McQuaid, Chloe Uffendel and Jonathan Baker, and triumphed over 10 schools from across Lancashire and Merseyside and will represent the North West region at the prestigious UK final which will also take place at UCLan in June 2014.  Each team undertook various practical analytical experiments based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs. These were judged on skill, understanding and accuracy using tests intended to promote team work and safety in the laboratory.

Jillian Stretch, a chemistry teacher from Range High School, accompanied the pupils to the UCLan event. She commented:- "This was the first time our school has attended the event and so I was extremely proud that they won the North West heat. They are looking forward to representing the region in the national final.  The students thoroughly enjoyed working on the tasks and worked well as a team. The one thing they all agreed on was that they had fun. It has increased their confidence in their analytical skills and given them a taste of facilities available at university."

UCLan Senior Lecturer in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Dr Rob Smith commented:- "Congratulations to the pupils from Range High School. Once again we saw just how capable young chemists from across the North West are and what great lab and analytical skills they have.  This year's RSC competition is particularly special for us as UCLan will host the final next month. We are looking forward to welcoming the 20 school teams from across the country to put their analytical science skills to the test and see who will be crowned the overall winner."

You have helped us to donate £96.00 so far to the Liverpool Lord Mayor's Charity

Click on to buy now...WE have have donated £96.00 to the Lord Mayor's Charity (Liverpool), thanks to your help buying our B.O.A. 70th Anniversary DVD 's. Sadly we did not sell all 50, so we are going to continue to sell them and donate £3.00 from the sales until we have sold all 50 of them. The donation of £96.00 will go towards Councillor Gary Millar's total, that will help the Linda McCartney Centre, The Whitechapel Centre, Variety - The Children's Charity and The Michael Causer Foundation. As Councillor Erica Kemp was been sworn in to the role of Liverpool's Lord Mayor on Tuesday, 11 June 2014, further donations from us to the Liverpool Lord Mayor's Charity will now go to Councillor Erica Kemp appeal fund. We would like to say a big well done to Councillor Gary Millar for his efforts, over 2013 to 2014 and wish Councillor Erica Kemp good luck with her efforts.

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