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Issue:- 19 June 2014


LORD Street North Post Office in Southport has kicked off its World Cup celebrations by turning the branch into a football pitch! The branch at Lord Street in Southport had the goal of helping its customers get excited; and they've kicked things off by laying artificial turf over the floors, turning the counters into goals and decking the walls with flags.

Subpostmaster Mike Finch said:- "We really wanted our customers coming into the branch to get into the spirit of the world's biggest football celebration; especially those picking up their currency before heading off to Brazil." Lord Street Post Office in Southport is open from 7.00 till midnight for anyone who wants to test out their keepy uppy skills on its pitch.

Lollipop lady gears up for 10th annual charity walk

Joyce McLoughlin, who is taking part in the annual Summer Solstice Walk for the Royal Liverpool hospital’s R Charity for the tenth year in a row.

A lollipop lady who has raised £12,000 for the Royal Liverpool University Hospital will complete her tenth annual Summer Solstice Walk this month.

Grandmother Joyce McLoughlin, 70, from Woolton, has taken part in the four mile walk along the Mersey from the Pier Head to Otterspool Prom every year since it started in 2005 and is preparing to do it all again on Saturday, 21 June 2014.

Despite having undergone a hip replacement, Joyce has braved wind, rain and sun to complete the walk after reading about the plight of 2 women who underwent mastectomy operations.

Joyce, who has helped pupils from Woolton County Primary, Bishop Martin CE Primary and Much Woolton Catholic Primary cross the road for 30 years, explained why she first got involved.

She said:- "It was just before the anniversary of my mother's death. She died from cancer 40 years ago. I managed to make quite a bit of money the 1st time I did it so I thought I'll keep doing it. I'll keep going as long as I can. It's had a good atmosphere every year since I started. You couldn’t ask for any better."

Joyce, who will don a blue wig for this year’s walk, has raised £12,000 for the hospital’s charity in the past decade thanks to the generosity of friends, family and local businesses.

The R Charity raises funds to give patients the most advanced treatment with the latest technology, and provide staff with the finest diagnostic tools so patients have the best prospects for recovery and life.

Angela McShane, from R Charity, said:- "The walk is for all those affected by cancer whether a patient, a carer or anyone who has lost a loved one to the disease. All ages are welcome and fancy dress is encouraged. You can dress as a hippy, wear some flowers in your hair or go far out and wear a psychedelic wig. A prize will be awarded to the person who raises the most sponsorship money, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning you must return your sponsorship money no later than 31 July 2014. There will also be prizes for the top three costumes worn."

Registration is between 3pm to 4.45pm at the Pier Head and the walk, which takes up to an hour, will begin at 5pm. Registration is £10 and includes psychedelic wig, refreshments and bus travel. Children under 16 will walk free, but must be accompanied by an adult.

T-shirts will be awarded to all those who raise over £30 in sponsorship. If you would like to register please contact the fundraising office:- 0151 706 3172 or email:-  Once registered you will receive a fundraising pack with information about the walk, sponsorship forms, information about setting up a Just Giving page and 10 fundraising ideas to help you raise additional funds.

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