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Issue:- 3 July 2014

Ainsdale Musicians Strike a Chord for North West Cancer Research

SINGERS from Lydiate Primary School Concert Choir and musicians from the Sefton Music Service Ensembles came together to put on a special concert to raise £800 for North West Cancer Research (NWCR) last week.

The event, which took place at Ainsdale Methodist Church Hall on Liverpool Road on Friday, was organised by Jan Holmes and Brenda Pomfret from Ainsdale with the help of their husbands Peter and Colin.

Over 100 concert goers were treated to a performance from the choir and four solo performances by Year 6 pupils from Lydiate Primary School, as well as ensembles of genres including classical, jazz and swing.

At the beginning of the concert, Dr Sarah Coupland, director of the North West Cancer Research Centre at the University of Liverpool, gave a special thanks to everyone involved in the concert, highlighting how vital fundraising is to the support of cancer research projects in the region.  She said:- "As well as raising money to support the charity, events like this help to raise awareness about cancer and encourage people to talk openly about it.  All of the money raised from fund raising activities, help support local research projects which improve our understanding of diagnosis, treatment and prevention here in the North West."

Tickets for the event cost £6 for adults and £3 for children; including tea and coffee which was generously donated by staff at the local Tesco store in Kew.  Jan Holmes, said:- "I'd like to say thank you to Dr Sarah Coupland for her wonderful insight into the work being done to help combat cancer in our region. Also a big thanks to all those who came along on the night and helped us to raise this money for North West Cancer Research.  It was a great night, fantastic atmosphere and some brilliant performances from our talented musicians and singers. The amount of positive feedback we've had from this year's event has been overwhelming."

Seaside Safety

WITH summer holidays approaching we would like to remind our readers of the dangers of visiting the Seaside. Last year we had a few readers asking us why the area did not warn about the dangers of tunnelling into the sand dunes, but warning signs do indicate the dangers of the swimming in the sea and also of quicksand. This week, we have send a letter to Sefton Council, asking this question, having been contacted about this issue again; but it got us thinking. In recent weeks we have also had questions about having BBQ's on the beach. These might be fun, but they are extremely dangerous and also it is against the law to have open flames on the beach. Last year, a lady had to be air lifted off Formby beach, after standing on a discarded BBQ, which had become covered by sand. Fire can be extremely dangerous for the Sefton coastal area, with fires being caused in different ways, from BBQ's to arson and even from litter being dumped. In hot dry spells, the glass bottles and other similar items can act as magnifying glasses, setting fire to the plants or litter around it. That is also an issue in cars, so never leave cameras or even glasses exposed to the sun. These are a few simple rules to follow that should keep you safe...

Safety at the beach

1. Environment - Check out the beach when you arrive and ask lifeguards or rangers for information of any dangers. Some of the coastline is affected by strong rip tides and currents beneath the surface so, although it might look safe to swim, it could prove fatal: look out for any danger signs, warning flags about for that or many other issues. Take care only to swim within the red/yellow flags and listen out for lifeguard patrol or ranger services issuing warnings. Beware of getting too close to piers, groynes, breakwaters and rocks. NEVER swim in RED flagged areas and so do not swim in black and white flagged areas either! Check the tide times and keep an eye out for it, but also be aware that the Sefton Coastline has hidden channels, so you should not venture too far out or you may become marooned.

2. Help - If you do not have lifeguards near you, keep a charged phone on you! Call 999, ask for coastguard, should you or any of your party get in to difficulties and also do this if you see anyone else in distress!

3. Drinking - On Merseyside the beaches are Alcohol Free Zones, but never go swimming anywhere if you have been drinking alcohol!

4. Boats - In some parts of the coastline you should also be aware of the wash from passing vessels. Don't get to close to the edge, as you might get swept off your feet, even if you think you are standing somewhere safe!

5. Do not take your car or any vehicle on to the beach unless in a designated area for parking.

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