Motorcyclists Supporting Alder Hey Charity
2 intrepid motorcyclists
will set off on Friday, 1 August 2014, on a 15,000 mile (24,140km)
motorcycle trek across Europe to raise awareness and funds for the
Alder Hey Children's
Code named 'Triumph over
Harry Glover and Pete Bray will be setting off on a 28 day adventure
that will see them pass through all 26 European Union capital
Starting from outside Buckingham Palace, they will travel as far
North as Helsinki, as far East as Bucharest and as far South as
Athens and Madrid.
Speaking ahead of the event, Harry Glover said:- "The work
done by Alder Hey has truly been an inspiration, and that is why we
are doing this trip.
The charity is very close to our hearts and having personal
experience of the work they do, I have nothing but admiration for
the medical team.”
The Alder Hey Children's Charity offers life saving medical
procedures and care to children suffering from chronic illnesses.
They are currently trying to raise £30 million for new equipment for
the 270,000 patients they treat every year.
The charity is particularly close to Harry's heart, as his young
daughter Elizabeth is preparing to have cranial surgery starting in
September under the expert guidance of Alder Hey.
The 2 riders will be covering an average of 600 miles (965km) a day,
and are currently looking for sponsorship to cover the running costs
of the expedition.
Events planned upon their arrival in each City will ensure that the
Alder Hey name is seen throughout Europe, and that thousands of
people will be made aware of the life saving work that they carry
out on a daily basis.
Pete Bray is no stranger to adventure, having completed a 2,980 mile
(4,800km) kayaking trek across the Atlantic from Newfoundland to
Ireland in 2001, and the fastest circumnavigation of South Georgia
in 2006. Add that to Harry Glover's 30 years of motorcycling
experience and the two are prepared for anything.
The two motorcyclists are looking for all the support they can get
for the cause. For more information on the trek visit the Triumph
website, and for more information on sponsoring Harry
Harry and Pete are directors of Birkenheadbased firm
which provides security services and training to businesses and
personnel around the world. For updates on the work done by
Alder Hey, you can follow them on
Brake supports proposed penalty
point increase for risky mobile phone use
THE road safety charity,
Brake has welcomed reports that the UK's Government is considering
doubling penalty points for using a mobile phone while driving. The
reports say the move has been recommended by Metropolitan Police
chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and Transport Secretary Patrick
McLoughlin has asked his officials to look into the idea.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said:- "This is
a welcome proposal, and we hope the government will implement it.
Brake has long campaigned for tougher penalties for mobile phone use
at the wheel because of the suffering we see the bereaved and
injured victims of road crashes put through as the result of such a
senseless and unnecessary risk. An increase in penalty points is a
step in the right direction, but it could provide a more effective
deterrent if combined with a increase in the fixed penalty fine to
£500 to 1,000, as well as heightened traffic enforcement, so risky
law breaking drivers know they will not get away with it. It is also
vitally important the Government doesn't ignore the danger of hands
free mobiles. Research shows using a phone hands free is about as
risky as picking up the phone while driving, so this should be
included within the ban, and carry the same penalty. Our message to
drivers is clear... Switch your phone off, put it out of sight and
reach, and remove the temptation to jeopardise someone's life for
the sake of a call or text."
Firearms discharge on Percy
MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that 5 people have been
arrested in connection with a firearms discharge on Percy Street,
Bootle on Wednesday, 2 July 2014. It follows a number of warrants
being executed at properties this morning, Friday, 11 July 2014. A
20 year old man from Walton and a 17 year old male from Bootle have
been arrested on suspicion of a firearms offence and criminal damage
with intent to endanger life. A 20 year old man from the Bootle area
has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, firearms offences
and possession of a controlled drug. 2 males aged 16 years and 12
years from the Seaforth area have been arrested on suspicion of
possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply and firearms
offences. Anyone with information is asked to call the Matrix
Serious and Organised Crime team on:- 0800 230 0600 or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
spruce up hospital gardens
VOLUNTEERS from the
Prince's Trust have worked hard clearing and replanting more than 32
concrete planters at Southport hospital.
10 volunteers from the Prince's Trust gave the planters and borders
a new lease of life bringing colour to the main entrance, outside
the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre and around the
Dobbies, the nearby garden centre,
donated plants and equipment for the project and the Prince's Trust
have not only volunteered their time but also fundraised towards the
The project is being run by Catherine Carter, medical device
manager, as part of the Scope for Change, a Trust staff development
programme which is putting staff in charge to deal with the everyday
issues that get in the way of patient care.
Catherine said: "It's been very rewarding working with the
Prince's Trust volunteers and supervisors. Their energy and
enthusiasm meant we could complete far more than I originally
envisaged and they've left our Southport hospital site looking
Photos show planters before and after and Prince's Trust volunteers
TROUBLED FAMILIES TURN LIVES AROUND
MORE than half of the
troubled families living in Merseyside have turned their lives
around in little over 2 years, according to the latest government
Councils have been praised for helping to get the lives of 2,767
families back on track out of the 4,805 troubled families living in
Speaking at the Local Government Association annual conference in
Bournemouth, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced that
52,833 of the most troubled families in England have been turned
around by local authority teams since April 2012.
This means that:-
► children are back in school for 3 consecutive
terms where they were previously truant or excluded.
high levels of youth crime and
anti-social behaviour have been significantly reduced.
and/or adults that were on
benefits have been in work for at least 3 months.
The Secretary of State said that councils all over England had risen
to the challenge of helping whole families improve their lives,
through a 'tough love' approach that combines intensive and
Eric Pickles said:- "To have helped so many families so
quickly is testament to the hard work and determination of troubled
families teams across the Country.
Nobody is saying that troubled families will become model citizens
overnight, but turning them around starts with getting kids off the
streets and into school, giving them a better chance in life, and
helping adults into employment or better able to work.
This is good for the taxpayer, good for the families themselves and
good for the communities around them.”
Local authorities are paid up to £4,000 on a payment by results
basis for turning around troubled families. The government's £448
million 3 year budget for 2012 to 2015 is drawn from 6 Whitehall
departments who all stand to benefit from the public sector working
more effectively with troubled families.
At the Spending Review last year it was announced that the Troubled
Families programme would be expanded to work with more families. The
Budget in March 2014 announced that work with up to 40,000 of these
families would begin this year.