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Issue:- 24 July 2014

Wirral volunteer nominated for national award

A volunteer who leads a sight loss support group in Wirral has been nominated for a national award.  Professor Derek Hull of Heswall in the Wirral, is in the running for the 'Chairman's award for volunteering' as part of the Macular Society's Awards for Excellence. The nomination recognises his hard work and dedication in his role leading the charity's local support group.  Age related macular degeneration affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK. More people are affected as our population ages. The Macular Society has 300 support groups across the UK, all aiming to increase the confidence and independence of people affected by central vision loss.  Professor Hull, who is affected by Macular Degeneration himself, said:- "I was rather surprised to be nominated and wondered if I had been confused with someone else!  I joined the group because although my sight was deteriorating rapidly, I felt that while I could still see, I should try and help those who couldn't. People with sight problems have many difficulties in life. Apart from everyday living problems, they tend to be isolated and lonely. Support groups offer help."

Mr Alan Wren, a member of the local group who nominated Professor Hull for the award, said:- "Derek has arranged programmes of excellent speakers and demonstrations, which have resulted in good attendance. His own outlook, manner and enthusiasm are an inspiration to group members and it would be appropriate to recognise this in an award for volunteering"

Professor Hull's nomination will now be handed over to the judges, who will decide on the overall winners and present them with their awards at the Society's annual London conference on 27 September 2014.  The 'Chairman's award for volunteering' is 1 of 4 honours presented by the charity. There are also awards for:- 'Clinical service of the year', 'Support and community rehabilitation professional of the year' and 'Optometrist or optician of the year'.

Tony Rucinski, Chief Executive of the Macular Society, said:- "Derek has done exceptionally well to be nominated for this award, and we're very grateful to him for the fantastic work carried out in Wirral.  It's always heartening to hear how people have made such a difference to the lives of others. There are some really inspiring people working within the sector and volunteering within the local community for people with visual impairments. I'm proud that we can honour him in this way."

The Macular Society's annual award scheme has been made possible because of the generous sponsorship of Dolphin Computer Access.  For information, advice or support concerning macular degeneration, contact the Macular Society's helpline on:- 0300 3030 111 or via email.

Lost Medication Warning in the Crosby area of Merseyside

MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for the public to be cautious and remain vigilant after a quantity of prescription medicine was lost in the Crosby area on Monday, 21 July 2014. It is believed the medication, consisting of three boxes of Diazepam with each box containing 28 tablets, may have been lost on Rosedale Avenue at about 1pm. Police enquiries into the incident are ongoing. Officers are warning people that taking medication that hasn't been prescribed to them can be dangerous and may even prove fatal. Anyone who finds the medication is asked to hand it in to any Pharmacy or Police Station or contact officers on the:- 101 non emergency number.

Police what to identity a man in connection to malicious letters sent to educational establishments

WEST Yorkshire Police have released this still CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an ongoing enquiry. The enquiry that is on going relates to a series of malicious letters, sent predominantly to educational establishments across the UK. The man is believed to be from the Merseyside area and was captured on CCTV, on a train travelling from Liverpool to Ormskirk on Sunday, 2 March 2014. He is believed to have got off the train at Ormskirk station at approximately 1.40pm. Anyone who believes they may know the identity of the man, or has any information that could assist the Police with their enquiries, is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on:- 101 - extension:- 28212, or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111, quoting Niche Reference:- 13130024152.

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