BHS in Southport
button up for an August of fundraising for the NSPCC
BHS in Southport are
sporting new charity button badges this summer, to support the work
of the NSPCC.
The Southport store on Chapel Street are selling the badges for a
suggested £1 donation throughout August.
The badges will be available in different
children's characters, including: footballers, pirates, superheroes,
robots, rock stars, and wizards, these new badges are not only an
ideal accessory or gift for girls and boys alike, but they will also
support the work of the NSPCC, helping to protect vulnerable
children through its projects and services.
The high street family retailer in
Southport will also be hosting a range of other summer fundraising
activities this August, including beach themed in store picnics,
summer parties, fancy dress, face painting, cake sales and much
Simon Moss, Head of Retail Operations at BHS said:-
"This August sees another really exciting opportunity for us to make
a difference for children; raising vital funds for the NSPCC, not
only through the sales of these exciting new style NSPCC button
badges, but also through a host of summer fun filled fundraising
activities. Colleagues across all our stores are looking forward to
an August fundraising extravaganza and we know that all our
wonderful customers will get behind us and join in the fun to help
us raise even more money for such a worthy charity."
Alison Roberts, fundraising
account manager at the NSPCC, said:- "I'd like to thank
everyone at BHS for their fundraising efforts. We are very grateful
for the continued support and dedication of BHS staff and customers
who are always keen to get involved in fundraising events and we
wish them every success with their fundraising activity this
BHS has been working with the NSPCC since 2006 and raised a massive
£1.2 million to support the charity's services, which help many
thousands of children and young people every year.
The money raised from this fundraising
activity will support the charity's services in Merseyside and
across the UK. The cash will go to help protect children through its projects
and services including ChildLine; the UK's free, confidential
24 hour helpline and online service for children and young people;
and help the NSPCC answer more calls from adults with concerns about
a child. It will also enable the charity to develop innovative and
pioneering services for children who have suffered abuse and harm.
Visit your nearest BHS store and join in the fundraising efforts or
for further ways of supporting the NSPCC locally please visit:-
Ambulance Trusts in England and Wales do not record patient's end of
A new report from Compassion in Dying has found that only
the Ambulance Trusts in England and Wales have a formal system in
place to record the treatment preferences; including 'Do Not Attempt
Resuscitation' decisions; of patients nearing the end of life, and
only four have systems in place for individuals who are not nearing
the end of life.
The report highlights the need for a nationwide system which would
enable Ambulance Trusts to respect patient wishes at the end of
life, ensuring that their choices are at the centre of care.
A Freedom of Information request was issued to all Ambulance Trusts
in England and Wales (11 in total) 6 of these Trusts had a formal
system for recording patient information called EPaCCs (electronic
palliative care coordination systems). This enables service
providers to share patient information across care boundaries. One
Trust reported that 90% of their end of life patients had their
treatment wishes respected by the ambulance crew.
2 tools which allow patients to decide, and communicate, their end
of life treatment preferences are Advance Decisions to Refuse
Treatment (ADRT), and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA); both of
which come into play when the individual has lost capacity. Recently
the Government has committed to an electronic database to record all LPAs, which highlights the importance of having a nationally
co-ordinated system for end of-life wishes, however a central record
of LPAs is only part of the solution. A central record of ADRTs is
also necessary to complete the picture.
Danielle Hamm, Director of Compassion in Dying, said:-
"Ambulance teams want to do the best for their patients and respect
their wishes, but this becomes incredibly hard when they do not have
access to the right information. Many Trusts are engaging with
policies that enable patient rights at the end of life to be
respected, but a significant portion are not. Those who are making
headway in this area are constricted by the absence of a clear and
workable nationwide system which shares information as quickly as
possible for the attending paramedics.
We know that 82% of the general public have strong views about their
end of life care, but currently only 4% have completed an ADRT or
LPA. A concern consistently cited by people who contact Compassion
in Dying is that their wishes will not be available to healthcare
professionals at the critical moment. A clear framework for
recording these wishes with the Ambulance Trust would install
confidence in the public and would help more people take control of
their own end of life care. Such a system would also benefit the
hard working Paramedics at the scene."
Mr Stephen Klein's mother had a bad death as a result of an
Ambulance Trust ignoring his mother's end of life wishes:- "My
mother Lisa died in 2012, in a nursing home in Oxfordshire.
Unfortunately the whole process was badly managed due to the fact
that the Ambulance Service ignored specific instructions my mother
had left in the event of her losing capacity. She had made an
Advance Decision and had a Do Not Resuscitate order in place as part
of her end of life care plan. These were ignored, and my mother's
end of life rights were not respected.
Just as my mother was let down by the people who treated her, the
Ambulance Trust itself was let down by the lack of a proper workable
system. I received a full apology from the Ambulance Trust, who have
made a number of changes as a result of the lessons learned from my
mother's death. It was clear that they are trying to do the best
they can with limited resources. If there had been proper access to
my mother's end of life wishes, which were legally recorded, but
ignored, then there would have been a better chance she could have
had the care, and the death, that she wanted."
What are your views on this very emotional topic?
Please let us know by emailing us to:-
Southport Charity Shop seeks
THE Volunteer Mission Movement (VMM) is a
small International NGO founded in 1969. They have 3 charity shops
in the Merseyside area, all of which rely on local volunteers to
To date, VMM has provided over 2,600 specialist personnel in over 25
countries. These personnel have successfully worked on projects such
as health, education and teaching and have positively impacted
thousands of individuals.
On Merseyside their charity shops provide
a drop in service for the local community and a listening ear to
those in need.
They also donate clothes to help the homeless across
the Merseyside area.
VMM's aim is to fight poverty and injustice everywhere. Could you
play a vital role? If so, please get in touch today. Hours and days
are extremely flexible. Call in to the shop located at:- 595 Lord Street or 40 Fernhill Road in Bootle
for more information or phone Mark on:- 07902827896 or alternatively
you an send an
could be the £1,000 winner
A poem about Merseyside,
Southport or another town in your area could win £1,000 in a free
poetry competition. Entry is completely free and anyone, young
or old, can have a go; beginners too! All you have to do is send a
poem about Merseyside or another town in your circulation area to
"Local Poem" by email
email@example.com or post
to:- 'United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB,
UK'. The best poem will win £1,000 cash and you can send up to 3 entries,
which must be no more than 25 lines (each blank line counts as one
line) and 160 words each. "It can even be about something or someone from the poet's
home area. We
find that poems written from personal observation and experience are
the most heartfelt and expressive, so we're expecting some great
entries from your readers. The contest is designed to encourage
ordinary people to write poetry; to both express themselves and be
Last year's winner was Mary Scott from Darwen in Lancashire and
previous winners came from Leicester, Surrey, South Yorkshire,
Bristol, Oxford, Stafford, Rotherham and Greater Manchester. Maybe
this year the £1,000 will go to a poet from Merseyside or a
neighbouring town. Winning poems have been about a river, a tower, a
local character, village life and local history." explained a United Press spokesman.
The closing date is 31 December 2014.