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Issue:- 10 October 2014
Wellbeing clinic for people affected by cancer
HEALTH organisations have
joined forces to host a wellbeing event at the Family Life Centre,
Ash Street, Southport, PR8 6JH between 1pm and 3.30pm, on Thursday,
23 October 2014.
Visitors will have the opportunity to find out what support,
information, advice and facilities are available to help adjust to
life with and beyond cancer.
There will be advice on fitness, walking groups, dietary, benefits,
stopping smoking, carers' support, and from local support groups and
cancer nurse specialists.
There will be short talks from health professionals, covering living
well after cancer, your feelings after cancer treatment, relaxation,
and healthy eating and lifestyle.
Free refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon and
there will be the opportunity to talk to other people with similar
experiences, which can provide reassurance, reduce anxiety and
combat a sense of isolation.
The event is supported by local organisations including Sefton
ActiveLifestyles, Benefits Advisor and Sefton and West Lancs Carers
Friends and family are welcome to come along, but as places are
limited, booking is essential.
For information or to book a place contact Helen, Barbara or Sarah
at the Southport Macmillan Information and Support Centre on:- 0151
288 6893 or send an email.
Doreen Coles, a former cancer patient, who volunteers at the
Macmillan Information and Support Service, said:- "It can be
hard to remember all the information and support that you are told
about when you are first diagnosed with cancer. We are encouraging
people affected by cancer to come along to the event, so they are
better informed about how they can make a positive difference to
their every day life."
Sue Summerfield, Matron for Cancer Services at Southport and
Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:- "We're delighted to join
forces with the Macmillan Cancer Information and& Support Service to
bring together local support, information and advice for people in
Southport, Ormskirk and the surrounding areas to help them find ways
of living with and beyond cancer."
Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Development Manager for the area added:-
"No one with cancer should have to face it alone; they should
have easy access to high quality care, treatment, information and
support, to meet their medical, practical, emotional and financial
needs. They should feel able to enjoy life to the full and research
has shown how important health and wellbeing is to the recovery and
long-term health of cancer patients."
Barbara Flowers, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre
Manager, said:- "This is a particularly difficult time for
many patients since they often feel they lose the safety net of
support they receive when they are attending the hospital regularly
for treatment and often find it difficult to return to everyday
activities. We hope that this event will be one of many in the
future to provide better information and support to people affected
by cancer. Just give us a call at the Centre in Southport on:- 0151
288 6897 to book, or if you have any questions, we are here to
For Good Event' - UK business leaders wanted!
Police are hoping to 'lock up' some of the county's
top business leaders as part of an event at the end of November to
raise thousands of pounds for the Prince's Trust. The force takes
part annually and this year is aiming to generate funds for the
charity through a unique 24 hours entitled:- 'Locked Up For
Good'. 'Locked Up For Good or 'LUFG''
will see up to 20 people nominated by companies across Merseyside
facing a mock 'arrest' in their workplace. They'll
then find out what it's like to be taken into custody, being driven
in a carrier van to a Police Station where they will have their
photograph and fingerprints taken. They'll also be interviewed
by officers about their behaviour in the workplace and finally
locked up in the custody cells. The more money that is raised by
each company, the longer their boss will stay locked up!
The event will take place on Friday, 28 November 2014. Every officer
who takes part will be volunteering and giving up their own time and
non-operational custody suites are being used so there is no impact
on operational Policing.
The event is being organised by Inspector Paul Court who is based at
Copy Lane Police Station. He said:- "We hope this event will
really capture the imagination of businesses across Merseyside who
will be able to come up with managers they would like to see Locked
up For Good! A minimum donation will secure 'accommodation' in one
of the custody suite cells for 4 hours. The more money that is then
raised, the longer people will stay in the cells. We hope the entire
day will be a special experience the people taking part will really
enjoy. It should be a great networking opportunity and give everyone
a day they won't forget! We also hope people will dig deep for The
Prince's Trust which is doing vital work supporting vulnerable young
people right here on Merseyside. That work includes helping
youngsters to stabilise their lives, build their self esteem and
making sure they have the skills they need to get a job. This help
can literally turn young peoples' lives around and all the money we
raise will go to this very worthwhile cause."
There are 20 cells available. People can register their interest or
get more information by visiting the Merseyside Police
Return! Photos and video by Patrick
FORMBY'S Viking and
Medieval Market was held on 4 October 2014, with more stalls,
exhibitions and displays than last year's, It truly was a bigger
event and proved a huge success. It is hoped by the Viking Festival
organisers, Tony Higginson, Mark Olly and Leo Kiolassa, that this
will become a proper annual fixture for the village "We have a
massive opportunity to make this grow and we are delighted for the
help we have had so far. We hope to build on this year's success as
we did on last year's, so we can promote our village's Viking
heritage and bring people into it. We hope that the people attending
not only come to see us, but also visit our local shops and
restaurants. We also hope that it will encourage locals and tourists
alike to learn more about the Vikings though our living history
displays." said Mark Olly. At the event the group also had
help from the 1st Formby Scouts and Our Lady of Compassion 20th
Formby Brownies and Tony added: - "We would like to thank the
groups for their amazing help." If you attended you would
have seen a Viking Boat, Hnefatafl (a kind of Viking chess) being
played, birds Of Prey, exhibits of weapons and amour, Viking
clothing and Saxon clothing, plus a chance to sample some Viking
food and make Viking coins! But for some the most enthralling part
was seeing a live fighting demonstration in the arena. "It
might be a small show compared to some, but what was on offer was
fantastic. You could easily have spent a day at the event!"
one of the many people attending told us un-prompted. Here's to
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