'medics' to abseil down the Royal
A Hollyoaks 'nurse'
and 'junior doctor' will overcome their fear of heights to
abseil 200ft down the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
Since joining the long-running soap earlier this month, Daisy
Wood-Davis has become used to walking the wards of the fictional Dee
Valley Hospital as Kim Butterfield. But on Sunday, 19 October 2014,
Daisy will be joined by on-screen sister and junior doctor Lindsey,
played by Sophie Austin, to walk down a slightly less familiar
hospital environment; the side of the Royal.
The fictional sisters will raise money for the hospital's R Charity
by completing the feat.
Daisy said:- "I've done zipwiring but apart from that I like
to stay clear of heights. I've never done an abseil before so I'm
sure it will be a nerve-racking experience. But it is for such a
good cause so I'm going to just get on with it. I'm fairly new to
the City but I've already heard about the exciting plans for the new
hospital and it's great that I can do my bit to help the fundraising
Sophie added:- "I can't wait to give the abseil a go! It will
be great to have my on-screen sister there for moral support and
raise as much as we can for the new Royal appeal. I'm a junior
doctor on the show but I could never dream of doing the job for
real. They do fantastic work and it's an honour to help provide them
with the best equipment possible in the new hospital."
R Charity has launched a £10 million appeal to fund specialist
equipment and ensure patient environments in the new hospital are
world class. The charity is helping to fund a specialist Teenage and
Young Adult Cancer Unit with emotional, psychological, practical and
social support for people diagnosed with cancer who are aged 16 to
Loren Slade, from R Charity, said:- "We hope to fund 10 single
en-suite bedrooms, each including a flat screen TV and comfortable
seating in each bedroom, creating a home from home for patients and
their visitors. Patient bedrooms will include additional pull down
beds so family members can stay close to their loved ones when they
need them most. We will also create an Entertainment Hub, a
space within the unit where young adults can hang out, play games,
and listen to music with fellow patients and visiting friends. This
much needed space will also include a computer suite, so teens can
continue their education while in hospital or relax and chat online
If you want to do the abseil on Saturday, 18 October 2014 or Sunday, 19
October 2014, please contact Loren Slade at the R Charity on:- 0151
register. You can sponsor the Butterfield sisters
North West workers would be £90 a
week better off had pay risen at pre-recession rate
WORKERS in the North West would be nearly £90
a week better off if real wage growth had remained at its
pre-recession rate, according to new analysis published by the TUC.
The analysis shows that even using the government's preferred
inflation measure (The consumer prices index), which excludes
housing costs, workers in the region would be earning £88.50 a week
more had pay had continued to rise at 1.9% a year after the crash.
The TUC says the analysis shows how much working people's living
standards suffered during the recession and how pay has failed to
recover during the recovery.
This is the 7th year that average weekly earnings have been falling
– the longest period since records began in the 1850s, says the TUC.
Last month Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said that average
weekly earnings have fallen by around 10% in real terms
since the financial crisis.
The TUC analysis highlights how much better off working people would
be if real wages had risen at their pre-recession rate.
North West TUC Regional Secretary Lynn Collins said:- "Workers
in the North West would be nearly £4,500 a year better off had wage
growth remained at its modest pre-recession rate.
Instead, pay has fallen off a cliff and shows little sign of
recovering any time soon. Ordinary households are not sharing in the
recovery and are facing their seventh consecutive year of real wage
With savings spent and credit cards maxed out, people are finding it
increasingly difficult to make ends meet, and unless Britain gets a
pay rise soon the UK's personal debt problem will get even worse.
That's why thousands of people from across the North West; who work
in both the private and the public sectors; will be coming to London
on Saturday for our Britain Needs a Pay Rise march and rally."
sails off with prize
A stunning image of model
yachts on Sefton Park lake in Autumn has taken the top prize in the
Liverpool parks photograph competition. "Reflection Inspection"
by Tom Duckworth was the overall
winner and also took the category prize in the Parks for People
Winner of the Countryside in the City category was Michael Cosgrove
with Heather Taylor, taking the young person's competition. A
total of 128 entries, showing all aspects of the City's 70 plus
parks, gardens, recreation grounds, playgrounds and nature reserves
were received. "The standards of entry was extremely high but the judges have
chosen very worthy winners. Our parks and green spaces are a
photographer's paradise and this competition shows them at their
best." said Councillor Peter Mitchell,
Mayoral lead for Parks.
The competition is organised by the City Council in conjunction with
Liverpool Parks Friends Forum and supported by Myerscough College
Croxteth Park Centre. The Parks Friends Forum brings together Park
Friends groups from all over the City to represent the views of park
users and actively contribute to the management and upkeep of
The winning and shortlisted entries will be published later this
month in the Liverpool Parks Calendar for 2015.
Category Winners and Shortlisted entries can be seen at:-
flickr.com. And all the entries can be viewed at:-
for Wirral half marathon
PERFECT weather conditions
and improved race courses greeted 2,200 keen runners in Wirral at
the weekend. The 2nd annual BTR Wirral Half Marathon and 10K took
place on Sunday (12 October), and the point to point races were
hailed all-round successes with a large number of runners achieving
personal best times on the day.
Both the 10K and the half marathon covering 13.1 miles started with
a one-mile route through Birkenhead Park and finished in New
Brighton. The course took all runners along a coastal route past
Seacombe Ferry, Egremont Promenade and Fort Perch Rock, with views
across to the Liverpool waterfront as a backdrop.
The 10K runners then veered off to finish their race on Coastal
Drive, while the half marathon runners continued along King's Parade
and the North Wirral Coastal Path to Leasowe Lighthouse, before
returning to Coastal Drive to complete their race.
The BTR Wirral 10K was won by
James Riley (Liverpool Harriers) with a time of 32:04, with the
first female finisher being Alex O'Brien (Liverpool Running Club) in
The winner of the BTR Wirral Half
Marathon was Tarus Elly (Salford Harriers) in 1:08:47, with Jenny
Clague (Liverpool Harriers) being the first female finisher in
Eldest runner on the day was
Wirral's very own Eddy Mountford, aged 91, who ran the 10K in
1:30:22. Eddy only began running aged 58, and has since completed 30
marathons and countless 10Ks and half marathons.
The event also attracted a number
of charity runners, and overseas runners who had travelled from
Norway and Poland to participate.
Race Director Alan Rothwell said:- "We are delighted with this
year's event. The race conditions were perfect, much kinder than
last year, and the runners certainly took advantage with a lot
achieving personal best times on the fast and flat courses. The
improved courses meant that all the runners enjoyed more distance in
scenic Birkenhead Park, and then further route changes to the Half
Marathon course round Leasowe which worked well.
The finish area at New Brighton is fantastic, giving the runners an
excellent space for a sprint finish before they collected their
special finishers' medal, T-shirt and goody bag. We have to say a
big thank you to the volunteers who make such a big difference on
race days, as well as the spectators who provided encouraging
support along the course."
Quickly becoming established on the Wirral events calendar, the
event was shortlisted as Event Of The Year in the Wirral Tourism
Awards 2014... A huge coup to be recognised in its inaugural year.