Grateful for Grand' Gesture
A summer garden party
organised by the Rotary Club of Bradford Blaize, has raised £1,000
for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Appeal.
The Rotary Club decided to raise funds for the Appeal, following the
excellent treatment given to one of its members, Graham Robinson, by
the aortic surgery team at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.
Graham, who lives in Shipley in West Yorkshire, was referred to the
country's largest single site specialist heart and chest hospital in
April for an aortic aneurysm repair procedure.
He said:- "In addition to the great skill of Mr Aung Oo, my
cardiac surgeon, the care that I received from all the staff at
every point throughout my stay was excellent. Whether in theatre, or
in the critical care unit or on the ward, the staff were always
kind, caring, competent and compassionate, and they also knew when
and where appropriate to add some humour to my situation. It is
thanks to all of these wonderful staff, including the pain
specialists and physiotherapists that I have recovered so well. I am
indeed a very fortunate person." To say:- "thank you for the care and support that Graham and his wife
Marilyn received", members and wives of the Rotary Club of Bradford Blaize organised a summer garden party in aid of the hospital's
Following his latest check up with his consultant, Graham and
Marilyn were delighted to present a cheque for £1,000 to the Trust's
Chief Executive, Jane Tomkinson and the aortic surgery team.
Jane added:- "It is a pleasure to accept the very generous
donation from the Rotary Club. We will ensure that every penny is
used to support patients, such as Graham, undergoing aortic surgery
at our hospital in the future."
Liverpool's Lord Mayor
is ready to
give runners a boost
LIVERPOOL'S Lord Mayor will give runners a boost at the weekly
Princes Park 5k run this weekend.
On Saturday, 1 November 2014, the Lord Mayor Councillor, Erica Kemp, will be at
the starting line of the 189th run since it 1st began in 2011, and
she will be giving runners an encouraging pep talk before they set
off on their journey around the park.
Councillor Kemp, said:- "The weekly 5k run at Princes Park is
a great way for everyone, from beginners to dedicated runners, to
get involved in keeping fit both mentally and physically. The
volunteers who run this event do a fantastic job of organising the
run every week, without their time and dedication this great
community event, which attracts over 200 runners each week, would
not take place. I hope that we can encourage more and more people to
come along and take part in the run."
The run is a voluntary event which takes place every Saturday at
Princes Park. Anyone wanting to get involved in the next run must
register 1st at
and bring along their unique runners 'barcode' to the event.
The very 1st Parkrun began 10 years ago with a free, weekly, timed
5k run in Bushy Park in London , organised entirely by volunteers.
The model proved highly successful, and has since expanded to around
300 Parkruns in the UK, with more overseas...
In Liverpool, Princes Parkrun was established in 2011 by a group of
local running enthusiasts. The event currently attracts over 200
runners per week, and has approximately 5500 people registered to
charity ride in aid of baby hospice
A big hearted businesswoman
is in training for a marathon charity bike ride in Asia to raise
money for a Liverpool hospice for babies.
Ruth Macbryde sets off next month to cycle 250 miles from Ho Chi
Minh City in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia, in temperatures of
up to 38C.
Ruth was challenged to do the cycle ride in aid of the Zoe's Place
Baby Hospice by her good friend, TV comedian and former radio
Merseyside presenter Willie Miller, who champions Zoe's Place.
The specialist hospice in Yew Tree Lane, West Derby, provides
palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants aged
from birth to 5 years suffering from life limiting or
life threatening conditions.
Ruth, a director of Macbryde Homes which builds high quality homes
across North West England and North Wales, is hoping to raise at
least £15,000. She's "delighted" to have already achieved
over half of the target amount along with another £4,000 in pledges.
She will be joined on the ride by her friend Christine Howatson,
from Ruthin, and her daughter, Ffion. They will be accompanied
by 50 other Zoe's Place supporters and will complete the ride over
5 days, starting on 11 November 2014.
Ruth, from St Asaph in North Wales, said:- "Hospices like
Zoe's Place give you a whole new perspective on life. I truly
couldn't imagine how it must feel to need the fantastic facilities
and care provided by a baby's hospice.
The support and professional help; both medical and personal; to
each family is amazing.
The team at Zoe's Place are dedicated to their patients and their
families and do their utmost to help, support, and improve their
quality of life to ensure they make every day as special as it can
It's really heart warming to see their dedication, happy faces and
cheery dispositions which make for a happier environment for
patients and their families.
I would like to say a big thank you to all the people who have
already made a donation on behalf of all the families they are
Ruth added:- "I've been very lucky in that I have good friends
and family to support my charity activities and I'm looking forward
to the challenge of raising funds for Zoe's Place. As far as the
bike ride goes, training is imperative which is why we have devised
our very own rigorous training regime; we are determined to excel at
this challenge. Apparently, the 1st day that is hardest as
it's 56 miles on undulating roads. It's going to be pretty hot with
temperatures up to 38 degrees with some serious humidity."
Fellow participant Christine said:-
"I've recently turned 50
and got a bit fitter, I thought it would be great to do this
challenge and raise funds for such a worthwhile and rewarding
The bike ride is the latest in a series of charitable events
supported by Ruth who has raised in excess of £150,000 for North
Wales charities including St David's Hospice in Llandudno, Tŷ
Gobaith Children's Hospice in the Conwy Valley and Cancer Research
Anybody wanting to make a donation should go to:-