lotto jackpot turns the tide for Nicola
CARE home worker, Nicola
Hughes has donated hundreds of pounds to lifeboat volunteers for
more than 12 years; but now the tide's turned and she's scooped a
fabulous £5000 jackpot from a fund raising lifeboat lottery.
Nicola is the lucky winner of Southport's Lifeboat Lotto – which
raises desperately needed cash for the Southport Offhore Rescue
Nicola, 44, who lives in Fir Street, Southport, began supporting the
lifeboats after her partner, Ian Thornton, a keen sea angler, was
killed in a car accident 12 years ago. She says:- "At his
funeral, he had wished for mourners to give to lifeboat charities
and we raised a substantial amount.
Ian was very involved with the sea and he knew what a debt all
coastal communities owe to the dedicated volunteers who staff the
It seemed a very fitting memorial to him. My support for the
lifeboats went on from there and I have taken part in numerous fund
raising efforts over the years; especially Lifeboat Lotto.
This win is fantastic. It means I will be able to give my son and
daughter the dream visit to Disneyland Paris they have always
wanted. And I will also be able to afford some essential repairs
around the house. It is great to get some good news completely out
of the blue. And of course, I will still continue to support
The Southport Lifeboat is totally independent and gets no funding
from the RNLI. It is totally reliant on donations from local people
and Lifeboat Lotto is an essential part of the trust's fund raising
Nick Porter, who is a coxswain with the Southport Offshore Rescue
Trust said:- "Congratulations to Nicola. Lifeboat Lotto is a
huge success for all concerned.
It has helped us to renew two engines for our main rescue boat; at a
cost of £20,000 and it is also contributing towards our planned new
boathouse." The crews' training ensures that the boat and equipment are always
available for emergency situations. The crew are responsible for the
maintenance and repair of the boathouse, boats, launch vehicle, and
the 2 quad ATV's used for beach rescues.
Due to the corrosive nature of saltwater, maintenance can be very
time consuming. Typically after each launch, the crew can spend
between 1 and 2 hours washing down the boat and vehicles.
The latest lifeboat, Heather White is fitted with Radar, GPS, and a
Chart plotter. Carrying a crew of 4, the twin 150 hp outboards give
a maximum speed of 50+ mph and a range of 150+ miles.
The lifeboat is stationed in the old lifeboat house which was built
over 130 years ago, it has no toilet or sink. These facilities are
in desperate need of modernisation, during the summer months, the
boathouse is ok, however during the winter months it can be a bleak
place for the crew to undertake their duties.
The volunteers are at present investigating the possibility of
relocating to a new lifeboat house nearer to the sea, however this
will require substantial funds to be raised.
Appeal after medication was lost
on a bus
Police are appealing for the public to be cautious after
prescription medication was lost on a bus somewhere between Bootle
and Aigburth yesterday, Tuesday, 4 November 2014. A man was
travelling on the 61 bus from Bootle Strand to Aigburth, when he is
believed to have left a quantity of medication on the bus. The
tablets were in a pharmacy bag and comprised one box of 56 x 75mg
Pregabalin tablets and 56 x 20mg Omeprazole capsules. Officers are
now carrying out enquiries and reminding people that taking
medication which hasn't been prescribed for them can be dangerous
and, in certain circumstances, can prove fatal. Anyone who finds any
of the medication is asked to hand it in to any Police Station,
Pharmacy or call Merseyside Police via the:- 101 number.
Holding Out for
an Arriva Hero?
IS it a bird? Is it a
plane? No, it's an Arriva bus driver swooping in to not only save
the day, but to also hopefully secure your votes in Arriva's annual
search for its most committed, heroic drivers who go above and
beyond to you get you safely from A to B.
Arriva, which operates services across Southport, is giving its
customers the chance to nominate one of their drivers for its
nationwide Bus Superhero award.
This accolade is designed to recognise drivers who make a difference
to customers when they travel on Arriva buses, be it through their
heroic efforts or just by adding a little extra sunshine to their
passengers' day. Whether it is their friendly manner, flawless
driving or the fact they go above and beyond the call of duty,
Arriva wants the people who know best, its customers, to nominate
drivers that deserve to t have their dutiful deeds acknowledged.
Debra Heaton, marketing and communications manager from Arriva North
West said:- "At Arriva we are incredibly proud to have some of
the most helpful, caring and committed individuals amongst our
dedicated team of drivers, and this is our way of saying 'thank you'
to those who consistently go that extra mile to ensure our customers
are able to enjoy their journeys in safety and style.
We want to celebrate our home-grown Arriva Bus Superheroes, but in
order for us to do so, we need your nominations as to who puts the
razzmatazz into your route, or the delight in your daily drive."
The 'Bus Superhero – Driver of the Year' title forms part of
Arriva's annual 'Made A Difference' (M.A.D) Awards campaign,
a national recognition programme which looks at all elements of the
bus company, including; engineering, depot management and back
The top regional drivers voted for by customers, will be celebrated
during a glittering ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Stratford Upon
Avon on 26 March 2015, where the overall national Bus Hero will be
announced. To vote for your Bus Hero please
with details of the driver, the route, and reasons for your
nomination, or alternatively visit the website. Text or phone votes can be made on:-
07931 378 566.
farewell after 8 years at Trust
SIR Ron Watson CBE has
retired as Chairman after 8 years at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital
Sir Ron chaired his final Board meeting was on Wednesday, 29
October and welcomed
the new Chair, Sue Musson, took up the position
on 1 November 2014.
During his time with the Trust, Sir Ron has seen many changes
including the creation of the Integrated Care Organisation in 2009,
which saw the Trust take responsibility for community health
Sir Ron, said:- "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the
Trust and I've always been impressed with the commitment, skill and
hard work all the staff put in to make the Trust a success and
deliver the best care possible for our patients.
The Trust will face challenges over the coming years, as will the
entire NHS, but I have confidence in the team to ensure the local
community continues to receive the best service possible under
I will certainly miss my contact with everyone, but will continue to
give my absolute support as the Trust moves forward on its journey
to foundation trust and beyond."