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Issue:- 21 November 2014

Carols by Candlelight

JOIN us at the NSPCC's Liverpool Carols by Candlelight concert and help support vulnerable children this festive season.  With Christmas just around the corner, the NSPCC is inviting people across Merseyside to join them at their annual Carols by Candlelight concert on Tuesday, 16 December 2014, to raise vital funds for the charity's ChildLine Schools Service. Taking place at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, from 7:30pm, the concert will feature carols, traditional music and singing in the stunning candlelit setting of the cathedral. Children and young people from the Wirral Schools Concert Band, the Liverpool Signing Choir and Resonate Singers will be performing this year to support the NSPCC's work across Merseyside. The event is being kindly sponsored, for the eighth year running, by Home Bargains.  Helen Gazzola, NSPCC community fundraising manager for Liverpool, said:- "Our Carols by Candlelight concert is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit whilst raising vital funds for our work locally. It's always a lovely event and a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends, family and colleagues to celebrate the Christmas season. By joining us you will be helping to support the work of the NSPCC's ChildLine School Service in protecting local children. We'd like to encourage as many people as possible to join us at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral to support our vital work and get into the festive spirit." Tickets for the concert are priced at £10 per adult, and £5 for concessions and accompanied children under 16, and £25 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). Tickets are available from the NSPCC fundraising team on:- 0844 892 0253 or by emailing:- Doors open at 7pm and the performance starts at:- 7.30pm.  Money raised from the evening will help support the NSPCC's ground breaking ChildLine Schools Service, which uses trained volunteers to deliver age appropriate workshops and assemblies to 9 to 11 year olds in order to educate them about abuse, how to protect themselves, and where to get help if they need it.  Tom Morris, managing director at Home Bargains, said:- "We're thrilled to be sponsoring Carols by Candlelight once again, supporting the NSPCC's excellent work in the area. This concert is always a fantastic event and it's a great way to raise much needed funds for the charity.  We hope that the local community will also get behind the NSPCC and save space in their festive diaries for the event."  NSPCC research shows that, on average, 2 children in every primary school classroom have suffered abuse or neglect. However, whether through fear or lack of information, children are not seeking help or telling anyone what's happening until they are much older.  Helen Gazzola, continued:- "With the support of local people we can visit every primary school in Liverpool and give children the confidence to talk about abuse and the courage to seek help if they ever need it. There are lots of other ways people can support us across the Christmas period with family, friends or colleagues. We'd love anyone who's interested to get in touch."  For more information about other local forthcoming events or if you would like to support the NSPCC locally please contact:- 0844 892 0253 email:- or visit:-

Witness appeal following 2 teenage injured in 'Fail to Stop' in Crosby

MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses after 2 teenage boys suffered injuries during a fail to stop collision in Crosby on Monday, 10 November 2014. Officers were called to Myers Road East, close to Sacred Heart High School, at around 9.05pm, following a report that a car had mounted the kerb and collided with 2 boys aged 13 and 15 years. The car didn't stop at the scene and was last seen heading towards Liverpool Road. Patrols from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime attended the scene and enquiries were carried out in the area. Luckily, both boys only suffered minor injuries. An investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing. Constable Andy Roper, from the MSOC Roads Policing Unit, said:- "Luckily both boys involved in the collision escaped with scratches, bumps to the head and broken teeth. It could however have ended up in them both suffering serious injuries, or even worse, and we are extremely keen to trace the driver responsible. The car involved in the collision is described as a silver saloon and I would appeal to anyone who may have seen a similar car in the Crosby area a week last Monday to get in touch with us. I would also urge anyone who has seen or knows of a silver saloon car which has suffered any form of damage to the front end to speak to us as soon as possible." Anyone with information can call officers from the MSOC Roads Policing Unit on:- 0151 777 5747 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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