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Issue:- 19 December 2014

£20,000 donated to the Clatterbridge cancer charity

 L-R Prof Sun Myint, Maureen Ellison, Lisa Jones, Robin Jones

THE Clatterbridge Cancer Charity in the Wirral has been gifted £20,000 from the Tessa Briggs Charitable Trust. The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, which operates across 9 sites in Merseyside and Cheshire, treats over 30,000 patients per year offering pioneering chemotherapy, radiotherapy and proton therapy treatment. This donation will be used to fund part of their ground breaking radiotherapy technique, Papillon.

Robin Jones, a former partner at Knights Solicitors Chester and a trustee of the Trust presented the cheque to The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. He was accompanied by Lisa Jones of Knights Solicitors who is the solicitor responsible for the administration of the Trust. Lisa said:- "The work at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is ground breaking and when the Trust received a proposal from the charity, we felt confident it was something that Mrs Briggs would have wanted to support. On behalf of the Trust we are pleased to be able to donate £20,000 to their cause. A sizeable donation was also given a little while ago towards the new Papillon Centre at Clatterbridge; a purpose built, state of the art facility which opened last year."

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre received a cheque for £20,000 from the Tessa Briggs Trust.

Maureen Ellison, trusts and major donor manager at The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, said:- "We were delighted to receive this generous donation from the Tessa Briggs Charitable Trust.  The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has led the way in Papillon radiotherapy as the first UK hospital to provide this pioneering form of treatment. It offers an alternative to extensive surgery for suitable patients with early rectal cancer, so is particularly helpful for those who are too frail for an operation. This donation will fund a study that we hope will enable even more patients to benefit from Papillon treatment in the future."

The Tessa Briggs Trust funds will be used for a study looking at evidence around the clinical benefits of Papillon treatment. It is hoped this will enable even more patients to benefit from Papillon radiotherapy as an alternative to surgery.

 City to pay tribute to Pakistan school victims

LIVERPOOL Town Hall, on Friday, 19 December 2014, the victims of the Pakistan school tragedy where remembered by the lowering of its flag, to half mast and the lighting of a memorial candle. The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson and Lord Mayor, Councillor Erica Kemp will was joined by President of the Pakistan Association, in Liverpool, Mr Sarfraz Ali as they lit a memorial candle at Liverpool Town Hall. Joining them and offering the City's condolences to the victims' families where the young Lord Mayor's along with many Civic Dignitaries; including the Lord Lieutenant. There was also a 2 minute silence held as a mark of respect before the Council's cabinet meeting took place on Friday, 19 December 2014. Before the event took place the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said:- "The events in the City of Peshawar this week could not have failed to have an impact on anyone. Attacks such as this on innocent victims are difficult to understand and such huge loss of life seems even more tragic at this time of year. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has suffered in this dreadful event and I know the City of Liverpool will join with me in sending our heartfelt sympathies to everyone affected." Lord Mayor, Councillor Erica Kemp said:- "This is a terrible tragedy and we would like to send a message to all those who have lost a loved one that they are in our thoughts and prayers. As both a mother and a former teacher this is an unimaginable horror that you pray will never happen. I sincerely hope they find some comfort in knowing they are not alone in their grief."

Busy Christmas sales for Church Square Shopping Centre

CANNY shoppers have handed a busy run up to Christmas for St Helens retailers, says the boss of the Town's main Shopping Centre. "People have spread out the cost of their Christmas gift-buying over the last few weeks", said Church Square Shopping Centre manager Steven Brogan. He then added:- "It's very busy out here at the moment, and it seems to have been that way since the start of November. People are carrying lots of bags from our retailers, it's not just window shopping. The feedback I've been getting is that shoppers have gone out to buy a few presents each week, so the cost is spread out. However, we are expecting a last minute rush over the weekend and the final few days to Christmas, when people get their December pay packets." Once store doors close on Christmas Eve, shop staff will be getting ready for the start of the sales. "We are now bracing ourselves for the Boxing Day sales, which start on Friday, when people head out to pick up some bargains on their doorstep." commented Steven. Church Square Shopping Centre is open daily and home to a range of big name stores; such as BHS, Boots, Roman Fashions and Superdrug; along with independent retailers plus the busy St Mary's Market. More details on festive opening times and special offers can be found on:-

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