Save our Soles!
JUST outside Blackpool and across the
river from Southport, St Anne's beach will play host to a sea of
volunteers on Saturday 23 May, as the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project; a
nationwide initiative to keep the UK beaches 'Barefoot Friendly';
continues for the eighth year running. Members of the public are invited to come
down and join the St Anne's beach clean from 2pm onwards, with everyone welcome.
Continuing the project's success from 2014, which saw over 800 volunteers remove
almost 1,500 kilograms of litter from UK beaches, community volunteers are being
called on to come out and clean St Anne's beach to make 2015 another great year
for the beach clean-ups. Members of the public across the country have been
invited to send images of their own beach SOS to @BarefootWineUK with the
hashtag 'Barefoot Friendly' in a bid to get their own beach cleaned as part of
the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project.
To reward volunteers for their hard work, life size sandcastle bars made
entirely of sand are being created at each of the chosen locations, complete
with a Barefoot Wine drinks cabinet for the post clean party. Standing at over
two metres wide, the Barefoot Wine sandcastles bars are sure to bring a
refreshing close to the beach cleans.
Olga Senkina, Marketing Director EMEA at E&J Gallo, commented:- "We are
really excited for this year's Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project and to help
clean up Britain's beaches. Members of the public should tweet their own SOS
signals using the hashtag #BarefootFriendly to be in with the chance to have
their own beached cleaned this summer. Our own 'Barefooters' will be on hand at
St Anne's beach to support the event, and we look forward to seeing a record
number of volunteers getting stuck in!"
The project will run across the country throughout the spring and summer in
partnership with environmental charity, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), who, for
the last 25 years, have worked tirelessly to protect the UK's oceans, waves,
beaches and wildlife. It's a welcome return for the group, which will be working
with the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project for the eighth year running and
helping communities make Britain's beaches barefoot friendly for all to enjoy.
Dom Ferris, Projects Manager at Surfers Against Sewage, said;- "Every year
we are blown away by the amount of support from our coastal communities. Our aim
is to reduce UK beach litter by 50% by 2020 and we're really looking forward to
working with local communities once again this year to make Britain's beaches
cleaner than ever."
Those keen to get involved are invited to join the clean on St Anne's beach on
the promenade (FY8 1SB) with friends and family from 2pm on Saturday 23rd May.
Members of the public can register their interest and ask the Surfers Against
Sewage team any specific questions via
find out more visit:-
use #BarefootFriendly to follow the nation's entries.
The College of Teaching
THE College of Teaching will be the new independent chartered
professional body for the teaching profession. The College will be committed to
the improvement of education through the support of teacher development and
recognition of excellence in teaching. It will be led by teachers, enabling the
teaching profession to take responsibility for its professional destiny, set its
own aspirational standards and help teachers to challenge themselves to be ever
better for those they serve. The proposals for the new College of Teaching have
been developed through extensive consultation with the teaching profession and
have gained widespread support across the profession and with related
stakeholder groups. Please visit the Collage's
website for more information.
Did you know:- The 'College of Teachers' was formerly
'College of Preceptors'? The College of Preceptors was formed in 1846 to
regulate teaching with a royal charter of Incorporation by Queen Victoria. It is
the oldest surviving teaching association in the United Kingdom. ts founding
principle was to certify teachers, thus assuring a common standard of education.
It continues though to today, but under the new name 'The College of Teaching',
in 1998 by Supplemental Charter.
Local mum praises children's
community nursing team
A Southport mum has praised a community
children's nursing team who helped her daughter battle rare condition. Nicci Adkins' 4 year old daughter Daisy has
Diamond Black Fan Anaemia, a rare condition that means her body doesn't produce
any red blood cells. Along with monthly blood transfusions at hospital, Daisy
requires weekly visits from the Children's Community Nursing Outreach Team (CCNOT),
based at Ormskirk hospital, to help manage her condition. "We couldn't be without the CCNOT team. Getting to monthly hospital appointments is challenging enough with
children, having the CCNOT team come to us for weekly visits really takes some
of the stress away for both Daisy and me. Daisy is familiar with the team and
they really put her at ease. They even visit her at nursery!" says Nicci.
CCNOT was formed in 2013 and are a team of experienced paediatric nurses who
provide ongoing medical treatment and assessment for sick children at home,
seven days a week. They provide treatment and support for children with a range
of conditions including mild asthma, tonsillitis and gastroenteritis, along with
rarer conditions and ones that require long-term support.
By providing treatment at home, such as daily intravenous antibiotics, this
reduces the need for hospital admissions and reduces anxiety for children.
Patient satisfaction surveys frequently show how much parents value the service
with statements such as "an asset to the NHS" and
Nicci certainly agrees:- "If we didn't have the CCNOT team, it would mean
a visit to hospital at least once a week. The flexibility of the team really
meet Daisy's and our family's needs. They really do help make life easier during
a stressful time."
Dr May Ng, Clinical Director of Paediatrics at the Trust, said:- "Our
Children's Community Nursing Outreach Team provides high quality care and
embodies the exemplar standards for child health, as set out last month by the
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. We are extremely proud of the
service and this is echoed by our patients and their families."
Witness appeal following
attempted armed robbery in Litherland
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses following an
attempted armed robbery at an off-licence in Litherland, on Sunday, 17 May 2015.
Police Officers were called to Bargain Booze on Ennerdale Drive, at around
8.40pm, by a member of staff reporting that 3 males had entered the store, 1 of
whom was armed with a hammer. 1 of the offenders then used the hammer to smash
the security window and threaten staff before all of them ran off empty handed.
No 1 was injured during the incident, but the people working at the store were
left extremely upset and distressed by what had happened. A search of the area
was carried out and CCTV opportunities are now being assessed. Detective
Constable Adam Dagnall from Sefton CID said:- "This was a frightening
incident for the staff involved although thankfully no 1 was injured and the
would be robbers were unable to take anything from the shop. We have been
working hard with convenience stores and other retail outlets across Merseyside
to crackdown on robberies and enhance security measures. I know people in
Litherland will be angry that local stores are being targeted in this way and I
want to reassure them we are doing everything we can to trace those responsible.
We think there were three offenders, all of whom are described as in their teens
and wearing black clothing with their faces covered. We believe they escaped
from the store and headed onto Dunnings Bridge Road where we think they ran for
some distance. I am convinced they will have been seen by lots of people, both
people out walking and those in cars, and I would appeal to anyone who thinks
they may witnessed a group of young men running along Dunnings Bridge Road at
around 8.45pm last night to get in touch. I'd also urge anyone with information
which could help our investigation to come forward as soon as possible."
People can call detectives in Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3823 or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.