Dame Sarah Storey DBE opens
new mammography machine at Broadgreen Hospital
BRITAIN'S most decorated female
Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey DBE took time out from her Rio 2016 training
regime to officially launch a new mammography machine at Broadgreen Hospital in
The state of the art HologicSelenia Dimensions Mammography equipment was gifted
to the breast screening unit at Broadgreen Hospital by breast cancer charity
Boot Out Breast Cancer. The charity, of which Dame Sarah is a patron, raised
around £130,000 for the breast screening machine through a range of fundraising
activities including a glamorous Vegas themed ball in March 2015, which raised
Dame Sarah was joined by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Tony Concepcion, Boot
our Breast Cancer Founder Debbie Dowie, Trust chief executive Aidan
Kehoe,DrCathryn Beattie, director of the Liverpool NHS Breast Screening
Programme and members of the breast screening team.
Dame Sarah said:- "I am very proud of the work of Boot Out Breast Cancer
in raising funds for the equipment, whatever the requirement, Debbie and her
team are able to meet the fundraising target through hard work and amazing
support. It is so fantastic to know that the equipment we are presenting today
will make such a difference to the people of this community and beyond."
Dr Cathryn Beattie, director of the Liverpool NHS Breast Screening Programme
said:- "We are extremely grateful to Dame Sarah for taking the time out to
officially open our new facility. We would like to thank Boot Out Breast Cancer
founder Debbie Dowie and everyone who helped to fund our new mammography
machine. Having this additional machine will enable us to provide screening to
more women across Merseyside, helping to detect breast cancers sooner and save
lives of many more women."
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Tony Concepcion said:- "It was fantastic
to meet Dame Sarah, Debbie Dowie and the Boot Out Breast Cancer team. Their work
in raising the money for this new machine will save the lives of women in
Liverpool and on behalf of the city of Liverpool I would like to offer Dame
Sarah and Boot Out Breast Cancer our sincerest thanks."
Twitter Dame Sarah Storey DBE said that:-
"Proud to attend
to unveil the latest piece of equipment bought for them by
partner with supermarket Aldi to connect more than ½ a million children with
ALDI'S partnership with the RSPB will
see the supermarket donate all profits from carrier bag sales throughout England
and Wales to the RSPB from July 2015.
Money raised through the 3 year partnership will allow Aldi and the RSPB to work
together to connect more than ½ a million children to nature. The activity is
set to improve children's health and well being while inspiring them to love and
understand the natural world.
Profits from Aldi's carrier bag sales in England and Wales are expected to see
the charity receive donations in excess of £2m over a three year period. The
supermarket has always charged for carrier bags since it first opened in the UK
in April 1990 in an effort to reduce its environmental impact.
In October this year, UK Government department Defra will introduce a minimum 5p
charge for single use carrier bags in a bid to reduce consumer usage and protect
the environment. The move follows similar charges that have been introduced in
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in recent years.
Giles Hurley, Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi, commented:-
"We are proud to have been among the first supermarkets to charge for carrier
bags. This approach helps encourage responsible usage among customers and saves
them money on their shopping."
As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, Aldi, in partnership with the RSPB,
is planning to create 25 RSPB 'Giving Nature a Home' gardens in schools. The
gardens will provide children with the opportunity for hands on learning
experiences and the ability to connect with nature. Schools will be invited to
take part in a competition to set-up the gardens.
Giles Hurley added:- "It is an honour to partner with the RSPB. They are
the UK's biggest nature conservation charity, playing an important role in
protecting our wildlife. Our partnership will leave a long-lasting legacy; a
generation of children who are connected to nature, benefit from it, value our
wildlife and care and understand enough about it to make a real difference."
Martin Harper, the RSPB's conservation director, added:- "UK wildlife is
in serious trouble. Around 60% of bees, birds, bugs and mammals are
declining and the natural places they depend on are vanishing. Exciting the next
generation about nature is vital. Our partnership with Aldi will create RSPB
Giving Nature a Home gardens in school grounds and local green spaces,
connecting more than half a million children with nature and helping turn the
fortunes of UK wildlife around.
Through engaging with communities who live, work and shop in or around Aldi
stores we can make a real difference, together."
Aldi currently charges 3p for a single use carrier bag, which will increase to
5p in July 2015. All profits generated from single use carrier bag sales in
England and Wales from July 2015 will be donated to the RSPB, followed by
donations from single use carrier bag sales in Scotland from the new year.
Letters to Editor:- "Formby Books To Close"
"AS you all know times have been tough
and very trying. I have tried to sustain a much needed Independent Bookshop in
Formby since Pritchards sadly had to close just over 3 years ago. I did feel
that a village with so many schools would value and use the services of a shop
within it's community with staff who are passionate and knowledgeable, sadly
this hasn't proved to be the case. I also have championed shopping locally and
tried to keep engaging with the media as well as doing my own via social media
and my radio work and library and school visits. The simple truth is, that too
much damage to society has occurred with online shopping and perceptions of
value, convenience and need. I could go on! We signed a 5 year lease with a
break clause after 2½ years, that period is now and we have made the decision to
hand the else back to the landlord. Bob and Holly have moved on to start a new
venture 'Write Blend' in Waterloo and I have been helping them with setting it
up and free labour! I would have soon been celebrating 30 years in Formby, but
sadly that can't happen now. I really hope the village and nearby realises that
platitudes of 'shame' and 'my shops' are not good enough, the Independent
traders are struggling and need constant media and public support. We cease
trading on Monday, 23 June 2015, I am running a closing down sale of good
quality new and some second-hand books. Thanks for the support you guys have
given us I hope that things for others improve." Tony Higginson, Beyond
Books CIC, T/A Formby Books.