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Issue:- Saturday, 1 August 2015

Join the search for the original recipients of post War CARE packages in Liverpool

THE search is on for families in Liverpool who received CARE packages at the end of WWII to come forward and tell their stories.  Did you know that tens of thousands of families in Liverpool received CARE packages after the end of World War 2; and that the aid organisation CARE International is looking for the families who received them?

These packages of food and basic supplies were sent to Liverpool from the USA by the charity CARE. CARE is now a major international aid organisation, but this is 1 case where charity really did begin at home.

It may be hard to imagine now, but it is within living memory that Europe was close to starving, with hundreds of thousands of people forced from their homes and struggling to survive. These CARE packages helped families across Europe to recover and rebuild after the War. This year, as Britain celebrates 70 years since the end of World War 2, the charity CARE is launching a search to find the recipients of the original CARE packages sent by people in the USA to thousands of British families in the aftermath of the war.

The Rev Samuel Boyes, a US Navy radio operator was on shore-leave in Liverpool during the war. He befriended Harry and Hattie Roberts whilst he was there and they continued to write to each other for 20 years. He told us 'I sent a CARE package to those kind folks in Liverpool. I may have sent three and they just couldn't get over it. Mrs Roberts wrote after Christmas that she had saved all the baking ingredients and made a cake. She shared this cake with her neighbours as a special treat. I'm sure it helped them in those dark days that our British friends had to go through."

CARE UK's Danielle Spencer from Liverpool said:- "Many of those recipients, though some only children at the time, will remember receiving their CARE package. We want to find them and hear their story."

After the war ended, Europe was in ruins and food was in short supply. In the first year after VE day, CARE distributed over 3 million CARE packages across Europe; including to many thousands of British families, schools and hospitals. Some 100 million CARE packages reached people in need during the next two decades, first in Europe and later in Asia and other parts of the developing world.

Danielle added:- "people are surprised to hear that British people were among the first to receive international aid; and in a climate of scepticism and aid fatigue it's good to remember that for this aid organisation, charity did begin at home. The images and quotes at the time from those who received CARE packages in Britain are hugely heart warming. They simply could not believe that in their hour of need, someone on the other side of the world, often a stranger, had reached out to help them. That story is true of the people helped by CARE; we're the bridge between nations and people in need. This year, as we look back on and celebrate the human story of survival and growth despite adversity, we need your help to find the original CARE package recipients and keep their stories alive."

How can you help?

Help join the search – how to share your story

If you or your family received a CARE package, get in touch to tell us your story:-

Visit our website to discover more and learn how to share your story

Or call:- 0800 320 2233

If you don't know anyone who received a CARE package you can still help. Pass on the messages on social media to uncover the CARE stories for future generations, by visiting CARE International UK on Facebook or go onto Twitter.

Public asked for help following confrontational burglary in Formby

MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives, in the Sefton area, have issued an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a confrontational burglary in Formby. Patrols were called to a property on Bushby’s Lane at around 1pm on Thursday, 23 July 2015, following reports an elderly lady had disturbed a burglar.  Officers believe the offender rang the doorbell of the property, but when the occupier did not open the door he forced his way in. The elderly occupant shouted at the man who then left, picking up her handbag as he left. The woman was not injured during the incident but has been left shaken by her ordeal. Officers were called to the scene and carried out a search of the surrounding area. At 4pm, on the same day, a member of the public contacted Police to say they had discovered a ladies handbag in a bin outside an address on Enfield Avenue, Crosby, which is believed to belong to the victim. An e-fit of a man officers would like to speak to in connection with the incident has now been issued. Acting Detective Inspector Gary Thomas said:- "This was a cowardly crime, carried out on an elderly lady in her own home, where she has every right to feel safe. I want to reassure people that incidents like this are very rare and we are doing everything we can to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident to trace and arrest the person responsible. I would urge the man in the e-fit, or any who recognises him or has any other information which could help us, to get in touch. No matter how trivial you think that information is, it could prove vital to the investigation."  Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 3059 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

Conference provides food for thought...

DELEGATES to a conference in Liverpool will find locusts, crickets and mealworms on the menu. The creepy crawlies will feature in a "Pestaurant", at the Association of Port Health Authorities annual conference being held this year in Liverpool, and which will provide the opportunity to sample alternative food sources . It is 1 of the more unusual features of the 3 day conference:- "Evolution and Adapting to Change," which will look at issues such as the control of international health concerns such as Ebola. And it will also examine issues such as food crime and fraud and how enforcement can be made more effective. It will bring together regulators, enforcement agencies, industry and policy makers to discuss future challenges and ways to combat them."

The conference will be held on the 8 September to 10 September 2015, at the Liverpool Marriott Hotel. It will feature speakers from Universities, DEFRA, Public Health England, Food Standards Agency and Peel Ports. There will also be a Gala Dinner sponsored by Peel Ports Group at St George’s Hall with official dignitaries from Liverpool City Council, Sefton and Wirral Metropolitan Borough Councils.  Mercola Douglas, Chief Port Health Officer for Mersey Port Health Authority, said:- "We are very pleased and honoured that the conference is being held in Liverpool. It is focusing on issues which have a real impact on people’s health and how action can be taken to combat food fraud crime and safeguard public safety. And we are looking forward to showing the delegates what Liverpool has to offer; I am sure they will be very impressed."

Further information about the conference is available online.

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