Society wishes Southport
a very 'Marie' Christmas with thank you event
YORKSHIRE Building Society is wishing people in
Southport a very 'Marie' Christmas after they helped to smash a
fundraising target for Marie Curie.
The Society's Hour of Need campaign was launched in 2014 with the aim of
raising £500,000 by December 2016, enough to support over 25,000 hours of
nursing care for people with a terminal illness and their families across
Thanks to the strength of support for the campaign, the fundraising target
has been reached a year early with the current total standing at more than
Every £20 raised funds one hour of care and customers and colleagues at the
Yorkshire Building Society branch in Southport have contributed £425 to the
campaign, the equivalent of 21 hours of Marie Curie nursing care. To celebrate, the branch, on London Street, will be hosting a Christmas
themed thank you event on Wednesday, 16 December 2015, where people can enjoy some
festive treats from the Society.
People can also show their support for Marie Curie and spread a little
festive cheer by buying a set of the charity's stylish Christmas tree
decorations with all proceeds supporting the Hour of Need campaign.
Lola Rowe, a Marie Curie Hospice Nurse, said:- "Thank you to everybody
who has contributed to the Hour of Need fundraising campaign for Marie
Curie. It is an amazing amount of money that has been donated to date and is
allowing myself and my colleagues to provide even more support to people in
their hour of need."
Karen Cannon, manager of the Southport branch of Yorkshire Building Society,
said:- "We're so proud that customers in Southport have helped us to
make this the Society's most successful ever national fundraising campaign.
We hope our customers will call in so we can give them some Christmas treats
to say thank you. The Hour of Need campaign is having a real impact on
terminally ill people and their families and we will continue to raise even
more money over the next 12 months."
Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive of Marie Curie, said:-
"We'd like to say a huge congratulations and thank you to all the Yorkshire
Building Society staff and customers who have supported the Hour of Need
campaign so far and made it such an overwhelming success. Raising more than
£500,000 with more than a year left of the campaign is truly amazing and
will make a real difference to people with a terminal illness and their
loved ones across the UK."
Society colleagues have also volunteered over 3,000 hours of their time in
Marie Curie shops, hospices and street collections throughout the campaign.
If you would like to make a donation in support of the Hour of Need
campaign, then please visit:-
Liverpool's local TV
station celebrates its 1st birthday
BAY TV Liverpool has announced an
expanded schedule of programmes, as the station marks the 1st anniversary
of its launch on Freeview Channel 8.
Broadcasting from purpose built studios in the City, Bay TV went live on
Thursday, 4 December 2014 and currently nets an average weekly audience of
more than 370,000 viewers.
Bay TV is now 1 of the 5 biggest local
stations, a network made up of 20 stations, that have taken
to the air, in Towns and Cities all over the UK in the last 2 years.
Marking it's "birthday" the channel has run a special programme celebrating
the channel's achievements to date and looking ahead to its second year in
operation, station chiefs unveiled a host of fresh programmes that will hit
screens in the New Year (2016).
The new content includes an international:- "blockbuster" series of
biography documentaries on the lives of celebrities such as Clint Eastwood
and Angelina Jolie. Alongside there will be further additions to local
programmes with a show exploring Liverpool's rich architectural heritage and
another focusing on the City's rich vein of culture. There are also plans in
place for a dedicated:- "Business Hour" programme.
Bay TV CEO Chris Johnson said:-
"We're delighted with the popularity that the station is enjoying, with
audience numbers increasing consistently over the past year.
Local TV in the UK remains in its early stages. The best is yet to come and
there is a lot of work to do in expanding and improving the experience for
We are in a highly competitive market, alongside the BBC, ITV, C4 and C5,
but I'm proud to say that; thanks to the loyalty of the local audience;
Liverpool has a TV station worthy of a great City and its people.
Bay TV is different from anything that has ever been offered to viewers in
the area, with a unique mix of news, sport, current affairs and
The station is now firmly embedded in the fabric of Mearsyside, and we continue
to strive to reflect its rich culture, unique history, vital diversity and
Our mission is 'Telling the Liverpool story every day'
and that is
exactly what we do. The past year was tremendously exciting, particularly
with the Three Queens as the landmark event in the City. Next year we will
have the International Festival for Business 2106 and we are looking forward
to that putting the City at the centre of the world stage. We not only
inform and entertain but look to challenge our audience and we love to
receive feedback. I'm glad to say that we've had mostly positive comments to
date, but we always make a point of listening and learning from any
constructive criticism. I want to underline our appreciation for the
dedication displayed by our staff and the loyalty of our viewers. It is
thanks to them that Bay TV has proved to be the success that it is."
Chris Kerr, Bay TV's Director of Programmes said:- "What makes our
channel so special is that we offer the opportunity for everyone to engage
with and to influence the nature of our programmes.
Bay TV focuses on the people of the Liverpool City Region and Merseyside.
Many of our programmes are locally made, by and for local people. We
invite people to get involved and to make contributions to our programmes.
We welcome response from viewers and encourage suggestions on what they want
to see on their screens."
Bay TV Liverpool is on Freeview Channel 8 and Virgin Media 158 and online at:-
The Liverpool Santa Dash 2015
DON'T forget that on Sunday, 6
December 2015, at 9.30am, 'The Biggest' and the best Festive Fun Run,
anywhere in the world, takes place in Liverpool, The 12th Medicash Santa
Dash. This is one race that you do not want to miss! Pop over and cheer the
runners on and enjoy the atmosphere. The vast majority who will be taking
part in the run, use this event to fundraise for a wide range of worthy
causes, so cheer loud and hard for them! For more information visit the
Santa Dash Liverpool's
website. Photos and coverage in next week’s edition!