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Issue:- Saturday Night, 19 December 2015

Headlines and reports on this page = 5 news items.    Page - 7.

Edge Hill University shares Christmas spirit with those who need it most

EDGE Hill University is proud to spread Christmas cheer in Ormskirk and surrounding communities this festive season, donating food items and more than 300 wrapped gifts to those who need it most. This year the University 'Giving Tree' will support the Liverpool's Crisis centre; the national charity for single homeless people, and the Birchwood Centre's work with young people to prevent homelessness and improve wellbeing. Aisling Benson, Edge Hill Staff Wellbeing Manager said the generosity of staff and students has meant the University can support more community groups than last year. "Every year the staff and students at Edge Hill University dig deep to support our local community, especially those who otherwise may not get a hot meal or a gift during the festive season. The enthusiasm for this years' appeal has meant that we can reach more members of our local community than last year; a feat that our staff and students are proud to celebrate," she said. Staff events in the lead up to the Christmas break will also support the Ormskirk Foodbank and the Southport Soup Kitchen.

Walton fundraising celebrated

HOMELESS people and young children are to benefit thanks to fundraising by older people in Walton. People who attend Walton Social Club have been raising money all year at cabarets, bingo nights and raffles organised by Councillor Gerard Woodhouse, Mayoral Lead for Older People. There have also been bucket collections at the recent Christmas parties in the Florrie and across the city. Over £2,500 has been raised so far, with the money going to the Whitechapel Centre, Everton Nursery School and Liverpool Homeless Football Club. They have also given out hampers and shopping vouchers to local families.  On Wednesday, 16 December 2015, they are came together for a Christmas Party where they handed over the money to organisations who benefit from this celebrative fundraising. Youngsters from Everton Nursery School sang Christmas Carols at the event, while Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Concepcion and Assistant Mayor, Councillor Nick Small, also handed over some of the cheques. 

Councillor Woodhouse said:- "This is something our older people have done for the last 6 years.  They want to give something back and take great pride in being able to support the local community and those who are vulnerable."

Assistant Mayor, Councillor Nick Small, added:- "It is great to see older people in Walton doing so much to help other sectors of the community."

Make it a Happy Christma-ths!

THE maths expert tasked with increasing standards in mathematics and numeracy in Liverpool is urging parents to buy mathematical games for their children this Christmas.  Dr Graham Lawler, Director of Liverpool Counts, hopes it will encourage teenagers to improve their grades and accomplish the aims of the scheme. Dr Lawler; who created the highly acclaimed:- 'BBC Bite Size GCSE' revision guide for advanced maths and wrote a book with the late Sir Arthur C Clarke about understanding maths; believes mathematical games are integral to this. He said:- "Games are a brilliant way to encourage children and young people to improve their mathematics. They are learning and having fun. The best types of games are strategy games; these are where the players have to think ahead. If we can get more children and young people playing these strategy games then it can have an amazing impact on their mental skills capacity and that is important in improving their maths. There are many apprentice jobs in Merseyside that are going to people from outside the area because they have higher maths grades. If mums and dads encourage their teenagers, and improve their maths grades at school, these are jobs our young people can have. That is why this is so important."

Liverpool Counts was launched in October with the objectives of:-


Raising standards in mathematics and numeracy with fun and joy of numbers at its heart.

Challenging perceptions and changing attitudes toward numeracy and mathematics.

Raising the profile of numeracy using activities, events and resources based on real life.

Bring relevance to numeracy through problem solving, demonstrating it as an essential skill.

It is based on the successful model of Liverpool City of Readers, which is contributing to the raising of standards in reading and writing and aims to improve attainment in maths at all levels of education. Liverpool Counts is spearheaded by the Liverpool Learning Partnership, which represents all education sectors and all learners in Liverpool.

Liverpool man wanted by Lancashire Police following attack a on 20 year old woman!

THIS week Lancashire Police said:- "We are trying to trace a man from Liverpool in connection with an assault that took place in Preston in 2015. Liam Field, 20, is wanted in connection with an incident which saw a woman lose consciousness after she was violently attacked on 28 February 2015. His last known address is in Kirkby and he has links to Skelmersdale, Ormskirk and Preston, as well as Barrow in Furness in Cumbria. He is known to go by various other names including John Casey, Fernando, Morgan McKenzie and Liam Fields."

PC5833 Lucas Curnow added:- "We are keen to trace Field and so I am asking anyone who has seen him or knows of his whereabouts to get in touch with us. We are actively looking for him so it is only a matter of time before he's found. If Field himself sees this appeal I would urge him to hand himself in to the Police. He is described as white, 6ft, slim build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He speaks with a distinctive Liverpool accent."

Anyone with information can contact Police on 101 quoting crime reference:- 'SA1502162'. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on:- 0800 555 111 or online at:- CrimeStoppers-UK.Org.

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