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Issue:- Sunday Night, 27 December 2015

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A Very Charitable Christmas

Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald (back row, far left) with charity champions and representatives of organisations benefiting from the Christmas Gift Appeal.

VULNERABLE children and families will benefit from hundreds of gifts donated by Liverpool City Council Staff, this Christmas.

Workers demonstrated their commitment to fundraising with a Christmas appeal, donating hand picked gifts to Liverpool Homeless Football Club, the Salvation Army and young adults who are leaving the care system.

The gift appeal is the final fundraising effort of the year for staff, and is organised by 'Charity Champion' team members who voluntarily organise fundraising events throughout the year in addition to their work duties.

The charities will hand out the gifts to vulnerable children and families across the City over the Christmas period. They include household essentials, beauty products and children's clothes and toys.

Liverpool City Council Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald said:- "These gifts will mean so much to those children and families who are less fortunate, especially at Christmas, and I'm proud that once again Liverpool City Council Staff have been so generous, going above and beyond for our charities. They really are a credit to us."

'Charity Champion'
Clare Maher, said:- "It's so rewarding to know that on Christmas Day families across Merseyside will have extra gifts to open and that young people setting up home for the 1st time have some essential items thanks to the generosity of our staff. This has been our most successful year to date and I can't wait to be involved in next year's appeal hopefully making it bigger and better."

Michael Binns, who works with young people in care, said the gift appeal will help a lot:- "Most care leavers move into their own accommodation once they turn 18, and receive a 1 off allowance of £2,000 to help them buy essentials such as furniture, but it doesn't go very far and if you have to be rehomed for whatever reason you won't be given the same allowance again."

Chief Executive Ged Fitzgerald (back row, far left) with charity champions and representatives of organisations benefiting from the Christmas Gift Appeal.

The gift appeal is just 1 of many fundraising efforts undertaken by staff so far this year. They have also raised £7437.71 for their 2 corporate charities: the Whitechapel Centre which supports the homeless and Claire House Children's Hospice in Wirral. Of the money raised, £33103.33, will go to the Whitechapel Centre and £4044.58 to Claire House. In an added effort, they also raised £3108.14, for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal, in the wake of the disaster this year.

A total of 17 'Charity Champions' have co-ordinated activities such as a sleep out at Everton FC, bake sales, dress down days and raffles. Other fundraising events have included a catwalk show, Mayor's Dinner charity auction and ping pong tournament. Chief Executive, Ged Fitzgerald and his senior management team also took part in the Santa Dash.

Fantastic result from the 24 Hour Rowathon, in aid of PC Neil Doyle Memorial Fund

ON Thursday, 17 December 2015, a 24 hour, indoor, charity rowing event took place at Merseyside Police Headquarters in aid of the PC Neil Doyle Memorial Fund.  Tim Davies, 45, an Evaluator with Merseyside Police, and on the 1 Anniversary of the creation of the fund, he took on the challenge in the foyer of the Canning Place. He was assisted by a team of 6 who took over when he needs to take a break.  Merseyside Police have since told us that:- "Tim Davies raised a total of £1565 for the Fund during his 24 Hour Charity Rowathon. The money was raised through donations on the day and to the Justgiving page. Tim would like to thank the media, colleagues and members of public for their support and for everyone who made a donations."  Never 1 to shy away from a challenge, Tim is a member of Reserve Forces and has recently returned from training in Austria, where he qualified as a Snowboard instructor. He's also completed numerous challenges for a variety of charities including a bike ride from Hornsea to Liverpool, an abseil and many marathons and half marathons all in aid of a good cause. Tim said:- "I didn't know Neil Doyle personally, but I wanted to do something to help the memorial fund and I thought the Anniversary was the ideal time to do it..."  If you'd like to still make a donation, you can do so via log onto his Just Giving Page.

Statement following the sentencing of Edward Brooks

MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that 45 year old Edward Brooks, from Southport, was sentenced on Monday, 21 December 2015, at Liverpool Crown Court to 4 years and 2 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to a total of 15 drug and sexual offence charges. Brooks was also issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 5 years.  Brooks was convicted of supplying cocaine and Zopiclone to a vulnerable 16 year old girl, with intent to commit a sexual offence against her. He was also convicted of supplying both Diazepam and Dihydrocodeine, and making indecent images. Brooks had initially befriended the victim, who had started work at his partner's place of work. Detective Sergeant John Harrison of the Matrix Sex Offenders Unit said:- "Brooks' actions were despicable, grooming and exploiting the victim's vulnerability, and administering her with drugs, including sleeping tablets, actions which were carried out with a sexual intent. This was a complex investigation due to the age and vulnerability of the victim and the drugs that were administered. I would like to take this opportunity to praise the victim for her immense bravery in giving evidence to help secure justice, which has been supported every step of the way by the Police and our partners. We would urge other victims of sexual offences, whether they are historic or otherwise, to not suffer in silence and instead tell someone what has happened to them. The force is committed to the protection and wider safeguarding issues of young people. In doing so we view the abuse or grooming as unacceptable and will work with partner agencies to investigate and where possible prevent such abuse. We all have a duty of care to protect young people from harm and I would encourage parents, grandparents, teachers, health professionals, social services and any other adults to take a little time to better educate themselves about child sexual exploitation. Merseyside Police has a great website which highlights these issues from young people's perspectives and also shows where you can get help if you have any concerns about any child you know. It helps victims to find the right kind of support and advice if they have suffered abuse in the past. It also has loads of information for young people to help them if they think they are being exploited, or if they are worried 1 of their friends may be."

Anyone who would like to report a sexual offence or anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800:- 555 111.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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