Tranmere Rovers FC
players score with Christmas visit to local children's charity
CHRISTMAS arrived early for
Wallasey charity Stick 'n' Step, on the 18 December 2015, players from
Tranmere Rovers Football Club called in to spend some time with the
children. Stick 'n' Step provides free conductive education and support
services to children with cerebral palsy and their families. 3 of Tranmere
Rovers' players dropped by, including Martin Riley, Liam Davies, Mitchell
Stick 'n' Step gave the players a tour of the centre in Wallasey, where the
children and families come for the conductive education sessions and to see
their friends. The players spent time socialising with the children, seeing
what is involved in the various different sessions and having a Christmas
party, where the children were given Christmas gifts. The afternoon was
enjoyed by all, as the children met some of their local professional
Commented Sarah Smithson, Operations Manager at Stick 'n'
Step:- "We had a great afternoon. The children thoroughly enjoyed
talking and playing with some real life sporting heroes. The club has a
great history and heritage on the Wirral and we want to thank Tranmere
Rovers FC for being so kind in giving up their time to visit everyone here
at Stick 'n' Step. It was some of the children's last days before we break
up for Christmas and it was made very special and memorable by the players'
Stick 'n' Step provides free conductive education sessions,
which are not offered by the NHS, to help children with cerebral palsy learn
vital life skills, like walking and talking, through participating in group
activities. It's a place where they can make friends and grow in confidence,
and where parents have access to respite and support. Families travel each
week from across the North West and North Wales to the Stick 'n' Step Centre
in Wallasey to receive this life changing service. Stick 'n' Step receives
no government funding and relies completely on fundraising to cover its
annual running cost of £370,000.
For more information about Stick 'n' Step and how you can help, visit them
or call them on:- 0151 638 0888.
Survey reveals a quarter
of Brits abandon flat pack furniture projects before completion
THE Cumbria based film Oak
Furniture UK has just discover nearly a quarter of us (24%) abandon our flat
pack furniture projects before completion!
So have you ever received a piece of furniture as a Christmas present? Maybe
you've spent Boxing Day wrestling with that new bed frame your parents
gifted to you, or that new bookcase to display all your lovely gifts?
Oak Furniture UK asked a simple question saying:- "We all love to save
some money, but how much do we really sacrifice or save by opting for the
cheaper flat pack furniture option? Many of us choose to build our own
furniture, but are we really getting a better deal when it comes to time,
money and personal DIY skills?"
The 'flat pack vs solid pre-built furniture survey',
commissioned by Oak Furniture UK, highlighted the amount of time, money and
injuries sustained when committing to a piece of flat pack furniture. With
an increasing number of handyman services born from flat pack furniture,
including:- both pickup and flat pack construction services, that said:-
"you may end up forking out as much for flimsy goods as you would for a
piece of solid furniture." Do our readers agree?
"We learned that the older generation tend to read the instructions much
more than the younger end, out of those surveyed. Those in the East Midlands
seem to have the poorest DIY skills, with almost 20% of them experiencing a
furniture collapse of malfunction shortly after assembly. So, do we really
get what we pay for, when 35% of us have found that flat pack furniture
could not be completed due to missing parts?" Director Samantha
Survey questioned 1,000 respondents and from the results they concluded
► On the issue about Time:- "It became apparent that we spend around 3
to 4 hours, on average, building each piece of furniture. 64% of people have
purchased between 1 and 6 pieces of flat pack furniture in the last 2 years,
meaning that people are losing up to 24 hours a year constructing furniture;
just think of all the things you could be doing with that extra day?"
► On the issue about Health:- "Accidents happen, but when trying to
strategically build, keep pieces and screws organised and read instructions
all at the same time, you can't help thinking, is this worth it? East
Anglian citizens tend to be the most cautious; or lucky? With only 6%
sustaining an injury during the construction of a furniture piece. West
Midlander's are the most accident prone, with nearly 18% getting a bump on
the head; closely followed by the Scots and the folks in Yorkshire getting
into a scrape or 2 at 15%. Nearly 18% of UK flat pack projects have been
abandoned due to heated arguments between friends and couples; 33% of those
residing in Northern Ireland admit to having a bust up over the assembly (or
non assembly of a product. Others admitted to 'needing help from someone
with a better understanding (of flat pack assembly) to help', struggling
with 'Foreign instructions' and 'realising they were totally cack handed'."
► On the issue about Solid vs Flat Pack:- "When it came down to it,
75% of people across the UK admitted they favour solid and pre-assembled
over flat pack furniture. 83% of over 55's preferred solid furniture in
comparison to 56% of 18 to 24's, with the remaining 44% preferring flat pack
or either option. This could very well be a reflection on lower income and
more time available to spend on such projects. 810% of those in the North
East prefer solid furniture; with those residing in London and surrounding
boroughs having the highest preference for flat pack furniture; at nearly
11%. With space at a much higher premium in the capital, it's no wonder that
residents there are opting for the cheaper, more malleable flat pack
So please do email your views on Solid v Flat Pack to our newsroom as we
would love to find out if you agree with these findings. Our email is:-
Warning about lost Prescription drugs in
the Bootle area
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for
the public to be cautious after some prescription medication was lost in
Bootle area between Wednesday, 16 December and today, Monday, 21 December
2015. The medication comprises the following tablets:-
► Gabapentin 100 x 300mg.
► Citalopram 100 x 2mg.
Officers are warning people that taking any medication which hasn't been
prescribed for them can be dangerous and, in some circumstances, can prove
fatal. Anyone who finds any of the medication should hand it in to any
Pharmacy or Police Station or call officers on:- 101 number.