North West Air Ambulance
Charity ask for you to give in celebration
OVER the past year, supporters have been
raising the roof to help raise the charity up, by asking for donations to your
North West Air Ambulance Charity in place of gifts at their special
Here's just a few….
► Hilda and Ken Hamsun, Stockport, 31 July 2015...
Friends of the couple had been previously airlifted following a car accident, so
on their Golden Wedding anniversary Hilda and Ken wanted to support the charity
as a way of saying thank you.
► Douglas and Eileen Kendall, Accrington, 17 October, 2015...
For their wedding, the couple asked for donations in their invitations, as
Eileen was already a supporter and wanted to recognise us on her special day.
► May Yates Blackburn, 9 November, 2015...
May asked for donations instead of gifts for her 100th Birthday, as it was
something she had done previously, at her husband's funeral.
Make your day even special by sharing your
celebration with us and asking your family or friends to make a donation instead
of giving a gift.
Click here to find out
Did you know?
Have you ever received a gift that you
didn't want or need?
You may not be alone, as this recent survey shows…
► 98% of people have received gifts they didn't want or need.
► 1/3 of people say these make up 25% of their gifts.
► While 1/6 of people say they don't want or need 30% of their gifts.
► 43% of people give their unwanted gifts to a charity shop.
► 1/3 of people keep it in a 'safe' place, never to be seen again!
► 27% re-gift to a friend or family member.
► 2/3 of people have never considered asking for charity donations as a gift.
Care competition launches in
A writing competition has launched for budding bards in
Southport aiming to get to the heart of what caring means to family, friends and
carers in the community.
The competition, launched by Carers UK and supported by Specsavers Healthcall,
is open to everyone and welcomes poems and short stories on all aspects of
caring; exploring the joys, challenges and complex emotions that come with
looking after a loved 1.
Zetunnisha Arif, director of Specsavers Healthcall in Southport, said:-
"We are proud to support the creative writing competition in Southport. In the
course of our visits to people who are being cared for in their homes or in care
homes around the local area, we hear a wide range of inspirational stories that
deserve to be heard. The competition acts as an ideal opportunity to celebrate
both the fantastic care available in the area and the experiences of those who
benefit from it."
Heléna Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK, said:- "We have had an
overwhelming response to our Creative Writing Competition in recent years,
receiving hundreds of poems and short stories that reflect the true realities of
caring; resonating with all carers, no matter what their circumstances. Caring
is such an important part of life, yet too often it is a hidden issue;
something that happens behind closed doors. We hope that by reaching more
families through this year's Competition, carers will realise they are not alone
and that Carers UK is here for them with advice, information and support,
whenever they might need us."
Fiona Ritchie Walker won last year's creative writing competition for her poem
After diagnosis. When Fiona's husband David was diagnosed with a terminal lung
condition, Fiona became his full-time carer and their lives changed forever. Fiona said:- "I've always
loved writing but when David became ill, I put my writing on hold. David was my
priority. When I read about Carers UK's Creative Writing Competition, I decided
to give it a go. Writing the poem helped me to communicate what it was like to
be a carer and to identify the many good things in my life. I was really pleased
when I won the competition, but the main thing was that someone had read my poem,
1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the competition stand to win a wealth of High
Street vouchers and for entries making the shortlist, an anthology will be
printed and sent back containing their work."
Entries can be submitted
online or sent in the post to:- Creative
writing competition, Carers UK, 20 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4LX.
Appeal for information after a woman is
assaulted in Southport
MERSEYSIDE Police have released images
to the media of a man they would like to speak to following an assault in
Southport that is alleged to have taken place in the early hours of Sunday, 1
May 2016. Merseyside Police say that:- "A 27 year old woman was assaulted
by a man and pulled to the floor, on Waverley Street, at around 4.30am, on the
Sunday morning. The woman had followed a man from a local bar after an
allegation had been made about the theft of 2 mobile phones. She wasn't badly
injured, but suffered grazing to her hands, legs and feet. The man is described
as being in his mid 20's, between 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall, of slim to medium
build. He was wearing a dark coloured jacket with a zip, a red T-shirt and blue
jeans and khaki green baseball cap." Police have issued the photographs
on this page as they believe the man in the still could possibly be able help
them with their enquiries. If the man, or if anyone who recognises him, please
contact Merseyside Police on 101 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on:-
0800 555 111. Also if you have any related information about the incident,
please contact them.