Blood cancer charity seeks
local person to lead campaign in Liverpool
WITH over ten thousand people from
Liverpool already having registered with them as potential blood stem cell
donors, the blood cancer charity DKMS is looking for someone from Liverpool to
help them to recruit more. DKMS is setting up a volunteer group in Liverpool to
develop, organize and deliver events that will raise awareness of the importance
of registering as a blood stem cell donor, recruit potential blood stem cell
donors, and fundraise to register more. They are seeking a volunteer who will
lead the Liverpool group.
The importance of the group is underscored by the fact that someone is diagnosed
with a blood cancer in the UK every 20 minutes, and for many, a blood stem cell
donation is their only chance of survival. Unfortunately, many don't find a
matching donor but this will change if more people register as potential blood
stem cell donors as the pool of people available on standby to donate will be
greater. The Liverpool volunteer group will be striving to recruit many more
potential lifesavers in Liverpool.
Speaking about the role, Shafia Begam, Head of Volunteering at DKMS, said:-
"We're looking for enthusiastic and good communicators, who love organising
events and enjoy working with others. Above all, we are looking for people who
have a passion for saving lives."
If you are interested in the role and would like to know more, you can find out
more by emailing Shafia.
You can also register in five minutes online and request a cheek swab kit that
will enable you to do your own tissue test to go on the database to maybe one
day become a blood stem cell donor through the DKMS
Be prepared for Tax
Taskforces warns local specialist
LOCAL business owners are being warned
to be prepared for increased scrutiny from specialist Tax Taskforces, as HMRC
seeks to step up its investigations into the financial affairs of small
Andrew Geddes who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Southport said:- "HMRC's
specialist tax taskforces have brought in more than £540 million since they were
launched 5 years ago and there are bound to be changes as a result of the
uncertainty surrounding the UK's decision to leave the European Union.
We're urging local business owners to be prepared and protect their hard earned
income, particularly cash based businesses, such as shops, restaurants, taxi
firms and takeaways and also landlords who rent out residential properties,
including student and holiday lettings.
Provided they have all the right procedures, records and proof of income and
expenditure in place, they have nothing to worry about, but it is vital they act
1st, rather than wait for the Tax Inspector to call. HMRC will impose harsher
penalties if it thinks there has been no attempt to come forward and address any
anomalies or ensure the paperwork is up to date." HMRC has launched more than 140
Taskforces targeting specific sectors since
2011, bringing in progressively higher amounts each year. Taskforces can impose
penalties of up to 100% of unpaid Tax, so double the sum originally due and
their investigations have led to arrests for Tax evasion and fraud.
Merseyrail has become an
official overarching cultural partner for Liverpool
THE travel giant has been a key sponsor
for Liverpool's cultural programme since 2015, but this latest deal sees
Merseyrail officially support the City's event programme and wider cultural
institutions moving forward.
As part of the agreement, Merseyrail are committed to making it as easy as
possible for people across the North West to visit cultural attractions in the
On Sunday, 14 August 2016, 2,000 FREE rail return journeys are up for grabs in order
for people to travel around the City to make the most of the attractions on
offer, whether it's the latest exhibitions at Tate Liverpool, displays at
museums and galleries, right though to popular Beatles attractions or even the
brand new exhibition dedicated to The Jam at the Cunard Building. And of course
why not venture out of Liverpool and visit the Iron Men at Crosby, the Lady
Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight or Southport's Botanical Gardens.
To get your hands on a free rail journey, just register
before 14 August 2016, at tickets will
be allocated on a 1st come first serve basis.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor
Wendy Simon, said:- "We are delighted that Merseyrail is an official
cultural partner and it makes a real statement that such a strong and
established brand understands the value of culture to Liverpool and the wider
City region. We have an extensive and diverse events programme in the City and
thanks to the creativity and commitment of our arts sector, there is something
for visitors to see and do every day of the year. Having a travel partner,
reinforces how easy it is to get around our region to take in the amazing
cultural assets on our doorsteps. These transport messages are particularly
important when we are staging large scale, outdoor events when getting thousands
of people to and from the City quickly and safely is paramount. We look forward
to working with Merseyrail on our next big event - the new-look fireworks
display in November; and together we can make sure the thousands who attend will
have an unforgettable experience, for all the right reasons."
A Merseyrail spokesperson said:- "We are very pleased to continue our
official association with Liverpool's cultural programme, for the first time
giving away complimentary tickets for return travel anywhere on the Merseyrail
network for 1 day. We hope that this gesture will encourage people who don't
usually take the train to give it a go, and that their experience on Merseyrail
will add to the overall success of their trips out. With the City's cultural
offer richer and more vibrant than ever, we are keen to encourage people,
whether they're from the area or beyond, to take advantage of the wide range of
events and activities available locally."
Other benefits of the deal include an onsite Merseyrail branding at events;
seen recently at the Liverpool International Music Festival, the promotion of
'get there by train' messages before an event to promote the ease of this method
of travel and more free or reduced travel offers throughout the year.