New Marie Curie Formby Group
to put the 'fun' into fundraising
A new volunteer fundraising group has
launched in Formby to raise funds for Marie Curie in the local area. This 6
strong group held their first meeting recently to start planning their
activities for the months ahead. The group brings together members with a mix of
skills and experience, and a range of ages from students to retired members.
Marie Curie fundraiser Antony Jones said:- "This is an exciting
opportunity for the charity in the area and we would welcome anyone who'd like
to find out more about our groups and get involved themselves. The group will be
organising local appeals, events and collections, with the emphasis on the 'fun'
in fundraising. Our groups bring local people together and help build community
spirit, often resulting in friendships and networks that benefit the community
as a whole, as well as raising vital funds so Marie Curie can continue to
support people living with a terminal illness."
Formby group member Pauline Price decided to join the group because her mum was
cared for at the charity's Liverpool Hospice.
She said:- "There is a time when all our lives are touched by someone we
know and love being affected by a terminal illness. Having been a nurse for most
of my life and working in hospitals since the 1960's, I have seen 1st hand the
pain and suffering patients and their families go through at the end of life.
I was so impressed and grateful to Marie Curie for the care mum received.
To be able to be happy and feel peaceful, secure and pain free in your final
days, surrounded by caring doctors and nurses, family and close friends is a
Mum was treated with respect, and despite the pre-conceptions many people have
about hospices being dour places, there was also plenty of humour and smiles
Whether in a Hospice, or in your own home, Marie Curie cares for patients and
For this reason, I have volunteered to join the Marie Curie Formby Fundraising
I hope you will support our fund raising efforts in this area and anyone
considering joining would be most welcome. Let's hope that together we can make
a difference and help this wonderful organisation to continue their marvellous
The group will be collecting in Formby, on 8 September 2016, in conjunction with the
Morris Minors Owners Club, who are organising a 40th Anniversary event, in
support of Marie Curie, by driving a Morris Minor, from John O'Groats to Lands
End, stopping off en route at Marie Curie Hospices and Shops.
The car is due to stop off in Formby, outside the Marie Curie Shop, on Brows Lane,
at around 4pm, on 8 September 2016, and will be welcomed by the club's Sefton Branch,
in their vintage cars, along with musical entertainment provided by the club.
If you would like to find out more about being part of the group, would like to
help collect, or explore other ways to support Marie Curie locally, please call
Antony Jones on:- 01518011412 or send him an
STORM Parachutes in to
assist Community Care Direct
COMMUNITY Care Direct, a Southport based
domiciliary care provider, has recently been graded inadequate following a Care
Quality Commission inspection in May 2016. The provider placed into 'special
measures' last December had shown significant improvement after the
appointment of an experience registered care manager.
However, although CQC acknowledge that huge efforts had been undertaken it still
was to remain in 'special measures.' Issues were identified with record keeping,
accident reporting and staff management.
Sarah Mellor the owner of Community Care Direct said:-
"We were clearly very upset considering the efforts of my team.
However, we welcome the observations of the Care Quality Commission with who we
are working extremely close to ensure we aspire to the highest level of care
Registered Care Manager Darren Ritson said:- "The quality of our care is
all that matters. It is thankful that CQC has acknowledged the improvement since
the last inspection but clearly we still have some work to do. As a result we
commissioned Jonathan Cunningham MBE from STORM Care Compliance to work with us
to assist out care team."
Jonathan said this is what STORM does working with care providers from NHS
Trusts to Nursing, Residential and GP Surgeries. I'm looking forward to working
with Community Care Direct, they have huge potential and we will ensure this
rating is improved.
Southport based STORM is 1 of the leading care compliance companies in the UK
that has an outstanding track record of transformational change in the care
sector. Jonathan reassured all Community Care Clients that they are in good
hands and should not consider themselves at risk, we will ensure that they are
informed throughout this process of care improvements.