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Issue:- Thursday, 04 November 2016

Headlines and reports on this page = 4 news items.    Page - 9.

Is Merseyside the most generous place in the UK? Operation Christmas Child gives us a chance to prove so!

YOU may have heard of the project in the past, perhaps it was through the viral video online that showed children opening shoeboxes of gifts, or perhaps you've packed a shoebox in the past.  Operation Christmas Child is the largest Children's Christmas Project of in the world and in 2015, the UK sent an incredible 900,008 shoeboxes of gifts to children in need around the world.  Samaritan's Purse has been running Operation Christmas Child since 1993 and the impact on children's lives is immeasurable. Nick Cole, Director of Operation Christmas Child in the UK shared about his team's passion. "There is little that brings us as much joy as seeing the smile on these children's faces. So often they have little or nothing. Receiving an unconditional gift, lovingly packed by a volunteer in the UK is a fantastic way to share the true meaning of Christmas with them."

The project is simple to take part in:-


Step 1:- Get a medium sized shoebox and wrap it in colourful paper, attaching a label to signify it is for a boy or girl and the appropriate age group (2 to 4, 5 to 9, 10 to 14)

Step 2:- Fill the shoebox with gifts, such as hygiene items and school supplies. Don't forget the 'WOW' item; a special gift that will really delight a child like a football and pump, a doll or cuddly toy...

Step 3:- Make your shipping donation of just £3 per shoebox online, and place the barcode generated inside the box to track which country your shoebox goes to...

Step 4:- Include a personal note or photo, and pray for the child who will receive your shoebox...

Step 5:- Drop off your shoebox at a local collection point...

This year Nick Cole and his team are challenging the nation to remember that Christmas is for sharing and have shared this message in their latest heart warming ad.  The UK was recently named the Most Generous Country in Europe, with nearly 70% of us contributing to charity, and a poll by Just Giving listed the top 3 most generous Towns as:- Bedford, Cambridge and Reading. Cole wants to find out if this is the case and doesn't believe it'll be a clear cut result. "We're privileged to have tens of thousands of generous shoebox packers right across the UK and are astonished by their generosity every year. I'm certain that Merseyside and the surrounding areas are able to rise to the challenge of being the most generous place in the UK for 2016."

Collection points for the shoeboxes will be open until the 18 November 2016. You can find your nearest drop off point by visiting the charities main website or via the pack a box online website.

Josh Widdicombe - 'What Do I Do Now…'

AFTER the sell out 2015 autumn tour, Josh Widdicombe, that guy from the TV comedy shows with the curly hair, is travelling the UK with his latest show:- 'What Do I Do Now…' This has already including a 1 night stop at London's infamous Hammersmith Apollo, that took place on Thursday, 6 October 2016.

Since he's been away from stand up Josh has been working hard on other things... But don't worry in his spare time he has found a lot of minor things to get annoyed about, and now he has a chance to talk about them on stage (in the form of jokes). If you have seen him before live or on TV and enjoyed yourself then this is the show for you. If you didn't like him then it probably isn't.

Since he was last on tour, Josh's Channel 4 show:- 'The Last Leg' has gone from strength to strength and been nominated for various awards including:- 'British Comedy Award' and 'Broadcast Award', while finally winning:- 'Best Entertainment Programme' at the Royal Television Society Awards in 2015, and being nominated again in 2016.

Josh's self penned sitcom 'JOSH' aired on BBC3 and BBC1 in November 2015 to much critical acclaim and was a huge ratings success for both the BBC3 and BBC1 transmission. The sitcom returned for a highly anticipated 2nd series in September 2016.

Recently he has also been seen as a team captain on BBC2's new panel show 'Insert Name Here', as a regular on BBC2's 'Mock the Week' and 'QI', BBC1's 'Live at the Apollo' and 'Have I Got News for You,' not forgetting ITV1's 'The Jonathan Ross Show', amongst other stuff. He has also previously been the host on BBC5 Live's legendary Saturday morning sport show 'Fighting Talk' as well as fronting his own show:- 'The Josh Widdicombe Show' on XFM.

Josh has also record his 2nd live stand up DVD, that was filmed at London's Eventim Apollo, on the 6 October 2016, and it is due for release with Universal Pictures UK, on Monday, 28 November 2016.

The remaining UK Tour Dates for 2016 are as follows:-

Sunday, 6 November 2016 - Woking, New Victoria Theatre, call:- 0844 871 7645 or click here for more info.

Monday, 7 November 2016 - Dunfermline, Alhambra Theatre, call:- 01383 740 384 or click here for more info.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 - Glasgow, Kings Theatre, call:- 0844 871 7648 or click here for more info.

Thursday, 10 November 2016 - Dartford, Orchard Theatre, call:- 01322 220 000 or click here for more info.

Saturday, 12 November 2016 - Brighton, Dome, call:- 01273 709 709 or click here for more info.

Sunday, 13 November 2016 - Lowestoft, Marina Theatre, call:- 01502 533 200 or click here for more info.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 - Bedford, Corn Exchange, call:- 01234 718 044 or click here for more info.

Sunday, 20 November 2016 - Grimsby, Grimsby Auditorium, call:- 0300 300 0035 or click here for more info.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 - Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre, call:- 0844 871 7607 or click here for more info.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - Liverpool, Empire Theatre, call:- 0844, 871 3017 or click here for more info.

Monday, 28 November 2016 - Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre, call:- 01227 787 787 or click here for more info.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 - Basingstoke, Anvil, call:- 01256 844 244 or click here for more info.

Thursday, 8 December 2016 - Wolverhampton, Civic Hall, call:- 0870 320 7000 or click here for more info.

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