Santa surprises young patient at The
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
ELLIOT Saxon got an early present when
Santa came to visit him at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
The 3 year old, from Gateacre in Liverpool, was resting after radiotherapy
treatment when Father Christmas took time out of his busy schedule to drop by.
The pair enjoyed a chat and had a high 5 before Santa left to get back to the
North Pole in time for the big day. When he asked Elliot what he wanted for
Christmas he replied:- "An octopus." Santa joked:- "Not a
real 1 I hope?"
Elliot is currently undergoing radiotherapy treatment at The Clatterbridge
Cancer Centre for a rare tumour in his neck called an Epithelioid sarcoma. His
mum Hope Rushton said the visit had been a real boost for her son, who needs 20
sessions of radiotherapy in total. Hope said:- "Everyone has been so
friendly and helpful and Santa's visit has been lovely. Elliot needs to go back
to Alder Hey Hospital for two days and then we are hoping he will get home for
Christmas Day." Dad Alan added:- "The staff here have been brilliant and made it
so much easier for Elliot. He has fun here."
House builder provides Merseyside animal
charity with vets supplies
A Merseyside animal charity, Freshfield
Animal Rescue Centre, has been able to purchase much needed supplies for its new
on site vet centre, thanks to support from local house builder, David Wilson
Homes (DWH) North West.
Freshfield Animal Rescue Centre, successfully applied for help through DWH North
West's charitable and community scheme, Our Space, Your Place. These funds have
been used to buy vets supplies that the charity desperately needs in order to
make managing its own on site vet centre a reality.
The charity, which has provided a rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing service
for abused, abandoned and neglected animals in the region for 30 years, is
looking to take on a greater role in the medical care of the creatures it helps.
Freshfield' new on site vet will allow the Centre to achieve this goal, while
still continuing to care for the 550 dogs, cats, small animals and wildlife it
cares for each day.
Andrew Taylor, Our Space, Your Place Project Coordinator and Planning Director
at DWH North West, comments:- "At David Wilson Homes, we are dedicated to
building strong communities in areas surrounding our developments. Freshfield
Animal Rescue is a great local cause which does so much to help the region's
animals in need. In 2015 it re-homed an astonishing 1,500 animals for example.
We're proud to have played a part in setting up the Centre's on site vet and
hope that this new facility means Freshfield is able to offer even better care
in the future."
Debbie Hughes, who helps to manage Freshfield Animal Rescue Centre, said:-
"We're really grateful to the DWH North West team for their help in kick
starting the medical care we're able to offer the huge variety of animals we
care for here at Freshfield. Managing our own medical care will make providing
the best care possible easier for our fantastic team, which helps to rescue,
rehabilitate and re-home everything from domestic pets to wildlife and woodland
The housebuilder's 'Our Space Your Space' scheme offers support to
community groups in the region through volunteering time or funding.
Applications can be made
Freshfield Animal Rescue Centre is situated close to several of DWH North West's
developments, including Southport's Pavilion Gardens. DWH North West's sister
company Barratt Homes has also launched a development in the area surrounding
Gritting teams remain on standby over
THOUGHT we are now in the Christmas
period and a seasonal shutdown of many services, residents can be assured that
when it comes to tackling any severe winter weather conditions we may encounter,
Wirral's gritting team are very much still on duty.
The Council's highways partner, BAM Nuttall, has staff on standby to take to the
roads should temperatures drop and ice or snow threaten people's safety and
ability to travel over the Christmas holidays.
Wirral Council's impressive salt dome on Cleveland Street in Birkenhead is well
stocked and there are 10 full size gritters and 4 'mini gritters'
ready to treat the roads if necessary.
Cllr Stuart Whittingham, Cabinet member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:-
"It's vitally important that residents are able to go about their business
safely and quickly, particularly at this time of year. Our winter service plan
has now been in place for more than 6 weeks and will remain operational until at
least 3 April 2017, with weather conditions being monitored around the clock and
a highways manager on duty ready to make the call to send out the gritting
crews. They have already been called upon on numerous times to treat roads
affected by freezing temperatures and they are ready to do so again whenever
needed, even over the holiday period."
So far this winter, crews have already made 17 gritting rounds, using 765 tonnes
Gritting routes are numbered one to 10 and cover the main roads in the borough.
The routes have been designed so that each can be covered in around 3 to 5
hours. There are a further four routes that are unsuitable for larger gritters
which are covered instead by the mini gritting vehicles.
In addition to gritting the key routes as described, in the event of adverse
weather, decisions on whether to treat other areas; such as hilly side roads,
car parks, pavements and shopping areas; will be taken by the duty highways
Grit bins provided at many locations across the borough should be stocked ready
to residents to use to treat problem pavements and pedestrian areas, as well as
minor roads that aren't covered by the regular gritting routes.
Full details of the winter service plans; including the major gritting routes;
can be found
288 children from Southport area have made
new pet pals
PETS at Home in Southport is
celebrating after educating almost 300 future pet owners on how to care for pets
responsibly, over the course of 2016.
The Southport store offers free and interactive workshops, mainly during school
holidays, which help teach children how rewarding pets can be and how to care
for them. The workshops offer a fun filled set of activities, including products
and pets, for a hands on approach to pet care. After completing the workshops,
each child receives a My Pet Pals themed certificate, colouring sheets and
stickers to take home.
The informative workshops are run by Pets at Home colleagues, most of whom are
pet owners themselves. They focus on teaching kids about the 5 welfare needs of
animals; shelter, food and water, good health, appropriate company and the right
living environment, which are all vital for keeping pets happy and healthy.
Store manager, John Gannon, says:- "It's been a privilege to meet so many
local children this year and teach them about the importance of responsible pet
ownership, whilst keeping them occupied during their school holidays. We're
looking forward to even more junior pet owners or enthusiasts joining us for our
free sessions in 2017."
To find out more about and the next:- 'My Pet Pals' sessions, in
Southport and book your place