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Publication date:- 2016-12-23

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Britain's Got Talent Star performs for patients and staff at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

A special visit was made to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, just before Christmas by Britain's Got Talent sensation Beau Dermott. The youngster from Widnes, who earned Amanda Holden's Golden Buzzer, on the TV talent show, sang for staff and patients at the Wirral Hospital.

Beau's dad Ian was treated at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and the 12 year old was delighted to perform for the people who treated him. She said:- "It has been really nice to show our appreciation to everyone, to thank them for helping my dad and to sing for other patients. It was quite scary when dad was getting treated, but everyone was really lovely and I always trusted them to help him."

Ian, who received radiotherapy and chemotherapy at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Wirral, during the summer, said:- "Everyone at Clatterbridge was so supportive. There were times when I didn't want to face the treatment but the nurses and radiotherapists supported me and kept me going. It is lovely to be back here and we will do anything and everything we can to support the work that happens here."

Beau sang a selection of songs including festive favourites Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Happy Christmas War is Over, before finishing her set with Defying Gravity from the Musical Wicked, the song that wowed the audience on BGT.

Beau is now planning a concert at The Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on 15 April 2017. The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity is 1 of 3 charities that will benefit for the event.

Adelphi workers to strike over poverty pay

LOW paid workers at Liverpool's world famous Britannia Adelphi Hotel went on strike, on 23 December 2016 and will again walk out on New Year's Eve after their scrooge employer flatly refused to negotiate on pay and conditions despite a huge rise in profits.

RMT members, who work at the Hotel, said that they will not book on for shifts that start between a minute after midnight and 23:59, on 23 December 2016 and do the same again on 31 December 2016.

These are 2 of the Hotel's busiest days of the year and it has shocked many tourists in the area.

The RMT said that:- "Despite Adelphi profits rising by 40% to £1.14 million, helping Britannia to double its group profits and hand out a huge £35 million dividend, the company remains a minimum wage employer and refuses to discuss paying the Living Wage Foundation rate of £8.45. As profits have risen, the Hotel has added to staff anger by blanking RMT's call to end 0 hours contracts, cutting room cleaning times by 20%, reducing staffing levels and even denying its workers free use of the Hotel car park."

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:- "It is shameful that the Adelphi's owners are sweating both their assets and their workforce while paying the lowest possible wages. Tourism in Liverpool is booming, yet Britannia is denying its staff a fair share of the profits they have generated. Britannia Group boss Alex Langsam has raked in a personal fortune of £220 million on the backs of our members' labour, and they have had enough. Britannia can clearly afford to pay a living wage, and the company knows that RMT is ready to talk whenever they are, but our members have served notice that they will no longer be treated like Victorian-era servants."

We have contacted Britannia Group for a comment.  When we get a reply to our email we have sent them, we will publish for you.

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