Hospice seeks corporate
sponsors for 55th Anniversary events
ST. JOSEPH'S Hospice is on the lookout
for business across Sefton and Merseyside to support it during its special 55th
The Hospice's fundraising team has created a variety of sponsorship packages
which offer a fantastic platform for local businesses at some of its most high
profile events in 2017.
The highlight of the year will be the Hospice's Emerald Ball, which will take
place at the stunning Isla Gladstone Conservatory on Saturday, 9 September 2017, so
it's on the lookout for a headline sponsor, as well as award, drinks and table
sponsors, with packages ranging from £500 up to £10,000.
In return for their investment, the Hospice will provide businesses with a
package of branding, advertising and PR, appropriate to the level of
sponsorship, which will raise their profile among an audience of over 250 local
For the 1st time, the Hospice is also launching a number of sponsorship
options for its Spring Ladies Day, at Formby Hall, on Sunday, 14 May 2017. This will be
an audience of over 200 ladies from across the area who come together twice a
year for an afternoon filled with pampering, shopping and partying.
Sponsorship packages for the Spring Ladies Day range from £100 to £6,000 for the
principal event sponsor, which will be the most visible corporate brand at the
Penny Hamer, Director of Income Generation at the hospice, said:- "We're
asking local businesses to show their support and commitment to the Hospice and
to the people it cares for in our community. Our 55th Anniversary is the
starting point for securing funding for the next 55 years so that we can offer
more services and open our doors to more local people in the future. If your
company would like to sponsor an event, but there isn't a particular package to
suit your individual business needs, we will try to tailor make a package to
suit you. Alternatively, if you decide not to purchase a sponsorship package,
please consider making a donation, whether it is monetary or an item for our
raffle, and we will gladly thank you in our event programme."
To become 1 of our event sponsors, or to find out more, please call Laura on:-
0151 932 6026 or send an email.
Voting opens to find
Liverpool's young X factor artists
A public vote to find Merseyside's best
young artists opens, on Monday, 3 April 2017. More than 800 pupils entered this
year's dot-art Schools competition and are hoping for your votes to see their
artwork on display in a free public exhibition at St George's Hall later this
spring. The online inter school art contest, which is now in its fifth year,
gives both Year 5 and Year 9 pupils across the Liverpool City Region the opportunity to
showcase their artistic talents and have their work displayed in the exhibition.
The judges have narrowed it down to their top 3 entries from each school
ready for the public vote. The artwork with the most votes from each
participating school will form part of the 2 week exhibition, which opens in
The short listing panel is made up of representatives from some of Merseyside's
best-known arts and cultural institutions, including Polly Brannan Education
Curator at Liverpool Biennial, Sandra Penketh Director of Art Galleries at
National Museums Liverpool and Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of the
School of Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University.
View the shortlist and vote
online for the work you would like to see on show at
St George's Hall, from 3 April 2017.
Voting will close at midnight, on Friday, 5 May 2017.
Tech firm's revolutionary
battery system impresses in University trials
A technology firm in Formby has
produced a new battery system which can power a suite of computers for almost 8
Tests conducted over a 5 month period by engineers at The University of
Manchester showed that Extreme Low Energy (ELe)'s POD could power 30 computers
for 7 hours a day over 2,830 consecutive days (7.75 years) before the battery
capacity dropped to 80%.
The pioneering low energy system; which can also act as a back up generator;
is attracting interest from schools in developing African nations.
The POD stores energy in high performance lithium ion batteries, charging
overnight to make use of off peak energy tariffs before supplying power to ELe's
suite of low energy PCs and monitors.
When used in conjunction with a low energy computing suite, ELe claims its POD
can help organisations save at least 70% in energy costs.
Dr Rebecca Todd, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The
University of Manchester, said:- "We applied our findings specifically to
consider the use of the ELe POD in educational establishments, and concluded
that an average school should be able to use the POD system for over 14 years
before the battery reaches 80% capacity."
Mark Buchanan, founder of Extreme Low Energy, said:- "As a specialist in
the manufacturing of energy storage technologies and alternative energy
generation devices the POD is just 1 innovative product we offer to help
customers operate partially or fully off grid.
We were confident about the longevity of our POD before the testing, but the
findings certainly impressed us.
We're sure that the results of these independent tests will help prove the value
of our DC power solutions and technologies to potential customers both in the UK
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The Beast most popular in
the North, South votes for Simba
NORTHERNERS have voted for The Beast,
star of the 1991 film Beauty and the Beast, as their favourite male Disney
character - whilst the rest of the country chose loveable Simba from Lion King,
a survey of more than 15,300 has revealed.
Respondents from the North West and also the Yorkshire and Humber regions,
unanimously chose The Beast as their favourite male character, beating others
including Simba, Woody from Toy Story, Peter Pan, and Frozen's Kristoff.
The survey was launched by holiday company Ocean Florida, specialists in travel
to the Orlando region, in a bid to find out Britain's opinions on Disney's
Head of Marketing Sabrina Hamilton, said:- "The Beast coming out as the
favourite character for the North West and Yorkshire was 1 of the most
startling results from the survey. Simba from the Lion King; a loveable yet
cocky character who learns to take responsibility; swept the board across the
rest of the UK. But for the north it was the gruff and lonesome Beast who won
out. Perhaps the stereotypes are true and that northerners are made of strong
stuff, even when it comes to choosing Disney characters!"
There were areas of national unity, for example Mickey stole the show with 41%
of the national vote for the favourite classic character, followed by Minnie
Mouse with 26% of the vote.
Of course, the main characters are nothing without their trusty sidekicks. Ocean
Florida found that the most popular for the majority of the UK is the
wise cracking snowman Olaf, from Frozen. However respondents in London and Wales
preferred the helpful and kind, yet jealous, Tinkerbell, best friend of Peter
When it comes to the bad guys, the villainous Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
gets the loudest 'Boooo' from all regions, apart from respondents in
Northern Ireland who thought the dastardly sea witch Ursula from The Little
Mermaid was the biggest baddie.
Things became less clear cut when it came to choosing favourite song from a
Disney film. "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and The Beast, just pipped
"Circle of Life" from Lion King to the top spot with 20% against 17%Hamilton added:-
"In the 1st 2 months of 2017 we've seen sales of Disney holidays increase by
more than 30%, proving Brits just can't resist adding a bit of Disney magic to
their family breaks."