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Edition No. 97

Date:- 03 May 2003

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Asda help Southport’s Special Care Baby Unit
Report with thanks to Healthstart's Nicky Williams.

SOUTHPORT and Formby District General Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit has benefited from almost £10,000 from ASDA.

In March 2002 Southport’s newly opened Asda store chose the neonatal unit to raise money for during its first year.

Staff at the Special Care Baby Unit, spurred on by Sister Margy Crotty, joined forces with ASDA's events co-ordinator, Barbara Sheilds, to raise money to assist the unit’s work.

Together, their fundraising efforts have fetched in £9,580, with events such as pancake races, trolley dashes, wine tasting and raffles.

ASDA's final donation of £1,800 was made on the store’s first birthday, March 18.

The money raised will be used to purchase a ventilator to assist sick newborn babies who have breathing difficulties.

Clare Vattev, Nurse Manager at the Special Care Baby Unit, said:- “The neonatal units at both Southport and Ormskirk hospital sites provide intensive and special care for newborn babies within the areas.

“Being able to purchase new equipment such as the ventilator has made a big difference to our work. It allows us to care for babies within our own hospitals and has helped parents who previously had to travel to Liverpool and Manchester for their babies to be cared for.”

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Letters to the Editor.

BELIEVE it or not, I am glad the scientists at the Roslin Institute have released their findings that “fish feel pain”. Why? Because it is moving research on the matter, and therefore the debate, forward. I believe it is good science even though I disagree with the findings, as do other international scientists. I do not believe that fish feel “pain” in the way we understand it, and I think there is a long way to go before any compelling evidence on the issue is found. The research we have so far, including the Medway Report and the Farm Animal Welfare Council’s report on farmed fish, only concludes that we don’t know. Indeed, other research would suggest that fish do not have the brains to understand or feel pain. 

I believe a Royal Commission into animal welfare, to set out what is acceptable treatment of animals and what is not, is the next logical step. More and more often we are coming up against animal rights bodies who consistently talk about the “rights” and “feelings” of fish in overly sentimental and ill-informed tones. We must base our behaviour on scientific research, not sentiment. A properly researched scientific paper would help lessen the current “Disneyfication” of fish and provide a framework within which anglers can go about their business, fish and continue their vital conservation work, in harmony with the environment as they have always been. 

Yours Charles Jardine
Director Countryside Alliance Campaign for Angling www.gone-fishing.info  

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