Hospital hosts tea party in
support of Armed Forces' Week
SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS
Trust have held a tea party in support of Armed Forces' Week
and SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity. During the afternoon tea and coffee that was kindly donated by Bookers
was served and a cake sale took place, with all donations for SSAFA. A vintage World War
2 Military Ambulance also was in attendance along with members of 208 Field
Hospital, Liverpool and 207 Field Hospital, Manchester. The event had lots of
displays about the role of medics in the Military on show thoughout the
The Trust is the 2016 public sector winner of the North West Armed Services
Business Award and has a track record of working collaboratively with personnel.
This includes providing flexible working for Reservists to undertake their
Military commitments as on Exercise and Operational Deployments, with paid
support and access to a Forces Champion. A number of staff at the Trust are members of the reserve forces or veterans,
including Head of Nursing Kath Higgins, who is also a Lieutenant colonel within the
Army Reserve. Kath said just before the event:- "We're thrilled to be supporting Armed Forces'
Week and SSAFA. This is a great opportunity for our staff, patients and members
of the public to find out more about the Armed Services and the role medical
Consider yourself a risk
OVER 3 quarters of 18 to 24 year olds
admit they buckle to social pressures causing them to make decisions they later
regret, new research reveals. Furthermore, ˝ said they would join a
friendship group that was popular even though they didn't like the people in it.
Young males are more likely to take risks...
The research also exposes the difference between genders when taking risks and
making poor decisions with 11% of young men, that's compared to
5% of women agreeing that they took risks all the time. The results also show
that when women do take risks, they are three times as likely to regret their
decision compared to men.
Attitudes towards uninsured driving...
Young people's attitudes towards risks are particularly alarming when it comes
to road safety. Uninsured and 'hit and run' drivers kill around 120 people and
injure 29,000 every year; uninsured driving is a serious issue that needs
The survey highlights the risks young people are taking when it comes to car
► 1 in 4 of 18 to 24 year olds admit that they have considered not taking out car
insurance to save money.
► A 3rd of men aged 18 to 24 years state that they have considered not taken out
car insurance to save money.
► When asked if they had ever got in a car with a friend who didn't have the
correct car insurance, around double the amount of men (20%) compared to women
(11%) admit that they have and regretted it.
Ashton West OBE, MIB Chief Executive, says:- "We want to avoid millennials
regretting their decisions particularly when it comes to taking a risk on car
insurance. - Our aim is to get young people talking to each other about the
serious issue of uninsured driving. Our new video as part of our Gone in Seconds
campaign aims to get their attention and at the same time highlights 1 of the
Liverpool leads the way with
revolutionary outdoor food education
LIVERPOOL Primary Schools are at the
forefront of an innovative approach to healthy eating, as 3 Edible
Playgrounds have just launch across the City, to encourage outdoor learning, growing
and engaging food education.
The 3 Primary Schools:- St Teresa of Lisieux Catholic Primary and Monksdown
Primary in Norris Green, and Holy Name Catholic Primary in Fazakerley; will
each be serving up seasonal home grown feasts to their local School communities
this afternoon as part of a nationwide initiative by charity, Trees for Cities,
to get children outside growing and learning about healthy food.
The Edible Playgrounds; which were officially opened by Liverpool's Assistant
Mayor, Cllr Nick Small; mark an experiential and innovative approach to food
education; each a bespoke design for the School and their pupils to create
outdoor learning hubs in the heart of the School grounds.
Councillor Small embarked on a tasty road trip across the City; cutting
celebratory ribbons of the new Edible Playgrounds and enjoying the home-grown
delights pupils have been growing; including herbs, salads and seasonal
Said Councillor Small of his visits to the three Schools:- "This is a
fantastic scheme which has so many benefits for School pupils, including
encouraging outdoor learning and growing and eating your own food. The Schools
are doing an amazing job coming up with creative ways to engage children in
learning and fire their imaginations."
Today's launch is of particular significance to St Teresa of Lisieux Catholic
Primary School, one of the largest Primary Schools in Norris Green, and a
flagship School for the Edible Playground programme; made possible thanks to
nearly ₤250,000 Dream Funding available from the generous support of players of
People's Postcode Lottery.
Thanks to the inspirational outdoor spaces, and ongoing support and training
from the Edible Playground team, the School can now enjoy seasonally grown fruit
and vegetables all year round.
Alongside using their outdoor classroom area of the garden to create stimulating
lessons and enrich teaching of the core curriculum, pupils will grow and harvest
apples from their blossoming orchard trees, strawberries and raspberries from
abundant soft fruit beds; as well as herbs, salads and root vegetables from a
network of raised beds and trellis archways.
In addition to incorporating outdoor learning throughout the wider School
curriculum, the School has also created an interactive Cookery Classroom where
their School cook delivers outdoor cooking lessons to students 2 to 3 times a week.
Andrew Tremarco, Head of St Teresa de Lisieux Primary School said:- "We
encourage our pupils to get outside, stick their hands in some soil and learn
about the benefits of healthy eating. Our Edible Playground is all about trying
to create a healthier, happier future for the children taking part. We want
everyone to have those all-important memories of growing their own food, knowing
where it comes from and experiencing the tasting of a wider variety of fruit and
This approach to integrated food education in the City comes at a poignant time,
following British Nutrition Foundation's report, released recently, has revealed that
nearly 1 in 5 children believe Fish fingers come from chicken, and almost a
3rd think cheese is from a plant.
Liverpool's new Edible Playgrounds are part of a wider programme:- a partnership
between Trees for Cities, School Food Matters and Chefs Adopt a School; to
create 10 further flagship Edible Playgrounds in London, Manchester, Leeds and
Reading. As part of the project, the pupils will also enjoy hands on cooking
lessons from Chefs Adopt a School and access to food education programmes
outside the School gate via charity School Food Matter's Membership for Schools.
Thanks also to Tesco, whose Bags of Help funding went towards the build of the
Edible Playground as well as clearing and enhancing the School's nature trail
area. Ernest Cook kindly supported teacher training and all School engagement
Trees for Cities are encouraging more Schools to create an Edible Playground on
their grounds, as a way to address growing concerns for food poverty, childhood
obesity and a disconnect with food origins.
For more information contact the Edible Playgrounds team on:- 020 7840 5956 or