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Publication date:- 2017-15-07

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Southport Accountancy firm goes wild to support life saving cancer research

CHARTERED accountants, Advance Accountancy Limited has donated ₤250 to support charity trustee and public health expert Mark Haig in his bid to Challenge the Wild.

The Southport based company made the generous contribution to Mark's fundraising efforts which saw him spend two days and one night in the Irish wilderness to raise money for North West Cancer Research.

Having been diagnosed with cancer himself in 2012 and undergoing successful treatment in 2013, 57 year old Mark understands the vital role that research must play in the fight against cancer.

Organised by Heart North Wales, Challenge the Wild, saw a group of ten fundraisers split into two teams headed by presenters Oli Kemp and Rachael Howarth. They then spent a whole weekend challenging each other and themselves to rock climb, scramble, abseil, cliff jump and trek in the dark.

With the help of Advance Accountancy, Mark has raised ₤1,095 which will be donated to North West  Cancer Research to support life-saving research currently underway in the North West .

Bob Thompson, Director Advance Accountancy, said:- "Many of the team here have been affected by cancer in one way or another, so when we heard what Mark was doing, we knew we wanted to help his cause. Hats off to him for completing the two days in the wild, from what he's shared with us it sounds like it was a once in a lifetime challenge. On behalf of us all at Advance Accountancy, I'd like to say a big well done to Mark and his other challengers on their amazing fundraising efforts."

So far, the 10 challengers have raised a combined total of ₤11,000 with more donations still coming through from Just Giving pages.

Trustee for North West  Cancer Research, Mark Haig said:- "It was a very challenging but a very enjoyable and rewarding few days in the wild with my fellow challengers. The weather wasn't great but we all battled on and completed the tasks thrown at us. I'd like to give a massive thanks to Bob and the team at Advance Accountancy for their generous donation, which has taken me above my fundraising target. Having had cancer, I know too well the effects it can have. I was lucky enough to receive treatment which worked, but this is not always the case for everyone. The more money we can raise for charities like North West  Cancer Research, the more advances we can make when it comes to cancer diagnosis and treatment."

All money raised by Mark and his fellow challengers will be donated to North West  Cancer Research which funds life-saving cancer research across the North West . The charity has committed to funding more than ₤13million worth of research over the next five years.

You can still support the charity and Mark's efforts by donating to Team Rachael via Just Giving or you can donate ₤3 by texting:- 'NWCW47 ₤3' to:- 70070.


Liverpool City Council is getting ready to issue a License to (street) party

LIVERPOOL City Council is boosting community spirit with plans to waive the legal costs of staging street parties. Currently, any individual/group who wants to host a street party needs to apply for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) which can cost in excess of ₤2,000.

The recommendation, which will be presented at a Cabinet Meeting, on Friday, 21 July 2017, looks to establish a Community Events Order which would allow residents to apply to hold community events in their neighbourhoods, with the Council covering the cost of a TRO, which would cover a 12 month period.

The order would allow the City Council to close roads so that community events or street parties could take place. It also has the benefit of allowing children to play safely in traffic free areas, creating safer zones and encouraging young people to get active outdoors, improving their health and well being.

If approved, it would come in to force from April 2018 for 12 months, renewing each year. This means residents will have until 31 December 2017 to submit an application for a street party which will be assessed in the New Year, and if it's successful they could hold their event from April 2018.  Initially, closures in the same area would only be permitted once a month to ensure minimum disruption to the road network.

The City Council's Highways Team will provide a full guidance note for anyone thinking of applying, which includes:-

►  Events are to be organised and funded by the applicant, not by the City council.

►  The applicant must consult with all residents in the area. If any objections are raised, the council will work with the person who has submitted the request to identify a solution. Ward members will make the ultimate decision.

►  Not all roads can be closed, so alternative options should be considered; major roads and bus routes are exempt from the scheme.

Road closures can't exceed 3 hours.

Applicant must be able to demonstrate they have the appropriate Public Liability Insurance to cover the event.

All signs and barriers would need to be organised and paid for by the organiser. If it's going to be a regular event it is recommended the applicant purchase the traffic management equipment.

If applications for events in 2018 are made after 31 December 2017, residents will have to pay for the TRO which could be around ₤2,400.

The initiative forms part of Play Streets; a nationwide drive for local authorities to develop a scheme that will encourage young people to play safely on the streets.

Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and City Services, Councillor Steve Munby, said:- "We often receive requests from residents who wish to close their road to host a street party, but the costs associated are prohibitive for both Council and the individual. This Community Events Order would enable the City Council to cover the costs of a 1 off, annual Traffic Regulation Order which would then give communities the freedom to put on an event in their area. Not only is it a simple and effective way to encourage children to play out on traffic free streets, but in turn, it gives neighbours the chance to socialise, growing the community spirit and engendering pride in where people live. I'm sure residents will be thrilled with the prospect and I look forward to seeing a whole host of events taking place in communities across the City in 2018."

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