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Publication date:- 2017-23-09

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Do you have questions about cancer?

FREE support and cancer advice is coming to Williamson Square, Liverpool City Centre, on Saturday, 30 September 2017,  from 10am to 6pm. Macmillan Cancer Support's mobile service will be visiting the area, with cancer information specialists on hand to answer questions and provide information. The team encourages anyone with worries relating to cancer to stop by, whether you're living with cancer, or care for someone who is. Cancer can impact all aspects of your life, not just your health. The team are highlighting issues around the financial impact of cancer. If you've been affected by cancer, your finances might not be your 1st thought, but many people are faced with extra costs they hadn't considered. Macmillan research shows that 83% of people are, on average, ₤570 a month worse off because of a cancer diagnosis1. This is often due to being unable to work and having increased costs such as travel to Hospital or increased fuel bills.

Debbie Smith, a Macmillan Information and Support Specialist on the unit, says:- "It's really important that people living with cancer are able to access the financial advice and support they are entitled to, so they can focus on what's most important: their health. We can help signpost people to Macmillan benefits advisers who can provide free, confidential advice. On the dates mentioned above, we're here to answer any questions about cancer. Whether you want to know what symptoms to look out for, need advice about managing the side effects of your treatment, or want to find local support for carers, come along and see us. We'd be happy to help."

For further information about Macmillan, it's mobile information service, and planned visits, please go to the charities website or call Macmillan free on:- 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).


International Award Winning TV Comedian Comes to Comedy Club

ON Friday, 29 September 2017, at the Atkinson's Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club presents a comedy corker with the award winning Alistair Barrie. Comedian, actor and writer Alistair Barrie is blessed with a witty turn of phrase and an on stage elegance he is 1 of the most sought after performers on the international comedy circuit.  He has worked throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as further afield in:- America, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, South Africa, Estonia, Mumbai, The Channel Islands, Austria, Antibes, Cyprus, Crete, Luxembourg, Qatar, Belgium, Prague, Dubai, Doha, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Hong Kong, Macau, Malta, Singapore, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Egypt, Afghanistan, Hungary, Jordan, Athens and Myanmar, on a ship in the North Sea and at the world's highest gig on top of a mountain in France.

Alistair is a core member of The Cutting Edge team at London's Comedy Store and has made numerous radio and television appearances around the world. A regular at corporate events and festivals, he has taken 7 solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival; his 2012 show 'Urban Fogey' and 2015 show 'No More Stage 3' were both runner up for best show at the Fringe in the Amused Moose Laughter Awards. No More Stage 3 was then invited to the 2016 Perth Festival in Australia before a European tour and dates at London's prestigious Soho Theatre.

He also appeared in the hit plays 'Breaker Morant' with Adam Hills and 'Coalition' with Phill Jupitus, which transferred to London after its Edinburgh run. He created and compered 'Bye George,' the comedians' farewell to George W. Bush, at the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2009 and has performed in some of the country's most prestigious theatres including:- The Bloomsbury, Lyceum, Harold Pinter, Shepherd's Bush Empire, Oxford New Theatre and The Manchester Opera House. He has written for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Radio 4 and a number of other comedians.

Alongside former Perrier nominee Nick Revell, between 2011 and 2015 Alistair co-produced, wrote and performed in 'No Pressure to be Funny,' a monthly topical show and podcast presented by LBC's James O'Brien, described by The Daily Telegraph as 'the fringe's answer to Question Time' and by The Observer as 1 of the Top 10 podcasts of 2015.

Phil Chapman began performing comedy in 2006, performing around the North of England, where he placed second in 4 more competitions, including:- the legendary Beat the Frog World Series.

Given his consistency, and undeterred by his near brushes with success, he decided to carry on performing and has now established himself as a regular in many clubs around the country, and he is renowned for his ability to win over any audience.

From his carefully crafted gags, to his engaging anecdotes, his material and stage presence ensure he is a big hit wherever he's playing, and he always leaves.

All line ups are subject to change, but don't worry, we'll only replace them with someone twice as funny!

Laugh out Loud is normally on the 1st Saturday, of every month, but this month there is a change of date to Friday, 29 September 2017, doors open 7.30pm and the fun starts at 8pm. Tickets: ₤15.00 in advance / ₤18 on the door / ₤40 Season.

Find out more about the full comedy programme and to book please call our Box Office on:- 01704 533333 or go to the venues website.


Stay safer for longer on the road and pavements

ROAD users in Liverpool aged over 60's are being invited to book a place at a free event, on Thursday, 12 October 2017. Liverpool City Council's traffic management and road safety team has organised the event at the Devonshire House Hotel on Edge Lane, from 10am to 2pm, targeted at not just drivers, but also bus users, cyclists and pedestrians with the aim of helping them stay safe on the roads. 

Councillor Steve Munby, Liverpool's Cabinet member for highways, said:- "We have a growing older population driving cars, using public transport and using our pavements.  At the same time, the roads are getting busier because we are a growing, successful City and that means we need to do all we can to help older people stay safe on our roads and pavements. This is a free session which will provide handy hints, tips and advice to help older people stay safer for longer."

Lunch and refreshments will be provided as well as information, advice and free handouts with useful hints and tips. Older drivers will also be able to sign up to a free 'Drive Safer For Longer', 2 hour confidential session with a driving instructor funded by Merseyside Road Safety Partnership. Places can be booked by calling:- 0151 233 3073 or by sending them an email.

Over the last 40 years, the number of vehicles on the roads has almost trebled from 12 million to 35 million.  In the past decade, there has been a 53% rise in the number of people aged over 60 killed and seriously injured on the roads; while those affected aged over 80 has increased 3.5 times. And the number of drivers aged over 70 increased from 2.2 million to 3.9 million from 1992 to 2012 and is projected to rise to 5.8 million by 2032. In Liverpool, the number of over 65's, in Liverpool, is predicted to grow by 50% over the next 20 years.

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