Paramedic who hosts Christmas dinner
for elderly reaches Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons final
SOUTHPORT'S Sara Lace has been nominated
for the Community Champion award, as global hearing specialist Amplifon searches
for unsung heroes who represent:- 'The Best of British.'
Sara has served Christmas dinner for 40 elderly people at the fire station where
she's based since 2013. She was inspired to act after being sent on a call to an
elderly man just days before Christmas 2012 and learning he had no relatives to
share Christmas dinner with. Upset by the encounter, she approached her manager to ask whether they could use
the station's community rooms the following year and a tradition was born.
Colleagues put forward the names of people they'd like to invite and Sara asks
local businesses and community groups to donate food, gifts and money for the
Paramedics and firefighters help on the day, peeling vegetables, decorating the
room and wrapping presents before serving dinner and playing bingo with their
guests. One member of the crew even dresses up as Santa to deliver presents.
Sara was delighted to be nominated for the
Community Champion award. She said:- "So many emergency service staff are
on duty at Christmas and it's great to get them involved in the dinner. My mum
Flo and son James help out and, last year, James said it was the best Christmas
Day he'd ever had. I keep on fundraising to host the dinners because after
seeing how much the guests enjoy it I couldn't not do it again!"
Set up in honour of Amplifon's founder, 2nd World War hero Major Charles
Holland, the awards recognise courage and achievement in the categories of
Outstanding Military Bravery, Community Champion and Against All Odds. Animals
who have transformed the lives of their owners are honoured in the Hero Pet category.
The finalists will be judged by a panel including:- Falklands war veteran
Simon Weston, who is an ambassador for Amplifon.
Charles Holland was awarded both the MBE and the Military Cross and received the
Bronze Star from the United States Government in 1948 for his bravery behind
enemy lines during the 2nd World War.
After the war, the courageous veteran
dedicated his life to providing better hearing for people affected by the
conflict and in 1950 launched Amplifon, which has become a global company
specialising in providing the best in class hearing solutions and devices.
Giuseppe Manzo, general manager for Amplifon UK and Eire, said:- "We
received some fantastic entries in the Community Champion category and the 4
finalists truly embody the heroism shown by Charles Holland."
The winners will be announced at a ceremony, at the Army and Navy Club, London,
on Tuesday, 17 October 2017. A panel of judges will choose an overall winner of the Charles Holland Award
from the category winners, who will win a trip to Italy.
Partnership aims to cut Merseyside road
casualties by a ⅓ by 2020
ROAD safety chiefs on Merseyside have
vowed to try and cut the number of deaths and serious injuries in the area's
roads by a ⅓ by 2020.
In a new strategy just unveiled Merseyside Road Safety Partnership says it wants
to see the number of deaths and injuries slashed to an all time low of 400
within the next 3 years.
Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy joined Merseyside Police's
Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke, Liverpool's Metro Mayor Cllr Steve
Rotheram, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Vice Chair Councillor Les Byrom
and Area Manager Guy Keen to launch the new strategy, at Crosby Fire Station,
Crosby Road North, Waterloo.
In 2015, casualty figures involving pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in
Merseyside totalled 585, the 2nd highest number recorded since 2006. Figures
for 2016 show that the figure has risen further to almost 600.
Figures in the new strategy also reveal a strong rise in the number of
casualties in Sefton and the Wirral since 2010, whilst most recently casualties
in Knowsley and St Helens have risen sharply in the last 2 years.
The new strategy also highlights key areas which show a marked increase in the
number of accidents involving cyclists, motorcyclists and older road users
locally since 2010.
For example the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured in Merseyside
since 2010 has risen from 5% to 17% out of the total casualties recorded in that
period, while the number of motorcyclists involved in accidents has nearly
doubled from 12% to 22% in the same period.
The number of accidents involving road users aged over 60 in the last 10 years
meanwhile has risen by 53 %. This includes pedestrians and both older drivers
and passengers in vehicles.
The figures also show that for road users over 70, the chances of being killed
or seriously injured in a road collision are as high as 29 %, while with those
aged over 80 the likelihood is 37%.
As part of the drive to reduce the risk to cyclists, Merseyside Road Safety
Partnership has recently launched a Safe Pass campaign urging drivers to make
sure they give cyclists enough room (minimum 1.5m) when overtaking them on the
road. The campaign has already featured a number of education and enforcement
initiatives in the local area, designed to highlight the dangers of driving too
close to cyclists.
Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said:- "Every death or
serious injury on the roads of Merseyside is 1 too many. Almost 570 families
received that dreadful knock on the door last year, to be told that their son or
daughter, wife or husband, mother or father had been seriously injured or even
killed. For the family, that phone call, that knock on the door, stops the world
turning. Here on Merseyside, too many people are knocked down, knocked off their
motor bikes and cycles every year, or are injured in their cars. That's why I
have made working in partnership to improve road safety 1 of my policing
priorities. Merseyside Police has a pivotal role enforcing the law to improve
the safety of the travelling public especially on our road network. Ultimately
it must be our vision that there is zero loss of life and much reduced risk of
injury on our roads."
Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke said:- "Merseyside
Police and our key partners are absolutely committed to the reduction of deaths
and serious injuries on the roads of Merseyside, a commitment demonstrated by
the launch of this strategy. We all recognise the massive impact that these
incidents have on individuals and communities, and initiatives such as the Safe
Pass campaign will raise vital awareness on being considerate of all road users,
and bring about long lasting changes in driving behaviour and safety."
Liverpool's Metro Mayor Cllr. Steve Rotheram said:- "We urgently need to
make our roads safer especially for more vulnerable groups like cyclists and
pedestrians. We are not going to be able to promote cycling as a healthy,
sustainable and family friendly transport mode, unless we convince people it is
safe. We need a concerted campaign, but also significant behavioural
change from motorists in particular to be more responsible, aware and
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Guy Keen said:- "It is
clear that there is important work to be done bring the number of casualties
down on Merseyside's roads. With the latest figures for people killed or
seriously injured 33% above the target set for 2020 we acknowledge our part to
play in this. We believe that close working between ourselves and other partners
can help bring behaviour changes among road users and create safer roads for us
Man charged and
investigation continues after shogun found
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives
investigating the recovery of a shotgun, on Friday, 6 October 2017, in Maghull,
has resulted in charging of Joseph Saunderson (20), from Kirkby, in connection
with the offence. He appeared in Sefton Adult Remand Court, on Monday, 9 October
Merseyside Police are now appealing for further information. Detective Inspector
Robbie Moss said:- "Another recovery means one less firearm and ammunition
on our streets that could be used to cause fear, intimidation or harm. We would
urge anyone with information on this incident or the storage and use of firearms
to speak to us, so we can continue to take positive action and make your streets
safer. We are still proactively investigating this incident and we are still
looking for any witnesses or people with information to identify anyone else who
may have been involved in this incident. We believe that the men ran off from
the area of Ormonde Drive and if you were in the vicinity around 1.45pm and saw
anything, please get in touch and I can assure you we will act on all
information provided." Forensic enquiries are ongoing in relation to the ammunition, shotgun and
suspected stolen Audi recovered, close to disused garages, on Park Road, Kirkby.
Anyone with information can contact the Gun Crime Hotline on:- 0800 230 0600, or
Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.