Southport School pupils could win
£10,000 by sharing their Big Green Dream
SECONDARY School pupils across the UK
are being asked to share their School's big green dream, with the boldest ideas
to be awarded £10,000 to help turn ideas into reality. The ScottishPower Green
Energy Trust, an independent charity which helps community renewable energy
projects get off the ground, is calling on School pupils in Year 7 to 8 in
England and Wales and S1 – S2 in Scotland to submit their:- 'Big Green Dream.'
They can submit creative entries such as drawings, videos, collages, poems or
The entries will be judged by the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust and 1 School will receive the top prize of £10,000 to make their dream a reality. Four
runners up will receive £5,000 for their School and 8 Schools will receive
Funded entirely by donations from Scottish Power's Green Energy Fund customers,
the Green Energy Trust has awarded over £1.6 million to more than 154 projects
since it was 1st established in 2000.
Alison McKean, Social and Environmental Policy Manager at ScottishPower and a
Trustee of the ScottishPower Green Energy Trust, said:- "We're asking
School pupils across the country: what's your School's big green dream? Young
people have incredible ideas for making their Schools more environmentally
friendly and to put renewable energy to good use on campus. We want to hear
their ideas and make their green dreams a reality.
Since 2000, the Green Energy Trust has supported 154 renewables projects across
the UK. We're proud to have played our part in supporting the expansion of
community renewable energy across the country."
For more information about the competition or to submit an entry, please visit:-
Deadline for entries to annual
Christopher Salmon poetry competition fast approaching
DON'T forget to submit your entries for
this year's Christopher Salmon poetry extravaganza before the deadline on 19 January 2018. The Christopher Salmon foundation and Wirral Libraries have
teamed up once again to deliver the annual poetry competition following the
event's huge success in 2016.
Now in its 8th year, the competition began as a tribute to former Calday Grammar
School student Christopher Salmon who tragically lost his life to a rare
streptococcal infection in February 2009, aged just 15.
The theme for the 2017 competition is "memories" and is open to
Wirral residents of all ages. Both winners and runners up in each age category
will be awarded cash prizes and will be given the chance to attend a workshop
with renowned local poet John Hughes. The prizes will be presented by Mr. Hughes
at an awards evening for the winners and their families at Birkenhead Town Hall.
The overall winner for the aged 18 or under category will also become Wirral's
Young Poet Laureate for the following 12 months; with all winning poems being
published in an anthology which will be available for purchase.
Chris's Parents Julie and Rich Salmon said:- "We are absolutely delighted
that the competition has grown so much in popularity and now attracts entrants
whose ages range from 4 to 94. It is wonderful to be able to do something
positive and creative in Christopher's memory which captures the imagination of
so many talented people."
The Christopher Salmon Foundation was set up in 2009 and has so far raised
almost £50,000 for charity in Christopher's memory. Full details of this year's
competition and official entry forms will be available from Wirral libraries and
on the charity's
forms should be returned to Diane Mitchell at Birkenhead Library by 19/01/2018.
Liverpool Mum backs the
British Heart Foundation's Christmas appeal after son's fight for survival
A Sutton resident is calling on
everyone to support the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) Christmas Appeal after
her son stopped breathing 3 times in 2 years.
Claire Cathcart, 37, is supporting
the BHF's Christmas campaign after her son Jake, 2, suffered 2 potentially
life threatening cardiac arrests and a respiratory arrest. The 1st cardiac
arrest was when he was 3 weeks old in Hospital, and he had a respiratory arrest
at home just 3 months ago. Jake has since been fitted with a pacemaker and had
major surgery to close a hole in his heart on his 1st birthday, but it is
likely that he will need a heart transplant in the future.
Each year, around 4,000 babies like Jake are diagnosed with a congenital heart
defect in the UK; that's 12 babies every day with many more diagnoses later in
The BHF aims to raise over half a million pounds this Christmas, to help
fund pioneering research into congenital heart disease, find new treatments and
keep more little hearts beating. Visit:-
to make a 1 off donation to the BHF this Christmas and make a difference today!
Mum Claire explains:- "Having to be ushered into a room after your tiny
baby's heart stops beating before your eyes is horrific. Even though he was
resuscitated and we were eventually able to go home, after being trained in CPR
by the nurses at Alder Hey Hospital, he gradually got more poorly. He was sick
all the time and we spent entire days at home caring for him around the clock.
This wasn't the start to motherhood I expected.
When we were told that Jake would be undergoing surgery, I felt relieved that
there would finally be an end to our nightmare. But it wasn't. After his
surgery, he had another cardiac arrest and we were told he needed to go back
into the operating theatre to close a hole in his heart. Part of me wanted to
wait, in case the worst happened, as it was Jake's 1st birthday.
Jake was doing so well after his second surgery, but we had a setback a couple
of months ago. It was distressing having to resuscitate a toddler so tiny but
there was no alternative; I had to get him breathing again or I would lose my
baby who had already fought so hard to be on this Earth. There's a chance
he may need a new heart in the future, but we don't let Jake's heart problems
define him; he's the happiest little boy you could ever meet and our hero."
Amanda Bringans, Director of Fundraising at the British Heart Foundation, said:-
"Sadly, many tiny hearts like Jake's will be struggling this Christmas.
That's why we urgently need everyone's support so that we can find new ways to
prevent and support families having to go through this heartache. With your
support, we can continue to fund the vital research needed to help keep these
tiny hearts beating."