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Publication date:- 2018-20-01

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Southport based specialist school receives ₤450 grant in Police Mutual's national community sponsorship programme

SOUTHPORT based Presfield High School and Specialist College receives ₤450 grant in Police Mutual's national community sponsorship programme, Force for Good. Merseyside Police Force where Presfield School is based had nine winning initiatives, which together received over ₤2,000 in charitable donations from Police Mutual. Retired Police Officer, Stephen Swinnerton nominated Presfield School, where his son, Daniel, is in his final year. Daniel says:- "Presfield School is a specialist school for children on the Autistic Spectrum. After previously hosting a successful trip to London, the school is planning a trip to Ireland this year, to allow pupils to challenge themselves further by travelling to a location where they had not been previously."  Teacher Jenna McKenna, who is leading the initiative, says:- "Police Mutual's Force for Good grant will help us to plan a fun-filled educational trip for a group of young people that may not get the chance to do this again in the future. Pupils will have the opportunity to gain confidence in being more independent and to develop their social skill and friendships, something that pupils on the Autistic Spectrum can find difficult at times. They will has have the opportunity to create life long lasting memories that will help to improve their self esteem."

Phone Bills and 'unlimited' TXT messages

IF you are a mobile phone user, you probably use TXT messages. TXT messages are a convenient and useful way to send and receive information and to have short conversations. Most people who have 'unlimited text' messages on their tariffs might suddenly find it is not as unlimited as they would expect. Many of us know that picture messages, in the UK, will result in an extra charge, but you might not be aware that on some networks, your text might have turned into a picture message until your bill arrives. Because, as we have recently found out, on o2's website states about your text-

You've included a symbol, emoticon or emoji.

You're sending a group text.

The message is too long.

The message has a subject line.

Sending a text with or without attachments to an email address will always be charged as an MMS.

This is a common issue we have found out and not just on o2. In a statement on Twitter to us, o2 UK said:- "This is a phone feature and not something we're able to control we're afraid."  We do stress that this is not just an o2 related issue, but this happens on other networks as well, so do check your providers terms and conditions around text message delivery and sending.  If you are not a prolific texter and have never gone over your limit before, you might be in for a shock if you do go over and you have not checked... Also sending Christmas and New Year group messages might land you with a very big phone bill, if you group send your messages. What we want to know is, have you experienced higher bills than you expected? Did you get told that your handset might send more characters than your txt limit, as say, on o2 of 160 characters. If you got your hand set form any UK network, were you warned that your 'unlimited text' plan has a limit on how many characters your can send? The other question we are interested is, were you told that your phone can go over this, when you received your handset? Please email us to:- if you have any thoughts our views on this issue. We would also ask if you are willing for us to include your comments as examples to both Ofcom and our local MPs for comments about this issue, please indicate you are OK with that. If you agree, but don't want your name or contact information provided to them, also please indicate this, and we will remove them from the comment before sending......  We also have a Twitter Poll about this issue that will be open until Monday, 22 January 2018, about this issue. If you would like to take part, please click on here.

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