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Sacrebleu Bar & Coffee Lounge's 10th Birthday

OVER the 30 November to 2 December 2018, Southport's Sacrebleu Bar and Coffee Lounge's, on Seabank Road, celebrated it's 10th Anniversary. The local bar has over its 10 years, developed a very good reputation for being friendly and also looking after its visitors. So we popped on down on Saturday, 1 December 2018 to see what was going on. Unfortunately, we could only pop in early doors, but despite the cold and wet conditions outside, the party was just starting inside. Being early also regrettably meant we did not see Callum Mac, a popular local entertainer perform, but we are told he did an amazing set... So please do let us know what you thought of the night and also the other 2 party night entertainments. Email us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com. Happy Birthday Sacrebleu. We can't wait to the Christmas and also the New Year Party nights...


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Lancashire Care recruits its 100th Apprentice!


LANCASHIRE Care NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing alternative opportunities to College and University to help people develop in to long term successful careers and has now successfully recruited it's 100th Apprentice. Apprenticeships offer people with an alternative route into skilled employment and are a great way to earn whilst you learn and gain vital work experience. They are available to people of all ages making them a great option for anyone looking to change their career path, improve their skills in order to secure a new role or re-enter employment after taking time out. Undertaking an Apprenticeship at the Trust provides people with the chance to do what they believe in, whilst making a difference to the lives of the people of Lancashire and beyond.

Amy Bell, Pharmacy Apprentice at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:- "Choosing an apprenticeship has allowed me to develop new skills and experience in the field of work that I want my career to progress in. At school I didn't know what I wanted to do or what I wanted to be, I studied at College and went on to University, as that was the direction I was guided towards.  However even after completing my degree, I still felt slightly lost and confused. I had come across the idea of working in pharmacy, however I didn't know how to acquire skills or gain experience in that area. This apprenticeship has allowed me to gain the experience and the skills that I need to further myself in the field of work that I want to work in, all whilst working on the job."

Sohaib Naseem, Business Administration Apprentice at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:- "I chose an apprenticeship at Lancashire Care as I wanted to gain experience of working in the NHS and a customer facing role as this will help me in my future career. I decided that I wanted to learn more about business and chose to do this through a business admin apprenticeship so that I could gain a recognised qualification whilst undertaking full time employment. I wanted to gain experience in the working environment as I have not gained much work experience prior to my Apprenticeship. I really enjoy working for the Trust and feel so well supported by my manager who helps me prioritise my workload and is always there answer my questions and provide advice to me whenever I need help."

The success of the Trust's apprenticeship scheme is a result of the support that is offered to apprentices including:- confidence building training, buddy system, support groups and team building days. All of the Trust's apprentices can enjoy working and learning while feeling well supported in their role, making Lancashire Care a great place to complete an apprenticeship.  To find more information about working for us or to apply for 1 of our vacancies please visit:- LancashireCare.NHS.UK.

Dad nearly hacks arm off after tree felling company fails to provide adequate training

A father of 2 had his left arm almost hacked off with a chainsaw after his employer failed to provide adequate training. Karl Spafford, from Southport, suffered life changing injuries, in February 2014, when he was working as a tree surgeon. After years of suffering physical and mental pain, he has now received a 6 figure pay out.

The 35 year old was positioned 30 feet up a tree, in Preston, using one hand to hold a branch and the other to use a chainsaw. When he went to cut the branch, the chainsaw kicked back and cut into his forearm leaving him with a severe gash. He was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

He has now been left with permanent pins and needles in his forearm and chronic neuropathic pain, along with significant scarring and a reduction in grip strength.

Tree surgery was Karl's dream career and he had done it since he was 17; travelling all over the world learning new skills and showcasing his talent. Since the accident he has had to come to terms with the fact that he is unable to return to the line of work that he enjoyed so much.

Following a 4 year legal battle by leading personal injury firm, Fletchers Solicitors, it was found that Karl's former employer had not provided him with adequate training. Refresher training should have been provided to remind employees of the importance of using 2 hands while operating a chainsaw.

Karl said:- "Tree surgery was all that I knew, and I loved it; I lived and breathed my job. I was known for being able to go further and higher than other people. I knew there were risks associated with the work, but I didn't think anything would happen to me. Had I been trained more, it would have been drilled into me to use two hands when operating dangerous machinery like a chainsaw. I really just want to speak out to try and stop this from happening to anyone else. I wish I could go straight back into my career as a tree surgeon, but that's not possible so I've had to start rebuilding my life."

The settlement that Karl was awarded means that he can now focus on starting afresh with his family after years of physical and emotional pain.

In the months immediately after the accident, Karl was unable to work because of his injuries. He was also having counselling for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to deal with the flashbacks and anxiety he was suffering with. During this period of unemployment, his family had to move out of their home as they were unable to maintain the monthly rent payments.

Karl's wife, Christa, had to postpone her degree so she could work and not being able to provide for his family had a massive impact on Karl. Once Karl was well enough to start looking for work again, he found that he was unemployable because of the medication he was taking for the pain. It took Karl 6 months to come off the painkillers but he knew that in order to work again, he would have to handle the pain and stop the medication.

In November 2016, Karl found work as a children's support worker which is a role that he is enjoying.

He added:- "I have had to come to terms with my injuries and the fact I'll never be a tree surgeon again. I now have a job that I really enjoy, but it is a total change of career for me. It was incredibly daunting at first but it brings me a lot of satisfaction now."

Karl, Christa and their 2 young children are now looking forward to a fresh start in a new house, putting the turmoil of the last few years behind them. Karl continued:- "The money will mean that we can recover from the last few years when I haven't been able to work, and we can get our own house which is really important to us as a family to have that security after such a tough time. The support I received from Fletchers has been incredible. They have been so patient and explained everything at every stage and helped me so much through such a hard time. They built a really strong relationship with me and we were really treated as individuals, not just a case. I can't thank them enough because they have worked so hard for me and my family."

Jen Nolan, head of multi track personal injury at Fletchers Solicitors, who worked on the case, said:- "Karl and his family have been through so much in the last few years and it was preventable if adequate training had been provided. Karl will have the scarring and pain for the rest of his life as well as losing the career he loved.  We hope that the settlement will help Karl and his family to enjoy some time together after years of upset and also provide some security for them after being out of work for so long. We wish Mr Spafford and his family all the best for the future."

For more information, please visit:- FletchersSolicitors.Co.UK.

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