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You are invited to the RSPCA's '1 Fun Day' in Southport

THE RSPCA in Southport are launching a brand new event called:- '1 Fun Day.' This event will be held at the RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk and District Branch, The Animal Centre, New Cut Lane, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 3DW, on Sunday, 16 June 2019, from 12 noon to 4pm. The event will offer a fun filled day out for all the family including your dog! It will include demonstrations by the fantastic West Lancs Dog Display Team and you will even be able to try your luck in the Pony Cycle Championship... Plus we are told that they will be holding a fun dog show, so will your pooch be a winner this year? Not only that, but the event will also include:- many stalls, fun, games, arts and crafts, delicious local ice cream, cakes, foods, barbecue (with vegan options.) For more information please visit the event's Facebook Page.

Water spectacular for River Festival is 'fin'tastic!

A humpback whale will make an appearance at the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool...

THE team responsible for the festival's artistic programme - Changing Tides - has commissioned:- 'Whale Song'  that will be a visually stunning water, sound and light show which will take place in Canning Dock each evening, from Wednesday, 29 May 209 until Sunday, 2 June 2019. Audiences will see the image of a humpback whale emerge 15 metres out of the water and plunge back in, in an expression of its prowess and dominance. The 6 minute show, which will be repeated from around 9.45pm to 11pm, will also feature a soundscape of beautiful whale noise.  Andrew Day, Creative Director of LCI, said:- "LCI are delighted to be bringing the Whale Song show to Liverpool for the River Festival.  The show was created to present a beautiful and subtle expression of the dance and music of one of nature's most wonderful creatures. We hope audiences will be delighted by the visions of these majestic creatures being projected onto an ideal screen, one that is made of water."

The globally acclaimed designers behind the artwork, LCI productions, said the projection is to highlight our closeness and affinity to the Earth, and is a warning that we pose a threat to the planet.  Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "There has been a real focus on growing the artistic element of the River Festival to complement the fantastic maritime offer the event is renowned for.  We're delighted LCI is on board; Whale Song isn't just visually impressive, it's an emotional experience that will really touch the audience. In 2018, the apparition of a Ghost Ship appeared on the water at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool and it proved to be a huge success with crowd numbers growing each night. This time, the motion and the soundscape will make it a much more immersive experience and we look forward to wowing people once again!"

The FREE, family friendly River Festival itself takes place on Saturday, 1 June 2019 and Sunday, 2 June 2019, across the waterfront and audiences can enjoy Tall Ships, live music, street theatre, exhibitions, workshops and much more. Along with Whale Song, Changing Tides will feature a brand new public art commission on the Pier Head, another installation will see huge floating hand crocheted Urchins, a New York inspired dance extravaganza and an unforgettable aerial and land based performance around a shipwreck. For full details of the programme, including locations of events and times, visit:- TheRiverFestival.Co.UK.

North West Air Ambulance 20th Birthday celebrations take off with tea!

BwtC 2019 cakes, cups in hand and crew

TIME to brew up! In celebration of its 20th Birthday in May 2019, the North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) is asking you, the public, to raise a mug in honour of its life saving crew, as it launches Brew with the Crew. The campaign, running over the next few months, will bring the North West together over tea, coffee and cake, to keep its air ambulance crews in the sky.

Back at their Blackpool and Barton base, the charity's crew miss an approximate 6,782 brews each year due to mission call outs. Sometimes no sooner than the kettle is on, the crew are called out to reach critically injured patients across all corners of the North West, from Stoke to Carlisle.

So as the crew save lives whilst their teas and coffees cool, NWAA urges people to brew up! By hosting your own event, you can thank your local helicopter heroes and raise vital funds over cake and a cuppa. This could be with a par-tea at your local community centre, inviting friends round for a brew or even just by bringing a tray of cakes in to the office and raising donations. All money raised will go towards making a life saving impact in the North West.

BwtC 2019 Cakes and crew

Andy Duncan, Lead Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Paramedic at the charity, said:- "To be able to celebrate our 20th Birthday is testament to the fantastic support of our amazing fundraisers and volunteers. As an organisation which is entirely dependent on charitable contributions, we quite literally couldn't do it without them. It's a bit of a running joke amongst our crew that as soon as we click the kettle on, that's when we always seem to get a mission call out! There's never any delay though; we're straight onto the aircraft, getting to where our patients are as soon as possible."

Just ₤9 can fuel one of NWAA's three helicopters for one minute of a mission. A donation of ₤25 can buy a warming blanket to maintain the body temperature of a severe trauma patient, and ₤650 can provide a specialist stretcher to ensure that patients with neck or spinal injuries can be transported to Hospital safely. No matter how big or small your donation is, you will be helping to save a life.

BwtC 2019

Heather Arrowsmith, CEO at the North West Air Ambulance Charity, said:- "Building on the success of Brew with the Crew last year, we're now looking forward to kick starting our 20th Birthday celebrations in style. Our goal is to bring the whole North West together over tea, coffee, cake and sandwiches."

To receive your free fundraising pack complete with games, recipes, bunting and much more, head to:- NWAA.Net/BWTC, call:- 0800 587 4570 or contact them via email:- FundRaising@NWAA.Net. Don't be too latte register today!

Local children and young people's mental health inpatient unit wins national award

CHESHIRE and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's (CWP) ₤14m mental health unit for children and young people has won a prestigious national award for inpatient care at this year's National Children and Young People's Mental Health Awards. 

Ancora House, which opened in Chester in 2016, provides inpatient and day patient care (also known as Tier 4 services) for children and young people with severe and/or complex mental health conditions.

It was praised for including young people and their families/carers in all stages of development, from initial design through to continued improvement of services, and for their work with the Land Trust in facilitating activities for young people on the site's corresponding country park.

The service was announced as winners at an awards ceremony, on Saturday, 11 May 2019.

Clair Jousting Moulder, Participation Lead at Ancora House, who nominated Ancora for the award, said:- "I am proud to nominate Ancora House for the inpatient care award as the team works very hard to support young people on their recovery journey, sometimes through very challenging times. We also work collaboratively with young people, parents and carers to help improve their experience of Hospital care."

Sheena Cumiskey, Chief Executive at CWP, added:- "I am exceptionally proud to hear that Ancora House has received this award. The Unit is a great example of co-production that continues to go from strength to strength. The team involve young people, their parents and carers as much as possible to improve the recovery journey."

The Unit's Short Stay School, which provides education and support to young people who are admitted to Ancora House, has been rated as Outstanding by Ofsted.

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