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His Majesty King Charles III Announced as Patron of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

BUCKINGHAM Palace has this week announced that His Majesty The King has accepted the patronage of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, Orchestra, and Choir.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is honoured to receive the patronage of King Charles III, who has been a lifelong supporter of the arts and classical music. The news follows a recent review of Royal patronages conducted by the Royal Household, following His Majesty The King's Accession.

Chief Executive, Michael Eakin OBE, said:- "We feel very privileged that His Majesty The King has accepted the patronage of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society, Orchestra and Choir. For over 6 decades, we were honoured to have the support of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who became our patron in 1958. As the UK's oldest orchestra, and 1 of the largest cultural organisations in Liverpool, we strive to enhance and transform lives through music. We are immensely grateful to His Majesty for recognising the work we do through our Orchestra, Choir, and extensive learning and community engagement programmes. We offer our warmest congratulations to Their Majesties on the anniversary of the coronation and look forward to welcoming them to Liverpool in the future."

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was Patron of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society and Orchestra from 1958 until her passing in 2022. Liverpool Philharmonic were the 1st orchestra outside of London to be granted the honour of using the word 'Royal' in its title. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir was given Royal patronage in 1990 to celebrate the Society's 150th Anniversary.

The late Queen visited Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on several occasions, including many Royal Gala concerts, such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's 150th Anniversary Concert, that was held back in 1991. Her Majesty also paid a visit to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall during her visit to Liverpool in 2008, the year the City celebrated being designated as the European Capital of Culture.

Dobbies Southport raises £57,240 for teenagers and young people living with cancer

DOBBIES Southport has announced the store has raised over £57,000 as part of a partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust.

Dobbies Southport has been 1 of the top performing stores with a whole host of fundraising initiatives including in store donations, Christmas Shopping

Nights, team challenges and carrier bag donations. Since 2023, customers were also given the opportunity to add a donation when booking seasonal events.

Some colleagues have even taken on their own personal challenges to raise funds.

Ursula Simpson, aged 53, has worked at Dobbies Southport store for 14 years. She raised money for Teenage Cancer Trust by skydiving with colleague Ashleigh Hatton.

Ursula said:- "I took on the challenge to try and overcome my fear of heights. As a result of this fear, I had never even been in a plane before so that was another 1st for me. It was an amazing experience and something I would definitely do again. We have supported Teenage Cancer Trust at Dobbies Southport for a long time and, if I can do something to help other people, even a little thing, I will try to do that."

Cancer kills more teenagers and young adults in the UK than any other disease. Every day, 7 young people aged:- 13 to 24 hear the words:- "young have cancer." They will each need specialist nursing cancer and support to get them through it. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to meeting this vital need; so no young person faces cancer alone.

The charity receives no government funding and donations from Dobbies will help to fund specialist nurses, youth support coordinators, and ensure that support is in place for teenagers and young adults, when cancer has turned their world upside down.

Donna Bednarek, Senior Relationship Manager from Teenage Cancer Trust, said:- "It is phenomenal that the team in Dobbies Southport, as well as their loyal customers, have raised more than £57,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust. We started our partnership with Dobbies in 2015 and these vital funds help us to make sure that young people with cancer across the country have the best possible care and support that they need and deserve. This incredible fundraising will help us to provide unique, tailored support that lets young people hold on to their identity, their independence and their dreams; so cancer doesn't rob them of the best years of their life. Thank you to Dobbies Southport for your loyal support; you are helping to make our work possible across the UK."

Nick Anderson, Dobbies Operations Director, said:- "It is fantastic to see colleagues from Southport supporting fundraising efforts for Teenage Cancer Trust and I'm incredibly proud of the funds we have raised to-date. The Teenage Cancer Trust team does amazing work to support individuals and families when they need it most and this milestone is a huge testament to our colleagues who are so committed to helping them on their mission."  

Dobbies supports Teenage Cancer Trust in all 77 stores across the UK and has raised £1.39m for the charity to date.

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