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company pledges bikes for Merseyside's NHS Heroes
A local organisation focused on getting people involved
in cycling has pledged to provide more than 100 of its hire
bikes to NHS staff across Merseyside Hospitals, as a means of
supporting the current fight against COVID-19. Social
enterprise, HYPE Merseyside, will be delivering 100 bikes to
frontline NHS workers over the next month, after their initial
offer to staff from Arrowe Park Hospital was met by an
overwhelming response. 60 applications for the 1st 100 bikes
were received in just 48 hours from NHS employees living within
5 miles of the Hospital.
The main reasons cited for wanting access to one of the donated
bikes were to save money by not having to take taxis when public
transport wasn't available, to save time and allow them to spend
more time with their family (rather than waiting at bus stops
and train stations) and to improve their own health and general
HYPE is now inviting other NHS workers from Merseyside to apply
for a bike and has launched a Crowdfunding campaign to raise
₤20,000 to help it deliver even more bikes to members of the
50,000+ NHS staff community across the Region.
The bike donations will allow recipients to travel for free and
avoid having to use public transport while travelling to work
during the pandemic. It is also hoped that the campaign will
encourage frontline workers and the wider community to use
cycling as a way of staying fit and healthy.
All money raised from the Crowdfunding campaign will be spent on
buying more bikes and repairing those donated by the public,
ready to be provided to brave NHS workers across Merseyside.
Matthew Houghton, Chief Executive at HYPE Merseyside, said:-
"We believe that the NHS staff working tirelessly across the
region in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak are true heroes, the
real'pride of Merseyside' and we wanted to find a way to show
our appreciation and help them during this crisis. Providing 100
bikes from our existing fleet was an immediate and obvious way
that we could help. However, it quickly became clear that the
demand was far greater than our initial supply. With the help of
the people of Merseyside, we can use our network and expertise
to go even further and source more bikes, providing more
frontline workers with free, healthy and safe transport."
Julie Barnes, Lead Commissioner for Transport and Technology at
Wirral Council, said:- "The innovative scheme, launched by
HYPE, is helping our amazing NHS staff on the frontline during
this uncertain time, including those at Arrowe Park, Wirral. It
is important that we all look after one another during the
ongoing COVID-19 situation and I am delighted that a
sustainable, healthy and free option is being made available for
those who need to travel for work. I'd like to encourage all our
NHS workers to take this opportunity and apply for 1 of these
bikes and thank them as they continue to help us to fight this
Janelle Holmes, Chief Executive at Wirral University Teaching
Hospital, said:- "This is a great initiative that offers
an extra option for staff to travel to work at such an important
time. Health and wellbeing of staff is a priority and this
offers an additional benefit of exercise. The support the Trust
has had from the community during the COVID-19 outbreak has been
fantastic and I would like to say a very big thank you."
Members of the public can support HYPE Merseyside's campaign by
either making a donation via the Crowdfunding page or contacting
them directly to donate any unwanted bikes that they may have.
The organisation will be collecting unwanted bikes from homes
across the region throughout April and May 2020. Matthew added:-
"We want bikes that are too big, too small, rusty or those
that you simply don't have space for anymore. Our team will be
happy you collect them, repair them and give them a new lease of
life before handing them over to one of our local NHS heroes."
Established in 2007 to deliver workshops for teenagers in
deprived wards during the summer holidays, HYPE Merseyside's
cycling and development plan now focuses on getting more people,
more active, more often through cycling. It also aims to make
cycling cheaper, safer, more accessible and a natural choice for
The company's sustainable plan is to provide more bikes to NHS
staff within the next 6 months from its refurbished and recycled
stock. Each recipient will retain the donated bike until the end
of the year, after which they will be absorbed back into HYPE
Merseyside's fleet of hire bikes, for use in its community
activities. Any additional money raised beyond the
organisation's crowdfunder target will be donated to NHS
If you are an NHS worker in Merseyside and would like to apply
for a bike, please complete HYPE's online form:-
To donate to HYPE Merseyside's Crowdfunding campaign, visit:-
those who care for us, says MP after rise in abuse of Pharmacy
A Merseyside MP has appealed to the public to:-
"care for those who care for us" after a sharp rise in
aggressive and abusive behaviour in Pharmacies. Sefton Central
MP Bill Esterson said he was shocked to hear of aggressive and
in some cases violent behaviour by members of the public towards
Pharmacy Teams. The MP said community Pharmacies were on the
"front line" of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
across Sefton and that teams were working incredibly hard to
maintain the high standards of care that patients and
Mr Esterson said:- "In these extremely challenging times
we need to care for those who care for us, and this includes
Pharmacists and their staff. Chemists are a public service on
the front line of the fight against COVID-19. With the right
support Pharmacies can continue to serve our communities and
provide the medicines we need."
Pharmacy Teams are a critical part of the NHS and in the past
weeks they have seen demand for Over The Counter (OTC)
medicines, other products, advice and reassurance soar. Pharmacy
Teams are under intense pressure, working on the front line of
the health service often without any protection for their own
The Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) is asking patients and
members of the public to:-
► Avoid Pharmacies if you are
showing symptoms of COVID-19:- If you have a dry, persistent
cough, fever or shortness of breath, please avoid entering your
local Pharmacies as you would any other healthcare setting.
► Be patient:- All Pharmacies
are under immense pressure and working around the clock to
ensure that you get what you need.
► Order medicines as normal:-
There is no need to stockpile medicines. Ordering extra
prescriptions and buying more over the counter medicines than
you need will contribute to disruption to the medicines supply
chain, which is otherwise robust.
Pharmacies will remain open wherever possible, but you may see
that some are now having to reduce the hours during which they
can admit members of the public. This is to ensure that Pharmacy
teams can carry out tasks such as preparing medicines and
restocking shelves so that these vital services can continue
safely. Most Pharmacies can be contacted by phone and email, and
many have their own websites and social media channels; please
use these methods to contact your Pharmacies if you are
displaying the symptoms of COVID-19.
The chair of Sefton LPC Lisa Manning said:- "Community
Pharmacy teams are a really important part of the NHS, and like
all other NHS workers they are under immense pressure at the
moment. We are today asking patients and members to the public
to take some very simple steps to help protect these teams so
that Pharmacies can continue to carry out their critical roles
and ensure that everyone continues to get the medicines, help
and support they need, when they need it."
businesses are unable to claim the Covid-19 Cash Grants due to
SMALL businesses in Liverpool who occupy serviced office
space have missed out on ₤35m worth of cash grants which at
₤10,000 per business could have been a lifesaver for many.
"Put simply, if you don't have a business rates account
with Liverpool City Council you get nothing", explains
office expert Jonathan Ratcliffe from Offices.Co.UK.
The loophole means that if you occupy an office in 1 of the 70
serviced office centres within Liverpool, where rates are included
(bundled into the serviced package) you are not eligible for the
support... "We think this could affect around 6% of small
businesses in Liverpool, many who are struggling to continue,
and it would be an absolute lifesaver."
Grants are awarded based on Rateable Value; a quick fix in
unprecedented times which means that if your office had a RV of
less than ₤15,000 you got a ₤10,000 cash grant to see you
through... "We are in no way criticising Chancellor Rishi Sunak,
absolutely not, he's had to make some complex decisions in a
very short time period, it's just that businesses in flexible
workspaces are missing this lifeline cash through no fault of
their own." adds Jonathan Ratcliffe
Offices.co.uk is asking Chancellor Rishi Sunak for the following
adjustments to the Small Business Grant Funding scheme for
Liverpool businesses... Recognise all Serviced Office and
Co-working tenants as:- "small businesses with a Rateable
Value (RV) of ₤15,000 and under."
Make available cash grants of ₤10,000 for these tenants
immediately pay this grant before the 30 April 2020...
"It's a real travesty that just because the rates are paid
centrally by the provider that small innocent businesses in
Liverpool are missing out on key cash at exactly the time they
need it; this month. 30 April 2020 is when many small businesses
will reach breaking point without help", concluded
Jonathan Ratcliffe from Offices.Co.UK.
Service to assist NHS with Covid-19 work
FOLLOWING the unprecedented Agreement reached on 26 March
2020, between the:- Fire Service National Employers, National
Fire Chiefs Council and Fire Brigades Union, it has been agreed
to add a further three areas of work to reflect the scale of the
national crisis and the urgency of the response required.
Firefighters will be able to assist in:-
► Taking samples for Covid-19
► Drive Ambulance Transport not
on blue lights (excluding known Covid-19 patients) to outpatient
appointments or to receive urgent care.
► Provide driving Instruction by
FRS driver trainers to deliver training for non Service
personnel to drive Ambulances (not on blue lights)
Firefighters will also continue responding to core emergencies,
such as fires and road traffic collisions, but under the
agreement can now provide additional services specifically
related to Covid-19. This adds to the areas of additional work
already agreed through this joint process:-
► Ambulance Service assistance:-
Ambulance Driving and Patient/Ambulance personnel support,
limited to current competence (Not additional FRS First or
► Vulnerable persons – delivery
of essential items.
► Covid-19 – Mass casualty
(Movement of bodies)
► Face Fitting for masks to be
used by frontline NHS and clinical care staff working with
► Delivery of PPE and other
medical supplies to NHS and care facilities.
The 3 organisations will continue to meet weekly, or more
frequently if required, to discuss any additional requests for
assistance made by Local Resilience Forums and Strategic
Cllr Nick Chard, Chair of the National Employers, said:-
"We will continue to work at pace to bring an extra resource to
the battle against the impact of Covid-19, working
collaboratively with the FBU and NFCC for the benefit of local
people. Fire and Rescue has always played its role in meeting
immense challenges and this crisis is no exception. We have
stepped up our assistance to support our over stretched public
sector colleagues, especially ambulance services, with our can
do attitude and sense of community spirit and will continue to
Coronavirus Update - roadworks in Liverpool
PLEASE remember that if
you have to travel essential roadworks are still being carried
out in line with UK Government guidelines on safe working and
social distancing. This work is continuing in order to maintain
key routes critical to the movement of goods and people,
including emergency services and key workers. All non-essential
roadworks have been suspended.
The North Liverpool Key Corridor (NLKC) to upgrade the A565
between Sefton and Liverpool, has meant that the A565 (Derby
Road / Great Howard Street section) between Paisley Street to
Bankhall Street has been temporarily closed to facilitate the
Other areas within Liverpool that have major works taking place
are as follows:-
► Ba Street, L3... BBUSL gas
main renewal works between New Quay and the new entrance to
William Jessop Way have resulted in a road closure until 19
► Brownlow Hill, L3... LCC/Graham
Construction highway improvement works have resulted in a
temporary eastbound one-way system from Clarence Street to Mount
Pleasant until 30 April 2020.
► Clarence Street/Russell Street,
L3... LCC/Graham Construction highway improvement works
have resulted in a northbound one-way system until 12 April
► Mount Pleasant, L3... BBUSL
gas main renewal works between Brownlow Hill and Benson Street
have resulted in 2-way temporary signals until 19 April 2020.
► New Quay/Strand Street, L3...
BBUSL gas main renewal works between St Nicholas Place and Water
Street have resulted in lane restrictions 19 April 2020.
► Princes Road/Princes Avenue, L8...
Princes Road is closed from the roundabout to Upper Parliament
Street from Wednesday 15 April until 29 April 2020.
► Tithebarn Street, L2... LCC/Graham
Construction highway improvement works between Pall Mall and
Vauxhall Road have resulted in lane restrictions 30 April 2020.
► Upper Parliament Street, L8...
LCC/King Construction highway improvement works have resulted in
lane restrictions until 30 April 2020.
Victoria Street, L2... Liverpool City
Council/Graham Construction highway improvement works have
resulted in lane restrictions until 30 April 2020.
► Waterloo Road/Regent Road, L5...
Liverpool City Council/King Construction highway improvement
works have resulted in lane restrictions until 31 August 2020.
► West Derby Street, L7... Laing
O'Rourke redevelopment of the Royal Liverpool University
Hospital has resulted in lane restrictions and a temporary
one-way system from Crown Street to Low Hill until February
2021. Until 18 April 2020, the junction of West Derby
Street/Crown Street will be operated under temporary signals.
We can confirm that Liverpool City Council's supervisory team is
monitoring contractors to ensure social distancing is being
observed at these locations.
Total UK cases
COVID-19 Cases Update for Liverpool City Region and
UK Hospital deaths
continue to rise with the latest recorded new fatalities,
that are lab confirmed Covid-19 related, was 861, pushing
the overall number of UK Covid-19 deaths to 13,729. The
number of COVID-19 infections has risen by 4,618 in just a
day, to 103,093, the Department of Health said. In England,
there are a total of 79,489 confirmed cases. North West -
total of 12,093 confirmed cases. Current confirmed cases
within the following local authorities are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,010 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 560 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 623 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 407 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 277 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 1,769 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 473 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 477 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 744 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 549 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 402 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 354 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 447 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 278 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 262 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 320 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 378 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 188 confirmed cases.
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
16/04/2020. Last updated 2:44 pm GMT.. UK total includes cases detected through:-
"Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by
commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the
sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:-
"Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE /
Devolved Administration Labs).
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