flock to Merseyside's Beaches
"PLEASE stay away from
the regions beaches..." is the message being issued
after thousands of people flock to the area. The result
has been emergency services have had an extremely hard time
getting around, dangerous parking and a total brake down of
social distancing. This is also a major issue for residents
within the area, who are fearful that this will spark a major
spike in Covid-19 infections within the local community. Many
residents have expressed concern that if action is not taken,
Bank Holliday will result in even more issues. Do you have
any thoughts on this issue? If you do please email us to:-
Also you can see our post about this on
Patient thanks the charity medics
who helped her in time of need following incident in Southport
IN May 1999, the North
West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) took its maiden flight from
Blackpool Airport. Since then, the charity has completed over
22,000 missions, making a difference to thousands of lives
across the Region. In 21 years, the service has grown from 1
helicopter to 3, launched 4 rapid response vehicles and opened a
second airbase, in Barton. All along it has been supported by
the generosity of donors, fundraisers and volunteers across the
North West. On call 365 days a year, the NWAA crew work
tirelessly to bring the hospital to the patient. The service is
entirely charity run, depending on public and corporate support
to complete its lifesaving missions, as it does not receive
Emma Lynch, 27, an air hostess
from Wilmslow, is 1 patient who credits NWAA with helping her in
her time of need. In March 2020, Emma was visiting her
grandparents in Birkdale, Southport, when she was involved in a
terrifying dog attack. A portion of her nose was lost, meaning
Emma needed urgent reconstruction surgery.
Emma Lynch said:- "The
day of the attack is a bit of a blur, but I remember the terror
and pain clearly. I've never been so scared in my life. The air
Ambulance crew arrived so quickly, with the Paramedics providing
pain relief and calming me down. They talked me through
everything they were doing, asking about my job as cabin crew to
distract from the situation. It made the world of difference. I
was so lucky to receive their care that day, and it's thanks to
the crew's quick treatment that meant my reconstructive surgery
has been so successful. I can't thank them for their kindness
enough, and the charity still keeps in touch. They've even
invited me to visit the helicopter base, which I am super
excited about as it's my dream to be a pilot! I am so grateful
to the air Ambulance and am really proud to support them. It's a
charity that deserves so much support; it's full of such
special, talented people."
1 young supporter wishing the
charity a happy birthday is 9 year old Elizabeth, Warrington,
who has single handedly raised over £400 by taking part in a 21
hour sponsored silence. Elizabeth was inspired to fundraise
after seeing the air Ambulance's Paramedics on BBC One's
Ambulance:- "It was hard not to talk for so long, but it
was worth it to raise money for the air Ambulance charity. I
wanted to say thank you for its work, because its Paramedics are
my heroes! I want to be a Paramedic when I grow up now, and help
people just like they do."
Heather Arrowsmith, North West Air Ambulance Charity CEO,
celebrated Elizabeth and all those who have made 21 years of
service possible:- "I want to say a heartfelt thank you to
everyone who has supported our charity over the years. In this
time our charity has made a truly lifesaving difference to our
community, thanks to the hard work of our crew, our team at HQ
and volunteers, and the incredible generosity of our fundraisers
and donors. Supporters like little Elizabeth make all the
difference to our work. It takes over £9.5 million a year to
remain operational and we simply wouldn't be here without this
support. Our charity's mission is to improve outcomes for
patients all across the North West, whether someone needs a
blood transfusion by the side of the M6, has gotten into
difficulties up in the Lakes or has suffered a heart attack at
home. By swiftly bringing the hospital directly to the patient,
our crew can make the difference between life and death.
Patients like Emma really drive this home; and we're so grateful
to all those who have allowed us to carry out this work since
To celebrate its 21st birthday
and raise urgent funds, the service is calling on people to take
on a new challenge:- Go21! Challengers can choose any activity
to help raise funds and awareness; whether that's completing 21
laps of the garden or running 21 miles over 21 days…
To receive your free Go21! fundraising pack or download a
special kid's activity pack, head to:-
Trust recognises mental health awareness week 2020
THIS mental health
awareness week, local NHS Trust Cheshire and Wirral Partnership
(CWP) are encouraging the local community to look after their
own mental health and the wellbeing of others. The annual event,
run by the Mental Health Foundation, presents an opportunity to
raise awareness of issues around mental health. This year's
campaign comes amidst the UK still experiencing the effects of
the COVID-19 pandemic. Its theme of 'kindness' is
as relevant now as it has ever been. With social distancing
enforced and people encouraged to stay at home as much as
possible, it is vitally important that people are aware of the
effects this can have on mental health and wellbeing. This can
be a difficult time for many people, especially the most
vulnerable in our society. It is important to know if you are
concerned about your own mental health, or the health of a
person you care for, that you are not alone. Help is available.
With this in mind, earlier this year CWP launched a 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week mental health helpline that is available for
residents of all ages in Cheshire West, Cheshire East and
Wirral. It is now the first port of call for mental health help;
it is operated by people in the local area who will know how
best to support local residents. If urgent support is needed,
please call:- 0300 303 3972. The helpline pages on the CWP
also contain information about other mental health services that
are available for non-urgent support. In terms of young people's
mental health, the Trust's MyMind
contains a whole host of resources that give advice on how to
cope with the current situation, as well as information
regarding mental health issues for children, young people and
families. CWP medical director, Dr Faouzi Alam said:-
"Each year our Trust is pleased to support Mental Health
Awareness Week as we come together nationally to recognise and
raise awareness of mental health issues in the UK. This year,
the campaign takes on added significance given the potential
impact that the COVID-19 pandemic can have on all of our mental
health and I would urge all of our community to be responsive to
mental health needs. I would also urge anybody who feels like
they need support to use our 24/7 mental health helpline by
using the number:- 0300 303 3972. This invaluable resource is
available to anyone on our footprint, of any age, should they
feel like they need support."
Sister Cadets Impress with Kind Deeds
BROTHER and sister Fire
Cadets, Charlotte and Ben Reid, have both gone the extra mile
doing good deeds for their Merseyside community during the
Coronavirus pandemic. The Sacred Heart School pupils from
Waterloo have been attending Southport Fire Station's Fire Cadet
Unit for 2½ years. Due to
Coronavirus, all face to face Fire Cadet sessions were suspended
and have been replaced by virtual tasks and sessions. Recently,
they were tasked with performing a good deed within the
household or for their local community to support the National
Fire Chiefs Council's #ReadyWillingAble campaign. The response
of all of our Fire Cadets across Merseyside was overwhelming; in
particular Charlotte and Ben, who have both gone above and
beyond. Charlotte, 17, who loves to bake and crochet and is
currently studying for her ALevels, has made face masks for
members of her family who are all key workers (Nurse, Doctor and
Healthcare Worker.) She has also made little octopuses for
premature babies to support her local neonatal ward. Ben, 15,
will be going into sixth form this September and currently plays
football for Aintree Villa and Parkfield Football Club. He
purchased a number of toy windmills using his pocket money and
left them outside his house with a note saying to take them free
of charge as it will make you smile. He received a thank you
letter from a member of the public acknowledging his kindness.
Suzy Tosi-Nile, Fire Cadet
Co-ordinator at MFRS, said:- "Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Service are very proud of Charlotte and Ben for all that they
have done in their community; such kind and thoughtful good
deeds. Furthermore, both have suggested that they would like to
do some fundraising events with their fellow Southport Fire
Cadets at local care homes when the pandemic has ended."
For more information about all of the MFRS Youth Engagement
programmes delivered across Merseyside, please head to our
Page. For more information
about the #ReadyWillingAble campaign, go to:-
Total UK cases
COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and
THE total number of Coronavirus
(COVID-19) that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK,
has risen by 2,472 cases
and the total number now stand at 248,293, that
includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not
included in the 4 National totals. The daily number of
laboratory confirmed UK cases is 3,142, as of Sunday,17 May
2020. The total number of deaths of people who have had a
positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS
laboratory is 35,704. Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK
fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 363
according to the Department of Health. In England, there are a
total of 144,984 confirmed cases. North West - total of 24,132
confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 1,564 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 895 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 1,198 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 741 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 377 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 3,406 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,020 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 1,127 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 1,462 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,023 confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 757 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 1,124 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 970 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 736 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 687 confirmed cases.
► Tameside, 642 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,017 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 394 confirmed cases.
These stats are according to Public Health England as of
20/05/2020. Last updated 6.31pm 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)..
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
UK Government Coronavirus Press
Conference on 20 May 2020 Video