Local charity finish
runner-up in major business award night
BOOTLE based children’s charity
Ykids, have been named runners-up
in the highly commended Morgan Foundation Awards.
Nominated in the Best Entrepreneurial Charity category, Ykids were
just beaten to the prize by Elixir Foundations CIC whose fantastic
work in the community creates opportunities for vulnerable adults.
The ceremony, held at Carden Park Hotel in Chester, proved a great
success with the winners and runners-up in the six categories
receiving a total of £110k.
Founder of the Morgan Foundation and businessman, Steve Morgan, was
delighted with the keen competition for each category.
He said:- “We had more entries than ever before and the
finalists were of the highest quality. Inspirational, ambitious,
passionate and sheer bloody minded are just a few of the words the
judges used to describe them. Judging was very difficult and in many
cases it was the smallest of margins separating the winners and
Working with over 2000 children every week, Ykids work benefits the
lives of children and young people from deprived communities in
Bootle and Merseyside.
Running a variety of innovative projects, their work encourages a
brighter future by raising the self esteem and aspirations of the
children and young people they work with.
Manager of Ykids, Claire Morgans, was delighted that Ykids had even
been considered for such a major award and plans to put the £5000
prize money to good use. Claire said:- “It was a real
honour to even be nominated for such a prestigious award and
inspiring to meet so many people who are working to make such a
difference in the region. The whole night was fantastic with a great
atmosphere and after hearing the stories of the finalists, it was no
wonder it was so hard to choose between them. The cash prize we were
given will be put towards a social enterprise cafe, which we are
hoping to open in Bootle. I would also like to say a huge thank you
to the Morgan Foundation who have been a fantastic support to the
Southport Access For
THE Annual General Meeting of the
‘Southport Access For Everyone’ forum will be held at
the Community Room of the Southport Fire Station at the corner of
Manchester Road and Lord Street, on Thursday, 25 November 2010 at
7.00 pm. All members are cordially invited to attend this important
meeting. The premises are fully accessible for wheelchair users.
Enquiries:- 01704 567046.
Christmas is coming to Liverpool!
GIANT illuminated snowflakes, a
six foot tall gramophone playing Christmas carols, a snow queen and
choirs will all celebrate the start of the festive season in the
city centre on Thursday, 18 November 2010.
And two special guests will be among the first to admire the 50 foot
Christmas tree in all its sparkling glory. Six year old Connor Daly,
who was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumour, but is
now in remission, and seven year old Ariella Byrne who suffers from
cerebral palsy, will join Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, the Leader of the
city council, Councillor Joe Anderson, and the striking snow queen
to admire the festive decorations.
Connor has been a patient at Alder Hey Hospital for five years and
receives support from the Imagine Appeal, one of the Lord Mayor’s
charities this year. And, Ariella and her family are currently
trying to raise £60,000 to pay for groundbreaking treatment in
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Hazel Williams, said:-
“Christmas is a magical time for young and old and it’s a highlight
for many when they see the City Centre in its full festive glory!
I’m delighted to be getting a first glimpse of the decorations
accompanied by these special young people, who both love Christmas
and am sure will be amazed by the illuminations. These brave
youngsters are an inspiration to us all and I hope they will have
the magical evening they deserve.”
Every Thursday evening for the next four weeks there will be
Christmas events taking place to wow shoppers and visitors.
Entertainment includes the return of Big Brother star Titan the
Robot, the Formby brass band, reindeers, penguins, and panto dames
who will all be doing their best to raise a smile in their fantastic
There will be a grand finale on Thursday, 16 December 2010, when
samba band, Batala, will drum up a fantastic carnival atmosphere.
There is also a second tree which can be found in Williamson Square.
Both trees will be adorned with thousands of low energy LED lights
and baubles and have been sourced by the Forestry Commission from
And the traditional Nativity will once again be placed in the window
of Rapid on Houghton Street.
To find out about all the festive fun, visit:-
The city centre animation programme is part funded by the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF).