Sefton Afghan Appeal launched to support families resettling in Sefton

An appeal has been launched across Sefton to help families from Afghanistan who may find themselves resettling in the Borough in the coming weeks and months.

Sefton Council, Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) and Sefton 4 Good are working in partnership to coordinate a Borough-wide response.

This will be similar to those taking place throughout the UK, to help Afghan people starting a new life in the North West.

All funds raised through the Sefton Afghan Appeal will be used to purchase bespoke items including appropriate clothing, toys and household items such as kitchen utensils.

Donations of newly-bought goods, sealed clothing, children’s shoes and toiletries are also being gratefully received and will form a ‘welcome pack’ to be distributed to families.

Due to COVID-19 control measures, organisers are unable to accept donations of second-hand goods or un-sealed items.

The Borough-wide appeal will see eight locations across Sefton set up as donation drop-off points, while a dedicated fundraising platform has been created where kind-hearted residents can contribute.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are all too aware of the devastation and conflict taking place right now in Afghanistan and, like many others across the UK, we are doing all we can in Sefton to help support displaced families who have been forced to flee their homeland.

“The Council and its partners at Sefton CVS and Sefton 4 Good have immediately sprung into action and launched a dedicated fundraising platform to help in these coming weeks and months.

“We know the people of Sefton is a welcoming Borough that cares for their fellow humans in need and I am confident that our communities will give as much as they possibly can do the Sefton Afghan Appeal, whether that be via a financial contribution or via a donation of much needed goods and clothing.

“Sefton Council have offered eight of its buildings to act as donation points for the appeal and we continue to work closely with partners to ensure we are doing everything in our power to help.

“Please, if you can, give generously to this appeal and lend your support to these families many of whom have arrived with very few belongings but the clothes they are wearing.”

Angela White OBE, Chief Executive at Sefton CVS, said: “Following the devastating situation in Afghanistan, Sefton CVS are working in partnership with Sefton Council and other voluntary, community and faith (VCF) organisations to coordinate and provide welcome to Afghan families resettling in Sefton over the coming weeks.

“The Sefton Afghan Appeal will enable us to provide bespoke items to directly support families when they arrive in Sefton. We are also encouraging local residents to donate newly-bought sealed items such as clothing and toiletries which can be dropped off at a number of designated donation points across the borough. We know how generous and welcoming our local residents and businesses are, and your vital support will make such a difference in resettling Afghan families into our communities.”

For more information regarding the Sefton Afghan Appeal or to donate, please visit

For all enquiries about the Sefton Afghan Appeal, please email

21 acts plus five films showcasing Waterloo will be streamed for Bank Holiday Virtual festival

A unique virtual music festival will be streamed online over the August Bank Holiday weekend to replace the cancelled Waterloo Festival.

Nineteen of the bands originally booked for the June Festival, which could not take place owing to the coronavirus pandemic, have recorded a 30-minute set at a ‘Covid-secure’ studio in Bootle on a full-sized stage with special effects. Plus, there are two international bands, from Brazil and France, taking the total number of acts to 21.

You can see the line-up poster here.

Sefton 4 Good launch fundraising appeal to support local initiatives in response to the Covid-19 outbreak

In response to the worldwide spread of COVID-19, Sefton 4 Good have launched a trusted online fundraising appeal to support a range of local voluntary, community and faith sector organisations who are working tirelessly to help vulnerable residents across the borough.

Freshfields Animal Rescue host pub quiz double-header to celebrate 40th birthday

Freshfields Animal Rescue is continuing its mammoth 40th birthday celebrations with two charity pub quizzes in April.

As part of the yearlong commemoration of the much loved animal rescue shelter, Freshfields have teamed up with a Southport pub quiz host for a double header of trivia and game nights in April.

‘Scarred for Life’ Quiz Night in aid of Sefton 4 Good (Thursday 21st February 2019, 7pm)

Join the writers of ‘Scarred for Life’, Stephen Brotherstone & Dave Lawrence on Thursday 21st February as they host a quiz night covering the darker side of pop culture in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk 2018

Liverpool Memory Walk

Unite with us and over 5,000 people who will be taking part in Liverpool Memory Walk this year. On Sunday 9 September we welcome thousands of like-minded people to Croxteth Park (Liverpool) for a walk in the park! Choose from a 2km accessible route or a longer 10km route and raise sponsorship before you go! Sign up here. Also we have the Liverpool night walk at Aintree race course on Saturday 29 September – sign up here.

Don’t fancy walking? Why not donate your time and help us on the day as a volunteer? You could be marshalling, handing out medals or helping cheer people along! Register to volunteer here

Your Walk. Your Way

If you want to gather colleagues, friends or family together and enjoy a day out why not organise your own Memory Walk, your way? Register for an organisers fundraising pack and pick a date that suits you in order to get the ball rolling. If you have any questions about organising your own, from a walking lunch or a challenging hill trek, then don’t hesitate to get in touch!  Please visit the website for our FAQs, contact us on, or call 0300 330 5452.

Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People NOW AVAILABLE

Volunteer Centre Sefton and Sefton 4 Good have teamed up to produce a brand new Volunteering & Fundraising Toolkit for Schools & Young People – packed with information about local volunteer opportunities and creative ideas for fundraising events and activities!  

Project MINIBUS Crowdfunding Appeal – Help support Sefton Sea Cadets to raise funds for a new minibus

Sefton Sea Cadets is based in Litherland, Merseyside and is a uniformed Youth Organisation and Charity based on the traditions and ethos of the Royal Navy and other maritime services.

Sefton Sea Cadets provide valuable developmental experiences through nautical adventure and fun; which in turn helps our young people become better citizens for the Community and develops their CV and potential too. The group are a diverse organisation that has members who are “looked after”, disadvantaged and underprivileged.


Litherland is in the South of Sefton, and Sefton Sea Cadets rely heavily on our Unit transport, especially when the group need to access wider events within the National, Area or District Sea Cadet organisation. A minibus would allow Sefton Sea Cadets to ensure that the group can meet such demand and allow young people the opportunity to get involved with such events and training.

Sefton Sea Cadets currently have a minibus, which is now 14 years old and in the recent years has cost us more to fix and maintain than ever before. Including two breakdowns and recoveries for the minibus, which had a detrimental effect on the participation of the cadets training. Unfortunately, the recent MOT failure will have a detrimental effect on how Sefton Sea Cadets can continue to provide the Cadet experience.
The group have teamed with Sefton 4 Good and hope to raise funds towards the £7500 target to purchase a brand new minibus, and are encouraging local poeple, businesses and organisations to donate whatever they can to help support this valuable cause.

SWACA Quiz Night – Friday 16th February 2018

SWACA’s popular annual quiz is just weeks away, so pick your team, buy your tickets and join us for a fun filled night!!

SWACA Quiz Night
February 16th 2018
Quiz starts at 7.30 pm, doors open 7 pm
Tickets – £5 per person

Venue: The Marine Football Club
College Road
Crosby, Sefton,
L23 3AS

To buy tickets, please contact Neil Frackelton at or call 0151 922 8606 ext. 103.

Click here to download the SWACA Quiz Flyer 


One Stop Shop raffle raises funds for Maghull social club

Staff at the One Stop Shop in Tree View Court, Maghull recently organised a raffle and raised valuable funds to support a local monthly club night for adults with learning difficulties.

Maghull Young Adults Social Club (MYASC) received a donation of £329.52 which was raised by customers and staff at the One Stop Shop in August.

Fitness group take on 10,000 mile challenge for Bootle girl Holly

Bootle girl Holly Kitchen who suffers from a rare illness has inspired a fitness group to take on a gruelling 10,000 mile running challenge.

Ten members of British Military Fitness will take part in the run, which is roughly the distance between London and Adelaide in Australia, across a period of 12 weeks.

It means that over the course of three months, the ten of them must each complete 1,000 miles in order to hit the 10,000 target.

The hope is to raise £10,000 for five-year-old Holly, who has Trisomy 9 Mosaicism (T9M), a serious chromosomal disorder that only affects ten people in the UK and 93 worldwide.

Unfortunately there is no cure for the illness, which can lead to a whole host of unpredictable and serious medical problems.

The money will be used to buy Holly a new wheelchair and also adjust the garden to make it safer for the youngster to enjoy.

Kevin Thompson, an instructor at the Liverpool-based British Military Fitness, is behind the fundraising campaign having spoken to Holly’s dad, Barry.

Barry, who is a member of the British Military Fitness, told the Champion: “Kevin wants to raise as much funds as possible for Holly so we can get a new wheel chair and low level our existing back garden so it’s safe for her to use.

“He has put to ten of his British Military Fitness clients to run over a period of 12 weeks 10,000 miles between them, an equivalent of 1,000 miles each.

“Other members, including me, will also participate as much as we can to eventually dwindle down the 10,000 miles target.

“What a challenge but hopefully we can raise as much money as possible.”

To donate to the cause, visit the website:


Sefton 4 Good is appealing for community groups and individuals to support a scheme to provide free summer school holiday meals for children across the borough.

The fundraising initiative says that many families find the holidays difficult because they rely on the free school meals their children receive during term time.

As a response to this situation, organisers are looking to co-ordinate a borough-wide network of local voluntary organisations and community venues who will be able to plug the gap by offering free meals to children and young people aged between five and 18 in the holidays.

Seven local organisations have already pledged their support to the scheme – two in Bootle, one in Litherland, two in Crosby and a further two in Southport.

Now Sefton 4 Good are appealing for specific support for this initiative and have set up a dedicated BT MyDonate page in a bid to generate crowdfunding support for the initiative, click here to donation. Donations can also be made by phone by texting SEFT44 followed by the amount to 70070.

Funds raised in these ways will help groups with purchasing supplies of food and drink, and organisers are also appealing for volunteers to help in the initiative.

Volunteers are needed to help prepare and cook meals, and also to assist with running activities at the various centres across the borough.

Nigel Bellamy, Deputy Chief Executive Sefton CVS commented: “This scheme aims to provide much-needed support to disadvantaged families who can face real financial problems in the school holidays.

“We’re hoping for a really good response from community groups and individuals, to enable us to provide a free meals service in as many borough locations as possible.”

Organisers are also looking for support and donations from local businesses for specific food supplies and equipment, and those who can support are asked to contact Sefton 4 Good for full details of what is needed.

Groups or individuals who want to get involved, or for those wishing to make a donation, can contact Sefton 4 Good by ringing 0151 920 0726 or by visiting

Feelgood Factory’s Summer Quiz night fundraiser! (Thurs 27th July)

Thursday 27th July
7.00pm – 9.00pm
The Feelgood Factory, Netherton, L30 5QW

The Summer Quiz night will be held here at Feelgood Factory and it is £3 per ticket which includes entry to the quiz, prizes available to be won on the night.  We will sell refreshments on the night and have a raffle, spot the ball and a few games of Play your cards right as well as the Summer themed Quiz.  All money raised on the night will go towards the Feelgood Factory continuing to provide various groups and services to the community.

Summer Quiz 2017 - Poster.jpgNetherton Feelgood Factory is a community-led, healthy living centre, operating in Sefton in Merseyside. Our mission is to help local people improve their health, well being and quality of life.

The Feelgood Factory provides services for the whole community from childhood to old age, in order to promote health and well-being as holistically as possible.  Our programme of activities are delivered both in the centre and through outreach work elsewhere in Sefton.

For more information on the Netherton Feelgood Factory Click here.

Southport teenager Isobel follows in grandmother’s fundraising footsteps

A Southport teenager is preparing to follow in her grandmother’s fundraising footsteps.

Thirteen-year-old Isobel Cutts, a pupil at Greenbank High School, will hold a cake sale to raise money for North West Cancer Research, on Sunday (June 25).

The youngster will team up with Olive Cutts, who heads up the Southport-based fundraising group of the cancer research charity.

Girl Guide Isobel will hold the cake sale as part of her ambition to receive the Baden-Powell Challenge Award, which is the highest accolade a Guide can achieve.

This is not the first time she has joined forces with her grandmother – at Easter she helped to raise £100 for NWCR by selling knitted Easter chicks filled with chocolate.

Isobel said: “Me and my Grandma have been promoting the event over the past few weeks by giving out posters in the local area so we hope lots of people will come. My Grandma and the other members of her fundraising group have helped me out by offering to bake cakes for me to sell.”

The charity offers funding to the University of Liverpool and over the next five years has pledged £13million for research.

Sara Cooper, of NWCR, said: “Isobel is a great example of a young person giving up her time to support our charity and we hope others will be encouraged to follow suit.”

The cake sale will take place on the 25th June from 10:30am to 1pm on Isobel’s drive at 15 Lynton Road, Hillside.

CROWDFUNDING APPEAL: Let’s Help Feed Sefton’s Children Over The Summer Holidays


Many families are telling us that they find the school holidays particularly difficult because they rely on the Free Meals they are able to get during term time.

Sefton CVS is coordinating a network of community venues and local organisations that will be able to offer Children and Young People between the ages of 5 to 18 free meals during the Summer Holidays.

This service is open access and is available to all regardless of income throughout the school holidays.



Please note: Information is subject to change, and please call 0151 920 0726 for more information. 


Sefton 4 Good have launched a dedicated BT MyDonate page which we hope to use to crowdfund to support this initiative. Click here to donate

Individuals can also donate by phone by texting SEFT44 followed by the ammount (e.g. £5, £10, £20) to 70070. 

Image result for donate now btmydonate

Funds raised will help our local groups to provide food & drink supplies

Sefton CVS and Sefton 4 Good are encouraging local individuals, businesses and organisation to give what they can.

If any local business or individuals would like to donate food supplies, equipment  to support this initiative, please contact Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 or email  

Volunteers Needed!

To support the initiative, Sefton CVS and the Volunteer Centre Sefton are appealing for volunteers to help our network of local organisations in providing free meals to Sefton’s schoolchildren.

Volunteers are needed to help cook and prepare meals and assist with activities at the various centres across the borough. The Volunteer Centre Sefton can also offer any training or support to volunteers as required.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the short Expression of Interest form below, and please included contact details to receive more information. 









Carla Lane Animals in Need Centre mark a year since death of its founder by launching kennels appeal

Staff at Carla Lane’ Animals in Need sanctuary in Melling marked a year since the death of the charity’s founder by holding a fair and dog show – and launching a campaign to revamp its kennels.

Families enjoyed the many stalls, dog agility displays, pony rides and more at the All Dogs Fair and Fun Dog Show on Sunday, June 4.

The charity used the event to launch its ‘Brighter Lives’ appeal to highlight the “desperate” need to get their 30 main kennels up to a standard that gives the dogs the most comfort, especially those that are cared for long term.

Carla Lane herself opened the centre’s Special Care Unit in September, 2015. and centre staff aim to raise £120,000 in the appeal to improve the kennel facilities.

A spokeswoman for the centre said: “Carla was a dear friend and a valued supporter.

“She was a true animal lover and fought for the rights of abused and ill-treated animals.

“It was a privilege to have her join with us to promote animal welfare and so we became Carla Lane Animals In Need. Like us, Carla thought it was important that animals were not only rescued but were also provided with the best of care and housing, while at the Sanctuary.

“She was delighted with our new special care unit but her greatest wish and ours, was to have the old, out-dated dog unit refurbished, to provide the dogs with outside runs, light and space.”

Southport Meols Rotary group donate schools in a bag to third world countries

Members of the Southport Meols Rotary club are helping give children in third world countries the chance of a better education through their School in a Bag scheme.

School in a Bag, say Rotarians, is a simple solution to help poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster affected children throughout the world. Each bag is filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils that will enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn.

Now the team at Southport Meols Rotary have donated their own bags to the scheme after a fundraising appeal where they sold off small knitted bunnies and chicks.

Rotary club member Lisa Carlin said: “We asked people to get knitting and squares started pouring in from groups of local knitters, friends and family.

“We could not sew the bunnies up fast enough and we had to recruit other club members to help with the sowing up process!

“We even had some very talented friends who were knitting chickens.

“A big thank you goes out to Bispham Road Post Office, Lathams The Bakers, Flutterby Salon, and local schools for selling our bunnies and chicks.

“Southport Meols Rotary managed to raise £360 from the sales and this has gone towards the School in a Bag project.”

Birkdale pensioner smashes fundraising target for Southport Gymnastics Club

A pensioner from Southport who walked 75 miles on his 75th birthday for charity has thanked Champion readers for helping him smash his fundraising target.

David Spratt, from Birkdale, walked all the way from Bootle to Burnley in eight days, and managed to raise more than £3,000 for Southport Gymnastics Club.

However after his story featured on the front page of the Champion earlier this month, David was delighted to find his total had shot up to well over £5,000!

David said: “It’s made my 75th birthday a very memorable and happy occasion and I’m pleased to hear that the future of the club is looking positive once again.

“Everyone that I have met has been really supportive of the gymnastics club and wishes to see it continue to provide its wonderful services to young people.

“There really is a great need for clubs like this and it needs our support at this critical time.

“I’m delighted that my sponsorship target of £5,000 in aid of Southport Gymnastics Club has been reached in the last few days!

“My front page picture and the article in the Southport Champion certainly helped boost donations!

“The support of so many people, clubs and organisations has been overwhelming with over 200 sponsorship donations.

“I wish to express my enormous thanks to staff or members at the following organisations who have given donations or expressed their support.

“All the funds raised will help to firmly establish a successful gymnastics club for children in the north Sefton area. Healthy exercise and sports are essential for all children but, today, there are few indoor, all-year round facilities available to them at an affordable price.

“As a result of Southport YMCA’s decision to dispose of its successful Gymnastics Club, a group of parents set up a new Gymnastics Club charity which took over from the YMCA in September 2016.

“The new club had no start-up funds and many of the facilities are over 25 years old. It needs our help!

“The club provides classes for 1,300 children per week and it is one of the important ‘social glues’ that help to hold the community together.

“It also provides healthy exercise, fun and social activities for the community and is a place where children of all abilities develop their confidence and create their cherished memories of childhood.

“Many older and wiser people have helped me in the past. It is now my turn to help today’s children in these challenging times of change for all communities.”

Southport coast to coast ride helps net £4k for Alzheimers Society

Five Southport businessmen have raised more than £4,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society after completing a 140-mile coast to coast bike ride.

The charity ride, from Whitehaven to Tynemouth, was organised by Andy Webster of Southport accountancy firm Moore and Smalley.

Andy and his four riding partners, Tom Flanagan, Mark Day, Matt Dunham and Paul Roberts, chose the charity because several of their family members have been affected by dementia.

The quintet completed the ride over four days from May 17-20 to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week.

Andy said: “There were ups and downs, both physically and mentally, but it was well worth it. We have been so touched by the generosity of people and our original target of £3,500 has been well beaten.

“When we stopped at a pub to eat on the first night, we won the pub quiz and so the twenty pound winnings also went in the fundraising pot. A couple on the next table also donated a tenner.

“Most people will know someone who has been touched by this terrible illness. It was important to us to be able to do something to support Alzheimer’s research and give something back to the community.”

The route taken by the group is one of the official Coast to Coast routes and included the gruelling 1900 feet climb up Hartside, which was part of the 2015 Tour of Britain route.

Marathon man Gary takes on grueling Mount Everest challenge for Marie Curie hospice

A MARATHON mad runner will risk life and limb to conquer Mount Everest in a grueling 26 mile challenge later this month.

Amid potential avalanches, debilitating atmospheric changes and sheer drops, legal eagle Gary Friday of Southport Citizen’s Advice Bureau will take on the Mount Everest Marathon on May 29 to raise vital funds for the Marie Curie Hospice in Liverpool.

Listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest marathon in the world., the Everest Marathon starts 17,000ft above sea level at the Everest Base Camp in Nepal before running 26 miles down hill to the Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar – 6,000 feet below!

But before Gary, 47, can even think about strapping on his running boots, he’ll have to fly into the most dangerous airport in the world where his plane will land on a short uphill runway and narrowly stop before hitting a sheer rock face.

If Gary survives this part of the ordeal he will then trek through the Himalayas to the Everest base camp before being lectured on the dangers of sudden avalanches and loose rocks underfoot – before he finally gets to start running!

He will do all this – as well as camping in freezing temperatures – for the Marie Curie Hospice in Liverpool in memory of both his parents who he lost to cancer.

Speaking ahead of his journey, Gary told the Champion: “We will trek for 12 days to 18,500 feet above Mount Everest Base Camp  following which I will compete in the Tenzing Hilary Marathon.

“Ahead of that I will be spending two nights acclimatisation under a canvas tent in Minus 20 conditions at Mount Everest Base Camp!

“That’s providing all goes well when we first arrive in the Himalayas!

“After arriving in Kathmandu we take an early morning flight to Lukla – one of the most dangerous airports in the world.

“It has an uphill runway and a rock face at the end of it so there is no margin for error.

“Very few pilots are able fly in there as there is no radar or air traffic control and once a descent is made to basically spot a postage stamp in the Himalayas, there is no turning back either you land or you don’t.

“Around the middle of last year I was visiting the Marie Curie Hospice in Liverpool and noticed a large figure on the wall of £6397.

“On making enquiries I was informed this is how much it costs to keep the Hospice for the terminally ill open for just  a single day.

“I lost both parents to cancer and have always held an enormous debt of gratitude for the kind treatment and inspiring compassion they received from Marie Curie.

“I echoed the desire to help the hospice to my friends Roger and Ray and collectively it was agreed we would endeavour to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal in an attempt to raise the £6397.

“But that was on the condition I ran the Everest Marathon.

“Somehow I cannot help feeling I drew the short straw but to aid the hospice which treats all people with any terminally illness from all over Sefton and Liverpool, it is more than worth it.

“For someone who has never camped in his life and does not really like heights, this really will be a baptism of fire and way beyond what I have ever experienced in marathon running.

“I’ve previously ran difficult marathons in Moscow, Bangkok, Auckland and New York for charity but this will be the toughest yet.

“This is seen as one  of the most torturous and arduous endurance tests in existence.

“Reasonable runners take anything from eight to 11 hours to finish due to the air being 50% thinner than normal and the brutal jagged rock face terrain.

”I do not pretend to being apprehensive about the marathon given the Avalanche which killed people at Base Camp around 18 months ago and the earthquake to hit Kathmandu last year.

“But at the same time I am excited and inspired to give something back to Marie Curie who made my family’s pain so much easier to deal with.”

For more information or to sponsor Gary visit