Donation from Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation to help boost Rice Lane Primary School’s facilities

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was on hand to deliver a donation to a local primary school to help them transform a waste land into an outdoor learning facility.

The former Reds star, from Bootle, delivered a £798 cheque to Rice Lane Primary School, in Walton, after his official charity, the 23 Foundation, agreed to lend their support.

Staff at the school want to carry out a wide-scale refurbishment of an piece of land within the school grounds which has been used as a “dumping ground” and turn it into a space for children.

A spokesperson for the school said: “At our school, we have an outdoor quad area that is currently going to waste. It is used as a dumping ground and we felt that this could be a valuable space for reading, mindfulness and some outdoor learning opportunities.

“We set up an Enterprise Team to start raising money to go towards revamping this area. We put on some movie nights and charged children after school, made a few competitions in school and we put on a staff race night.

“We have recently put on an Enterprise Extravaganza. Each class had £10 start up money and had to make a profit. The children designed their advertising and stall and came up with their own money making idea.

“I heard about the 23 Foundation and got in touch. After numerous discussions, the foundation offered some match funding and to reach out to companies and businesses they have links with to try to further support us.

“We would like to thank Jamie, Les Wright and everybody else at the 23 Foundation for their huge support and ideas so far and hope that this is a lasting relationship for us.

“It isn’t always easy to raise money as we have so much going on in our school, so the support is valued and we know that revamping this area would not have been possible without their generosity.”

As well as the donation, the 23 Foundation also offered the class who raised the most money a trip to Jamie Carragher’s Soccer Schools for some football training.”

Formby Carers Group receive generous donation from Formby Squirrels Rotary Club

Carers in Formby are delighted after receiving a cheque for £1,000 to help them carry out their work.

Formby Squirrels Rotary Club presented John Ensor, from Formby Carers Group, with a cheque for £1,000.00 at their meeting in The Grapes on Thursday May 11.

A spokesperson for Formby Squirrels said: “The Squirrels were delighted to be able to support this local Charity once again as it does such vital work in our community.”

John Ensor added: “If you are a Carer and want a break from the routine and a friendly shoulder to lean on and someone to talk to then please feel free to join our group which meets weekly at Formby Methodist Church on Fridays from 2pm.

“We are an informal group which has sought to help both the Carers and Cared For over a number of years.   Many close friendships with others in similar situations have been formed and members have found those invaluable in being able to deal with the difficult situation of caring for someone close.

“We share, socialise and talk over a cup of tea and cakes and with the help of Formby Squirrels Rotary club are able to put on various outings and special events throughout the year for the enjoyment of all our members.

“Feel free to call in on any Friday afternoon or if you want any further information please call either Sue or John on 01704 830147

“Formby Squirrels Rotary meet at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of each month at The Grapes, Formby, and hold a social event at various locations every fourth Thursday.

“New members or people simply interested in finding out more are always welcome, call  07891 732117 or email for more details.”

Bootle Tool Shed receive £1,000 donation from the Asda Foundation

A popular Community Group have been handed £1,000 by the Asda Foundation.

Bootle Tool Shed, where people come together to take part in practical skills and activities, are based at the Strand Shopping Centre and are run completely by their own members.

They provide opportunities for people to share tools, resources and skills in order to create, learn and develop social networks.

Eddy Flynn, Trustee of the Bootle Men’s Shed said: “Our members see the Shed as a lifeline, and we the trustees see this funding as a lifeline to enable us to keep this vital resource open.”

Julie Ward, Senior Manager of the Asda Foundation said: “The Asda Foundation is one of the many ways we can give something back to our local communities.

“That’s why we lend a hand to a wide range of good causes with which our colleagues are involved with, sharing their passion and helping to make a difference through a variety of projects across the UK.

“We see the Sheds programme as making a real difference at a grassroots level and are proud to support this initiative.”

The Shed movement follows a blueprint from an Australian project and since the first Men’s Shed opened in the UK six years ago, there are now over 300 in the UK with three new Sheds on average opening a week.

Sheds are often places for older men to come together and work on either individual or community projects – but are now increasingly seeing younger men and women getting involved.”