‘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.

The Sovini Group raises over £10,000 for local charities at third annual Golf Day

The third annual Sovini Group Golf Day, sponsored by Premier Cleaning and Transport Services, raised over £10,000 for Sovini Charities and the Big Help Project.

Over 80 golfers from the housing and commercial sector gathered at West Derby Golf Course to compete in the sold out golfing event which was hosted by local comedian, Willie Miller. Sovini Golf 1

During the day golfers had the opportunity to win a variety of prizes donated by local companies and were also able to bid on auction items including signed LFC and EFC memorabilia, electronics, a new bathroom suite and more. Attendees raised over an amazing £10,000 for Sovini Charities and the Big Help Project.

The Big Help Project offers practical assistance to help people in Merseyside successfully break free from poverty and Sovini Charities support charitable causes including the Pride of Sefton which provides narrow boat journeys to underprivileged people in the local community.

Chair of the Big Help Project Peter Williams said: “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen again to receive this very generous donation from The Sovini Group. This donation will enable us to continue our services to support people across the city region.”

 The Sovini Group CEO Dr. Roy Williams said: “Our annual Golf Day is becoming one of our favourite events of the year. It’s such a great opportunity to raise valuable funds for some very worthy local causes. I would like to thank our principle sponsors, Premier Cleaning and Transport Services, along with everyone else who helped to make this event such a success.”

DONATE NOW and support the Sefton 4 Good Charity Abseil with the Mayor of Sefton (Saturday 18th August)

On Saturday 18th August a team of brave volunteers, including the Mayor of Sefton Cllr Dave Robinson will be taking on 150ft free fall drop over the main entrance of the iconic Liverpool Anglican Cathedral in a bid to raise funds for Sefton 4 Good.


Alternatively, click here to view the BT MyDonate page 

Our team of volunteers from Sefton Council, Sefton CVS, WEA and other local partner organisations will be taking part in a bid to raise as much money as possible for Sefton 4 Good  so we can continue to support local good causes in Sefton, and make Sefton a great place to live and work.

Please show your support for the Sefton 4 Good team and donate online to support the abseil – anything you can give will go towards supporting good causes across Sefton.

Saturday 18th August,
Approx. 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
St James Mount
L1 7AZ

Please see below for footage of last year’s Sefton 4 Good abseil.

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!  

Call to Support Local Fundraising for Life-Saving Cancer Research

A group of fundraisers led by a Formby cancer hero are looking for local people to pledge their support and help them raise money for life-saving cancer research.

Each year around 148 people in the Sefton region will be diagnosed with cancer and one in three of those will die from cancer or cancer related diseases.

The Sefton-based fundraising group for the charity North West Cancer Research is now looking for volunteers to act as regional cancer heroes and raise money for cancer research.

Jim Brown, 72, from Formby,  set up the group earlier this year after working with local cancer support group The Daisy Chain. Wanting to widen his support for cancer-based charities, he set up the fundraising group with his two friends Kevin Dunne and Hilda Boyd.

Jim who has lived in Formby all his life, was first inspired to work with local cancer charities after his wife Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.

He said: “When we got Joan’s cancer diagnosis, it was a shock for us all. But thanks to treatment, which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she’s now doing much better.

“Watching her go through her treatment was hard, but she has been so brave throughout it all. It was then that I knew I wanted to do something to help others and offer support for them and their loved ones.

“Research is an incredibly important part of the cancer journey. It’s more than just finding a cure for cancer, but it’s also about developing treatments which not only kill cancer but are easier for patients to cope with and do not have the horrendous side-effects that many treatments do today.

“I’ve been to the research labs at the North West Cancer Research Centre in Liverpool and spoken with the researchers the charity supports. It was great to see what the money we raise will be spent on and encouraging to hear some of the advances that their researchers are already making.”

The group is inviting volunteers to join them as they help raise money for this life-saving cancer research. They are looking for people to help organise fundraising events in the local community.

Jim added: “You can give as much or as little of your time as you like and any contribution no matter how big or small goes a long way in helping the fight against cancer.”

To find out more contact Jim on brownchest@yahoo.co.uk or call 01704 574787.

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 neil.frackelton@swaca.com or call 0151 922 8606 ext. 103.

Click here to download the SWACA Quiz Flyer 


Sefton Care Leavers Centre take on John O’Groats to Lands End Static Bike Challenge!

The Challenge, along with partners, colleagues and service users, is to cycle 874 Miles on a static bike over the course of one week. The total miles equates to a cycle route from John O’Groats to Lands end.

They will be carrying out the Challenge all this week from Monday 11th December until 17th December 2017.

You can donate via https://mydonate.bt.com/events/seftoncareleavers/451247. All donations received will help raise vital funds to continue the positive work we are providing to Care Leavers.

Our Place, Sefton Care Leavers Centre, is a project managed by Venus to provide a range of support to looked after children and care leavers as they undertake the difficult transition from care to independence.  They offer independence building activities such as parenting skills for young care leavers who are parents or pregnant, tenancy support and pre-tenancy training, confidence building, one to one and group counselling and emotional health and wellbeing support.  As well as providing advocacy and just a welcoming, inclusive place to be.


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: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Holly-Kitchen-BMF-Challange

Merseyside Fire Service establish new Cadet unit in Southport.

Would you like to make new friends, help out in the community and take part in fun firefighting drills?

If so, then why not apply to be a Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Fire Cadet?

We are opening a new Fire Cadet unit in Southport this September and we are looking for young people aged 13-16 to take part.

Beginning on Wednesday, September 13 the unit will meet every Wednesday from 6-8pm. As a cadet, you will get to learn about fire safety, road safety and water safety, take part in outdoor activities, fundraise for your community and gain a certificate.

Interested? E-mail youthengagementteam@merseyfire.gov.uk for more details.

Cancer fundraisers bring summer sparkle to Southport

A group of Southport fundraisers have held a summer event to raise more than £1,500 for local charity North West Cancer Research.

More than 100 guests gathered on 5 July at the annual Summer Sparkle organised by the charity’s Southport-based fundraising group.

Tickets to the event cost £10 which included a chilled glass of bubbly upon arrival and a selection of canapes handmade made by the fundraising group.

Held in the residential garden of Alan and Heather Sidebottom on Brocklebank Road, the event featured variety of stalls, allowing guests to browse through silk arrangements, jewellery and homemade produce.

A raffle which featured prizes such as award-winning wines and gift vouchers contributed £400 to the final fundraising totals.

The afternoon, which has been running for over two decades, is the most popular event organised by the Southport fundraising group each year. This year their efforts helped to raise a total of £1,570 which has been donated to North West Cancer Research.

Olive Cutts, chair of the Southport fundraising group for North West Cancer Research, said:

“The Summer Sparkle is our most popular event and every year we see more and more people come along to support us and the charity.

“I’d like to thank the whole team involved who all contributed to the delicious homemade canapes and sourcing the wine on offer. We’re all very grateful to Alan and Heather who kindly let us use their beautiful garden.”

North West Cancer Research funds life-saving cancer research across the North West and has committed to funding more than £13million worth of research over the next five years.

Sara Cooper, Committee Engagement and Events Executive, North West Cancer Research, said:

“The Southport community love the Summer Sparkle and every year the amount they raise for us just seems to grow which is phenomenal. We’d like to thank the Southport fundraising group for their continuous support and hard work in the events they put on.”

The next event to be hosted by the Southport group with be the annual Afternoon Tea at Hillside Golf Club on 16 August. Tickets are £12 and the event will run from 13:30 to 14:00 and tables of six, eight and ten are available. For more information and to purchase a ticket, please contact Olive Cutts on 01704 807857.


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 www.sefton4good.org.uk.

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.

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. 

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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 communications@seftoncvs.org.uk.  

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.”

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.

Hundreds to join in Race For Life in Southport this Sunday (4th June)

More than 700 women will descend on Southport this Sunday to join the fight against cancer.  Cancer survivors, mothers, daughters and more will take part in the annual Cancer Research UK’s Race For life at Princes Park on June 4 in either a 5k or 10k challenge.

Women of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes will unite to show their commitment to the cause and help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

Race For Life

Sarah Hunter, Race for Life event manager for Southport, said: “The atmosphere on Sunday promises to be electric – full of emotion, courage, tears and laughter – as hundreds of like-minded ladies come together to join the fight against cancer.

“I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all the women who participate in Race for Life in Southport and to all the friends, family and colleagues who support them.

“Our participants play a crucial role in helping to turn discoveries made in the lab into better treatments for patients in the North West and across the UK and we rely on their incredible commitment to the cause.”

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy, Marathon and Hiking events which raise millions of pounds every year to help beat cancer sooner by funding vital research.

Money raised through Race for Life helps Cancer Research UK to fund long-term research and pioneering trials, leading to new tests and kinder treatments which could save the lives of men, women and children across the North West and beyond.

This year, there’ll be a host of on stage and course entertainment to help get the event off to a great start and motivate the runners along the route. Prior to the start, participants and their supporters will be treated to a performance by talented Singer Songwriter Hayley Murray. We’ll then have the amazing Merseyside Rock Choir motivating our amazing participants on route.

Southport’s Race for Life is the ninth in this year’s North West calendar which includes 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and North Wales..

Sarah continued: “Money raised through Race for Life is helping to drive life-saving research in to over 200 different types of cancer – so every person, step and penny raised counts.

“Race for Life isn’t about being the fittest, fastest or first to the finish. It’s about coming together in the fight against this devastating disease. Our aim is that one day everyone will survive cancer and the more women who Race for Life, the sooner that day will come.

“We still have places at events across the North West so this is a rallying call for mums, daughters, sisters and friends to sign up right now and help beat cancer sooner.”

There is still time to enter Race for Life events across the North West at raceforlife.org or call 0300 123 0770.

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 http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Gary-Roger-Ray-Everest.

Southport college staff take on cycle challenge for Claire House

Staff members from a Southport college are currently cycling 1,300 miles to raise money for Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Brian Sheard and Paul Antonio are well on their way through their blistering journey from Southport College to Barcelona.

If all goes to plan the cycling mad duo will arrive in the sunny Spanish city by Friday (May 26).

Brian, a Director of Facilities Management at Southport College, said: “Following on from the 24 hour Southport to London Charity Cycle Challenge we did in 2016, we’re both going a step or two further this year!

“We hope to cycle the 1,300 mile route over 14 days with one rest day in the middle.

“The first three days and 300 miles incorporated a cycle from Southport, along the border with Wales to Bristol, then the final UK leg to Portsmouth where we caught an overnight ferry to St Malo in Northern France.

“The next four days consisted of around 100 miles per day of cycling through central France before reaching our first rest day in Chasseneuil sur Bonnierure, near Limoges.

“After a well earned day off, there are seven days comprising of an arduous cycle over the Pyrenees Mountains, past Andorra before eventually crossing the border into Northern Spain and entering Barcelona.”

The duo plan to cycle into the city on Friday, May 26 if all goes to plan.

Paul, Head of Information Services at the college, added: “The cycle is totally self-funded and self-supporting, and we carry all food, water, safety equipment and cycle spares needed for the trip.”

A walk to remember as 1000 take part in annual Star Trekk for Queenscourt Hospice

Over one thousand people have once again took part in the annual Queenscourt Hospice Star Trekk walk.

The final total of how much the myriad of walkers have raised for the Town Lane based hospice is yet to be revealed, such is the amount of donations staff need to tally up – but they say they are overwhelmed with the support Queenscourt received last week.

Last year the walk totaled an incredible £87,000

Men, women, children and even dogs took on the seven mile round walk through Birkdale and Southport on Friday evening (May 19), most of whom have known a friend or relative who have experienced care from Queenscourt at one time or another.

Carolyn Gorman, fundraising manager at Queenscourt, said: “For once the weather was really kind to us and this helped to create a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere at the event.

“As usual spirits were high and the feedback that we have received so far is very positive and lots of our participants have been sharing photos with us via social media.

“We won’t know the final total raised for several months yet as sponsorship money from individuals does sometimes take a while to collect and for them to bring in, but I am hopeful with so many people getting involved that we will get close to the £87,000 raised from the 2016 event!”


Southport Rotary Club golf day raises £4000 for Rainbow House

An annual Rotary Club golf day in Southport has raised £4,200 for a disability charity.

The 27th annual Business-Amateur competition, hosted by The Rotary Club of Southport Links, amassed £4,200 for Rainbow House – an Ormskirk based disability charity which helps disabled children and their families become more independent.

A spokesperson for the Rotary Club of Southport Links said: “Despite the dismal forecast the weather on the day was cloudy with sunny spells.

“A total of 15 teams took part with HB Villages securing the win with a score of 92 points, closely followed by the team from Southport Insurance Brokers with 89 points.

“‘Nearest to the pin’ was won by Tom Dickinson, a guest of the Firwood Timber team; and the ‘longest drive’ was won by Ian Monaghan of the MJ Quinn team.

“Carole Cochrane CBE, CEO of Rainbow House, expressed her delight that such a large amount was raised on the day and confirmed that the proceeds would go towards continuing to provide conductive education and specialist treatment for severely disabled children.”

Cycle tribute to Paul raises over a thousand pounds for charity

A charity cycle ride in memory of a Southport man, raised more than £1,000 for a mental health charity.

The family and friends of Paul Carapanagiotu jumped on their exercise bikes at Marshside Health Club and rode an impressive 304 miles for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

The distance of 304 miles happens to be the distance it takes to complete a full cycle journey around the island of Kefalonia, which was a happy place for Paul during his life.

Paul’s daughter-in-law, Amy Carapanagiotu, said: “In March 2016, we lost somebody close to our hearts.

“Our challenge was to cycle the distance of the Island of Kefalonia.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t exactly cycle in Kefalonia but we are very grateful to Marshside Health Club for letting us use the facilities at  to cover the mileage!

“We chose Kefalonia as it meant so much to Paul.

“He loved spending time in his second home out there.

“We have shared  many happy times on this beautiful Greek Island, and he often dreamt of retiring on sandy beaches drinking ice cold Mythos!

“Campaign Against Living Miserably is a charity working to help prevent male suicide.

“Through our challenge we hope to raise as much awareness as possible.

“CALM provide a helpline where men can pick up the phone, and talk to trained staff confidentially, and anonymously, seven days a week, from 5pm till midnight.

“We hope that by fundraising for CALM, we are helping to prevent men from suffering in a way which is more common than most of us realise.

“Afterwards, in Paul’s memory, myself and Andy, Paul’s son, staged a balloon release.”

Retired friends Don & Charles raise £400k for St Joseph’s Hospice

TWO BUCKET collectors have raised a staggering £400,000 for St. Joseph’s Hospice over the last 17 years.

Don Franks and Charles Callaghan, retired friends, have faced all weathers and have spent, in total, 800 days standing outside train stations, sports grounds and shopping centres, wearing their yellow hospice vests and greeting passers by. They have collected on average £25,000 per year in aid of the Thornton-based hospice, which cares for local people living with life-limiting conditions.

Don, 85, from Formby, and Charles, 79, from Ainsdale, are well-known characters around Merseyside.

The duo started collecting in 2001 when Don’s wife, Francis, heard that the hospice was trying to raise money for a new bed.

Their determination and passion for the hospice led them to completely smash their target of £1,000 in the first year, by raising £14,000 in the first four months!

Fourteen years later, they hit £300,000 enabling many terminally ill patients to die peacefully in the beautiful surroundings at St. Jospice’s Hospice.

Don said: “We collect for the hospice for around three days every month and raise on average £500 each day between us. Our best day ever was in 2003 when we collected at Woolworths just before Christmas and took £1,350. Everyone was incredibly generous.

Charles added: “We enjoy it so much and we’re always bowled over by how generous people are. We are very grateful to the people of Sefton and Merseyside for their magnificent generosity as without them, this huge figure would never be possible.”

“We have met some wonderful people over the years, including celebrities and VIP’s but also so many generous, kind and supportive people from our local community.”

Mike Parr, Chief Executive of St. Joseph’s Hospice, said: “There simply aren’t words to describe the contribution that Don and Charles have made.”

Mum inspires Thornton daughter to climb Kilimanjaro in aid of The Walton Centre

A THORNTON daughter will attempt to climb Africa’s highest mountain in aid of the hospital which saved her mum’s life.

Samantha Warham, 31, will take on the challenge of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in the hope of raising £5,000 for The Walton Centre.

She has been inspired after her mum, 49-year-old Angela Pinel, suffered a brain haemorrhage and stroke 15 years ago.

After Angela was told she may never walk or talk again, she went through 12 months of treatment at The Walton Hospital in a bid to recover.

Angela, who was 34 at the time, managed to overcome the odds and although Samantha says she will never be “100% normal”, she was able to return home.

As Angela is now coming up to her 50th birthday, Samantha thought it would be the perfect opportunity to raise money for the hospital to show her appreciation.

Samantha said: “The Walton Centre was amazing and they saved my mum’s life. I was only 14 at the time but I always wanted to do something to thank them. I’m 31 now so have an ever greater appreciation of the work they do so climbing Kilimanjaro is my way of raising money for the centre to say thanks.”

Samantha will be joined on the climb by her husband, Aaron Warham, with the two setting off on Boxing Day this year.

In preparation for the challenge, they are taking regular walks and bike rides to get their fitness levels up.

Samantha added: “I’ve never trained like this before. It’s going to be hard but I want it to be really difficult so it is worthy of people’s donations.”

She has already raised more than £1,000 with the hope of reaching the target of £5,000.

To donate, visit the website: http://www.justgiving.com/s-warhamhttp://www.justgiving.com/s-warham

There is also a charity fundraiser for the cause at the Crosby Comrades Club on May 21. It is £10 a ticket and there will be entertainment and a raffle. Tickets can be bought at the Comrades Club.

Have a brew and raise money for Cancer Research UK

PEOPLE across Sefton are being invited to host a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning and help raise money to fund life-saving research.

Every day, 110 people are diagnosed with cancer in the North West. And that’s why the charity is calling on people across the region to join together with friends, colleagues and family for a cuppa and a natter while raising funds to help beat cancer sooner.

The charity is encouraging everyone to sign up for a free fundraising pack today and host a coffee morning any time until the end of May – with the official coffee morning day falling on April 6.

The coffee mornings can be held at home, in the office, at school or in the local community, with people making a donation to attend.

Alison Barbuti, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for Merseyside, said: “Signing up for a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning is a piece of cake!

“We are encouraging everyone in Merseyside to host a coffee morning and ask guests to donate in exchange for a drink, snack and chat. We all love a good brew in the North West and taking time out of the office or home for elevenses is a great way to catch up with friends and colleagues.

“Every donation made will help save lives by funding research to accelerate the charity’s progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

“Cancer survival has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress – but every step our doctors, nurses and scientists take relies on donations from the public and the tireless fundraising of our supporters.

“We hope everyone in Merseyside will join us by hosting a Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning so we can beat cancer sooner.”

The Cancer Research UK Coffee Morning fundraising pack contains everything supporters need to plan their perfect coffee morning, including posters, balloons, recipe suggestions and fundraising ideas.

Game on for 24 hour charity marathon as Southport gamers raise funds for Claire House

A GROUP of kind-hearted video gamers took over a Southport hotel for a twenty-four-hour gaming spree for Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Four gamers, led by Southport man Cori Rimmer, grabbed their joysticks and set about their mammoth fundraising challenge at the Prince of Wales Hotel – helping to raise over £500 in the process for Claire House.

They were supported by a number of local businesses including Edinburgh Woolen Mill, Papa John’s and Avon.

Speaking to the Champion, organiser Cori said: “The fundraiser itself attracted a brilliant turnout!

“We had four gamers including my friends Ryan, Luke and Michael – it was just a gamers paradise!

“We were constantly gaming for the full 24 hours and we survived on fizzy drinks to keep us going.

“We played a different variety of games to keep us busy throughout the time we were there and I found myself  jumping from game station to game station every so often!

“Hopefully our final total surpasses £500 and there is already talk of turning this into an annual event – each year we want to make this even bigger and better!

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all that turned up and gamed – it was a long hard night but we did it and aced it!

“I wanted to raise money for Claire house as it’s such a great charity and they do amazing work for children and young adults.”

Dobbies Southport raises over £1,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust at festive Ladies Night

DOBBIES Southport kicked off the Christmas party season with its annual Ladies Night recently, raising £1,743 for its charity partner Teenage Cancer Trust.

The fun-filled evening included sampling, demonstrations, complimentary treatments and Christmas shopping, providing the ladies of Southport with everything they need to start the festivities in style.

Guests enjoyed a glass of fizz and canapés, as well as live music. From making Christmas cocktails and party food, to advice on caring for a real tree from the plant experts, guests learned insider tips and tricks to make the most of the festive season.

So far, Dobbies partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust has raised a total of £126,412 across its 34 UK stores.

Andy Tyas, General Manager at Dobbies Southport said: “Ladies Night is always great fun and officially kicks off the festive season in style. It’s always a hit with our customers who come along not only to pamper themselves, but also to support our Christmas charity partner, this year the fantastic Teenage Cancer Trust.

“Our customers in Southport are always very generous and love the chance to give back to charity. The money raised at Ladies Night will go a long way to help this amazing charity make a real difference and we’re incredibly proud of our staff and customers for their support.”

Linda Noon, Head of Fundraising at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Our Christmas partnership has been a huge success so far and we can’t thank Dobbies customers enough for all their kind donations. Christmas is a time for giving and customers at the Southport store did not disappoint.

“We’ve made great progress in making sure that young people with cancer have the best treatment, care and support. However, right now, for every young person Teenage Cancer Trust is able to reach, there’s another we can’t. Together, we are changing that. Every penny raised will make the vital work of Teenage Cancer Trust possible – we’re hugely grateful to Dobbies staff and their customers for their support.”

Seaforth charity for homeless gets £40,000 boost from Bangor race day

A Seaforth charity which supports homeless people has been given a £40,000 boost thanks to a race day.

Emmaus Merseyside has benefited from the Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity race day at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse on November 9.

The charity was the event’s official sponsor, so they have been given the money raised from race sponsorships, hospitality sales, a silent auction, pledges and a bucket collection.

Nigel Mellor, chair of Emmaus Merseyside said: “Emmaus Merseyside was delighted to be nominated by the Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity to benefit from this year’s Charity Race Day event.

“It has proved a resounding success. Everyone has had a really enjoyable time and we have raised a fantastic sum for charity. Many thanks to the corporate sponsors and the many people who came along to support the event and make it such as success.”

Emmaus Merseyside is working towards supporting up to 28 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting.

The charity currently runs a social enterprise on Sandy Road, also in Seaforth, taking in and selling donated and refurbished furniture, household goods, clothes and vintage pieces.

Tim Marshall, chairman of Trustees, Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity, said: “We were delighted such a worthwhile charity as Emmaus was chosen for our race day and all those attending enjoyed a truly memorable day at the races.”

Jeannie Chantler, Bangor-on-Dee racecourse manager, added: “Bangor on Dee was delighted to host the Charity Race Day and very pleased to be able to assist this excellent charity in raising much needed funds for the homeless in the Liverpool area.”

Bulger charity team to conquer Kili climb in memory of James

A TRUSTEE of the James Bulger charity has taken fundraising into his own hands by pledging to climb the world’s highest freestanding mountain.

Anthony O’Brien, along with friend Jamie Campbell, will attempt to scale Mount Kilimanjaro, which is 5,895 metres above sea level.

The challenge is in aid of the James Bulger Memorial Trust, which was set up in memory of the murdered Bootle toddler following his death in 1993.

The aim is to raise £3,000 and the pair are well on their way having already generated more than £1,200 already.

Anthony said: “In September Jamie and I will be attempting to summit the world’s highest freestanding mountain. We will be off the ‘beaten track’ and on the uncrowded route to the peak, walking for up to 14 hours a day for eight days.

“We will be raising money and awareness for the James Bulger Charity. James Bulger will never be forgotten. He was a fun-loving, innocent little boy whose life was so cruelly taken away from him.

“To this day James’ mother Denise Fergus continues to receive messages of sympathy and support from people all over the world.

“The aims and objectives of the James Bulger Memorial Trust are to benefit and support young people who are disadvantaged by reason of having become the victims of crime, hatred or bullying. To reward those who are judged to have shown exemplary conduct, making a positive contribution to the welfare of others, or society in general.

“As a trustee for the charity, I cannot think of anything more fitting or deserving of my donations.”

A spokesperson for the James Bulger Memorial Trust said: “Anthony will be raising money and awareness for the James Bulger Charity to enable us to send disadvantaged children and families on the holiday that they deserve.”

If you would like to donate, visit the website https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anthony-OBrien4