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.”

Healthwatch Sefton – Karen Jackson named interim chief executive

Karen Jackson has been appointed interim Chief Executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

She succeeds Iain McInnes who has been interim Chief Executive since August. He is returning to a role with NHS Improvement, the national organisation responsible for overseeing NHS provider trusts.

Karen has most recently been working with NHS Improvement to lead work on improving urgent care service delivery across England.

Before this she was chief executive at North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and has a professional background in NHS finance. She is a graduate in genetics from the University of Liverpool.

Karen said: “I am very happy to be joining the team at Southport and Ormskirk. Even in my short time here I have been impressed with the commitment of staff to providing the very best care for patients. I look forward to supporting that effort and will be here for as long as the Trust needs me.”

Iain said: “I have enjoyed my time working at the Trust. There are a lot of dedicated, hardworking staff and it has been a privilege working with them.

“The Trust has had many challenges and still has a number to face. It is clear to me that there is a strong commitment to move on and deliver care and a good experience for our patients as we move into a new phase.

“We now have a substantive executive team in place. They are dedicated and experienced people who will lead the Trust in the months and years ahead.

“I am confident that, with the addition of Karen, I am leaving the Trust in good hands.”

Karen officially starts in her new role on Monday 17th April.