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.

D.ofE. Expeditions: Volunteering / Casual Work Opportunities

The Youth and Community Partnership (YCP) are currently seeking to recruit volunteers and experienced youth workers / D.ofE. workers to support young people through the EXPEDITION section of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at Silver level.

Having a D1 Driving License and experience of driving a 17-seater minibus would be an advantage. We offer competitive rates of pay for casual, experienced workers and generous expenses for experienced volunteers.

If interested – email ycp@live.co.uk to arrange an informal meeting prior to applying to join our expedition team.

For more information – www.the-ycp.co.uk/

Sensory garden launches on Southport promenade

A sensory garden to help educate youngsters about nature, has opened in the town. The garden has been created within the community area of King’s Gardens on the Promenade thanks to the hard work of local volunteers.

The Friends of King’s Gardens group worked with the Green Machine – made up of representatives from Holy Family, Holy Trinity, Meols Cop, and Linaker Primary School, to plan, design and plant the garden for everyone to enjoy.

As part of the project the children learnt about the five senses and how these could be applied to create a unique sensory garden. Sefton Council’s parks and greenspaces team supported the project and a detailed plan was developed.

The garden includes grasses to make gentle sounds when the wind blows, herbs that smell of coca cola, curry, peppermint, and lavender, strawberries to taste, flowers to create a stunning visual effect, and touch boards that were made with objects from Sefton’s coast.

The garden is open every day and can be easily accessed via a ramp at the end of the Lower Promenade.

SEFTON 4 GOOD APPEALS FOR SUPPORT FOR FREE SUMMER HOLIDAY MEALS FOR CHILDREN SCHEME

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.

St Joseph’s Hospice appeals for charity shop volunteers across Sefton

The hospice has a number of stores across Sefton, and are particularly keen to find workers for their Southport and Formby branches.

Volunteering is one of the most valuable ways of supporting the hospice as its shops are a crucial source of income, raising over £100,000 each year.

This money goes directly towards caring for patients at the hospice in Thornton.

Gill Jones, 59, from Maghull, started working at the St Joseph’s Hospice shop, on Westway in Maghull, just four weeks ago.

Gill spent her career working for the family flooring business but, as the business grew, her son took over and she found herself with more time on her hands.

She said: “I still work at our flooring business a few days a week but I was so proud to step back and hand the business over to my son. However, after such a busy career, I found myself bored at home and so I decided to see it as an opportunity to do something else, something rewarding.

“As I had retail experience, I decided to visit the local hospice shop and they were so welcoming from the moment I walked through the door. I just help out one morning a week so it’s not a huge commitment but it is great fun. There’s a real family atmosphere between the volunteers in the shop and with the shop manager Susan.

“I’m very proud to support my local hospice and it keeps me entertained. I have made some lovely new friends too.”

Maggie Linge, 69, from Maghull, and Dorothy Reynolds, 73, from Lydiate, have volunteered at the hospice shop in Maghull since it opened at its previous location on Central Square.

In fact, they have both worked there since it was an Oxfam shop over 30 years ago!

Maggie said: “We both do the same morning shift we always have done. It’s great company when you’re retired. It gets you out and about and doing some good for an important local charity.

“My husband, Keith, passed away seven years ago and working in the shop helped me a lot. It gave me a real purpose to get up and do something positive. The support network was wonderful too.”

Dorothy added: “We have a really close-knit community at the shop which offers friendship and companionship. As shop volunteers, we really feel like we’re contributing to an important local charity.”

If you can spare a little time each week to help, call 0151 932 6046 or email siobhan.clinton@jospice.org.uk.

Volunteers needed to reach for the stars for Queenscourt Hospice!

VOLUNTEERS are needed for the upcoming 2017 Queenscourt Hospice Star Trekk walk.

Every year hundreds of people join in the Star Trekk and take to the streets of Southport to raise much needed funds for Queenscourt Hospice.

This is only possible thanks to a team of volunteers.

For this year’s event, on Friday, May 19, the hospice are in need of volunteer stewards who can help them marshal the seven mile route throughout the night.

A spokesperson for Queenscourt Hospice said: “Our stewards play a really important role at Star Trekk.

“As well as ensuring our walkers stay safe and well, they also help to create the great atmosphere and provide much needed encouragement along the route.

“They are also on hand to offer important information for walkers about facilities etc, which will all be provided.

“If this is something you think you’d like to help with then we’d love to hear from you!

“The walk starts and finishes at Southport Pleasureland, at the slightly earlier time this year of 8.30pm.

“The route travels along the old Coastal Road, where it turns left on to Weld Road and continues through to Birkdale Village.

“Birkdale Village Traders are kindly supporting Star Trekk, with many traders opening up late and the village will be decorated with balloons and bows, making it look even more wonderful and helping to encourage our walkers along the way!

“After the village we will continue along Liverpool Road before turning left up Clifford Road and Lyndurst Road.

“We take a left on to Guildford Road, along to Town Lane and head past Christ the King School, Dobbies, Southport Hospital and Queenscourt Hospice.

“At Queenscourt Hospice the Lights of Love in our beautiful trees will be turned on for this special night, shining out to welcome all our participants and spur them on for the second half of the walk.

“At the main Kew roundabout, we will turn left onto Scarisbrick New Road and continue straight on up to Lord Street.  Here we will head left and take a right hand turn up Coronation Walk before heading to the finish line at Pleasureland.

“There is a great party atmosphere with our walkers dressing up, wearing tiaras, sparkly cowboy hats and flashing bunny ears etc… our stewards are key to making it as fun as possible and cheering the walkers along the way, so they are of course welcome to join in with the dressing up!

“We would also love it if any residents or businesses along the route would be kind enough to step out and give our walkers a cheer as they go past!

“Last year the 1139 people who joined in with Star Trekk managed to raise an incredible £87,000 which all went to benefit the local people being cared for by Queenscourt Hospice.”

If you are interested in volunteering as a marshal, contact the fundraising office on 01704 517420 or e-mail fundraising@queenscourt.org.uk.

Friends of Kings Gardens in Southport set out 12 month plan

The Friends of Kings Gardens have announced their initial twelve month roster of events to take place in the promenade based park.

Beginning on February 8, health walks will take place at 10:30am and able walkers should meet at the carousel before embarking on the stroll around the gardens.

A similar event takes place on both March 4 and March 8.

May will be a busy month for the Friends of Kings Gardens team as they host the Classic Parks show on May 1 followed by the first Open Air Cinema display of 2017 – a viewing of Pete’s Dragon on May 6.

The cinema returns again on June 16 when Grease will be shown for the second time.

A heritage event looking at Southport’s past and the history behind Kings Gardens will be held on July 15 with full details being announced near to the time.

Finally a screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be shown at the open air cinema on September 1.

A spokesperson for the Friends of Kings Gardens said: “all events are held within the Community Garden (which is opposite the Royal Clifton Hotel.

“This list will be updated as and when we have details

“If anybody would like to organise an event or hire Kings Gardens, call 0151 934 2497/2421.”

Deputy PCC praises volunteers who check on welfare of detainees

A series of unannounced checks were made of police custody cells across the North West and North Wales yesterday as part of a coordinated visit by the region’s independent volunteers to mark National Volunteers Week.

Simultaneous visits were made at the custody suites in St Helens, St Anne Street, Copy Lane and on the Wirral, as well as stations across the entire region at precisely 7.30pm by the Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) to mark the national celebration event which this year runs from June 1st to June 12th.

ICVs are volunteers who undertake random checks on police facilities to make sure those who are being kept in the cells are being cared for appropriately and in the correct conditions.

The visits were co-ordinated and overseen by the offices of the respective Police and Crime Commissioner, which operate the Independent Custody Visiting scheme in their areas.

The voluntary ICV scheme was established following the recommendations of Lord Scarman in 1981 after his investigation into the Brixton riots and first began to operate in Merseyside in April 1984, with 20 members of the public being trained as visitors. There are now 33 dedicated volunteers in Merseyside and over the last year they have carried out a total of 245 spot checks at custody suites across the region, offering to check on those who are being held.

On Friday evening, Merseyside’s Deputy Police Commissioner Cllr Sue Murphy joined the Chair of the ICV scheme, Reverend Peter Beaman, to carry out visits to the cells at Copy Lane and St Anne Street police stations.

Today she has thanked the volunteers for their dedication today and throughout the year.

Sue said: “Our fantastic volunteers dedicate their free time to travel around the region making sure those who are being held in police cells are being treated fairly and correctly.

“This safeguard is in place to ensure that the way we detain men and women, young and old is appropriate and fair.

“Detainees are potentially vulnerable and these visits by our volunteers are an important protection for them and provide real reassurance to me, to Chief Officers and to the public that all is well in our justice system.

“I saw for myself on Friday just how important this scheme is to the people who have been detained and, as we celebrate Volunteers Week, I would like to thank our 33 volunteers who give their time so generously for their hard work, dedication and commitment.”

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It’s run by NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy.

This year the event has been extended to last an extra five days to enable even more people to participate. The end of Volunteers’ Week will also coincide with the Patron’s Lunch on 12 June, a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations to which The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Find out more about Volunteers’ Week.

 

PCC visits custody suites to see first-hand the work of volunteers

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner joined the chair of her Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) scheme as he carried out a night-time visit to two police stations to check on the welfare of detainees this weekend.

Jane Kennedy accompanied volunteer ICV Advisor Reverend Peter Beaman as he carried out unannounced visits to the custody suites at St Anne Street and Birkenhead police stations on Friday night.

This was the second time the Commissioner has joined the ICVs to witness their work and meet the staff in the custody suites.

The Commissioner is responsible for the ICV scheme, which see volunteers make random visits to custody suites across Merseyside every week to check on the conditions and make sure those who are being kept in the cells are being treated with dignity and respect.

There are currently 33 dedicated volunteers on Merseyside’s ICV scheme and last year they carried out a total of 290 visits speaking to more than 1,850 detainees. Rev. Beaman has been involved in the scheme since 1985 and he invited the Commissioner to join him as he carried out the Friday night visit.

Jane said: “Our Independent Custody Visitors give up their free time to visit police stations at all times of the night and day so they can go and check on the welfare on those who are being kept in the cells.

“They carry out an important public duty which provides reassurance to those detainees, who are potentially vulnerable, as well as to the public, the police and to me.

“I was delighted to accompany Rev. Beaman, who has given more than 30 years dedicated service to this scheme, as he carried out one of his regular visits to both St Anne Street and Birkenhead custody suites during what is a peak time for the police.

“It was really interesting to see for myself the essential work our volunteers do and the interaction they have with both the custody sergeants and officers and those who are being kept in the cells.

“Knowing that Rev. Beaman and the other dedicated volunteers are carrying out these visits on a weekly basis gives me peace of mind and helps the public to know that those who are being detained are kept in safe and appropriate conditions and receiving care of the highest standard.”

The ICV scheme was established following the recommendations of Lord Scarman in 1981 after his investigation into the Brixton riots and first began to operate in Merseyside in April 1984, with 20 members of the public being trained as visitors.

Find out more about the scheme here.