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People living with cancer invited to chat about their health and wellbeing

People across Southport and Formby who are affected by cancer are invited to find out more about the range of health and wellbeing support available to them on Thursday 19 July.

The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is holding a Health and Wellbeing event in partnership with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport from 2pm – 4.30pm.

The aim of the afternoon is to support people in adjusting to life with and beyond cancer by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally as well as healthy living activities.

There will be a number of information stalls for people to visit and access support from cancer nurse specialists, support groups and other key organisations.   The main talk will be around community support led by Hannah Bland (Community Connector for Southport) from Sefton CVS. 

People will be able to take part in two breakout sessions, “Fear of recurrence” by Alexandra Waddington, Assistant Psychologist for Clinical Health Psychology and Community Pain Service, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and “The Importance of Self-Management” by Cass Garner, Colorectal Support Worker for Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust.

There will also be a healthy eating demonstration on the day, a pilates taster session, Boots mini pamper sessions and hand massages by Sefton OPERA throughout the afternoon.

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said:

“These events are ideal for people to come along and meet others who have had a similar experience. It is always useful to share and the hope is that there may be an activity or group out there that suits an individual’s needs, so you might go away with an idea of what we can help you with. It’s a friendly and informative event and everyone is very welcome.”


Sonia Holdsworth, Macmillan Partnership Quality Lead for Cheshire and Merseyside, said:

“We saw over 150 people at the last event and we hope to see even more this time, they are always a great success and the more people we can support the better.

“The feedback we get is that people enjoy meeting others they can chat to, whether that be other patients, clinical nurse specialists or someone from a support group. Many people who come to the centre or one of our events have joined one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group, which they feel is another good way to meet others and get out and about during or after treatment.” 


Elaine Deeming, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s lead cancer nurse, said:

“We’re delighted to continue to build on the success of previous health and well-being clinics. The events provide access to the wide range of services available locally in one venue, making it easier for our attendees.”


Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome to book onto this free event.

The events are friendly and educational with the opportunity for visitors to chat to cancer nurse specialists, key organisations and support groups. The Macmillan Singing Group will also be performing on arrival, to welcome people to the event.

The Health and Wellbeing events are free of charge and refreshments are provided, but booking is essential. To book onto the next event please call 01704 533024 or email:

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please see the website:

You can watch a video here about the regular events in Southport:

Sefton Sports Awards 2018

Southport Theatre and Convention Centre was filled with Sefton’s sporting stars and unsung heroes last night (Wednesday, July 11) as Sefton Council celebrated its 18th annual Sefton Sports Awards.

 Organised by Active Sefton in partnership with Sefton Sports Council, the awards celebrate volunteers, coaches, teams or individuals from across the borough who have been successful or shown great tenacity in their sport.

Abigail Bates (highly commended) Disabled Sports Personality

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 Over 100 nominations were whittled down to 53 nominees all hoping to walk away with one of the prestigious awards.

 The awards this year welcomed guest speaker, Commonwealth medallist Holly Hibbott, who had encouraging words of wisdom for Sefton’s up and coming sports stars.

 As always the awards recognised some of the boroughs unsung heroes, many of whom dedicated much of their life to sport with little thanks or recognition.

 This year’s winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, John Henners, has spent almost two decades supporting the swimming club at Bootle Leisure Centre even while battling serious illness. His passion for swimming has encouraged his students to compete regionally and nationally, with one talented student going on to swim for Team GB in the Paralympics.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, was at the stunning event. He said: “Each year I continue to be blown away by the achievements and dedication of both the winners and nominees.

 “It is thanks to these people, clubs, teams and schools that grassroots sport has a place in Sefton and our young people are inspired and supported when following their sporting ambitions.

 “Congratulations to all of last night’s winners and thank you for your commitment to sport in Sefton!”

 The winners of last night’s awards are as follows:

  • Primary School of the Year – St Patricks Catholic Primary School
  • Secondary School of the Year – Formby High School
  • Supporter of the Year – T.E.A.M Sefton
  • Club of the Year – Crosby Stuart JFC
  • Coach of the Year – Sid Siadankay (North Merseyside Amateur Boxing Club)
  • The Richard McGrath Award – Kyle Taylor
  • The Richard McGrath Special Award – Ann Taylor
  • Sports Club Volunteer of the Year – Lee Taylor (Sefton Sea Cadets)
  • Young Volunteer of the Year – Alexandra Webb (Winwood Netball Club)
  • School Team of the Year – Formby High Boys Junior Cross Country and Running Team
  • Team of the Year- Friends of Moorside Park Run Club
  • Junior Male Sports Personality of the Year – Sam Cooper, Competitive Dinghy Sailor, West Lancashire Yacht Club
  • Junior Female Sports Personality of the Year – Francesca Pivaro, Unite Martial Arts
  • Disabled Sports Personality of the Year – Tash Simpkin-Watkinson
  • Male Sports Personality of the Year – Tommy Fleetwood
  • Female Sports Personality of the Year – Holly Hibbott
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – John Henners
  • Services to Sport- Tina Pilkington


Crosby Lakeside Family Fun Day

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre is inviting families along to this years Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 22.

 The Sefton Council run centre has lined up an exciting raft of activities to entertain all ages including free fitness classes, free water sport taster sessions, a bouncy castle, rodeo bull, BBQ, DJ and much more!

 There will also be an opportunity to book a place on the beginners sailing sessions planned for the day. This will give anyone interested a chance to get out on the water and try their hand at sailing.

 The fun day also falls on the same day of the fourth round of the 2018 British Jet Ski Championship which means there’ll be plenty to do and see.

 Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre offers a huge range of indoor fitness activities including a variety of classes including Les Mills classes and virtual classes.

 The centre also opens a world of water sports activities on the lake including open water swimming, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and more.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Many people don’t realise just how much is on offer at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

 “This fun day is a brilliant opportunity for people to not only find out about, but also try their hand at the range of activities that are held at the centre.

 “I hope that families from across the Liverpool City Region head to the Lakeside and have a wonderful day out.”

 To find out more call 0151 966 6868 or like Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre on Facebook.

Go for gold at St Joseph’s Olympics sport’s day!

Active Sefton is working with St Joseph’s in Formby to launch this year’s Team GB Olympic Sports Day.

The sports day will take place at Fernley Resource Centre, St Josephs, Blundell Avenue in Formby on Friday July 20, 10am-4pm.

The event is open to all adults with disabilities, anybody aged over 50 living with dementia and their carers.

A huge range of sporting events are set to take place including wheels for all music to movement, seated volleyball, javelin, archery, tug of war and lots more!

All the activities are fully inclusive and the day is non-competitive with a huge focus on fun and engagement.

Activities, a BBQ lunch, certificates and a medal are all included in the £7 entry fee which can be paid on the day, however places must be booked in advance.

Places are limited so to register a place contact Julie or Paula on 01704 835 702 or email

Public invited to governing body meetings

Members of the public who’re interested in learning more about health commissioning across Sefton can attend the latest governing body meetings.

 NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are holding their next meetings in July, with doctors, nurses and other health professionals discussing the performance of local health services, such as hospitals and community care.

 NHS Southport and Formby CCG will hold its meeting on Wednesday 4 July with NHS South Sefton CCG’s meeting taking place the following day on Thursday 5 July.

 Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG interim chair, said:

“For the governing body it’s important that the public are always part of the decisions we make, this is why it’s great to see local people in attendance.

 Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said:

“I’d welcome members of the public who wants to know more about health services in our are

a to come and hear the discussions that take place.

A local GP is returning to the NHS Southport and Formby CCG governing body for her meeting as the new clinical lead for planned care.  Formby GP Dr Emily Ball has lived in the town since 2004, after growing up in Crosby and training in 


NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 July at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand:

NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 5 July at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand:

Attendees may also be able to ask questions before the meeting formally starts.   To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456

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