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Celebrate the NHS with tea and cake

Health professionals in Sefton came together on Monday 8 July to hold a ‘Big Tea’ and cake bake event to raise money for a local NHS charity.

‘Big Tea’ events are being held across the country raising money for NHS Charities Together on and around the 71st birthday of the National Health Service. These donations will be distributed to a number of NHS charities throughout the UK to help further support and benefit local patients.

As NHS charities make a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families and the wonderful staff who care for them, members of staff from NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG decided to bake cakes and raise money for The Walton Centre Charity, one of the many NHS charities that will benefit from the ‘Big Tea’ events.

Located in Liverpool, The Walton Centre is a specialist hospital trust dedicated to providing comprehensive neurology, neurosurgery, spinal and pain management services.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “It was great to take a break and celebrate another fantastic year of the NHS. Thank you to everyone at the CCGs who participated in the bake sale by baking or buying some of the delicious treats here today. All the money raised will go to our local Walton Centre Charity, which helps so many people in our area.”

“I would also like to take this time to thank all of our staff, who work tirelessly to support people in our community. Last year was a big birthday for the NHS but it’s still nice to mark the occasion by doing something like this for charity this year. “

The CCGs are now encouraging others to hold their own ‘Big Tea’ celebrations in appreciation of the NHS. You can hold a tea party with friends or organise your own charity bake sale.

Further information, resources and a Plan a Party guide are available at www.nhsbigtea.co.uk

Families brought together by Macmillan fun days

A family fun day held by Southport and Formby Macmillan Information and Support Centre was a real success and brought parents,carers and children in similar situations together.

The event, held on 22 June at The Salvation Army on Shakespeare Street, Southport, aimed to raise awareness of the support available to children, whether they have a close relative who has had cancer, is undergoing treatment, or has passed away.

Over 30 adults and 17 children attended the day and there has been some extremely positive feedback about the event.

One parent said: “Me, my twins, two of their great aunties and cousins went to the Macmillan family fun day for families affected by cancer. Lots of local organisations and support groups provided a free, fun afternoon for us all. But what else they did was give me a smile, made my children laugh, and gave me a day to feel comfort, support and kindness of others.”

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Information and Support Centre manager at the centre, said: “When a family member is diagnosed with cancer, the effects on children are often underestimated – children, even the youngest, can sense that something is wrong and if they’re unable to understand they may become withdrawn or distressed. We wanted to put on an event for children and their parents going through difficult times so they could meet other families and get the support they might need.

“We really could not have put this event on without the support like this so we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Starkidz, The Salvation Army, The Creation Station, Wobble Tree Yoga, Child Bereavement UK, Sefton Young Carers, Parenting 2000, Queenscourt Hospice, ASDA, Harribo, Project Linus and Everton Football Club.

“All of the children were also given beautiful handmade quilts donated to the centre by Project Linus West Lancs, a fantastic charity that make these to help comfort children going through tough times.”

The parent continued: “I felt so lifted when I got home. From that night my babies are now snuggled up in their new blankets from Project Linus, magic blankets that will provide a mummy hug when I physically can’t give it to them. I’m going to bed smiling; something I haven’t done a lot of recently, so sweet dreams everyone.”

The children were entertained with crafts, yoga, outdoor games and a chill-out zone. There was even a surprise visit from Spiderman and Moana! While the children were busy, their parents and loved ones had the chance to talk to centre staff and other professionals about any concerns they had and support available locally.

Set up by Macmillan Cancer Support, NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and St Marks Medical Centre, Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre is located on 20 Stanley Street and is open for drop in Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

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

Sefton Council declares a Climate Change Emergency

Sefton Council has declared a ‘Climate Change Emergency’ to help protect future generations.

Councillors voted to approve the declaration at Southport Town Hall (Thursday, July 18) following a motion raised by Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance. 

A declaration of a ‘Climate Emergency’ was voted through which will see the council continue it’s hard work to reduce carbon emissions and aim to be a ‘net-zero’ local authority by 2030.

It is hoped that Sefton can adapt cleaner and greener alternatives for all of its energy usage over the next 11 years.

Cllr Lappin said: “Recent extreme weather events over several years have presented severe challenges to Sefton and the Met Office clearly states that these kind of extreme weather events are significantly more likely on a planet with human-caused climate change.

“The message is loud and clear: business as usual is no longer an option.

“This is now a time for action and we will work closely with our partners across the Liverpool City Region to make sure we do all we can to tackle climate change in our beautiful borough and the world.”

For more information about Sefton’s environmental protection work, please visit https://www.sefton.gov.uk/environmental-protection

Metro Mayor announces next steps in city region’s digital revolution

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, has announced the next step towards the creation of an ultrafast fibre network, in a push to make the Liverpool City Region the most digitally connected in the country.

In preparation for work starting on the 220km+ fibre network, two supplier events will be held where fibre companies, network operators, contractors, investors, and other relevant organisations can find out how they can get involved in the design, deployment and management of the network.

The events will be held in London on Tuesday, 30 July and in Liverpool on Thursday, 1 August.

Speaking about the project, Steve Rotheram said: “Connectivity made us the gateway to the first Industrial Revolution and can put us at the forefront of the fourth Industrial Revolution.
“Devolution gives us the opportunity to transform our city region by making use of our key assets.

“The transatlantic internet cables connecting the UK, North America and the rest of the world land in Sefton, and we have one of the most powerful supercomputers in the country – the Hartree supercomputer – in Halton. By linking those two assets with an ultrafast fibre network that connects all six of our local authorities, and links into projects like the Knowledge Quarter, we can supercharge our economy, creating inclusive growth that benefits everyone.

“We are going to make this digital revolution a reality and I’d like to encourage industry experts and investors to join us. It’s not just about fibre broadband; it’s about digital in all of its forms.
“Transformational projects such as Digital Connectivity and our Mersey Tidal Power project will enhance our reputation internationally and deliver real benefits for local people, businesses and our communities.”

The ambitious vision is for the Liverpool City Region to deliver transformational, inclusive economic growth, which will require faster, more reliable and more resilient digital connectivity.

This major new core fibre network will consist of a series of digital ‘loops’, which will stimulate local fibre networks enabling businesses, public service providers and people at home to access next generation connectivity.

The Combined Authority is working collaboratively with its six constituent local authorities and other key partners.

BeActive this summer thanks to Sefton Council

Sefton’s most anticipated activity days are returning for the 2019 summer break thanks to Sefton Council’s leisure service.

Running throughout the summer holidays, Be Active fun-filled camp days have been planned across the borough from July 24 to August 30.

Brand new for this summer, LFC Foundation and Active Sefton will be delivering a 3-day summer camp at Netherton Activity Centre. Open to all abilities aged 5-12 years, the days will consist of sports drills, challenges and small-sided games with prizes to be won each day.

Keen footballers will also be impressed by the return of the Active Sefton Football Academy.

Sefton’s youngest sports stars may also be interested in Gymnastics and Yoga Camp, Summer Fun Days and the array of swimming sessions on offer.

Budding adventurers will be keen to try Active Explorers where they will have the chance to experience the outdoors through exciting fun and games.

Once again the ever-popular Dance Mash-ups will return with sessions themed around The Greatest Showman, Toy Story, Frozen, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Be Active line-up just keeps getting better and better with a huge range of activities targeting a variety of abilities and age groups.

“The camp days are fun and affordable and provide a brilliant way to keep children active while they’re not in school.”

To see the full list of activities visit www.sefton.gov.uk/beactive and to book a place call 0151 288 6286 or 0151 934 4799.

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