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‘Macmillan Mile’ walking events for people living with cancer return to Merseyside

Anyone affected by cancer is being invited to take part in a ‘Macmillan Mile’ walk which return to Merseyside next month to raise awareness of the charity’s local services.

Macmillan Cancer Support is staging two one-mile walks in Crosby and Birkenhead, which are completely free and open to all ages and abilities. The two evening events also aim to highlight the benefits of exercise before, during and after treatment for cancer.

People living with cancer are encouraged to bring along their carers, family and friends to walk, jog or run the route. And although the Macmillan Mile is not a fundraising event, people can still make donations to the fundraising team on the day.

Details of the Macmillan Mile events:

Tuesday, 9th July

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Crosby Coastal Park, Cambridge Road, Waterloo, L22 1RR

Starts at 6pm

Thursday,11th July

Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre, Park Drive, Birkenhead, CH41 8AU

Starts at 6pm

There will also be live music at both events, from SingMe Choir at Crosby and a band called Late Arrival at Birkenhead, refreshments provided by Asda and Macmillan Cancer Support information stalls.

And, at the Crosby event, 11-year-old Mac Mulvey, whose mum Tanya is the Macmillan Information and Support Centre Manager in Southport, will also ‘Brave the Shave’ for Macmillan Cancer Support. Mac, a pupil at St Luke’s Primary School in Formby, will undergo the ‘hair-raising’ challenge to try and raise vital funds for local people living with cancer.

Lucy Holmes, Macmillan Community Wellbeing Project Manager, who has organised the events, said: “Most walking or running events are for a minimum of 5k, which can be unachievable for most people going through cancer treatment, but also for those with other health and mobility conditions.

“The aim of the ‘Macmillan Mile’ is to give people a great sense of achievement of completing a challenge, especially when they have gone through the tough times of a cancer diagnosis. It also allows people living with cancer to keep active and feel part of something bigger than their illness.”

The first Macmillan Mile was held in Southport in 2017, which saw more than 200 people take part and raised over £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year’s Macmillan Mile was held in Birkenhead and achieved similar figures.

Lucy added: “The Macmillan Mile events also aim to raise awareness of the fantastic support that’s available from Macmillan for people living with cancer right across Merseyside, not just in hospital or clinical settings but also in the local community. So why not come along to this family-friendly event and see for yourselves that whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.”

To book a place, or for further information, contact:

Or for information, support or just someone to talk to, call 0808 808 00 00 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk

School eco warriors quiz council experts on air quality

School children from five schools in south Sefton took on air quality experts at Southport Eco Centre on Wednesday (June 19).

The ‘Air Quality Meet the Experts’ event gave young people the opportunity to quiz a panel of senior managers and officers from Sefton Council.

The event built on previous work the Eco Centre has been doing with schools across Sefton to make sure that they are well informed about the causes and impacts of air pollution and what they can do to avoid it.

The expert panel included Matthew Ashton, Sefton’s Director of Public Health, Dr Stephen Birch, Transport Planning and Highway Development Manager, Stephanie Jukes, Section Manager for Energy & Environmental Management, Helen Armitage, Consultant in Public Health, Greg Martin, Principal Environmental Health Officer and Jean Hunt, Principal Highway Safety Officer.

 

They were put to the test by pupils from Bedford Primary School, Lander Road Primary School, Our Lady Star of the Sea RC Primary School, Thomas Gray Primary School and Waterloo Primary School.

 

The students grilled the experts on a range of topics that are important to them including Highways England’s plans to build a road though Rimrose Valley, the health impacts of air pollution and what needs to be done to promote more active travel.

 

The event coincided with the launch of the Eco Centre’s brand new ‘Clean Air Crew’ website which has been created as an interactive resource to educate young people about air quality. Visit the site at www.southportecocentre.com/cleanaircrew

 

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It was a fantastic day for young people to learn about air pollution and the effect it has on their lives and their community.

 

“The efforts, interest and commitment that they put into the day has been truly phenomenal and I have no doubt that when they become the business leaders and politicians of the future, Sefton will be an even cleaner, greener and more beautiful place to live.”

 

Check out a video from the event here: https://youtu.be/U8qov288qbo

 

 

Love your lungs in Sefton

In recognition of Love your lungs week (June 17-23) local organisations are reminding residents of the support they have in Sefton to help with breathing conditions.

As part of the week, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Living Well Sefton and Sefton Council are all encouraging people to take the British Lung Foundation breath test and to seek help if they need it.

Dr Nigel Taylor, respiratory lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We are keen to raise awareness, not just this week but all year round, about the services that are available in Sefton for those who have lung related conditions.

“If you have a known lung condition and are feeling breathless you should follow your personal management plan. If you are not improving or you don’t have a plan and are worried then you should attend the walk in centre or contact your GP practice.”

Dr Kati Scholtz, respiratory lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “For simple problems such as a cough or a cold your local pharmacist can help, they can also help by giving additional advice regarding inhaler techniques and providing over the counter Nicotine Replacement Therapies if you are trying to stop smoking.”

The Breathe Easy group is a great support network to encourage people with lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis, to look after themselves and to share ways to do this.

The Sefton south group meets in the Strand By Me shop in Bootle every second Tuesday of the month at 1pm and the Sefton north group meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Doves Centre on Duke Street, Formby at 1pm.

Living Well Sefton partners are also supporting Love Your Lungs Week by encouraging people to take advantage of the activities and classes that they offer.

Over at the Feelgood Factory in Netherton, Philomena Zilinski, says: “Our walking football and guided walks as well as our physical activity classes  all  improve cardiovascular  fitness leading to  improved lung function.”

Working outdoors in the garden is another great way to keep your lungs fit and both the Brighter Living Partnership in Southport and the May Logan centre, Bootle, have gardening groups to join. People also have the option of joining in the weekly social walk from May Logan too.

And, with Smokefree Sefton’s support, your breathing and lung capacity will improve once you’ve quit smoking.

For details on the Living Well Sefton support please visit www.livingwellsefton.co.uk or call 0300 323 0181.

To watch a video on the Breathe Easy group and Smokefree Sefton click here: https://youtu.be/fzaFSIYif5U   

You can find out about the Breathe Easy groups in your area here: www.blf.org.uk/support-in-your-area and you can take the British Lung Foundation breath test here: https://breathtest.blf.org.uk/   

 

Diabetes programmes in Sefton gains accreditation

Programmes in Sefton that support people living with diabetes are the first in Merseyside to be recognised by a nationally respected institute in time for Diabetes Week 2019.

The two patient education programmes offered by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are Diabetes and You, which helps educate people that have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and Diabetes and More, which focuses on supporting those who have been living with diabetes for more than twelve months.

Dr Nigel Taylor, diabetes lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Our diabetes programmes consist of two, two and a half hour sessions, and are run by a team of diabetes specialties nurses, dieticians and paediatricians.

“Both of these diabetes programmes are incredibly valuable to the people of Sefton. Not only do they support people living with Type 2 diabetes, these programmes also support their carers and family members.”

Following a review by the Quality Institute for Self Management Education & Training (QISMET), the Diabetes and You and Diabetes and More programmes have gained accreditation for their high quality service and effectiveness. QISMET is an independent not-for-profit body that supports self-management providers and commissioners to achieve the highest possible quality service for people living with long-term health conditions.

Residents who have attended past programmes have found them highly beneficial, as this person explains:

“I found the sessions very informative and will take on board the advice I have been given.”

Another former attendee said: “I was in a bit of denial because of the health diet and exercise elements but this has given me insight and really improved my knowledge.”

Dr Doug Callow, diabetes lead for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Diabetes Week is a great opportunity to learn how to manage your diabetes but of course we promote this all year round. These sessions will teach you about healthy eating, your medication, lifestyle advice and more. I would encourage anyone who has Type 2 diabetes to attend.”

The education sessions are held at a variety of locations and times across Sefton. If you would like to attend, you can request a referral from your GP or practice nurse.

Diabetes Week takes place from 10 June – 16 June 2019. For more information visit https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-week

For more information on QISMET visit their website.

Get back in the saddle and rediscover your love of cycling in confidence

People who want to rediscover their love for cycling in Sefton after years of staying out of the saddle can now benefit from free refresher sessions.

To mark Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship, the local authority’s Highways Safety Team are holding bespoke ‘Back In The Saddle’ rides for those who want to rediscover their confidence on two wheels as part of a friendly group.

Those looking to get a handle on their cycling skills will join like-minded others at MeCycle cafe in Station Road, Ainsdale, every Friday before 10am to bike in confidence with the aim of improving overall skill and ability.

The sessions will run every week throughout the summer holidays. 

John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone over the age of 16 to have a wealth of help and support to find their way back into the saddle.

“The best thing about our courses is you won’t be alone and it’s great to be around like-minded others who share the same fears, abilities and difficulties but still want to learn and want to be able to ride.

“Sefton is a fantastic borough for cyclists and boasts an incredible cycle route that encompasses our coastline which will make a beautiful victory lap for our Back In The Saddle graduates.

“This is a wonderful initiative which ties in perfectly with our ongoing Year Of Friendship campaign to bring people together throughout our borough.”

No booking is required for the Back In The Saddle events, simply turn up with your own equipment.

If you need to borrow a bike or helmet, please contact MeCycle Ainsdale ahead of time via 01704 579353.

For further information please email road.safety@sefton.gov.uk

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