Sunday Snippets 21 March 2021

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Mum and daughter reflect on their dramatic rescue by Hoylake RNLI this Mother’s Day

A week ago today was Mothering Sunday and it was a time for gratitude and reflection for Victoria Evans, known as ‘Bunta’ to her friends and family, and her daughter Charlie, who were rescued from the mud by Hoylake RNLI volunteers last month.

Bunta, her husband Andy and daughter Charlie from Heswall, Wirral, were enjoying a walk with their puppy at Thurstaton Beach when Bunta and Charlie got stuck up to their waists in mud at the bottom of a cliff. Although the family had checked the tides before heading out for a coastal walk, unbeknown to the three of them, a recent landslide had made the surrounding area hazardous, and the tide was rising. Realising their predicament, Andy went for help.

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BT launches ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ scheme

BT revealed that 183 of its iconic red phone boxes across the North West are up for grabs – as it urges local communities to take advantage of a scheme to help transform them for the 21 st century.

Since 2008, a total of 451 phone boxes across the region have been taken on by communities for just £1 each through BT’s Adopt a Kiosk programme. Redundant phone boxes, once a lifeline of communication before the arrival of mobile phone networks, have been transformed into everything from defibrillator units and mini history museums to art galleries and book exchanges.

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State-of-the-art £1.2m Catheter Lab opens at Arrowe Park

Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) has a unveiled a new state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheter Lab for heart patients following a £1.2 million refurbishment.

Around 1000 procedures, such as implantation of pacemakers, are carried out in the Cardiac Catheter Lab at Arrowe Park Hospital each year.

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Wirral Met College announces new Professional Studies and Trades Union Education Campus

Thanks to the support of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s capital funding and an innovative partnership between Wirral Met College and Wirral Borough Council, Wirral Met College will open its new Professional Studies Campus in September 2021 to house its extensive range of learning opportunities for Leadership, Professional Studies and Trades Union Education. 

Previously known as the ‘Treasury Building’ at the corner of Hamilton Square in Birkenhead, the campus will provide state of the art learning and business facilities that cover a range of professional career pathways including accountancy, human resource management, leadership, business management and development programmes from Level 2 to post graduate level.

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Census 2021 in full swing in Wirral

Remember, today is census day!

“A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“It helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. We’ve had a fantastic response so far, with so many of you completing the questionnaire on your laptops, phones and computers.

“It takes just 10 minutes per person to take part and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them. Now is the time to make your mark on history.”

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Tranmere Rovers help fund 10 iPads for Clatterbridge patients

Paul Thompson at Westminster Associates that Meadowbank Ward at Clatterbridge, which specialises in dementia and mental health cases, had only one iPad on the entire ward, that had to be booked in advance and shared across every patient.

This meant that patients were very limited in the time they could make contact with family, and nursing staff were having to spend their precious time coordinating usage.   

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New environment policy launched in Wirral

A new policy has been agreed which will enable Wirral Council to achieve its ambitious but achievable target to be net carbon neutral by 2030.

At a meeting of Wirral’s Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee councillors signed off on the policy which will change the way the council operates, makes decisions, and provides services.

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£1 million for Birkenhead revitalisation projects

£1 million is being invested in ‘quick-win’ projects in Birkenhead as part of a major bid to transform its town centre.

The fund will support capital works set to deliver an immediate impact and contribute to the revitalisation of Birkenhead over the coming months. Cultural projects and organisations are among those which will benefit, alongside improvements to digital infrastructure in the town.

Wirral Council are awaiting the result of its recently submitted £45 million bid to the Government’s Towns Fund scheme to support its longer-term regeneration plans for Birkenhead’s town centre and waterfront through significant improvement works and redevelopment.

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Wirral Council to run only on renewable electricity from April

From April of this year, Wirral Council will only be using electricity from renewable sources for all operations – including buildings and streetlights.

In line with the councils recently published Environment and Climate Emergency Policy and its commitment to reduce energy consumption and switch to greener energy, all council-owned offices, streetlights and buildings (including children’s centres and libraries) will operate on electricity from renewable sources.

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