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January 2020

Green-fingered volunteer needed!

Do you like gardening?


Do you have a little spare time on your hands? Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is looking for volunteer gardeners to spend a few hours each week at either hospital.

Mostly the time will be needed in the spring and summer. You will be caring for the Baby Garden which is a memorial area, and the Education Centre garden which is for staff. Both of these are at Ormskirk. Southport’s Garden of Reflection also needs to be tended, and the Trust expects to recruit more than one person to cover all the work.  

No heavy lifting, mowing or tree surgery will be involved. Jobs will include:

  • Weeding, deadheading, planting and pruning.
  • Deadheading, planting and pruning
  • Clearingpathways and keeping garden areas tidy
  • Wateringduring dry spells

If you would like to give a few hours, please contact Irene Gardner our Volunteer Services Manager either by email on or phone on 01704 704796.

Trish Armstrong Child, Chief Executive at the Trust adds: 

"Volunteering is an enriching experience for all involved.  Many vitally important roles here at the Trust, from staffing the welcome desk to bringing therapy dogs to visit patients and staff, are carried out by those kind enough to give their time for free. We welcome all local people who want to share their unique talents with our Trust.”


The Atkinson this February

Love Folk Festival, Granny's Attic, KidsFest and so much more.

National award for orthopaedic surgeons

Two orthopaedic surgeons at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals have won national awards.

Ortho Awards 2020Mr Krushroo Suraliwala and Mr Imran Ullah were named Best Musculoskeletal Trauma Principal Investigator and Best Musculoskeletal Trauma Trainee Principal Investigator, respectively, in the National Institute for Health Research Network Awards.

They were presented with their awards at a ceremony at Newcastle.

The research was part of a multi-centre project with the potential to alter national clinical guidelines. Prof Matthew Costa, national speciality lead for trauma and emergency care, described the two surgeons’ work as “outstanding” in what was “a very strong field of applicants”.

Mr Suraliwala said Anna Morris, musculoskeletal research practitioner, and her research team gave invaluable input to the Orthopaedic department in the study.

Picture, from left to right: Prof Matthew Costa; Mr Imran Ullah; Mr Krushroo Suraliwala; and Anna Morris

What's on at the Atkinson

Jeeves and Wooster in Southport.

In a joyous reimagining of the classic P.G.Wodehouse characters, three actors hurl themselves from role to role as they race to tell the story of Bertie’s own farcical adventures.

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense was created by the Goodale Brothers, adapted primarily from P.G. Wodehouse‘ ‘The Code of the Woosters.’

After hugely successful runs in the West End, it won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.


Remember The Holocaust

We must never forget the horrors of the Holocaust.

One of my earliest memories of watching black and white TV was a documentary about a concentration camp, the most horrifying part of the programme was a sequence showing staggeringly large piles of emaciated naked corpses carelessly thrown one upon another. Then a bulldozer unceremoniously pushing them into a mass grave.

No matter who you are or what your faith or none, all of us have a duty not to forget the Holocaust and resist any move in our society towards the conditions which breed hatred and intolerance on this scale.

We have a duty of care towards all. Then as now.



Local health professionals have a brew on Blue Monday

A nice cuppa tea always goes a long way and does you good.

Brew Monday 2020a
Health leaders at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG encouraged their staff to take a break on Monday, 20 January for Brew Monday.
Talking to someone about any subject, from the weather to that new TV programme everyone’s watching, can have a positive impact on the way you’re feeling. That’s why the staff at both CCGs took time out of their day to chat to each other over tea and cakes.
 Fiona Taylor, chief officer of the CCGs, said:
“A lot of people struggle with their mental wellbeing at this time of year. Events like these are a great way to encourage people to take a break from their busy day and spend a few minutes looking after their mental health.
“It was good to see so many staff taking part in Brew Monday and turning what is often thought of as the most depressing day into a positive experience. Brew Monday is a brilliant way for people to connect over a warm cup of tea.”
During the event, donations were collected for the local Samaritans group, a charity which supports people in emotional distress.
‘Brew Monday’ was originally launched by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust who host events across the region each year to raise awareness of their ‘zero suicides’ initiative, which is a commitment to eliminating suicide for all those in their care.
If you are feeling anxious or depressed, you can contact Access Sefton for free NHS talking therapies for common mental health conditions. The service is available to anyone aged 16 and over and registered with a Sefton GP. For more information visit Access Sefton online at or call 0300 303 2708.

UK Climate Change Citizens Assembly

First UK-wide Climate Assembly set to meet in Birmingham.

110 citizens from all walks of life will be meeting in Birmingham this weekend (24-26 January) to give Parliament an insight into public opinion on how the UK should address the climate emergency.


I think citizens assemblies have the potential to change policy deliberation and formation for the better and I'd like to see the idea applied at a local government level.

Frome Town Council, has exactly the same powers as a Parish council, and they use something like them in their town but they call them 'citizens panels'.

Formby Parish Council is now well established, it's time to open themselves up to us citizens. They should be promoting far greater public involvement.

What do you think?

Here's a reply from Formby councillor, Denise Dutton.