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Choir raises £1,800 for hospital leukaemia patients

A choir raised £1,800 from a concert to support people with leukaemia being treated in the Medical Day Unit (MDU) at Southport hospital.

Choir Raises Money for Southport Hospital

It was presented by former patient Colin Pompfrett, a former patient, with his wife Brenda, who are members of the choir.

The community choir, based at Ainsdale Methodist Church, Southport, gave the concert of songs from the movies and musicals in July. It was attended by Lynn Sugden and Kate Hughes from the MDU.

Octave gives two or three concerts for charity each year. Members have raised more than £25,000 since forming 15 years ago.

Picture shows Colin Pomphrett and his wife, Brenda, with the cheque.

Work begins on new over-55s development in Formby

Work has begun on Mayflower Manor, a new over 55’s residential development in Formby.

Situated on the disused former Mayflower Industrial Estate, it will consist of 32 apartments, and a care home on the same site will have 76 bedrooms and be run by Newcare.

Mayflower 2

Liverpool-based property developer Primesite Developments has begun works on Mayflower Manor, a new over 55s residential development in Formby.

Mayflower Manor will be comprised of 32 quality one and two bedroom apartments, the result of two years of planning work and consultations since Primesite purchased the site in 2016. KDP Architects has designed the scheme, which is situated on the former Mayflower Industrial Estate, which had previously been vacant and in a state of disrepair.

Also on the site will be a 76 bedroom care home, to be run by Newcare, currently being built by McGoff Construction. Residents of the apartments will benefit from the facilities and support of the care home if required.

Primesite sold the care home section of the site to McGoff for £3million, with the resulting funds being invested back into the scheme. Funding partner A Shade Greener Finance Ltd has partnered with Mayflower Manor Limited to fund the scheme and will be working closely with the developers for the duration of the project.

Kerry Tomlinson, director at Primesite Developments and Mayflower Manor Limited, commented:

“It has taken two years of hard work to bring Mayflower Manor to this point, so we are incredibly proud to be starting construction. Our aim is to transform a derelict eyesore into something of value for the local area. Working with KDP Architects, with a track record in successful health developments, and our site neighbours Newcare, known for top-quality care provision, I have no doubt that Mayflower Manor will achieve that goal. We will continue to work with them, our funding partner ASG Finance, and the local residents, who we thank for their support throughout. Our next imminent milestone is to launch the sale of the flats.”

Stuart Duffy, director at KDP Architects, said:

Mayflower HousingThe former brownfield site presented a great opportunity to create a private and almost semi-rural development; however conveniently located off a main road with great transport links and local amenities. In discussion with the Local Planning Department (Sefton) we have looked to provide traditional design elements, such pitched tiled roofs and walls being predominantly face brick; which helps the scheme to sit well in the local context. However, the elevations do have some modern touches such as grey windows, rendered panels and Juliet balconies, giving the scheme a contemporary edge.

The apartments themselves are large in area and above the national space standards, which will provide residents with a spacious and comfortable environment, with plenty of light to the lounges with full height doors. The development also affords residents with onsite parking spaces and a communal private garden area to the rear; with some of the Ground Floor units having their own private terraces.”

Mayflower Manor is within walking distance to the Marks and Spencer’s Simply Food, the Post Office, and a gym. It is a 30-minute drive to Liverpool City Centre, and 15 minutes to Southport. Construction is due to be completed towards the end of 2019.

Primesite Developments is a family run, Liverpool-based property developer. This is Primesite’s first foray into the over 55’s residential market, although it follows the developer’s success in care home schemes, including Hazelwell in the Wirral, dubbed “the most luxurious care home in Britain”.


Bike & Go launches FreeWheel Tuesdays

Bike hire scheme Bike & Go is bringing Christmas early to its Formby customers – by giving them free bike hire every Tuesday between December 4 and January 15.


The offer, which covers every Tuesday except Christmas Day and is open to all subscribers, is worth almost £23 and provides an opportunity to escape the Christmas madness while enjoying some outdoor exercise in the run-up to the festive period and beyond.

The physical and mental health benefits of cycling have been well-documented, with one study published in the official journal of the Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine revealing that, after pedalling a stationary bike for 15 minutes, participants’ levels of stress hormone cortisol significantly decreased.

And with so many beautiful places to ride in the area, Bike & Go believes FreeWheel Tuesdays could provide the perfect antidote to the stresses of the festive period.

Suzanne Grant, Bike & Go director said:

“December is such a busy month for most people that they tend to forget about the importance of looking after their mental and physical health.

“Cycling has proven health benefits and provides an excellent way to get away from it all while getting a workout too.

“Whether it’s cycling from the train station to home and back again, or fitting a ride into your lunch hour, we’re hoping that as many people as possible will take advantage of our FreeWheel Tuesdays and sign up to enjoy free cycling on those days.”

Bike & Go offers bike hire facilities from 23 participating train stations across the Merseyrail network, including Formby, Ormskirk, Southport, Liverpool Central, Moorfields, Aigburth, Hoylake and West Kirby, in addition to a further 49 participating train stations across much of the North West, North East and Yorkshire, East and South East of England, and Scotland. There are also a bike hire facilities at Seacombe Ferry Terminal and Leasowe Castle.

To hire a Bike & Go bike, users simply need to register their card details online, which they can do via smartphones, tablets, or at home, and pay the annual £10 subscription fee. They will then receive a user number via email which will allow immediate bike hire at just £3.80 per 24 hours whilst they wait for their Bike & Go membership card. Bikes can then be returned to any participating train station.

Neil Masom appointed hospital trust Chair

NHS Improvement has confirmed the appointment of a highly experienced North West businessman, Neil Masom OBE, as Chair of the Board of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Neil MasomWith nearly 20 years of Board-level experience in executive and non-executive roles in both the commercial and public sectors, Neil succeeds Richard Fraser who steps down after two years in the post. Richard will continue as Chair at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

An engineer by profession, Neil began his career with the former Hawker Siddeley Aviation aircraft company in 1977 before going on to gain more than 30 years' experience with BAE Systems, primarily in Manchester and Lancashire, holding three managing director posts at the company between 2000 and 2009.

He has held and continues to perform a number of non-executive posts, including as chairman of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services Organisation (2000-2006) and as a non-executive director at East Cheshire NHS Trust in Macclesfield (2009-2013).

He is currently a senior independent director at WYG plc, a successful international engineering consultancy, and has just completed a four-year term as audit committee chair at HS2 Limited, the company responsible for designing and building the UK’s new high-speed rail network.

Neil said:

“I am delighted to have been selected to serve the community of Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust has been through some challenging times in recent years but the dedicated workforce, now under Silas’s leadership, is generating a growing confidence from all stakeholders. I look forward to building on that and helping the team deliver the very best healthcare that the community deserves and the staff wish to deliver."

Silas Nicholls, Chief Executive, said:

“It is a privilege to welcome Neil to the Trust. His wide-ranging experience and knowledge will be invaluable in shaping our hospitals and the great health care we want to provide for local people. His appointment reflects a growing confidence in the Trust which can only be of benefit to patients and staff.

”I also wish Richard Fraser well for the future and thank him for his dedication to the Trust, common sense chairmanship and good humour through occasionally difficult times.”

Neil, who lives in Wilmslow, Cheshire, starts his term as Chair on 1 December 2018. It ends on 20 November 2020 and he will receive remuneration of £30,000 per annum. He has not declared any political activity in the last five years.

He will be joined on the Board in January by Dr Terry Hankin who has been appointed Medical Director. He is currently deputy medical director at St Helens and Knowsley.