Dad tees off fundraising thank you for Matt’s spinal injury care 

A fundraising festival of golf is a father’s thank you for the NHS treatment his son received following a life-changing road accident.

Matt Sullivan was 18 in 2005 when his spinal cord was badly injured in the crash, leaving him with a high degree of paralysis and limited hand dexterity 

He spent nine months in rehabilitation at the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital, north of Liverpool.

Matt Sullivan (2)Now 32, Matt is a successful wheelchair rugby player with Leicester Tigers WR – winners of the sport’s Super Series Division One in 2018 and 2019. He was also among players selected for the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby squad in the 2012 Paralympics in London.

He still visits Southport twice a year for continuing care and lives independently in his own specially-adapted apartment at Spinningfields in Manchester city centre.

As a thank you for the care Matt receives, dad John is using his year as captain at Bramall Park Golf Club, near Stockport, Cheshire, to fundraise for the spinal injuries centre.


John, speaking from the family home at nearby Hazel Grove, said:

John and Matt SullivanMatt lives a very active life despite his physical disability – and that’s thanks to the care of the staff at Southport. Their support and his determination during his rehabilitation helped him find the strength of character to become the man he has.

“As this year’s club men's captain, me and my family have the opportunity to say thank you to Southport and for the emotional and well-being aspect of care they gave us.”

Events are taking place throughout the year but the blue riband event will be the Captain’s Golf Day and Dinner, a four-ball amateur team competition, on 18 October at Bramall Park. The club is also celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

Entry is £300 per team which includes the competition, refreshments and the evening fundraising gala dinner. Entry is limited to members of recognised golf clubs with a handicap maximum of 28 for men and 36 for women. There are prizes for the top three placed teams plus individual hole prizes, a post-golf dinner, raffle and charity auction.

The three-course dinner package is available to purchase individually or in tables at £50 per person. For more information, email or follow John @Cpt1894 on Twitter.

Donations can also be made through a dedicated Just Giving page.

Emily Hoban, manager of the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, said:

“Suffering a spinal cord injury is a life-changing event but Matt’s story and achievements show it’s no bar to having a full, active and fulfilling life.

“We’re thrilled John has chosen us as his charity in Bramall Park’s 125th anniversary year. It’s fantastic recognition of the work our team of skilled professionals do. The funds raised will help us do even more for people like Matt who use the centre.”


Formby Live at Formby Pool Trust

Formby Live 2019
Formby Pool will play host to Merseycats as part of this year's Formby Live weekend on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June.

Entry is free, with live music all weekend, bar, BBQ, carnival rides and much more for all the family to enjoy!

As well as this for the second year running, Formby Pool Trust will be hosting Ormskirk and District Motorclub for the second ever Formby Car Show at Formby Pool!


29 Jun 2019 at 11:00am
until 30 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm


Elbow Lane
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The hugely anticipated ‘L37 Fest’ is coming to Orrell Hill Woods (just off the Formby Bypass) from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2019.

L37 Fest 3Tickets have been going fast since they went on sale at the beginning of April via Ticket Quarter, with multiple Early Bird tiers selling out in a matter of minutes!

The organisers are now happy to reveal the full entertainment schedule for the very first ‘L37 Fest’ and there are some big names on the lineup. The Feeling will be headlining Saturday night along with Scouting For Girls who will officially close the event on Sunday evening with a jam-packed set - they’ll be joined by Bongo’s Bingo and S Club who are already confirmed for Friday night.

The Feeling hail from Horsham, West Sussex. Following a limited release of their first single "Fill My Little World" in late 2005, the band entered the UK Singles Chart at #7 with their first full release "Sewn" in February 2006. Their second album, Join With Us, was released on 18 February 2008 and reached the top spot on the UK Charts!

Over the course of three hugely successful Top 10 albums, Scouting For Girls has made the journey from playing pubs in Harrow to headlining Wembley Arena. They’re just three ordinary friends who followed their dream, captured a nation and sold two million records along the way! They’re ready to hit Merseyside and play some of their biggest hits ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’, ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’ and more.

There will be two music stages at the event filled with local upcoming talent as well as the household names; Xander & The Peace Pirates, Foxtrap, The Cheap Thrills, Y.O.U.N.G head up the main stage whilst RATS, Life At The Arcade, Handstand Parade and Skinner’s Lane will be on the L37 Introducing Stage amongst others.

Tickets are available now via or by calling the box office on 0344 8000 410 with early bird pricing of £22.50 for Friday night and VIP day passes going up to £50 which includes a private lounge area, premium washroom facilities, welcome drinks with a private bar and other amenities.

L37 FEST Tickets go on sale from 7.00 pm today

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The hugely anticipated ‘L37 Fest’ is coming to Orrell Hill Woods (just off the Formby Bypass) this July from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th and tickets go on sale from Tuesday 9th April at 7 PM via

The festival has been the talk of the town since its approval by Sefton Council last week and organisers can’t contain their excitement for what they have in store.

Bongo’s Bingo and S Club are already confirmed to headline Friday night in front of 3000 festival goers! Make sure you’re prepared for big cash prizes, silly ones, awkward dance-offs, rave intervals and much more with the main man Jonny Bongo hosting it all. There’s truly nothing better than Bongo’s festival style - it’s going to be huge!

L37 Events, the parent company and organiser of ‘L37 Fest’ were happy to announce Variety: The Children’s Charity will be their charity partner with profits from Friday night’s ticket sales going straight to the charity and helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the North West.

The headline acts for Saturday and Sunday, as well as the entertainment schedule for the Main Stage and Second Stage at the festival, are yet to be revealed, with an announcement expected in the coming weeks.

Tickets will be available via or by calling the box office on 0344 8000 410 with early bird pricing starting at £18 for Friday night and VIP day passes going up to £50 which includes a private lounge area, premium washroom facilities, welcome drinks with a private bar and other amenities.


Bike & Go offers fun-seekers cut-price day out this April

Bike and Go with Friends 2Groups of friends looking for an alternative way to see the local sights are being invited to enjoy a half-price day out, courtesy of Bike & Go.

The bike hire scheme, which offers bike hire facilities from 22 participating train stations across the Merseyrail network, is running a special deal for groups of people who want to experience a different kind of sight-seeing trip this spring, with half-price subscription and a ‘rent two, get two free’ offer.

The offer means that those signing up before April 30th, 2019, will pay just £5, rather than the usual £10 subscription fee. In addition, for the duration of the offer period, they will be able to rent out four bikes for the price of two – a saving of £7.60 for each 24-hour period for which the bikes are hired.

Those watching the pennies over the Easter period will be particularly delighted by the deal, with the total price of a new subscription and bike hire for four people working out at just over £3 per person.

And Bike & Go are hoping that locals and visitors to the region alike will use the cost-effective deal to tour the area and take in the sights from a different viewpoint.

Suzanne Grant, Director of Bike & Go said:

“Cycling is a lovely way to get out into the fresh air and socialise with friends, and now that spring is here there’s no better way to see the attractions on offer in the region.

“This April, we want to encourage people to take to two wheels and enjoy the numerous physical and mental health benefits that cycling can bring, while having a great day out in the process. We have adjusted our prices to make the experience accessible to as many people as possible.”

Studies have shown that cycling with friends or a partner boosts cyclists’ pedal power, with Strava’s 2018 Year in Review report revealing that group riders average a 52% increase in mileage compared to those who cycled alone.

It also brings out cyclists’ competitive streak, with a Kansas State University study showing that people who worked out with someone they thought was better than them increased their intensity and time spent exercising by 200%.

Those wishing to take advantage of the offer can head to one of the 22 participating train stations across the Merseyrail network, including Liverpool Central, Moorfields, Aigburth, Southport, Ormskirk and West Kirby. There are also bike hire facilities at Seacombe Ferry Terminal and Leasowe Castle, 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.

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 subscription fee, priced at £5 during the offer period.

To claim the half-price subscription, users should select the ‘Bike 19’ promotion option when completing the online form, and enter promotion code ‘bike’.

They will then receive a user number via email which will allow immediate bike hire – usually charged at just £3.80 per 24 hours up to a maximum of 72 hours - while they wait for their Bike & Go membership card. When hiring the bikes, subscribers should simply ask staff for four bikes instead of two, then cycle off to enjoy a healthy day out with their friends.