People are being urged to look after each other in the hot weather, with temperatures forecast to possibly exceed 30 degrees centigrade this week.
Principal health risks include dehydration and sunburn. Older people and infants are particularly vulnerable to becoming dehydrated, while children are particularly at risk of sunburn.
Contact your GP, out-of-hours service or NHS 111 straight away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- extreme thirst
- feeling unusually tired (lethargic) or confused
- not passing urine for eight hours
- rapid heartbeat
- dizziness when you stand up that doesn’t go away after a few seconds.
Dr Peter Clowes for Shropshire Clinicial Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
“While the young and the elderly are particularly vulnerable, everyone should take care and stay hydrated and avoid sunburn.
“People should be aware of the symptoms of dehydration and particularly take care of older people, especially if they are less mobile and struggle to get regular drinks for themselves.
“As a precaution, it’s wise for everyone to drink additional water on hot days and remember that children and the elderly will often need prompting to do this.”
Signs of dehydration include:
- feeling thirsty and lightheaded
- a dry mouth
- passing urine less often than usual.
Karen Calder, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, and chair of Shropshire’s Health and Well-being Board, added:
“Heat exhaustion and heatstroke can both be very serious if they are not treated quickly. As well as urging people to take heed of our advice, if you know of anyone who is particularly vulnerable, maybe an elderly person living on their own, please pay them a visit to check if they are OK.”
Shropshire Council and its partners are also warning residents of the dangers of swimming in watercourses and are urging for people to take care in rivers, lakes and quarries during the current spell of hot weather.
A number of incidents have taken place recently when people have got into difficulties in water – some with tragic consequences.
Professor Rod Thomson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, added:
“During this hot weather it can be very tempting to take a dip in your local river or lake, but people need to be aware of the dangers that water can pose. Even if the water level looks low, swimming or playing in watercourses can be very dangerous as a number of tragic incidents around the country have unfortunately shown. It’s simply not worth the risk.”
Heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young or very old or those with chronic disease. Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk/summerhealth, NHS 111 or from your local pharmacy.
For more information on staying healthy and well this summer, visit Shropshire Council’s Get Ready for Summer page at shropshire.gov.uk/summer-advice.
A 10-year-old girl from Shrewsbury has told Shropshire Councillors how support from “amazing people” at her school has helped her cope with being bullied and to lead a happier life.
Shereece Williams, a pupil at Grange Primary, told members of the council’s children’s services scrutiny committee about her experience of being bullied, how she has learnt to ignore the bullies, and how she has now launched her own campaign to help other children.
She gave particular thanks and praise to teacher Beverly Williams who runs a programme at the school that aims to ensure the emotional well-being of the school’s pupils.
Shropshire Council’s Targeting Mental Health Support (TaMHS) programme, is delivered through primary and secondary schools across the county. The core aim of the programme is to develop a whole school approach on emotional health and well-being through the delivery of an evidence-based training programme.
Shereece told the committee:
“I got bullied at school and the school helped me.
“I have got a lot of help from people who are amazing. They make me feel happier. The school’s made me much happier and I now want to live a happier life.
“In school there is a teacher – Miss Williams – who is always there to talk to.
“I used to not want to go to school. Now I love school. Everything has made me much happier and I’m thankful that Miss Williams is in this school.
“Miss Williams said to ignore them and be a bigger person and I’ve learnt to ignore them. She said if you’re upset you should always tell.”
Shereece has now started her own campaign called ‘jump the hurdles’ to help other children who are being bullied.
“I read a book about a boy who was trying to jump hurdles but couldn’t and got more and more angry. But eventually he jumped the hurdles.
“I support other children now. I tell them to walk away.”
Shereece was invited to attend the scrutiny committee meeting to share her experiences after chairman Councillor Joyce Barrow visited Grange Primary to see for herself the work being carried out to support the emotional health and well-being of their pupils.
Joyce Barrow said:
“Sheerece was brilliant and I can’t thank her enough for coming to our meeting and sharing her experiences with us. Everyone was really touched and impressed with what she told us.
“What Shereece has been through and how she has turned the corner is incredible. Her story shows that the programme of support provided by the school has made a huge, life-changing difference to her, as well as to other children.”
Shropshire Council is committed to improving the mental health and well-being of its 68,000 children and young people and is working closely with partners including the Clinical Commissioning Group, the Shropshire Community NHS Trust, and local schools.
The TaMHS objective is to ensuring that professionals and schools working with children and young people have the necessary skills and knowledge to support and nurture mental wellbeing and resilience within their settings
All of the training programmes that are delivered through the TaMHS programme are evidence-based, either nationally or internationally.
The training increases the confidence and knowledge base of staff enabling them to recognise early signs and symptoms of need, provides practical examples of how to respond to the emotional needs of young people, as well as tips and strategies on what to do and say following identification of need.
Sheerece attended the meeting of Shropshire Council’s children’s services scrutiny committee at Shirehall in Shrewsbury on Wednesday 24 June 2015.
Work at Mytton Bridge, which has been closed since 5 May 2015, is expected to take another 10 days to complete.
Essential repairs continue on the bridge, which carries the carries Mytton Lane over the River Perry at Mytton.
Difficult drilling conditions and flooding of the work on 3 June 2015 following heavy rain, have resulted in the completion of the work being delayed.
Traffic will continue to be diverted via Fitz, and access over the bridge for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will remain available. The road closure and diversion will remain in place until Friday 10 July 2015.
Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:-
“All involved are working to keep disruption to a minimum and to get the road reopened as soon as is possible.”
The work involves anchoring of the south east wing wall which is leaning heavily, repairs to the south parapet, and repairs to both abutments. These repairs are considered essential to ensure the long term future of the bridge.
The bridge must be closed to traffic while the work is being carried out as it is too narrow for the work to be carried out safely with the bridge open to traffic.
Shropshire Council and People2People are inviting people and their carers to drop into their Let’s Talk Local hub session for the latest advice and information.
These drop-in sessions, taking place in Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Ludlow, are part of a new pilot which aims to help people to get to know their options for the future, particularly those who fund their own care.
- Shrewsbury – every Tuesday from 1.30pm until 3pm at Unit 1, Radbrook Professional Centre, Bank Farm Road, Radbrook, SY3 9JN.
- Oswestry – every Wednesday from 1.30pm until 3pm at The Centre (off Oak Street Car Park), Oswestry, SY11 1LW.
- Ludlow – every other Monday (next being Monday 6 July 2015) from 1.30pm until 3pm at Helena Lane House, 20 Hamlet Road, Ludlow, SY8 2WP.
Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, said:
“Our Let’s Talk Local hub sessions, which are booked via our First Point of Contact, have been taking place for a while now and they are proving to be extremely popular. They are a fantastic way to help people to stay healthy and well, and maintain independence in their home and community.
“However, we wanted to improve on this by piloting three sessions across the county which require no prior booking. We’re looking forward to seeing how they go, and if successful, rolling them out to the rest of the county.”
As well as offering people the opportunity to speak with People2People, the hubs enable them to access information from a range of local organisations including: housing support, Age UK, occupational therapy, social work, benefits advice, assistive technology and Independent Advocacy Services.
“What’s great about the hubs is that they offer people access to all sorts of information, in one place, and within people’s local communities. We look forward to seeing you there.”
In addition to the new ‘drop-in’ hubs, People2People are working with four GP surgeries in Shifnal, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Ludlow as part of a pilot where GPs and District Nurses can book patients directly into hub session at the practice.
“Our primary aim with Let’s Talk Local hub sessions is to really get to know people before they need our help, so that we can help them to plan for the future and remain independent for as long as possible, preferably within their own home.”
People2People are a not-for-profit independent social work practice working with Shropshire Council to provide adult social care support to older people and those with disabilities.
Shropshire Council is pleased to announce that Louise House in Shrewsbury will be trialled as a new medical assessment centre, offering people with disabilities in Shropshire a great facility, right on their doorstep.
The trial will be run by Capita for four weeks, starting on Tuesday 7 July 2015.
During this time, Capita will provide medical assessments for people in the process of claiming Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
Louise House will welcome people from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and borders, including Wrexham. This will mean a great deal to people with disabilities as, previously, if they were unable to secure a home visit, they would have been asked to travel to Rhyl, Swansea or Birmingham for an assessment.
All PIP claims require an independent medical assessment – this includes new claims and migration from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP – so with a disability prevalence of 16% in Shropshire alone, it could save people with disabilities and their families a lot of time.
Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, said:
“I’m pleased that Louise House has been chosen. It is uniquely placed to provide appropriate facilities for medical assessment, as it already has treatment rooms with Wi-Fi, examination couches and handwash basins, as well as administration support from A4U, a disability organisation based at Louise House.
“I’m sure the trial will go smoothly and look forward to this becoming a regular arrangement.”
Louise House also hosts the weekly Autism Hub. Operated on behalf of the council by A4U and other partner organisations, it is open to anyone on the autism spectrum, including Asperger Syndrome, and their carers from 12pm until 4pm every Thursday.
“We’ve had some really great feedback from the people who have been coming along to the hub sessions.
“Sessions such as these enable us to provide a quality service to those individuals on the Autism Spectrum (with or without a diagnosis) who may otherwise not receive any support. It’s all about giving people a greater quality of life and supporting them to increase their confidence and independence.”
PIP, which has replaced DLA, is to help people who have a disability which affects their ability to carry out a range of everyday activities. PIP can be claimed by people who have a long–term disability or a condition that impacts on their ability to live independently.
The first pupils have been welcomed to the Kettlemere Centre at the Lakelands Academy in Ellesmere, which will provide a special educational needs centre for up to 24 secondary-age pupils whose primary need is communication and interaction.
Seven pupils have now started at the centre, with another seven due to join in September 2015.
The centre has been built as Shropshire previously had very limited specialist teaching provision to support pupils with communications and interaction difficulties.
Until now, these children often had to be placed out of county or travel considerable distances to access suitable provision.
Work on the Kettlemere Centre began in October 2014. It has been designed to be operated as an independent unit, and as such has its own drop-off area and entrance. However, it also links to the main academy building so opportunities are provided to allow integration of the pupils with the rest of the school.
Internally the centre comprises of four teaching areas, accessed from a central communal space. Apart from the classroom there is ancillary accommodation such as a multimedia room and therapy room along with an office, meeting room, toilets, storage and an external space for outdoor activities.
The new centre, which has been funded by Shropshire Council’s capital programme cost in the region of £1 million. The operating costs will be funded in the long-term through the reduction in expensive out-of-county placements.
Ann Hartley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said:
“I’m delighted that the Kettlemere Centre is now open, and has welcomed its first pupils.
“This new centre will offer a number of benefits. It will improve localised provision for children within the communities in which they live, helping to meet their needs while reducing the significant cost to the council of placing pupils in costly out-of-county provision. This means that children can go to schools close to their friends and family.
“The Lakelands Academy has an excellent record of supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs. Careful consideration has been given as to how the centre will become part of the school, offering mainstream access where appropriate, rather than being a separate facility placed on the school site.”
Garry Dean, head of the Kettlemere Centre, said:
“The success of a project like this is down to the collaborative working of many different groups of people at every stage. By working in partnership with the staff and governors at Lakelands Academy we have created a high-quality, inclusive provision that ensures children can access a broad and balanced curriculum that is personalised to meet the needs of each child. The Kettlemere staff work closely with fellow professionals and families to provide the necessary support and structure required to make a difference to the lives of the children and to prepare them for an independent life as young adults.”
Shropshire Council is keen to develop this provision of localised support for pupils with special educational needs, and its impact on students and their families, to inform the future strategic rollout of this specialist provision in other locations across the county.
Residents of Broseley and Barrow are invited to the next Broseley and Barrow Local Joint Committee (LJC) meeting on Wednesday 8 July 2015 at Willey Village Hall at 7pm. Residents can hear about some significant matters that are up for debate in the area.
Broseley Town Council is currently in negotiation with Shropshire Council on a number of possible asset transfers, which includes the library building and the car park.
The town council has recently delivered a leaflet to residents explaining the negotiations, and the LJC meeting is another opportunity for people to come along and give their views.
Sgt Bailey of the local policing team for the area will also be at the meeting to hear residents’ concerns about policing matters.
Councillor Jean Jones, who chairs the meeting, said:
“There are concerns locally regarding anti-social behaviour and there are plans to put deterrents in place in certain hotspots. I will be interested to hear more about these initiatives and hear from local residents about their concerns.”
Broseley Youth Partnership will also be letting residents in on their exciting plans for the next Youth Day, which is due to take place at the Birchmeadow Park and Centre on Sunday 27 September 2015.
For further information on the LJC call Kerry Rogers, community enablement officer (south) on 07990 085206.
Annual attendance at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn has increased by more than 10%, the venue has confirmed. Ticket sales for year ending 31 March 2015 totalled 159,936, an increase of more than 15,000 on the previous 12 months.
Audiences from Shropshire and beyond visited the riverside theatre to attend hit productions such as The Mousetrap, The Kite Runner, Jeeves & Wooster, a first visit by Birmingham Royal Ballet, and a host of sellout performances by popular acts such as Dawn French, Al Murray, Milton Jones, Paul Carrack and Joan Armatrading. Approximately a third of attendees visited the venue from outside Shropshire.
The venue also reported that attendance among schools, children and students exceeded 30,000, as younger audiences attended productions including Horrible Histories, Science Museum Live and John Godber’s “Teechers”. The hugely popular annual pantomime also saw another record-breaking attendance of almost 39,000 last Christmas.
David Jack, Theatre Severn manager, told us:
“We enjoyed a very busy year and are thrilled by the increased attendance figures. In total Theatre Severn hosted 450 performances last year, including more than 100 produced and performed by local amateur companies, organisations and performers of all ages, based here in Shropshire.”
During the same period, attendance at sister venue The Old Market Hall Cinema rose by 13.6%, with annual ticket sales exceeding 60,000 for the first time since opening in 2004. In the past 12 months, the two venues, both owned and operated by Shropshire Council, attracted a combined total of 221,602 visitors to Shrewsbury town centre, an increase of more than 22,000 on the previous year.
Craig Reeves, Marketing Manager, added:
“The continued success of these relatively new venues could not be achieved without the fantastic support of local audiences. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Theatre Severn in the months ahead and will announce details of a number of big shows for 2016 later this year.”
Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for business growth, said:
“This increase is wonderful news and proves that our dedicated team of staff have the right programme mix.
“I am confident that they will continue to work hard to bring in new activities, events and exhibitions to keep both our local residents, businesses and visitors coming through the doors.”
The forthcoming programme at Theatre Severn includes classic plays such as Alan Ayckbourn’s “Absent Friends”, Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting For Godot” and Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple mystery “A Murder Is Announced”, hit West End musical “Avenue Q”, and popular comedians Ed Byrne, Chris Ramsey and Henning Wehn, alongside a host of live music, dance, opera, and family shows including dinosaur spectacular Jurassic Adventures. Earlier this year, the venue also broadened their programme with the introduction of live screenings from the National Theatre and Royal Opera House in the 250-seat Walker Theatre.
Full listings for Theatre Severn can be found at theatresevern.co.uk and for the Old Market Hall at oldmarkethall.co.uk. Tickets are available at the venue Box Office or by phone on 01743 281281.
News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury
The Shrewsbury train station sign – but is it said ‘Shrowsbury’ or ‘Shroosbury’?
The long-running question of how to pronounce the name of Shropshire’s county town will be the focus of a charity debate hosted by University Centre Shrewsbury.
Historians will be stepping forward to share the arguments for each side, at the event on Thursday 2 July 2015, in aid of Shrewsbury Ark, a drop-in centre helping homeless and vulnerable people.
BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Jim Hawkins will be overseeing the debate and music will be provided by Paul and Nikki Henshaw during the break.
People are invited to the event at Rowley’s House, Barker Street, Shrewsbury, from 7pm to 8.45pm to hear the cases, before casting votes to decide the triumphant speaker and pronunciation.
The pronunciation of Shrewsbury is an ongoing topic of discussion. Some say ‘Shrowsbury’ (as in rhyming with Grows-bury), and some Some say ‘Shroosbury’ (as in rhyming with Grews-bury), with other pronunciations also being used.
Paul Kirkbright, University Centre Shrewsbury Deputy Provost, said:
“We thought that it would be good to find out more about how the pronunciations came about and for people to have the chance to hear about their origins.
“We’d urge people to come along, listen to the arguments for each side, help us to resolve the debate for an evening, enjoy music from the brilliant Paul and Nikki Henshaw and raise money for a fantastic charity.”
The music from Paul and Nikki Henshaw will include a performance of Ben’s Song, a song by Ben Bebbington, in whose memory the Big Busk in Shrewsbury is held.
Paul Henshaw added:
“Right now I know where I stand on the pronunciation of our county town but I can’t promise I’ll feel the same way after the debate.
“t’s fabulous to be asked to support such an interesting debate and event, and that it’s in aid of Shrewsbury Ark which is such a vital part of our town and a charity which is so close to my heart. We can’t wait to play Ben’s Song on the night, the Ark was such a big part of Ben’s later life, somewhere that helped him a great deal.”
Entry is by free ticket with donations invited during the evening.
Wine, soft drinks and Shrewsbury biscuits will be on sale.
For tickets go to www.ShrewDecide.eventbrite.co.uk.
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Armed Forces Day will finally be with us on Saturday 27 June 2015, giving everyone the chance to celebrate and thank our Armed Forces for their contribution to our country, both current service personnel and veterans.
This year, the Shropshire Armed Forces Community Covenant (AFCC), along with representatives of Forces based in the county, will be at the Shrewsbury Food Festival.
Not only is this a chance for everyone to improve their culinary skills and knowledge, it is also an opportunity to learn more about your local Forces and their roles within Shropshire communities.
Generous local businesses attending the festival will also be providing discounts for Forces personnel and veterans, as long as proof of service is given.
Shropshire’s AFCC will be joined by local Forces from Shrewsbury’s 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital unit which forms part of the Army Medical Services (AMS). To link in with the Food Festival spirit, 202 Field Hospital will be distributing ration packs to give people a taste of life in the Forces.
In preparation for Armed Forces Day, Shropshire Council officially raised the Armed Forces Day flag on Monday 22 June 2015 in a sign of their support.
In a testament to the contribution the Armed Forces can make to recruits and to the nations communities, Ian Somerville, local Shropshire resident and former Captain in the Royal Navy, said:
“When I joined the Royal Navy in 1961 it was described to me by an ‘old hand’ as ‘The Best Club in the World’. It was, and I am sure it still is; but it is so much more as well.
“It offers high quality training in the attributes and skills needed for a full career, many of which are also recognised by and transferable to civilian employment. It offers travel and excitement, challenge and camaraderie, and the certain knowledge of making a positive contribution to the security of the nation and to the well-being of its peoples. None of that has changed. I served for 35 years in a very worthwhile and enjoyable job helping to bring stability in an unstable world: a service that I am very proud to have given.”
Tim Barker, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for the Shropshire Armed Forces Community Covenant, said:
“Armed Forces Day is a great opportunity to celebrate and thank both current and veteran service men and women. As a veteran for the Army Reserves myself, I know what the Forces mean to me and their invaluable contribution to our communities.
“I’d encourage everyone to pay our Forces a visit at the Food Festival.”
Shropshire Council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in May, 2012, a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian and Armed Forces communities.
The aims of the Shropshire Covenant include:
• Encouraging activities which help integrate the Armed Forces community into Shropshire life
• Encouraging the Armed Forces community to help and support the wider Shropshire community, whether through participation in events and joint projects, or other forms of engagement.
For more information about the Armed Forces Community Covenant, please visit shropshire.gov.uk/SAFCC.
“In conversation with the past”, a film portrait of Clun’s famous ‘character’ Bill Lock by artist filmmaker Nicola Lane, will be shown at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on Sunday 12 July at 2pm. Entry is free.
Bill Lock was born deaf in 1910 into a well-known Romany family who travelled throughout the Borders and Shropshire. The Lock family settled in Clun in the 1950s and Bill became an important part of the community.
To discover Bill’s world, disabled artist Nicola Lane interviewed some of the many people who remember him – including 92-year-old Clunton farmer Harry Collins who employed Bill and knew him well. Memories of Bill are still strong but, as Mr Collins says, it will be ‘all gone’ after his generation have passed. Nicola’s film aims to celebrate Bill’s long life and the vanished world in which he lived and worked.
Mike Layward, Artistic Director at DASH said:
“I’m really glad that we can show the film again in Shrewsbury, so many people have been calling us to find out where they can watch it.”
Over 140 people saw the premiere of the film at Clun Memorial Hall on 16 May 2015. One audience member said:
“She (Nicola Lane) has shown Bill just as he really was, and also how Clun was at that time – we really need to capture these things that are so special to the area, for others to see”.
Free tickets for the free 12 July screening of the film Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery can be obtained in advance from the Visitor Information Centre in The Square, Shrewsbury.
Please book ahead to avoid disappointment by phoning 01743 258888 or calling in at the VIC between 10am and 5pm daily.
- Bill died in 2000 and is buried at St. George’s Church in Clun. Clun Museum has a bronze bust of Bill by artist Jemma Pearson, and the Lock family caravan is an important part of Hartlebury Museum’s collection.
- In April 2014 DASH (Disability Arts in Shropshire) in partnership with Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery commissioned Nicola Lane to explore Bill’s life. As a disabled artist herself, Nicola is happy to be part of DASH’s ‘IN’ programme of projects committed to deaf & disabled artists working with museums & galleries in the mainstream. DASH is a disability arts development organisation which works locally, nationally and internationally with disabled people in partnership with arts and cultural organisations to develop Disability Arts practice.
- About the artist: Born in San Francisco in 1949, Nicola lived in seven countries before the age of 16. She has worked continuously as a fine artist since 1972, her practice evolving from painting into sculpture, installation and film-making.
Shoplatch in Shrewsbury will be closed on Sunday 5 July and Sunday 12 July 2015 while essential drainage and gas works is carried out at Mardol House – which is providing student accommodation for University Centre Shrewsbury from September 2015.
But Shrewsbury town centre will be ‘open for business’ on both days – and people are being urged to take advantage of the new Sunday parking offer that means they can ‘pay £1 and park all day’ in the town’s long-stay car parks, or pay £1 for the maximum stay period in short stay car parks.
On those two Sundays, Shoplatch will be closed from 6am until 6am the next day. During the closure, through traffic will be diverted via Town Walls and Claremont Bank.
In order to minimise any further future disruption Shropshire Council has arranged further planned work, involving a temporary crane installation on High Street and maintenance work in Shoplatch, to take place at the same time.
Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:
The arrival of the university into Shrewsbury is a very exciting time for the town, and we unfortunately need to close the roads for a short period to get this important work completed. The nature of the job means a road closure is necessary to complete it properly and quickly.
“Throughout this programme of work we have worked very closely with local businesses to make sure that disruption is kept to a minimum.
“We want to thank everyone in advance for their understanding while this work takes place, and encourage them to visit and shop in the town on these two Sundays.”
Mike Dalton, owner of stop. coffee shop and stop. cafe bar, said:
“The planned Sunday closures will enable this essential work to take place without impacting on the town’s busy summer events programme. This is part of an important development for the long term growth of the town and we are all looking forward to University Centre Shrewsbury being open and welcoming new students to Shrewsbury. Many businesses will be open on 5 July and 12 July, and with the new £1 car parking tariff, there is even more reason to visit.”
Helen Ball, Clerk of Shrewsbury Town Council, said:
“We are delighted to see the aspirations of a University for Shrewsbury becoming a reality and it will be wonderful to have that in the very heart of Shrewsbury town centre. Shropshire Council and its contractor have worked very hard to deliver student accommodation in such a very short timescale and have managed to minimise disruption in the process. The long-term benefit of the university for the town will be significant.”
Young people and their families across Shropshire are invited to take part in the annual Children’s and Young People’s Race for Life event later this week to help raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The event, organised by Shropshire’s Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs), will be held at Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne, Shrewsbury on Saturday 27 June 2015 from 1pm to 3.30pm, and is open to girls, boys, parents, carers and group leaders of all abilities.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to walk, run, rollerskate, wheelchair or even scooter, any distance is perfectly acceptable, but for anyone who fancies the challenge can aim for the whole 5km. You can come in fancy dress, all in pink, with wacky hair or just as yourselves.
Now in its third successful year, the event continues to host a fantastic range of activities such as music, dancing, competitions, food stalls and much more.
Karen Calder, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, and Chair of Shropshire’s Health and Well-being Board, said:
“The annual children’s race for life event is a great opportunity for children and young people and their families and carers to get together and have fun, whilst supporting a very worthy course.
“I really encourage everyone to come along and join in; you don’t need to be an Olympic runner or even a regular runner to take part, just go by your own pace in whatever way is best for you.”
Laura Sheldon, Shropshire MYP, added:
“It’s shocking to learn that there are 1,574 new cases of child cancers each year. Not only this, but children suffer greatly when a parent, sibling or other relative is diagnosed with cancer. One in three people will suffer from cancer at some point in their lives. We want to make sure that we protect our children who are our future.”
All children and young people must be accompanied by an adult group leader or adult family member.
Entry is just 50p, which is payable on the day. Contestants are encouraged to bring donations on the day as well. All proceeds go towards Cancer Research UK Race for Life or simply donate at http://www.justgiving.com/lorrainewarrender.
For more information contact Lorraine Warrender, MYP Support worker at Shropshire Council on 07990 087001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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