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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Every token counts

LIVERPOOL is truly the capital of community! “David Cameron talked about a ‘Big Society’. The truth is that a society with a conscience, a real community spirit, has always existed in Liverpool. And our Wish campaign provides stunning evidence to support my case. Liverpool Echo readers across Merseyside collected a staggering 2.6 million Wish tokens. That is a remarkable effort and everyone who helped deserves a huge pat on the back. The good news is their hard work will result in community groups across the region benefiting from cash handouts. For instance our top collector Woodlands Hospice have £1,800 to spend. And of course Woodlands can look forward to the £10,000 building makeover from Fletchrose as part of their reward. For those with smaller handouts we know from past experience that a little goes a long way and that even a few pounds can make a big difference. I’d just like to say, on behalf of the Echo, thanks so much to everyone who took part in our Wish Campaign. On our part we got enormous satisfaction from having the opportunity to highlight the magnificent work done by community groups and charities across this fantastic region. I hope the publicity is of value.” Alastair Machray, Liverpool ECHO Editor

FLETCHROSE – HELPING BUILD LOCAL COMMUNITIES As the Wish Campaign has reached its climax and the ECHO has tallied up its tokens, the winner has been unveiled and we can now see which community group has exceeded expectations. The winner will benefit from an additional £10,000 makeover prize from Fletchrose and the company will soon meet with group representatives to see how they can begin to plan and develop the building ‘challenge’ for their community group. Paul Durose, Managing Director of Fletchrose, said: “For us, this is the best part of the whole campaign and we’re really looking forward to discussing how we can apply our building skills and experience to improve, extend or enhance a community-based facility.”

He added: “Community lies at the heart of everything we do and the Wish Campaign has allowed us to make a real difference to a Merseyside-based group that are passionate about the place they live and the people that live there.” Fletchrose is a local employer with a workface of 80-plus people. A local workforce, Fletchrose is keen to recruit directly, employing skilled tradesmen and women who share the company’s commitment to delivering excellent levels of service. Launched some five years ago by Liverpoolborn 29-year-old, Paul Durose, the company has grown steadily, weathering recession and expanding the business under his leadership and vision. Developing from a subcontractor to main contractor during this time, Fletchrose work closely with several Merseyside housing associations and local authorities under long-term framework agreements.

Paul concluded: “Our people and those we work with are at the heart of our business. It’s fantastic to see the difference we can make to people’s lives by improving local housing through new kitchens, bathrooms, heating systems and more. It gives us all a real sense of satisfaction and makes our jobs feel worthwhile. “The Wish Campaign has allowed us to take our ethos and vision to the next level and carry out our first Fletchrose Challenge. We want to involve the local community and encourage them to both steer and be part of the project itself - let the Fletchrose challenge begin!”


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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Every token counts

1 Woodlands Hospice

Carole Riley Woodlands Hospice provides specialist palliative care to people with life-limiting or terminal illnesses, including cancer, heart failure and endstage lung disease. All care is provided free of charge. Each and every day the hospice has to raise £2,000 through fundraising and donations to secure the overall hospice services. We would like to use the WISH 2012 money towards the running costs at the hospice, for example nursing care and patients’ meals. It costs £200 per patient for one day of nursing care and £17.35 to feed one patient for one day in our in-patient unit. We collected 188208 tokens We will receive £1,798.82

2 CHICS - Children’s Cancer Support Group Eddie Hincks We are the family support group attached to the children’s oncology unit at Alder Hey Hospital and have been since 1986. From that date to this we have been run solely by parents who have or who have had a child with cancer. Our main aim is to support the whole family not just the ill child. Any family who has a child treated for cancer or leukeamia at Alder Hey is eligible to join CHICS. There are no membership fees at all. Families receive a monthly newsletter and we hold parent/grandparent meetings once a month, where people can talk safe in the knowledge that they are surrounded by people who understand. We also run drop in centres at Bootle and on the outpatients clinic on the unit at the hospital. We deal with many outside organisations such as holiday providers and with organisations who help in a practical way by also giving the children something to look forward to. We offer telephone support, and have an extensive library of leaflets and books. We would use the money from the Echo’s WISH 2012 Campaign to carry on our programme of events designed to give the children a variety of treats/days out/ Christmas party throughout the year. These treats are obviously meant to provide a lot of fun but are also a welcome distraction from the many hospital visits that the children have to make. Also during this time, the children and their families are under enormous emotional strain and to spend some time away from the hospital alongside people who are going through similar treatments, helps as they do not have to explain themselves. We collected 101912 tokens We will receive £974.04

3 Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice Carol Kirkham Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice is a very special charity. We provide 24 hour one-to-one care to infants from birth to 5 years who suffer with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Our hospices provide vital support to families who would otherwise struggle with their 24/7 care responsibilities, often with nowhere else to turn. Our facilities are designed to provide a ‘home from home’ for our special babies and through the use of multi-sensory environments and learning through play, our nursing staff can ensure that our special babies live life to the full. We support families through counselling and in coming to terms with their child’s condition, recognising that bereavement begins with the diagnosis of a terminal condition. This care is continued in the event of the loss of a child through extended counselling. At £3,500 per day just to maintain our current level of care we rely upon the ongoing support we receive from the community to continue to develop our services. For more info http://youtu.be/TbARiSKOI8s We have a fantastic opportunity to extend and develop our end-of-life care to respond to the increased demand on this aspect of our services. At present, we provide end-of-life care to children who regularly use our hospice for respite or palliative care. With increased focus and directed funds, we would be able to extend this service so that more families can receive enhanced end-of-life care and support in our ‘home from home’ environment. We collected 88904 tokens We will receive £849.71


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

4 Animals In Need

Caroline Cassidy Animals In Need was formed in 1991 after many years of rescuing and supporting abandoned animals. Our beautiful 5 acre site now has woodland areas and walkways for our dogs. The Sanctuary provides support and care for over 250 dogs, cats, rabbits as well as ex-farm animals. We also provide a wildlife haven for hedgehogs, birds, rabbits, toads etc. We are heavily involved with neutering feral cats and rehabilitating the kittens and our dog outwork is cutting edge. We neuter, vaccinate and microchip all our animals before re-homing. We have a strict non-destruction policy. All donations we receive are used for the direct benefit of the animals. We have 10 full-time dedicated staff that each work over 50 hours a week, much of this is voluntary. The trustees (all unpaid) work tirelessly at fundraising and running the Sanctuary. We wish to update facilities on site and create a special care unit which will enable us to provide onsite veterinary care not only to our Sanctuary animals, but also to assist vulnerable people with vulnerable animals here in Merseyside. Donations of food and lowercost veterinary treatment can make a big difference and help reduce the huge strain that we experience every day of the year by lowering the number of animals having to be admitted into our Sanctuary. Neutering also plays a big part in our animal welfare work by stopping unwanted litters from being born. We have come to the aid many times to help Echo readers with their pets and know that they will do the same for us. We collected 72512 tokens We will receive £693.04

5 Mersey Stars Morris Dancers

Janet Miello Mersey Stars was formed by a group of mums from the Dingle area of South Liverpool. We are a group of girls ranging in age from 4 to 34. We practise at the Florrie on a Tuesday evening and enter into competition every Sunday during the dancing season. This usually runs from March to September. We are about to go to our Yearly Championships which will take place in Pwhelli. We are looking for new recruits at the moment and we target anyone over the age of 2, regardless of age or gender. If we are accepted into the Echo Wish, we will be able to carry on dancing next season. The money will be spent on materials for dresses for new girls and also the cost of dressmaking. We are also in need of a new music system which is vital for practice. Transport is so expensive so most of the money will go towards subsidising the bus each week. We collected 63113 tokens We will receive £603.21

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6 St. Teresa’s Majorettes

Mrs Kathey Jones We have been formed since 1982 and we have grown in numbers since that time, our aim is to give the girls and supporters something different to look forward to each week. In the dance season we visit various places for competitions, from Yorkshire to as far as Holyhead. It teaches the girls discipline, respect and cameraderie. The girls are aged from 3yrs up to open age, our oldest dancer is 30 years old. Boys are not excluded but at present we do not have any male dancers. Our supporters and helpers are the backbone of our troupes. We are going to Pontins this year for the championships, but it has been very hard raising the money. We celebrate 30 years this month (September) and we intend to make it a special time for the children. WISH 2012 donations will help this to happen. We collected 49175 tokens We will receive £470.00

7 City of Liverpool Sea Cadets

Mrs Carol Pagett City of Liverpool Sea Cadets provides an organisation based on the traditions of the Royal Navy, where young people aged 10 to 18 from all areas of Liverpool, irrespective of race, sex or ability, can readily identify themselves, develop the qualities of self-discipline, leadership and hold a sense of responsibility to the community. We offer fun activities four nights a week and at weekends and with additional activities during the school holidays we are able to educate the cadets into becoming better citizens. We are looking for funding to help with the upkeep of the boats and kayaks, to help get ready for the 2013 boating season. We collected 48938 tokens We will receive £467.73

8 Vogue Mums’ Committee

Louise Abbott We are a group of mums who meet monthly to discuss ways of raising funds to help meet the needs of our childrens’ dance interest. We are a non-profit volunteering group. Knowing how hardworking and appreciative the children are gives us the drive to support and do all we can for them. We hold bingo evenings, spot the ball and we’re also holding our first psychic evening for which all the proceeds will go back into the pot for the children. Our biggest aim now is getting the children to London as they are through to the live audience of “Got to Dance”. The groups intends to spend the money on entering the dancers into competitions and providing transport for these events. We collected 46988 tokens We will receive £449.09

9 HPL Gymnastics

Emma Simpson HPL Gymnastics are a non profit making group, teaching children recreational gymnastics. We teach boys and girls aged from 4 to 18, and never turn anyone away! We specialise in display gymnastics, and 2012 has been a great year for us with performances at the Aintree Grand National, the Echo Arena, and several Olympic-themed events around Liverpool. Thanks to the Olympics, we have had a rise in the number of gymnasts attending sessions. We just need more and better equipment to help us teach them. We are currently trying to improve the club’s facilities so we can accommodate more gymnasts and enable them to learn more skills, whilst also making the sessions fun! We collected 44789 tokens We will receive £428.08

10 Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre

Fiona MacFarlane We help abandoned, unwanted and abused animals throughout Sefton and Liverpool. We are an independent charity with a strict non-euthanasia policy. We re-home whenever possible but also offer a sanctuary for animals and birds. We will use any WISH 2012 money donated towards promoting dog microchipping and neutering. We collected 43094 tokens We will receive £411.88


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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Every token counts 1128 (Crosby) Squadron Air Training Corps

Flt Lt Dave Cross RAFVR(T) Both girls and boys aged between 13-17 years of age can join our group and then stay until they are 20 years of age. Cadets undertake a wide variety of activities including flying, gliding, shooting, DofE, camping, BTecs, visit RAF Stations, community & charity work. All cadets are issued with a uniform free of charge. Some Cadets may even manage to get their pilots licence before they are able to drive a car!! Our Cadets are very friendly and welcoming and committed in what they do. Any funding received from the Wish campaign will go towards further training and development for the Cadets.

We collected 10932 tokens We will receive £104.48

12th Fairfield Scout Group

Helen Hannigan The 12th Fairfield has been running in Tuebrook for over 80 years. We help the Scouts, ranging in age from 6 years to 18 years, to improve their social and leadership skills, teamwork ability and confidence. Scouting helps them build good relationships and lasting friendships. We encourage them to become good citizens within their community and the wider world. Scouts are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities. Participation rather than meeting set standards is the approach taken. We provide opportunities for them to explore their own values and personal attitudes. We are in the process of replacing old tents and equipment so any money collected through WISH 2012 will go towards this cause.

We collected 8088 tokens We will receive £77.30

17th Fairfield Scout Group

Daniel Sedgwick We target Beaver Scouts usually aged between 6-8 years. They will belong to the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family. Young people can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday. They then get the opportunity to move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, between seven years and six months and eight years six months. There are loads of fun things that you can do as a Cub Scout. You will get a chance to try lots of different activities like swimming, music, exploring, computing and collecting. If you do them well you are rewarded with a badge which you can wear on your uniform. We intend to raise funds to help with the upkeep and general maintenance of our building. The next age group is cubs. Cub Scouts also get to go on trips and days out, to places like the zoo, theme parks or a farm. Sometimes you will be able to go camping with the rest of your Pack. This will

camping, holiday, outdoor experiences allowing them to build in confidence. We are continually fundraising to keep costs of the events to a minimum and so all the girls feel they have the opportunity to attend. We also encourage the girls to think of others and to work as a team recognising everyones ability.

We collected 4188 tokens We will receive £40.03

23rd Wallasey Brownies

Kate Long We meet weekly for girls aged 7-11 years in a girl only environment. We take girls of all backgrounds, abilities and nationalities. They participate in a wide range of activities, including day trips and holidays. We’re looking for support from WISH 2012 to help fund a trip to France for some of the girls.

We collected 2320 tokens We will receive £22.17

26th Picton Scout Group Roger Collett The 26th Picton Scout Group is celebrating its centenary this year. We have enjoyed supporting the youth in the local community during this time. We would use any funds raised from the Wish campaign to help towards building repairs. We collected 14356 tokens We will receive £137.21

298th St Margaret Mary’s Guides

Mrs T Wilson Guide Leader Guides enjoy themselves! They take part in indoor and outdoor activities that challenge them to do their best. Their meetings are action-packed and full of challenges, games and activities.We also provide opportunities for Guides to take part in special activities and events, fun days, camps and holidays. Guides can develop skills and participate in community projects. We ‘WISH’ to subsidise our annual weekend adventure holiday.

We collected 6068 tokens We will receive £58.00

2nd Bootle Scout Group

Peter Duffy We provide a safe educational environment for children aged 6-14 years which helps to develop and improve their key skills including social skills, teamwork ability, leadership ability and confidence. This is achieved through a balanced programme of activities, events and experiences, based around subject areas known as Programme Zones. There are a huge number of badges available to young people across all sections of Scouting. Some of these might be to reward proficiency or endeavour in a certain skill area, while others might be for time spent in the movement, for becoming a member of the next section, or for taking part in particular challenges or expeditions.

Special Olympics Team 2nd Fairfield Scout Group

Chris Fearon Our Scout group is for kids from the age of 6 up to 16. We always try to take the kids camping and encourage participating in other outdoor activities. In the last year we have lost our hall and had to move location into a small church hall. We also need new equipment and tents so we can take the kids away, we hope that the money from the Wish campaign can help towards this.

We collected 9992 tokens We will receive £95.50

30th Crosby and District Scout Group

Valerie Curtis Our group is for young people from the age of 5 right up to 16 plus. We hold groups for Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides and Scouts. These children get to join in with activities that the Leaders provide for them and get to go on trips and go to camps. They learn to socialise, make friends, learn to care for themselves at camps, learn life skills, learn how to do craft activities and also earn badges that give them a greater outlook of the world around them and their own communities. The children take part in activities that support the local community. We hope to use WISH 2012 funds to repair our scout hut and a ramp for the entrance and new fire doors and a ramp from the fire exit.

We collected 7092 tokens We will receive £67.78

3rd Bootle Altside

Ron Cantillon Our group provides a range of activities for young people aged 6 to 14. The group consists of 3 sections, Beavers (6-8) Cubs (8-10.5) and Scouts (10.5-14). The base is situated in an area of social and economic deprivation and so struggles to raise funds. We would like to spend WISH 2012 funds on providing new equipment for the group.

We collected 13626 tokens We will receive £130.23

4 the Kids and Parents

Caroline Berryman 4 the Kids and Parents helps local children and parents by taking them on days out as there are lots of families in our area who cannot afford to take their children out and about during the school holidays. We hope for money from WISH 2012 to go towards the cost of coaches and fees to pay for days out.

We collected 21536 tokens We will receive £205.83

65th Liverpool Boys Brigade

Allerton in Bloom mean you sleeping in a tent and doing loads of outdoor activities.

We collected 14644 tokens We will receive £139.96

190th Liverpool Guides

Hazel Dickinson We are a voluntary organisation aimed at girl guide group age 10-15. We also have senior section members 15-25yrs. All the leaders volunteer and offer a girl only space allowing them to learn many skills such as leadership, friendship, volunteering to help others in the community, community projects. We try to offer the girls opportunities such as

Our catchment area includes Litherland & Bootle, both of which have very high areas of social and economic deprivation. All of our leaders are volunteers, who devote a huge amount of time. Depending on the amount we gain from WISH 2012 we hope to help parents buy scouting uniform by way of a loan, purchase small play equipment, upgrade camping equipment, take the children on a day trip and help towards childrens’ insurance costs (last year was £33 per head)

We collected 16280 tokens We will receive £155.60

Anthony Frame We are a small group catering for boys aged 5 to 11. We aim to teach them art, crafts, games, Bible stories and we also have day trips. We hope WISH 2012 can help to fund more equipment for us.

We collected 11778 tokens We will receive £112.57

6th Wallasey Rainbows

Elaine Ball Rainbows is a group run by Girl Guiding UK and targets 5 - 7 year old girls in local communities. During our meetings we do crafts, games and also gain badges for work that is completed. We enjoy doing lots of extra activities such as days out to theme parks and the church annual Rose Queen event held in July. We will this year buy a new flag for our Rainbow Group as our flag is now broken. We will also use the WISH 2012 money to take

the girls on an overnight sleep over, which will be exciting for the girls as they have never done this before and our Unit Leader Elaine will gain her licence to make future events like this happen.

We collected 27268 tokens We will receive £260.62

7 Waves Community Radio

Pauline Murphy 7 waves is a community radio station giving opportunities and training for people wishing to gain experience in the radio or media sector. It is an innovative project and we are lucky to have a good base with studio equipment available for local bands. We have had a number of success stories based on the experience previous members have gained while at 7 waves. We depend on sponsorship, advertisements and donations.

We collected 2328 tokens We will receive £22.25

7th Fairfield (St Cuthbert’s) Scout Group

Angela Pender We are a small, but very affective group. We have a diverse mix of young people who are vulnerable, disabled or have a social/educational need. A very small minority are full paying members with no additional needs. We try to take them on 3 residential outdoor camps and in winter an indoor camp, plus day trips to various other communities across Merseyside. This helps them to engage in partnership and participation of the activities on offer. We are hoping WISH 2012 can help us as we have a trailer that needs repairs at £1,600. We have leaders and new young people who need uniforms. We would also like to attend a world jamboree camp in 2013 cost @ £280 per person.

We collected 2708 tokens We will receive £25.88

8th Crosby Scouts

Lynne Cook The 8th Crosby Scouts caters for children between the ages of 6-15. We learn and experience new things together and enjoy helping in the community and outdoor activities. We also take the children camping and on adventure days out. We hope that WISH 2012 can help us to update camping equipment or some refurbishment.

We collected 3276 tokens We will receive £31.31

Activity Aces

Elaine Parr The group is compiled of children who attend Kirkby C of E School. This includes year one up to year six. We also have support from parents and teachers who volunteer to help us. Although this is an after school activity, the reception and nursery children also utilise the garden area, although not as an after school group. The children get to grow fruit, vegetables and flowers. The children are then able to harvest the products with some being used in cooking classes at the school. With your support we would be able to purchase a polycarbonate greenhouse which would allow us to grow plants throughout the whole year. We would love to extend our Green fingers gardening club by buying a polycarbonate greenhouse, a storage shed, some gardening tools and plants and trees.

We collected 27340 tokens We will receive £261.31


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Every token counts Allerton in Bloom

Margaret Spencer Allerton in Bloom are a local voluntary group trying to make the main shopping area a more attractive place for everyone to enjoy. Since 2008 we have raised enough money to purchase over 50 large flower planters which are on Allerton Road, Rose Lane and in Allerton library grounds. These are looked after by ourselves and the plants are changed with the seasons to keep them fresh and bright. We have also planted 2 shrub beds in the grounds of Allerton library bringing more colour to the garden, and we look after a flower bed at the entrance to the library. We also have our own penguin standing proudly on the lawn which we designed and help paint! To cover our costs we organise a different fundraiser every other month, one of which is a garden fete every July on Allerton library lawn, and have included a scarecrow competition one year, and a teddy bears’ parade at another, to try to involve local children’s groups. We have a wonderful band of ladies who make cakes for our coffee mornings, and our homemade cake stall is always a sellout! Allerton in Bloom - cultivating community spirit! We hope to use WISH 2012 money to buy new plants and shrubs and maybe a couple of new flower planters.

We collected 2624 tokens We will receive £25.08

Ambitions School of Dance

Letitia Kehoe Ambitions is a not for profit community dance school based in Gateacre. We give children from the Gateacre and the surrounding areas of Lee Valley, Netherley and Belle Vale the opportunity to take part in shows, competitions and exams on a regular basis. This being said, Ambitions’ motto is ‘Never Pushy, always fun, we dance to the beat of our own drum!’ We hope WISH 2012 can help assist with increasing ticket prices and entry fees into competitions.

We collected 960 tokens We will receive £9.18

Another Chance To Care

Christine Pugh M.B.E. JP. We are a small charity dependent on donations to make a difference to the lives of children in care. It was set up and is run by foster carers to include families and children in social activities that they may never have had the chance to experience before being brought into care. We hope WISH 2012 can help us to take the children in care to see the Blackpool Lights or to a pantomime at Christmas.

We collected 3248 tokens We will receive £31.04

Anthony Walker Foundation

Linda Critchley The mission of the Foundation is to promote equality and diversity through education, sport and arts events and to support law enforcement agencies and local communities to reduce hate crime and build safe cohesive communities. We work with local schools and youth clubs to encourage and educate youngsters to make the right choices for themselves, and contribute to community cohesion through active citizenship, reduce instances of bullying, anti social behaviour and hate crime. The Foundation provides outreach support to individuals and families who have experienced, or are experiencing, hate-crime. WISH 2012 donations are intended to support our new Primary School Education Package. This package is designed to encourage and educate youngsters to make the right choices for themselves, and contribute to community cohesion through active citizenship, reduced instances of bullying, anti social behaviour and hate crime.

We collected 3428 tokens We will receive £32.76

Archdiocese of Liverpool Youth Pilgrimage Sefton Coach

Dennis Jones MORE than 500 teenagers from Merseyside travelled to Lourdes as part of the annual youth pilgrimage organised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool. The young pilgrims journeyed via Dover in a 10-coach cavalcade which took around 26 hours to reach its destination. Once in Lourdes the teenagers spent a week rising at 4.30am to work in the hospital while others pushed the sick and disabled in wheelchairs to the different places of devotion and to Mass. More than 1,300 pilgrims made the journey to Lourdes this year as part of the 82nd annual Liverpool Archdiocesan pilgrimage. This year, we want to focus our fundraising efforts on paying

for a sick pilgrim to travel to Lourdes with the Archdiocese next summer. It costs approximately £800 for each sick pilgrim to come to Lourdes. It is the Sefton Coach’s aim to pay for at least one sick pilgrim in 2013.

We collected 10000 tokens We will receive £95.58

Arriva Premiere Morris Dancers

B Largue Our group aims to keep children off the streets and give them a healthy hobby. Morris dancing keeps the children fit and gives them a chance to belong to a team, show respect and receive respect, to develop their own self worth and to achieve. No child is ever refused a chance in our troupe. We hope to raise money towards transport costs to and from venues and to keep the troupe going.

We collected 10270 tokens We will receive £98.16

Birkenhead Priory Parish Friendship Group

Mrs. Chris Earnshaw Birkenhead Priory Parish Friendship Group is open to anyone but mainly comprises elderly people from Christ the King Church and the local community. Run by volunteers, we meet twice a month for a time of fun and fellowship together. Activities include speakers, quizzes, bingo or games, followed by a cuppa and home-made cake and plenty of time to chat. The aim of the group is to bring together people who may otherwise be lonely so that they have company and an afternoon to remember. With a share of the Echo Wish Fund we would love to take the people on an outing.

We collected 2764 tokens We will receive £26.42

Bob Paisley Court Residents Social

Linda Dennigan We are a small sheltered housing scheme for the elderly run by Anchor trust, a charitable not for profit organisation. Our group is a social one run by the tenants and for the tenants with the aim of providing occasions and events within the scheme in an effort to encourage friendship and reduce isolation or loneliness. We would like a TV for our communal lounge so that we can enjoy regular film nights together rather than spending the winter evenings alone in our flats.

We collected 9692 tokens We will receive £92.63

Bootle Open Air Theatre (BOAT)

Paul Shaw BOAT is a charitable company set up with a view to introducing theatre into South Sefton for people of all ages to participate in. We feel there is a need for this type of service within the community as at present people have to travel to Liverpool and Southport to be entertained. We are a theatre company consisting of 6 qualified local actors who have performed on stage in Liverpool and Sefton, plus 2 young amateur actors from the community. BOAT feels learning through theatre helps people understand issues and raises awareness of everyday events that affect our lives. It also helps teach people participation skills, team building and confidence and awareness of their environment. It builds togetherness between the younger and older people in the community. Hopefully we will raise enough money through WISH to be able to register a domain name and design a website.

We collected 8652 tokens We will receive £82.69

Bradbury Fields

Amanda Davidson Bradbury Fields is a charity which provides services to blind or partially sighted people who live in Liverpool. The services range from providing rehabilitation services, to specialist equipment and mobility training. We also run several clubs: A day time club, sporting clubs including, swimming, tandem cycling, walking, keep fit and climbing group. We also run art and music clubs for visually impaired people. This year we would use the WISH 2012 money towards our childrens’ climbing group, who this year have participated in the British Para Climbing Championships, where they achieved 11 medals. Two of the group will be competing at the World Para Climbing Championships in Paris this September. We would use any funds raised towards enabling more visually impaired children to have the same opportunities. Our club members have grown in confidence and several now want to be ambassordors for disabled sports.

We collected 6116 tokens We will receive £58.45

Allerton in Bloom Breathe Easy Liverpool South

Brenda Winslade Breathe Easy Liverpool South is a support group for people with a lung condition. We are a self help support group and share information, support and friendship. We enjoy social events days and meals when we can. We meet once a month, usually the last Monday of the month at the “Lloyds Room” Bridge Chapel, Heath Road, Liverpool, L19 4XR. at 1.30 pm. We have a speaker either medical or someone light hearted to entertain us. We also hold a quiz for fun. Most importantly we can chat to one another in confidence, when sometimes nobody else understands what you are going through with breathing problems. We try to reach out to the South Liverpool Community. Everyone is welcome to join our friendly group whether they are a patient, carer or a family member. We would spend the money to help with our running costs, as we have no steady form of income from fundraising. Some of the Breathe Easy Group members are housebound due to serious illness and find life difficult to cope with at home. They thoroughly enjoy an organised coach trip, for the relaxation and company. It lifts their spirits, makes them smile and they try to forget their health problems just for a day eg. a barge trip where they can see the beautiful countryside and enjoy the fresh air without walking. A breathing problem is so debilitating and restricts normal everyday life. We don’t know what the future holds for our members as we have lost some lovely people due to illness and to give our existing members the chance of happiness and something to look foward to would be brilliant.

We collected 14044 tokens We will receive £134.23

British Red Cross Merseyside

Alexis Fairclough The British Red Cross in Merseyside deliver emergency, medical, practical and emotional care for people in their own homes and in local communities in Merseyside. We have 900+ dedicated volunteers in Merseyside, who give their time to help those caught up in emergencies and personal crisis. We train people in life-saving skills, so they can respond to emergencies in their communities. We help people cope after a fire or emergency, providing practical help, advice and comfort. We provide short-term loans of medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, for people with a disability or illness. We encourage young people to become more active in their communities by teaching them about humanitarian values and citizenship. We also provide first aid cover at public events that have included the Sea Odyssey and Liverpool Marathon. We would like to reach more vulnerable groups of people and teach them life saving first aid. We currently have a project working with homeless people across Liverpool and would like to expand on helping this vulnerable group. We would also be using the money to buy vital equipment to help keep our FESS - Fire and Emergency Support vehicle operating which is based at Bootle Fire and Rescue HQ and is called out regularly to assist families during domestic fires across Merseyside.

We collected 6664 tokens We will receive £63.69

Castle Kids Fun Club

Nikki Kneale We are a community youth group led by parent volunteers, providing a much needed youth club for

the children of Castlefields and surrounding areas in Runcorn. Our service is targeted towards families; mainly those with primary school aged children as there is a real shortage of activities for this age group in our area. We offer the children a safe place to socialise in a relaxed environment with various art and play resources which they are free to choose from. We would like to use WISH 2012 money to update our youth club equipment; buy some more games, play resources and art/craft materials. If we have money left over we would put this towards either a Christmas party or taking the children to see the Cinderella panto at the Empire.

We collected 3972 tokens We will receive £37.96

Cecil Mews Project

Irene Humphreys/Audry Roberts Cecil Mews has turned a dirty, grubby back alleyway into an oasis of flowers, trees, cover areas and places for residents to sit whatever the weather. We have been going since 2006 and have won several wards from RHS Britain in Bloom North West. We were featured in the Echo previously which brought a huge response, plus we’ve appeared on the TV several times including BBC The One Show, Granada Reports and BBC Northwest. We get lots of people from outside the area as well as local people calling round to come in and see the alleyway. We are looking to raise money for the ongoing maintenance of flower containers in Cecil Mews which is roughly 130 hanging baskets, 20 baths, one complete toilet system, several tubs and wall features, renewing shrubs. Some flowers and trees have either died or have been damaged by recent weather and as the back alleyway is at least 120ft long it needs a lot of care and attention.

We collected 18088 tokens We will receive £172.88

Childrens Heart Association

Val Frew We are a North West Support group for families who have had a child with a heart condition. We have no paid workers, rely on fundraising done by ourselves, volunteers and the public, we provide support and days out for families to live as normal a life as possible. We meet each month at Ronald McDonald house to support families. We arrange fundraising events for days out for the families giving them the chance to meet other people in similar situations. We also provide some equipment for our local hospitals including Alder Hey and Manchester Children’s Hospital. We have no paid workers, we are friends and family of children with heart conditions. Most people think of older people when thinking of heart conditions but we know there are many children with them. Public support would be very welcome. Depending how much we raise I would love to be able to take the children and families to Alton Towers in 2013 and stay for 1 night. We went this year and the response was fantastic. It gave the families the opportunity to meet one another and share experiences and for the children to meet other children with heart conditions showing that they are not alone.

We collected 6504 tokens We will receive £62.16

Christ Church Youth & Community Centre

Jenny Harden We are a youth and community centre in Bootle, Merseyside. We run lots of different activities


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Every token counts and provide support for people within our local community. We offer the following; mums and tots group, OFSTED registered After School Club, Youth groups, accredited awards including Duke of Edinburgh and ASDAN, community project for all ages which includes; lunches, quizzes and adult learning. We also provide a food bank, group for young people with disabilities, holiday time club and volunteer opportunities. We would spend any WISH 2012 money on resources and activities for all members of the community who access the centre whose ages range from 0-100.

We collected 15192 tokens We will receive £145.20

Christ the King PFA

Sarah Phelan Christ the King PFA is a school parent and friends group. We help to raise money to enhance the facilities within the school learning environment to improve the children’s overall learning experience. We are desperate to raise enough money to develop the playground for the children at Christ the King School.

We collected 21970 tokens We will receive £209.98

Claire House Helen Carlson, Tony Langan

Claire House Children’s Hospice provides respite, palliative and end of life care for children and young people who suffer from life limiting and life shortening conditions. All the care and support services we provide are totally free of charge to the children and their families. We currently care for around 160 children and young people from across Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man. Claire House is a vibrant and positive place offering the highest quality of care. Our dedicated, specialist Care Team includes physiotherapists, paediatric nurses, play therapists, a counsellor, a social worker, and a music therapist. In addition we offer a Hospice to Home service which allows children and young people to receive care within their own homes, if they choose to. We also support the families, including siblings, for as long as they need us. Claire House needs to raise £2.5m each year to continue to provide this vital service.

We collected 16328 tokens We will receive £156.06

Daisy Inclusive UK

Dave Kelly Daisy Inclusive UK is a charity that works with disabled and non-disabled people and their families. Our vision is the inclusion of all disabled people to reach their true potential by breaking down barriers within society. We are ‘a can do charity that does’ using an ethos of ‘make them laugh and they listen,

Bradbury Fields make them listen and they learn’. We hope to buy specially adapted sports equipment for our inclusive sports clubs.

We collected 6000 tokens We will receive £57.35

Derby Saints FC

Greg We are a voluntary family run football club with a little over 40 children attending each week. We train under 11s on Tuesdays, under 10s on Wednesdays, under 8s and 7s on Thurdays, each session lasting 1 and half hours. In addition we play matches each

Sunday in the Edge Hill league L7. We give up all our spare time into the running of this club as we thoroughly enjoy putting something into the community and if we can help keep kids off the streets and active and healthy in a sport that they love then we are very happy. We would like to use WISH 2012 money towards training materials, and to hire the indoor sports hall during the winter season.

We collected 17072 tokens We will receive £163.17

Disability & Inclusion Project

Lou Dukalski We work with disabled young people aged 11 - 25 across Liverpool to provide inclusive play and youth opportunities for disabled young people. We offer SPLICE Projects, which run in 4 youth centres across the city. The SPLICE Clubs support disabled young people to access local youth clubs and take part in activities. We also run the DAC Project, which is a forum for disabled young people to support, advise and look at issues, which young people face on the transition into adulthood. Friendship Groups take place during school holidays offering young people the opportunity to access activities in the community and build new friendships. A Fitness Project is available during school holidays for young people to use the gym facilities at the Door, this has helped some of our young people with their confidence issues and developing a healthy lifestyle.

We collected 2875 tokens We will receive £27.48

E.S.P (Extra Special People) Helen

Wheelhouse I have a son Matthew who is 6 years old and suffers from Autism, Asberges Syndrome and Sensory Disorder Syndrome. When Matthew was diagnosed with these conditions I felt like my whole world had caved in around me. I felt very alone, isolated and scared for our family’s future. I was lucky enough to be put in touch with similar families in the Halewood area and got so much support, friendship and advice from them that I decided to start my own support group here in Kirkby as there was nothing within the area and I didn’t want any other parent to feel the way I did. Our group is small but “familylike” and everyone longs for our fortnightly sessions. We laugh, cry, scream you name it but the difference is we do it and go through it together. No one feels alone anymore. Through the Wish campaign I would love to raise enough funds to enable me to take our little group on a special Christmas day out they will never forget!

We collected 11904 tokens We will receive £113.77

Everton in the Community

Carena Duffy We provide routes into education, training and employment, steering young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour and engaging children and adults, regardless of ability, in physical activity. In addition to helping individuals, Everton in the Community helps other charitable groups improve the lives of local people. Programmes include; education, training and employment schemes, health and fitness programmes at Goodison Park Stadium, multi-sports activities promoting fundamental skill development, holiday sports camps and after-school sports clubs, targeted mental health activities in partnership with local mental health services, equality and diversity schemes to celebrate the regions cultural and social heritage, specialist disability activities providing participation and competitive opportunities to all ages, abilities and impairment groups, social inclusion engaging young people at risk of crime or anti-social behaviour, targeted fundraising with regional and global activities, match-day events and match-day birthday packages, academic research to disseminate the impact of our community projects. We also offer volunteering opportunities throughout the football club and community scheme.

We collected 1668 tokens We will receive £15.94

Everton Park Gymnastics club

Nicki Bruns Everton Park Gym Club is a recreational club that accepts all children of any age to participate in gymnastics. The aims of our club are for children to have fun and enjoyment, to improve their gymnastic skills at their own pace, to provide a safe and secure club where young people can develop sportingly but also as a young person in the local community. We also provide our gymnasts with opportunities to become qualified coaches and develop their leadership skills. We hope WISH 2012 can help to

fund young adults in gain coaching qualifications, and to provide gymnasts with the equipment they need to train on that we currently don’t have.

We collected 35320 tokens We will receive £337.57

F.O.S.P.A (Friends of St Philomenas Association) Julie Rose

F.O.S.P.A formed just over 12 months ago, we are a group of parents & teachers from Our lady’s & St Philomenas Catholic Primary School. Initially our aim is raise money for the children of the school and provide them with a active, fun enviroment in the playgrounds keeping in line with the healthy schools policy. As funding is so low at the minute we would also love to raise enough to help in other areas. We are hoping for WISH 2012 money to help us to improve the playgrounds in our school for the children, our aim is to provide the children with outdoor play equipment & sheltered seating areas.

We collected 30124 tokens We will receive £287.91

Fairfield Area Over 60’s Club

William Mills We have been established for sixteen years now, we meet every Thursday evening, we have a game of bingo, play your cards right, music and dancing. We also have at least two holidays per year, a Turkey & Tinsel, a Spring holiday and day trips to various destinations of interest. The club membership is limited to fifty five members which is enough to fill a coach on holidays. We also run a Christmas party for our members and we have various nights when we have special nights such as Easter bonnets and other themes. The membership elects their officers and committee at the AGM whis is held every year in February. We hope that WISH 2012 money will further our aims of holidays, day trips and weekends away for our members.

We collected 5124 tokens We will receive £48.97

Fazakerley High School World Challenge

Ruairi Carr Our group is made up of 15 - 19 year olds who are trying to fundraise £1,500 each to travel to Morocco to help out in orphanages. This will be a life changing experience that these pupils will never get to do again. The money from the Wish campaign will help towards pupil’s own fundraising to help support socially deprived children in Morocco.

We collected 18396 tokens We will receive £175.82

Federation of Lydiate Bowling Clubs

Anthony Devine Our Federation consists of five crown green bowling clubs with members from Sefton, Liverpool and parts of West Lancs, but the greens are also available to the public. Our aims are to encourage more active and therefore healthier communities, to provide leisure facilities and to make available and promote comradeship within the community. One way of doing this is to encourage more people to play bowls. It has been proven by Sports England that the lack of facilities is one of the biggest deterrents to participation across all sports. The Federation has no barriers in terms of promoting the facilities, providing the coaching and welcoming new entrants. As well as catering for the growing over-65 population, the Federation runs ‘Taster Days’ by liaising with local schools. There are also school competitions in which one of the prizes is bowls coaching sessions. We hope to raise money for rain shelters at our bowling greens to protect spectators and participants from inclement weather. We have excellent greens, but we are the only ones in the area without such shelters. A recently commissioned survey showed that this is one of the main reasons why more people are not attracted to the greens.

We collected 12772 tokens We will receive £122.07

Friday Club

Yasmin Birch The Friday Club has been running since October 2008. It has been a great success and the number of children has risen through word of mouth and is on average 20 children a week. Friday Club accommodates children between the ages of 6-11 and with the newly opened Senior Friday Club, children aged 11+ are now welcome. Our leaders promote social interaction through games and craft. The children’s preferred games include football, bench ball and tag. They also enjoy playing table tennis and snooker. As well as physical games we also provide chilled out games in the form of board games and our favourite Empires game! Even though the club is structured we allow the

children the opportunity to choose what they would like to do. Friday Club would like to make Friday nights even better for our children. We would like to invest in more games equipment and table top activities for the children to use. The Friday Club would also like to give something back to the children this year after all of the support we have received. Our aim would be to take children out on a variety of trips this year.

We collected 19456 tokens We will receive £185.95

Friends of Beechley Stables

Pauline Edge Friends of Beechley Stables provides funds to support Riding for the Disabled at Beechley Stables. Riding improves health and well being, develops core muscles, improves balance and gives our riders much improved confidence whilst providing a very enjoyable social outlet. Some of our riders achieve a standard where they can compete in regional and national RDA shows with great success. We provide the transport and funds to compete in these as well as providing specialist equipment in the stables, plus purchasing horses. Friends of Beechley Stables (FOBS) are volunteers who help out at the stables and have fund raising events. We enjoy it as much as our riders. We also hold in-house fun days for our riders and host the Merseyside Challenge Funday each year where all the Merseyside RDA groups compete against each other for the Challenge Trophy.

We collected 10452 tokens We will receive £99.90

Friends of Christ the King

Tracy MacDonald We are a group consisting of parents, staff, pupils and the community who got together after the threatened closure of the only secondary school in North Huyton. We want to promote and assist in providing community cohesion and increase the school usage, as we feel that CTK has the provision to provide the local community with an excellent education and facilities. We hope to help promote this alongside providing funding to a school based in a poor area. We hope to increase school usage by providing after school activities such as cinema clubs and book club where the youth, disabled and elderly can join together and encourage and learn together.

We collected 2752 tokens We will receive £26.30

Friends of Court Hey Park

Rita Walker The Friends of Court Hey Park were formed in 1995 and are a close community group of local residents whose sole aim is to promote, conserve and help develop this beautiful park on the border of Liverpool and Knowsley. We are always working to encourage more people to visit and enjoy the park and to raise awareness of the park’s heritage and health value. The Friends are also responsible for the Gladstone Roots Project, a community led archaeology exploration of a Victorian mansion house. We have also printed two books - A History of Court Hey Park, by George Peet and A Mansion in the Park, about the Gladstone family and their servants 1836 - 1919 by Dave Roberts. We would use the money from the Wish campaign to help to provide much needed community events in the park. Events which are fun, educational and which benefit the local community from a physical and mental health perspective

We collected 2364 tokens We will receive £22.59

Friends of Croxteth Hall & Country Park The Chair The beautiful Croxteth Hall once home to the Earl of Sefton was bequeathed to the City of Liverpool. The hall, park and walled garden are here to be enjoyed by visitors and as ‘Friends’ we raise funds to purchase items that will add to and enhance the visitor experience and enjoyment. We would use the money from WISH to stimulate the public’s interest in the heritage & environment of Croxteth Hall & Country Park by supporting the heritage volunteers and purchasing items such as replica food or lamps.

We collected 2956 tokens We will receive £28.25

Friends of Moorside Park

Louise Hicks The Friends of Moorside Park was established in 2008, we work in partnership with Sefton Council to improve our local park. The group have recently taken over the maintenance of the rose gardens


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within the park. Work involves weeding, planting flowers, litter-picking and painting. This work is carried out by local volunteers who give up their spare time to improve the park for the benefit of others. Following on from the success of this project the Friends Group are keen to develop and improve other areas within the park. Our volunteers are a range of ages (we have had people helping between the ages of 8 -80!). The group organise events in partnership with the Parks and Greenspaces Team such as health events (with basketball, football, go-karts and information stalls), pumpkin carving and Christmas events. These events are free for all. We hope for WISH 2012 money towards development and improvements within the park for the benefit and enjoyment of local people.

Miriam Lunt Our group is in one of the most deprived areas of Liverpool/Sefton. Our Nursery needs a complete refurbishment including our condemned heating system. We cater for children under 5 and their mums and during the school holidays the mums can also bring their older children. We have an outside space which we need to make more secure. Miriam our group leader is well known in Netherton, she was a foster mum for many years. Please help our children. We hope to use WISH 2012 money to refurbish the nursery, and in particular the heating system.

Friends of Shine Theatre School

Halton Ambassadors Majorette Troupe

We collected 19976 tokens We will receive £190.92

Wendy Walters Friends of Shine is a support group for the Shine Theatre School, our group helps by raising funds to open up opportunities to the children involved which may otherwise be unreachable financially. These funds help to pay towards new costumes, transport to dance shows/festivals, equipment for in class etc. Any funds raised through the WISH campaign will help towards the costs of barres and portable dance mirrors to enhance the children’s dance class and learning experience.

We collected 4020 tokens We will receive £38.42

Fun 4 Kidz Debbie Stephens Fun 4 Kidz

provide a range of childcare and play opportunities across Sefton which includes running a community centre in Netherton. At the centre we provide positive activities eg. Junior Youth Club, cooking club and sports club, for children and young people, including disabled children. These activities run afterschool, evenings and weekends and ensure that children are able to learn and develop through play whilst also deterring them from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour and supporting them to respect and value their community. We hope to use any funds raised through Wish to buy a range of equipment and resources for our sensory room so all children and young people aged 0-16 years can benefit from this fantastic facility in the centre of the community.

We collected 13007 tokens We will receive £124.32

Garston Phoenix Majorettes

Sheilla Riella We are a Majorette troop who have been running for over 20 years. We have both male and female members age ranging from 1-40+ years. We have members with and without disabilities and we encourage anyone who wants to join. We compete in competition from April until September but train the whole year through. We try and keep costs as low as possible to give all children a chance without causing a lot of expense to the parents. In order for us to do this we try to do as much fund raising as possible. We are in desperate need for new uniforms and batons. This would help us compete in next years competitions.

We collected 25980 tokens We will receive £248.31

Golden Age Pensioners Club

Mrs Clare Fogg We are a happy and lively club - open to all pensioners. Subscription is 50p per week but may rise in the new year. We meet once a week on a Wednesday afternoon at about 1pm, chatting over a cup of tea or coffee and, of course, biscuits. We have as many outings in the Summer as we can manage with the funds available. We also have a Christmas party in December. We aim to help our pensioners at any time if we can. We will use the fund raised on outings because we may have to drop some this year.

We collected 3000 tokens We will receive £28.67

Green Waste Enterprises

Joseph Bleacher Our not-for-profit organisation, is Green Waste Enterprises “Making Waste Worthwhile”. We are launching a campaign called “It Just Takes Two” to encourage people throughout Sefton to pick up just two pieces of litter a day to keep Sefton clean. We intend to fund our project to go throughout Sefton encouraging young and old to take responsibility for their environment. The campaign is to encourage people to pick up two pieces of litter when visiting public places and put them in recycling bins.

We collected 6312 tokens We will receive £60.33

Guardians & Angels

We collected 19263 tokens We will receive £184.11

Paula Deveney-Swan Our aim is to provide the children with a safe and fun activity at a low cost, allowing children to learn a large range of skills including baton twirling, marching and dance which also helps to promote fitness, self discipline, team work, setting targets and reaching them as well. It also helps to develop social skills and self confidence. Our number one aim is to have fun. We place the children into groups according to school years. We then teach the children routines that will incorporate dance, marching and baton skills. When the children are ready they will be entered into competitions with other troupes, they may be able to do displays. Our membership is open to any person over the age of 5 who shows an interest in joining. Halton Ambassadors supports an equal opportunities policy and everyone will be treated as equals. We wish to purchase batons, training uniforms and competition uniforms for each member of our majorette troupe.

We collected 11844 tokens We will receive £113.20

Handicapped Children Pilgrimage Trust - Group 134

Phil Crawford Each year we arrange several weekends for a group of disabled children who have been referred to us by various agencies, schools or friends of our group. We aim to cater for up to 12 disabled children every year. These are kids who would ordinarily would not get the opportunity due to their family’s financial status. Others are families who deserve a short break from the extra responsibilities due to their child’s condition. We top-off these weekends by offering a free week’s holiday for the disabled children to Lourdes in South of France, where we provide 24/7 care and medical support. We provide all the fundraising and meet all the necessary costs and expenses of our work so the parents and families of the children do not have to. This usually requires we reach a fundraising target of £18,000 per year. We also aim to ensure a large proportion of our volunteers and helpers are made up of young people from the Wirral area with a view to giving them some direction and appreciation of the diversity of Wirral’s society. We hope that WISH 2012 funding will pay for one or more child with disabilities, to go on a once in a lifetime fun filled trip to Lourdes.

We collected 3212 tokens We will receive £30.70

Hebden Area’s Children’s Group

Tina D’Arcy We are a newly established voluntary group in Croxteth. Our aim is to provide activities and safe play for local children. We have been on a trip with a group of children to Alton Towers. Also we have been able to book our local church on Wednesday for arts and crafts, cake decorating, games etc. The children have completed a carwash to raise funds for their group and have posted leaflets in the local area inviting everyone along to our safe play sessions. We do not have an age restriction for these sessions as we try to include as many children as possible. Certain activities do have age restrictions due to rules of trip organisers not the group itself. Where possible there is no charge for activities. We hope that WISH 2012 can support us in providing a day out for the children, help with the costs to book the hall and for materials we use in our sessions e.g. arts and crafts, snacks and training equipment.

We collected 3808 tokens We will receive £36.40

Hollies Road Playgroup

Mrs Sheila Neary Hollies Road Playgroup is a 40 year old community

Halton Ambassadors Majorette Troupe charity. It is OFSTED registered and offers top quality, affordable childcare in Halewood, with exciting activities making learning great fun. Due to cuts we have to find an additional £5500 per year to cover our rent and ensure our survival.

We collected 6568 tokens We will receive £62.77

Holly Road Pensioners Club

Mrs Joan Barwise The Holly Road Pensioners Club meets every Thursday afternoon at Kensington Fields Community Centre. We enjoy games of bingo, raffles and planning coach trips. We welcome new members to meet socially and make lasting friendships. We would use funds raised through the Wish campaign towards the cost of a coach outing for senior citizens.

We collected 4108 tokens We will receive £39.26

Holy Rosary Senior Citizens Club

Mrs Bobbie Jennings The club is a meeting place for all older people of any faith or gender. We enjoy companionship and help where needed over a chat and a cup of tea. We get advice from various visitors and enjoy days out and Christmas parties with monies raised by a weekly raffle, sale of books and a game of bingo. We have a membership of approximately 68 people aged from 60ish to over 90. As many people do not want to go on trips by themselves, the club would like to arrange a day out with lunch for all members to enjoy in the company of friends.

We collected 17028 tokens We will receive £162.75

Holy Trinity Youth Drama

Gillian Jenkins HTYD is a dedicated and talented group of young people who work together each summer to provide a musical production for the local community, as well as putting on events and smaller shows throughout the year. The energy, commitment and sense of belonging ensures that everybody has the opportunity to grow and develop skills they may not have discovered otherwise. We have just finished a production of High School Musical which was a great success. We would really love to buy some new microphones to ensure that the voices of our young people can be heard clearly across the hall.

We collected 5248 tokens We will receive £50.16

Hoylake Model Boat Club

Kenneth Webb We are a small model boat club which has been established for three years. We are a non-profit club but we like to spend the money on refurbishing our lake and giving other children a chance to learn some skills in model making and to mix with all kinds of different people from lots of different backgrounds.

We collected 8512 tokens We will receive £81.35

Immense Arts C.I.C

Lyndsey Hindle We are a performing arts school that delivers classes in dance, drama and singing to children aged 2yrs+. Our aims include providing a friendly and relaxing place where all children are welcome as well as improving confidence and performance skills. We run holiday clubs throughout the year and provide

our students with the opportunity to perform at shows for their family and friends. We would use our Wish money to offer our students new and exciting opportunities to progress in what they love to do. For example many children would like there to be more classes available to them at Immense, however due to the cost of renting space this is not currently possible. This money would give us the opportunity to add more classes to our current timetable and grow as an organisation meaning we can offer increased opportunities and better quality training.

We collected 36176 tokens We will receive £345.76

John Mitchels Gaelic Football

Amanda Treanor The John Mitchels underage Gaelic Football club began 3 years ago, and was originally only a 2 week summer camp for local children wanting to learn a new sport. Such was the interest afterwards, we decided to begin training every week. We now have 5 different age groups ranging from 4-16 years old. We have approx 15 coaches who volunteer their time every week. The teams play in various competitions around the North West. Last year the under 10’s team were selected to play in Ireland in front of 90,000 people.The club is open to boys and girls who want to learn a new sport in a safe and healthy environment. At the minute we have no changing facilities, therefore, the club has to travel to games. With the wish campaign we would love to put the money towards getting changing and toilet facilities and help promote Gaelic Football across Liverpool. We collected 4312 tokens We will receive £41.21

Karmic Angels

Alan Turner Our aim is to advance the education, relieve the sickness and the poverty of persons living in developing countries particularly but not exclusively through the provision of equipment and financial assistance but by any other charitable means that the trustees in their absolute discretion deem fit. We aim to raise funds through the Wish campaign to help purchase a water pump and well for our school build in the Gambia.

We collected 964 tokens We will receive £9.21

Kelton Nursery

Claire Gould We are a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. We provide full day care to children aged 0-5 years within our nursery and 5-11 years in our afterschool/holiday care service. The setting has been established since 1986 and is funded and run by the parents, we therefore do a lot of fundraising throughout the year to purchase new resources for the children. As the building is very old and large it takes a lot of maintaining as does the garden, therefore a lot of our income is spent on maintaining the premises and on staffing costs. One of our wishes would be to purchase one or two multi seat travel carts so we can take our children for walks around the local area safely in a group. Our setting is on a busy road near to Sefton Park so walking the children down the road can be quite risky. By getting a multi-seat travel cart we will be able to take out a larger number of children in one group making it safer for the children and allowing the staff to


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Every token counts concentrate on looking after the children and making sure the area is safe and secure to play in. We would also love to make improvements to our garden area, creating a lovely sensory garden complete with raised flower beds containing flowers and plants that attract birds and insects for smelling and touching, a sensory path to stimulate the senses in the children’s feet, plus bird and bat boxes and water features.

We collected 5706 tokens We will receive £54.54

Knowsley Muay Thai Boxing Club

Jenny Ashton We are a community based gym that has an open door policy to all walks of life. We provide ladies fitness classes, muay thai boxing to all ages and circuit classes for all. We also try to provide extra activities for the children. We would like to buy new equipment for the children and adults who attend our gym.

We collected 34000 tokens We will receive £324.96

the work of Linaker Primary School and Children’s Centre, providing adult education, parenting classes and ESOL lessons free of charge to our community of Southport. We are a small charitable body that relies on donations, grants and paid training courses for professionals to operate. In the last 6 months our flat roof has sustained severe damage from the unseasonably bad weather and vandals jumping on it to gain access to our garden. The damage in one section has been so severe that the ceiling inside has now collapsed leaving our community computer room in an unusable state. We don’t have access to the large amount of money required to fix this so therefore we would spend any Wish money on our roof repairs. It’s estimated to cost £2500, if we can raise just half we will be able to fix and re open our community computer suite!

We collected 596 tokens We will receive £5.70

Little Giggles Community Playgroup

L1 Youth Group

Peter Mclean & Danny Costello Our group is called the L1 youth group. We have a trainer called Danny Costello, who teaches the kids boxing, we aim at the age range from 11-18 years. Our main aim is to keep children off the streets and get them fit and healthy and primarily keep them out of gangs and anti-social behaviour, giving them some structure in these sensitive years. It also teaches them to respect other people as well as themselves. We started in a school playing field but have now moved into our own premises. We open 5 nights a week and have an average 10-15 kids a night from all backgrounds. We have support from our local school, the city council and the local police. We don’t charge the children we just ask for a small donation when and if they can. We feel a lot of children could benefit from the Wish money as we give our time for free and are totally reliant on donations to keep the group going. We feel our area has become a more pleasant place to be and we would like to keep this going for future generations. Gym Equipment e.g. Head Guards, gloves, bags, pool table and rent to secure our unit.

We collected 28320 tokens We will receive £270.67

Leasowe Autumn Club

Tina Amis We run a luncheon club three days a week for the elderly and disabled, some of whom live alone. Therefore this may be the only hot meal of the day that they have. We also have pensioners who

Mrs AnnMarie Burns Our playgroup is around three years old and based at Emmanuel Church, Fazakerley. We hold two sessions a week during school term time for children aged 0-5 years and currently have around 35-50 children visiting us each week. We have various play activities; table top toys and puzzles, role play and dressing up, physical activities such as trikes, slides and story or song times. Every week there is a different craft activity such as painting, sticking or playdough and we provide a drink and healthy snack for children and parents/carers. We hold an annual Christmas party for children to enjoy games and a visit by Father Christmas. When funds allow we organise special events such as puppet shows or day trips to farms. We’re looking for WISH 2012 to help with our running costs (eg rent for the church hall, buying new equipment and food for snack time) and to put on a special event for the children such as a puppet show.

We collected 12324 tokens We will receive £117.79

Liverpool Crossroads Care

Shirley Riley Liverpool Crossroads Care is part of a National Organisation called Carers Trust, a newly formed partnership between Crossroads Care and The Princess Royal Trust. We provide care and support to people of all ages and disabilities within their own homes and in the community. Whilst our trained staff look after their loved one, the carers have some time for themselves - a break. The children

Liverpool Elite

Dave Wishman We run a small non profitable branch of Liverpool Elite Taekwondo from a church hall in Everton. We currently have a membership of 30+ students ranging from 5 upwards, most of who are from the local or surrounding areas. It’s not just somewhere to hang out, it’s a place of learning where the children have a sense of belonging and great support. Although Taekwondo is a full contact martial art requiring strength, technical ability and a positive mental attitude, it’s also about respect, integrity and indomitable spirit which are great attributes to have when starting out in life. The club itself has only been running since November 2010 and some children have already started competing, which has really boosted confidence, and built up a deep bond as a united team. But our biggest achievement to date is taking 7 children aged from 5 – 15 to the British Nationals in September. Seven children competed and we came away with 2 gold and 3 silver medals which is an amazing feat considering the children have only been competing at most for 12 months. We would use any funds raised through WISH to help purchase new, modern equipment to replace the second hand, worn and torn apparatus we are currently using.

We collected 21344 tokens We will receive £204.00

Liverpool Elite Majorettes

Karen Williams We are a voluntary run dance troupe. We have 30 plus dancers from South Liverpool, who train through the winter months and dance out for competition in the summer months. We come from an underprivileged area and we try to raise our own funds. We have been together for many years, giving young people a hobby. We also teach dance coordination skills but need new equipment and uniforms. We hope any money collected as part of WISH 2012 will go towards purchasing new uniforms for our majorette troupe and new batons for our dance competitions.

We collected 10128 tokens We will receive £96.80

Liverpool Empire Youth Ballet

Lauren Taylor Liverpool Empire’s Creative Learning Department run various projects for all communities in Liverpool ranging from show based dance and music workshops, youth theatre and youth dance groups to our Stage Experience Project which has enjoyed huge success and rave reviews from press and audiences alike since it’s inception in 2007. Young people involved in previous Stage Experience projects around the country have gone on to perform in West End Musicals such as Legally Blonde and Mamma Mia. It is just one of the annual projects run by the Liverpool Empire Creative Learning Department. There are a number of ongoing opportunities on offer for groups and individuals of all ages and levels of experience, to work alongside professionals within a professional environment. The Wish Campaign will help us produce a youth ballet production of Peter Pan introducing young people and their friends and family to dance. Entry will be open to everyone between the ages of 11-21 regardless of race, culture, sexual orientation or social or economic background and will also be an opportunity for serious ballet students to get professional experience. The Wish funding will enable us to provide free places to low income families and also tickets for them to attend the performances.

We collected 16542 tokens We will receive £158.10

St Philips Tea Dance live with their families, so for them to attend the luncheon club it gives the family a short period of respite during the day. We aim to take our clients on an annual holiday and to have many varied day trips throughout the year to decrease social isolation and improve mental stimulation and mobility. For this to happen we constantly have to fundraise with raffles, spot the balls and bingo.

We collected 8452 tokens We will receive £80.78

Linaker Links Community Trust

Helen Mahon Linaker Links was opened 18 months ago to extend

we support have various health conditions - many have complex care needs and require specialised 1:1 support. We have taken small groups of children on day outings to various places and also had a couple of residential weekends at an Activity Centre where the children did archery, abseiling, rock climbing, nature trails and other exciting things. We would dearly love to organise another weekend. The WISH 2012 money would be used to take a group of disabled children on a residential weekend full of fun and activities.

We collected 6500 tokens We will receive £62.12

Liverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir

Joyce A Ridpath We are a community choir who are involved in performances of gospel music and singing for a variety of audiences including charity events. We aim to benefit adults from across Merseyside through concerts which include audience participation elements. There is open membership to the choir and we currently have members who are from different parts of Merseyside, including those from diverse backgrounds. The benefits that arise from our choir are: Increased knowledge and appreciation of Gospel music - for both those members of the choir and for members of the public who are attending events. Benefits are increased confidence, team-working and singing skills through the rehearsal and performance of gospel singing at events. Further

benefits include increased health and well-being for members through the opportunity for regular social interaction, through the increased sense of mental and physical well-being that singing can bring. For audiences, through the appreciation and participation of the arts, singing enhances a feeling of well-being. We wish to extend the knowledge and practice of gospel music in order to foster appreciation of gospel music through concerts. For instance, charitable bodies or for such other similar purposes. The WISH 2012 money would enable us to perform more concerts, free of costs for charities such as cancer, hospitals and various fund raising church activities.

We collected 2108 tokens We will receive £20.15

Liverpool Homeless Football Club

John Finnigan We provide the opportunity to play football & other sporting events for homeless people across Merseyside. The activities are free and easily accessed by men & women who are marginalised by society. The project is not just about football. Through engagement in physical activity and positive environments, we provide a distraction from ASB and help our players to develop in four key areas. 1.) Health: Physical fitness is improved through participation; players are also given free health check-ups at our events; confidence & self esteem is boosted which improves mental health; referrals to specialist agencies are made. 2.) Training & Employment: Players are given the opportunity to enrol on training courses and, where possible, are assisted into work placements & employment. 3.) Housing: All players are able to access emergency housing services & are given professional advice. 4.) Volunteering: We promote community cohesion & try to breakdown the stigma around homelessness by encouraging players to volunteer with other local projects. We are proud to work closely with 19 hostels across the region. We have reached over 700 homeless people in the last 5 years. We rely solely on volunteers. We are constantly changing lives. WISH 2012 money will fund the support that we provide to homeless people at our events: a nutritious meal, health check up, training in life skills, counselling service.

We collected 15872 tokens We will receive £151.70

Liverpool P.D.S.A Fundraising Group

Sylvia Kearns The Liverpool PDSA Fundraising Group is only a small group but every fundraising event we organise, we try to make it fun and informative. PDSA strongly believe in responsible pet ownership and as a group we promote this. To raise funds we organise fun dog shows and hold stalls at different events. We give support to people on low income such as the elderly, disabled and unemployed. Most pets are important members of a family, giving comfort, support and security as well as companionship. They deserve the best medical treatment available when they are ill and their owners should not have to worry about how they can afford to pay vet bills. Our two wonderful PDSA hospitals achieve this and I am very proud to support them and try to help towards the £1.5 million per year it costs to run our two hospitals (without any government funding). Our two Liverpool pet-aid hospitals are the busiest pet-aid hospitals nationally seeing more than 300 pets every day. The two hospitals are very modern, well equipped with highly trained staff, so as a group any donations we receive from WISH 2012 will go towards animal comforts such as blankets, towels, cotton wool and pet food.

We collected 21676 tokens We will receive £207.17

Liverpool Parents & Carers of Disabled Children LiVPaC

June Jackson We are a group of parent volunteers of disabled children. We meet regularly to provide mutual support to families with disabled children. We also provide training for parents and professionals. We work in participation with services to help to design provisions to meet our disabled children’s needs. We share and provide information for families with disabled children. We have recently provided two Summer fun activities for disabled children and our future plans include an information day in November, participating with Parent Partnership and Contact a Family, a national organisation. We target


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We collected 14024 tokens We will receive £134.04

Liverpool Seafarers Centre

John Wilson Each day the Liverpool Seafarers visit all vessels berthed in the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal and engage with crew. Crew are from developing countries, Philippines, India, Ukraine and China. We take printed news from the home country. At sea for weeks at a time communication with family and friends is not possible. At the centre we have a bank of internet cafe and telephones which offer seafarers the opportunity to catch up with family at home. Life on board is difficult with loneliness and isolation being common. Through our visits we are able to offer a distraction from the monotony by offering a hand of friendship and conversation. Seafarers are an invisible workforce slipping in and out of the ports as unseen visitors. As an island nation we are dependent upon seafarers who bring 95% of all goods which we consume on a daily basis. We urgently need to replace a minibus which was the target of vandalism and fire damage.

We collected 28948 tokens We will receive £276.67

Liverpool Six Community Association

John Roberts We are a community organisation operating in the Everton area servicing the immediate community. We currently run a luncheon club for the elderly/ vulnerable residents in the area accompanied by bingo, gentle exercise sessions and each Friday we have a card craft class for the over 60’s. We also have a project called Silver Surfers which is a computer class for the over 55s. The group has one paid member of staff and the rest is solely run by volunteers. If we were fortunate enough we would spread the money across projects as most recently we have had a reduction in funding from the Council Resource Unit. Therefore this would be spent on subsiding the Luncheon Club and the Card Craft Class as at present we do not recieve funding for materials. This is a very theraputic session to all concerned.

We collected 11404 tokens We will receive £108.99

Macmillan Rangers Under 11’s Junior

Football Club

Kerry Stuckley Macmillan Rangers under 11’s football team are part of the Macmillan Junior Football Club who are affiliated to Macmillan Cancer Support. It is run within the local community, encouraging children to take part in sport and be proud to be part of a team. Our team plays in the Scotland Road league. We are committed to raising much needed funds for the Macmillan Cancer nurses. We would use any money raised from the Wish campaign to cover indoor training costs for the Winter months, Scotland Road League and match fees.

We collected 19124 tokens We will receive £182.78

MacMillan United

Michael Doyle We are a children’s under 10’s football team playing in the Scotland Road Junior Football League. We aim to build confidence through team work and positive coaching methods. We make sure every player is involved and we always have great support from all of our parents who turn up in all weathers to shout for the team. We think it is very important for the kids to take part and to show dedication to their activity but most of all to make friends and have fun. (We also like to win a few games!) The club is part of MacMillan Football Club which has 10 teams in the League, helping and encouraging children in the North Liverpool to take an active part in sport. The team is also affiliated to MacMillan Cancer Support and are committed to raising funds for the fantastic MacMillan nurses.

We collected 7440 tokens We will receive £71.11

Maghull & District Women’s Club (N.A.W.C)

Mrs Catherine Bland The Maghull & District Women’s Club meet at Maghull Town Hall every Tuesday evening (and have done so for over 25 years), and we have approximately 40 members. Although we are a registered charity ourselves, we still enjoy doing as much as we can to help others in our community and hold the usual “bring and buy” events, raffles etc to support local people with an annual cheque presentation with buffet or hot pot. We keep in touch with all of our members sending good wishes and flowers if anyone is ill. We enjoy talks and demonstrations at the club which help to keep us in the know and together as a community. We hope that WISH 2012 can help to subsidise the cost of a day out, trip away or a special theatre visit with transport to celebrate our 26th anniversary as a women’s club. We are part of the National Association of Women’s Clubs.

We collected 5736 tokens We will receive £54.82

Maghull Football Club

David Jones We have grown from 4 children’s teams to eighteen in less than 12 months, in addition to 2 mens teams and a ladies team. We have probably provided more opportunities for buys and girls to enjoy football from age 5 to 17 than any community organisation in the region. We hope to provide training equipment and facilities for the eighteen children’s teams who represent Maghull Footbal Club

We collected 28028 tokens We will receive £267.88

MakeItWorkShop CIC

Bob Jenkins We run a collection service to round up locally unwanted tools & sewing machines and bring them back to life. We clean them, fix them and get them ready for use. We train each other in all aspects of tool refurbishment and use, refitting and practical skills. We are currently recruiting to widen our happy gang, which has a great family atmosphere. We also have a retail section “Make It Sell” which helps us generate funds and make us sustainable. Our presence in Cambridge Walks, which has been a local eyesore until recently, has already attracted lots of interest from businesses wanting to re-populate the almost empty Victorian shopping arcade. We will put any Wish money granted towards buying the specialist tool refurbishing equipment that we need to ensure our collection of donated tools & sewing machines can be refurbished to a very high standard. We can then expand our workshop activities to train younger people (than our 84 year old founder! all ages welcome) in tool refurbishment, DIY, crafts, sewing etc. Every member of our organisation contributes on a voluntary basis and we all like to pass on our skills to others. We are fast becoming a hub in the local community, and wish to branch out to help others with practical skills. Wish Money will help us to MakeIt(Workshop)!!!

We collected 832 tokens We will receive £7.95

Manor Park JFC

Mrs E Birchall We are a junior football club which has been running for 9 years helping children from all walks of life. A number of our members are from deprived areas of Liverpool and some from broken families. Money is always needed to help with the running costs and for the benefit of all team members.

We collected 14380 tokens We will receive £137.44

Merseybeats Majorettes

David Woof We are a dance group with dancers between the age ranges of 2 to 26. We believe in social inclusion so all are welcome. We contribute to making a difference to anti social behaviour as we keep young people off the streets. We help young people to grow, achieve, be healthy and have a great time. We are proud to represent our community, and attend competitions all around the country. We have members of all ages and all look after each other. Speke has major issues of depravation and we make our community a better place to live and to be proud to be from. We help build confidence and self esteem in young people. We give young people the tools to help take control of their own lives and help them to make the right choices. We’re looking for financial support towards new uniforms, competition batons, pumps, socks, ribbons, elastic etc

We collected 187.84 tokens We will receive £179.53

Townsend Morris Dancers Moonbeams Parent and Carers Support Group

Yvonne Adamson Moonbeams are a peer support group. We are run by parents of children who have a disability for the benefit of those children and their parents and siblings. Our aim is to help parents to cope with the day to day challenges of having a child with a disability, in addition to working with service providers to improve the lives of all involved. Our meetings are very informal and free to attend. Parents are able to chat and share information and experiences in a relaxed, friendly environment over a cup of coffee with like minded parents. From time to time, we also invite guest speakers and support agencies to our meetings to share information, events and opportunities to access support for disabled children and their carers. We listen. We care. We don’t judge. We passionately wish to reach more families who feel isolated and are struggling to cope. We wish to purchase specialised play equipment for the after school club we run for children with special needs. We would also use the Wish money to fund outings and/or holidays for the children and their primary carers. The money would also be used to arrange carer presentations by guest speakers who can provide specialist knowledge and support relating to all aspects of disability. The money would allow us to promote our group more widely and reach more ‘hidden carers’.

We collected 2640 tokens We will receive £25.23

Mossley Hill Pre-School

Saiqa Ismail We are a charity based pre-school, providing places for 20 children ages ranging from 2 to 5yrs. We have been established since 1992 and have strong links with the local community. We hope to purchase new I.T equipment for the children.

We collected 4996 tokens We will receive £47.75

Multiple Sclerosis Society Wirral Branch

Karen Parsons The Wirral Branch has nearly 300 members and we think there are about another three hundred affected people on the Wirral who are not members. We support all people who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis; the person with MS, relatives, friends, work colleagues, their employer. We also have a very active Fundraising Team who can often be seen inside and outside of local shops in their bright orange t-shirts, hoping to fill their collection buckets! We also hold discos, barn dances, sponsored walks etc. We need to raise £40,000 per year in order to keep the branch going; some of the things the funds are required for are: the day centre running costs, transport and travel, fuel, physio, printing of the newsletter, postage etc. The branch is run completely by volunteers and if we were to be lucky enough to receive anything from Liverpool ECHO’s “WISH”, we would be absolutely delighted! We would spend this year’s money on some of our initiatives, which work very well indeed, in helping keep the members able to exercise

their muscles and to keep in touch with other people who are experiencing the same problems as they are and making new friends. These initiatives are Aqua aerobics held at Total Fitness Prenton twice a week, Wellbeing - two classes every Wednesday and Tai Chi every Monday evening; these classes are held at the Hope Centre Pensby.

We collected 4312 tokens We will receive £41.21

Netherton JFC

Steve Devine We offer children the chance to play football and enjoy the game, through various channels, whether it be from our soccer school for children aged 4 upwards, or one of the various teams we have set up. No child is ever turned away and we try and ensure that all children get to play where they will build confidence. We give them an activity that teaches them to be part of a team, meet new friends and have fun. The group is run by volunteers who all give up their spare time to run the teams and help at the soccer school. This fosters a real family feeling with both adults and children meeting new friends through the activities that we do. We are part of the FA charter standard accreditation which says we do things right and try to ensure we have qualified coaches in place to teach the children, which means they all attend FA courses. We do not target children and all are welcome to play the game, starting in our soccer school. Money raised by WISH 2012 will be used to fund children’s football activities including teams aged from 4-9, football kits, football coaching, days out with the kids, treats, summer tournaments, winter clothing to keep them warm in the winter.

We collected 6916 tokens We will receive £66.10

Netherton Rangers FC

Mr Stephen Flight We are a local community football team, we have 5 teams of different age groups ranging from age 4-11 years. We play locally in the Bootle JFL Football League. We encourage the children to have fun regardless of their ability. Through the Wish campaign we would like to raise enough funds to buy winter training equipment and winter clothing for the children in all our teams.

We collected 10556 tokens We will receive £100.89

Northway Activity Group

Karen Olivier The Northway Activity Group is a small group of parents of children attending Northway Primary School. We meet regularly and discuss future events for the school such as fundraising activities for childrens discos, Summer fayres, childcare support etc. We are a fairly new group but we’re going from strength to strength and hopefully making a positive difference to to lives of the children and parents of Northway School. We would use any funds received from the Wish campaign to help towards our allotment project and updating playground equipment.

We collected 6324 tokens We will receive £60.44


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Tina We are a group of mothers who have formed various projects within the community including a Mother and Toddlers group, health group, allotments project and now our new project is an Angling Group. The next project we aim to achieve is a sports project. All our projects are aimed at all ages in the local community from toddlers to pensioners and everyone is welcome to join. We would spend the WISH 2012 money on fishing equipment and play equipment for local people in the Northwood area to use on the new open greenspace. The money would also help projects created on the Northwood Forest Hills involving schools and local children. With this money projects could be put on for all ages which could reduce antisocial behaviour in Northwood.

We collected 12084 tokens We will receive £115.49

Nouveaux

Natalie Blackmore We are a small dance troupe based in the Netherley area. We have approximately 50 members aged between 3-19 years. The members compete throughout the North West in a weekly competition. For some members it’s the only hobby they can afford as the area in which we train is one of the most deprived areas of Liverpool. We encourage healthy activities and well being for all our members, they gain confidence in themselves and enjoy feeling part of a team. We’re looking for help to fund new costumes for the group.

We collected 32420 tokens We will receive £309.86

Oaklands Social Group

James Edward Poole We target the elderly to socialise with people in other buildings locally, this stops peeople from being on their own and helps to keep them active, bringing in family members to mix. We go on day trips, hold games nights, provide catering and care for each other. We bring in people from the local area to take part and enjoy their twilight years. We hope that WISH 2012 will help us to support social evenings, buffets, coach outings & entertainment.

We collected 268 tokens We will receive £2.56

OLA Monday Club

Doris Murphy Our group consists of people with physical and learning disabilities. We meet twice a month on Mondays (7pm-9pm) in a room in Our Lady of the Assumption which is provided free of charge by our parish priest. The club is organised by 5 leaders and 8 volunteers. Transport to and from the venue is provided by group leaders and volunteers. We provide recreation with board games, jigsaws etc. We also make greeting cards for special occasions. We have refreshments for the group and provide presents and cakes for members birthdays. Our nights out during the year include bowling, pantomime, Blackpool lights (inc coach hire) and going to restaurants (especially at Christmas). We also find it necessary to hire taxis when we have our nights out. We would use the WISH 2012 funds to provide recreation and days out for the group, it would hopefully help us to go on our annual trip to Walsingham in May which unfortunately had to be cancelled this year.

We collected 30336 tokens We will receive £289.94

Old Swan Youth Club

Franchessca Noponen We work with young people aged 5 – 15 years old providing youth and play provision. We focus on social and personal development and we implement these through informal education and play. The programme that we provide allows young people to engage in positive diversionary activities and reject anti social behaviour as well as addressing any issues and needs that they have. We also offer educational support during after school sessions which offer young people additional support with their school curriculum. If we are lucky enough to recieve some funding from yourselves we will be looking at trying to refurbish some of our rooms and possibly get a new floor in the gym which is a very popular room with our young people but pops up when it rains. Our primary concern though is keeping the centre open for young people, their families and the local community to have access to and provide advice and support so ensuring that we have the money to cover our core costs. In March 2011 we saw what could have been the closure of our centre due to funding cuts. This caused an outrage with many of the parents and carers of the young people who attend the centre as well as members of the local community asking what would they do without us. It was apparent that this centre is of great value to the young people who use it and to the community it is in. With the help of a core group of volunteers and the local community we have been keeping this provision in place for young people and the community.

we have entertainment including hot pot suppers and social evenings. We have outings where we will go to different places, we usually have three per year and a Christmas party. We also own the club and therefore we need to maintain it and complete repairs. We need a new PA system so any money from WISH 2012 will go towards that.

Prostate Cancer awareness and with a primary aim of supporting patients and carers in Wirral, Merseyside and North Cheshire by monthly meetings and with a telephone helpline so that patients and carers access support by sharing experiences with other patients.

Play World

Mrs Barbara Haynes Our school breakfast club endeavours to provide affordable, safe childcare and a range of healthy activities to enable parents to return to education or obtain employment. We provide employment for four staff and volunteers. We are struggling financially due to cost of food and salaries but aim not to increase fees.

We collected 2248 tokens We will receive £21.49

Angela Pearlman The Prescot East area of Knowsley suffered a loss of Play activities for young people, due to Council cutbacks. A number of local residents expressed a desire to work with young people in a voluntary capacity. In January this year we opened a community run play service for children aged 4-11yrs, as an after school club and an informal support network for their parents.We do our own fund raising to sustain our group by doing face painting and other activities at local events,we also rely on donations from other organisations i.e. Mayors charities etc. Our aim is to provide an interest for the children by way of activity groups, botanical creations and adventure excursions. We have a membership of 30+ children and constant enquiries from other parents but due to limited funding and assistance we are compelled to keep our membership small. In the spring we hope to start our new gardening project in the grounds of Bryer Environmental Group’s Park. With help from the Wish Campaign we could acheive this. Our overall ambition is to encourage children to take a pride in their environment.

We collected 16060 tokens We will receive £153.50

We collected 9258 tokens We will receive £88.48

Chris White We have become the largest children’s football Club in St Helens with over 250 children both boys and girls from the age of 4+. We are from a deprived area in Merseyside and we pride ourselves in offering fully qualified coaches for a minimal cost for the benefit of local children. Our aim is to give the children help and guidance for their future. With WISH 2012 money we would buy much needed equipment for all our new 5 teams balls, cones, mini soccer goals, bibs, respect barriers and also some coaching equipment.

Pat Roberts We work with vulnerable children whose mums have escaped domestic violence. Many of our children have witnessed the abuse that went on in their family. They are often very troubled by what they’ve seen and need a lot of support from our staff. The families often have to flee their home with nothing but what they stand up in. This means most of the children don’t even have any toys. At Christmas time we like to try and raise money to buy them some toys and take them out for the day.

Parklands Parents Forum

Stephen Brown The Under 9s football team is fully self-funding for its own football kits, training kits, training facilities and equipment. The club is independent from the main Prescot Cables teams although it carries the club’s name it receives no funding from the main club to support our development and our training of young people in football. At the moment we are fully reliant on parents’ subs on a monthly basis which are used for booking pitches and paying referee fees each week. In addition we have a yearly sponsered football match for dads v mums which enables us to have a small party for the team at Christmas time. Our group is currently open to boys and girls aged 8 from the Knowsley area. We would be looking at spending any monies from the WISH 2012 campaign in purchasing football kits, winter training clothing for all young people in the club. We would be using funding to support all young people to continue to train and learn football through the winter using indoor facilities in the local area, plus on purchasing training equipment to support the development of our team.

Parkdalesidac JFC

We collected 11451 tokens We will receive £109.44

Sarah Blackall We are a group of parents who meet to discuss fundraising ideas for the school. The money raised through our events is used to benefit the pupils while also helping with community projects in the local area. Our aim is to continue working and support the pupils of Parklands high school. All money from the Wish campaign will be used for the pupils and the school such as days out and new equipment for the kids.

We collected 2220 tokens We will receive £21.22

Parr Darby Joan Club

Mr Samuel Woodward We are a club for the elderly. We meet two nights a week. On Tuesday night we have bingo night where the public can come and join us. On Wednesday we have club night (members only) we play bingo, cards, dominoes and we enjoy tea and biscuits. Also

PlayMates

We collected 13316 tokens We will receive £127.27

Prescot Cables Under 9s

We collected 23064 tokens We will receive £220.44

Prescot Church Choir

Edna Weaver Prescot Church Choir encourages boys, girls and adults to develop singing and music-related skills. Once a week we practice and we sing in the Parish Church on Sunday mornings. We also perform at various concerts and weddings. We have a weekly club night with leisure activities and an annual short holiday which is free to children as are days out and theatre visits. All leisure activities and holidays are dependent on fundraising activities by members. We’re looking for funding from WISH 2012 for equipment for leisure activities and also hope to visit The Outdoor Education & Activities Centre in Wales (short residential stay).

We collected 12848 tokens We will receive £122.80

Prostate Cancer Support

Brian Webster Our group was formed eight years ago to raise

We collected 7000 tokens We will receive £66.90

Rise & Shine at St Benedicts

We collected 3856 tokens We will receive £36.85

Roma FC

Edward Stuart Daly Roma FC have been established for 44 years within the Norris Green Area. Roma FC have since given many young people in the area the chance to showcase their football ability. Over the years the club has had teams from as young as the age of seven years right up to the men’s open age team, at one stage having fourteen teams up and running. It would be fantastic to be able to achieve this again by giving the young people within the Norris Green area the opportunity to channel their energy and give a sense of belonging by being part of a club. We would use any funds raised through the Wish campaign to invest in sporting equipment e.g. kits, balls, nets, training equipment.

We collected 6288 tokens We will receive £60.10

Rutland Morris Dancers

Diane Morson Our group consists of approx 50 girls from the age of two upward to eighteen. We are based in the Liverpool 6 area which is a very deprived part of of the city. We have over many years, with the assistance of parents, local community and help from the council police and church, prevented young girls becoming involved in gangs, drugs and other anti-social behaviour. We do this by harnessing their natural energy and channelling it into dancing. We promote a healthy active community and once the girls are part of the group they are dedicated and stay with us. We provide a vibrant alternative. Sadly, like all community-based organisations at the moment, we are always desperate for funds. As we’re based in a deprived area we cannot always rely on subs or other fundraising activities such as raffles. We have a wonderful family atmosphere which goes a long way to ensuring the less fortunate do not get excluded and we all strive to raise as many funds as possible. We see the Wish campaign as a chance to hopefully get some costumes including dresses, socks etc for all the troupes and help with transport costs which is one of our real headaches. We take the girls out every Sunday to various locations to compete against other troupes and we are desperate to ensure we can keep on doing this. The WISH list gives us a chance to keep going, to keep looking forward and also to realise we are not on our own in the endeavour we are trying to do.

We collected 30700 tokens We will receive £293.42

Saint Peter and Paul PTFA

Joanne Unsworth We are a small group who raise money for the children of Saint Peter and Paul. We organise fun events for the children and Summer fayres to try to raise funds to provide the children with much needed new equipment. We target the people of the local community and the parents/carers and families of our children and the parish of Saint Peter and Paul. Any funds raised through the Wish campaign would go towards new IT systems, music equipment and sports kits.

We collected 5353 tokens We will receive £51.16

South Sefton Gymnastics

Wendy Foster We are a gymnastics club based in the Bootle area. We have around 120 members formed of both boys and girls. They are aged between four and seventeen. We have recently run a summer club that was very successful. We also hold club competitions three times a year. Our club helps children and young people keep fit and healthy and builds their confidence. The WISH 2012 money would help provide us with new equipment for the club.

We collected 11782 tokens We will receive £112.61


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Every token counts Southern Neighbourhood Council

Frances Jones We are a Community Centre in Liverpool 8, formed in 1973 by the people. We operate as a drop in centre dealing with a wide range of issues e.g. Housing, Social and Environmental. Also we run a Kids Club, Pensioner’s Club and provide a range of services for the aged and vulnerable. We help to relieve hardship and distress anywhere in the community, therefore providing a better quality of life. We target the children, the elderly and anyone at all in the community who needs help. We run a very successful kids club with over 40 children aged 2-18 years attending. This club runs three nights a week and is run by volunteers. A Summer playscheme is also run throughout the school holidays to keep children off the streets in a safe environment therefore preventing anti-social behaviour. SNC also have a pensioners’ club and hold bingo sessions twice a week. Up to 40 pensioners attend and they all find it very beneficial as it gets them out of the house and socialising with friends and neighbours. We also aim to provide at least four trips out for the elderly and as many as we can posibly manage for the children.

We collected 8376 tokens We will receive £80.05

Special Olympics Merseyside

Elaine Morris We are a recognised member of the Olympic family with a unique role to play. Special Olympics fosters community sports year-round at all levels for those with intellectual (learning) disabilities. Special Olympics Great Britain is a global movement and has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people through sport. We have 2 clubs in our region of Merseyside run by volunteers involving our athletes in various sports programmes. We would like to ask for support, as we have 23 athletes going to compete in the Special Olympics National Summer Games in August 2013 in Bath. The cost of this is £525 for each athlete to attend these games. Unlike the Olympics and Paralympics we have no funding from the Goverment we have to fund it oursleves. We’re hoping for WISH 2012 funds to help send our special athletes to the Special Olympic summer games in Bath in 2013.

We collected 34221 tokens We will receive £327.07

St Cuthberts Brownies

Victoria Parker Our unit is on the Croxteth Park Estate. The girls have fun in Brownies. They learn new skills and work towards badges. We want to give them new experiences and challenges at the same time as enjoyment. We hope WISH 2012 contributions will help us to take the girls on further trips and outings.

We collected 20696 tokens We will receive £197.80

St. Cuthbert’s Primary & Nursery School

Mrs J Newton As a small school with a big heart we strive to do our best for every child and help them to be the best they can. We have spent the last few years trying to improve the outside environment for our children and want to continue by providing outdoor play equipment with any money we are awarded from WISH 2012.

We collected 3860 tokens We will receive £36.89

St Francis De Sales Pensioners

Philomena Cowley We are a senior citizen club and we meet regularly on a weekly basis. We meet every Wednesday for entertainment including activities such as bingo and quizzes. We also have holidays and day trips and Christmas meal trips. We are a Roman Catholic club who accept all denominations to our Wednesday group. We hope to raise money for a new music system.

We collected 7196 tokens We will receive £68.78

St Helens ADHD MOJO’s

Gill Neal We provide a holistic service for families who have children with disabilities. We provide support groups for parents and counselling. We offer discounted family days out in the school holidays. We run a youth club for young people with disabilities and their siblings aged 5-18. We offer our young people ADHD coaching to support them in life. We help families before, during and after diagnosis. We would like to buy some sensory music boards so that the younger children can play music without the worry of breaking a large piece of equipment. Every board we buy will cost us £100 but has a range of musical instruments attached. They can be used inside or outside. Music helps the children we work with who have disabilities such as ADHD and Autism. We find that the children who have hearing impairments gain great pleasure from the vibrations.

We collected 3228 tokens We will receive £30.85

St. Helens Mind

Jean Garlick St. Helens Mind is a voluntary organisation working with people who are isolated due to mental health problems. We offer a Befriending Service to support individuals who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. We can provide a Volunteer Befriender to provide friendship, emotional or practical support. We aim to improve the person’s quality of life, helping them to become more independent and more involved in the community. We also run support groups, an allotment and also signpost people to relevant organisations or support. Volunteers are vital to our work and are much valued. New volunteers are always needed to support local people who are facing difficulty due to mental illness. Our vision is that there will be no stigma surrounding mental ill health, and for people experiencing mental difficulties to automatically have access to appropriate, timely, unlimited and effective support. We aim to improve the lifestyles of people living in St.Helens Borough regardless of their cultural, religious and lifestyle needs. Our services are non-judgemental and offer opportunities to develop self-esteem and confidence by encouraging and supporting involvement. Any WISH 2012 money will be spent on volunteer and group development.

We collected 1768 tokens We will receive £16.90

St Helens YMCA Gymnastics Club

Jane Cox St Helens YMCA Gymnastics Club has over 36 years of gymnastic experience and since it open its doors in 1976 it has had in excess of 15,000 children participate in gymnastics. We provide gymnastics for girls and boys from the age of 4 years upwards

and are the only club in the area to provide classes for older gymnasts – our eldest being 20 years old. The club prides itself on its voluntary status and has 19 voluntary coaches who give up to 21 hours a week of their time to teach children of all ages and abilities. We have a number of recreation classes that provide general gymnastics at a basic level. We also have a junior and elite squad who compete at events all over the region and a display team who participate in local, regional and national events. This year we are extremely proud to have won the prestigious “ST HELENS GOT TALENT” title and trophy. We aim to use any WISH 2012 money to replace the old gymnastics equipment which has an expiry date that we are nearing. Once we reach this date our 200+ gymnasts cannot use the equipment.

We collected 24024 tokens We will receive £229.61

St James Pre School

Paul Denny St James pre school is a non profit organisation that provides care and education for up to 45 children per day and has done so for well over forty years. We have had a really bad year last year as we received an inadequate grading during an Ofsted inspection. We were given six months to turn things around or possibly face closure. The staff team, with the help of myself the newly appointed leader of the Pre-school, have worked tirelessly to improve the setting and the service we provide for the children and their parents and we were extremely proud that we received a good grading with elements of outstanding during our return Ofsted inspection. We aim to continue to develop our setting and continue to make improvements wherever possible however the financial impact of improvements made so far have hit us hard and as we are a non profit organisation we will need to rely on fundraising events and securing funding from outside agencies such as the Liverpool ECHO WISH Campaign to continue. We would like to develop the outdoor space in our setting. We would like to be able to provide activities and equipment that will enable the children to develop in all seven areas of learning and development outdoors as well as in. The space is also used by a number of other community based groups and activities such as nit and natter, scouts and the boys brigade and we feel that they could also benefit from the use of a more appropriate and developed outdoor space.

We collected 5248 tokens We will receive £50.16

St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Infants School

Paula Ali We are a small group of parents whose children attend St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Infants School. We fund raise throughout the year to buy additional equipment for the benefit of our children. Our group has been in existence for just over two years now, during which time we have managed to raise £5000. Any money received from WISH 2012 will be spent on equipment for the children.

We collected 23340 tokens We will receive £223.07

St Michael’s Irish Centre

Maureen Morrison We are an Irish community centre based in Liverpool and cater for all the needs of the Irish community which includes pensioners’ days,

children’s Irish dancing classes and music classes. We also work closely with the local community. We hope for a WISH 2012 donation as our children’s playground is badly in need of repair.

We collected 23788 tokens We will receive £227.36

St.Michael’s Primary School

Alison Ponzini We are a P.T.A of a school in a very deprived area. Every penny we earn is put back into the school to help children with trips, shows and other activities. Basically to support the children and offer opportunities to experience things they would not normally get the chance to. Giving the children from this inner city deprived area the choice to do things they would never normally get to do. The choice would ultimatley be theirs but it would be so nice to just say “go for it”.

We collected 13108 tokens We will receive £125.28

St Nathanael’s Church Community Peace Garden

Vinny Wagner We have been developing our garden over the past year in the hope of making it a space for the community to enjoy; both as a place for peace and quiet reflection, and by providing a healthy activity for people helping out. There is still much work to be done. We have already involved members of the community in the project and we’re seeking to work alongside other community groups. Any funding received from the Wish campaign would go towards the project e.g. materials for fencing and paths, tools, and plants.

We collected 1976 tokens We will receive £18.89

St Philips Tea Dance

Mrs Pat Martin J.P. The St Philip’s Tea Dance meet regularly, enjoy two holidays per year as well as an annual day out and a Christmas meal. We support our members in every way we can with all their social needs, by being together we enjoy friendship and for some who live alone the group is a “lifeline”. I would like to be able to use WISH 2012 funds to subsidise the Christmas lunch for our 82 members.

We collected 15888 tokens We will receive £151.85

St Robert Ballarmines Pensioners Club

Jennie Pooley Robert Bellarmines Pensioners Club almost closed a few months ago due to ill health and retirement. This friendly club is a lifeline to many. However the funds are very low so we could do with a much needed boost to help us provide stimulating talks, trips out and Christmas parties etc.

We collected 11500 tokens We will receive £109.91

St Stephens Scouts and Guides

Ann Aspinwall We have 250+ children from 5 to 18 meeting in various units throughout the week following the Scouting and Girlguiding UK programmes. Our meeting place has been set fire to recently and we are trying to build a new building as we can’t use it now. Any money received will go towards the cost of a new venue.

We collected 11192 tokens We will receive £106.97


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Every token counts Stage One 2000 Musical Youth Theatre

Jenny King Stage One 2000 is based at a local community centre and is run by four volunteer teachers who share a love of musical theatre. It is open to everyone between the age of 8yrs -18yrs, no experience necessary, our fees are kept to the minimum, relying on funding, grants and the word “Please!”. We aim to give our members confidence, enjoyment, movement skills, vocal training, friends and above all “fun” on a Sunday morning. Many ex members come back to help so we must be doing something right. This year we are performing Seussical the Musical at the Little Theatre in Birkenhead. It is based on the famous books by Dr Seuss about The Cat in the Hat. In order to create the magic we will need lots of paint, timber and building materials to make our scenery, and exciting posters to attract the audience that this talented group really deserve.

We collected 21568 tokens We will receive £206.14

Step By Step Dance Academy

Julie Grant Step by Step Dance Academy (SBS) is a thriving and friendly dance school for children aged 3 years and above. With its extremely dedicated team of teachers SBS encourages the love of dance in all children with lessons in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Freestyle and Musical Theatre. SBS regularly enter children into grade and medal exams with a wonderful 100% pass rate throughout the school! The children at SBS love to take part in competitions and regularly do extremely well at these with a wonderful collection of trophies being won. We also hold our own school show for the children to showcase their talents to their families which are always great nights to remember. We love to take part in charity events, recently taking part in a show to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease and held a charity car wash raising money for Cancer Research. At SBS we aim to keep costs down to a minimum for parents of our children so hold fundraising events such as raffles and supermarket bag packing days to raise money for costumes and other much needed items. We would love to take part in this years Liverpool ECHO WISH campaign and wish all the nominated good causes the best of luck! We would love to be able to help pay for the cost of dance costumes and accessories for the children to enter competitions and charity shows, this will help keep the cost down for our parents. It would also be used to pay towards transport to events.

We collected 13488 tokens We will receive £128.91

Stick ‘n’ Step

children come to our centre twice a week to learn how to crawl, sit up, stand, walk, talk, and even play football. We help them achieve these milestones through conductive education, which teaches methods for overcoming the obstacles encountered in everyday life by those with motor disabilities. Along the way our children make friends, gain greater self-esteem and confidence, and learn life skills such as cooking that will help them lead a more independent life. Children at Stick ‘n’ Step achieve far more than ever predicted because they are motivated to do the best that they can. We also provide support and information for the carers of our children as well as a place for them to meet other parents and discuss the issues particular to those with a disabled child. We will spend this year’s Wish money on the costs of providing our services free of charge to the 70 children who come to us twice a week. Each child’s place costs £3,500 annually.

We collected 40728 tokens We will receive £389.26

Stronger Communities Initiative Assembly

Anthony Niblock We are community based and we want to improve our area dramatically. As a community group we have paid for the local football cage to be fixed. We held a jubilee party for 150 children. We work in partnership with the police, local housing agencies and our community to turn it around and give the younger children pride in where they live. At the moment we have a piece of land that is a major blight on the community. We are in the process of securing a lease from the council so that we as a community can redevelop the land and give the children a play park. We also aim to put a children’s market garden which will also be accessed by Sure Start and two local schools where they can learn to grow their own flowers and vegetables. We are also hoping to build a seating area for the elderly residents. But like everything else it also comes down to funding. We have had some success with only small amounts but these add up. We would also like to make a contribution to a local boy Aaron Bretland who is 13 and is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He attends team GB and trains for TDK Academy in Liverpool. But is desperate for sponsors so that he can compete internationally so that he can get his ranking. His nan and mum make wonderful cup cakes and sell them in the community but they need help desperately.

We collected 468 tokens We will receive £4.47

The Autism Promise

Sarah Smithson Stick ‘n’ Step is a registered charity that transforms the lives of children with cerebral palsy. Seventy

Debra Sweeney The Autism Promise (established in January 2012) was born from the desire of two autistic boys’ parents to secure a future for them, but to also help

other parents/carers with the same needs. Anybody who cares for a child with autism will at some point have to deal with the question of who will take care of them when the carer is no longer able to do so. The Autism Promise (TAP) is about a promise made to our boys that we would secure a home and someone to take care of them for the rest of their lives. We also make this promise to other parents/ carers that we will help to achieve that wish for them too. Vision: To create a home where our children will be safe, supported and encouraged to be who they are, where their differences are respected and their abilities are recognised and time is taken to step into their world rather that expecting them to always come into ours. WISH 2012 money would be used to promote the awareness of Autism and to help towards respite for younger people and their families/carers.

We collected 6000 tokens We will receive £57.35

The Liverpool Academy of Arts

June Lornie We are a charity registered (1114232) art gallery for Merseyside people run entirely by ten enthusiastic volunteers. We have been in existence, in our current form, since 1989 currently operating in the centre of Liverpool. Throughout the year we work to:• Encourage Merseyside artists, largely amateur, fostering their talents by providing a platform for them to meet, exhibit their work, gain confidence and grow artistically. • Raise the awareness of both visiting tourists and Merseysiders to the artistic talent present in the people of Merseyside. Although a charity ourselves we support other local charities. We do this through a series of around eighteen exhibitions each year. Finally we run three or more open exhibitions each year. These usually have a theme and artists can exhibit up to three works. There is no selection; all work submitted is displayed and can result in over a hundred artists participating in a single exhibition. WISH 2012 money will be spent staging an open exhibition in the spring of next year, eligible to all artists with no selection criteria, on the theme ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’. Any additional money will be put towards the refurbishment of our picture gallery and to improving the lighting for exhibits.

We collected 5548 tokens We will receive £53.03

The St. Peter’s Singers

The Liverpool Academy of Arts

Adrian Griffiths The St Peter’s Singers and Orchestra began in 1976 when a group of enthusiastic singers and instrumentalists gained the support of the Rector of St Peter’s Church in Heswall to form a choir and orchestra, using the church facilities for practice and St Peter’s Church as their concert venue. Over the years the choir has widened its appeal and now draws its members and audiences from across Wirral. The Choir gives two main concerts a year (in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Heswall) at Easter and at Christmas. However we often have additional rehearsals during the summer leading to a further concert. Our heritage is a community choir for Heswall and we are deeply appreciative of the support this receives. We are excited by the prospect of widening our appeal, interacting with other choral and orchestral groups and attracting new friends from a wider area. We want to hold training days

to help to show people how great singing is and we want to encourage young people to take up group singing - WISH 2012 will help us to achieve this.

We collected 2224 tokens We will receive £21.26

The Whitechapel Centre

David Carter The Whitechapel Centre is the leading homeless and housing charity for the Liverpool region. We work with people who are sleeping rough, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation. We are committed to helping people find and maintain a home and learn the life skills essential for independent living. WISH 2012 funding will be used to keep our Enablement Centre open 7 days a week for homeless people in Merseyside. We provide breakfast, a shower and activity sessions. Our staff provide advice on finding accommodation and support to manage and stay in it. We provide longterm, life-changing support. We work with some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded members of society. We don’t judge, we listen, provide options and respect choices. It costs over £750 per day to run our centre and we rely on charitable donations to allow us to continue.

We collected 3812 tokens We will receive £36.43

Tomorrow’s Women Wirral

Angela Murphy Tomorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW) is a community centre based in the Birkenhead area. TWW provides a vital service for women from all conceivable backgrounds, offering a safe, friendly, all-female environment from which women can access workshops on subjects such as healthy eating, anxiety management, budgeting and employment skills. The centre is an especially valuable resource for women in vulnerable circumstances, including ex-offenders, substance abusers and victims of domestic abuse. Wish money would contribute to the cost of developing a garden on the centre site, which would include vegetable patches, beds for seasonal flowers, water feature and picnic area. The garden would be tended by the women who attend, volunteer and work at the centre, thus allowing those involved to acquire new skills, experience the positive impact on health and well-being that gardening has been proven to produce, feel the satisfaction that can be derived from growing one’s own food and benefit from the social and teambuilding element of participating in an initiative with tangible results.

We collected 2172 tokens We will receive £20.76

Townsend Morris Dancers

Claire McCarthy Townsend Morris Dancers are a group of girls between the ages of 2 years and late teens. The girls practice every Tuesday and dance out in competition every Saturday between April and October. This is keeping the girls from hanging around the streets and ensures they keep fit. To take the girls to competition we have to hire transport every week which is expensive and the girls need to dance out in troupe costume. We do our own fundraising to help with the cost. At the end of the year we like to reward the girls with trophies and medals for all their effort and hard work they have put in for the year. WISH 2012 will help with the cost of the bus to finish the season off and help towards the awards for the girls.

We collected 26242 tokens We will receive £250.81


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Every token counts Wallasey Sea Cadets

Tuebrook Amateur Boxing Club

Jimmy Campbell We are open 3 nights a week from 5 to 7pm, for both boys and girls. The club provides healthy activities enabling them to channel their energies in a positive way. It gives them goals to get fit, and interact with each other. If we were lucky to receive some WISH 2012 money it would be spent on full height mirrors 6ft by 8ft and boxing equipment.

We collected 1208 tokens We will receive £11.55

Vees Place (PLC Activities Club)

Verity Rhodes We provide social and leisure activities and run an information and signposting service. Prescot is part of a very deprived county, it has seen most of its social and leisure facilities relocated to outer areas and since a superstore opened most of Prescots’ high street shops closed down. We are keen to revitalise our community. Over the past 2 years we have refurbished a derelict church hall into what is fast becoming a community hub bringing people together and reducing social exclusion. We want the less fortunate to be privy to the same benefits as the more affluent in society. We hope that WISH 2012 can help us to develop the land at the side of the church to become an outdoor adventure play area, soccer cage, climbing wall with skateboarding ramps.

We collected 1036 tokens We will receive £9.90

Vintage Radio

Will Redfearn Many mature listeners felt that their tastes were not catered for and the music they liked and the issues they felt were important were often overlooked. Many of us were enticed into Vintage radio by some articles in the Wirral based free newspapers inviting anyone who was interested in coming along to a meeting. From this inaugural meeting in August 2008 Vintage Radio was born. We’re now self funded via various grants and awards and kind and generous help from many sources. Vintage needed people who could create and present programmes, market the station and sort out the technical issues and design and put together a website. We have been broadcasting 7 days a week for 12 hours a day on the internet. Vintage Radio has trained well over 30

mature people who were completely new to radio. They have learnt many broadcasting skills so they can now create and present their own live shows. Vintage Radio aims to entertain and inform. We hope that WISH 2012 can support our continued work, recording people’s history and memories through the internet and will encourage mature people to become broadcasters and programme producers.

We collected 436 tokens We will receive £4.17

Vision Support Activity Club

Ian Calder We are an independent Registered Charity, No. 520130, managed by a committee and ran by trained voluntary staff for young people aged 12 to 18 years within the Wirral area. Our aim is to provide an organisation where young people, irrespective of race, sex or ability, can develop the qualities of self-discipline and leadership together with a sense of responsibility to themselves, their peers and to the community. By offering fun activities four nights per week and at weekends with additional activities during the school holidays, we are able to educate the cadets into becoming better citizens by tackling the problems of anti-social behaviour, street disorder, and addressing the problems of bullying, drug and alcohol abuse in young people. Twice each year, we try to raise funds to give 12 Cadets the opportunity to participate in offshore training aboard one of the 3 Sea Cadet Vessels, supervised by an adult and trained crew who allow them to practice the skills they have learned in the classroom. This offers Cadets a way of experiencing activities whilst gaining qualifications which many young people from other areas take for granted. The experience also helps to build their self-confidence and self-esteem.

We collected 6424 tokens We will receive £61.40

Walton Wanderers

Lee Wilson All the kids are a excellent bunch to work with, we train once a week and play football on Saturdays on Great Homer Street. We have been together for 6 months which in that time we have won our first league trophy in a summer league. We hope that

club has strived to ensure all our young people are equipped to achieve their aims in life. We exist to support young people’s development, offering opportunities to gain, increase and develop skills, knowledge, self awareness and confidence, and enabling them to make positive and healthy life choices. We currently deliver a range of evening based projects and a school holiday club. The projects we run include Stay Safe, Media Project, Independent Living Skills, Planet Blue, Loud and Clear, Our Space, Girls Group, Buddy Up, National Citizenship Service, Junior Drop in, Sports Club, BTEC in Peer Education, Holiday Club and After School Club. Unfortunately, we have recently lost funding for our ‘Stay Safe Programme’ and therefore we would invest this year’s WISH money in continuing and hopefully expanding our ‘Stay Safe Project’. Our Stay Safe programme explores the dangers of knives and weapons, young people and gangs, drugs and alcohol, conflict resolution and bullying to hopefully make the community a better environment for everyone.

We collected 5620 tokens We will receive £53.71

Westgarth Utd

John Whitehead Westgarth Utd is a junior football club based in the Prescot area. Our members come from the Prescot, Whiston, Rainhill, Huyton and Stockbridge Village areas. Our teams play competitive football in the Walton and Kirkdale, South Liverpool, Halton and Warrington leagues. Westgarth Utd is a Charter Standard club and encourages all our members to enjoy their participation in sport through respect and fair play. Our teams are made of a range of abilities and coaches to improve the the abilities of

Mrs Hilary Kay The Vision Support Activity Club supports individuals with visual impairment and/or dual sensory loss regardless of age. The members of the club meet sociably with their peers and enjoy taking part in chair based exercises, braille bingo, braille dominoes and enjoy having guest speakers talking to them about their local history and poetry. The club members have been given the opportunity to visit places they would not normally have had the chance to go to. We have visited Mertin Mere, Southport, Llandudno and earlier this year we visited the Walker Art Gallery where we had the pleasure of a curator who told us all about the Paul O’Grady exhibition. Later this year we will be going to the Bourne Poacher in Cleveleys for Christmas dinner and entertainment, as a Christmas present the members are being taken to the Talbot Hotel in Southport. If we were fortunate to win some money from the WISH campaign we would use it to take our members on a holiday.

We collected 9340 tokens We will receive £89.27

Viva Performing Arts

Amanda Farrell We are a non-profit performing arts school. We give disadvantaged children the opportunities to dance to different styles, learn musical drama, performance drama, crafts and singing opportunities without the high prices. As we are in a community centre we are unable to have permanent mirrors, so the Wish money will help buy portable mirrors, which will enable us to use them in our classes so the children can watch how they dance and perform.

We collected 5615 tokens We will receive £53.68

WISH 2012 funds will help us to take the kids away on a football tournament next year.

We collected 23548 tokens We will receive £225.06

Walton Youth Project

Vickie Morris Walton, DEEP POST (Develop, Enhance, Enjoy, Participate) is one of our projects. It is a small community based charity whose aim is to engage 13 to 19 year old males and females in order to provide opportunities that are not normally made available to them. The diverse programmes on offer to young people include Skills for Life, Sexual Health, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Appropriate Relationships, Self Esteem and Confidence Building, Enhancing Employment Skills. In addition a range of leisure work shops and recreational activities in the form of Health and Well Being, Hair and Beauty, Nutrition, Music Group and various sporting activities are offered to young people. Walton DEEP Post is a new project, the need for this programme was identified by both members of the local community and existing staff of Walton Youth Project. We hope to provide equipment/facilities that enable local young people to participate and contribute to the local community.

We collected 18528 tokens We will receive £177.08

Warrington Youth Club

Zoe Slater Since we were founded in 1952 over 2000 young people aged between 7 and 19 (up to 25 for those with disabilities) have attended the club (60 year anniversary this year). During this time the youth

all our players. Each player will play a minimum of one half of a game of football per match. Westgarth Utd strives to increase the participation in sport of the local community with free coaching sessions for young children and an ‘Olympic Fun Day’ for families earlier this year. The club would use the WISH 2012 donations to develop new teams for young children and help grow the club and increase participation amongst young people in sport. We would do this through the hire of facilities and purchase of necessary equipment to generate interest amongst new members and build a process to sustain the development of the club.

We collected 8332 tokens We will receive £79.63

Whiston Royals Christine Fairhurst

We are a local morris dancing group. who have girls ranging from 2 years of age up to the age of 40+. We train on a thursday night from 5 till 7 at Whiston town hall, we then go out every Saturday and compete against other troupes. We try and keep young childen of the streets and involve parents in the healthy activities we do and build self esteem.

We collected 14780 tokens We will receive £141.26

Wirral Dancers

Dawn Bailey Wirral Dancers is a small morris dancing troupe formed 11 years ago in Brombrough, Wirral. Over the years we have won many awards, we dance all over the north west every weekend taking the children to compete in competitions. This year I only have 18 girls in the troupe who are dedicated to dancing, these girls have been with me for a long


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Every token counts time. This year I haven’t been able to take the girls to all the competitions because of lack of funds for the coach, they have really missed not being able to compete every week. We are a very close troupe and we look out for each other and enjoy spending time together. It is at the stage now where we can no longer afford to keep Wirral dancers going unless we get some funding to help us keep going, it will break the girls hearts if we have to end. We would spend any WISH 2012 money on travel costs to get to competitions or to buy new dresses and a new music system.

We collected 17900 tokens We will receive £171.08

Wirral Egg Run Charity

Philip Whittam We are the charity that run the world’s biggest egg run. Attracting over 20,000 bikers and over 40,000 onlookers. The whole community get involved with this event! Any WISH money collected will go towards keeping the egg run running for another year, covering the costs of making the run go ahead. This will help us raise even more money to give to good causes.

We collected 1396 tokens We will receive £13.34

Wirral Whipiteres Roller Derby Team

Lisa Fraser The Whipiteres are Wirral’s flat track Roller Derby team established in March 2011. Roller Derby is a fast full contact officially recognised sport, played by people aged 18+ on quad skates. Presently we have around 70 skaters at four levels of ability and we have just began to compete against other teams. We are a democratically organised social team, we support local, national and international causes and charities, as well as holding regular fund raisers to support our teams own growth and success. We have enrolments approximately every 6 weeks and welcome men and women. No experience is necessary and we have limited kit to loan. Our aims and objectives are to enable and empower our team members, encouraging personal growth, optimise health fitness well being and ability within a supportive environment whilst becoming a respected and successful sports team. Our team ethos is ‘For the greater good of all’ - in all our endeavours we strive to have an inclusive positive impact on all our members, Roller Derby, our community, and society. We want to raise money through WISH 2012 to be able to purchase kit for potential members to use who want to join, but can’t because they can’t afford skates pads and helmets.

We collected 18624 tokens We will receive £178.00

Woolton Drama Group

Zoran Blackie Woolton Drama is south Liverpool’s oldest amateur dramatics group, bringing accessible and entertaining shows to our community for over 55 years. We welcome members regardless of experience or background to get involved in theatre, aged 17 to 70, to work as a team and put on great shows. Our productions are often the first ever live theatre experience for audience members, especially with our forthcoming January 2013 production of Grimm Tales. We don’t do divas – we are fully aware that we are doing this for enjoyment and this communicates to our audience – but we do our best to put on professional standard shows. We target people from all backgrounds but where people have particular skills – from acting and singing to technical stuff and costume – we have great opportunities to build up their experience, meet new people and demonstrate their skills. We put on at least three shows a year, and we would love to do more, but are restricted to money we generate from ticket sales and members subs. The WISH campaign will hopefully give us the springboard to be able to take shows to other community groups, recruit more members and keep the group going for another fifty years!

We collected 3180 tokens We will receive £30.39

Woolton Youth & Community Centre

Natasha Donohue Woolton Youth & Community Centre is a voluntaryorganisation located in the Woolton area of South Liverpool. We provide opportunities for sport and educational activities for young people to take part in during their leisure time. We would like to use the WISH money to purchase various sport and games equipment to support the work that we do with local children from the local community of Woolton.

We collected 21168 tokens We will receive £202.32

Woolton Community Resource Centre

Ron Travis WCRC is a company limited by guarantee that aims to promote culture, heritage and education and the advancement of health and well-being by providing a pop-up book exchange, community information services, reading groups for adults and story time and rhyme time sessions for young children. Our group operates in Woolton and the surrounding neighbourhoods following the recent closure of public library services in Woolton and Hunts Cross. We hope to purchase 4 laptops for a pop-up book exchange and information service to provide:1. Community information including assistance for job seekers and homework support for school children. 2. IT training for silver surfers. 3. A management system for the book exchange.

We collected 2764 tokens We will receive £26.42

Y kids

Claire Morgans Y kids works to make a difference in the lives of children and young people living in some of the UK’s most deprived communities. We aim to provide positive role models and life choices, helping them to discover that no matter what their circumstances, they can achieve and be great! We hope to raise money from WISH 2012 to get equipment for a film project so young people can make short films.

We collected 1708 tokens We will receive £16.32

YAH (Young at Heart)

Sharon & Ben Vogelenzang We are a group of ladies aged 55 and over who meet every Tuesday 11am - 2pm for a social gathering and lunch, we enjoy quiz’s, bingo, crafts, music discussions and Ben cooks for us. The aim is to bring ladies together for a chat and for people who live alone in our community. The group had grown in numbers due to the lovely time they have here, we try to vary what we do and organise little events. We would use the funds to help the facilities in Bounty TLC for the use of the YAH club to benefit ladies over 55 e.g. outings and hopefully repair the pool for us to use.

We collected 6928 tokens We will receive £66.22

York Diamonds

Kate Hand York Diamonds is a Morris Dancing Troupe that exists to improve the quality of life, tackle young

children (particularly females but not dismissive of males), hanging around the streets and create a hobby for them to work as a team, gain confidence, dance skills and co-ordination within Thornton and the surrounding area. Morris Dancing is a fun hobby and all ages are welcome. York Diamonds is made up of females aged from 1 – 40 years in the Thornton area of Sefton. There are currently 4 troupes of girls of mixed abilities. The girls practice on a Tuesday evening and aim to go to competitions on Sundays starting April 2013. We have a small committee made up of mums and supporters and a bank account that requires two signatories. The social club attached to the church are kindly allowing us to use their hall space for practice as the community centre no longer exists and a mini bus will be sought for competitions. Along with the equipment needed for practising such as a CD player we would like WISH 2012 to help us go to competitions. To enter competitions there is a required uniform that consists of dresses, headdresses, socks, bells, ribbons, tambourines, shakers, pumps and gym knickers, hooded track suit tops and waist coats.

We collected 5848 tokens We will receive £55.89

Zephyr Morris Dancers

Sharon Jones We are a morris dancing troupe called Zephyr established in 1989. We are a friendly troupe and we have girls attending across all ages starting from age 2-30 - all ages are welcome. We have troupe members from lots of different backgrounds and all our girls are treated the same, no child goes without. We’re like one big family and we do lots of things together, it would be lovely and very much appreciated if we could take part in WISH 2012.

We collected 22872 tokens We will receive £218.60

Zero Centre Youth

Morag Reid We are solely dedicated to supporting women and children who are victims of domestic violence and abuse, offering them drop in support services around Wirral. Our therapeutic programmes for children (5-10 years old) and young people (11 -15) are proven to help them recover from witnessing or experiencing violence, preventing them from becoming the next generation of victims or offenders and enabling them to build happier lives. Any donations via WISH 2012 will go towards supporting this group in all its activities.

We collected 3696 tokens We will receive £35.32


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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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A big thank you to all the groups who have taken part in our Wish campaign! Here are just some of the fantastic pictures you have sent in!

Liverpool Echo Wish campaign 2012  

ECHO readers across Merseyside collected a staggering 2.6 million tokens to earn cash handouts for community groups

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