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Maggie O'Carroll, Chief Executive, The Women's Organisation

A LEADING voice in women’s and social enterprise, Maggie O’Carroll, has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at Scotland’s University of Strathclyde, where she hopes to support the development of a more inclusive and socially focused approach to entrepreneurial education and research.

Liverpool-based social entrepreneur and internationally leading voice on women’s enterprise, Maggie O’Carroll, has accepted the role at the University of Strathclyde Business School (SBS), in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

The Centre, which is endowed by the celebrated entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter, is recognised as Europe’s leading academic centre for research, teaching and engagement in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy within the context of SMEs and entrepreneurial ventures.

Maggie, a Cambridge graduate, is a co-founder and CEO of The Women’s Organisation, an internationally recognised social enterprise which has supported over 70,000 women to take a more active role in social and economic life and has helped create more than 4,000 businesses since its inception in 1996.

The Women’s Organisation was this year listed in the top 1% of UK Social Enterprises in the SE100 Index, which is the country’s leading source of market intelligence on social enterprise.

Working on an international scale to ensure that women’s interests are represented across communities, business and government policy, O’Carroll supports the agenda of women at the highest levels and speaks widely on issues relating to women’s employment and entrepreneurship.

She was also named as one of the UK’s most influential people in the social enterprise sector, making the top ten in Natwest’s WISE100 list as part of the SE100 Index.

Maggie now hopes to pass on this expertise and industry knowledge to the university’s faculty, wider research and policy community and especially to students who will be the business leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Professor Nigel Lockett, Head of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, said: “We are delighted to welcome Maggie on board as a Visiting Professor to the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

 “As Europe’s leading academic centre for research, teaching and engagement in the context of SMEs and entrepreneurial ventures we are always looking for ways to develop and enhance our offering. Maggie’s decades of experience in the field of entrepreneurship, particularly in the context of women’s enterprise and social entrepreneurship, will be an invaluable addition to this. We now look forward to welcoming Maggie to the department as she finds innovative ways to contribute to and enrich our academic community.”

Maggie said: “The University of Strathclyde Business School and the Hunter Centre is a pioneering, internationally renowned academic organisation and I am delighted to be joining the exceptional team there as a Visiting Professor.

“Supporting evidence-based policy development and the next generation of business minds and entrepreneurs is hugely important, not just for the talent pipeline but for the wider economy and society at large. It is so important that our future leaders recognise that business for good is not limited to charities and social enterprises alone, but has a hugely significant role to play in commercial businesses. If I can inspire just one student to go out into the world of business with a socially focused mindset and to take that knowledge forward with them, that will be a great thing.”

MARKETING Liverpool has launched a major new campaign aimed at kickstarting the city’s visitor economy.

Under the brand ‘Love Your Liverpool’, the campaign is targeted at residents in the Liverpool City Region and immediate surrounding areas, encouraging them to rediscover the city’s culture, hospitality, retail and visitor experiences.

The visitor economy, which has grown year-on-year for the last decade, is now worth £3.3 billion to Liverpool annually and supports more than 38,000 jobs. Recent analysis from Liverpool City Council showed leisure, creative and cultural businesses constitute 38% of the city’s economy, and 49.8% of business rates.

But tourism has been especially badly hit by the Coronavirus crisis, and now faces a summer without the many international visitors the city can usually expect to welcome.

As more people are choosing not to travel this year, it’s hoped that locals will make the most of ‘holidaying at home’ instead. The Love Your Liverpool campaign will be the starting point of the sector’s recovery in the city. It brings together small independent cafes, famous institutions, solo operators and multinational brands, all of whom need local support more than ever.

The city already looks quite different to before Coronavirus – the Liverpool Without Walls project has seen parklets built on Bold Street and increased outdoor seating across the city, museums and attractions have new measures to stay socially distanced and there are rules in shops to ensure everyone’s safety.

Businesses are also being encouraged to apply for ‘We’re Good to Go’, a free industry standard and kitemark scheme operated by VisitEngland. Designed as a way to ensure businesses follow public health guidance and give customers confidence, several Liverpool businesses have signed up and received their accreditation already.

The campaign which launched on Friday 10th July is being delivered by Marketing Liverpool on behalf of the Liverpool Visitor Economy Network (LVEN) and Liverpool City Council, and with financial support from the European Regional Development Fund.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “Culture and tourism has been the rocket fuel that has fired Liverpool’s regeneration over the last couple of decades. We now need local people to spend time enjoying what’s attracted visitors from all over the world to our city in record numbers in recent years. Spending your Liverpool pound here in the city will go directly in to the local economy and ensure the survival of many much-loved businesses.”

Donna Howitt, Marketing & Communications Director at Liverpool ONE and Chair of the LVEN Marketing Group, said: “Our aim with this campaign is to remind residents of what’s on their doorstep, and provide inspiration to head back out and rediscover the city. Our research shows that people are very keen to go out into restaurants, shops and visitor experiences again, so it’s a great relief that places are now opening up. However we are a long way from being out of the woods yet, and these businesses need your support more than ever.”

Chris Brown, Director of Marketing Liverpool, said: “We’re used to running campaigns promoting Liverpool around the world, but now the priority is absolutely on our local audience. The visitor economy employs a huge number of people in this city, and many of the biggest success stories are local entrepreneurs. However, Coronavirus has dealt a severe blow to businesses across the sector. With greatly reduced visitors in the next few months, it’s simply crucial that we stick together and support the businesses in the city when they need it most.”

To get involved and find out more, take a look at the VisitLiverpool site or social media channels.

Apprentice George with Line Manager Ken at Regenda Homes

IN September 2019 three Supported Interns from Abbots Lea School, which is a school for children aged 3 -19 with Autism, started their internship with the Regenda Group.

The Internship was part of a national programme to enable young people with learning difficulties and / or disabilities, to experience work and become equipped with the skills to achieve long term employment.

George age 19, was one of the interns that joined Regenda and has recently been offered a full time Supported Apprenticeship with the Group’s social housing provider Regenda Homes. His role will be within the Assets team as a Data Apprentice.

The Supported Apprenticeship will ensure that George receives a person-centred approach meaning he will receive the appropriate support, mentoring or adjustments required for him to succeed in the role. The apprenticeship will offer hands-on experience, paid salary, and a Level 2 qualification in Business Administration.

Claire Caddick, Career Lead at Abbots Lea School which delivers the supported internship programme in partnership with local employers, said: “National statistics show that the rate of pupils going onto employment from Special Educational and Disability (SEND) schools is very low. Supported Internships and Apprenticeships have been designed to ensure that all young people have opportunities to break down those barriers and have the chance to work alongside employers like Regenda and explore an array of different job roles.”

Supported Apprenticeships are a natural progression from the Supported Internship programme, in raising aspirations and ensuring that all young people have opportunities to reach their goals. With other Supported Interns at Regenda going onto develop their skills in ICT and Digital Design at college, Supported Apprenticeship schemes are not the only route to success and more employers are recognising the benefits of neurodiversity to their business.

Michael Birkett, CEO of The Regenda Group commented: “We are delighted that George has accepted the offer of a Supported Apprenticeship with The Regenda Group! Working in partnership with our training provider The Learning Foundry we hope George will have an enjoyable experience that enables him to fulfil his huge potential. As George has proved with Regenda, a diverse range of employees has massive benefits for business and we hope others across the region share our view.”

We asked George what his thoughts where on the securing an Apprenticeship with Regenda and how he felt about becoming the Region’s first Supported Apprentice, he said: “I’m ecstatic to get this Apprenticeship. All my family and friends are really happy for me. It’s hard enough to get a job straight out of school, even for neurotypical people so it’s a real achievement and I’m proud of myself. I feel I’ve earned this opportunity and worked extremely hard to get here and I’m happy that the work has paid off”.

AS anticipation continues to build around the creation of The Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot, everyone now has a chance to play their part in its success by making a financial pledge to support the project.

Visitors to the project’s website can choose to make either a one off donation or sign up for a direct debit to contribute monthly.

All funds raised will go directly to the Playhouse to support its construction and ultimately help to contribute to the successful running of the venue when it opens to the public in 2022.

Although the vast majority of the funding needed to construct the playhouse has already been secured, this is an opportunity for individuals, families, theatre lovers or people connected to Prescot to get more involved and be part of the journey to complete the UK’s Shakespearean triangle with London and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Ian Tabbron, Chief Executive of The Shakespeare North Playhouse said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response we have had to our plans for the Playhouse and we are hugely encouraged by the number of people who have been asking how they can get more involved. Local businesses already have the opportunity through Knowsley Chamber’s 100 Club to contribute but we wanted to widen that offer out so that anyone, if they wish, can make a one off donation or a small monthly contribution.

“In Prescot a number of independent businesses have already engaged people in funding initiatives that have been hugely successful. There seems to be a strong and collective will to want to help organisations and ultimately secure a bright future for the town.

“Now, more so than ever we know many people want to look to the future and do what they can to support a return to a new normal. A new normal for Prescot that will include a fantastic new arts and cultural venue within a thriving town centre.” 

The Shakespeare North Playhouse, which is currently being built in Prescot, will provide a wide ranging and contemporary programme of events and performances, along with an educational offer to engage and excite young and old.

At the centre of the new building will be a flexible theatre with capacity for between 320 and 472 seats, based on the iconic 17th century ‘cockpit-in-court’ design. This is particularly apt as Prescot was the only place outside London to have a purpose built theatre in Elizabethan times. This fact, and the areas fascinating links – via the Earls of Derby – to Shakespeare himself has paved the way for this major cultural development.

The Playhouse will also include an education programme, an exhibition and visitor centre and additional performance spaces including an outdoor performance garden which is being created and funded through a partnership with The Sir Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation Trust.

The project boasts an impressive list of supporters from the world of arts and culture, including Dame Judi Dench and Frank Cottrell-Boyce.

The majority of the funding for The Shakespeare North Playhouse is coming from Knowsley Council with support from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and central Government. Significant contributions have also been secured from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Foyle Foundation and the Sir Ken Dodd Charitable Foundation Trust.

To find out more about donating visit www.shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk


THE Good Business Festival has announced the first details of its Act 1, taking place on 8th October with partners, content and ambassadors unveiled for the first time.

In light of recent events, the festival will take place in two parts:

October will form Act 1 of the festival, focused on Covid-19 response and recovery, uniting giants in the fields of finance, tech, sport, and retail in their support of the festival.

The initial list of partners include: British Council, British Fashion Council, Coca-Cola, DCMS, Eden Project, Greenpeace, IBM, Iceland, International Fashion Academy Paris, IPSOS MORI, LFC, Mastercard, NESTA, Royal College of Physicians, Centre for Cities, B Lab UK, and ARUP.

The festival will use Act 1 to enable, support and galvanise its network and its audience to develop real, change-making initiatives and pledges in the aftermath of the crisis, and then leverage Act 2 in 2021 to bring everyone together to openly discuss those commitments.

Acknowledging the need for real and tangible change out of the pandemic, The Liverpool City Region will be the backdrop for this “build back better” initiative, while simultaneously providing a blueprint for cities around the world to emulate.

The international festival is curated by Culture Liverpool and Hemingway Design, on behalf of the Liverpool City Region and Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.

While October will be a hybrid of live, digital and broadcast content, the objective for March, one year on from lockdown, will be to present the festival in its original vision: a mix of talks, workshops, knowledge sessions, fringe events and social experiences, hosting content you wouldn’t expect in places you haven’t been; by fully leveraging all that the Liverpool City Region has to offer, the festival will take place across workplaces and warehouses, temporary pop-ups to heritage sites – an imaginative mix of arts, culture and business.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said: “The Coronavirus crisis has given us the opportunity to think about the kind of world we want to live in and there can be no return to business as usual. In the Liverpool City Region we’re looking to build the UK’s fairest, greenest and most inclusive local economy, with a particular focus on inclusive growth and community wealth building. That means ensuring that local communities really feel the benefit from investment, with good-quality jobs and fair wages. We’ll need to do things differently, and the Good Business Festival is a fantastic way to showcase our region as a radical leader for ethical, values-driven businesses. I look forward to sharing ideas both on-line and then together in person about how we can be an exemplar to build back better with business as we start to recover.”

Liverpool Football Club CEO Peter Moore said: “We are living through a period of unprecedented times during this global pandemic and the way businesses adapt to new environments is critical to their future success. At Liverpool Football Club our priority has, and always will be, the health and wellbeing of our people, the local community and supporters. We have a local heart with a global pulse and our values remain strong throughout and beyond the pandemic. The ambitions of the Good Business Festival align with ours, and we are excited to be a part of something which is focused on generating more for business by doing the right thing.”

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has welcomed a decision by Sefton Council’s planning committee to build a new 40-bed specialist hospital for people with learning disabilities at Maghull Health Park.

Outline planning permission has been approved, paving the way for a state of the art hospital building which will provide short to medium term care for patients across the region. The decision follows a series of public sessions held last September by Mersey Care over proposals to co-locate it with a range of secure mental health services already on its Maghull site.

Mersey Care’s executive director of estates, Elaine Darbyshire said: “Maghull has a long and living history of hospitals providing mental healthcare dating back more than a century, so we’re delighted to be building on that tradition.

“This new hospital represents significant investment of £33 million that will offer world class care in a therapeutic environment. It will also enable us to work with sector partners to provide a new model of care for complex patients across the North West.

“We are grateful to Sefton Council, other local representatives and health partners for enabling us to proceed to the next phase in this exciting new-build programme. Ultimately it will also cement the future of Maghull Health Park as a centre of excellence, as well as help boost the local economy and jobs.”

Outline planning consent was granted to build a low secure unit on land off Villas Road, which is on the community facing edge of Maghull Health Park owned by Mersey Care. The site has good transport links across the region, situated off School Lane close to the M58 junction and Maghull North Station. The new hospital will be nearby Mersey Care centralised support services, conference and training centre, as well as longstanding facilities and newer developments including the forthcoming Rowan View medium secure unit, making the site Maghull’s biggest employer.  

Next steps include agreeing design, layout and building specification to obtain detailed planning permission. Mersey Care will also go through a process to assure NHS England and Improvement that it has a sound business case for the new hospital, however the Government has already committed £33 million to the project, subject to necessary approvals.

A construction contract could be signed by late summer 2021, building work started in autumn 2021 and the hospital completed by spring 2023. A period of testing will then take place before the service becomes fully operational in the summer of 2023.

The new unit will cater for up to 40 men and women with a diagnosis of learning disability, autism and comorbid conditions, needing care and treatment in conditions of a low secure setting. Each patient will have their own bedroom with en-suite bathroom, plus a range of activity areas and therapeutic spaces.

LIVERPOOL-BASED youth services provider, Vibe, has launched a new vision to transform the future of youth services in the UK. The vision is to put young people at the heart of vibrant communities, by supporting them to build strong relationships.

Over the past decade, funding for youth work has been cut by nearly £1 billion according to the YMCA, despite the ever-increasing challenges faced by young people.

In response to this, Vibe has announced a renewed ambition for the future of youth services across the country, offering a collaborative approach with the aim of creating a National Network for Teenage Relationships. Formerly known as Knowsley Youth Mutual, Vibe are unveiling a refreshed brand along with their renewed vision for the future of the youth sector.

The vision focuses on a four-stage relationship model – underpinned by a Theory of Change – working with young people to improve their relationships with themselves, with those close to them, with others around them and with their communities.

By creating the National Network for Teenage Relationships, Vibe hopes to form a platform for youth service and support providers across the country to share best practice and learnings, to help provide young people with the support they need.

Paul Oginsky, Vibe Chief Executive, said: “Young people are at the heart of vibrant communities, but nationally, we are at a crossroads. Funding for youth work has been cut significantly in recent years, but the needs of young people continue to grow. To address this gap, we are delivering this renewed and exciting approach to youth services.

“We believe in a collaborative approach – sharing our learnings and best practice across areas such as research and insights, curriculum and programme design, evaluation, and staff training. By working in partnership, and creating this National Network for Teenage Relationships to share our learnings and best practice with like-minded organisations across the country, we know we can support more young people together than we could alone.”

Leigh Middleton, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency, added: “For young people, their motivation in life and their ability to function is intrinsically linked to how they feel about themselves, their ability to relate to others and the ways in which they are able to cope with their feelings and emotions.

“Youth work is all about developing young people’s personal, social, mental and political development and supporting the growth of their personal skills to be able to engage, connect and relate to peers and to learn life skills to move from childhood to adulthood is essential.

“Organisations like Vibe do vital work in supporting young people to make that transition successfully. Education system doesn’t always provide the life skills and resilience to be able to make the transition, so youth workers are critical, now more than ever before.

“I’m excited about the prospect of this new approach to youth work and look forward to seeing organisations coming together to support our future generations.”

Tracy Mawson

ST HELENS Chamber have announced that Tracy Mawson has been appointed as their new chief executive.

Tracy will officially take up the post on 1st September, following nine years at the Chamber as deputy chief executive.

During her time at St Helens Chamber Tracy has led the Business Services department, and more recently the Education and Careers Guidance Services. Prior to joining the Chamber she worked as head of strategy for the North West Regional Development Agency and held a range of business development commercial roles.  

Tracy said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed to the chief executive role. I truly believe in the work that the Chamber does to make a real difference to the lives and businesses of local people.

“I’m very excited to take up this new challenge and hope to be able to continue our great work for many years. Over the next couple of months I will be working closely with Kath to facilitate a smooth handover and transition period.”

Gary Charlton, chairman of St Helens Chamber, led the recruitment process. He said: “I am glad to be able to announce Tracy Mawson in the role, following quite a rigorous selection process. On behalf of the board I would like to welcome Tracy to her new role at the Chamber and look forward to working closely with her in the years to come.”

Outgoing chief executive Kath Boullen will be retiring in September after almost 30 years at the Chamber.

She said: “It has been a privilege to have played a part in the success of St Helens Chamber for so long. The Chamber does exceptionally valuable work to support the St Helens economy, businesses and people and I know it will go on to do great work with Tracy leading the way.

“I know that she will bring new energy and ideas to the Chamber, whilst maintaining the fundamental values and services which are so important to our members and customers.”

 

Daraa Tribes

THE UK’s longest running Arab arts festival opens a door into Arab arts and culture as it goes digital for the first time in its history next week (from July 9). Connecting artists and audiences from across the UK, this year’s festival will feature events from Ramallah, Beirut, London, Jerusalem, Morocco, Aleppo, Kuala Lumpur and more. 

Established in 1998, the festival usually takes place each year in arts and cultural venues across Liverpool. When Covid-19 led to a lockdown in the UK, digital programming has enabled the festival team to expand its reach, welcoming artists from across the Arab world for a series of events including music, film, talks, literature and performance. 

The festival includes:

The festival launches on Thursday 9 July with Moroccan musical collective Walead Ben Selim and Widad Broco/N3rdistan. Between rock, trip hop, electro, oriental-beat with world influences, this quartet mixes with ease digital power, ancestral Arabic poetry, the targeted singing intermingling here and there with the melodies of a Qanoon and African Keys. Without falling into the trap of ethnic-electro this fiery sonorisation serves as an engine to this group producing the most highly musical journey of the moment. 

Artist in residence, spoken word poet and performer Lisa Luxx brings her unique voice to the festival. British-Syrian, she reflects on identity, sexuality, belonging and gender. An In Conversation event will discuss the artistic process and the creation of a new work ‘Eating the Copper Apple’ which was due to be premiered at the festival, but will be launched later in 2020. 

Renowned Arabist Tim Mackintosh-Smith joins the festival to discuss his acclaimed book ‘Arabs: 3,000 Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires, delves into language and culture to narrate the evolution of modern Arab identity. The historian, who for many years lived in Yemen, will be joined in conversation with Irish novelist and collaborator, Denyse Woods. 

Hailing from one of the most musically rich cities in the Levant, Hello Psychaleppo is the brain child of Aleppian electronic music producer and visual artist Samer Saem Eldahr who brings an intimate live performance to Liverpool Arab Arts Festival. 

In partnership with the prestigious Sheikh Zayed Book Award, described as the ‘Arab world’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize’, Ibtisam Barakat will deliver a special workshop encouraging participants to explore and develop their writing skills. Barakat won the 2020 Sheikh Zayed Book Award for illustrated children’s book Al-Fatah Al-Laylakeyyah (The Lilac Girl.) 

Writing the Palestinian City, in partnership with Comma Press, brings together three writers, whose work includes both fact and fiction set in and about Gaza, Ramallah and East Jerusalem, to explore the issues, challenges and opportunities of writing about Palestine. Talal Abu Shawish (The Assassination of a Painting, Goodbye Dear Prophets, Middle Eastern Nightmares), Maya Abu Al-Hayat (No one Knows his Blood Type) and Mazen Maarouf (Jokes for the Gunmen, Our Grief Resembles Bread) join Ra Page from Comma Press for a discussion. 

Curfew, performed by El-Funoun PDT and Hawiyya Dance Company

ARTIST / IDEAS / NOW  is a new programme curated in collaboration with Creative Destruction. Led by some of the most exciting Arab artists across the globe, this series aims to address the most pressing and complex conversations of this moment. There will be three events during the festival; Art, Identity & Solidarity, I Am Here, Artists Working Under Isolation and Conflict, Colonialism and Climate Change. 

In a celebration of Arab Cinema, LAAF, in partnership with BBC Arabic Festival, shares a programme of short films from Female Directors in Today’s Arab World. Each short film by Dina Naser, Katia Jarjoura, Yassmina Karajah and Mariakenzi Lahlou, take us through the effects and consequences of war on individuals and their families; and the hope for freedom. Sheyma Buali, BBC Arabic Festival Director, who curated the film selection, will chair a special discussion with the selected filmmakers.

The award-winning feature documentary Jaddoland follows filmmaker Nadia Shihab, as she returns to her hometown in Lubbock, Texas, to visit her mother, an artist originally from Iraq. Touching and challenging, the film is an intimate portrait of a mother through a daughter’s eyes, which raises questions about what we call home.

Yemen in Conflict is a national partnership between LAAF, the University of Leeds and the University of Liverpool exploring how Yemeni literature and poetry can be safeguarded, and how it can further the understanding of the situation in Yemen. An online exhibition will premiere poemfilm commissions by artists Olivia Furber, Mariam Al-Dhubhani, Diyala Muir and Noor Palette, created in direct response to original poems by contemporary Yemeni poets Ahmed Alkhulaidi, Liverpool-based Amina Atiq, Hamdan Damaag and Abel Hakim Al Qadi. This will be accompanied by an essay by writer and poet Deryn Rees-Jones and a selection of material from a series of national workshops held with Yemeni communities in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool and Sheffield throughout 2019.

After wowing the crowds at the closing of last year’s Family Day, the festival welcomes back Daraa Tribes as the celebratory closing event on Saturday 18 July. A fusion of ancestral tribal music and Saharan Blues, Daraa Tribes comes from the oasis town of Tagounite in the Daraa River Valley of Morocco, with each member originating from a different tribe, bringing with them diverse music traditions to create an eclectic style only to be found in the oases of the North African Sahara.

Anne Thwaite is the Director of Liverpool Arab Arts Festival. She said: “Our artists, along with our festival team, have worked so hard together to deliver a programme that will, hopefully, inspire as well as entertain audiences. In 20 years, this is the first time we won’t be gathering together for the festival, but we will be together virtually. This crisis is affecting many communities in different ways and it is the power of art and culture to help shine a light on experience, while helping us to be more empathetic of each other. We’ve gained a lot in the past three months of being able to talk and share ideas in lockdown, so we’re looking forward to bringing that into people’s homes”.

For more details on festival events go to arabartsfestival.com. Audiences members can register for events taking place online. While all events will be free, donations from audiences are welcomed.

All donations received during the festival period will go towards supporting artists in the next year.

Ethan Gibbons age 12

UNABLE to train together or play matches for the last few months, seventeen players of the MSB Woolton St Pauli FC Under 12’s Boys Team decided to raise funds for end of life charity Marie Curie by running 800 miles between them, and have raised more than £1,300 so far.

Head Coach Chris McIver, whose 12 year old son Christopher is in the team and took part in the challenge, said “The boys were really missing training and playing football together since lockdown began and in order to keep them united as a team, keep their fitness levels up and have some fun at the same time, we decided to run the equivalent distance from our Liverpool Simpson’s training ground to our namesake St Pauli in Hamburg – 800 miles split between all seventeen players and coaches during June”.

Twelve year old MSB Woolton St Pauli FC Under 12’s player Christopher McIver (whose Dad Chris coaches the team) said: “We all had to fit our runs in with our school work and logged our daily runs on the Strava app so that we could keep an eye on our group total.  It was hard work, but we all kept in touch every day to see how we were doing and are really pleased to have completed the 800 miles as a team and raised so much money for Marie Curie”.

Ruth Todd, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie said:  “An enormous thank you from all at Marie Curie to the team, coaches and parents too, who also joined in the running.”

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