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Issue:- 3 October 2013

Southport man able to ski again after pioneering radiotherapy treatment

DON Taylor (82) used to be a professional skier and refused surgery after being diagnosed with rectal cancer because he didn't want to have a stoma, which would result in him being unable to ski. Don had a consultation with Professor Myint at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and was told he was suitable for the Papillon technique, a contact radiotherapy procedure developed for the treatment of rectal cancer. He underwent the procedure and is now fit and well and able to ski again. He goes to Austria every year to ski and after getting the all clear, he has now started taking his grandchildren alon. At 82 he's still very active and also loves to ice skate and swim regularly.

The Papillon technique was introduced to the UK in 1993 by Professor Arthur Sun Myint and 20 years on, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is the only place in the UK to offer the procedure. The treatment means patients have a better quality of life as they don't require major surgery and the procedure itself takes a matter of minutes. The number of patients undergoing the procedure has also risen by 300 per cent as Professor Myint and his team continue to raise awareness of the benefits.

Papillon is recommended for early stage rectal cancer patients who are not fit enough for general anaesthesia. One of the primary benefits of the treatment is that it avoids patients needing to have surgery which can result in the need for either a temporary or permanent stoma.

Hall's Wing Restored After 60 Years

WORK on restoring a fire hit wing of Liverpool's Croxteth Hall has been completed; meaning the Hall can be fully used for the first time in more than 60 years.

The Queen Anne or South West wing of the Hall was hit by a blaze in December 1952. The fire gutted much of the wing's interior and it has remained out of bounds since then.

two of the rooms, next to the Old Dining Room, have been restored and brought back into public use in a £400,000 programme, funded through the Croxteth Estate Endowment Trust Fund.

The new function suite has been carefully designed to complement the existing Hall room. It involved major structural work, plastering, the installation of wood panelling, new windows and lighting along with a major decoration scheme and the provision of additional function facilities. The work also included a new entrance Hall, toilets and cloakroom area.

The Hall's Library and Old Dining Room along with the restored rooms will be used for weddings, conferences and other functions. There have been several bookings already for events using the restored wing.

It is estimated that at least £140,000 a year will be raised through the additional facilities at the Hall.

Joe Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, said:- "Not only are we bringing a historic building back into full use we will be generating much-needed income for the city. This restoration programme will pay off many times over especially as it was paid for out of an endowment fund, meaning it did not add anything extra to our budget. It is a great example of how we are investing to earn. Croxteth Hall is a major asset for Liverpool and this work opens it up to an even wider audience."

Councillor Peter Mitchell, Mayoral lead on parks and open spaces, said:- "Croxteth Hall is a real jewel in Liverpool's heritage.  The Queen Anne wing is generally regarded as the most interesting part of the building but it has never been fully open to the public so it is great that they will finally be able to access it 60 years after it was badly damaged.  The only sad part about this situation is that the former chef at the Hall, Raymond Lempereur who raised the alarm about the fire, died before he could see the work completed although he was able to see it start."

Croxteth Hall is a Grade II listed building and the former home of the Earls of Sefton. The Queen Anne wing dates from the early eighteenth century.

Work on its restoration was carried out by Nobles Construction Ltd.


THE Sefton Coroner's Office are now appealing for the public's help in tracing the next of kin of a Southport man who died recently. Clive Waugh died in his flat on Scarisbrick Street, Southport on Saturday, 28 September 2013. His death is not being treated as suspicious. Mr Waugh was 68 years old and had, until recently, been employed as a cleaner in Southport. Mr Waugh's family, or anyone who knows them, are asked to call the Sefton Coroner's Office on:- 0151 777 3480.

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