SPRINGS INTO ACTION FOR MARIE CURIE'S DAFFODIL APPEAL
THE UK's largest rail
operator, Northern Rail, has announced its partnership with national
charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, supporting its annual Great
Daffodil Appeal that runs throughout March 2014.
Northern is encouraging employees to donate an hour of their time to
sell daffodil pins to customers at its stations. It is also raising
awareness of the campaign and ways to donate with trains wearing
specially designed daffodil badges throughout March, posters
appearing at stations and on trains and supporting via social media.
Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Northern, comments:- "We are
delighted to support Marie Curie and the work the charity does to
provide essential nursing care for people with a terminal illness.
Every community in our network is covered by the Marie Curie nursing
service and last year it provided more than 10,000 people across our
region with specialist nursing care. We manage hundreds of
stations, so we can give our customers and our employees the chance
to make a difference to this fantastic charity to help people in our
communities and their loved ones, during the precious final days."
Arun Sharma, Head of Corporate and Commercial Fundraising at Marie
Curie, said:- "We are thrilled that Northern Rail has chosen
to support Marie Curie's Great Daffodil Appeal, our biggest annual
fundraising event, and we are grateful to have the support of Northern's staff and customers. The vital funds raised by the
partnership will help Marie Curie nurses across the region provide
more care to people with terminal illnesses in their own homes and
in the Marie Curie hospices in Newcastle, Bradford and Liverpool."
For more information go
or Text:- 'DAFF' to:- 70111 to donate £3.
harsher fly tipping fines
THE announcement of harsher
fines for people caught fly tipping has been welcomed by the CLA in
the North. The new guidelines have been set out by the
Sentencing Council, which said it wanted magistrates to make more
use of the "highest levels of fines".
Heavier fines may be handed out for all types of fly tipping,
"whether this is a company tipping a lorry load of used tyres in a
field or a householder dumping an old mattress in an alleyway."
the Council said.
The new guidelines will be used in courts from 1 July 2014.
CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said:- "This is
long overdue and is definitely a step in the right direction but it
does not deal with the problems faced by landowners who have rubbish
fly-tipped on their property. On average, it costs the
landowner around £800 to clear up each incidence of non-toxic
fly-tipped waste on their land. And there is the potential for
landowners to be prosecuted purely because they have not removed
waste tipped on their land."
The CLA is lobbying government to create a new ticketing scheme that
would enable landowners to take fly-tipped rubbish to their local
tip free of charge.
Miss Fairburn added:- "The CLA's action plan to tackle
environmental crime calls for the Government to ensure local
authorities can accept fly-tipped waste without charge to landowners
as well as an end to the prosecution of landowners who have waste
dumped on their land and have to pay to remove it. We would
like to see the creation of the right policy framework for local
authorities to work with police forces on a zero-tolerance approach
to the perpetrators."
The CLA is seeking evidence of fly tipping that has taken on private
land in the north. Farmers and landowners should send photographs of
the result, with details of date, location and any further
email@example.com once the crime
has been reported to the Police.