day at Southport Hospital
WORLD Glaucoma Week starts
on Monday, 10 March 2014, as part of the worldwide campaign to raise
awareness of the eye disease which affects the optic nerves. It has
been described as:- "the silent thief of sight"
condition does not cause symptoms in the early stages.
In the UK it is estimated that the disease affects one-in-200 people
over the age of 40 years.
When glaucoma is discovered early and treated, its progression can
be delayed to the extent that 80% of appropriately treated glaucoma
patients should not encounter significant visual disability during
An open day surgery with a drop-in session is being held on
Wednesday, 12 March 2014, from 2pm, at the Eye Clinic, in Southport
Mr Gonzalez-Martin, consultant ophthalmologist, doctors from his
team and members of the Southport and West Lancashire Patients'
Glaucoma Support Group will be there to give further information on
the disease. There is also the opportunity to have an eye
The support group will also hold a public meeting on Wednesday, 19
March 2014, at 2pm at the Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport.
Picture enclosed of Mr Gonzalez-Martin, consultant ophthalmologist
at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
boost for Mayor's Hope Fund
MAYOR of Liverpool Joe
Anderson's poverty relief charity has received a giant boost from a
local artist. Liverpool born Alan Heron has donated a painting
of Royal de Luxe's Little Girl Giant and it is now being raffled in
aid of the Mayor's Hope Fund, which raises money for local food
To be in with a chance of winning the stunning piece of artwork, log
on to the Mayor's Hope Fund Just Giving
and make a donation of £5 per entry. When donating, supply your
name, address and email address on each donation and put the word 'Raffle'
in the message box.
Mayor Joe Anderson said:- "I was delighted when Alan got in
touch with this very generous offer. The painting is
absolutely fantastic and this is a great opportunity to get involved
in the Hope Fund and possibly win a fantastic prize. I hope as
many people as possible log on and make a donation."
57 year old Alan has spent his working life in a range of roles from
builder to community health worker, but has always been keen to
pursue his ambition of working as an artist. He has been
producing community art work for more than a decade, and has also
spent a great deal of his private time working with and supporting
children, young people and adults with learning difficulties using
the medium of art.
Alan said:- "As soon as I heard about the Hope Fund I decided
to donate a painting as a way of raising as much money as possible
for this worthy cause. I am passionate about painting and it's
great that I can do something I enjoy which also helps others less
Alan's work covers a wide range of artistic styles from abstract to
landscaping. The winner of the artwork will be chosen at:-
random on Wednesday, 12 March 2014, at 9pm.