Husband rises to Three
Peaks Challenge for breast cancer services
A husband whose wife is currently
fighting breast cancer is preparing to climb the 3 highest peaks in the UK
to raise money for new breast care services. Richard Haythorne, alongside a
team of R Charity fundraisers, will climb Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon and
Scafell Pike in 24 hours.
Richard's wife is currently receiving
treatment for breast cancer in the Linda McCartney Centre at the Royal
Liverpool University Hospital and the environmental health officer from
Saron, near Denbigh, North Wales, sees the National Three Peaks Challenge as
the perfect opportunity to "give something back". Raising
money from the physically demanding trek is an ideal way to say thank you
for the care his wife has received from the Royal and across the NHS, says
Lesley Haythorne was diagnosed with breast
cancer after she noticed a lump while paying fetch with the family dog in
While Richard, who can't wait for his wife to meet him at the bottom of the
final climb, is used to climbing the likes of Snowdon and Ben Nevis, he
thinks the biggest challenge will be maintaining the energy to climb all
three in such a short amount of time.
The team set off from the Royal at 8.00am, on Friday, 11 September 2015 and
make their way to Ben Nevis (1344m) in Northern Scotland. If all goes to
plan they would then complete Scafell Pike (978m) in the Lake District over
night before completing Snowdon (1085m) on Saturday, 12 September 2015.
Richard, 43, said:- "The whole process of my wife being diagnosed and
the treatment that follows has been very difficult because there are so many
ups and downs that you go through, but we've had amazing support from
everyone involved at the Royal and across the NHS. My wife is
incredibly strong, though. She always sees the glass as half full and picks
me up when I'm feeling low about it. This just seemed like one thing I could
do give something back to the people who are helping her. I can't wait
for the challenge. I'm a keen walker anyway so the idea of climbing Scafell
Pike in the early hours of the morning is really exciting. I think being on
your feet for that long, staying awake and trying to get some rest in a mini
bus will be the biggest challenge!"
The R Charity £10million Appeal, which launched this month, will help to
provide the most up to date and innovative services in the new Royal,
including three new mammography machines for the new Breast Unit which will
enable earlier diagnosis of more women and the identification of breast
cancer at a curable stage. To find out how you can become a hospital
hero by raising money for the new Royal, email:-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call:-
0151 706 3150.
Calling all up and coming male actors in Merseyside! You could star in the
most enchanting panto in the land!
PRODUCERS LHK Productions Ltd., are now seeking 2
talented male actors to play the characters of Buttons and Dandini in their
glittering production of Cinderella at the Epstein Theatre this Christmas.
Lee Kelly, managing director of LHK Productions will be holding an open
audition to find 2 talented local men who can sing, dance and act and are
holding auditions on Monday, 21 September 2015. For the part of
Buttons, they are looking for a cheeky chappy, aged 16 to 25, with a great
personality and perfect comic timing, who can also sing. The character of
Buttons is a bit down at heel, but is always there to cheer poor Cinders up.
Meanwhile, Dandini is Prince Charming's right hand man so Lee is looking for
a strong actor, age 18 to 30, of any height, who must have a strong vocal.
The casting will take place at the Epstein Theatre and must be arranged by
appointment only by emailing:-
Auditionees need to prepare to sing 2 pop songs of their choice (1 ballard
and 1 uptempo piece) and list which part they wish to audition for.
Returning to the Epstein Theatre for the 4th festive season, Cinderella
tells the much loved story of a pretty young girl kept captive by her wicked
ugly step sisters. When Cinders is invited to a magnificent ball at the
palace, her 2 fiendish siblings forbid her to attend. With a wave of a magic
wand, her very own fairy godmother appears to save the day and she is
transformed into a beautiful princess. After a magical evening dancing
endlessly with Prince Charming, midnight approaches and poor Cinders has to
depart before the spell is broken. With a single glass slipper left behind,
will Prince Charming be able to find his princess? Will Cinders escape the
clutches of her ugly step sisters and live happily ever after?
Those talented enough to impress the producers will take to
the stage alongside Calum Best, the son of football legend George Best, as
Prince Charming, and like his famous father, the heart throb certainly has
buckets of charm and is bound to woo the audience, as well as the hand of
Cinderella… The all star production also features Beryl Marsden,
1 of the greatest vocalists of the Merseybeat era, who will make her panto
debut as the Fairy Godmother. Lee added:- "We'd love to give a
local guy a chance!" So if you think you would make a perfect
Buttons or Dandini, contact LHK Productions to arrange your audition today.
Film Studio plans for
LIVERPOOL is setting the stage to be
the most filmed City in the UK as proposals to create a new film and TV studio
in and around the iconic Littlewoods Building are to be considered on Friday, 18 September
A report going to Cabinet will set out plans to build the Littlewoods Studios
Liverpool; a 4.5 hectare hub consisting of film and television studios, and a
new home for Liverpool Theatre School which is currently based in Aigburth. It
will also provide new space for the City's booming creative community; thanks
to the success of the Baltic triangle, the need for space for the sector is
overwhelming; and opportunities for an on site educational offer will also be
Located at both the Littlewoods Building and on the neighbouring site of
Liverpool Innovation Park on Edge Lane, the new campus will create up to an
estimated 900 full time jobs when at Capacity.
The studios will mean that Liverpool can meet the demand for film and production
facilities, after a report by the Film Office revealed that in 2014 to 2015, the
City missed out on a potential £20 million filming revenue due to Capacity
issues in the City. Following the recent announcement about tax breaks for the
British film industry, it is predicted that more blockbuster productions will be
looking to film in the UK, and if Liverpool can't offer the required facilities,
the City will once again miss out on millions of pounds.
With access to new 20,000 to 30,000sqft sound stages and in a building with a greater
height (up to 50 foot), it is predicted that Liverpool will become an even more
attractive proposition for production companies making TV programmes, films,
adverts, music videos and corporate videos.
The Littlewoods Building and adjacent land is currently owned by the Homes and
Communities Agency, who will be disposing of their interest to the City Council.
All parties have been working together to facilitate this delivery and an
agreement is in place to transfer the land and property interests to the
preferred scheme developer Capital and Centric Ltd. at no cost to the City
If the report is approved, work on the £25million project will start
immediately, with major onsite works starting as soon as January 2016.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "This project has been a long
time in the planning. Various sites were reviewed, but the recognisable
Littlewoods building offers the scale required and is in a great location to
attract productions to the City.
Capital and Centric are a perfect choice as developer and their experience shows
they understand and work well with the creative sector.
With this development we can support the film sector, attract inward investment,
give a boost to the local economy, create jobs, improve skills and generally
enhance the image of the City.
This also comes in the same week as we've announced Liverpool as the new home
for the British Music Experience, so it all demonstrates our commitment to
escalate the growth of the creative industries in this City."
The former Littlewoods Pools Building has been vacant since 2003. Recently on
the site, Capital and Centric completed a £4m conversion of the Bunker Building,
creating 20,000sqft of speculative office space, attracting digital and creative
companies. They will continue to work onsite and take direct ownership of the
site with a 250 year lease, delivering the 1st 2, of 3, phases of the project.
Capital and Centric will look to create around 1,500 jobs throughout the
development phases, through the conversion of the existing buildings plus
further bespoke buildings for the Film and TV sector. The project will deliver
super energy efficient buildings with a focus on unique design.
Michelle Rothwell from Capital and Centric said:- "The Littlewoods Buildings
is part of the history of Liverpool, with more than 2,000 people working there
at 1 time. We're really looking forward to bringing back to life what is an
incredible and fascinating part of Liverpool's heritage. We love
converting buildings, they're perfect for creating an inspiring destination,
with co-working space, cool cafes and restaurants, and an environment to help
Carl Moore, HCA Head of Area for the Liverpool City Region, said:- "Using
our land to help meet housing and growth priorities in Liverpool is central to
our business and our local approach. We have been working with Liverpool City
Council towards bringing this iconic building back into use and towards
realising the film and media hub, which is a Mayoral Priority"
Claire Poyser, Joint Managing Director of Lime Pictures, said:- "I am
delighted and excited that Liverpool will have its own production facility. It
will not only provide the impetus for growth for established production
companies operating within the region but attract new business to a City that
offers a greater range of backdrops than anywhere else in the UK."
Maxine Ellis, Principal and Director of Liverpool Theatre School, said:-
"Liverpool Theatre School is delighted to be part of this exciting new venture.
We have been involved in training talented young people to enter the theatre
industry at the highest level for over 70 years. The state of the art
facilities which will include a 140 seat theatre and purpose built studios will
enable us to continue to provide further training at a world class level."
Filming in Liverpool in 2015 is so far up 20% in the 1st 7 months compared to
2014, with more than 130 productions being filmed in the region. Projects have
included feature film:- 'Florence Foster Jenkins' starring Meryl Streep and Hugh
Grant, Stephen Poliakoff drama:- 'Close to the Enemy', ITV supernatural crime drama
Houdini and Doyle and Sky's flagship 2016 drama:- 'The Five'.