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Local fundraiser battles injuries to run for cause close to his heart

Posted on Tuesday 30th April 2013 at 8:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Leigh and Amelia.

This Sunday (5th May), Leigh Morse of Little Stoke will take on the challenge of the Bristol 10k in aid of Allergy UK.

Leigh has been braving the cold winter weather and pounding the local streets to clock up the training miles, as these will see him through on the day. He has even faced and conquered injury to take part! This will be Leigh’s first 10k and he is both excited and nervous but cannot wait to soak up the atmosphere and absorb the crowd’s chants as they cheer him along and across the finish line.

With over 11,000 runners taking part, the event is now one of the fastest growing and popular of its kind in the UK. Leigh wants to raise as much money and awareness of Allergy UK as possible as he knows the impact of the vital services they provide.

Leigh said:

“I was inspired to do something for my daughter, Amelia, who suffers from numerous allergies – the worse being a peanut allergy.”

“As a family it was very difficult to deal with at first but there is help available through organisations like Allergy UK.”

“I am hoping to raise over £250. My training/sponsorship has been on hold due to a knee injury but now I am raring to go!”

Rebecca Carey, Fundraising Manager for Allergy UK, said:

“I am so impressed with Leigh’s commitment and dedication to help Allergy UK raise awareness and money for the vital services we provide. The money raised will make a huge difference to all those with allergies and food intolerance. Leigh’s enthusiasm and passion are so humbling!”

Allergy UK is the leading national medical charity providing advice, information and support to people with allergies and food intolerance. The organisation makes a difference by providing a dedicated helpline (01322 619898) and information and guidance to empower sufferers so that they can manage their symptoms and receive appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

To find out about Allergy UK visit www.allergyuk.org or to support Leigh visit: www.justgiving.com/Leigh-Morse

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Another milestone reached in UWE Stadium project

Posted on Wednesday 24th April 2013 at 10:00 am by SH (Editor)

Internal view of Bristol Rovers' proposed new UWE Stadium in Stoke Gifford.

Bristol Rovers FC have announced the passing of a further milestone in their project to build a new 21,700-seater stadium on land near the University of the West of England in Stoke Gifford.

A message on the club’s website says the three month period during which the granting of planning permission could have been challenged through a judicial review has now expired, leaving the way open for construction to start.

However, the club must still wait for the same milestone to be reached on Sainsbury’s plans to redevelop their current ground, the Memorial Stadium in Horfield, the proceeds from which will finance the new stadium.

On that front, club chairman Nick Higgs reports:

“Things are also progressing with the Section 106 [agreement] on the Sainsbury’s development at the current Memorial Stadium site, and we hope that will be signed in the very near future.”

Work on the new stadium is expected to take 18 months to complete, allowing Rovers to move to the stadium in time for the start of the 2015/16 season.

Preliminary work started earlier this year, when contractors moved onto the site to drill a series of boreholes to test ground conditions.

Related link: UWE Stadium (The Journal)

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Stoke Gifford railway training centre to stage apprenticeship open evening

Posted on Wednesday 17th April 2013 at 9:15 am by SH (Editor)

Network Rail apprentices training at HMS Sultan.

Network Rail is inviting young people and their families from across the West of England area to its state-of-the-art maintenance training centre in Stoke Gifford to experience life as a railway apprentice and meet the people and high-tech kit involved in keeping Britain’s rail network running.

The company is seeking 50 new apprentices to join its ranks along the Western route, where billions of pounds is being invested in electrifying and upgrading the railway over the next few years. With this and further investment across Britain, today’s apprentice could tomorrow be part of one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the country.

Those attending will have the chance to speak to current and past apprentices, engineers and recruiters about the scheme and the opportunities available.

Michelle Palin, who heads up recruitment for the Network Rail scheme said:

“It’s a very exciting time to work on the Great Western route with electrification, Reading station development and Crossrail. We need more highly skilled people to help us meet the challenges of a busier network and focus on improving performance and increasing capacity. The apprenticeship is just the start of our learning programme. The Bristol training centre is evidence of the quality of training our people of all levels are offered and we’re committed to developing our workforce.”

“Many of our apprentices go on to be team leaders and managers and take up the opportunity to further their education with a foundation degree in engineering, which we fund and support. I look forward to meeting lots of young men and women and their families to showcase the exciting opportunities available.”

More: Apprentices will be paid £14,000 in third year »

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Lord Mayor opens marketing suite at new Cheswick Village care home

Posted on Wednesday 10th April 2013 at 10:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Official opening of the information suite at the new Beaufort Grange care home.

The Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Peter Main, alongside the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Janet Biggin, caught a glimpse of the new care home under construction in Cheswick Village today (Wednesday 10th April) during an opening ceremony attended by local healthcare professionals and neighbours.

The Mayor took a tour of the new information suite and cut the ribbon to officially open it with the help of Alexandra Crew, General Manager of the newly named Beaufort Grange care home.

The 74-bed home is situated within Cheswick Village, a new development in North Bristol on the border of Stoke Gifford and Lockleaze, and is now open from 9am to 6pm weekdays and from 10am to 4pm at weekends.

The home’s surroundings and services will accommodate people requiring different types of care, including residential, nursing and dedicated dementia care.

The information suite was fitted out by an in-house expert interior design team and gives the local community an opportunity to see what the finished care home will look like when it opens this summer. It features examples of two homely bedrooms, a dining area and a living room all designed with future residents in mind. The home will be finished to a high specification with luxury fixtures and fittings throughout and each bedroom will have full en-suite facilities.

Photo (L-R): Helen Maiello (Senior Regional Operations Director, Barchester Healthcare), Cllr Guy Poultney (Lockleaze), Cllr Janet Biggin (Chair, South Gloucestershire Council), Cllr Peter Main (Lord Mayor of Bristol) and Alexandra Crew (General Manager, Beaufort Grange).

More: Home is expected to create more than 100 new jobs »

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