Pictured at the presentation ceremony (front left) Vicky Keeley from Sefton Volunteer Centre, High Sheriff of Merseyside Robert Owen and Mayor of Sefton Cllr Stephen Kermode with volunteers from Southport and Formby. (Courtesy Southport Visiter)
Exactly a year since Mrs Abila Pointing MBE DL took up the office of High Sheriff, Mr Robert Owen JP DL succeeded her in the office of High Sheriff of Merseyside. The Installation took place in the Athenaeum, Liverpool.
Contact the Elderly launched its momentous 50th anniversary year with a grand afternoon tea hosted by the Crowne Plaza Hotel, John Lennon Airport.
The High Sheriff of Merseyside, Mrs Abila Pointing MBE DL, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Erica Kemp CBE and the Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University, Professor Gerald Pillay FRSA DL, were among the special guests.
More than 50 people from the local community, including Contact the Elderly’s older guests, volunteers and supporters, were joined by Mary Robinson, Executive Officer North & Midlands, Gwen Lightfoot, Development Officer in Merseyside and Greater Manchester, and Claire Harris, Trustee, for an afternoon tea and celebrations generously hosted by the hotel.
Since inception in 1965, Contact the Elderly has provided a vital and regular friendship link to more than 100,000 lonely older people. The charity relieves the acute loneliness of isolated people aged 75 and above who live alone, by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities. Each older guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home, where they meet for tea, chat and companionship.
Mrs Abila Pointing MBE DL, the High Sheriff of Merseyside, has officially opened the multi-million pound redevelopment at Merchant Taylors’ Primary School, Stanfield. The two year, two-phase project undertaken by Eric Wright Construction, a division of the Eric Wright Group, was completed in December and is the second major build project at Merchant Taylors’ Schools in the last 5 years. It is part of an overall 10 year development strategy, the next stage of which is already being planned.
Guests, including former members of staff, were invited to a special ceremony to mark the official opening of the impressive new build which is now fully operational since the beginning of the new school term in January. Mrs Pointing unveiled a plaque and talked about the value of a good education. She then met representatives of the school council who took her, and other guests, on a tour of the new facilities.
Her Royal Highness officially opened the new Joint Control Centre of the Police and of the Fire and Rescue Service at Bridle Road in Bootle. The centre is based at the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service headquarters and is a mixture of a new build and refurbishment of the current building.
The co-location of the fire and police control room functions provides an opportunity to deliver a more efficient and effective service to the public. Both emergency services share site infrastructure and facilities with the potential for sharing of technology solutions in the longer term.
The High Sheriff and her cadets were among the VIPs who greeted the Princess Royal.
The High Sheriff presented awards to the families of those who have donated organs. The Order of St John has joined with the National Health Service Blood and Transplant Service and instituted a special award to show the community's thanks and respect for those who act so selflessly at the end of their lives to save or enhance the lives of others.
The presentations were made in the iconic Port of Liverpool Building on Liverpool's Waterfront. Since on this occasion all the families were recently bereaved, it is not appropriate to include photographs of the individual presentations here.
Full details of the National Health Service organ donor scheme can be found at: