Dylan’s Playground

The new playground at Rebecca House was officially opened this week by Hospice Young Ambassador, Dylan Walton and businessman Trevor Hemmings.

Mr Hemmings made a significant donation towards the funds that Dylan Walton raised for the playground, on behalf of The TJH Foundation. Dylan grabbed the island’s attention through his fundraising for Rebecca House including when he walked up Snaefell.

The new playground aptly named ‘Dylan’s Playground’ features equipment that children who are living with life-limiting conditions can enjoy completely free from restrictions.

Anne Mills, Chief Executive of Hospice, said: ‘We were absolutely delighted to hear of the support that Trevor Hemmings gave us through The TJH Foundation in honour of our Young Ambassador; Dylan. It was truly an honour for us to host him at the official opening of the new Rebecca House playground. He and Dylan had a wonderful time together and it was fantastic to be able to show him exactly what his donation was funding, and the needs of our children and their families that he is helping to support through his generous donation. Thank you again to the wonderful TJH Foundation.  Whilst visiting Rebecca House Mr Hemmings was so impressed by the aspiration and work of our team that he donated a further £25,000 towards much needed running costs.’

ACE!

An initiative designed to help young people get involved with grass roots tennis on the island has paid real dividends. For more than a decade, management consultancy business Auxesia has backed Albany Lawn Tennis Club’s Mini Tennis and Junior programmes with hundreds of youngsters participating. The Douglas-based firm’s investment, which concludes this week, has run for 11 years and amounted to £50,000, allowing the club to run various activities for those aged four and over.

Auxesia’s Director, Stuart Colligon, said: ‘It has been a genuine pleasure to support Albany Lawn Tennis Club which is something of a hidden gem; it’s a first-class facility for tennis enthusiasts of all ages and those who want to get involved in or return to the sport.

‘To see the potential fulfilled by so many, including the youngsters who qualified for the national finals of the Road to Wimbledon championship and had the opportunity to play at the iconic All England Club, was a wonderful moment. We wish Albany every success going forward and I’d encourage any local business that is keen to support the Manx community to consider backing the club. It is incredibly rewarding to watch the youngsters develop through the programme and is a very worthy initiative to be involved with. I would highly recommend the club to future sponsors.’

Bradda Glen Access

Manx Lottery Trust, in collaboration with The National Lottery Community Fund, has awarded a grant of £40,000 towards the construction of a viewing platform with upgraded wheelchair access in Bradda Glen, Port Erin.

The scheme has been devised by the members of the Rotary Club of Rushen & Western Mann. They will enlarge the existing small viewing platform on the Bradda Head lower footpath in order to provide a large viewing area that will have full disabled access, with a wheelchair and environmentally friendly base, a 1m high glass balustrade set back from the existing hedge to enhance the enjoyment of the views and give shelter with the provision of wheelchair-friendly picnic tables. The viewing platform will consist of formally arranged paviours which will be accessed by an adjacent tarmacadam footpath, removing the existing uneven and soft surfaces.

John Lindon, Past President of the Rotary Club of Rushen & Western Mann, explained more about the work: ‘The project is being undertaken to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Club which was founded in 1973. The Club’s first community project was the creation of the Bradda Head trail, on which the new viewing platform will be located. This work will further benefit the community, in the same vein as the original project that it celebrates, as the scheme will open the views from Bradda Head to everyone, so creating a lasting legacy for the community of today and tomorrow.’

25 Years Service

Three Quilter International employees received awards for 25 years’ service. Suzanne Hewitt, Michael Lewin and Caroline Robinson were all presented with bottles of bubbly, plus certificates marking their achievement, by CEO Peter Kenny at the company’s HQ at King Edward Bay House, Onchan. Presentations were also made to Andrew Jones, Cat Matthews, Gemma Stanway and Stephen Wood for 20 years’ service; to Andrew Davies for 10 years; and to 16 employees for five years’ service. The CEO thanked them all for their loyalty and significant contribution to the business.

Southeastern

Rail operator Southeastern has been stripped of its franchise after failing to declare more than £25m of taxpayer funding. The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) said the money had now been reclaimed. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the Operator of Last Resort would take over the running of rail services in the south east to protect taxpayers’ interests.

Sir Roger

Former Liverpool and England striker Roger Hunt has died at the age of 83. Known as ‘Sir Roger’ to fans, Hunt was part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning side and is the club’s record league scorer with 244 goals. He won 34 England caps, scoring 18 international goals after making his debut in 1962 when Liverpool were in English football’s second tier. Hunt played in every game of the 1966 World Cup and scored three times to help England out of their group.

“Roger Hunt comes second to no-one in his importance in the history of Liverpool FC, that much is clear,” said manager Jurgen Klopp.

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