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Mayor takes tea with Knowsley's Good Neighbours
Good Neighbours honoured
30th November 2009
The stars from Knowsley’s communities were given a standing ovation at the first Good Neighbour awards.
The awards paid tribute to the members of the community who have made a significant difference to the lives of their neighbours or the local community.
Over 50 nominations were received from members of the community throughout the summer to honour the kindness of their neighbours.
The event was held at the Huyton Suite on Monday 30th November, with the awards being presented by Cllr Dave Smithson, Mayor of Knowsley.
The winners of the six area based awards were:
•Richard RobertsNorth Kirkby
•Doreen Hope South Kirkby
•Carol WoolertonNorth Huyton
•Lil ConwaySouth Huyton
•Marion AhearnePrescot, Whiston, Cronton & Knowsley Village
Doreen Hope, of Westvale, Kirkby, was given a special Outstanding Achievement award by the judges.
In addition, six residents were nominated for a Community Health Champion Recognition award, with Jimmy Jordan of Prescot being named as the winner.
The awards have been set up by the Knowsley Partnership and the Knowsley Challenge to demonstrate the depth of goodwill and community spirit that exists in Knowsley.
Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council and Chair of the Knowsley Partnership, said “The awards were a chance to say thank you to the fantastic people who make our communities a better place to live.
“There are many great people who live in Knowsley, but I felt especially honoured to have spent an evening with such inspirational people.
“They are a credit to themselves, their families, their communities, and to Knowsley.
“Our communities, and even our world, would be a much better place with more people like them.
“Everyone who has been nominated should be proud of themselves, but I would like to draw special attention to Doreen Hope, who was given the Outstanding Contribution award.
“Since 1971, Doreen has helped her neighbour Maureen Essien to feel at home in a community after she moved to Knowsley from Trinidad.
“Her support has made Maureen and her family feel at home in the borough, and she has made a friend for life.”
Doreen Hope, winner of the Outstanding Achievement award, said:
“I never thought I would get this sort of recognition for what I did.
“I enjoyed being there for my neighbour and I didn’t do it to get anything back.
“Having said that, getting this award is great and the way we have been treated is lovely.”
Maureen Essien, who nominated Doreen Hope, said: “Doreen helped me and my four children settle into the area.
“She stood up for me and my family, and through her friendship she has restored my belief in other people.
“She has always been there to offer support and guidance whenever me or my family have needed help.
“Whenever I think of Doreen I think that God must have given me a sister to carry me through my troubles in a new life and a new country.”
The event also saw the launch of the Knowsley Partnership’s community cohesion strategy.
The strategy outlines how partners in the borough will work together to improve the relationships between people from different backgrounds.
As part of the strategy, the Knowsley Partnership will be working with both residents and partners, including the local landlords such as Villages Housing and Knowsley Housing Trust.
They will also be working with local schools to launch a community cohesion toolkit in early 2010, and a cluster programme in North Huyton to encourage nine local schools to work together.
The awards were judged by a panel made up of local councillors from Knowsley Council and representatives from NHS Knowsley, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Knowsley College, and Knowsley Council for Voluntary Service.
The full list of nominations is below:
•Winner: Richard Roberts
•Mrs Sylvia Quinn
•Jimmy & Betty Neville
“Richard has taken great care of my mother and my late father for a number of years. He would pop in three or four times a day, cook some meals, and help out with the shopping. My brother and I are often away from home, so it was a great comfort knowing that Richard was there for our parents. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have Richie as a neighbour.”
(Ray Glifton, Northwood)
•Winner: Doreen Hope
•Mrs M Arnold
•Ronnie & Kathy Evans
•Winner: Carol Woolerton
•Jackie & John Barratt
•Miss K Purcell
•Jean & Frank Jones
•George & Mary Sparks
Carol is a natural listener and full understands my needs and the needs of other people in the street. She’s great with the kids too – she gives them gifts when they have a birthday or when they have been good. When I wa
MISSION HOSPITAL QUETTA, BALOCHISTAN (PAKISTAN) 1910
Mission Hospital Quetta was one of the 1st hospitals to be established at Quetta in 1886IT WAS .RUN BY Church Mission Society (CMS). One of its very 1st incharge was dr Henry Holland , who later was to be always assocated with it, not only just because of spending most of his life serving there but due to being instrumental in its expansion and great success. During the 1935 Quetta earthquake he was the chief medical officer of Baluchistan.
Dr. HENRY HOLLAND had offered his services to the Church Missionary Society shortly after graduation and, in March 1900, still with four months left of his contract as Traveling Secretary, he was called to Quetta, on the remote North-West Frontier of India, to take the place of the doctor shortly going on leave. He had three weeks to prepare for his journey to a place he had never heard of.
Traveling by cramped third class overland to Marseilles, he continued on by sea in an airless lower berth, such as was allotted to second class passengers at the turn of the century. A typhoid inoculation beyond Port Said made him severely ill, and he suffered a virulent attack of the fever seven months after reaching Quetta. From Karachi, he completed the last 400 miles by train, climbing from the dust-thickened air over the Sind desert and plains, through the desolate Baluchistan hills to the upland plateau where Quetta stands, ringed by towering peaks, 5,500 feet above sea level. As he left the plains he began to see large, fierce-looking tribesmen who seemed a piece with the harsh surroundings. His first sight of the city-oasis that was to be his home was memorable—arriving on the 6th of May, the weary traveler delighted in the greenness and profusion of blooming roses.
The medical mission at Quetta, established 14 years earlier, was one of a chain of four along the North-West Frontier originally encouraged by British army and political officers to help keep peace among the tribesmen as well as treat their physical ills. To the first outpatient building constructed in 1889, had been added four wards with 28 beds for inpatients, one operating room and a dark room for ophthalmoscopic work. It was a small but brave assertion of Christian care and compassion in the heart of a hostile land, for killing an infidel as a way to attain Paradise was common practice among fanatical Muslims in those early days.
The Frontier it served was a bleak and isolated land of red mountains and great stretches of arid, rocky plains. Apart from the railway to Quetta, there were few roads and only rough trails across the wastelands and through the passes. Excepting the British garrison and government officers at Quetta and the few other stations, the inhabitants were mostly scattered tribespeople who changed their dwellings with the season. Separated by deserts and mountain ranges, the various tribes seldom mixed together. Education in a formal sense was unknown, and there was little desire for schooling among those living in or near the Frontier stations to whom it was available.
Dr. HOLLAND found the hospital in full swing; spring and autumn were the busiest, when caravans could move without hindrance of snow and freezing temperatures or the intolerable summer heat. Among the patients were small-statured Brahui, of supposed Dravidian stock, who came in droves after their winter sojourn to the plains south of Sibi on their way back to the uplands. Tall, hardy Pathans, the Afghan tribes living on the then British side of the border, came down from the mountains to the north. A Pushtu-speaking Semitic people, they claimed descent from the 10 lost tribes of Israel. Baluchi arrived as the weather warmed, from the southern foothills and plains running east from Sibi to the Punjabi frontier. Also a Semitic people and often of fine physique, their language was a form of Persian. Journeying up from the plains were Sindhis and Punjabis.
The doctor was not put off by the Muslim fanaticism, blood feuding and raiding that characterized a part of the tribesmen's way of life. Seeing their strength in adversity and the obvious need for medical attention, he quickly took up the challenge of adjusting to life in entirely strange surroundings.
Work for the young medical graduate began at once. Dysentery and malaria were common ills. Surgical needs were great though limited facilities permitted treatment mostly of hemorrhoids, tubercular glands and cataracts. As he had not had hospital experience, he spent several hours each day working with the doctor he was soon to replace, learning surgical technique. Otherwise learning by doing, he was soon administering treatment for all manner of ailments. Later, he was able to widen his knowledge through visits to hospitals in Kashmir, the Punjab and Sind.
By adhering to a rigorous daily regimen of work and study, he passed examinations in Urdu, Persian and Pushtu and mastered the rudiments of Brahui, Baluchi, Punjabi and Sindhi. Whenever the hospital work slackened, the
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