Duchess fund backs paper; New garden centre is a blooming success.
Byline: TOM DOWLING alltogethernow.org ...FOR PEOPLE WHO WON'T LET DISABILITY GET IN THE WAY
YOUR free and favourite All Together NOW! charity newspaper has gained another big admirer ... and a welcome PS5,000 towards costs.
Kate Williams, manager of the Anne Duchess of Westminster Charity, said: "All Together NOW! is doing a great job by giving hundreds of thousands of people affected by disability information that they cannot get anywhere else.
"The free newspaper has been helping people for 11 years and we are delighted to support its development."
The Anne Duchess of Westminster Charity supports small community groups whose objectives reflect the interests and causes of the late Duchess, who died in 2003.
The donation follows Liverpool legal firm Quinn Barrow's recent support.
Paul Barrow, senior partner at the Stanley Street lawyers, said: "Corporate social responsibility is high on our agenda and this free charity newspaper is making an enormous social contribution. We are proud and excited to be involved with the paper."
The 11th anniversary issue rolls off the ECHO presses next week.
Copies will be available at the ECHO offices, in Old Hall Street, from Wednesday and at all your usual stockists by the end of the week.
You, too, can help by making a donation, becoming a regular subscriber, or persuading your company to become a corporate Friend of All Together NOW!
SOUTHPORT'S New Leaf garden centre - run by people with disabilities - is now open seven days a week.
Lesley Henderson, manager at Sefton's social care provider, New Directions, said: "Everyone at New Leaf is excited that we'll be open every day of the week. Visitors getting their gardens ready for the summer will have the satisfaction of knowing that their purchases are supporting our service users, who are learning useful new life and work skills.
"These range from planting and designing hanging baskets in our greenhouses to retail and customer service skills in the garden centre shop."
New Leaf is located at Park Lodge greenhouses, on Rotten Row.
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Barbara Gannon and Pauline Gillett, centre, with hanging baskets, with, from left: Cheryl Ross, Tim Prescott, Robin Durdin, Kathy Dodd, Brian Jones, Billy Mullins and Robert Grimes