Liverpool Group

Liverpool Group Committee
Chair Person: Elaine Lang
Co Vice Chair Person: Steve Alcock
Co Vice Chair Person: Martin Culley
Secretary: Melanie Allen
Treasurer: Graham O'Hagan
CHICS Co-ordinator and Family Support Worker: Eddie Hincks
At the AGM on 10th January, a new committee was successfully elected. Judy Bayliss has stepped down as Treasurer, and we would like to thank her for all her hard work and help over the years. Our previous co vice chair, Graham O’Hagan has now been elected Treasurer. This left a vacancy so I would like to say a warm welcome to our new Vice Chairperson, Martin Culley.

The new committee from left to right is as follows: Martin Culley; Eddie Hincks; Graham O’Hagan, Melanie Allen, Steve Allcock and Elaine Lang. As we have many new CHICS members, we thought it would be a good idea to tell you more about ourselves:

Martin Culley – His son Tom was diagnosed with ALL at age 2 and he finished treatment aged 5 in February 2015. He has been raising money for CHICS since 2012.

Eddie Hincks – Ed joined CHICS in 1991 when his son Colin, then aged 12 was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. Colin is now 37 years old.

Graham O’Hagan – His son Ben was diagnosed with ALL at almost age 14. Ben is now 19 and is at university in Sheffield studying Biochemistry.

Melanie Allen – Joined CHICS in 2011 after her son Ben almost aged 4 was diagnosed with ALL. Ben is now nearly 10.

Steve Allcock – His son Bobby was diagnosed with an undifferentiated tumour at just 9 months old. Bobby is now nearly 10.

Elaine Lang – Her son (another Ben!) was diagnosed at 14 months old with a brain tumour. Ben is now 14.

Christmas is coming - Can you sell any packets of CHICS Xmas cards (10 in each pack) for us?

It’s that time of year again, and Christmas will be upon us before you know it. We have 2 designs of CHICS Christmas cards priced at 2.50 a pack (see attached photos for the designs). If you wish to purchase either of these or know anyone who could sell these in bulk, please contact the office. For anyone who would like the packs of cards posting out to any UK address, I will post out any 2 packets for 6 (this includes postage). Please pay me via paypal (pay me as a friend) and my e-mail address for payment is In the notes section of paypal, please add which design of card you wish to purchase and which address you would like the cards sending out to. The cards will be sent out during November and December.

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Meetings are normally held the second Tuesday of each month at 8.00pm at Ronald McDonald House. Everyone is welcome, it is informal and very friendly, so why not give it a try.

Our next meeting will be on the 10th October.

10-12 year olds & Teenagers:
Patients and siblings age 10-12, are eligible to join the 10-12 group. They are supervised by CRB checked adults and would give them a chance to get to know each other having lots of fun at the cinema, bowling and many other events. If you have a child in this age group and think they may be interested in attending then please call the office and leave their names.

If any of your children (patient or siblings) are 13 or over, they are eligible to join the teenage section of CHICS. The emphasis is on fun and being with children who find themselves in similar circumstances.

These group meet every few months (no parents) and go on trips to places like the cinema, crazy golf, bowling, trampolining, Go-Karting, days out and meals out. If you think your child would be interested in joining either of these groups, please email Melanie with your name, age of child and mobile number to be added to the group. For all current members of either group, could you also email your name and mobile number as in future when we are organising trips out, we will do this via text/email if required.

Bereavement Group:
We are looking to resume the Liverpool section bereavement group. If you are interested in attending, please contact the office.

Bereavement Book:
CHICS have a bereavement book which is kept in the Alder Centre. If anyone requires a form to place an entry in the book, please contact Judy.

Eddie's Day Off:
Eddie will be in clinic on Wednesday and Thursday, and will be in the CHICS office on Tuesday and Friday. He doesn’t work on a Monday.

Also, could I point out that the messages left on the office answer machines are picked up every day, so unless it’s a real emergency could we ask you not to ring Eddie at home, leave a message on the phone and we will get back to you.

Eddie's New Work Mobile Number:
If you have been contacting Eddie on his personal mobile, please delete this number from your contact list and replace it with the new CHICS mobile number 07757404752.

What Do You Want?
We at CHICS would really like to know what you would like to see the committee offering by way of support. Would you please email Elaine with your suggestions. We are a family support group and we would love to develop this role even further. We are looking at inviting speakers along to the meetings to give practical help and advice on anything you would like. So please think about it and email Elaine with any idea, it would be great to build up the attendance of the meetings.

There will be No More Paper Newsletters. We are wasting far too much time and money (approx. 1000 a year) sending out paper newsletters. In this day and age, there are more efficient, faster and less costly ways to view the newsletter (email, CHICS Website) so we have taken the decision not to produce paper newsletters from 1 July 2016. This means that if you are currently receiving a newsletter via the traditional post, these will stop. Please provide us with an email address that the electronic newsletter can be sent to by emailing Eddie.

Calling All Volunteers:
Would you like to be a volunteer for CHICS, it’s a great opportunity to meet other volunteers who give up their free time to support CHICS at events such as fundraising, manning stalls, bag-packing, helping out at social events, etc. . Please e-mail Eddie or telephone the CHICS office - 0151 523 8886 - if you are interested.

Trips - Get More Involved With CHICS:
Give us your ideas. Have any of you had a great day out this year? Would you recommend it to others? Well we would love to hear from you. We are constantly on the look out for places to go. As you can appreciate CHICS has visited many places over the years, but we are constantly looking for fresh ideas so please start thinking and phone the office with your ideas. Or better still come a long to a meeting.

Request to Parents:
Do we have any parents who are willing to be CRB checked? This is because we sometimes require individuals to supervise children on route to holidays, day trips, holidays etc. If you are willing please call office.

CHICS as a charity can only grow with your support:
You or a family member may be able to organise fundraising amongst friends, neighbours or in the workplace. Ask people you know to remember CHICS - Children’s Cancer Support Group - if they are ever requested to nominate a charity to receive a donation or funding.

Your child’s school may raise funds through a cake bake, non-uniform day, summer or Christmas fair by having a stall with tombola, we can also give you CHICS merchandise to sell - see "Items for Sale" below.

Have you got any ideas how we can do new and exciting fundraising???

Collection Boxes:
CHICS have a supply of collection boxes. We are requesting member's to go in to their local shops and ask if they can leave a box to be filled. If you can place a box please contact Eddie at the CHICS office. Anyone who has placed a collection box and has not had it emptied for a while, could you either chase it up, or let us know and we can go and empty it.

Do you have a CHICS collection box that is not in use? If so, please could you return it so that we can reallocate it to another fundraiser.

Items for Sale:
We have received our new stock items for sale and these include pens 60p, trolley coins 1.00, pins 1.00, mugs 1.50 and T-shirts 3.50 all with CHICS logo. If you or any of your family can sell any items at work or school please contact Eddie at the office on 0151 523 8886.

Gold Ribbon Medals:
We have got the gold ribbon medals to sell which are 1 each. If anyone can sell them, can you call the office please?

You cannot fail to have noticed how the wrist bands, started by the Lance Armstrong Foundation to raise money for Cancer Charities have taken the nation by storm. So we thought we would have our very own CHICS band done. What we need now are our members to sell as many as they can, if you are able to do this ring the office and we will get these out to you.

CHICS Monthly Donation by Direct Debit:
Most of you will have seen adverts on TV asking you to donate a minimum of 2 a month for a particular charity. Well a number of families now donate to CHICS by direct debit each month. CHICS does not need any of your bank details as it is your bank that all arrangements are made with. If you would like to make a small monthly donation to CHICS please contact Judy for a form.

Just Giving Web Page:
CHICS now have a page on Just Giving ( If you are thinking of donating to CHICS online you can do it via this site, or it can be used to sponsor anybody who is taking part in a sponsored event for CHICS.

Russell Keenan Talk – to be repeated in Liverpool:
Russell Keenan will be repeating his talk on leukaemia research, locally, nationally and internationally. The presentation includes details on the children who have travelled to Seattle for treatment. If you are interested in this (date to be announced) and couldn’t make it to Bromborough when he did the talk in June, please call CHICS office on 0151 523 8886 or text 07757 404752.

Do you have any great fundraising ideas?:
We are looking to set up a sub committee to look into outings/activities/fundraising etc. If you wish to apply for a place on this committee, please contact the office.

Huge thanks to everyone who took part in the Chics annual sponsored walk:
Over 70 people participated this year which is fantastic! Thank you to everyone in particular Marty Culley who organised the after walk grub at the Monkey Grinder on Lark Lane and his wife Ruth, who donated the hamper and raised
58! Despite the weather, a great time was had by all, and we will let you know how much the walk raised in the next letter once we have collected all the sponsor money in.

Maclaren Major Buggy for Loan:
If you require the loan of a Maclaren Major Buggy, please contact Eddie either by e-mail or telephone.

Children’s Wish Charities:
If you are unaware of the wish charities out there, please take a look at and contact Eddie if you need any assistance with applying.

Future Trips:
It has been brought to our attention that there are families who have not been successful in securing places on trips, this cannot be allowed to continue, so in future all places on trips will be allocated on the basis of demand and whether you have been before. When you phone to book you can leave your details and you will be contacted if you have secured a place.

If you have any suggestions for any future trips/days out, please email Melanie as we would welcome new ideas from parents/carers.

Dates for your diary
Disney on Ice - Sunday 15th October - 2.30pm - at the Manchester Arena: Tickets are 12.50 (both adults and children) and this will include a coach from Alder Hey. If you are interested please contact the office or text Eddie. If successful, you will be contacted.

CHICS Christmas Party - Sunday 10th December - 1pm - 5pm - at the Railway Club, Melling: Please click here to complete the Christmas Party form and send it to Eddie before 31 October otherwise your child may not receive a present from Santa.

Rock n Roll Panto - The Little Mermaid - Saturday 30th December - 1.30pm - at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool: All tickets are 10 each, children too. If you wish to be considered for tickets for this, please contact the office to put your name down. If chosen, all money needs to be paid by 10th November.

AGM - 9th January 2018: Please also find attached a nomination form if you wish to nominate yourself or someone for the CHICS committee. The AGM will be held on 9th January 2018. This is your chance to have a say in how the charity is run and how the money is spent.

Holiday On Offer:
The below serious fun camp is a great way for your child to have lots of fun and meet children who have been through the same experiences, they can build confidence and make new friends.

Barretstown, Ireland.
Patients only 14th – 20th August - ages 11 to 15

If you require any further information please contact Eddie either by e-mail or telephone the CHICS office.

Holiday On Offer via Northern Lights:
Do you have a child who will be between 6 and 1/2 to 10 and 1/4 years old and will have completed all treatment by December 2017? Northern Lights Charity are going to Lapland for 5 days. Your child will stay at a Manchester hotel on 14th Dec, then fly to Lapland on 15th to 19th Dec. Patient only, no parents. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to experience. If interested please call Eddie on 0151 523 8886. Please do not tell your child that they are definitely going as this is a nomination only at this point.

Join our People’s Voice – you can make a difference. Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Clinical Networks are keen to ensure that patients/carers/members of the public are at the heart of everything they do. They are currently recruiting to their People’s Voice database so if you have an interest in health and care; and live or were treated in the Cheshire/Merseyside area they would like invite you to register. You can chose what, and how much or how little, you get involved with and what that involvement looks like.
For further information, please contact: You can also register on-line by following this link

Liverpool Group Collection Boxes

Liverpool Group Donations

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