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Earlier this month, 28 people - staff, friends and patients - took to their bikes tosome of the riders at the LCL Bike Ride take part in the Liverpool Chester Liverpool Bike Ride raising much needed funds for our charity, St Paul's Research Foundation. 

It was a joy to witness the shear elation on completing the ride and also the fantastic team spirit that prevailed from everyone encouraging each other along the way. It was clear that everyone missed the social interaction and the sense of freedom that lock down had thrust upon us and this event was much needed. 

This got us thinking, Why stop there? Why not do another event everyone can join in, whether they have a bike or not? Why not make a "Get-together event" a regular feature in our diaries, something we can look forward towards. 

Where are we going next?

One of the most popular events that takes part each year is the Wirral Walk - sadly cancelled this year. However, that should stop us getting out again. 

The walk follows the beautiful Wirral coastline from Seacombe Ferry on the River Mersey to the Thurstaston visitor centre on the River Dee side, a distance in total of 15 miles. However, some only walk part of the way, stopping off at pubs or railway stations along the way.  You can walk as little or as far as you want.

It is an enjoyable day for walkers of all ages and abilities. 

We plan to start the walk at 10am, so people can get the train to Hamilton Square from Liverpool in plenty of time. Or you can drive and park up at Seacombe Ferry Terminal or surrounding roads.  

So dust off those walking shoes and invite colleagues, friends and your family members for another great day out.

If you want to join us call 0151 706 4291 or email foundation@liverpoolft.nhs.uk

Future get-togethers

We want to create a list of events that get us out and we need your help to do that.  Let's us know what you would like to do and we will organise it. 

Panto

One suggestion has been a trip to the pantomime in December. How many of us have been to a pantomime in the last 20 years, or even at all!? The plan is to meet for a meal before attending a traditional panto for the best or, depending who you talk to, worst traditional festive comedy. 

More on this to follow nearer the time.  

School Sports Day

Dr Kevin Hamil, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Eye and Vision Sciences, organised a School Sports Day for the academic staff a couple of years ago. Many of those at the University are overseas students and staff had never participated so where intrigued what one consisted of, and any concerns where allayed by the smiling British staff reminiscing. 

Next year a trip to the shops is a must to buy red, blue, green and yellow ribbons for the teams, plastic bags for the sack race and rope for the skipping race. Let's push the boat out and purchase medals, and recreate the Olympics, and the best trophy £10 can buy and we will big it up to equal the Jules Rimet Trophy. 

If you want to join us on the Wirral Walk on Sunday 5th September or have suggestions for team-building and great days out, please let us know - we would love to hear from you.