Care home to re­open as Pri­ory hos­pi­tal

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­ @jamie_lopez1

ASOUTHPORT busi­ness owner has bought a re­place­ment bi­cy­cle for a teenager whose new bike was stolen out­side Fun­land.

Her­bert Sil­cock Jr, whose fam­ily run sev­eral amuse­ment ar­cades in the town cen­tre, felt com­pelled to help after be­ing re­minded of a time when his own bike was stolen when he was a sim­i­lar age.

Al­fie Fore­man, 13, vis­ited Fun­land with friends Josh Keen and Char­lie Can­nonNoren but was dev­as­tated when his Car­rera bike was taken. The bike had been bought a month ear­lier as a birth­day present.

While Josh and Char­lie rode to South­port Po­lice Sta­tion to re­port the theft, Al­fie stayed at Fun­land, where Her­bert Jr’s daugh­ter Ser­ena searched the cen­tre’s CCTV footage. The cam­eras showed some­one dressed in black hoodie and black trousers tak­ing the bike from out­side the Prom­e­nade en­trance but the cul­prit could not be iden­ti­fied.

Al­fie headed home to Marsh­side, dis­traught at the loss of his new bike but Her­bert Jr then de­cided to write a cheque to the fam­ily so they could buy a re­place­ment.

Al­fie’s mum, Deb­bie Vickers, said: “On Sun­day morn­ing I had a won­der­ful, out of the blue phone call from Mr Sil­cock Jr say­ing he had been very em­pa­thetic with Al­fie’s up­set and im­pressed with his good man­ners and that it had touched their hearts and that his fam­ily would like to buy Al­fie a brand new bike to re­place the one stolen out­side Fun­land.

“As you can imag­ine, Al­fie was sur­prised and ut­terly de­lighted and beam­ing.”

For Her­bert Jr the in­ci­dent was all too rem­i­nis­cent of when his bike was stolen from Me­ols Cop School in the 1960s.

He said: “When I saw that young man’s face, it had quite an ef­fect on me. He was ab­so­lutely dis­traught.

“It took me back to when I was his age and and had my bike stolen.

“The sim­i­lar­ity was un­real, it was a brand new bike and you didn’t lock them back then.

“They were such a nice fam­ily as well and I couldn’t stop think­ing about it when I went home.

“I said to Ser­ena, ‘I feel like buy­ing him a new bike,’ and she said, ‘Dad, let’s do it!’ It just felt a good thing to do.”

While there was happy end­ing for Al­fie, for many oth­ers it is not the case.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice data, 1,983 bikes were recorded stolen in Mersey­side in 2017/18, an av­er­age of five ev­ery day.

The fig­ure is up by al­most 100 from the 1,898 bikes stolen the pre­vi­ous year and is the high­est since 2014/15, when there were 2,030 bike thefts.

The lo­cal surge re­flects a sim­i­lar pat­tern in Eng­land and Wales. A HOS­PI­TAL will soon open in Banks after a health­care com­pany re­ceived per­mis­sion to con­vert an empty care home.

The for­mer Rose Lodge Care Home, on Church Road, can now be con­verted to a “small hos­pi­tal” by the Pri­ory Group, which runs 24 other sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties na­tion­wide.

The ex­act ser­vices pro­vided have yet to be de­cided. Pri­ory of­fers health­care in ar­eas in­clud­ing men­tal health, ad­dic­tion and eat­ing disor­ders. It also pro­vides a range of NHS ser­vices.

Rose Lodge, also known as The Vil­lage, had also been run by Pri­ory but was per­ma­nently closed down ear­lier this year. In its most re­cent Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion in­spec­tion, pub­lished in Jan­uary, the ser­vice was rated as “Re­quires Im­prove­ment”.

At the time of the in­spec­tion, last Septem­ber there were 26 res­i­dents.

A Pri­ory Group spokesper­son said: “We’ll be work­ing with health com­mis­sion­ers and the lo­cal au­thor­ity to see how we might help meet the needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity..”

Deb­bie’s part­ner Rob­bie McMa­hon, Her­bert Sil­cock Jr, Josh Kean, Al­fie Fore­man and his mum

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