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<b>Tues Dec 21: </b>Top of the shops, free buses, churches' Christmas reminder and more

Published on December 22nd 2009.

THERE WILL BE FREE TRAVEL FOR HOSPITAL STAFF AND VISITORS this Christmas Day. For more than 20 years, Merseytravel has laid on free bus travel on the 25 December, which is designed to help those spending Christmas in hospital. Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel said, “Without these services we know it would be very difficult and potentially costly for families to see their loved ones on Christmas Day.”

LIVERPOOL’S SHOPS SCORED TOP MARKS in a mystery shopper exercise. Over 95 businesses were scored on eight key areas by City Central Business Improvement District, including staff approach, customer service, sales, staff image, city centre knowledge and their overall impression. Nineteen achieved a 100 percent rating and a further 25 scored more than 90 percent.

CHURCHES TO LAUNCH ‘REMINDER’ ADVERTS about the true meaning of Christmas. The Diocese of Liverpool has joined forces with other denominations to fund two adverts on the city’s commercial radio stations, which offer a humourous take on the Christmas story. One advert styles a Christmas chart rundown, and the other takes the form of commentary on a police car chase.

HOMELESS CHARITY WINS CONTRACT from the council to ensure the homeless can find shelter. The Whitechapel Centre in Everton will provide refuge for nights when the temperature falls below zero for three consecutive nights, and also help to work out long-term solutions for the homeless. Julie Prendergast, from the organisation, said, “We have managed to help many homeless people through different initiatives.”

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