Midcheshire Independent Issue 130

2 July 2021 NEWS Follow us on facebook: yourlocalinde Rick Carter, (pictured), one of few private practitioners in the UK qualified to prescribe medication, is treating many patients for problems associat- ed with Long Covid in his clin- ics in Nantwich and Crewe. The father-of-three, who has practised in the area since 1994, said: “I was hit hard by the virus in October. I’ve recovered other than lin- gering issues with fatigue so I can totally empathise with patients feeling frustrated by ongoing issues. “Initially there was talk of Long Covid actually being a ‘thing’ but evidence has shown millions to be suffering. An ONS survey has suggested at least one in five people have symptoms which limit their daily activities for over a month after initial infection. “Often low mood, brain fog, fatigue, joint pain, mus- cle aches are residual issues. These are sometimes difficult to separate out from other conditions that may have similar symptoms. “It’s complex and needs time, patience, care and con- tinuing support from our network of local and national healthcare professionals.” The Office for Nation- al Statistics (ONS) survey pointed to common problems including fatigue, headaches, coughs, sore throats and mus- cle pain. Tiredness was the one most experienced with some people surveyed unable to walk very far at all. Rick’s ctchealthcare prac- tice’s registered physiother- apists are working alongside psychologists and hypno- therapists to treat patients for the physical and mental symptoms of long Covid in- cluding low mood and trou- ble sleeping. He said: “With Long Covid now a national issue we urge patients and workplaces to recognise the symptoms and seek help.” A NEW play facility is planned for Marbury Coun- try Park in Northwich thanks to a £100,000 grant from funding body FCC Communities Foundation. The cash, together with match funding secured from Cheshire West and Ches- ter Council will be used to create a bespoke outdoor play area with new equip- ment. The area will have picnic tables and seating, interpretation boards, landscaping and planting, fencing and improved foot- path connections. The new and improved play area will be relocated to a more centrally located site next to the existing park offic- es. Work on the project is set to start in the autumn. Mary Jeeves, from The Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM), said “Vis- itors have talked for several years about the possibility of improving play facilities in Marbury Country Park, so we are delighted that the excit- ing plans will soon meet their wishes. FoAM is proud to have been included in the working party and is looking forward to seeing the completed project.” Richard Smith, FCC Com- munities Foundation senior grant manager, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the new play area project at Marbury Country Park and pleased our funding will provide such a fantas tic facility for children and young families. “FCC Communities Foun dation is always happy t consider grant application for projects that make a dif ference to local communitie and we’re really looking for ward to seeing this one tak shape soon.” HOLIDAY activities for vulnerable children and young people will go ahead this summer fol- lowing the success of Cheshire East Council’s delivery of the Covid win- ter grant scheme. Activity programmes are in development and organisa- tions and families will be able to obtain more details later this month about the schemes to be run. It follows the success of the council’s roll-out of the gov- ernment’s support package for vulnerable children and families placed at risk during the pandemic. The council managed to reach 9,500 vulnerable young people between De- cember and April, ensuring that they received supplies of food and that household bills were paid. Independent YOUR LOCAL EDITORIAL: Ged Henderson ged@hendersonnewsandmedia.com ADVERTISING: Amy Owen Amy@independentnewspapers.co.uk Tel: 01204 478812 CLASSIFIEDS: Amy Owen Amy@independentnewspapers.co.uk Tel: 01204 478812 No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure that the articles and advertisements that are carried are authentic, however the publisher of Your Local Independent accepts no responsibility for claims made. © Investors in Publishing Ltd 2021. Your Local Independent is published monthly by Investors in Publishing, Publishing House, 3 Bridgebank Industrial Estate, Taylor Street, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7PD. Tel: 01204 478812 Fax: 01204 667345 www.independentnewspapers.co.uk Don’t ignore the long Covid effec Park improvement is child’s play Holiday boost for youngster Appreciation: Cllr Kathryn Flavell has thanked local organisations for their efforts “Many residents who were worried about paying bills or being unable to put food on the table, expressed their relief at knowing that we, together with other support organisations and charities, were around to help, offer- ing clear guidance in how to make applications for sup- port packages.” Following the success of the Christmas and Easter holiday activity schemes, the council is now preparing for similar activity programmes this summer. These are intended to tar- get children who receive free school meals so that, as well as having some fun in a safe and secure environment along with other children, they also receive a healthy meal at the same time. Its Easter programme funded 18 schemes in more than 35 locations and saw more than 460 children join- ing holiday activity clubs where they enjoyed baking sessions, science experi- ments, gardening, dance, signing, games, drama, physical exercise, sports and much more. Councillor Flavell said: “I am so pleased that we are able to continue this pro- gramme this summer, and I want to thank the many organisations who dedicate their time during the summer months to ensure that these children are given something positive to do during their time off school and are well looked after. “This is funded by the Department for Education – but it is our community groups who make it happen and put a smile on the fac- es of so many children in our borough.” Any organisations wish- ing to enquire about getting involved should email: CE- HAF@cheshireeast.gov.uk Families wishing to en- quire about holiday activi- ty clubs can do so via: www. cheshireeast.gov.uk/schools/ holiday-activity-fund.aspx CHESHIRE West and Chester Council is asking people and businesses whether its Local Plan needs to be updated to reflect changing national and local priorities. The plan sets out how the area should be developed in the future, including how many new homes are needed and where they should be built. LOCAL artist Ron Stephens has created an exhibition of paintings and prints of heritage buildings in Northwich and beyond. It can be viewed at the Weaver Hall Museum until Saturday September 25. THE Armed Forces Day flag was flown throughout Armed Forces week at Wyvern House in Winsford and Brio’s Memorial Court Leisure Centre in Northwich. THE NEWS IN BRIEF A PHYSIOTHERAPIST and independent prescriber is urging people not to ig- nore the symptoms of Long Covid after recovering from the virus himself. Cheshire East received £1.18million from central government. The local authority sent out more than 40,000 food vouch- ers and more than 1,500 utility vouchers to help with household bills. The council also ensured that families in need of replacement goods, such as fridges, cookers and washing machines, were also helped. As many as 122 house- holds benefited from a part- nership involving schools, colleges, the NHS, council services and third sector or- ganisations to identify fami- lies in need. Kathryn Flavell, the coun- cil’s chair of children and fam- ilies, said: “We received many complimentary comments from people and professions about our approach to this, ensuring that families and children in Cheshire East placed at risk by the pan- demic, were supported and not forgotten.