Connect with us
https://propermanchester.com.temp.link/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/secret-suppers-advert.jpg

News

Andy Burnham urges people in Greater Manchester to continue wearing face masks after July 19th

‘I will ask people to put themselves in the shoes of somebody who has a compromised immune system’

Published

on

Mayor of Greater Manchester / Facebook & Michael Cox / Unsplash

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has encouraged people across the county to continue wearing face masks after July 19th. 

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the remaining Covid restrictions – such as the use of face masks and the one metre social distancing rule – will be fully scrapped on the revised ‘freedom day’ later this month.

Yet while the majority of the country rejoiced at the news, those living with existing health conditions and disabilities were left with impending feelings of stress and anxiety.

@anniespratt / Unsplash

It’s no secret that Covid is far more serious for those over the age of sixty and those who are already managing underlying or existing health issues – health.org found that six out of ten people to die from Covid were disabled. 

And, here in Greater Manchester alone, there are over 500,000 disabled people – that’s 19% of the population, according to the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP).

So, with these statistics in mind, Mayor Andy Burnham has issued a plea to residents to continue wearing their face masks and adopting social distancing efforts while out in public. 

In a video statement yesterday, Burnham said: “I will be making real efforts with Transport for Greater Manchester over the coming few days to emphasise why people should do the respectful thing and continue to carry their mask with them.

Mayor of Greater Manchester / Facebook

”I will ask people to put themselves in the shoes of somebody who is going by bus to have chemotherapy. I will ask people to put themselves in the shoes of somebody who has a compromised immune system.”

He went on to stress that this isn’t a matter of ‘individual freedom’, but a matter of thinking about those who could be seriously compromised if they were to catch the virus.

As it stands, the use of face masks is still set to become voluntary after July 19th. 

News

Paralysed Manchester Arena survivor ‘walks’ for the first time since attack

Martin is also aiming to climb Mt Kilimanjaro next year to raise money for the Spinal Injuries Association

Published

on

@MartinHibbert / Twitter

A man left paralysed by the Manchester Arena bombing has taken his first steps four years on from the attack.

Martin Hibbert, from Chorley, was at the Ariana Grande concert on May 22nd 2017 with his daughter Eve, then fourteen, when a terrorist detonated a bomb, claiming the lives of twenty-two people and injuring hundreds more. 

Martin and Eve were stood just five metres away from the attacker when he detonated his device, with Martin being hit by twenty-two pieces of shrapnel, some of which severed his spinal cord. 

As a result of this, Martin was left paralysed from the waist down and was told by doctors that he would never walk again.

Martin Hibbert / Facebook

But now, thanks to revolutionary technology, Martin has been able to take his first steps since the devastating attack; using an Exoskeleton, a wearable machine that helps people with spinal cord injuries to move, Martin was able to stand up straight and walk for the first time in four years.

He shared the incredible footage of his first steps on Twitter, writing: “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won and all the fears you have overcome.”

He later spoke to ITV Granada about his achievement, saying: “To be stood up straight was mentally amazing. I wanted that video to inspire people.

“That, actually, technology is changing on a daily basis and there are hopefully big changes coming in research for spinal cord injuries.”

But this isn’t the end of Martin’s journey; next year, he will be climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa, to raise £1M for Spinal Injuries Association, whom he is an ambassador for. 

He said on his mission: “They’ve helped me live a fulfilled life over the last four years so I wanted to give something back – and there’s nothing crazier than doing Mt Kilimanjaro!

“Hopefully, all the viewers in the North West, I want them to be behind me. I’m not going to be able to do it without their generous support.”

Martin is scheduled to set off for Tanzania next year on June 2nd, 2022. You can follow his journey and donate here.

Continue Reading

News

Work to transform Albert Square into ‘world class public space’ begins today

The council aims for the area to be ‘one of the finest civic spaces in Europe’

Published

on

Manchester City Council

Work to transform Manchester’s Albert Square area into a ‘world class public space’ and increase its size by around 20% has officially begun today.

The improvements are coming as part of the ongoing Our Town Hall project, which began in 2018 with the primary aim to fully restore the Grade 1 listed Town Hall in the largest heritage project in the whole of the UK.

The latest works to begin, however, are focusing on the area surrounding the Town Hall and have today closed the roads on two sides of the square to traffic by incorporating them as part of the pedestrianised public space.

Only the Princess Street side will remain open to traffic, considering that the fourth side of the square consists of the Town Hall itself.

Manchester City Council

The first phase of the development has been brought forward in efforts to reduce the impact of construction on local businesses following the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning it will be completed as early as next year, two years ahead of schedule.

The council has set out a number of objectives for the area’s transformation, one of the primary aims being to create an ‘enhanced destination and setting for the Town Hall that connects Albert Square with St Peter’s Square and Lincoln Square.’  

The council also aims to enhance the civic and heritage qualities of the square, provide a high quality safe space with appropriate security measures, improve the inclusiveness and accessibility of the public spaces and building entrances, provide green spaces to enhance quality of life and achieve carbon reduction objectives, and to improve the overall function and flexibility of the square. 

Councillor Bev Craig, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said on the transformation: “Albert Square is the civic heart of Manchester – a place where people come together to celebrate, socialise and commemorate. 

Manchester City Council

“These works will create a bigger and more flexible events space but also a more pleasant environment and cleaner air all year round. We believe that when it’s finished the transformed Albert Square will be one of the finest civic spaces in Europe, helping to create and support good jobs for Manchester people. 

“We’re already seeing the first of these benefits, with apprenticeships being created for local people during the construction phase.”  

Works on both the Town Hall and Albert Square are expected to be completed by 2024. For more information, visit the Manchester City Council website. 

Continue Reading

News

Marcus Rashford’s appeal to extend free school meals over Christmas rejected by Rishi Sunak

The Chancellor said the government has ‘transitioned to a more normal way of doing things’

Published

on

Number 10 / Flickr

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has rejected Marcus Rashford’s calls for free school meals to be extended over the Christmas period, recent comments on the matter have suggested.

Rashford, who famously forced the government into a U-turn after his historic campaign for free school meals throughout the holidays last year, recently joined forces with supermarket bosses and food industry giants to potentially prolong the scheme. 

However, while appearing on The Andrew Marr Show over the weekend, Rishi Sunak suggested that the scheme was not going to be extended over the winter, noting that if the furlough scheme was coming to an end, free school meals during holidays would be too. 

BBC

Sunak said: “So we put in place some measures to help families during coronavirus, that was the right thing to do, and in common with the other things that have now come to an end, whether it was furlough or other things, that’s right that we’ve transitioned to a more normal way of doing things.

“But we have replaced… But we have actually already acted, is what I’d say to Marcus and everyone else.”

He also detailed the new holiday activities program, which provides both meals and activities for children during holiday periods for those families that need extra help.

He explained: “That is a new programme, it was announced earlier this year, it’s being rolled out across the country, and I think that can make an enormous difference to people.”

This comes just weeks after the Man United star unsuccessfully called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to abandon its plan to cut the £20 universal credit uplift and instead tackle the ongoing ‘child hunger pandemic’.

He said, as per The Guardian: “Instead of removing vital support, we should be focusing on developing a long-term roadmap out of this child hunger pandemic… Millions will lose a lifeline. It’s a move that Child Poverty Action Group says will raise child poverty to one in three.”

The £20 universal credit rise, which was introduced during the pandemic last year and impacted over 5.8 million universal credit claimers, was axed earlier this month on October 6th. The government’s argument is that as the economy opens back up, the focus needs to shift to getting people back to work.

Continue Reading

Receive our latest news, events & unique stories

Privacy and data policy

We may earn a commission when you use one of our links to make a purchase

Copyright © 2019 Proper Manchester