Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tattoo removal delight for competition winner

Carol Richardson from Bolton has won five free tattoo removal sessions in a Valentine’s Day competition held by Laserase Bolton.

Carol Richardson59 year old Carol has had her tattoo for over 40 years and was always very embarrassed by it, but never had the money to get it removed.

When she was 18, Carol let her boyfriend start to tattoo his name on her arm. He did the first two letters M A (he was going to put Malc), but then she stopped him as it was such a mess and it hurt.

Carol hated the tattoo, but she could never afford to have it removed, and so she always kept it covered up with a plaster, even though she is allergic to plasters. She often came out in a rash, but she still insisted on wearing a plaster to hide it.

Carol’s story about why she wanted to get rid of her tattoo was chosen as the best entry in the Laserase competition and she was delighted when she was told she had won.

Carol said: “I’m really pleased to have won tattoo removal treatment at Laserase Bolton. For the past 41 years I have been hiding my tattoo from everyone at work and at home.

“The only person I ever told about my tattoo is my 21 year old daughter, but no one else. My father, who is 84, has often asked me about the plaster I always have on my arm, but I never even told him and just made excuses.”

Despite the botched tattoo, Carol eventually married Malcolm and he subsequently died in 2007.

Carol won tattoo removal treatment worth approximately £200, which will be carried at Laserase Bolton over the next couple of months.

Clinic Manager Julie Kershaw said: “We thought Carol had a very powerful story to tell about why she should have her tattoo removed. We see so many people at Laserase Bolton who end up with tattoos they regret – perhaps because they have been talked into it by a partner or friend. We’re looking forward to helping Carol get rid of her tattoo and no longer feel ashamed of something she did as a teenager.”

Having a tattoo related to a partner, or ex-partner, removed is the most common reason for tattoo removal.

Laserase Bolton is the region’s leading laser clinic and has been successfully removing tattoos for over 21 years. Laserase use the Q-switched Ruby Laser, which is effective for removing tattoos in a range of colours and can be used for all sizes of tattoo. A free consultation takes place before treatment begins. Laserase employs doctors and nurses to carry out all its removals and is Care Quality Commission registered, so patients can be assured of the highest standards of treatment and care.

Scottish Government backs call for workplace savings

ABCUL Scotland logo ABCUL – the Association of British Credit Unions Limited – has welcomed the Scottish Government’s backing in its campaign to make access to credit union savings and loans a standard workplace benefit.

A new report – “Scotland’s Credit Unions: Investing in our Future” – published on 10 February outlines the Scottish Government’s support for making payroll deduction partnerships between employers and credit unions as popular in Scotland as it is in other countries like the United States.

ABCUL Chief Executive Mark Lyonette said: “It’s no coincidence that the world’s most successful credit union movements have close links with employers, making saving and repaying affordable loans really easy for people via payroll deduction.

“We’re delighted that the Scottish Government has responded to our call to make access to credit unions a standard workplace benefit, and we look forward to Scotland becoming a Credit Union Nation where employees, businesses and the wider economy all benefit from a more financially healthy population.”

The First Minister of Scotland Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP has written a letter to employers highlighting the benefits of working with credit unions.

Nicola Sturgeon writes: “The Scottish Government recognises the valuable role played by credit unions in building financial health by providing financial services and products to a wide range of customers.

“So I am urging employers across Scotland to get in touch with a credit union to explore establishing a payroll deduction relationship with a view to improving financial health and boosting the productivity of Scotland’s businesses.”

There are over 100 credit unions in Scotland serving 375,000 people who are saving £454 million and borrowing £276 million.

The Scottish Government report can be read here:


Cae Post invests in new recycling lorry

Cae Post, an innovative social enterprise based in Welshpool, has taken delivery of an £84,000 DAF vehicle to be used in its trade recycling service to collect paper, cardboard, plastics including film, glass, metals and textiles.

Cae Post lorryOperating in the Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Welshpool, Newtown, Llanidloes and Brecon areas, this new vehicle will be used to increase available capacity and a new driver is set to be recruited in the very near future.

Cae Post’s trade recycling service operates to provide people with a range of disabilities, or who are disadvantaged in the labour market, the same opportunity of contributing to their community through work as anyone else.

Said Sue Packer, General Manager of Cae Post: “This smaller vehicle will be able to access more difficult locations, such as narrow high streets where traditionally a 26 tonne vehicle struggles. We are looking forward to recruiting a new driver to operate this service and we are hoping to also provide an opportunity for a recycling operative to learn the ropes of being a driver’s mate.”

The 4.5 litre, 4 cylinder, 12 tonne truck features a number of enhanced safety features and is being supplied by Greenhous in Shrewsbury. It has been fitted with a Powapact 10 cubic metre refuse collection body by Garwood Europe of Bicton Heath, Shrewsbury.