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Caudwell Children Launches ‘Time to Shine’ 2019 Singing Competition

Caudwell Children, the charity behind The Butterfly Ball, arguably the world’s most exclusive charity event, is looking for a new singing sensation to join them at this year’s Ball being held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Mayfair, London, on Thursday 13th June, 2019.

Launched in 2007, The Butterfly Ball has quickly established itself as the ‘must attend’ event in the calendar of London’s glitterati, and attracts worldwide media attention and a host of A List celebrity guests.

With intimate musical performances in the past from the likes of the late Whitney Houston, to living legends such as Sir Rod Stewart, Sir Elton John, Tina Turner and Gary Barlow, charity bosses say The Butterfly Ball is not simply a fundraising event, it’s an extraordinary show of outstanding quality.

And now the charity, which provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is once again on the lookout for an exceptional singing talent to perform at the Ball.

The charity launched ‘Time to Shine’, a competition that rewards one lucky winner with a place on the bill at the much coveted event, at the 2018 Butterfly Ball. 

27-year-old Katharine Slater, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, in Staffordshire, was delighted to become the first ‘Time to Shine’ title holder after being selected by a prestigious judging panel comprising of singer, and TV personality, Peter Andre, Boyzone band member Mikey Graham, and the singer, actor and TV presenter Johnathan Wilkes.

“I was stunned to find out that I had won,” exclaimed Katharine. “It was a bit surreal and I couldn’t believe such a well-respected panel had chosen me, I was extremely flattered.”

And now Katharine, who works in Events at Keele University, is urging singers to enter the competition this year. She said: “If you’re thinking about it I’d say 100% do it. I almost didn’t! I saw it on Facebook on the day of the deadline and I thought, you know what I’ll just give it a go and if I don’t get it I haven’t lost anything.”

Katharine, who sang a cover version of Christina Perri’s hit song A Thousand Years, says that you don’t have to do anything fancy to enter the competition. As she explained: “Some of the other entrants last year had really professional videos, of them in a recording studio or live in concert, but I just did it in my living room, sat down on the floor, with the phone propped up on something so that it could get the shot of me.

“I uploaded that onto the charity’s website and that won me the competition, so you don’t need to worry and feel that you have to go all out with your performance, you just need to learn your song, and perform it well, and who knows it could be your time to shine!”

Peter Andre says it will be a memorable experience for the lucky winner. As he explained: “I’ve hosted The Butterfly Ball on a number of occasions and it’s a sensational evening.

“The acts are top draw and the audience of over 700 corporate, high net worth and celebrity attendees, from the world of sport, TV and film, are always highly appreciative of the musical performances. It will be a night that the winner will never forget.”

Last year’s celebrity judging panel will once again choose the winner from a shortlist of five top entrants. As Mikey Graham explained: “Obviously we’ll be looking for a great voice from the top five but we’ll also be hoping to hear some originality. It would be fantastic if we discovered a brilliant singer who doesn’t sound like everyone else.”

Johnathan Wilkes says those entering the competition should think seriously about the song that they choose to perform. He said: “You need to pick a great song but you may want to choose one that isn’t a classic. If people know a song really well they may find it difficult not to compare your performance to that of the original.

“You also need to make sure the song is in your range so that you can nail every note. And, just as importantly, you need to practice until you can sing the song perfectly, without any hesitation.”     

Once the winner has been chosen they will then be invited to a rehearsal, in May 2019, where they will perform their song in front of senior Caudwell Children staff.

“To perform the song of your choice at such a prestigious event, and in front of such a fantastic audience, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children. “We can’t wait to welcome our ‘Time to Shine’ winner on to the stage at The Butterfly Ball, it’s sure to be one of the highlights of the evening.”

To enter the competition simply complete the online entry form by Friday 27th April, 2019.

Entrants must be 12 years of age or older and each person/group can only enter the competition once. Your entry must be the song that you would like to perform at the event.

You can enter Time to Shine at: www.caudwellchildren.com/timetoshine/

Serial Con Artist Lloyd Perkins (Waldron) Strikes Again In Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Residents and shoppers (and current staff) in Newcastle-Under-Lyme were recently shocked to find the newly opened Independant Bar and Grill closed, with a notice stating the brewery had taken back control of the premises, with no further information as to why. Following our investigations we later found that the brewery had to force entry to the premisis and change the locks, as they had contacted the owner to give him notice to terminate his contract, due to non payment of rent, but he failed to respond.

The bar was taken over in late 2018 by Lloyd Perkins, there was various delays and the bar was finaly opened. Just a few months later in February 2019 the bar is now closed, with no sign of the owner Lloyd Perkins.

We found that just after the bar opened, a number of staff were fired by the bar manager, via a text message late at night, the reason stated was that to many staff had been employed. Annoying as this was for the staff concered, they thought no more of this, expecting to get paid what they were owed. Little did they know this was just the start of their problems, and it would highlight a string of fraud committed by the owner Lloyd Perkins.

Despite chasing the payments for a number of months the dismissed staff found other current staff who had not been paid. The owner kept coming up with a string of excuses as to why the payment had not been sent. We can also reveal that the owner admitted that forms containing the personal details of a number of members of staff had been lost by the manager he employed, some staff had to provide bank details 4 or 5 times, but to this day have not received any payments.

It appears that Lloyd “used” a number of close friends and family members to assist him with setting up the venue, these individuals were paid. A regulaur feature at the bar was the well known local DJ Trevor M, who is beleived to be related to Lloyd. From what we know these people were not aware of the fraud that Lloyd was comitting, or had comitted in the past. Im sure they will now think twice about helping him at any future venues knowing the serious nature of the fraud he is involved with.

Since the Independant Bar and Grill was taken back by the brewery we have found out that the owner Lloyd Perkins had not paid any of the rent to the brewery, nor has he paid the brewery suppliers, nor had he paid any utility bills and not forgetting the staff wages ! Some staff had been paid, or had a small amount of money owned, but most staff have had nothing.

Unfortunately this is not the first time Lloyd Perkins has done this, there is a string of similar offences going back a number of years across the West Midlands area.

His most recent venture was the Independant Bar and Grill in Newcastle under Lyme, he operated this under the name Inception Food Limited he has other venues in the Midlands area that operate under this name.

In the past he has comitted financial fraud under a number of different companys such as White Sands Restaurants Group Limited which closed in July 2018, with the same story of owing staff and suppliers thousands of pounds. Past failed companys include Cre8tiv Design & Print Limied and Our Print Limited and The Living Room Bars Limited to name a few ! (we have a full list of others to many to metion)

Lloyd Perkins was born in July 1971 and is originally from the Stoke on Trent area, he is also known as Lloyd Waldron or Lloyd Waldron-Perkins. He is wanted by hundreds of individuals and business for non payment. His crimes have also been reported to HMRC and the police and investigations are ongoing. He appears to move around alot with no fixed addresss, people have contacted his friends and faimily in an attempt to track him down.

If you get close enough to “shake his pram” then he often responds with threats from Soliciators, all which appear to be false threats, we have seen messages from his ex staff members where his past soliciators are looking for him also, we can only guess he owes them money to, as they are “very keen to speak to him”.

We have heard story’s from individual members of staff where they have lost almost evyerthing they own because of this con man and his lies regarding paying their wages, we have been made aware of at least 2 people who state they lost their homes due to non payment of wages. He has been taken to court a number of times by staff who are owed money but has failed to appear.

So, if your ever offered a job in a bar or restrant and the name Lloyd Perkins or Lloyd Waldron or Lloyd Waldron-Perkins is mentioned don’t accept the job, and inform as many people as you can, you will NOT get paid.

In order for us to obtain the information required for this story we have seen a number of posts on social media and website forums regarding him. We have spoken to lots of different ex staff members and businesses who he owes money to. We have been given documents, and copy’s of messages all relating to non payment of staff or bills/invoices.

We are finding new things out almost every day regarding this story. We will keep you updated. If you have any further information regarding this story please contact us

Update – Please note that some of the evidance we have includes some personal details for Lloyd and the names and addresses of family members and friends of Lloyd Perkins. We will not supply members of the public with this information. We have been advised if you are owed money by this individual then you report this to the police.

Story – Jason Davis and Laura Johnstone

Changes To NHS Prescription Charges

Regulations have been laid before Parliament to increase certain National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2019.

In the 2015 spending review, the government committed to support the Five Year Forward View with £10 billion investment in real terms by 2020 to 2021 to fund frontline NHS services. Alongside this, the government expects the NHS to deliver £22 billion of efficiency savings to secure the best value from NHS resources and primary care must play its part.

This year, therefore, we have increased the prescription charge by 20 pence from £8.80 to £9 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. To ensure that those with the greatest need, and who are not already exempt from the charge, are protected we have frozen the cost of the prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) for another year. The 3-month PPC remains at £29.10 and the cost of the annual PPC will stay at £104. Taken together, this means prescription charge income is expected to rise broadly in line with inflation.

Charges for wigs and fabric supports will also be increased in line with inflation.

Details of the revised charges for 2019 to 2020 can be found below.

Prescription charges

  • Single charge: £9
  • 3-month PPC (no change): £29.10
  • 12-month PPC (no change): £104

Wigs and fabric supports

  • Surgical bra: £29.50
  • Abdominal or spinal support: £44.55
  • Stock modacrylic wig: £72.80
  • Partial human hair wig: £192.85
  • Full bespoke human hair wig: £282