Community Newswire Nicola Morris Media Exposure for Community Projects en-gb Tue, 2 Oct 2012 16:08:03 BST 3417 Canadian vessel to use RNLI design Press Association The Canadian Coast Guard is to model its new search and rescue vessel on the hull of a boat designed by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

It will be based on the RNLI's Severn class all-weather lifeboat after naval architects Robert Allan Limited (RAL), which was commissioned by the coast guard, signed a rights deal with the charity.

The manufacturing licence agreement allows RAL to use the hull design created by the RNLI's own naval architects. The Canadian Coast Guard requested that its vessel match the hull specifications of the Severn class, the largest in the RNLI fleet.

It is 17.9 metres long and 5.9 metres wide. It is designed to lie afloat and is inherently self-righting. The hull is fibre-reinforced composite with single-skin section below the chine and 100mm thick foam-cored sandwich above.

The RNLI has received an initial payment for the rights to the hull design and will use the income to support its international development work.

Steve Wills, RNLI international development manager, said: "The RNLI's lifeboats are among the best in the world. Our in-house naval architects design the most resilient and technologically-advanced lifeboats to ensure our volunteer crews have the very best equipment available to help keep them safe when they are risking their own lives to save others in danger at sea.

"We're extremely pleased to have this agreement with Robert Allan for Canada's benefit, to be able to share our expertise and information to help them achieve a durable and fit-for-purpose lifeboat design."

The RNLI stepped up its international work in 2011 and helps other organisations by training them in lifesaving skills.

Mr Wills said: "As part of its growing international development work, the RNLI is helping other search and rescue and lifesaving organisations worldwide improve their capabilities to save more lives from drowning. Income generated through sales of consultancy, equipment and design rights - such as this agreement - will help fund the development programmes we are delivering in low- and middle-income countries.'

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 16:08:03 BST N0022171349190242324A CNW
3416 Whizz-Kidz helps author create book Press Association An author's tale of a superhero schoolboy who uses a wheelchair is to help children like the book's star.

Frank Lambert penned Napoleon Xylophone after his son Mikey helped him to see how disabled people were under- represented in fiction.

Napoleon, known as Zam, is a 15-year-old wheelchair-user from Newcastle. In the story, the boy finds himself in an extraordinary underworld beneath the city centre.

Frank researched the book by talking to Mikey, 13, an ambassador for the charity Whizz-Kidz, and spent a large amount of time at the charity's Newcastle Club, using workshops with young disabled people to flesh out story and concept ideas.

He said: "My son asked me one day if I could name five disabled superheroes in fiction. I pretty much dried up after naming Professor X from X-Men, and it made me wonder how that made Mikey feel. At the time I was completing an MA in creative writing at Teesside University which required me to design a writing workshop to work with a group close to my heart.

"The book is primarily set in Newcastle because that's where Whizz-Kidz's North East Ambassador Club is based, and I wanted the young people who worked on the story to feel as close to the characters and locations as possible. I wanted to create a hero who they could look up to, one who they could become with a little imagination."

The name Napoleon Xylophone was created by members of the club, and a percentage of the profits are being donated to Whizz-Kidz.

Frank said: "None of the kids wanted Napoleon to be an issues story. First and foremost it had to be something anyone could pick up, read and enjoy. If we managed to give readers a glimpse of what it means to be a young person who uses a wheelchair, then that would be a bonus. I hope we've managed to achieve at least that much with the book."

Napoleon Xylophone is available as a hard copy or ebook.

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:46:02 BST N0021631349189017396A CNW
3415 Family to raise £35k for boy's op Press Association Family and friends of a nine-year-old boy are hoping to raise £35,000 for him to have a life-changing operation which will help him walk unaided.

James Dwight has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy which means the muscles in his legs are tight, leaving him in pain. He can only stand with the aid of a walker and often has to use a wheelchair.

But now he could undergo selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR), which would help to reduce the tightness in his legs and allow him to walk unaided.

His family are being supported by the charity Caudwell Children as they attempt to raise the funds.

Jamie's dad Jai Dwight said: "James is just like his peers in so many ways, with all the usual interests. He dreams of being an actor, loves computer games and enjoys school and playing with his friends. The only way in which he is different is that he is unable to walk independently and as a parent I would do anything to change this for him, which is why when I heard about the SDR procedure I was over the moon to know that there was a procedure available that could change James's life in such a major way."

The operation at Bristol's Frenchay Hospital will be followed by intensive physiotherapy and exercise which will give James the chance to take his first independent steps.

Jai said: "£35,000 is a lot of money to raise which is why I am so pleased to have Caudwell Children on board to support me with my fundraising. I have lots of fundraising ideas and knowing how excited James is at the prospect of walking is enough to spur me on with my fundraising efforts."

Caudwell Children hopes to support the family by helping with marketing events and using its contacts to approach local foundations.

Trudi Beswick, chief executive officer at Caudwell Children, said: "We really believe in the difference SDR treatment can make to a child's life and want to help in any way we can to get James and other children and young people with cerebral palsy the treatment they need to give them the independence they deserve."

To back James Wish To Walk Appeal call Caudwell Children on 01782 600867 or donate online at

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:38:03 BST N0021141349188339537A CNW
3414 Project to increase diagnosis rates Press Association Pilot projects which aim to increase dementia diagnosis rates in two counties are now under way.

The schemes, in Dorset and Warwickshire, are part of the Alzheimer's Society Early Diagnosis campaign.

The charity says that despite the growing national interest in Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, diagnosis rates remain "shockingly low", at about 43%.

The lack of a diagnosis or mis-diagnosis means people are unable to access support, information and potential treatments which can help them to live well.

A spokesman for the Alzheimer's Society said: "We believe that diagnosis rates will increase at greater speed if targeted awareness raising is carried out at a local level, among both the public and health professionals.

"We will also engage key local stakeholders in the issue of diagnosis, to ensure lasting changes that will make it easier to diagnose dementia earlier."

Pilot projects will run until March. The charity will run a public awareness raising, using materials from its Worried About Your memory? campaign, engage with health professionals and key stakeholders, plus target local media and carry out marketing.

Evaluation of both projects will create a framework for future local awareness raising, and will provide evidence for the development of Alzheimer's Society's Early Diagnosis campaign.

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:32:02 BST N0021001349188175477A CNW
3413 Fundraiser to wear F1 suit for run Press Association Motor racing fan Tara Muir is to run a half marathon kitted out like a Formula One driver.

Tara, from Nottingham, will endeavour to finish the London Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon in the suit donated by the Sahara Force India F1 team.

Tara will be using the run to kick-start a £10,000 fundraising drive for Plan UK's Because I Am A Girl campaign which aims to help millions of girls complete their education,

The 30-year-old said: "Professional suits are fireproof and incredibly hot. Racing drivers lose up to 3kg in fluid during a race.

"But the Because I am a Girl campaign has struck a chord in my heart and I will be getting up very early on the day itself to start drinking water."

Around the world, 75 million girls are out of school, putting them at greater risk of marrying young, having children early and not realising their rights.

Plan's Because I am a Girl campaign aims to support girls to stay in education and fulfil their potential.

Tara, an actress who now lives in London, said: "I have tried running in the suit once and it is so hot. I made 4km before wanting to pass out. I have spent the last few weeks running in lots and lots of clothes and layers, people definitely look at me strangely."

Tara will be joined by friend Claire Haines-Henry, 30, from Peterborough, who will be running with an F1 flag and umbrella. The girls have become firm friends since meeting at a dance class five years ago.

Kevin Machin, community fundraising manager at Plan UK, said: "It's fantastic that Tara and Claire have pledged to raise so much money for our Girls Fund through this brilliant and innovative fundraising idea.

"This will definitely be a challenge for them, so we're looking forward to cheering them along on the day - I think we'll be able to spot them amongst the runners."

Tara's Sahara Force India suit will be auctioned after the race in aid of Plan UK.

To sponsor Tara and Claire visit

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:32:02 BST N0020881349188041957A CNW
3412 Cyclists become charity champions Press Association Cyclists have raised £3,000 for a medical charity by riding though the Lancashire countryside.

More than 100 people took to their bikes to support MedEquip4Kids which improves healthcare for children in the North of England by providing specialist paediatric equipment for hospitals and community health teams.

The cyclists opted for either 100, 50, or 18-mile routes along the Lancashire Loop Cycle on September 30 and battled against rain and wind to complete their challenge.

A spokesman for MedEquip4Kids, which is based in Prestwich, Manchester, said: "Our enthusiastic, motivated cyclists set out from Cockerham Village Hall in Lancaster, cycling through the stunning Ribble Valley, Bowland Fells and Lune Valley. Almost all our cyclists completed the challenge through extreme conditions, which did not dampen any of the cyclists high spirits.

"All the cyclists were an inspiration and we want to say an enormous well done to everyone who took part."

The cyclists were also backed by Burnt Tree van hire and the ladies of Slaidburn, Chipping, Kirkland and Garstang WI.

Initial counts suggest the cyclists and supporters have raised £3,000 for the charity.

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:28:02 BST N0020801349187941747A CNW
3411 Diabetes roadshow pulls into city Press Association Free health checks are being offered to help people find out if they are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes UK is bringing its Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow to Portsmouth where an estimated 2,300 people are unaware they have the condition.

The roadshow, sponsored by Bupa, has been touring the UK and will be in Portsmouth's Commercial Road on October 26 and 27 from 9am to 5pm.

Anyone who is found to have a moderate to high risk will be referred to their GP.

Diabetes UK will also be encouraging people to change their lifestyles, because 60% of Type 2 diabetes could be prevented through lifestyle change, including losing weight and doing more exercise.

Jill Steaton, South East regional manager, said: "Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today. We estimate there are 850,000 people in the UK who are at risk of developing the condition, but worryingly, there are around 2,300 people in Portsmouth alone that have Type 2 diabetes but have no idea they do.

"I would urge everyone who can to visit the Diabetes UK's Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow. It could be the best thing you ever do for your health."

The Healthy Lifestyle Roadshows are supported by money raised from the Bupa Great Run Series, for which Diabetes UK is the nominated charity partner.

The Bupa Great South Run takes place in Portsmouth on October 28.

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:26:03 BST N0020701349187763290A CNW
3410 Furniture firm boss nets award Press Association An unemployed woman who set up her own furniture business has been awarded free membership to an exclusive female networking group.

Margot Jackson, from Bromeswell, in Suffolk, secured a year's free membership with Forward Ladies thanks to The Prince's Initiative For Mature Enterprise, the charity which helped her to start the firm.

Margot was one of 3.5 million unemployed over 50s in the UK, but she decided to turn her life around by attending a course run by the charity to help her prepare to run her own business.

The 51-year-old set up e-retail furniture business Conker Brown, which sells handmade furniture and accessories online.

She collected the prize for the sound business plan that she wrote for setting up Conker Brown, and was presented with the accolade at an event hosted by the charity at The Casino at The Empire in London's Leicester Square last month.

Margot said: "When you are starting a business on your own it can be quite isolating. This award will give me a support network of like-minded women to help drive my business plans forward."

The charity, established by Prince Charles, offers the course which Margot attended throughout the UK. To book a place on the course visit

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:24:02 BST N0020521349187521577A CNW
3409 Happiness goes under the microscope Press Association Music, comedy, and debate will be used to find an answer to the soul-searching question: What makes us happy?

The question has been set by the organisers of Interrogate! Happiness Festival, who will also use spoken word and film as they attempt to find an answer.

The festival takes place at Dartington Hall, in Totnes, Devon, on October 13 and 14. It is presented by The Dartington Hall Trust, a charity which seeks to address "significant issues of our time".

Dartington has partnered with Action For Happiness to deliver events, activities and performances by and for people who want to make the world a happier place.

Celia Atherton, director of social justice at The Dartington Hall Trust, said: "Interrogate! Happiness Festival isn't your run of the mill festival. We have entertainment, great food and drink and an incredible atmosphere in abundance, while also examining an issue that is hugely important to every single one of us - happiness.

"Through two days of transformative, participative and action-orientated events we will be looking at ways we can make the world a happier place."

What Makes Us Really Happy, a panel discussion will be led by comedian Paddy Cullivan with philosopher Jules Evans.

Other events include a workshop called ten keys to happier living, a discussion of whether economic growth brings happiness and a laughter boot camp.

Mark Williamson, director of Action For Happiness, said: "We're delighted to be working with Dartington to bring together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society. The great thing about Interrogate! Happiness Festival is it involves serious debate about the things that really matter most in life, while also being fun, engaging, inspiring and sociable."

Day and weekend tickets are available from £22. For more details visit

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:20:03 BST N0020351349187336626A CNW
3408 Soprano to perform at charity gala Press Association Soprano Denise Leigh will perform at a gala to raise funds for a nursery which helped her when she was a child.

The visually impaired singer wants to help The Peter Pan Nursery For Children With Special Needs reach its annual fundraising target of £250,000.

Denise, who helped open the 2012 Paralympic Games, will perform at Newcastle Methodist Church in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, the town where the nursery is also based.

She will be joined at the Gala Charity Concert by Newcastle Male Voice Choir and tenor singer Philip Cartwright.

Denise said: "I have extremely vivid and fond memories of attending The Peter Pan Nursery For Children With Special Needs and I have recently had the opportunity to visit the current team and children in their new building.

"The work the charity does is inspirational, my time at the nursery had a hugely positive effect on my development and for that I am thankful."

The Peter Pan Nursery, on Hoon Avenue, provides care and support to children up to five years old who have a range of disabilities, conditions and syndromes.

All profits from the gala will be donated to the nursery.

The concert will begin at 7.30pm, on October 13. Tickets cost £7 and can be bought from Sophia Baker by calling 01782 715219.

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:30:03 BST N0019031349184302767A CNW
3407 Hospice wish scheme to raise funds Press Association Christmas Wishing Stars are being sold by a children's hospice to raise awareness of its work and to support its young patients.

Richard House Children's Hospice, hopes the decorative stars will be bought by businesses, places of worship and schools.

Viv Talbot, community fundraising manager at Richard House, said: "The Wishing Stars are a way to raise awareness about Richard House and the work we do here.

"They allow people to make a contribution to a worthy cause during the season of charity and goodwill and also represent the hopes of the children they are helping."

The simple cardboard decorations have messages written on them and come in three varieties aimed at schools, businesses and places of worship, hospitals and hospices.

Primary schools can sell stars for £1, and the decorations can be taken home by buyers to hang on their own tree.

To join the scheme call Viv Talbot on 020 7540 0213, or email

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:24:02 BST N0018801349184038306A CNW
3406 Stars raise thousands at golf event Press Association Ant and Dec helped to raise thousands of pounds for disabled children at a star-studded golf event.

The presenting duo, along with celebrities Ben Shephard and Jonathan Wilkes, teed off for national charity Caudwell Children.

Boyzone's Mikey Graham hosted the annual event at The Carrick golf course in Lock Lomond, Scotland.

The Irish singer-songwriter said: "We've had another great couple of days at this year's event, with a fantastic bunch of celebrities joining me on the course."

Each celebrity played with a team of three paying guests, and competed over two days.

Other stars at the event included included Olympian Louise Hazel and the twin stars of Harry Potter, James and Oliver Phelps.

They were joined by Scottish international footballers Andy Goram, Alan Rough and Derek Johnstone and boxer Ian McLeod for the event on September 27 and 28.

In total, about £12,000 was raised for the charity Caudwell Children, which is based in Stoke-on-Trent.

Trudi Beswick, chief executive of the charity, said: "We are thrilled with the turn out for this year's golf event and we're delighted to return to Loch Lomond.

"The event raises vital funds to provide practical and emotional support for sick and disabled children right across the country, we can't thank our guests enough for their continued support."

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:18:02 BST N0018501349183645657A CNW
3405 Nursery supporters reach for sky Press Association Seven daredevils will drop 10,000 feet in tandem skydives to support a children's charity.

Parents Tim Fender, Laura Lavery and Kevin Gaynor will make the jump to raise funds for The Peter Pan Nursery For Children With Special Needs, in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.

They will be joined by friends of the nursery Shane Wilson Coates and Kirsty Hollins, nursery nurse Leila Cartwright, and the nursery's PR account manager Jade Griffin.

Shane said: "I am always happy to help out with this worthwhile cause and I get to fulfil a life-long ambition in the process.

"People say you're brave for doing such an activity as a skydive, but it is these children that are the brave ones. They go through life with a smile, no matter what."

The group will take to the skies from an air base at Whitchurch, North Shropshire, on October 6.

The Peter Pan Nursery provides care and education to children with special needs aged up to five years old.

The nursery has an annual fundraising target of £250,000, and the skydivers hope to raise a minimum of £1,000.

To sponsor the skydivers, visit or call 01782 715219.

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:14:03 BST N0018391349183393298A CNW
3404 Exhibition urges people to log on Press Association Negatives perceptions of the internet will be challenged by a travelling exhibition which aims to get more people online.

Visitors to Our Digital Planet, which is currently in Cardiff, will be able to view 24 images which show the power of the internet.

About 34% of people in Wales do not use the internet according to a survey by exhibition organisers the Nominet Trust and the Oxford Internet Institute.

It also found that of those who did not go online, 80% feel they are better off without it.

Annika Small, chief executive of Nominet Trust, said: "The internet is the single most powerful social tool that we have ever had.

"It can alleviate isolation among the elderly, bring together communities around a common cause, provide a platform for new businesses to get off the ground and give easy access to a whole range of services.

"Our Digital Planet showcases examples of exactly how the internet has helped to change our lives for the better. Through this exhibition and by providing people with guided opportunities to get online, we are encouraging people of all ages and circumstances to discover how the internet can help them."

Our Digital Planet is based in St Mary's High Street, in Cardiff, until October 15.

The exhibition has already toured Brighton and Bristol and will next move to Liverpool and Glasgow.


Tue, 2 Oct 2012 14:08:02 BST N0018221349183099506A CNW
3403 Jo Brand to join homeless sleepout Press Association Comedian Jo Brand will provide entertainment at a sleepout designed to support the work of a homeless charity.

Brand will also sleep in outside when she joins Southwark Cathedral's Robes Sleepout, in the churchyard, on November 30.

Organisers hope to replicate the success of the inaugural event last year which raised £60,000 to support the Robes Project, which provides accommodation and food for homeless people during winter.

Former homeless man Christoffer Groblica, 40, is now in full time accommodation after being helped by the Robes Project.

He said: "I saw a best friend die on the streets and if we save one homeless person, the Robes Project will be worth it. It is the best way to start a new beginning. I was able to sleep, have a shower, get some food and some sleep, which gave my brain a chance to rest. Everyday I had the power to start again and find a way out.

"You can lose everything in life easily, but it is very difficult to rebuild it. The Robes Project is essential to help with this and I now want to help others get off the streets."

The project offers a hot dinner, somewhere to sleep and wash, and a cooked breakfast for about 20 guests every night between November and April.

Others backing the project include Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark and Robes Project patron; and the Reverend Bruce Saunders, Sub-Dean of Southwark.

To take part, email

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:54:03 BST N0015701349178541575A CNW
3402 Public invited to hospice open day Press Association People can see first-hand how a hospice cares for people at an open day.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, in south-east London, is opening its doors to mark World Hospice And Palliative Care Day. The day celebrates and supports hospice and palliative care around the world.

Those attending on October 13 can tour the hospice in Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood, and meet hospice staff and volunteers.

Kate Heaps, the hospice's chief executive, said: "The care the hospice provides does not just take place in this building; hospice care happens wherever the person needs it. It aims to improve the lives of people who have a life-limiting or terminal illness, helping them to live well before they die.

"Hospice care not only takes care of people's physical needs, but looks after their emotional, spiritual and social needs as well. It also supports carers, family members and close friends, both during a person's illness and during bereavement.

"Our Hospice Open Day is a great chance for people to find out more about the service and facilities we provide to the people of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Bexley borough, and to see the facilities first hand."

The open day runs from 12pm to 4pm. No booking is required.

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:36:02 BST N0015111349177480886A CNW
3401 Disabled kids set to get sporty Press Association Children with disabilities can try out new sports during an event at the birth place of the Paralympic Games.

About 200 young people are expected to attend the annual WheelPower National Junior Games, led by Thomas Cook Children's Charity.

The event at Stoke Mandeville Stadium will incorporate the National Junior Games, for young people with a physical or sensory impairment, and the National Junior Wheelchair Games, for those who use a manual wheelchair to take part in sport.

Thomas Cook Children's Charity donated £150,000 to be the lead partner of the WheelPower National Junior Games for the next three years.

Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson said: "Some of the athletes who competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games were encouraged to take up sport by taking part in a National Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville.

"It's really important that we inspire young disabled people to take part in sport and securing the Junior Games for three years is a great achievement."

Pete Constanti, chairman of Thomas Cook Children's Charity, said: "Our charity is all about making dreams come true for sick and disadvantaged children and working with WheelPower on their amazing junior games is the epitome of our mission.

"The chance that games like this give to wheelchair bound and disabled children is beyond what we can imagine, especially after so many of them will have been inspired to try new sports after the Summer's performance by our very own Olympians and Paralympians."

The games will be held from October 2 to 7.

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:26:03 BST N0014951349176961692A CNW
3400 School to hold a harvest for Haiti Press Association Schoolchildren will hold an alternative harvest festival to support pupils in earthquake-hit Haiti.

Queensmead Community Primary School, in Leicester, is asking pupils to provide stationery for the Andrew Grene High School in Cite Soleil.

Harvest For Haiti is being held instead of the traditional annual harvest festival.

The Haiti school was built by the Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF) after an earthquake devastated the country in January 2010.

Now, 311 students study there full time, but stationery, books, musical instruments and computers are hard to find in Haiti, so the AGF is appealing for schools in the UK to help out.

Queensmead also sponsors a student at the school by supporting the cost of her education, which is not free in the country.

Jane Holden, head of fundraising for the AGF, said: "We are delighted that the children at Queensmead Community Primary School have chosen to support us in this way.

"Funding is very difficult to obtain, and by supporting us with this initiative, we will be able to send much needed stationery supplies out to Haiti."

Tue, 2 Oct 2012 12:20:02 BST N0014661349176555430A CNW
3399 Services to mark church's centenary Press Association A landmark building which was built thanks to donations from more than one million Methodists is to mark its centenary.

The Methodist Central Hall Westminster opened in London on October 3, 1912 after it secured voluntary donations of Methodists who each gave a guinea, a weekly salary at the time.

Out of the million guineas raised between 1899 and 1904, £242,000 was allocated to purchase a suitable site in London and build a central hall. The site in south-west London cost £200,000 after selling off surplus land in Tothill Street. The building cost £155,700 to construct with the remainder borrowed from Birmingham & Midland Bank. The loan was paid off in 1972.

The hall which stands on the site of the Aquarium music hall is now worth more than £100 million. For a time it was the headquarters of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, which was founded by John Wesley in 1791.

Now, the hall is a thriving church alongside a family centre and conference centre.

A spokesman for the church said: "Central Hall has stood at the heart of the nation as both witness to the good news of the gospel and as a focus for Methodist members. But it was one man's vision, Sir Robert Perks who dreamed of a non-conformist building taking its place alongside the abbey, which enthused over one million people to each give a guinea and thereby creating the 20th Century Fund that helped build the hall."

The centenary celebrations will show the church's role as an air raid shelter during the Second World War, and as the venue for charity concerts and flower festivals.

On October 14 the church will hold two centenary services. At 11am an anniversary service will be led by Reverend Dr Martyn Atkins, the general secretary of the Methodist church. At 6.30pm, Reverend Dr Stuart Jordan, chairman of the London District, will lead a celebratory service.

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 16:30:03 BST N0521791349104947337A CNW
3398 Amputees come together for walk Press Association A group of amputees have raised £4,000 for a charity close to their hearts with a 16.3-mile walk.

The fundraisers, who have had limbs amputated due to injury or illness. were joined by family and friends for the Airedale and Bradford Out On A Limb sponsored walk in Yorkshire.

It began at Bradford Royal Infirmary and ended at The Steeton Hall Hotel, in Keighley, eight hours later. It took place in August, but money has now been presented to the charity.

The group, who are all at different stages of their rehabilitation, were supported by the personal injury team at Irwin Mitchell's Leeds office, which covered the cost of running the trek.

Sarah Coles, from Irwin Mitchell, said: "Out On A Limb is a fantastic charity which I know many of our clients at Irwin Mitchell receive valuable help and support from.

"We helped fund the cost of a minibus and printed posters and sponsorship forms to help the event get under way, but we are in awe at the way everyone encouraged each other around the route and were determined to complete the course and raise as much as possible."

The money raised will allow the charity to provide equipment, such as temporary ramps, to amputees recently discharged from hospital as well as information and practical help to people following an amputation.

The event was also supported by Keighley Town Council, The Steeton Hall Hotel, The Fisherman's at Bingley, The Marquis of Granby at Riddlesden and The White Lion at Kildwick.

David Rushworth, chairman of the charity, said: "Despite the terrible rain we were impressed by the dedication and fundraising spirit of everyone who took part. It was a great atmosphere and we really enjoyed stopping off at three pubs along the way to recharge our batteries."

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 16:20:02 BST N0521421349104456408A CNW
3397 Couple's run inspired by Sophie, 9 Press Association Husband and wife Steve and Leanne Jones will attempt a 10k run to support a charity which helps people like their goddaughter.

Steve and Leanne, from Southmoor, in Oxfordshire, will run the Bupa Great South Run on October 28, in Portsmouth, in aid of Diabetes UK.

Their goddaughter Sophie Beale, nine, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes four years ago and has to inject four times a day to control her disease.

Leanne, 41, a science technician at Faringdon Community College, said: "Sophie controls her diabetes by injecting four times a day which is a lot to take on for such a young girl, but she manages brilliantly.

"She has recently joined her school cross country team and plays netball and tag rugby, so certainly has no intention of letting her condition hold her back, we are very proud of her."

Mother-of-two Leanne started running with Sophie's mum to get fit after the birth of their daughters. She also completed the London Marathon in April.

She said: "Our first Great South Run was in 2007 with my husband Steve and we keep coming back because it's such a great atmosphere and it's a long enough distance to feel like a demanding challenge. I remember the first time we crossed the finishing line, it was such a fantastic feeling of accomplishment."

Sales manager Steve, 43, says: "The money we raise will go towards support and information, particularly as Sophie gets older and she has to learn to cope with her medication by herself."

To sponsor Steve and Leanne visit

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 16:00:03 BST N0520931349103408148A CNW
3396 Gifted children invited to weekend Press Association Gifted children are invited to join a weekend of events tailored to them while their parents find out more about supporting their talented youngsters.

The National Association For Gifted Children is holding its Big Family Weekend in the West Midlands on October 27 and 28.

Children and teenagers can choose workshops such as artistic film and animation, an archaeological dig, song writing and recording, geodesic domes and plummeting parachutes.

Parents can join keynote sessions, workshops and discussion groups covering topics such as fostering resiliency, creative and critical thinking and nurturing your child's remarkable mind.

Activities are available for children aged from 0 to 12 years old with separate events for over 13s.

NAGC, a registered charity, supports the social, emotional and learning needs of children with high learning potential of all ages and backgrounds.

It can include children and young people who have been identified as gifted and talented, those who are dual and multiple exceptional, gifted with a disability or learning difficulty, or any children and young people who have the ability to achieve but who, for whatever reason, are not achieving their potential.

Event will be held from 10am to 4.30pm at Walsall College's Wisemore Campus, in Littleton Street West.

To book, call 01908 646 433 or visit the events page at

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:46:03 BST N0520441349102537777A CNW
3395 Amy's charity backs Recovery Ball Press Association The Amy Winehouse Foundation is to support England's first Recovery Ball which will raise funds and awareness of drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

The event will be hosted by Nottingham-based charity Double Impact and include a speaker from the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity set up in the singer's name.

It was established by her family to help young people following the Back To Black singer's death last year.

The alcohol-free evening will feature a charity auction, three-course dinner, non-alcoholic mocktail makers and music.

Richard Atkinson, fundraising and communications co-ordinator for Double Impact, said: "We are excited to be hosting the country's first Recovery Ball. As well as raising funds and awareness, we want to celebrate the achievements of individuals who are rebuilding their lives after the devastating consequences of substance misuse.

"Part of the Double Impact mission is to break down stigma in society and holding an event like this will bring together families, friends, service users and the community. Aside from having music, speakers, excellent food and a great evening, all the proceeds from the ball will go directly back to helping those in recovery."

The event has been backed by businesses in Nottinghamshire. The Lambley restaurant has designed the menu and will be providing the catering.

Mark Anderson, owner of The Lambley, based in Main Street, Lambley, said: "Double Impact is an incredible charity, the work that they carry out is vital to Nottingham and has a profound impact on the lives of so many people.

"We here at The Lambley are delighted to offer our expertise in assisting Double Impact host the Recovery Ball."

The Recovery Ball takes place at Nottingham City Council House on October 11 and tickets cost £35. To book call Double Impact on 0115 9500169.

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:46:03 BST N0520181349101937985A CNW
3394 Team to cycle to top flight clubs Press Association A British Army team is to cycle more than 1,100 miles between Premier League football stadiums in six days.

The eight men, all currently serving in the Army, will be raising funds for four charities as they cycle clockwise around England and Wales, starting at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium.

They are hoping to raise £7,500 to be split between The Royal British Legion, The Royal Engineers Association, The Soldiers' Charity and Ronald McDonald House Charities, specifically the accommodation for the families of children being treated at Oxford Children's Hospital.

Organiser Sergeant Lee Amey, of 3 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment, said: "The men are motivated to raise as much money as possible for our four chosen charities, three of which provide enormous support to injured military personnel and their families.

"On a personal level I am really glad to be fundraising again for Ronald McDonald House Oxford. When my son Finley was born in 2009 he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder known as Apert Syndrome. This required him to be hospitalised for many weeks while he underwent numerous life-saving operations at Oxford Children's Hospital, throughout this difficult period, we received invaluable and unconditional support from Ronald McDonald House Charities."

The novice cyclists have spent six months training and will be cycling about 200 miles a day. They will set off on October 29 and aim to arrive at Wembley Stadium, in London, on November 3.

From Southampton, they will cycle first to Reading then on to Swansea, before visiting clubs in the Midlands, North West, North East, East Anglia and London.

To support the team, visit

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:02:02 BST N0518911349099938567A CNW
3393 Print workers to get flood aid cash Press Association Grants of up to £250 are available to print workers and their families affected by recent flooding.

The Printing Charity, which helps people who work in printing, publishing, graphic arts and allied trades, is offering money to flood victims in Yorkshire and Northumberland.

Downpours last month raised river levels, flooded about 570 homes and businesses and caused chaos on rail and road networks in the most intensive September storms for 30 years.

The grants are available for people who work or have worked for three years in any organisation that produces a printed output, whatever their job. That includes printing, publishing, operating presses, driving, cleaning, advertising, photography, and graphic arts through to making ink and recycling paper. The grants are not means tested.

Stephen Gilbert, chief executive of The Printing Charity, which is based in Crawley, West Sussex, said: "The grants are to help people whose possessions have been damaged or who have had to evacuate their homes. There are no restrictions on how the money can be spent, from new clothes to a meal out to help relieve the pressure on families in temporary accommodation."

To apply, visit, call Henry Smith, grants officer at The Printing Charity on 01293 542820.

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:50:02 BST N0518551349099223002A CNW
3392 Running away not discussed at home Press Association One child runs away from home every five minutes, yet half of British parents have never discussed 'running away from home' with their children.

Now the charity Railway Children is calling on parents to recognise the importance of talking to their children about running away in an effort to stop it happening.

Figures released by the Cheshire-based charity show that 47% of British parents have never discussed the subject of running away with their children.

Although 95% say they would be comfortable discussing it, 19% said it had never occurred to them.

Andy McCullough, head of strategy and policy at Railway Children, which supports vulnerable young people alone and at risk on Britain's streets, said: "Many parents don't consider that this could happen to them, until it's too late.

"Children run away from home for all sorts of reasons, usually to escape things they find stressful such as problems at school or home. Those who run away often decide to do so on the spur of the moment, as a last resort. They probably haven't thought about where they'll go, where they'll sleep, how they'll get access to money or how their running away might affect their family.

"Simply talking to your children about the topic of running away from home may be all it takes to prevent them considering it and to instead talk more openly or seek help with any worries they may have."

Railway Children, which has its UK head office in Sandbach, and partner Aviva, have set up a forum on Mumsnet dedicated to helping parents who are grappling with the issue to talk to their children.

For every interaction on the Mumsnet site focusing on the theme, Aviva will donate £2 to Railway Children to support its work in the UK.

It is available at

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:50:02 BST N0518481349099018175A CNW
3391 Parents develop Carys' charity Press Association Families of girls diagnosed with Rett Syndrome can get extra support from a new charity.

Cure Rett has been created to help raise awareness of the incurable genetic condition, to help families affected by it, and to fund research into a possible cure.

The charity, originally called Cure For Carys, was created by James and Bonny Westgate this year and named after their daughter Carys who has Rett Syndrome. But the rapidly expanding network of families affected by Rett meant that a new "dynamic, forward-thinking" charity was needed.

James, now executive director of Cure Rett, which is based in Twyford, near Reading, said: "We are ever hopeful that a cure will be found for Carys and the other little girls we've met.

"They have touched our hearts with their courage and happiness despite the difficulties they face every day. We need to get the message across that families are not on their own and there is help and support out there for those that really need it."

Across the world, Rett syndrome is one of the main causes of disability in females and 17 girls are born with Rett every day. Although the condition is as common as cystic fibrosis, is relatively unknown.

Though genetic in origin, Rett symptoms rarely appear before the age of 18 months. Early typical development is rapidly arrested and followed by loss of acquired skills. Most children with Rett syndrome lose the ability to walk, use their hands purposefully, speak and perform independent actions.

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:40:03 BST N0518141349098228565A CNW
3390 Festival trio help to bring in cash Press Association Organisers of a musical festival have raised £1,450 for Diabetes UK through their day-long annual event.

Brothers Colin and James Burgess and friend Graham Holliman generated the money through their B-on-the Hill music and family fun festival which took place at Blue Bell Hill, in Kent, in August.

The donation was handed over to the charity last month.

James, who co-ordinated the artists and DJs and organised the pyrotechnic show, said: "It was a huge success and we raised almost three times as much than previous years with twice as many revellers."

James, 26, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teenager, is now training for the 10-mile Bupa Great South Run, which takes place on October 28 in Portsmouth.

He said: "I'm running up to 10 miles three times a week and using the Maidstone half marathon in two weeks as part of my training schedule."

Liz Thornton, Diabetes UK fundraising manager for the South East, said: "We are very grateful to the trio for donating the proceeds of their annual event to our charity again. Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today and the money raised will also help improve the care and support available for people affected by the condition."

To sponsor James, visit

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:30:02 BST N0518041349097859799A CNW
3389 Sportsman to raise diabetes funds Press Association Personal trainer Luke Tillman will take part in a 10-mile run to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

Luke, 19, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 11, hopes to raise £250 by complete the Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth.

The fitness expert, 19, who has worked at a spa in Brockenhurst, in Hampshire, for more than a year, has been able to control his diabetes through regular exercise and wants to encourage others to make lifestyle changes to reduce the threat of developing the disease.

Luke, from Fawley, said: "Running and other exercise routines can help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

"I want to help people living with the condition to realise that fitness is a great way to help control their diabetes.

"I also hope that my fundraising donation can go towards finding a cure so that one day another young child doesn't have go through my experience of learning to deal with a serious life long condition."

Liz Thornton, Diabetes UK South East fundraising manager, said: "On behalf of everyone at Diabetes UK, I would like to convey our thanks to Luke for signing up to take part in the Bupa Great South Run.

"The funds Luke raises will go a long way in helping us continue to support over 361,240 people already diagnosed with diabetes in the South East, and help us find the estimated 95,400 people in the region who are unaware they have Type 2 diabetes."

The run takes place on October 28. To sponsor Luke, visit

Places are still available in the Diabetes UK team for the run. Visit to sign up.

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:22:02 BST N0515721349093887405A CNW
3388 Families invited to Fright Night Press Association Families can mark Halloween by camping at an environment centre which will be transformed into a haunted woodland.

Parents and children attending the Fright Night Challenge can see creepy crawlies, listen to ghost stories around a campfire and take part in a witch hunt while raising funds for a charity.

The event takes place at Widehorizons' Environment Centre in Eltham, south London, on October 27. Widehorizons will provide tents for families camping in the Fright Night Campsite, as well as scary entertainment, and breakfast the next day. Anyone who completes an overnight stay also gets an I Survived Fright Night T-Shirt,

Widehorizons event organiser Julianna Feher said: "Events such as the Fright Night are a great opportunity for the local community to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the centres and have fun at the same time."

Registration costs £5 for each tent, and families must pledge to raise £100 per tent for Widehorizons which offers adventurous experiences to young people from Lewisham and Greenwich.

Tickets for Fright Night without camping cost £3 per child and allows entry to the woodland from 6pm to 10pm.

To register call Julianna on 020 8850 1581, email or visit

Mon, 1 Oct 2012 13:14:03 BST N0515311349093391535A CNW
3387 Join hospice team for 2013 marathon Press Association Runners who have secured a place in the 2013 Virgin London Marathon are being asked to run in aid of North London Hospice.

The hospice wants runners who were successful in the ballot to join its team for what is the single biggest fundraising event in the world.

Natalie Gordon, North London Hospice community fundraiser, said: "If you have your own place we would love you to join our team. The money you raise will allow the hospice to continue to provide essential care and support to the community.

"We have recently opened a new building in Enfield which at present provides day services to our patients and their carers one day a week. Our aim is to open this five days a week. Your marathon efforts could help us achieve this and improve the lives of many more people."

North London Hospice, which has served the boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey for more than 20 years, offers specialist palliative care to patients; to minimise their symptoms and maximise their quality of life.

It costs more than £6 million a year to deliver its services. About 23% is funded by the NHS so it relies on donations and legacies.

The 2013 marathon takes place on April 21. To join the marathon team call Natalie on 0208 446 2288 or email

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:44:02 BST N0467291348842897884A CNW
3386 Rehabilitation centre cinema opens Press Association Actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have opened a 50-seat cinema at a rehabilitation centre for service personnel.

The newly-built cinema and entertainment centre at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court, in Surrey, has been paid for by the Royal British Legion and MediCinema.

The legion funded £410,000 towards the capital and operating costs which MediCinema has built and will now manage.

The 50-seat complex will show Hollywood blockbusters and films on current release up to three times a week.

Pegg, who is a patron of MediCinema, said: "What MediCinema has provided for the residents of Headley Court, is so much more than just entertainment. It is the chance for these brave servicemen to take a break from the undoubted challenges they face on a daily basis and lose themselves in the wonder world of film. Not only that, they get to do it in real style. I'm so proud to be associated with this project."

The cinema is wheelchair accessible but has some seats accessible by steps to help those redeveloping their mobility.

DMRC hopes it will make a significant contribution to the recuperation of service personnel by providing much-needed entertainment during their rehabilitation.

Stephen Moore, MediCinema's chief executive, said: "We are delighted to be providing a cinema of the highest quality at Headley Court. It has only been made possible by the generous support we've been given by The Royal British Legion as well as many people in the film industry."

Sue Freeth, director of operations at The Royal British Legion, said: "Rehabilitation is not only a huge physical challenge, but involves recuperating mentally as well. This excellent new facility will assist our brave service personnel in doing just that."

Commanding Officer of Headley Court, Group Captain Clare Walton, said: "It is a fabulous addition to our welfare facilities and I know it will be particularly appreciated by patients after a hard day's work in the rehabilitation centre."

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:32:02 BST N0465151348838768903A CNW
3385 MPs to be advised on diabetes risk Press Association MPs at the Labour Party conference are to be offered health checks to see if they are at risk of developing diabetes.

Teams from Diabetes UK will risk assess the politicians and anyone found to be at high risk will be urged to visit their GP for further tests and advice.

They will also be encouraged to change their lifestyle by adding in exercise and losing weight.

The annual conference takes place in Manchester from October 1 to 4. Diabetes UK will be based in the charity zone of the main conference centre.

As well as offering the tests, it will be speaking to MPs, councillors and party supporters about the risks facing their communities. In Manchester, an estimated 4,700 people are unaware they have Type 2 diabetes and nationally the figure is 850,000.

Helen Pyper, public affairs manager at Diabetes UK, said: "We really want decision makers, across the board, to understand how serious diabetes is and what they can do to help stop this growing problem.

"As well as our risk assessments letting them know if they are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes, we hope they will also put the issue of diabetes higher up the political agenda.

"It is only if decision makers across the political spectrum start giving diabetes the priority it deserves that we will see a serious approach to Type 2 prevention and better healthcare for those who have the condition."

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:24:03 BST N0465031348838398170A CNW
3384 Red Run supports more HIV charities Press Association Community HIV charity Positive East is joining forces with partner organisations for its World Aids Day fundraiser.

The 5K Red Run takes place on November 25 in London's Victoria Park as part of World Aids Day, which falls on December 1.

Following on from the year of Olympic spirit, Positive East has reached out to fellow HIV groups National Aids Trust (NAT), Positively UK, and the African Policy Health Network, to join them in raising funds to support people living with HIV.

Supporters of each charity will be able to raise funds for their nominated good cause.

Positive East director Mark Santos said: "Positive East is delighted to be able to extend our invitation to join us at the 5K Red Run beyond our own supporters; we're looking forward to welcoming our partner charities, and each of their runners, to this year's event."

Deborah Jack, chief executive of the National Aids Trust, said: "NAT are thrilled to be one of the first partners of the 5K Red Run; it's a fantastic opportunity for our supporters to raise funds for two great HIV charities, whose work complements each other really well. We are looking forward to having a big team of runners on the day."

Registration for Positive East's 5K Red Run is now open. To sign up, visit, or for more details on becoming a 5K Red Run partner email

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:10:02 BST N0464821348837579145A CNW
3383 TV's Hollins to host Wonder Ball Press Association TV sports journalist Chris Hollins is to host a fundraising ball to support the work of a charity founded by Arsenal legend Bob Wilson.

The 2009 Strictly Come Dancing winner will present The Wonder Ball in aid of the Willow Foundation which provides positive and life-enhancing special days out for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds.

About 400 people are expected to attend including celebrity guests David Seaman, Linda Lusardi, Martin Bayfield, newsreaders Natasha Kaplinsky and Mary Nightingale plus TV presenter Jim Rosenthal.

The charity was set up in 1999 by footballer-turned-TV-presenter Wilson with his wife Megs in memory of their daughter Anna who died of cancer aged 31.

Wilson, now life president of the charity, said: "The Wonder Ball is our biggest fundraising event of the year and enables us to provide many more special days, making a real and positive difference to people's lives at a time when they most need it. It's also glamorous night and a great deal of fun."

To date, the Willow Foundation has provided 9,000 special days to people living with cancer, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, organ failure and Huntington's, amongst other conditions.

The Wonder Ball takes place at Westminster Bridge Park Plaza, in London on October 20. Tickets cost from £275. To book visit

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:28:02 BST N0459251348827935863A CNW
3382 Teachers tap into emotional support Press Association Teachers can get help with pupil behaviour, mental health and emotional wellbeing issues through new online resources.

Packs have been created by YoungMinds In Schools, funded by the Department for Education, and which target educational professionals.

It aims to improve outcomes for children and young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties by providing the online resources plus training courses related to mental health and wellbeing in schools.

YoungMinds In Schools is also piloting a programme of training and consultancy with four clusters of schools in Haringey, Southwark, Burgess in Hill and Weston Super-Mare.

Juliet Coley, deputy headteacher at Gladesmore Community School in Haringey, north London, said: "YoungMinds' programme has been absolutely brilliant. Most important was the training offered to the staff. I learned things I didn't know in terms of student behaviour and emotional wellbeing and have been able to cascade this to other staff. The training for me has been invaluable."

Resources can be found at

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:24:02 BST N0459051348827660264A CNW
3381 RNLI crews rescue Beauty from cliff Press Association A dog had to be rescued after he got stuck half way up a cliff and his owners were unable to reach him.

Beauty had gone over the 20-metre cliff between St Saviours Point and Padstow, in Cornwall, and was stuck at the half way point on September 25.

Volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in Rock were called out in their D class inshore lifeboat Rusper, but struggled to get to the dog from the water.

Then James Batters, RNLI helmsman at Rock climbed out of the lifeboat and up the cliff face to rescue Beauty.

He said: "We decided to call the coastguard cliff rescue team, but then the dog started to sound very distressed so I made the decision to climb up the cliff.

"I had to go a good 15 metres up to reach Beauty. I was then able to safely bring him down the cliff and deliver him back to his owners who were on a nearby beach."

RNLI lifeboat crews are sometimes called on by the coastguard to help recover dogs to ensure distressed owners do not put themselves in danger trying to rescue their pets.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:18:02 BST N0458911348827302057A CNW
3380 Two Richards become Scope patrons Press Association Former River Island chief executive Richard Bradbury and comedian Richard Herring have been named as the new patrons of Scope.

The pair have been appointed as an acknowledgement of the contribution they have made to the charity and because of their power to reach new audiences.

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity, said: "The title of patron is the most high-profile title we offer to volunteer supporters.

"It is recognition of how much we value the individual's significant support for our work over the years through giving us their time, lending us their skills, raising the profile of our work, introducing us to their networks and/or donating money."

Mr Bradbury's daughter attends a Scope-supported living service in Hitchin, in Hertfordshire. The former retail boss aims to improve the charity's profitability and to secure industry-sponsored stocks to boost Scope's network of 235 shops, as well as help the charity to secure support from other business leaders and companies.

He said: "I am extremely proud and honoured to have been nominated as a patron for Scope. In these very difficult times we all have an even greater responsibility to help those in need."

Comedian Mr Herring has been involved with Scope for about 10 years and has raised about £180,000 for the charity. He has run the London marathon in its name and devoted an episode of his Radio 4 programme to disability.

He said: "It's really important that people appreciate more about what it's like to be disabled in 2012, so I'm delighted to be able to do my bit and help, whether it's by speaking out on Twitter, collecting money at my gigs or running a marathon."

The pair join current patrons Paralympian and presenter Ade Adepitan, barrister Cherie Booth, paediatric expert Professor Sir David Hall and presenter and journalist Alastair Stewart.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:16:03 BST N0458811348827165570A CNW
3379 Walkers urged to head outdoors Press Association Retailer Hi-Tec is calling on its customers to raise funds for its charity partners by taking part in outdoor challenges.

Walkers could take part in mountain climbs or hike through the countryside to boost donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help For Heroes.

Helen Durant, UK marketing manager at Hi-Tec, said: "We're so proud to support the hard work of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help For Heroes. They're two fantastic charities and we'd love all our customers to really get involved and support the fantastic things they do.

"There's no better way to fundraise than by taking part in walking challenges; they offer the chance to see breathtakingly beautiful scenery and everyone, no matter what age or fitness level, can have a go."

Hi-Tec, which has its UK office in Southend-on-Sea, in Essex, has worked with Help For Heroes since 2011, focusing on the charity's Battle Back initiative.

It has supported Marie Curie nurses for three years, donating footwear and promoting fundraiser walks that take place all over the UK.

Details about fundraising opportunities for each charity can be found at and

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:12:02 BST N0458541348826788157A CNW
3378 Firms urged to take to the track Press Association Businesses are being urged to participate in a new athletics competition, inspired by the Olympics.

Sheffield firms can take part in the 100 metre sprint, long jump and high jump at the city's Business Games.

There will also be light-hearted events with an egg and spoon race, sack race and welly throwing competition.

The Games will be held at at the English Institute of Sport, in Sheffield, on October 12. Teams need to pay an entry fee of £200+ VAT, which includes a donation to Sheffield Young Carers.

Games organisers Sheffield Chamber Of Commerce, South Yorkshire Sport and Sheffield International Venues (SIV), are now looking for organisations across the region to sign up.

Kate Stephenson, events manager at Sheffield chamber, which nominated Sheffield Young Carers as its charity of the year, said: "We are delighted to support the Business Games and celebrate sport within our city.

"The Sheffield Business Games will provide an opportunity for people to relive their favourite playground pastimes as well as enjoying some team building and competitive fun."

Teams need a minimum of six people, and a maximum of ten.

To register a team call 0114 2233481 or 0114 2018888.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:06:03 BST N0458361348826530683A CNW
3377 Tenant's exhibition includes house Press Association A man who transformed his home into a canvas for his artistic output is exhibiting a replica of the house at an art gallery.

Tommy McHugh started creating pictures and sculptures after a double aneurysm in 2001. He is one of only three people in the world to experience artistic outpouring as the result of changes in his brain.

Thanks to Tommy's landlord, housing association Riverside, gallery visitors get an insight into how Tommy transformed his home into a work of art.

Riverside's repairs and maintenance specialists, Evolve, created a partial replica of his living room, where he painted on walls, ceiling, doors and the floor.

Tommy said: "The first signs of my urge to create started with speaking in rhyme and with writing poetry. This developed into the need to draw on the walls of my home. At first, I would use crayons, wax, lipstick or anything I could find to make a mark. Now I tend to focus on oil paint."

Split faces are a recurring theme throughout Tommy's work, not only in paint but sculpture form too.

"I need to get the pictures that form in my mind out as soon as I can, so I work very fast. I'm also aware that because of my condition I may not have much time left, so I just have to get on with it."

The artworks that cover the walls and ceiling of his home are on panels and Riverside has agreed that they can be removed if he decides to move house.

The solo exhibition is open at the Waterfront Art Gallery in Promenade, Southport, daily from noon to 4pm until September 30.

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:58:03 BST N0458021348826047594A CNW
3376 Neville to host kids' football comp Press Association Everton captain Phil Neville is to host a football competition for children to help young people in hospital.

Neville, and his wife Julie, are holding the event in aid of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity together with a family fun day.

Kids Love Football, supported by Tesco, will include a nine-a-side football tournament, run by Shooting Stars Sports Coaching, which is open to under 11s teams. Tesco FA Skills will be on hand to offer coaching sessions.

The defender, dad to Isabella, who has cerebral palsy, and Harvey, said: "We hope lots of teams from across the North West will register to take part and that the local community will get behind us and join us for the family fun day."

Julie, whose husband's club is sitting third in the Premier League table, said: "We are really grateful to Tesco for getting behind this event in support of a cause very close to our hearts. Philip and I are committed patrons of Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity and will do all that we can to help them make a difference to patients like our daughter Isabella, so hopefully we will raise lots of money."

The tournament and fun day kick off at 11am on October 7 at Bowdon Club in Altrincham.

To register a team for the football tournament or to volunteer at the fun day call the charity team on 0161 2764522 or visit

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:56:02 BST N0457941348825900505A CNW
3375 Boot camp delivers opportunities Press Association Eight young people have secured paid work and apprenticeships after successfully completing a two-week employment boot camp.

Another participant in Coventry Boot Camp has gained an interview for an apprenticeship and the final participant has secured a place on a course.

It is the second time this year that organisations in the city have come together to help 16 to 19-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Eighteen-year-old Ryan Page, from Wood End, secured an apprenticeship in landscape gardening with Whitefriars Housing after taking part.

He said: "Boot camp has been excellent. It's really helped my confidence. I found it much better than school because you are guaranteed something at the end of it.

"My dream is to get into landscape gardening and boot camp has shown me how to do it. And the help doesn't stop here. The guys at boot camp will continue to support me if I need it. If it wasn't for boot camp I'd still be doing nothing and looking for a job. This will help me for the rest of my life."

Participants have also been given an in-depth report detailing their abilities, as well as skills yet to be honed.

The scheme is run by housing associations Whitefriars Housing, Midland Heart and Orbit Heart of England which have worked with West Midlands Fire Service, CSWP, Coventry City Council Entry To Employment Team, Open Door Employment Programme, The Cook And Eat Well Programme, the Youth Offending Service and West Midlands Police to deliver the two-week course which ended on September 21.

Coventry Boot Camp has now set up a formal partnership to run the scheme.

Project manager Danny Wright said: "Boot camp is an extraordinary opportunity for youngsters who may have either lost their way, or need guidance on their future, to progress towards the world of work. The young people who completed the course deserve credit. They did enormously well to meet the various challenges which we presented them with, and I'm delighted that they have all now secured either work or education opportunities."

Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:52:03 BST N0457841348825658551A CNW
3374 Shops rated for lads' mag displays Press Association Lads' mags and porn titles are being inappropriately displayed in view and reach of children according to a campaign which is now calling on shoppers to rate stores.

Shelve It! wants to create a so-called Porn Map which shows which retailers are opting not to sell such magazines or are selling them responsibly.

The online map will also help shoppers to give stores with XXX-ratings a miss when out with children.

The digital campaign has been set up the Women's Networking Hub in Birmingham. It now wants people to get involved in the three-step campaign which asks people to check a shop's magazine aisle, rate it, and share the results through social media.

It wants people to look at whether lads' mags are for sale, if they are shelved where children can see or reach them, and to take a photo of the aisle or stand if they feel able to.

Next it asks the shopper to rate the retailer as either 5* porn free, X-rated, XX-rated or XXX-rated.

People can share the findings on the Shelve It! Porn Map, by tweeting the findings using the Twitter hashtag #shelveit or sharing details on the Facebook page Shelve It Birmingham.

A spokesman for the Women's Networking Hub said: "These three simple actions can help people across Birmingham to choose to shop in responsible retailers and pressure retailers to display their lads' mags responsibly out of reach and view of children."

Women have so far rated 16 Birmingham retailers. Twelve have been given the XXX-rating for displaying lads' mags within reach of children, three have been given the XX-rating for displaying lads' mags out of reach but in view of children, and one has been rated X-rating for displaying lads' mags out of reach and covered. No retailers have yet been rated 5* Porn Free.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:52:02 BST N0444531348760781231A CNW
3373 Trustee is to bow out after walk Press Association Committed fundraiser Dick Bell is to complete the final leg of a 630-mile walk along the South West Coast Path.

Dick, from Esher, in Surrey, has taken on the challenge to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research UK, the charity he currently serves as deputy chairman of trustees.

Money raised by the 63-year-old will help a UK-wide project called Brains For Dementia Research, a joint collaboration between Alzheimer's Research UK and Alzheimer's Society. It is collecting brain tissue to help scientists defeat Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

Dick, who started the trek in April, will take on the last leg in October, but is no stranger to the route which covers 630 miles along England's South West peninsular.

He also completed the challenge nine years ago in memory of his parents Arthur and Hilda, who both died with Alzheimer's disease, and raised £40,000.

Dick, who started the trek in April, said: "As I'm due to retire from my trustee role fairly soon and I'm still reasonably fit, I decided to do the walk all over again to raise more vital funds.

"This time I'm walking the coast path in the opposite direction and when I get to the finishing point in Minehead it will have taken a total of 48 days.

"Each section of the walk has its challenges, including rain and fog earlier in the year, but the scenery and being so close to the sea throughout is amazing. Having a focus to raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK helps to keep me going."

Dick's father died with Alzheimer's in 1977, aged 73, after a lengthy struggle with the disease. His mother died in 2002 and Alzheimer's had taken hold for the last eight years of her life.

Dr Marie Janson, director of development at Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "We can't thank Dick enough for taking on this incredible walking challenge for a second time to raise much needed money for our crucial dementia research."

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:36:02 BST N0443961348759822545A CNW
3372 Call for 'rational debate' on cull Press Association A rational debate on the culling of badgers is needed, according to the founder of an animal charity.

Simon Cowell MBE wants such a debate to be "free from prejudices, politics and unscientific theories".

Mr Cowell, founder and director of Surrey-based Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF), said: "Since the first cull licences were issued last week, there has been a lot of anger from people on both sides of the debate, and it's not getting us very far. It is high time we sat down and looked at the facts."

WAF, based in Leatherhead, argues that science does not support the need for a cull and is against such actions.

He said: "The evidence base that the Government is using is very flimsy indeed. If we can have a sensible debate about this, the weaknesses of the case for a cull will be shown up."

Government licences to kill the protected wild animal have been issued for a pilot cull in Gloucestershire.

Supporters of the cull argue the move is necessary to tackle tuberculosis in cattle because badgers spread the disease to livestock, costing farmers and the taxpayer millions of pounds a year.

Mr Cowell said that key questions need to be asked, such as whether the cull will have a big and measurable impact in terms of reducing TB, and whether England's badger population can withstand the effects of large-scale slaughter.

He added: "I don't think the evidence supports the Government's position on either question.

"It will take four years of culling and then a further five years with the much-reduced badger populations, and only after that might a 16% reduction in Bovine TB be achieved.

"The biggest insult is that, whilst here in England the Government and the NFU are pinning all their hopes for the future of cattle farming on killing tens of thousands of badgers, over the border in Wales they have a more sensible policy of vaccinating badgers instead of killing them. If the Welsh can deal with these things in a humane way, why can't we?"

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:34:02 BST N0443681348759351440A CNW
3371 Pupils step up for fundraising walk Press Association Students raised more than £10,000 by completing a 10 kilometre walk to support the work of a hospice near their school.

In total, 800 pupils at Middleton Technology School, near Rochdale, completed the challenge in aid of Francis House Children's Hospice, in Manchester.

The group were set a target of raising a minimum of £10 each in sponsorship, the equivalent of £1 per kilometre walked.

Teachers at the Kenyon Lane school, James Pepperell and Neil Palmer, organised the challenge last term and have presented a cheque to the charity this month, now the sponsorship money has been collected.

Science teacher Mr Pepperell said: "We wanted to encourage our pupils to be more responsible individuals and so raising money for charity seemed the ideal thing to do, and, because the Olympics was all about supporting young people, the students on our Olympic committee thought of Francis House.

"It's local to this area, and a very moving assembly by one of the charity's fundraisers had a really big impact on the students. I think that's one of the reasons we raised so much money."

Children in Years 7 and 8 walked ten 1km laps around the school grounds while those in Years 9 and 10 walked from the school through Middleton to Tandle Hill summit and back.

Mr Pepperell said: "They exceeded what I hoped we could raise and I find that's really inspirational, we are all very proud of the students."

Thirty pupils ran the 10km route, 15 of the children raised more than £100 each and one student raised £300.

Francis House, based in Didsbury, provides respite care for sick children. Work is under way to build a seven-bedroom extension which will cost £3.5 million.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:20:02 BST N0443471348759067526A CNW
3370 Companies reach out to young people Press Association Businesses have met with youth organisations at a networking event designed to build partnerships which can make a difference to young people.

The Liverpool event attracted organisations from across the North West including Barclays, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, John Lewis, Trinity Mirror, QVC, and smaller employers.

Martin Gaunt, regional sales manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said: "This was a really useful event. I made some great contacts who can help our business connect with local young people. I will be working hard to turn the conversations I had here into active partnerships."

Among the youth organisations which took part were Barnardo's, Merseyside Youth Association, On Side, The Rotunda, St Helens Youth Service and Youth Federation.

Gill Bainbridge, chief executive of Merseyside Youth Association, said: "It can sometimes be hard for us to identify businesses that want to back our work so to have a group of them in the same room was fantastic. We are always on the lookout for new supporters and I think I've met several of them here today."

The event forms part of United Futures, a Government-funded initiative which aims to increase business engagement with the youth sector across England.

It is led by charities Business In The Community, National Children's Bureau and UK Youth.

The Liverpool event was hosted free of charge by Starbucks which is also supporting other events across the country.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:12:03 BST N0443131348758422612A CNW
3369 Bike riders needed for fundraiser Press Association Cyclists can use pedal power to support a hospice by joining its annual sponsored bike ride.

Riders will cycle along the Thames Cycle Path starting at different locations depending on if they want to cycle 12 or 24 miles.

The cyclists will be raising funds for Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, in south-east London, when the bike ride takes place on October 7.

The event is supported by Wheelies Cycle Centre, in Erith, and Sidcup Cycle Centre on Station Road, Sidcup, which will provide free bike safety checks and mobile workshops to help cyclists with mechanical problems.

Terry Mathis, from Wheelies Cycle Centre, and Nigel Hill, from Sidcup Cycle Centre, have supported the hospice cycle since it started 12 years ago.

Terry said: "Wheelies is very pleased to be associated with the annual hospice cycle. The Thames Cycle Path is an ideal location for cyclists of all abilities and it's a wonderful day out for all the family."

The event is suitable for cyclists aged five and over. Participants can ride at their own pace and all cyclists will be presented with medals. Refreshments will be available along the route.

Registration costs £10 for adults, £5 for children up to 15 years old. A family ticket, for two adults and two children, costs £25. The first 100 children to sign up will receive a free drink bottle.

To register, email or call 020 8319 9230.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:08:02 BST N0442851348758139304A CNW
3368 Archive paintings available online Press Association Paintings spanning more than 400 years of British military history will go online for the public to learn from and explore.

The National Army Museum's 643 oil paintings have been made available via the Your Paintings website, a digital collaboration between the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and the BBC.

It was started nine years ago, when the PCF set out to make all publicly-owned oil paintings available online.

At any one time about 80% of the works are not on public display due to limited display space, lack of funding or repair work.

To celebrate the contribution of the National Army Museum, in Chelsea, south-west London, curators have selected and interpreted their 10 favourite paintings depicting iconic moments from British military history.

The interpretation of The Reception Of The Mysorean Hostage Princes By Marquis Cornwallis, 26 February 1792, by Robert Home, is now available and the others will be added on a week-by-week basis.

Jenny Spencer-Smith, collections content manager at the National Army Museum, said: "By bringing the collection online, the museum is making these works of art accessible to new and diverse audiences, and, by explaining their stories, we are ensuring that these remain relevant to future generations."

The full list includes:

:: The Reception Of The Mysorean Hostage Princes By Marquis Cornwallis, 26 February 1792, by Robert Home

:: Captain Colin Mackenzie (1806-1861), Madras Army, lately a hostage in Caubool(sic), in his Affghan(sic) Dress by James Sant, c1842

:: Home Again by Henry O'Neil

:: Battle of Isandlwana, 22 February 1879, by Charles Fripp, 1885

:: The Working Party, by Richard Tennant Cooper, c1917

:: Peace Celebrations, Indian troops marching down Whitehall, by Dora Meeson

:: Rex Whistler, self portrait in Welsh Guards uniform, May 1940, by Rex Whistler

:: Medical Inspection, Chungkai Hospital Camp, 1943, by Jack Bridger Chalker

:: Graffiti Wall, Belfast, 1973, by Ralph Lillford

:: Pump House Contact, East Kabul, 2002, by Douglas Farthing.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:04:02 BST N0442701348758001047A CNW
3367 Heritage group submits bid to MoD Press Association Proposals to turn the former RAF Bicester aerodrome into a "living history" site have been submitted to the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Bomber Command Heritage (BCH) wants to create an education centre, museum, international visitor attraction and a memorial at the Oxfordshire site.

It has now submitted its proposals and purchase bid, backed by local authorities, to the MoD, which put the site up for sale in June.

BCH also wants to restore RAF Bicester's bomber station, the best surviving example of such an airfield.

A spokesman for BCH said: "BCH has worked for seven years to obtain backing and expertise to ensure that the site can be restored and turned into a vibrant living history-style education centre and museum.

"This will create a world-class international visitor attraction focusing on all aspects of the story of RAF Bomber Command of the Second World War period, its formative years, and the British and Commonwealth effort and sacrifice.

"Bicester is seen very much as the last viable chance to finally do something for the subject on a befitting scale. By using the whole of the site and its time capsule atmosphere this will create a valuable resource today and a legacy for future generations."

The bid has received local authority backing by councils keen to capitalise on the site's historical status.

Sue Smith, chief executive of Cherwell and South Northants Councils, said: "We have been working hard to transform Bicester for our residents. Together with the town redevelopment and planned housing growth, this proposal will not only preserve the heritage of the site and celebrate the lives of the fallen, but also provide economic development benefits through providing jobs, engaging with local businesses and growing tourism."

Martin Tugwell, Oxford Council's deputy director for growth and infrastructure, said: "The RAF Bicester site provides a huge opportunity as a cultural and geographical balance to Bicester (Retail) Village, which brings heritage, educational, tourism and leisure opportunities the town really needs. We support the BCH proposal and welcome the opportunity to ensure these outcomes are achieved."

RAF Bicester covers 354 acres and contains 19 Grade-II Listed buildings and 16 Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

Chairman of BCH Dean Overton said: "Everybody gets very excited when the see a Lancaster bomber, but few realise the story and sacrifice that it represents, and the relevance in the 21st century. I have never felt as confident as now that we will achieve our goal of opening the world's first museum and education centre, on a befitting scale, solely dedicated to all aspects of the Second World War story of Bomber Command and the civilian effort.

"Our bid is totally unique in that it satisfies the MoD in terms of returns for the taxpayer as well as providing a sustainable commercial/training environment for Cherwell, while delivering the ultimate public benefit: open access for all."

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:56:04 BST N0442391348757576174A CNW
3366 Learn about cheese to help pupils Press Association Cheese and wine fans can enjoy a course about their favourite food and drink while helping schoolchildren to learn how to cook.

The Cooking School at Dean Clough, in Halifax, is offering an afternoon course teaching people how to cook cheese dishes and pairing cheese with different wines and ports.

Profits made by the school are gifted to Focus On Food which, each year, teaches more than 42,000 young people to cook and trains 2,500 teachers to teach cooking.

The course will involve Cryer And Stott Cheesemakers and Yorkshire Wine School.

Matthew Benson-Smith, director of The Cooking School, said: "This is a great course in the run up to the end of the year as we know people are planning their entertaining and looking for new ideas. Not everyone can spare the time for a full day course with us, so this is a great alternative."

The course costs £49 and runs on November 24 from 1pm to 4pm. To book visit or call 01422 383912.

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:54:03 BST N0442101348757264414A CNW
3365 Landlocked city pays for RNLI boat Press Association A £204,000 lifeboat paid for by funds raised in a landlocked city is to be named at a ceremony.

The boat will be based at the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's station in Redcar, but has been funded by volunteers and supporters from Leicester.

Leicester Challenge III will be officially named on September 29 at a service at the station in Redcar and attended by people from both Teesside and Leicester.

The Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat is the most advanced inshore lifeboat produced by the RNLI. She can reach speeds of up to 35 knots and is fitted with a radar system, radio direction finding equipment and a sophisticated chart plotter to aid search and rescue operations, particularly in low visibility.

Dave Cammish, Redcar RNLI lifeboat operations manager, said: "Our previous lifeboat, Leicester Challenge II, served us extremely well for more than a decade, but we are already seeing the benefits of having the additional capability that the updated Atlantic 85 brings. The crew have already put her through her paces on 20 shouts. They've been very impressed with the extra speed and new kit, like radar.

"Every time our new lifeboat is launched, the people of Leicester can rest assured that their generosity continues to help people in difficulty at sea."

Leicester's residents have helped to fund three lifeboats at Redcar, as well as Staithes and Runswick's Atlantic 75, Pride of Leicester and two smaller D class inshore lifeboats; Spirit of Leicester, based at Port St Mary, Isle of Man; and Leicester Tiger, a relief fleet vessel. The first Leicester lifeboat went into service at Gorleston, in Norfolk, in 1865.

Derrick Young, chairman of the RNLI Leicester branch, said: "Even though Leicester is about 70 miles from the nearest RNLI lifeboat station, people in the city really value the work of the RNLI and want to support the wonderful work of the volunteer crews. Our small branch of fundraisers are really committed, always rise to the next fundraising challenge and are very much looking forward to visiting Redcar and seeing the lifeboat being christened."

The ceremony will also include a service of dedication led by the Reverend Rachel Harrison, vicar of St Peter's Church, Redcar, and the lifeboat will be officially named by John Harrison, member of the Leicester RNLI fundraising branch.

Entry to the ceremony is by invitation only, but there will be a public viewing area immediately behind Wilkinson's. Guests will gather from 2pm for a 2.30pm start.

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:52:02 BST N0418381348670916844A CNW
3364 Cyclist raises £2,500 on epic ride Press Association A fundraiser is back home after raising more than £2,500 by cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats in nine days.

David Appleton, from Diss, in Norfolk, completed the 960-mile challenge in support of Diabetes UK.

The 50-year-old is committed to supporting the charity as his wife, Sophie, lives with Type 1 diabetes.

He said: "Obviously with Sophie's condition I wanted to raise money for Diabetes UK, and knowing the fantastic work the charity does for people with diabetes just made me want to do it even more.

"I am delighted to have completed the challenge, and despite cycling between eight and 10 hours a day for nine days, it was certainly worth it.

"It was a brilliant experience and most importantly we've raised a lot of money."

On one day, David cycled 135 miles from Glasgow to Fort William into a 25mph headwind over Rannoch Moor. He arrived in John O'Groats on September 16.

Louise Rout, regional fundraising manager for Diabetes UK's eastern region, said: "We are delighted that David completed the challenge, and that he has raised such a fantastic amount of money along the way.

"Diabetes UK receives no government funding, so the money donated by wonderful fundraisers like David is made all the more invaluable.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to David and his wife Sophie for all their efforts in putting this challenge together."

To donate to David, visit

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:48:03 BST N0418271348670677094A CNW
3363 Boy meets footie heroes on wish day Press Association Football fan Deakon Beavers has been granted a wish to watch his first live match and meet his favourite players.

The six-year-old Blackpool fan watched his team take on Huddersfield at Bloomfield Road thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, a charity which grants wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Deakon, from Thornton-Cleveleys, in Lancashire, spent the first nine months of his life in hospital and began chemotherapy treatment when he was 17 days old.

He needed resuscitating at birth and hours later he was given a platelet transfusion. At 16 days old he was diagnosed with the rare blood disorder hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, but did not respond to initial treatment.

At six weeks old, Deakon needed a bone marrow transplant, a procedure he had just a 5% chance of surviving, and he was found to have three types of leukaemia. Two days after his transplant Deakon had lung failure and heart problems, he had to have two blood transfusions and four platelet transfusions a day.

Deakon was finally allowed to go home at nine months old, but was still in semi-isolation. Just before his first birthday he was allowed out of semi-isolation. Deakon now has check-ups every six months and will be on penicillin for the rest of his life.

Make-A-Wish arranged for Deakon and his parents, Karen and Phillip, to meet his favourite player Tom Ince on September 22 ahead of a Blackpool training session. They then visited Bloomfield Lane on September 24 and Deakon walked out with the team as mascot, before seeing Blackpool lose 3-1.

Karen said: "Deakon's wish was just amazing. It was really lovely for Phillip and me to have some time with just him, as most of our time all together has been miserable."

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:44:02 BST N0418191348670435280A CNW
3362 Owners 'mollycoddle' handbag dogs Press Association Handbag dogs which have been mollycoddled by their owners are suffering from behavioural issues.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has seen a 40% increase in the number of smaller dogs arriving at its centre this year and describes them as 'handbag dogs with baggage'.

More than 90 Yorkshire terriers have arrived at the home this year, making it the most popular small breed in need of Battersea's attention. At the same time last year 54 Yorkshire Terriers had arrived. There has also been a 36% increase in the number of Chihuahuas coming into Battersea since last year.

Ali Taylor, head of canine welfare training, said: "Small dogs have become very popular and fashionable in recent years and sadly Battersea sees the repercussions of people taking on these dogs with little thought of how to care for them. They may be small but they are still dogs, and sadly people treat them like babies or accessories without letting them behave as dogs should."

In next week's episode of ITV1's Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs, viewers will be able to see dog-lover Paul being advised not to handle a seemingly cute Chihuahua at Battersea. The troubled Chihuahua had been spoilt and pampered in his previous home and developed signs of severe possession over his owner and would snap and bark at anyone who came near. Unable to cope, Bobby's owner sought help from Battersea.

Yorkie Princess Tamara, a current Battersea resident, had developed handling and stranger issues because she was babied and carried around.

Bobby's story features in the ITV1 series which airs on Mondays at 8pm.

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:40:02 BST N0418021348670217484A CNW
3361 ChildLine ball has the X Factor Press Association X Factor stars Janet Devlin and Diva Fever are to entertain guests at a charity ball to help raise funds for ChildLine.

The X Factor ChildLine Ball will be held at London's Savoy Hotel and will be hosted by Caroline Flack, presenter of the Xtra Factor.

Singer Janet said: "To be performing at this year's X Factor ChildLine Ball is a real privilege and I'm really looking forward to it.

"All children need to have someone they can turn to when times are tough, and money raised through events such as this helps ChildLine be there for vulnerable children and young people in need of advice and support."

Guests will enjoy a champagne reception and a three-course dinner before being invited to join a live auction.

Lots include a holiday to Mauritius, tickets to The X Factor final and a replica copper phonebox.

ChildLine offers a free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for vulnerable children and young people, which is provided by the NSPCC.

To book a table at the October 18 event, visit

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:34:02 BST N0417871348669848649A CNW
3360 Emotional wellbeing MOT on offer Press Association Young people struggling with their emotional wellbeing can attend a free course which offers them support.

Those aged between 15 and 25 can learn how to manage their feelings at the eight-week Emotional Health MOT in Crawley, West Sussex.

The course, held by Mind The Gap, is designed to equip young people with emotional resilience skills and consider ways they can manage their behaviour, thoughts and feelings.

A qualified counsellor will deliver the sessions which are also supported by West Sussex County Council.

Mind The Gap young persons emotional health worker, Jessica Cotton, said: "Our emotional wellbeing courses are designed to explore different ways young people can promote positive emotional wellbeing in their own lives.

"It's a doing, activity-based course, which provides a space to explore your resources, skills and interests leading to increased self confidence, so whilst it's confidential, there's no pressure to talk about anything you don't want to."

Sussex Central YMCA runs the Mind The Gap project, which 11 to 25-year-olds in the Crawley area who struggle with low self esteem, depression, anxiety, stress, bullying or relationship difficulties can benefit from.

To take part in the Emotional Health MOT course, due to start on October 8, text or call Jessica on 07912 479967, or search for Mind The Gap Crawley on Facebook.

Agencies which want to refer a young person can also call Jessica at Mind The Gap for a referral form.

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:56:02 BST N0410001348656758086A CNW
3359 £1m granted to tackle eye health Press Association More than £930,000 has been granted to pilot project across Africa and Asia which hope to tackle challenges faced by people with vision impairments and poor eye health.

The Sightsavers Innovation Fund has chosen 13 initiatives which will benefit from funding of up to £75,000 each.

They include promoting the education of children with albinism in East Africa, a national television series for visually impaired people in India, and an initiative for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy in Bangladesh.

A total of 477 proposals were submitted by NGOs, the private sector, disabled people's organisations and academic institutions.

The chosen proposals will be implemented over the next 18 months, with £933,000 being handed out overall.

It is the first time Sightsavers has funded projects in this way, and is part of a three-year programme partnership arrangement which the organisation has with the Department For International Development (DFID).

This year, the judging panel included representatives from 3iE, DFID, and Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:52:02 BST N0409721348656484824A CNW
3358 Exhibition steers people online Press Association Thousands of people have visited an exhibition showcasing the power of the internet and encouraging people to take their first steps in the digital world.

Our Digital Planet, which spent more than two weeks on Brighton Promenade, featured 24 images and an internet station where visitors could log on to the web with guided support.

More than 60 people used the internet for the first time at the touring exhibition, which was brought to Brighton by social investor Nominet Trust, and closed on September 3.

Of those using the internet station, 48% were retired, while 65% of visitors were aged over 50.

Exhibition volunteers showed visitors how they can pay for services using the internet, and how to share photos with their friends and family through social media.

Visitors were also shown how to look at their family history online and at the history of their local area.

Annika Small, chief executive officer at Nominet Trust, said: ""It's vital that people know just how much they can get out of the internet on a daily basis: from saving money by paying bills online, shopping and running businesses; with access to the internet, a whole range of opportunities are available.

"We hope that access to our online internet station alongside guided support showed the people of Brighton what's available and how straight forward it can be to use."

Our Digital Planet has since visited Bristol, and can soon be seen in Cardiff, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:48:03 BST N0409501348656337010A CNW
3357 Dog walker wants to help hospice Press Association Granddaughter Claire Frecknall is organising her third charity dog walk to help the hospice which cared for her grandfather before he died.

Claire, 28, has raised more than £4,000 for St Barnabas House, in Worthing, in memory of Ronald Lodge, who died aged 85 in November 2010.

As part of her continued fundraising, in May, Claire, completed the four-day, 43-kilometre Inca Trail trek in Peru.

Now, the dog lover, from Worthing, has set up the third Walkies For Charity, a sponsored dog walk, to help celebrate Hospice Care Week, which runs from October 8 to 15.

Claire raised more than £2,000 for the hospice with her first such walk, and hopes this year's event will beat that total.

Claire said: "Although Walkies For Charity is described as a charity dog walk, you don't need to own a dog. So long as you're a fan of our four-legged friends it will be a lovely walk for everyone who joins us.

"At just under 2.5 miles this walk is a bit shorter than my other events, so it is a great opportunity to get all the family involved."

The walk, on October 14, will begin from Highdown Hill car park, north of Ferring, in West Sussex, at 10.30am, and entry is £5. Goodie bags of dog treats will be handed out to those who take part.

For more information, email

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:48:03 BST N0409361348656214978A CNW
3356 Get charity's story told via film Press Association Movies showcasing the work of smaller charities are to be created by volunteer filmmakers then broadcast on a digital TV channel.

Untold Stories will match organisations with a filmmaker who will research plan and produce a short film.

The initiative is backed by the Media Trust, Sainsbury's and Google. Charities will receive expert advice from the technology firm about how to maximise online exposure of their film.

Charities and not-for-profit or voluntary organisations with an annual turnover of less than £2 million can now apply to take part in Untold Stories and receive a high quality film for a fraction of the usual cost.

Caroline Diehl, chief executive of the Media Trust, said: "We are delighted to have Sainsbury's as our partner again this year and pleased to welcome Google as an additional partner.

"Film is a powerful method for communicating a message and this is a rare opportunity for small charities to receive support from a professional volunteer filmmaker."

The final films will be broadcast in the spring on the Community Channel.

Justin King, chief executive of Sainsbury's, said: "At Sainsbury's we believe that is it vitally important for the stories of small charities across the UK to be told. We work with over 1,000 local charities in the communities that we operate, as this is where the most inspirational stories can be found."

More than 175 films have been produced by the Untold Stories initiative, which is now in its eighth year. Overall, more than £1,250,000 has been donated in both time and resources by the media industry, to help charities across different sectors.

To apply, call the Media Trust on 020 7871 5616 or email Applications close at midday on October 22.

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:46:03 BST N0409151348656029399A CNW
3355 Catering business a piece of cake Press Association Husband and wife team Richard and Karen Kemp are encouraging older entrepreneurs to start their own business after they set up a successful wedding catering firm.

The Stafford couple set up Kemp And Kemp after Richard was made redundant from his project manager job in the heritage attractions industry.

Together they decided to take the opportunity and set up the firm despite neither having worked in catering before.

They were supported by The Prince's Initiative For Mature Enterprise, a charity set up by Prince Charles to help over 50s start their own companies.

Richard, 56, and Karen, 53, a former mortgage broker, wanted their catering firm to mimic the intimacy of a dinner party, but in a mass catering environment.

They attended a course about business start-up from the charity and now want to encourage others to follow suit when the charity returns to the West Midlands.

Richard said: "We needed an income after I was made redundant so of course, that was a real motivator in starting the business.

"However, we had also both always wanted to run our own company, but previously it had never been the right time. The success we have experienced with Kemp And Kemp has taught us to trust our own instincts and abilities."

The Prince's Initiative is running its Preparing To Run Your Own Business courses in Chasewater on November 1 and in Walsall on November 2. For more information, visit

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:42:02 BST N0409041348655959606A CNW
3354 Team brave open water in fundraiser Press Association Four fundraisers took part in a day-long series of challenge across the Lake District.

The team traversed the national park, from south to north, swimming 30.5 kilometres and walking 17km over the Kirkstone pass in aid of Francis House Children's Hospice, in Manchester.

Billy Coplin, 48, from Bolton, along with father and son Peter and Danny Ditchfield, aged 47 and 17, and Adam Barker, 17, all from Urmston, undertook the challenge on September 7.

The group's first challenge involved swimming in 40 minute relays in lake Windermere. Finishing at 11pm the team refuelled then walked through the night to Glenridding.

Billy said: "After a shake out and breakfast, preparations for the Ullswater swim began. Anything would have been preferable to pulling on a cold wetsuit and climbing back into the water at first light, but it was time to crack on and smash the last phase."

After a 13.5km swim in Ullswater, the team arrived at Pooley Bridge, 26 hours after setting off.

The team has raised more than £2,600 so far, but the final total is likely to hit £3,000. The money will be added to a fund to build a £3.5 million extension at Francis House.

The Didsbury hospice cares for children with a short life expectancy and their families. Francis House also offers end-of-life care, and patients and their families can stay for respite care.

To support the team's efforts visit

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:42:02 BST N0408961348655825401A CNW
3353 Lack of skills 'stops investment' Press Association Lack of business skills is causing voluntary and community organisations to miss out on investment, according to research.

Social enterprise also miss out because potential investees fail to demonstrate sufficient financial skills, and it acts as a barrier to investors.

The research was commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund (Big) and carried out by ClearlySo in partnership with New Philanthropy Capital (NPC). Some 1255 organisations responded.

Overall, 43% of organisations which failed to secure funding said that accessing advice for gaining financial support was difficult, while 32% said identifying where to go for social investment was very difficult.

Findings from Growing The Social Investment Marketplace: Investment Readiness In The UK will support the creation of the Big-backed Investment Readiness Fund (IRF), due to launch next year.

The fund will support the development of the social investment market to help voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to better serve those most in need.

Iona Joy, head of charity effectiveness at NPC, said: "Although their perceptions of business, marketing and finance skills may differ from investors, NPC's survey of investees and potential investees demonstrated a healthy appetite for advice, support, guidance and peer-to-peer contact.

"Respondents indicated that it can be difficult to get targeted advice and support; information on financial options and investors; and help with structuring and negotiating products and deals. However it was clear they would welcome advice and support on these issues."

Wed, 26 Sep 2012 11:38:02 BST N0408811348655598162A CNW
3352 Veteran promotes careers at sea Press Association A Royal Navy veteran who joined the service at 18 is hoping to encourage young people to consider a maritime career.

Roy Ticehurst, now 88, was based at HMS Royal Arthur in Skegness where he worked in roles including gunner and Morse code interpreter.

Roy, who also spent time as a naval guard in Sri Lanka, visited Woodmansterne Primary School in Surrey to recount his experiences and to raise awareness of the important role the Merchant and Royal Navy play in society ahead of World Maritime Day.

Roy now resides at the Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society, a Surrey nursing home which provides dedicated accommodation and care to former seafarers and their dependants.

He said: "I think the maritime industry is a forgotten sector. When I signed up there was at least a couple of people that went to sea in every single village. The opportunities are not broadcast as they used to be and young people are missing out on the travel, broadening their outlook and seeing how people in other parts of the world live."

Roy also took on roles protecting the Women's Royal Naval Service (Wrens), essential supplies and also saw action in the D-Day Landings.

Great Britain's maritime sector is the largest in Europe, yet when a group of 15 to 24 year olds were asked 'would you consider a career in the maritime sector?' only 12% responded yes, according to Sea Vision UK.

Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt OBE, chief executive of the Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society, said: "Given the apparent lack of knowledge of the importance of the Royal and Merchant Navies among young people, we at the Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society are engaging with local schools, including Woodmansterne Primary School in Banstead, to hopefully encourage some young people to consider a career at sea or in the wider maritime industry.

"As an island nation we seem to have lost the essential connection with the sea around us and its vital importance to our country."

World Maritime Day, on September 27, is organised by the International Maritime Organisation and focuses attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment.

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:14:02 BST N0392141348582240347A CNW
3351 YMCA hopes to set basketball record Press Association Millions of people across the globe are to take part in a world record bid for the most basketball shots made in one day.

The YMCA World Challenge 2012 Hoop Springs Eternal has been organised by the YMCA World Alliance and will start at 8am in New Zealand on October 13 and end at 6pm in the American state of Hawaii.

It aims to celebrate the worldwide work of the YMCA to empower young people.

Forest YMCA in Walthamstow, east London, will be taking part in the world record attempt along with 70 other countries.

Forest YMCA will be showcasing a selection of fun pic 'n' mix basketball challenges including wheelchair basketball. It needs volunteers to support and participate on the day. People need to register by October 10 for the world record attempt between 11am and 4pm.

Forest YMCA will produce a plaque to mark each individual's contribution.

Invented by the YMCA in 1890, basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and it has been used as a tool to empower people and promote a healthy life style.

The International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) and UNESCO are worldwide supporters of the initiative.

To register visit

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:58:04 BST N0391741348581338586A CNW
3350 Second Abu Dhabi invite for centre Press Association Exhibitions from a science centre in England are to go on show at the second Abu Dhabi Science Festival.

Staff from At-Bristol will showcase interactive displays to more than 20,000 students and provide training workshops assisted by undergraduates based in the United Arab Emirates.

Colleagues from At-Bristol impressed organisers at the inaugural event in 2011 when the centre delivered workshops to schools and the public using its hands-on exhibits.

This time, eight colleagues will be attending and alongside At-Bristol's investigate kits and portable science experiments, which they took out in 2011, the team will be running some of the centre's workshops.

For the exhibition, workshop Go Animate!, about the processes involved in producing an animation, has been redesigned in Arabic, and taking Go Explore! overseas has meant shipping some of the unusual artefacts used in the workshop including a sheepskin, elephant tusk, cheetah skin and tortoise shell.

Chris O'Callaghan, formal learning manager for At-Bristol, said: "Last year's Science Festival in Abu Dhabi was amazing, such an eye opener as it was their first one, and fantastic to see how engaged with science the visitors were.

"The great thing is that it's not just us going over there and running our workshops, we also hold a couple of training days beforehand with local science communicators from universities who then help us with translation and support.

"It's also part of their undergraduate courses so we encourage them to help us run the sessions to gain as much experience as possible and at the end we assess their work, so obviously we want them to learn as much from us as they can."

At-Bristol is the only UK science centre attending the 2012 festival.

Phil Winfield, At-Bristol's chief executive officer, said: "From our point of view, it's not only a fantastic way of continuing our staff's professional development, especially in a challenging environment where science communication and hands-on science is still so new, but it also gains us international exposure and more people can see what we produce both with our science exhibits and workshops."

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:56:03 BST N0391651348581139525A CNW
3349 Firewalk beckons for fundraisers Press Association Adventurous fundraisers can test their nerves by taking part in a firewalk while supporting a charity.

Sight Support Derbyshire wants people to sign up to walk barefoot over red-hot wood embers for its latest challenge.

The event, on November 6, will be run by Time4Change and instructor Cliff Mann who has spent three decades guiding thousands of people over hot coals.

Cliff said: "A firewalk is the most inspirational journey you will ever undertake. It is as the name suggests a bare foot walk over red-hot wood embers measuring around 800C. No tricks, no special effects, just you and the fire."

Debbie Haynes from Sight Support Derbyshire said: "The firewalk is a tremendous opportunity to learn things about yourself and to challenge yourself. The firewalk is an extremely motivating experience while raising money for Sight Support Derbyshire at the same time."

Participants will have two hours of training before undertaking the firewalk.

It costs £20 to register and the charity asks for people to raise £100 in sponsorship to take part.

To register, call 01332 287027 or

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:52:03 BST N0391561348580897999A CNW
3348 Homeless group volunteers at museum Press Association Homeless volunteers have helped to archive Roman finds in a joint project between St Mungo's and the Museum Of London.

Seven clients from the homelessness charity have spent six weeks with the museum's archaeological archive and research centre (LAARC) at its Hackney warehouse.

Their work is part of a larger project which is archiving finds from a 1970s dig to modern standards.

The group are all members of St Mungo's client representative group, Outside In.

Tracy, who lives at a St Mungo's hostel in Covent Garden, said: "This is my first time volunteering with Outside In and I have really enjoyed the project. Volunteering is really helping me. I like the photography side of what we are doing. I'd like to volunteer more in the future."

Sarah-Jane Cox, St Mungo's deputy manager for client involvement, said: "This volunteering project with LAARC has been a fantastic, inspiring opportunity for St Mungo's Outside In group to boost their self-confidence, develop their skills and connect with the wider London community."

Lucy Sawyer, from the Museum Of London, said: "It has been a real pleasure working with the volunteers from St Mungo's. They are enthusiastic and upbeat. The standard of work they've done for us is really high. The group are making a real difference to the archive by improving the storage of London's archaeology and so making it more accessible for people to research and enjoy now and in the future."

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:48:02 BST N0391411348580700127A CNW
3347 Teens to master money skills online Press Association Teenagers can create a money action plan online thanks to a tool created by a financial education charity.

Max Your Money Skills has been developed by the Personal Finance Education Group (Pfeg) and is supported by Santander.

It allows people aged between 14 and 18 to find out more about their attitude to money by answering questions and helps them create an action plan of how to improve their personal finances and financial capability.

Action plans include things to do, such as open a bank account and then check statements regularly, or things to find out or practice, such as watch a video about debt or find out more about student finance.

The actions are ordered by priority for each user, and are designed to be short and appealing to young people.

Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of Pfeg, based in Bonhill Street, east London, said: "Young people are encountering money earlier and earlier in life, from mobile phone bills to online shopping and everything in-between.

"It is crucial that young people are able to access free information on how to manage their money and understand their personal finances better - and the best way to do this is through an online tool tailored specifically to their needs."

Christianne Carrick, senior CSR manager at Santander said: "It's never too early to start managing your money, whether it's pocket money, an allowance, or income from a first job. Max Your Money Skills is a unique way for young people to get free help and make the most of their finances through a fun and engaging tool."

Max Your Money Skills is available at

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:48:02 BST N0391311348580520899A CNW
3346 New London apple variety unveiled Press Association A new variety of apple has been developed specifically for London for the first time in 60 years.

The tree has been developed to thrive in the city by The London Orchard Project and nursery Trees For Life.

Now 100 of the trees will be planted in more than 40 orchards in public spaces, parks and schools across London throughout December.

The London Orchard Project, which promotes orchard and fruit tree growing in the capital, has spent 10 years developing the new fruit.

The variety has been bred to possess a hardy nature and to be adaptable to changeable conditions and is easy to grow. In addition to its robustness the tree will also produce high numbers of sweet, flavoursome apples.

The yet-to-be-named apple will be the first London-specific variety to have been developed since 1953, when the Merton Delight was born.

Kath Rosen, chief executive officer of The London Orchard Project, said: "Greater London was once full of orchards, but sadly as it has grown, these habitats have either been lost or neglected. London has a strong fruit-growing heritage, which The London Orchard Project strives to rejuvenate.

"We are now introducing a new variety to community orchards to further increase these environments, a variety that London is home to, that is durable, delicious and makes fresh fruit that is free and readily available to local communities."

The charity is offering people the chance to name the 2012 London variety. The lucky winner will also receive one of the first trees of the original batch of 100.

To suggest a name for the apple, email or tweet a suggestion to @LondonOrchard.

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:36:02 BST N0391111348580043678A CNW
3345 Hospice needs 'good neighbours' Press Association Volunteers are needed to tackle household jobs and offer companionship to hospice patients who remain in their own home.

The Hospice Neighbours scheme from Worcestershire's St Richard's Hospice is initially targeting patients in the Pershore area, the WR10 postcode.

The pilot project will see co-ordinator Catherine Colvin and a growing team of volunteers offer patients and their families companionship and help with the important, everyday tasks which can become overwhelming when living with a life-threatening illness.

The volunteers, who will receive training, will provide non-clinical support at the patient's home.

Catherine said: "There is clearly a gap in provision where people want to stay at home as long as possible, independent and safe. Family, friends and neighbours are often the ones who step in to help but for some people, or on some occasions, this doesn't happen. Patients want to feel cared for, cosseted and comforted. A major part of the scheme is likely to be companionship.

"We understand that it can become distressing for patients to see their garden overgrown, their dog not walked, their gutters overflowing or many other tasks and we hope Hospice Neighbours will help keep them independent and as stress free as possible."

More volunteers are needed as the scheme develops. To become a hospice neighbour in WR10 call Catherine on 01386 552725.

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:30:03 BST N0391001348579655527A CNW
3344 Brother takes on 400km bike ride Press Association A 59-year-old man is to take up a fundraising cycle challenge in Portugal in memory of his brother.

George Smith, from Plymouth, will be cycling 400 kilometres in the Algarve in aid of Alzheimer's Society.

He will travel from Albufeira to Fatima and hopes to raise £1,000 between October 10 and 13 in his brother Derek's name.

George said: "I decided to take part in this challenge for Alzheimer's Society because my brother Derek died earlier this year from this disease. It will be a tough challenge, but it's great to know that I will be raising funds to help support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow."

Derek died in July, aged 75, after a relatively short but distressing journey with Alzheimer's disease. He grew up in Cumbria but spent most of his life in the South West and had lived in Weston-Super-Mare since 1975.

He worked for British Rail for 40 years and was a quiet, sensitive man with a dry sense of humour. He enjoyed travelling, walking, reading, photography and spending time with his family.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer's Society, said: "We are delighted that George is giving his time to support Alzheimer's Society. One in three people over 65 will die with dementia. It is caused by diseases of the brain and can happen to anyone.

"As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like George to help us continue our vital work. Please back George in his fundraising efforts so that Alzheimer's Society can continue leading the fight against dementia."

To sponsor George visit

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:30:03 BST N0390831348579320049A CNW
3343 Awards to support three charities Press Association Three charities are to benefit from the 30th annual Midlands Women Of The Year Luncheon And Awards.

The event has raised £500,000 for good causes since it was established and this year it will support Alzheimer's Research UK, Vitalise and The Marie Curie Big Build Project.

Zalena Vandrewala, from Stoke-on-Trent, a commercial litigation solicitor at Freeth Cartwright LLP, and director of the Women Of The Year Luncheon And Awards, said: "Our 30th anniversary bash will honour women in the Midlands, recognising their personal achievements and success in business. We are very proud to have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity during that time."

Ms Vandrewala, who studied law at Staffordshire University, said: "The event will play host to up to 600 women and, as well as an excellent lunch, they will have a chance to do some early Christmas shopping from a range of luxury boutique stalls, enjoy live music and dazzling dance performances plus a stunning fashion show courtesy of Stick and Ribbon."

Guests at the event at Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, on October 5, will also hear from keynote speaker, fashion designer and entrepreneur Karen Millen.

Dr Marie Janson, director of development at Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "We are thrilled to be one of the three charities selected to benefit from the Women Of The Year Luncheon And Awards. Every £20 donated towards our work will pay for another vital hour of pioneering research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia."

Tickets cost £70 and are available by calling 07729 895588 or emailing Further details are available at

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:20:03 BST N0390691348579034339A CNW
3342 Boutique is a stylish fundraiser Press Association Fashionistas can revamp their wardrobe while supporting a charity thanks to a pop-up boutique.

The one-day clothes sale in Bakewell, Derbyshire, will feature designer and high street brands with proceeds going to Helen's Trust, a charity which supports people with terminal illness across North Derbyshire and Sheffield.

The Pop Up Fashion Boutique will include items from designer brands Armani, Max Mara and Paul Smith plus high street labels Monsoon and Coast.

Money raised will allow Helen's Trust to continue its work providing help to people who want to die at home.

Sophie Gill, community fundraiser for Helen's Trust, said: "Seventy one per cent of people would prefer to die at home yet over half still die in hospital.

"Helen's Trust works hard to make this option a reality for local people. Last year they provided over 3,000 hours of care and 200 pieces of equipment to people in need of support at home. We are solely reliant on voluntary income and receive no statutory funding so all support raising funds is vital to the work we do."

The boutique, at Granby Arcade, Bakewell, will open on September 29 from 9am until 5.30pm.

Donations for the boutique are still being taken. Items can be dropped off at Helen's Trust, Unit 2, Granby Road, Bakewell, between 9am and 5pm.

For more information, call Sophie Gill on 01629 812759 or e-mail

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:14:02 BST N0390531348578570919A CNW
3341 Photo project for Bi Visibility Day Press Association An online campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the issues facing young bisexual people to coincide with Bi Visibility Day.

New youth network Bi Brighton, run by the Allsorts Youth Project, is showing images on the charity's Facebook and Twitter pages featuring young people, volunteers and workers from Allsorts wearing T-shirts with the slogans 'Bi is Beautiful' and 'Bi Ally'.

It is hoped the positive images will promote visibility of bi and pan young people, who often face discrimination from both the hetero and homosexual communities.

Mel Berry, the Bi Brighton co-ordinator, said: "We recently had an online campaign which celebrated International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. It was really successful in raising awareness around prejudice, as well as getting people talking.

"I hope that this campaign will have the same impact in raising awareness, helping people to celebrate and be proud of who they are, as well as getting people talking about the issues that young bi and pan people face."

Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, took place on September 23. It has been marked every year since 1999.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:52:02 BST N0372431348498080760A CNW
3340 Paralympic stars add golden touch Press Association More than 400 people have walked through the streets of London for the Fight For Sight Carrots NightWalk.

Fundraisers were joined by former Paralympic swimmer Chris Holmes MBE and Paralympic footballer Darren Harris for the evening event on September 21.

Participants took on either a six or a 15-mile route through the streets of London to raise funds for Fight For Sight and other charities including the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (Chect).

Chris Holmes, who lost his sight at the age of 14 and went on to win nine gold medals in swimming, officially opened the event at the Southbank's BFI Imax.

He said: "To be with so many people who are walking to raise funds to prevent sight loss and to increase the awareness of the importance of eye health is just fantastic.

"Finding ways to reduce sight loss in adults and children is a cause that's particularly close to my heart, and I hope that, through the fundraising efforts of everyone involved in the Carrots NightWalk, Fight for Sight can support even more life-changing eye research."

The amount raised through the event for Fight For Sight or other charities is not yet known.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:48:02 BST N0372311348497878826A CNW
3339 Pro footballer kits out old club Press Association York City's Matty Blair has donated a kit sporting Meningitis UK's logo to his former club to spread awareness of the deadly disease after it affected his young niece.

The midfielder, 23, has made the donation to Coventry Rangers where he played with his brother Ross when they were younger.

He was inspired to make the donation after Ross's daughter Brooke contracted meningitis and her mum, Ross's wife, Waterloo Road and Byker Grove actress Holly Matthews, suffered from the same disease as a child.

The former Kidderminster Harriers winger has sponsored 16 full kits, with Meningitis UK's logo, for the Sunday league side.

Matty, who played for Coventry Rangers aged 16, said: "I wanted to do something good for the team I used to play for and at the same time raise awareness of the awful disease.

"As a family, we are dedicated to spreading awareness and I believe the kit sporting Meningitis UK's logo will help do this week in week out."

Holly, 27, fought off the disease at the age of seven. She was treated at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle, where tests showed she had viral meningitis. She went on to make a full recovery.

Holly and Ross's baby, Brooke, became ill after her first set of immunisation injections.

Holly said: "The next day at her early feed, she didn't feel well and was particularly sleepy. I told Ross to keep an eye on her while I went to work.

"When I came home, Brooke didn't seem right to me, she was crying in a different way.

"She vomited a full bottle really violently. She had never done this before and it worried me instantly."

By 7pm, Brooke's temperature was 37.8C and after first going to Coventry Walk-in Centre she was taken to hospital where doctors diagnosed meningitis. With antibiotics her temperature returned to normal and she was holding down food, and was allowed to leave hospital a fortnight after being admitted.

Brooke, now 18 months old, seems to have fully recovered.

Kate Rowland, chief executive of Bristol-based Meningitis UK, said: "What Holly and baby Brooke went through shows how fast meningitis can take hold and how difficult it is to diagnose.

"We are extremely grateful to Matty and the team for using the popularity of football to spread awareness of the disease and Meningitis UK through his kind donation."

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:14:02 BST N0371031348495774416A CNW
3338 Volunteer scheme to aid South Sudan Press Association Volunteers who want to offer practical help in countries where it is most urgently needed can sign up to a new scheme called EU Aid Volunteers.

The European Commission initiative has been set up to recruit 10,000 EU citizens to volunteer worldwide in humanitarian operations.

Charity VSO is running one of the pilot projects together with Romanian volunteering organisation Pro Vobis.

Through the scheme, four skilled professionals are already in South Sudan with another ten to follow in November, helping to rebuild the country's health system after years of conflict. VSO will also send volunteers to work with partners in Bangladesh on disaster preparedness, helping to build the resilience of communities often affected by natural disasters.

Joris Eekhout, director of VSO Netherlands said: "EU Aid Volunteers is a welcome initiative. VSO is proud to play a role in supporting the EC to recruit more Europeans to volunteer their skills in some of the world's poorest countries.

"As part of the pilot project, we are recruiting skilled professionals to work in placements ranging from three months to two years in South Sudan and Bangladesh. These volunteers work with local partner organisations to leave a legacy that lasts long after their placement has ended.

"Volunteers in South Sudan are helping to rebuild the capacity of the health system and its workers after years of conflict. Those in Bangladesh will work with poor and marginalised communities to help them protect themselves against the natural disasters which affect the region."

The aim of the initiative and the various pilot projects is to create a corps of European humanitarian volunteers which will be fully operational in 2014.

To volunteer visit

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:10:02 BST N0370951348495657549A CNW
3337 Society hopes to raise awareness Press Association An awareness week is to be launched to raise the profile of inner ear disorders which cause dizziness and imbalance.

The National Dizziness And Balance Awareness Week, organised by the Meniere's Society, will run from October 8 to 12.

It is thought that 40% of people over the age of 40 experience dizziness and imbalance caused by vestibular (inner ear) disorders such as Meniere's disease, labyrinthitis and BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo).

Meniere's disease is a long-term progressive condition affecting the balance and hearing parts of the inner ear. Symptoms are acute attacks of vertigo, severe dizziness, fluctuating tinnitus, increasing deafness, and a feeling of pressure in the ear.

Due to the nature of Meniere's disease, sufferers are often left feeling anxious and alienated, with the constant fear of 'if and when' they will have a vertigo attack. For the general public who are unaware of the condition the sufferer could be mistaken for being drunk.

Natasha Harrington-Benton, director of the Meniere's Society, based in Dorking, in Surrey, said: "We want to draw people living with dizziness and imbalance out of isolation by knowing that there is help out there. We want to get people talking about vestibular disorders. The more people who understand the difficulties of living with dizziness and imbalance including employers and the general public, the easier it is for those who suffer to regain confidence and to live their lives."

Throughout the awareness week, health centres will be holding information stands on dizziness and imbalance to raise the profile of vestibular disorders among the general public.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:06:03 BST N0370711348495377793A CNW
3336 Research confirms charity's impact Press Association Environmental regeneration charity Groundwork is achieving massive benefits for the environment and people in need across the country, according to research.

Resources channelled through the charity will deliver "extensive and highly valuable impacts", according to a team from Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), which analysed Groundwork's performance over a two-year period.

The researchers found that the £200 million spent on projects across the Groundwork federation between 2009 and 2011 delivered more than £500 million in net outputs.

Tony Gore, a member of the CRESR research team, said: "This suggests that over the two years, every £1 spent on project activity by Groundwork generated around £3 of physical and human benefits, representing high value for money in terms of government benchmarks."

Groundwork helped to deliver more than 500,000 days of community action by individuals, improved or maintained 40 million sq m of land, planted 60,000 trees and helped young people gain 8,700 qualifications.

Groundwork's chief executive Sir Tony Hawkhead said: "These figures confirm our ability to deliver real benefits to people and places in some of the most deprived areas in the UK. But we can and will do more.

"Over the next 12 months we will reshaping our structures and operations to make sure we're in the best possible position to meet the increasing demand for our services, building on our brand to attract more supporters and diversifying our income base to become less reliant on public funding."

Groundwork will continue to concentrate on its three main themes of making places greener, promoting greener living and working, and improving prospects for young people.

Groundwork secured three contracts as part of the Government's £1 billion Youth Contract. Over the next three years Groundwork and its partners will be seeking to help 12,000 16 to 17 year olds not in education, employment or training to re-engage in learning or employment across the North West and East Midlands.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:50:02 BST N0370341348494419817A CNW
3335 Young Parents get budgeting tips Press Association Young parents who have been getting to grips with their personal finances are celebrating the successful completion of an innovative money management course.

The group from Action For Children's Kate's Hill & Sledmere Children's Centre, in Dudley, have finished the Barclays Money Skills programme, delivered by the charity in partnership with the bank.

They were provided with the tools and support needed to improve their money management skills and gain a better understanding of financial matters, covering topics such as budgeting, managing bank accounts, and credit and debit.

Calcyta Walters, service manager at Kate's Hill and Sledmere Children's Centre, said: "Managing personal finances has become increasingly more complex and it is easy for young people to make mistakes that have a huge impact later in their lives.

"Since starting the Barclays Money Skills programme, many of the centre's young parents have begun to change the way they think and feel about money and have gained such confidence in their abilities, which is fantastic to see."

Cathy Appleby, programme manager for Barclays Money Skills at Action For Children, said: "It's essential that young people have the opportunity to build their financial skills and confidence.

"Many of the young people that Action For Children supports face a particularly challenging set of circumstances, and need practical financial advice to help them manage their money effectively. We are working together to make a very real and sustainable difference to the lives of young parents in Dudley and the surrounding areas."

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:46:03 BST N0370211348494165672A CNW
3334 Donation to fund PhD studentship Press Association More than £5,000 has been donated to the Alzheimer's Society so it can continue its research into dementia.

The donation has been made by the Women's India Association UK which raised more than £69,000 for charities in India and the UK last year.

They presented a cheque for £5,000 to the Alzheimer's Society earlier this month.

A spokesman for the Alzheimer's Society said: "The gift will help fund one of the society's PhD studentships led by Professor Ashford at the University of Dundee. The project will look at how nerve cells are protected by brain cells called astrocytes.

"This research will provide important knowledge about the protective effects of astrocytes and their role in Alzheimer's. If successful, this could be the basis of an exciting new direction for future treatments to protect against the disease."

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:46:03 BST N0370081348493918167A CNW
3333 Helpers needed for puppy training Press Association Volunteers are needed to look after puppies and help them develop social skills as part of their assistance dog training.

Dogs For The Disabled needs people in Bristol, Cirencester and Gloucester to help start training with the charity's dogs which are under a year old.

Once fully trained, the dogs will be used by people living with physical disability or families with a child affected by autism to help them with daily tasks or to provide freedom and independence.

The volunteers will help the puppies socialise and prepare them for the sort of outings they could encounter when working.

A charity spokesman said: "Trips on trains, visits to school, helping with the weekly shop and, just for fun, watching kids playing football in the park are all activities a Dogs For The Disabled puppy needs in order to gain the best foundation possible before progressing onto their training at the charity."

The puppies also need love and care as well as basic obedience and house training.

Sue Chapman, one of the charity's Bristol-based volunteer Puppy Socialisers, said: "Everything about puppy socialising is interesting, exciting and very rewarding. I never lose sight of the important job I'm doing, giving the young pup I look after the best start possible in the hope that they'll go on to become a fully trained assistance dog and transform someone's life."

Volunteers need to live within an hour's drive of the charity's centre in Bristol, have a fully-fenced garden and be able to not leave the puppy for more than four hours per day.

The charity provides ongoing support with regular home visits and puppy classes and covers all costs relating to puppy socialisation including food and vet bills.

For more information call 01295 252600 or visit

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:38:02 BST N0369941348493720363A CNW
3332 Hospice's Moonlit Walk raises £20k Press Association More than 350 women have raised £20,000 by taking part in a hospice's first Moonlit Walk fundraiser.

The female-only event saw 387 women walk a 10 kilometre circular route to support Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, starting and ending at Bexleyheath Broadway Shopping Centre in south-east London.

A 28-strong team of volunteers marshalled the route and presented walkers with a medal and snack as they completed the evening walk on September 15.

The event proved so successful that plans are already afoot for a second Moonlit Walk in September 2013.

Money raised through the walk will help the hospice continue its work providing free specialist end of life care for people with life-limiting illnesses as well as providing support for their families, friends and carers. The hospice's nurses care for more than 2,500 people every year.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:36:02 BST N0369831348493522362A CNW
3331 Hospice marks 20th anniversary Press Association A tea party has kicked off celebrations of a hospice's 20th anniversary ahead of a ball.

Staff and volunteers past and present attended Duchess of Kent House Hospice's tea party on September 20, which marked the 20 years since the facility, in Reading, was officially opened by HRH Duchess of Kent.

About 1,000 patients are cared for each year as day therapy patients, in-patients and out-patients and the hospice also offers bereavement and befriending services for family and friends of those it has cared for.

Duchess of Kent House Charity, which support the hospice by donating about £400,000 a year through fundraising, is also staging a Grand Gala Ball to celebrate 20 years of service and achievement.

It will feature a three-course meal cooked by a Michelin-starred chef, entertainment and auction.

It takes place on October 27 in the Concert Hall at Reading Town Hall. Tickets cost £55 with 10% discount for a table of 10. To buy tickets call 0118 9394889 or visit

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:28:03 BST N0369531348493084545A CNW
3330 Bikers to benefit from run efforts Press Association Volunteers who deliver blood and medical supplies by motorbike are to get help from an insurance broker.

North West Blood Bikes Manchester (NWBBM) will benefit from the fundraising efforts of staff at motorcycle insurance broker Carole Nash, in Altrincham.

Eight colleagues, including chief executive David Newman, will take part in the Macclesfield Half Marathon on September 30 to support the recently-founded charity.

The Carole Nash team want to add to the £1,700 already raised by staff for NWBBM, which is the company's charity of the year.

Mr Newman said: "The course is officially described as undulating which, of course, means hilly. That's never good news for a runner to hear. Still with no pain there's no gain and we'll not lose sight of the fact that it will be a great charity which will be gaining from our exertions."

NWBBM was set up in January by members of Hyde's Rising Moon Motorcycle Club who saw that the North West was not served by a blood bikes group. Bikers support the NHS by transporting blood, breast milk and urgent medical items such as samples, results, equipment, medication and files.

Since setting up, the group has raised funds to secure two specially-adapted motorcycles, one donated by Carole Nash, and a 4x4 support vehicle. It completed its first run in July.

NWBBM trustee and co-founder Steve Ryder said: "David and his colleagues are putting their best feet forward to support us. We are entirely dependent on charitable donations so we're most grateful not just to those taking on the Macclesfield Half Marathon but those people kindly sponsoring them."

To sponsor the runners visit

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:24:03 BST N0369421348492900071A CNW
3329 Hospice chief exec takes on skydive Press Association The chief executive of a hospice is to jump out of an aeroplane as part of a fundraising drive.

Douglas Bennett is hoping to raise £3,000 for North London Hospice when he completes the 10,000ft jump.

Mr Bennett has been inspired by hospice staff, volunteers and supporters to take the leap, on September 30, above Oxfordshire.

Mr Bennett, who has worked at the hospice for more than 10 years, said: "During my time at the hospice I have seen the difference the organisation makes at a really vulnerable time in people's lives.

"I receive many thank you letters and acknowledgements from patients and families of the fact that staff here go the extra mile. So what's a 10,000 feet leap from a plane compared to what staff at the hospice do every day?"

The hospice cares for terminally ill patients and their families in the boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.

Mr Bennett, of Crouch End, said: "We have started new services, developed existing ones, increased the number of patients we care for and most recently opened a new building in Enfield.

"All this costs money. What enables us to do what we do is the support we receive from many individuals. No gift is too small and everyone's help and involvement is important. I thought I ought to do my bit."

Any funds raised by Mr Bennett will go directly to providing patient care at the hospice.

He can be sponsored at

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:22:02 BST N0369311348492731984A CNW
3328 Campaign highlights landmine threat Press Association Campaigners are highlighting the continued danger of landmines and cluster bombs and their impact on young people ahead of the 15th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty.

Handicap International UK launched Every Step Counts on International Day Of Peace, September 21, with the anniversary falling on December 3.

The charity, based in Broadwall, south-east London, wants to draw attention to the issues which landmines are still causing. It is estimated that 100 million landmines remain on the ground and they still kill and maim people every day, says the charity. One third of casualties are under 18 years old.

Campaigner Beatrice Cami said: "We want to remind young people in the UK that young people just like them are living with this deadly threat in more than 80 countries. We're asking them to imagine what it's like to be in their shoes and join our campaign to give landmines and cluster bombs the boot. Every step counts."

Handicap International UK launched the campaign as a member of the Peace One Day Global Truce 2012 coalition, a group of NGOs worldwide which are committed to marking International Peace Day through their work.

To draw attention to Every Step Counts, people in the UK can win a pair of new shoes by submitting a photograph of their old shoes with a fun caption explaining where their shoes have taken them. Pictures go into a weekly draw with a pair of Timberlands given to the picture with the most votes.

To upload a photo and join the campaign visit

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:18:02 BST N0369261348492487249A CNW
3327 Mobile app lets tenants pay rent Press Association Tenants of a social landlord will be able to pay their rent via a phone app and access other services while they are on the move.

Residents of Cestria Community Housing, based in Chester-le-Street, can download the free app for use on an iPhone or Android smartphone.

Users can report repairs and anti-social behaviour, pay their rent, calculate benefits, access news and write complaints using the app.

Tenants must provide some details when they initially register for the app, to make paying rent and checking rent balances easier.

Non-tenants can also use the app for some features such as reporting anti-social behaviour.

Gail Pattison, head of support services at Cestria Community Housing, said: "Due to the advances of technology and the number of our tenants using mobile phones, we decided to launch our own mobile phone app to compliment our existing channels of communication and also to make it easier for tenants to access our services while on the move.

"The app not only provides our tenants with the facility to pay their rent but it also allows them to access a range of services and access all the latest news and information.

"The app is also available to non tenants and although we will continue to develop it, the feedback we have received has been very positive."

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:52:03 BST N0320591348238966836A CNW
3326 Grasshopper scoops win for Jessica Press Association A close-up photo of a grasshopper has won an annual competition designed to capture the best shots of nature and wildlife in two counties.

Jessica Hilton's picture of a grasshopper was picked as the overall winner, with the works of 11 other photographers also winning a spot in Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust's 2013 calendar.

Judge and trust vice chairman Chris Packham picked Jessica's picture for the top prize after it initially won the insect picture category. He said: "The enigmatic grasshopper takes the biscuit. Mildly abstract, unusual, peeping and most importantly a familiar, everyday subject portrayed in a surprising and attractive way. Top marks. I love the total green-ness."

Competition organiser Emma Pereira, from the trust, said: "We had more than 2,500 entries of an extremely high standard. They show off the diversity and beauty of our living landscapes which as a wildlife trust we are passionate about protecting. Choosing the winners was no easy task, but we are very happy with the twelve finalists."

The grasshopper will feature on the calendar's front cover and winning photographer Jessica, from the Isle of Wight, also won £150 to spend at London Camera Exchange in Southampton High Street.

The calendar will be on sale for £5 from mid-October at All money raised from the sale of the calendar will go towards the work of the Wildlife Trust.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:42:02 BST N0318371348235052344A CNW
3325 Council backs entrepreneur course Press Association People over 50 who have been made redundant or are unemployed can tap into advice about starting their own business.

Potential entrepreneurs are being invited to a course run by The Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise and backed by Worcester City Council.

The charity, set up by the Prince of Wales, has taught hundreds of people across the country how to get started in business.

Now the course, Preparing To Run Your Own Business, will be staged at Worcester's Guildhall on High Street, to help people turn their business dream into a reality.

It covers researching a business idea, planning finances and how to market and sell a product or service.

Marie Greer, economic development and regeneration projects team leader at Worcester City Council, said: "We are thrilled to be supporting The Prince's Initiative's course. New business creation and skills development is integral to increasing the economic prosperity of Worcester city."

Nick Bunting, chief executive officer at The Prince's Initiative, said: "With more than 3.5 million people aged between 50 and 64 out of work in the UK, expanding the Preparing To Run Your Own Business course to Worcester will bring us one step closer to our ambition of supporting all entrepreneurs over the age of 50 to start their own businesses."

More than 80% of the entrepreneurs that the charity supports go on to start their own businesses. From wedding catering companies, to green refurbishment businesses, the course has already helped fulfil the dreams of budding mature entrepreneurs across the UK

The Worcester course starts on October 26. To sign up email

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:38:02 BST N0319971348238140142A CNW
3324 Larkin actress to deliver lecture Press Association Abigail Rokison may be best known for her role as Primrose Larkin in The Darling Buds of May, but the actress is also a Shakespearean scholar.

While acting, she completed a degree with the Open University and went on to take an MA in Shakespeare: Text and Playhouse then completed her PhD in the English faculty at Cambridge University in 2006.

From there she became a lecturer in drama and English in the Education faculty at Cambridge, and director of studies in English and drama at Homerton College, Cambridge.

Now she is due to give the prize lecture as the winner of the inaugural Shakespeare's Globe Book Award on the discoveries detailed in her book Shakespearean Verse Speaking.

The Shakespeare's Globe Book Award is granted to a first monograph which has made an important contribution to the understanding of Shakespeare, his theatre, or his contemporaries.

Rokison uses evidence from theatrical handbooks, performance practice and drama training to explore approaches to Shakespearean verse speaking.

Patrick Spottiswoode, director of Globe Education, said: "The Globe could not have been rebuilt without the painstaking research undertaken by Shakespeare scholars in the 1980s and 1990s. Since its opening in 1997, the Globe has become a place where leading international Shakespeare scholars have been able to share their scholarship with the general public. The Shakespeare's Globe Book Award seeks to recognise and promote new scholarship. At a time when research impact is being measured and debated, the award is a timely celebration of the work of a new generation of scholars, encouraging them to share their pure research with a wider public."

Rokison, who was chairwoman of trustees at the British Shakespeare Association from 2008 to 2010, will start her lecture at 7pm on October 10 at Shakespeare's Globe. To book call 020 7401 9919 or visit Tickets cost £10.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:34:03 BST N0319871348237768754A CNW
3323 Financial woes for stroke survivors Press Association Stroke is having a drastic impact on the finances of survivors and their families, according to a report by the Stroke Association.

Those most affected are working age stroke survivors who are unable to return to work and are coping with a fall in income, increased household bills and a benefits system that fails to fully understand the impact of stroke.

Short-changed By Stroke is based on the findings of a survey of more than 2,200 people affected by stroke and in-depth interviews with stroke survivors on their experiences of applying for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and undergoing the Work Capability Assessment (WCA).

It found that of those aged between 25-59, 65% reported an increase in household bills and expenses. The same percentage reported a fall in their income.

The survey also found that 69% of people whose income went down reported that the main reason for this was because they were unable to work, 38% have since cut back on food and 80% are worried about their financial future.

Jon Barrick, chief executive of the Stroke Association, said: "Stroke is often thought of as an older person's issue, yet about a quarter of strokes occur in people of working age. There are more than 300,000 people under 60 living with the effects of stroke in the UK. Our report shows the heavy financial impact of stroke on families who may face a dual loss of income at a time when financial commitments are likely to be at their most stretched. Not only are they struggling to make ends meet on a day-to-day basis, but they are unable to plan for their future financial security."

The Stroke Association is now calling on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to make sure the benefits system is fair and respects the dignity of stroke survivors and their families.

It wants assessors and DWP staff trained to understand the impact of stroke and recognise the range of the disabilities it causes, and the guidance that assessors use in the WCA is clear and accurate on the hidden effects of stroke.

Finally the charity asks that the "DWP learn from the mistakes that have been made with ESA and the WCA and do not repeat them when the Personal Independence Payment replaces Disability Living Allowance".

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:34:03 BST N0319791348237647806A CNW
3322 Ohuruogu backs Save The Children Press Association Team GB athletics hero Christine Ohuruogu is leading thousands of schoolchildren from all over the world in a global race against hunger.

More than 20,000 children from 500 schools across the world will compete against each other in the World Marathon Challenge for Save The Children to raise awareness of the millions of children who do not have enough food to eat.

It takes place on World Food Day, October 16, when teams in 40 countries will run the marathon distance of 26.2 miles as a relay and try to smash Patrick Makau's world record of 2:03:38.

Former Olympic 400m champion and London 2012 silver medallist Ohuruogu will lead a group of schools participating in the World Marathon Challenge in Willesden, north-west London.

She said: "As an ambassador for the Aviva Athletics Academy I've seen countless lives changed by athletics, as kids are given an opportunity to fulfil their sporting potential and live healthier lives.

"For that reason, I am pleased to be supporting the 2012 World Marathon Challenge in aid of Save The Children. Giving kids the opportunity to run as part of a marathon relay team will change lives across the globe.

"The Olympic and Paralympic Games in London have inspired a generation to get active and I can't wait to see thousands of British kids involved in a global running event like this."

Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save The Children said: "In 2012 there is no need for anyone at all to go hungry, but right now, across the world 300 children are dying every single hour of every single day and Save The Children is determined to do something to stop it. Like the Olympians, these schoolchildren are sports ambassadors for their country and are carrying on the legacy by using sport for good."

Schools can register for the event by visiting

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:32:02 BST N0319731348237442954A CNW
3321 Social landlord backs school awards Press Association Schools in Merseyside will be rewarded for their achievements at the first Educate Awards.

The awards have been organised by Educate - the magazine for parents and pupils, and aim to celebrate the successes of schools in Liverpool, Sefton and Knowsley.

Liverpool-based housing association Riverside is sponsoring the innovative and creative literacy award.

Tom McGuire, divisional director for Riverside, said: "We have an excellent relationship with the schools in the communities in which we operate. Over the last 12 months, we have supported some fantastic projects. These include Big Business, a seven-week work-based training project for high school pupils from Broadgreen, Everton, Kensington, Bootle and St Helens; and Premier League Reading Stars, an initiative by the National Literacy Trust, which is encouraging primary school children to read.

"We also regularly support schools with a range of initiatives such as breakfast clubs aimed at improving attendance, or after-school cookery classes to help foster better eating habits in children.

"Now we are proud to be part of something which celebrates the dedication and commitment of teaching staff within schools and showcases the valuable work and innovation within Merseyside's classrooms."

Kim O'Brien, executive editor of Educate, said: "While much may be going on in terms of the politics of education, there's even more happening on the frontline, where it really matters, at schools across our region, and that's what we want to recognise."

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:32:02 BST N0319611348237290151A CNW
3320 Lights change for gold medal winner Press Association Paralympian Sarah Storey swapped gold for pink and white at one of London's most iconic landmarks for global children's charity Plan UK and Southbank Centre.

The 11-time gold medal winner lit up the EDF Energy London Eye to mark the countdown to the UN's first International Day of the Girl on October 11.

It follows a campaign led by young people around the world to have the date adopted by the UN. Plan will use the day to draw attention to issues faced by millions of the world's poorest girls, as a result of poverty and discrimination.

The charity will highlight girls' education and the role it plays in helping to reduce poverty in the developing of the world.

Sarah, 34, who won four gold medals at London 2012, said: "Education always played a central role in my life. Sport may not last as long as you would like so having an education is very important. I've experienced discrimination myself, so I know all too well the barriers that can be faced.

"A coach in the city where I went to university refused to coach me because I wasn't an Olympic athlete.

"It was frustrating but I have always believed discrimination is the other person's problem not your own, so I worked out a different option for my training."

On October 11 Southbank Centre and Plan UK will host WOW Girls, a one-day event to mark the Day of the Girl, ahead of Southbank Centre's annual WOW - Women of the World festival in March 2013.

The event will be launched with an all-female takeover of the EDF Energy London Eye, featuring an array of women from sport, television, the arts, science business and politics mentoring more than 200 schoolgirls from across the UK.

The London Eye will join other prominent landmarks, including New York's Empire State Building, the Niagara Falls, Toronto's CN Tower, and the Sony Centre in Berlin, in changing colour in support of Plan's global efforts to mark the Day of the Girl.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:20:03 BST N0318521348235431577A CNW
3319 Still time to train for 10k in park Press Association Runners are being invited to join a 10 kilometre run through Regent's Park to support the work of After Adoption.

Participants will complete three laps around the park to raise funds for the charity which helps families, individuals and relatives of an adopted person.

The After Adoption Regent's Park 10k run takes place on November 18, just after National Adoption Week.

It is the fourth time the charity has staged a 10k run in one of London's royal parks.

After Adoption fundraiser Steve Joyce says: "Regent's Park is a great backdrop for this event and every runner will make a real difference to families affected by adoption. We ask all runners to try to raise sponsorship as the entry fee pays for the event but does not significantly contribute to the charity's important work.

"This run is for everyone, not just serious runners. Even if you have never run in an event before, 10 kilometres is achievable. And there are still a good few weeks to train for the run."

Serious runners are also invited to take part as the run will be held under UK Athletics rules with chip timing.

All runners will receive a T-shirt, medal and a goody bag. To register call Steve Joyce on 0161 8302023 or enter online at Entry is £20 for unaffiliated runners or £18 for affiliated runners.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:20:03 BST N0319431348237063144A CNW
3318 Trust's jubilee treat for children Press Association An education charity marked its 60th birthday by taking 200 children to the circus as part of celebrations.

The Ernest Cook Trust (ECT), based in Fairford, in Gloucestershire, also invited staff, trustees past and present and tenant farmers from its estates across England.

The trust owns and manages 22,000 acres of country estates in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Dorset and Buckinghamshire. It also runs free countryside education programmes for schools to help them learn from the land and in the last school year, more than 20,000 children visited its farms, rivers and woodlands.

The evening, at the Cotswolds-based Giffords Circus, was part of a series of celebrations for the Ernest Cook Trust's Diamond Jubilee. The trust was founded in 1952 by philanthropist Ernest Cook, a grandson of the travel company founder Thomas Cook.

ECT's director Nicholas Ford said: "We wanted to involve the children who regularly visit our estates in our Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and could think of no better way of thanking them than to treat them to a fun-packed evening at Giffords Circus."

ECT donates about £1.6m a year to cultivate children's interest in the countryside and the arts, investing in traditional skills and helping to raise standards in reading, writing and maths.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:14:02 BST N0319231348236537668A CNW
3317 Foundation celebrates beneficiaries Press Association More than 130 charities have come together to celebrate the work they do to help improve the life choices and chances of young people.

The event, hosted by the Lloyds TSB Foundation For England And Wales, looked at how funding from the foundation has helped organisations across the West Midlands.

Over the past five years, the foundation has awarded more than £2,064,061 to 185 Birmingham-based charities that support disadvantaged people to help them play a fuller role in the community.

Speaking at the event on September 20 were David Richardson, Lloyds Banking Group ambassador for the Midlands, and Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council as well as James Cowley, from the Oak Tree Centre, in Oldbury, a charity providing a community youth club for young people to develop their skills, find employment and take part in social activities.

Mr Cowley said: "The event has been a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate the work of charities that help disadvantaged young people across the Midlands.

"Charities like ours have appreciated the support that the foundation has put into communities and supporting young people, and thanks to the grant we received, we can continue to provide vital services to beneficiaries in this tough economic climate."

Linda Kelly, the foundation's chief executive, said: "Small and medium-sized charities undertake important work that helps thousands of disadvantaged young people from across the region to play a fuller part in their communities. The foundation is proud to support this work and I am delighted that we have the opportunity to celebrate their efforts."

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:08:02 BST N0319071348236305833A CNW
3316 Exhibition marks Swami anniversary Press Association A free exhibition on Ancient Indian Civilisation has been organised as part of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Swami Vivekananda, a monk credited with the introduction of Indian philosophies to the Western world.

It will take place at the Greenwich Heritage Centre at Woolwich's Royal Arsenal and is being staged by the Hindu Youth Association in partnership with the centre.

The exhibit consists of 30 colourful and informative posters on themes such as India's contribution in mathematics and science, yoga and Ayurveda, nature and environment.

The exhibition has been set up to spread awareness about Hindu Dharma and traditions from India.

It will run from October 2 to November 3 and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:04:02 BST N0318841348235940015A CNW
3315 Couple's loss spurs on fundraising Press Association The parents of twins who died in a freak accident have raised £75,000 by cycling from London to Paris.

Paul and Louise Woodbridge were joined by 28 friends on the 180-mile adventure to support Child Bereavement UK.

The couple, who live near Windsor, have been supported by the charity since their two-year-old twins, Betsy and William, were killed while playing at their home on September 27, 2004.

They have since become patrons of the Buckinghamshire-based charity and have organised a range of fundraising events in memory of their twins.

Louise said: "Betsy and William were killed in a tragic accident at home. Our lives were instantly devastated. We got in touch with Child Bereavement UK, a charity which supports families and educates professionals both when a child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

"They offered our family one-to-one support and gave us the lifeline to make survival possible. They have continued to help us over the last eight years and we are indebted to them.

"Betsy and William would have celebrated their 10th birthday on August 2, a milestone for any child and their parents. In their memory, and to raise much-needed funds to support Child Bereavement UK, we decided to do a charity cycle ride to Paris."

In January, Paul emailed friends inviting them to join the ride from Crystal Palace to the Eiffel Tower and 28 signed up. After months of training, the group set off on September 14 and arrived in Paris three days later.

Louise said: "The challenge has changed our lives, it was full of stomach-aching laughter, tears, cuts, grazes, sore bottoms and camaraderie, and just when it couldn't get any better, we had the wonderful news that the amazing efforts of the team had raised a staggering £75,000 for Child Bereavement UK."

Donations are still being accepted at

Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:04:02 BST N0318711348235686066A CNW
3314 Big Gay 10K set to storm capital Press Association A sponsored 10 kilometre run is to take place in London in an attempt to raise funds and awareness for the issue of mental health in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) community.

PACE Health and London Friend have teamed up to organise the Big Gay 10K and Village Fete on September 30, which will be a "joyous romp" through some of the city's most well-known sights.

The event will begin at 11am with registration in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, then a drag warm-up act will springboard participants into action.

Francis Burrows, head of fundraising for PACE Health, said: "LGBTQ individuals are at higher risk of mental health problems due to pervasive discrimination and homophobia. PACE and London Friend are here to promote mental health and wellbeing, providing a safe, supportive place for our community to get the support they need."

After the walk, participants and supporters are welcome back at the gardens for games, stalls, refreshments and a line-up of performers including comedienne Zoe Lyons and musicians Laura Catlow, Ste McCabe, and Greymatter.

Registration for the Big Gay 10K is free. Participants can sign-up at

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:12:03 BST N0294451348153030807A CNW
3313 Lack of support for autistic adults Press Association More than half of adults over the age of 45 who have autism do not get enough support to meet their needs, according to a survey.

In the poll, carried out by the National Autistic Society (NAS), 59% said they do not receive adequate help, while 71% said they have never even had their needs assessed as adults, despite the fact that a diagnosis of autism should act as a trigger for an assessment by social services.

There is a growing concern that adults with autism who reach middle or old age are not receiving enough help from their local authority.

All issues that routinely affect people as they get older such as social isolation, healthcare, housing and financial support also affect people with autism and support in these areas needs to be tailored accordingly to meet individuals' needs, the NAS said.

To mark its 50th birthday, the NAS is conducting research into autism and ageing to improve awareness and understanding of the issues older adults face, enabling local authorities and social services to deliver quality support.

Carol Povey, director of the Centre for Autism at the NAS, said: "For too long there has been a tendency to view autism as a condition solely affecting children despite it being a lifelong condition which affects as many adults as children.

"The NAS has seen a dramatic increase in people in their 40s, 50s and even older being diagnosed for the first time, in line with an increased public awareness of autism. This means that a large group of adults have been, and are being, overlooked by the Government and health services."

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:54:03 BST N0294111348152644654A CNW
3312 Birds ready for return flights Press Association Birds which were tagged in Britain before they flew to breeding grounds as far away as eastern Russia are expected to start their journey back to the UK.

Scientists are hoping to find out if the woodcocks return to the sites where they were first tagged or opt to see out the winter elsewhere in the UK.

Eleven woodcocks are being followed as part of the study from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) via tiny satellites attached to the birds. People have been able to watch the birds' travels in real-time on the Woodcock Watch website.

In February, birds were caught and tagged in Cornwall, Scotland, County Durham, Norfolk and Wales.

Dr Andrew Hoodless, from the trust and a world authority on woodcocks, said: "This is when the satellite tracking really becomes interesting. We will gather a huge amount of new information from the satellite tags that we did not know before, such as how faithful woodcock are to their UK over-wintering sites. Will they follow the same routes back to the UK that they took to their breeding sites? Will they migrate at the same time, for example, will birds in Norway move later than those in Sweden or further east and how long will it take them to arrive back?"

One male woodcock, named Monkey by the GWCT, travelled from Cornwall to Eastern Russia and settled at a breeding ground north of Krasnoyarsk and west of Lesosibirsk about 6,200 km away. Data suggests he has now started his return flight.

Another bird, Rebecca, tagged in West Wales, also settled in Russia, west of Moscow, near to Sofonovo and Vyazma. Other birds opted for shorter flights to breeding sites in Norway, Sweden, Poland and Belarus.

Dr Hoodless said: "The woodcock is amber listed in the UK and has suffered a reported 86% decline in breeding numbers during the last 30 years. Compared to many other birds, we still know very little about its behaviour and ecology because of its very secretive nature.

"About 750,000 to 1,000,000 migrant birds arrive in Britain each year to spend the winter months here and it is intriguing to learn more about this influx of migrants that join our own much smaller native population. This information is important because the species is potentially susceptible to altered conditions resulting from climate change, habitat destruction and hunting pressure across Europe."

To follow the birds or to donate to the project visit

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:38:02 BST N0293481348151719238A CNW
3311 Teen conquers catwalk with design Press Association A teenage designer has triumphed in a competition at London Fashion Week and will now start a design placement with George at Asda.

Serife Nyazi, a student at Prendergast Hilly Fields College in Lewisham, scooped the Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) Junior Awards after showcasing her designs on the catwalk.

The 17-year-old was one of 25 teenagers from London and Manchester selected by charity FAD to create designs for a show in Covent Garden on the theme of Great British Design.

Serife's creation was praised by the jury for its beautiful finishing and contemporary feel. She combined a leather-trimmed box shirt, with zigzag striped trousers in Wedgwood blue and white. Her prize, a two-week design placement with FAD sponsors George at Asda, was presented by George womenswear designer Kausar Mitha.

Toyosi Salvador, from Blackheath Bluecoats School, in Greenwich, collected the award for Creative Pattern Cutting. The 17-year-old impressed the jury with her brave and creative approach, showcasing a military-inspired jacket with oversized pockets and embroidered detailing.

Denea Joseph, 17, from Newham College in east London, impressed with her wearable leather and suede splatter-print dress featuring 80s punk safety-pin detailing and exaggerated peplum waist to collect the Commercial Design award.

The FAD Junior Awards on September 18 concluded weeks of Fashion Futures workshops, involving 120 16 to 19-year-olds from 19 inner-city boroughs of London and Manchester.

From January to March they took part in hands-on workshops with FAD to gain an insight into the fashion industry, and to develop the skills to research, design and create an original garment from scratch.

From the 120 participants, 25 talented finalists were selected by an industry panel to take part in an intensive FAD summer school where they created designs for the London Fashion Week show.

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:32:02 BST N0292821348150737724A CNW
3310 Info on access 'still insufficient' Press Association Disabled people feel the UK travel industry is not providing sufficient information about disabled access and facilities.

In a survey by charity Tourism For All UK and Adapted Vehicle Hire, 86% said there was insufficient details and 87% of respondents revealed they had been prevented from travelling because of their disability.

The online survey, completed between August and September 2012, also found that 77% consider disabled access to be very important when planning where to go on holiday.

London was identified as the part of UK with the best disabled access and facilities, but despite improvements made in the run up to the Paralympics, the Underground was singled out for criticism.

The UK's train stations and airports also fared badly with respondents claiming more needed to be done to make them accessible for all.

Of those surveyed, 92% thought that disabled access had improved in the last decade and 28% found access was now significantly better.

Carrie-Ann Lightley, information officer from Tourism For All UK, said: "Tourism For All has been campaigning for the past 30 years to improve the range of travel options and facilities for disabled people. Our view is that tourism is important to everyone and we support the government's aim of making UK tourism the most accessible in Europe.

"Access to some rural and historic sites will always present more of a challenge for disabled visitors, but places like airports have scope for significant improvement to better meet the needs of disabled travellers."

Several venues from across the UK were praised for their ease of access and suitability for disabled visitors, including National Trust properties and the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:12:03 BST N0292231348150179802A CNW
3309 Challenger gets set for next event Press Association A woman with Type 1 diabetes is hoping to raise £2,012 by completing 12 sporting events in a year.

Rachael Hunter-Dunn is now preparing for the 10k Bupa Great South Run in Portsmouth, the ninth challenge on her list, to support the work of Diabetes UK.

Rachael, from Dorking, in Surrey, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 14 years ago aged 21, said: "I knew it would be hard to do so many challenges but every time I finish there is an inner feeling of pure contentment.

"My goal is to raise over £2,012 for Diabetes UK to fund the research to better understand the condition and to eventually find a cure."

Rachael has so far completed four triathlons, a 1km swim around Brighton's West Pier and a duathlon in London, where she had to run 5k, bike 10k and then run a further 5k.

Ahead of the Great South Run, Rachael will take part in the Virgin Active London Triathlon on September 22 and the Dorking Original Sportive, a 66-mile bike ride, on October 14.

Ann Little, Diabetes UK South East fundraising manager, said: "The funds Rachael raises will go a long way in helping us continue to support over 361,240 people already diagnosed with diabetes in the South East, and help us find the estimated 95,400 people in the region who are unaware they have Type 2 diabetes."

To sponsor Rachael visit

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:04:03 BST N0291481348149408031A CNW
3308 TV T-shirts back Street League Press Association Soccer AM has selected Street League as its charity T-shirt partner for the 2012/13 football season.

T-shirts which bear the slogan 'Franky Says: Keep Me Nut Daan' from the popular Sky Sports show are now on sale.

Funds raised will help Street League continue its work using football to change the lives of young people from challenging backgrounds.

The charity works with 16 to 25-year-olds who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs), and provides an eight-week academy programme which teaches employability and football skills.

Three out of four Street League graduates get a job or go into training and education.

Chief executive Matt Stevenson-Dodd said: "Soccer AM is a brilliant show and is hugely popular among our academy participants, staff and football fans in general, so we are delighted to have been chosen as their charity T-shirt partner for the season."

Street League works in London, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh, and will extend into seven more cities by 2014.

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:04:03 BST N0291801348149656933A CNW
3307 Feel-good vid captures imagination Press Association A video celebrating people with disabilities in the wake of the Paralympics has become an internet hit.

It was recorded at Sandpipers, a respite holiday centre in Southport run by disability charity Vitalise, and features disabled guests, volunteers and staff singing and dancing along to Queen's Don't Stop Me Now.

Since it was uploaded on September 17 it has been viewed more than 10,100 times and Queen featured the video on their official website and Facebook page.

The video also pays tribute to the achievements of Team GB's Paralympic athletes such as Hannah Cockroft and Jonnie Peacock.

Vitalise released the video to add its own tribute to Team GB's Paralympians and also capture the wave of public attention and goodwill towards people with disabilities in the wake of the Games.

Vitalise chief executive Chris Simmonds said: "Thanks to the incredible achievements we witnessed at the Paralympics, disability has never had such a high public profile. We really hope this wave of positivity and goodwill continues.

"This video is our way of saying thank you to our Paralympians, but also of celebrating the achievements of people with disabilities in all walks of life.

"Of course not all people with disabilities are Paralympians, but they all confront their own personal hurdles. In overcoming these obstacles they are performing their own quiet heroics, day in, day out. This video is our salute to that indomitable spirit."

The video is available at and

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:56:02 BST N0291251348149069270A CNW
3306 Ferry signs up for Winter Butterfly Press Association British music icon Bryan Ferry is to headline a charity fundraiser at London's Embankment Gardens.

Ferry will play the Winter Butterfly Ball on November 15 which raises money for Caudwell Children, a charity which provides practical and emotional support for disabled children.

Guests at the November 15 event will be treated to performances of hits from his solo career and with Roxy Music including Let's Stick Together, Slave To Love and Love Is The Drug.

Ferry said: "I'm delighted to be invited to perform at the Winter Butterfly Ball and to support such a worthy cause."

The charity, based in Stoke-on-Trent, is renowned for its high-profile fundraising events, which boast a guest list of A-List celebrities, royalty and some of the world's most influential business people.

Trudi Beswick, the charity's chief executive, said: "We are delighted to be working with Bryan Ferry and to announce him as the headline act for what is set to be another fantastic event; I'm sure his reputation as a true style icon will add to the overall glamour of the evening."

Tickets for the Winter Wonderland Ball are on sale. For details call Caudwell Children on 01782 600611 or email

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:48:02 BST N0290981348148680600A CNW
3305 Survivor pens family cancer guide Press Association A breast cancer survivor who found a lump while on honeymoon has written a book to help the families of others who have been diagnosed with the disease.

Katherine Formosa Bown, who was diagnosed in 2009, has written Your Guide Through Her Breast Cancer Journey to show loved ones how they can make a difference.

The marketing consultant was 33 years old when she was diagnosed with Stage 1, Grade 3 breast cancer. She underwent 18 weeks of chemotherapy, three weeks of radiotherapy and is now taking Tamoxifen.

Katherine, from Cardiff, said: "Since being diagnosed, I've regularly been asked by newly-diagnosed women for tips and information on my experience. I've also been there to support friends and family members of recently diagnosed women, giving them an insight into my experience and how they could offer their support.

"I'm sure you can imagine; the news is shocking enough to take in, never mind where to start and what to do next. So I wrote this book as the essential guide."

It has been published this month by Urban Traffic Publishing and is available to buy on Kindle for £2.05 and paperback for £6.99.

Breast Cancer Care will receive £1 from every copy sold until December 31 and then the charity receiving the £1 donation per sale will be changed monthly.

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:46:02 BST N0290821348148296254A CNW
3304 Sister to wear blindfold for trek Press Association An 11-year-old girl is to walk blindfolded for six miles through London after her little brother was diagnosed with eye cancer.

Toni-Marie Bishop is hoping to raise more than £700 for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (Chect) by taking part in the Carrots Nightwalk on September 21.

Toni-Marie's three-year-old brother, Owen, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer, in both eyes, when he was just a few months old. Toni-Marie will be accompanied by her mum Katy for the walk which starts at 7.30pm from the Imax centre near Waterloo.

The Petersfield School pupil said: "After Owen was diagnosed I wanted to do something to help other children in the future. My family have done a lot of fundraising and awareness raising in the years since his diagnosis, but when I heard about this walk I thought it was something I could do.

"I'm doing it wearing a blindfold to try and highlight how difficult it can be for some children with vision loss caused by retinoblastoma. The money raised from this walk will be used for research into retinoblastoma. Hopefully in the future this research will help to save even more vision in other children.

"It will be hard to walk blindfolded, but I will have my mum with me to guide me. I will be able to take my blindfold off at the end. Children with eye cancer lose their vision forever. I hope by me walking blindfolded it will encourage people to donate to this brilliant charity and support their work."

The Chect walkers will be joined by blind Paralympian Darren Harris, who is also a patron of the charity and was treated for retinoblastoma when he was a young boy.

Joy Felgate, chief executive of Chect, said: "We are really grateful to everyone who has committed to this walk, it is no easy challenge, especially blindfolded, but our walkers can rest assured that every penny they raise will go a long way towards helping children with retinoblastoma."

To support Toni-Marie visit

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:38:03 BST N0290611348147997816A CNW
3303 Team to bike 400 miles in four days Press Association Colleagues are to cycle 400 miles in four days between their firm's branches to support the work of Cancer Research UK.

The 17-strong team, from building surveying and architecture practice Kendall Kingscott, will set off from the company's head office in Bristol on September 21.

They will visit offices in Teddington in south-west London, Bournemouth and Exeter before returning to Bristol.

The team has been inspired to help Cancer Research UK after colleague Vic Wakeman died from the disease earlier in the year.

Jon Press, managing director of Kendall Kingscott, said: "We wanted to do something to remember Vic, and as 2012 is also the 50th year since Kendall Kingscott was established, a trip linking all our offices seemed an appropriate way to do this.

"We are hoping to raise in excess of £5,000 to support the great work that Cancer Research UK do, but also anticipate having fun along the way, hopefully having time to take in the scenery and not having too many sore muscles by the end of the journey."

Melanie Skinner, Cancer Research UK's area volunteer manager for Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire said: "We are absolutely delighted that Kendall Kingscott have decided to attempt such a great challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK. We can't thank them enough for all their support and want to wish them all the very best on the day."

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:28:02 BST N0290231348147409613A CNW
3302 May launches campaign against cull Press Association Queen guitarist Brian May has launched a campaign to stop the "indefensible" cull of badgers which has been given the go-ahead to tackle tuberculosis in cattle.

The Team Badger campaign, backed by major animal welfare groups, aims to raise public awareness and collect signatures on a government petition to force a debate on badger culling in Parliament.

The campaign was launched after the first licence was issued for a pilot cull of badgers, a protected species, in an area of Gloucestershire, in a step the Government hopes will pave the way for more widespread culling.

As many as 3,000 badgers could be shot during the first cull, which farmers say is necessary because the wild animal spreads the disease to livestock.

At the launch of the Team Badger billboard in London this morning, May said he became involved with the issue "even before this government was in office, because it was apparent to many of us what was going to happen if David Cameron was given power - that animals, wild animals, were going to become completely unimportant, unrepresented."

The musician and campaigner said every badger was a "thinking, feeling being" and warned: "Badgers are under this immediate threat."

He called on the public for their help and urged them to sign Team Badger's petition against the cull.

A long-term study found that culling of badgers over a number of years on a large scale could reduce the incidence of TB in cattle herds by 16%.

But May said the cull was "scientifically, practically and ethically indefensible and it is against the wishes of the majority of people of this country".

He wants the cull to be abandoned in favour of vaccination, which he believes is the only long-term hope for eradicating TB in cattle.

Mark Jones, UK executive director of the Humane Society International (HSI), said: "We all recognise that this policy isn't science-led, that it's not going to solve the problem of TB in cattle, and that the only thing it's going to do is decimate badger populations and cause untold suffering for individual badgers."

Mr Jones added: "It's fantastic that Brian May has given us the opportunity to come together under this umbrella of Team Badger, and we're very committed to reversing the Government's policy."

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:54:02 BST N0271241348069790574A CNW
3301 One last viewing for painted ponies Press Association A group of 60 hand painted model ponies are set to go on display in one place for a final viewing, following a public art trail in which they featured.

Bristol's big summer public art viewing was spread across locations in the city's Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars areas.

Now, those who missed out in the first place can view HorseWorld's Trail of Painted Ponies at the pop-up shop in Concorde Street, Cabot Circus, from which the trail was initially based. The models will be on display there until mid-October.

The trail was organised by Whitchurch-based HorseWorld to mark its 60th anniversary, and ended at the beginning of September.

Mark Owen, HorseWorld managing director, said: "Our pop-up shop was a tremendous success. The end of the trail signalled the end of us staffing the shop, but we are extremely grateful to Cabot Circus for allowing us to continue using the space as a huge 'display cabinet' for these stunning creations.

"Seeing all 60 painted ponies together in one space really moves HorseWorld's Trail of Painted Ponies to a whole new level. The hand painted models range from being beautiful and magnificent to cute and quirky. There's something for all tastes."

Many of the 60 hand painted ponies were created from designs by celebrities, including snooker player Judd Trump and Deborah Meaden of Dragons' Den.

Established artists also had input, with some ponies being created by Copyright, Cheba and Gemma Compton.

Plans are now being developed to offer many of the hand painted models for sale at a public auction, which will hopefully raise funds for HorseWorld.

The trust rescues, rehabilitates and rehouses horses, ponies and donkeys.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:26:02 BST N0270461348067470399A CNW
3300 New boss at women's organisation Press Association Women's charity Platform 51 has appointed a new chair to oversee a strategic review of the organisation.

Deborah Mattinson is joining from strategy consultancy Britain Thinks and will formally take over from Helen Wollaston when she comes to the end of her term of office at the next AGM.

She said: "Girls and women have been hard hit by the economic crisis. They have been disproportionately affected by unemployment, wage stagnation and public service cuts.

"Platform 51's extraordinary heritage, supporting the most vulnerable girls and women in our society, dates back to 1855 when it was founded as the YWCA. That work is more important now than ever and I am proud to be appointed chair at this important time."

Deborah will immediately assume a key role in the organisation's strategic review, already under way, to create a sustainable future for Platform 51, which is based in Oxford.

Her non-executive experience includes being commissioner of the Equal Opportunities Commission and trustee of the Green Alliance.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:02:02 BST N0268091348062863481A CNW
3299 Older people's living costs a worry Press Association Older people are most concerned about paying for basic living costs such as food and fuel, a survey has revealed.

Ahead of Older People's Day 2012 on October 1, a poll was carried out by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales of charities that work with older people. It found that nearly two thirds (63%) of older people identified their biggest financial concern as the ability to pay utility bills, with fuel poverty a major worry for nearly half (44%).

More than half of charities reported that their beneficiaries are concerned about paying for food and other day-to-day essentials (57%), as well as continuing to receive their Government benefits (56%).

Older people are also worried about becoming the "forgotten" generation, with nearly 90% saying their biggest non-financial concern is becoming socially isolated. A total of 70% feel forgotten about and believe their voices are not being heard.

More than a third of the charities surveyed reported they had experienced a significant increase in demand of over 25% for their services in the past 12 months, with just over half (53%) stating that they are unable to meet this current high level.

The Foundation has recently launched a £2 million funding programme that aims to support organisations that work with older people, specifically those who are experiencing financial difficulties.

Linda Kelly, chief executive of the Lloyds TSB Foundation, said: "Reduced social interaction can mean that older people do not have the awareness they need to improve their financial situation, and so organisations that facilitate this knowledge play another important role in supporting disadvantaged older people.

"The Foundation is pleased to support the work of charities that address all of these issues and help the most disadvantaged older people in society."

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:48:03 BST N0267771348062264420A CNW
3298 Roadshow identifies diabetes risk Press Association More than 200 people found out whether they are in danger of developing Type 2 diabetes and were offered advice on the condition at a health roadshow.

The Diabetes UK Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow in Ipswich tested 204 people in free diabetes risk assessments.

Some 51% of the people who took part in the tests were found to have a moderate to high risk of developing the condition in the next decade and were referred to their GPs for further advice.

About 11,900 people in the Suffolk area are thought to have diabetes, but are not aware that they have the condition. The roadshow aimed to identify some of these people.

Information on having a low fat, low salt, low sugar diet, and on adding exercise into your lifestyle was available at the event, which was supported by Bupa. These changes can prevent about 60% of Type 2 diabetes cases.

Steve Claxton, 43, was one of the 104 people to be rated as 'at risk'. His Caribbean heritage makes him up to six times more likely to develop the condition.

He said: "Obviously it's a worry to have been rated as 'at risk' but I got some good advice from Diabetes UK about how to help avoid Type 2 diabetes - such as a healthier diet, and taking regular exercise."

Money raised from the Bupa Great Run Series has been used to support the Health Lifestyle roadshows, as Diabetes UK is the series' nominated charity partner.

The roadshow was held in Ipswich on September 12 and 13. Those who missed it can visit to find out whether they are at risk of the condition.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:30:02 BST N0265341348057582248A CNW
3297 Shop to boost services for over-50s Press Association The over-50s will have access to a host of new products and services in Romford when a new Age UK London shop opens.

New and donated items will be sold in the bright new retail hub, which opens on Thursday September 20, while free advice and information will be provided in partnership with Age UK Redbridge.

Charitable services will benefit from the shop's profits, which will also go towards improving the lives of older Londoners.

Advice sessions covering welfare benefits and money, social care, housing options, utilities and local services will be held confidentially and free of charge.

Samantha Mauger, chief executive of Age UK London, said: "We are very happy to launch Age UK London's Romford Hub, which will bring the very best of Age UK products and services to the local high street.

"The shop is the beginning of an exciting new partnership between Age UK London, Age UK retail and local Age UKs in London."

The shop will be open from 9am to 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Visit Age UK London's Romford Hub at 93 South Street, Romford, Essex RM1 1NX, or call 0800 328 6089 for more information.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:28:02 BST N0265281348057532569A CNW
3296 Help kick-start Kai's first steps Press Association A mother is hoping to raise funds for her three-year-old son so he can have a life-changing operation which will allow him to take his first steps.

Kai Hodgkinson has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, meaning the muscles in his legs are tight, which can be painful, and he often cannot walk unaided.

With the help of national charity Caudwell Children, Kai's family, from Fleetwood, Lancashire, are hoping to raise £48,000 for their Kick-start for Kai Appeal, so he can have treatment at St Louis Hospital in Missouri, USA.

The treatment is called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy and would involve an operation where some sensory nerve fibres that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord are cut.

On Monday September 24 an evening of live entertainment including raffles, bingo and an auction will take place at Bloomfield No.1 Club in Blackpool to raise funds which could help to give Kai freedom and independence.

Kai's mum Caron said: "We have been desperately trying for months to raise the money so that Kai can have this life-changing operation and to date have been moved by the generosity of the local community, but with £48,000 still needed there is a long way to go.

"We have loads of events coming up over the next few months as we are desperate for Kai to get the operation he needs as soon as possible.

"Without this operation he would almost certainly end up using a wheelchair full time. The sooner he can be treated the less chance there is of this happening."

To find out more, or to support the Kick-start for Kai Appeal, contact Caudwell Children on 01782 600 867, or visit

Doors to the entertainment event open at 7.30pm, entry is free and children are welcome.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:28:02 BST N0265211348057475832A CNW
3295 Call for volunteer tea party hosts Press Association Tea party hosts who can help tackle isolation and loneliness among older people are being asked to step forward by a charity.

Contact The Elderly is seeking volunteers in Newcastle who will welcome a small group of older people into their home for afternoon tea just once or twice a year.

The charity aims to offer a lifeline of friendship to people aged 75 and above who live alone by holding free Sunday tea parties each month.

Each guest is driven by a volunteer driver to a volunteer host's home, where they can drink tea and chat with a small group for a couple of hours.

But more volunteer hosts are needed to help launch Newcastle's second group, as there is a waiting list of several older people who all wish to attend gatherings.

Anne Denholm, 57, is a volunteer host for the existing Newcastle group. She finds hosting the gatherings to be rewarding.

She said: "They give our guests an added reason to get dressed up and have their hair done. It's a social event where they can talk and laugh about things that aren't necessarily to do with the problems of ageing and poor health.

"One of our guests describes weekends as 'dead time' for her, so knowing at least one Sunday a month is accounted for is a big step in the right direction."

Those interested in becoming a Contact The Elderly volunteer tea party host should contact Sheila Ryder on 01434 672 110 or email

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:26:02 BST N0265161348057420284A CNW
3294 Rise in summer lifeboat launches Press Association This summer's unseasonable weather has led to an increase in lifeboat call-outs in the South West, along with some difficult rescues, according to figures.

A total of 653 launches were made by RNLI crews in the region between June 1 and August 31 this year - a rise of 26 calls on last year's 627.

Poole in Dorset and Falmouth in Cornwall recorded the most call-outs, each with a total of 45.

Meanwhile, Plymouth in Devon had 39 call-outs overall, while 33 launches were made from St Helier, Jersey.

National figures have, however, seen a 2% reduction in comparison with last year.

South West volunteers for charity RNLI have not only braved rainy weather, but have also helped out at various events, including the Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics.

Tom Mansell, RNLI inspector in the South West, said: "This has been an unusual summer with some tricky weather for our volunteer lifeboat crews to contend with.

"The recent rescue of a surfer in southerly force five to six winds and with a choppy two to three metre swell and larger breaking waves by the crew of the Salcombe inshore lifeboat showed just how much we expect from our volunteers, as did the rescue of a yachtsman thrown into the water when the boat he was on capsized off Padstow.

"These and the rescue of four groups of kayakers off Ilfracombe were all rescues carried out in very unseasonable weather.

"Then of course there was the role played by many of our South West crew volunteers in supporting the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events in Weymouth. Between them they crewed lifeboats and provided important safety cover."

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:26:02 BST N0265101348057285451A CNW
3293 Opera singer takes on hospice walk Press Association A professional opera singer has begun a sponsored walk between two hospices in memory of a colleague who died from breast cancer.

Janet Cowley is walking from Treetops Hospice in Risley, Derbyshire, to Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield, to raise money for both charities.

Janet led a 'Concert For Treetops' in Belper on September 16, and after her 70-mile journey she will perform in a second concert on September 23.

The Concert For Treetops was in memory of Belper-based singer Helen Beechinor, who received care from Treetops Hospice and raised funds for it during her treatment for breast cancer. Helen died in 2007 at the age of 40.

Janet, a friend and colleague of Helen from the Carl Rosa Opera Company, set up the fundraising concerts and walk with the help of Helen's mother June Smith, who is a volunteer at Treetops Hospice.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:12:02 BST N0264491348056461120A CNW
3292 Club kicks off bone marrow event Press Association A football club is calling for new bone marrow donors to sign up to the Anthony Nolan register during a special recruitment event.

Northampton Town FC, which is hosting the function at its stadium on Thursday September 20, has teamed up with the charity to support Bugbrooke resident Claire Evans, whose father has been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer and needs an urgent bone marrow transplant to save his life.

The Cobblers' midfielder Ben Harding said: "I can't imagine what it must be like to be told that you have blood cancer and you need a bone marrow transplant to save your life - but that you can only have that transplant if Anthony Nolan can find you a matching bone marrow donor.

"It's simple: if more people join the register, Anthony Nolan can provide more matches and save more lives."

The Cobblers have supported Anthony Nolan since Matt's Match, which was a campaign to find a bone marrow donor for 15-year-old local boy Matt Herbert, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2009.

The club held a similar recruitment drive as part of the campaign, which saw more than 1,000 new donors sign up to the register.

The recruitment event will take place in the restaurant at Sixfields Stadium from 5pm-8pm.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:54:04 BST N0263961348055409080A CNW
3291 Top companies support young people Press Association Leading businesses in the South West have joined forces with youth projects in the area in a bid to make a difference to the lives of young people.

Ginsters, Royal Mail, Kier, Amey and Independent Utilities will confirm the progress they have made in supporting youth services at a meeting in Plymouth on September 27.

Under an initiative called United Futures, the YMCA has been twinned with Ginsters, which has held career advice workshops and behind-the-scenes visits at their Callington factory.

Mark Duddridge, managing director of Ginsters, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference to the lives, skills and ambitions of young people from Plymouth. We are looking at ways of providing different types of pro bono support to increase the profile of the club."

Public service provider Amey has been partnered with charity Routeways. Victoria Hutchins, Amey's watchman-in-chief in Plymouth, said: "This is about investing in the Plymouth communities we work in to make a real difference. It's also about investing in our staff, who will enjoy the many and varied ways they can get involved with supporting Routeways."

Construction company Kier has also been quick to organise staff and resources to help redecorate areas of the club they have been paired with. The Zone offers information, support and advice to vulnerable young people, who have welcomed the improvements to the premises.

Royal Mail and Young Devon was the latest pairing confirmed in July. The organisations are already in talks about work experience placements, staff volunteering and business support.

Energy suppliers Independent Utilities will support the Stonehouse Play Association.

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:40:02 BST N0263311348054604828A CNW
3290 Youngsters' reports hit the net Press Association Sport reports written by young people during a homecoming celebration for Paralympians in Leeds are now available to view online.

Young reporters from DigitalMe project LS Live 2012 were lucky enough to be in the centre of the excitement in Millennium Square while working alongside media professionals, grabbing interviews with both Hannah Cockroft, double gold medallist in the T34 100m and 200m wheelchair sprint, and Ali Jawad, who narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the powerlifting.

One of the reporters - Helen Westgarth, a student from Roundhay High School in Leeds - said she has not only been inspired by watching the Games on TV but also by interviewing and talking to "down-to-earth" athletes such as Cockroft.

"The Paralympics is such an inspiration and, as a young reporter, I was so excited when I found out I could meet Leeds' top Paralympic athletes," she said. "Having interviewed Hannah Cockroft last year before she even knew that she had qualified for this year's Games, I was looking forward to meeting her again and seeing if she'd changed - apart from having two heavy gold medals around her neck, that is!"

This was just one of the many reporting experiences the LS Live 2012 young reporters have been involved in.

Funded by Leeds Inspired, 20 young reporters have received sports reporting training and used their new skills to present, interview and edit.

They have created more than 35 different video reports, covering all the action of the London 2012 Games from a Leeds perspective.

As well as the valuable skills they have learnt, some of the young reporters, such as Helen, have been spurred on to aim for a career in broadcast journalism.

All the LS Live 2012 team's reports can be viewed at

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:14:03 BST N0262241348052995944A CNW
3289 Contest to find stars of the future Press Association A charity that supports young people in Gloucestershire is calling on performers aged between 11 and 25 to sign up for its annual talent contest.

Organisers of the event hosted by The Door Youth Project are hoping for even more originality than in previous years and boast that the competition will be better than The X Factor.

Previous winners have included Nathan Sykes of The Wanted in 2007 and Mary Jess in 2008, who is now signed to the Universal record label. Last year's winner Kieran Powell went on to entertain athletes in the Olympic Village.

Prizes this year include time in a recording studio or a cash alternative, as well as a coveted gold disc trophy.

After the auditions, the selected top acts will appear at the Stroud Subscription Rooms on January 26, when they will not only perform in front of a full house but for a panel of representatives from the world of music and entertainment.

Brendan Conboy, chief executive of The Door Youth Project, said: "We now work with hundreds of young people and the majority are struggling to make something positive of their lives.

"A large number turn to music, performance and entertainment in order to express themselves. This is why we provide a professionally organised talent contest. This event has been instrumental in helping so many move into entertainment as a career.

"The best thing is when we see someone return having previously not made it into the final, but they have gone away and spent a year just getting better. They listen and learn from the feedback and often we can't believe that they are the same person."

Entry forms are available from

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:00:02 BST N0261471348052110193A CNW
3288 Paralympian joins 15-mile nightwalk Press Association Paralympian Darren Harris is gearing up for a 15-mile walk through the streets of London at night to raise money for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (Chect).

The 39-year-old, from Sutton Coldfield, who had the eye cancer retinoblastoma as a child, is a patron for the charity, which supports families affected by the condition, raises awareness of the symptoms and funds research.

Darren, who was in the London 2012 5-a-side football squad, has 105 international appearances under his belt. He was a judoka in the Beijing Games after taking up judo full-time just four years before when he quit his job in 2004.

He said: "It'll be great to be back in London again so soon after the Games and to be taking on this challenge for Chect. Walking 15 miles throughout the night is no mean feat but I'm looking forward to joining other members of the Chect team for the walk."

The Carrots Nightwalk on September 21 has been organised by Fight For Sight to raise money for research into eye conditions. Chect is one of several eye-related charities which have signed up as partners of the annual event.

Joy Felgate, chief executive of Chect, said: "To have someone of Darren's sporting calibre join our team will be a great inspiration and a huge boost for our other supporters on the night."

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:50:02 BST N0245441347979635906A CNW
3287 Pair join philanthropy organisation Press Association Impetus Trust, the UK pioneer of venture philanthropy, has signalled its ambitions for the future by strengthening its investment team.

The organisation, which has doubled the size of its portfolio in the past two years, works to break the cycle of poverty by investing in charities and social enterprises that fight economic disadvantage through helping people to gain education, skills and jobs.

Zoe Whyatt, who has been appointed investment director, joins Impetus from SecondBite, a charity in Australia that provides fresh food to hundreds of community organisations helping disadvantaged people.

Meanwhile, new pro bono manager Amanda Crawford will be responsible for managing corporate partners and individuals who provide pro bono expertise to Impetus's portfolio charities. She joins from OC&C Strategy Consultants, which was Impetus's first pro bono corporate partner in 2004.

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:40:02 BST N0245241347979078908A CNW
3286 Rock 'n' roll at Elvis tribute Press Association An Elvis Presley tribute night is to be held by a disability charity which supports children, adults and their families.

The evening, hosted by Dorset-based Diverse Abilities Plus, is the third tribute event to be held by the charity this year.

Garry J Foley, who is one of the UK's leading Elvis tribute acts and a finalist in the Elvis European Championship 2012, will perform.

Guests will also be treated to a buffet, dessert, and a drink at the event at Le Bateau Bistro in Ashley Cross, Dorset.

Tickets cost £15 which also includes a donation to the charity.

Sharon Wells, events officer at Diverse Abilities Plus, said: "It's going to be a great night with wonderful performances and I'm sure everyone will enjoy it. It'll be a brilliant experience for all who enjoy a little rock-a-hula."

The event will take place on October 25 from 7pm. To buy tickets, visit Le Bateau Bistro, or call the bar on 01202 730263. Tickets can also be bought from Diverse Abilities Plus by calling 01202 718266.

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:38:02 BST N0245131347978859914A CNW
3285 Hospice seeks care plan volunteers Press Association Older and wiser volunteers are wanted by a hospice to talk to people with life-limiting illnesses about their future care.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice in Abbey Wood, south-east London, wants to assemble a team of 15 volunteers who will encourage people to record their needs for future care by developing an Advance Care Plan (ACP) with them.

An ACP is a statement of personal wishes and preferences about someone's future care. It is kept by the individual who can share it with those who may be involved with their care.

It can cover any priorities or preferences that people want to include such as how they want their religious or spiritual beliefs to be reflected in care, how they like to do things, for example preferring a shower to a bath or sleeping with the lights on. It also deals with practical issues such as who will look after their dog.

Brigid Williams, the hospice's advance care planning lead, said: "It is widely recognised that although most people would want to die at home the vast majority are still dying in hospital although there is no clinical reason for them to do so.

"This may in part be due to the fact that few people have discussed their preferences about their end of life care with anybody.

"ACP gives patients the opportunity to consider and record their plans, wishes and preferences for their future care.

"Not everyone will want to have these conversations but, for those who do, it will help to guide their family, friends, health, social care and other services to care for the individual in the manner that they would wish. It enables people to retain control over their lives and their end of life."

Volunteers from the ACP project, funded by Comic Relief, will visit people up to four times over a month as they support them to produce an ACP.

For more details call ACP volunteer project co-ordinator Wendy Clay on 020 8320 5812 or email

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:34:03 BST N0245031347978610042A CNW
3284 Olympian unveils sports pavilion Press Association Olympian Margaret Adeoye has opened a sports pavilion in north London following its refurbishment.

The London 2012 200m semi-finalist unveiled the new-look QEII Stadium in Enfield, which was funded by the Football Foundation and the Mayor of London: Facility Fund.

The complex will provide a new home for Enfield Town FC as it meets the requirements for the club to play in the Ryman Premier League, as well as offering high-quality changing room facilities to the users of 30 adjacent community sports pitches.

Enfield Town worked in partnership with the Middlesex FA to secure a £493,000 grant from the Football Foundation, the sports charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sport England.

Tim Harrison, leisure facilities development manager at Enfield Council, said: "We are very grateful to the Football Foundation for their generous grant towards the refurbishment of the QEII Stadium. It has contributed towards restoring a landmark facility to its former glory; the stadium will be of great benefit to the residents of Enfield and will help to encourage more people to take part in sport and physical activity."

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: "I am delighted to see this tremendous new facility, funded by the Football Foundation and the Mayor of London: Facility Fund, complete and ready for use by the local community. Enfield Council and Enfield Town Football Club have worked tirelessly in partnership with the Middlesex FA to reach this stage and deserve great credit for their efforts.

"Projects like this would not be possible without the essential support of our funding partners the Premier League, The FA and the Government, whose crucial financial backing is helping to transform the grassroots landscape in this country."

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 15:18:02 BST N0244501347977567783A CNW
3283 Heel and Toe to shine at exhibition Press Association Families, carers and health professionals can show their support for children's charity Heel and Toe at an exhibition.

The Disability North Exhibition (DNEX), in Newcastle, is the north's largest exhibition offering information, equipment and links to services for elderly people, children and adults with a range of disabilities.

The two-day event which starts at 10am on September 19 attracts more than 100 exhibitors and 4,000 visitors every year.

Durham-based children's charity Heel and Toe will be at the event and has an information stand sponsored by law firm Irwin Mitchell.

Members of the medical law and patients rights (MLPR) team at Irwin Mitchell will be on hand to give advice and help raise awareness about the charity, which supports youngsters with cerebral palsy and dyspraxia in the North East.

Angela Kirtley, partner in the MLPR team, said: "Heel and Toe is a fantastic charity we care very much about at Irwin Mitchell. Some of my work involves dealing with children with cerebral palsy and I know many of our clients think Heel and Toe is a great source of information and help.

"We nominated them as our charity of the year in 2010 and we're really proud to have raised £5,600. We are really looking forward to attending the exhibition with staff from Heel and Toe and hope to help spread the word about the fantastic work they do."

Jane Long, development manager at Heel and Toe, said: "We are really looking forward to showcasing the work we do at Heel and Toe to parents, carers and healthcare professionals at the DNEX event and Irwin Mitchell's input will really help us shine."

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:52:02 BST N0243701347976087818A CNW
3282 Comic Murray backs Doctor Who book Press Association Comedian Al Murray is among a host of celebrity Doctor Who fans who have shared their memories of the long-running BBC drama in a new book to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research UK.

Behind The Sofa, compiled by author Steve Berry, also features contributions from more than 100 famous people, including Jonathan Ross, Chris Tarrant, Lynda Bellingham and Martina Cole, as well as recollections from former stars of the show, including Hugh Bonneville and Tracy-Ann Oberman.

Murray, best known for his comic character the Pub Landlord, said: "I grew up watching Doctor Who, I'm a huge fan. I get really excited every time a new series starts. And I've had the chance to work with several of the Doctors and their lovely assistants. It's a privilege to add some of my nostalgic thoughts to Behind The Sofa and help a great charity like Alzheimer's Research UK."

The book, due to be published on September 27, will be available in hardback and eBook and all proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer's Research UK.

Author Berry said: "I've been a Doctor Who fan since I was a youngster. My mum and dad could never understand why I was obsessed with a programme that kept me awake at night. The idea for writing Behind The Sofa came to me when the programme returned to our screens in 2005 after a 16-year gap.

"The return of Doctor Who came soon after my late mum, Janet, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, she was only in her 50s. I was appalled to learn that research for new treatments and a cure is desperately underfunded. It gave me the motivation to get started on Behind The Sofa, the perfect opportunity to raise money.

"Before Alzheimer's crept on, my mum was full of life. She loved listening to Elvis and The Beatles, watching tennis at Wimbledon and acting in local pantomimes.

"Over time she forgot all those things and more, how to eat, talk and walk. I just hope she also lost the ability to be scared. Words can't describe how much I'd like a cure to be found, research is the only answer."

Dr Marie Janson, director of development at Alzheimer's Research UK, said: "We are so grateful to Steve and everyone who has added their Doctor Who memories to this brilliant book.

"Every £20 raised from Behind The Sofa will pay for another hour of world-class research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia."

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:48:02 BST N0243581347975791065A CNW
3281 Awards honour older entrepreneurs Press Association The first awards ceremony to mark the achievements of older entrepreneurs is to be held during global entrepreneurship week.

The Sage One Senior Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards 2012 have been set up by The Prince's Initiative For Mature Enterprise.

It is the first time the charity, which was founded by the Prince of Wales, has held such a ceremony.

Nick Bunting, chief executive officer of The Prince's Initiative, said: "These awards will celebrate the important contribution made by entrepreneurs over the age of 50 to the economy, to society and to their own lives, as well as inspire other mature workers to consider self-employment."

Nick Goode, head of sponsor Sage One, said: "What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? Whatever age, you have to have drive, ambition, passion and dedication. It's never too late to start a business, and with benefits like more freedom and flexibility to work for yourself we are seeing huge innovation and ideas coming from the over-50s market."

The awards will look for senior entrepreneurial success in three categories: best new digital business, best new product and best new service, with the overall senior entrepreneur of the year 2012 being chosen from the three.

The awards will be presented on November 14 at the Senior Enterprise And Mentoring Conference at London's BT Centre. A cash prize of £500 will be given to each category winner.

Entry is open until September 28 to entrepreneurs registered with The Prince's Initiative. To apply, visit

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:44:02 BST N0243441347975542209A CNW
3280 Golf day raises funds for amputees Press Association A charity golfing event has been held to raise funds for wounded servicemen and women.

Agility GRMS, which manages removals for Ministry of Defence personnel moving around the world, organised a Golf Day at South Cerney Golf Course in Gloucestershire to raise funds for BLESMA - The Limbless Veterans, which provides rehabilitation and welfare support for amputees.

The Golf Day consisted of 18 holes, with competitions including nearest to the pin and longest drive.

BLESMA's general secretary Jerome Church said: "The effort, hard work and sacrifice by Agility GRMS will go a long way in helping our brave servicemen and women when they return home from duty with appalling injuries, which can have devastating life-long effects. We are immensely grateful for their determination."

The Golf Day, which raised £842, is just one of a number of activities undertaken by Agility GRMS as part of its charity of the year partnership with BLESMA.

Earlier on in the year, Michael Cornish, operations manager of Agility GRMS, organised a 10k run to raise funds for the charity.

He said: "Agility GRMS has experienced first hand the impact on the families of service personnel when returning overseas with serious injuries. This has highlighted to Agility GRMS the need to raise as much money as possible with their suppliers for BLESMA.

"Our programmes, grants and support networks help our wounded men and women to rebuild their lives and face the challenges ahead with renewed confidence and self-belief."

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:38:03 BST N0243251347975352599A CNW
3279 Healthy dance project wins funding Press Association Adult learners will be able to improve their health and wellbeing thanks to a project which has won more than £49,000 from the Skills Funding Agency.

Dance For Lifelong Wellbeing, from the Royal Academy of Dance (Rad), has secured £49,979 from the agency's Community Learning Innovation Fund.

The four-stage project will improve access to high quality dance teaching for older learners with the aim of enhancing health and general wellbeing and promoting social inclusion.

The project will include initial teacher training, outreach work, evaluation and dissemination over 10 months, and provide six specialist dance teachers able to lead the development of adult dance in London.

Dr Anne Hogan, director of education at Rad, said: "The project will increase opportunities for adults in later life to participate in life-enhancing movement and exercise."

Verity Hancock, from the Skills Funding Agency, said: "The response to the Community Learning Innovation Fund has been phenomenal and the Skills Funding Agency is pleased to be able to support these innovative projects that meet the needs of local people. By making it easier for disadvantaged people to learn new skills and access training and support, they gain new opportunities to improve their lives, building stronger families and communities in the process."

The fund has been administered by NIACE which received more than 2,200 bids.

Carol Taylor, deputy chief executive of NIACE, said: "Deciding which of the projects should receive funding has been incredibly tough. However, this means that the very best projects will be starting work soon and transforming the lives of local people and local communities."

To get involved in the dance project, call Dr Victoria Watts on 020 7326 8068 or email

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:36:03 BST N0243171347975110662A CNW
3278 Bath tub rower travels 136 miles Press Association A student who paddled 136 miles in a bathtub for a fundraising challenge has now handed over £1,000 to the British Red Cross.

Luke Parry, from the University of Warwick, journeyed along the Grand Union Canal between Birmingham and London in less than 10 days.

The 21-year-old engineering student left Olton, in the West Midlands on August 26 and arrived in Little Venice, in north London, on September 4.

Now he has been able to hand over £1,000 to the charity to help its work around the world and in the UK.

Luke, originally from Eastrington, in East Yorkshire, said: "It was very hard going. Every morning my muscles were aching so much that it took two good cups of strong coffee to get me going. I never thought it was going to be easy, but I am overwhelmed that I've managed to achieve what, at times, I thought was quite impossible."

Luke is not one to shy away from epic challenges. Last year he cycled 2,200 miles from London to Istanbul in aid of the Red Cross New Zealand Earthquake Appeal after his family were caught up in the disaster.

His latest challenge took months of planning and he even had to abandon his first attempt at the journey due to the monsoon-like conditions of the English summer. But this did not deter him from completing the voyage.

He said: "Most people thought that I was just paddling up and down the river in the tub, but when I said I had paddled from Birmingham they thought I was joking. When they realised I was serious, most people put their hands in their pocket or wallet to make a donation and wish me well for the remaining journey."

British Red Cross fundraiser Jackie Ord said: "What Luke has managed to achieve is truly inspirational and everyone at the Red Cross is incredibly grateful for his astonishing pledge to the Red Cross. He has managed to raise a fantastic sum of money that will go a long way to helping vulnerable people in crisis, both locally and overseas, and we really do applaud his amazing efforts and congratulate him on his achievement."

Luke is still accepting donations via

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:30:02 BST N0242771347974632036A CNW
3277 Humf joins Chatterbox Challenge Press Association Children's brand Humf is to support a charity which aims to get under-fives communicating in a fun way.

Humf, which appears on Nick Jr TV, is to work with I Can on the charity's 2013 Chatterbox Challenge, alongside existing sponsor Openreach.

The Chatterbox Challenge: Mad Chatter's Tea Party with Humf, is part of the annual fun and educational event for nurseries, pre-schools, childminding and community groups.

The challenge asks groups to organise sponsored tea parties where children can join in with popular songs and rhymes to develop their communication skills.

Funds raised through sponsorship will allow I Can to help even more children who struggle to communicate, thanks to the link with Openreach.

Virginia Beardshaw, I Can chief executive, said: "Tea parties are a fantastic way for young children to learn the social elements of communication, as well as being accessible to all children.

"Humf is a popular and appealing character for the pre-school aged children the Chatterbox Challenge is aimed at every year. We are delighted that Entertainment One agreed to grant us the licence and allow Humf to be the fun face of communication for hundreds of thousands of children throughout the UK."

Rebecca Harvey, from Entertainment One, said: "We hope the children involved will enjoy their tea party with Humf and we are thrilled to be linking with I Can on the important issue of children's communication."

Chatterbox Challenge week runs from March 1 to 8. Groups can register for their free fundraising pack at

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:24:03 BST N0242631347974403827A CNW
3276 Ghosts with trainers needed for run Press Association Runners have been invited to don Halloween fancy dress for a fundraising Spooky Sprint.

The event, organised by Parkinson's UK, takes place in the 270-acre country park at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham.

Participants can opt for a five kilometre or 10k route, with a 1k route for under-10s.

The run, now in its third year, takes place on October 27.

Paul Jackson-Clark, director of fundraising at Parkinson's UK, said: "Our Spooky Sprint certainly isn't your average fundraising event. As well as taking place at night, the spectacle of hundreds of runners dressed up in their Halloween finest really is a sight to behold."

There is no minimum sponsorship requirement to take part in the adults' run, but runners are asked to aim to raise £100. Entry costs from £12 for the 5k run. The children's run is £3 to enter and has no minimum sponsorship.

Runners who take part will receive a head torch, exclusive T-shirt and a finisher's medal. To register in advance, visit or call 020 7932 1369. Registration on the day begins at 4pm and the children's race follows at 5pm. The adults' 5k and 10k both start at 6pm.

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:18:03 BST N0242541347974167650A CNW
3275 Matt Cardle to join anniversary gig Press Association The X Factor winner Matt Cardle will join the bill for an anniversary ball supporting the James Whale Fund For Kidney Cancer.

Cardle, who triumphed in the 2010 series, will be joined by jazz pianist and vocalist Buddy Greco and DJ Crispin Dior for the ball at London's Cafe de Paris.

Cardle will be performing at the October 11 event ahead of his tour and will perform a never-before-heard acoustic set as well as a track from his upcoming new album The Fire.

Broadcaster James Whale set up the charity which bears his name in 2006 after he lost a kidney to cancer.

He said: "It's going to be a cracking night. We are honoured to have Buddy Greco and Matt Cardle perform. The grand setting that Café de Paris presents will provide the perfect backdrop for guests to enjoy an evening not to be missed."

Tickets cost £110 per person or £1,000 for a table of 10. To book call 01223 237044.

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:14:03 BST N0242461347973784689A CNW
3274 Films aim to showcase diversity Press Association Films which reflect the diversities of cultures and communities are to be shown by arts charity Wise Thoughts.

The films, by established and emerging film makers, will show the plethora of people who make up the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGTBQI) communities.

They will be shown on September 29 and are supported by Film London, the Mayor of London and Haringey Council as part of Project Tottenham.

The first screening runs from 1.30pm to 3pm and viewers will be able to watch Homecoming by Mike Buonaiuto, Beloved by Daniel Zinkant and I Shot My Love by Tomer Heymann. It tells the story of Tomer, his German boyfriend and his intensely Israeli mother.

The second screening starts at 3pm and runs until 5pm. Shorts to be shown include Expectations by Harrison Marsh, Rites of Passage by Jeff Roy and Children of Shrikandi, made by The Children Of Shrikandi Collective. It is the first film about queer women in Indonesia and tells eight authentic stories, interwoven with shadow theatre scenes.

Both screenings are free and take place at the lecture theatre in the Bruce Castle Museum in Lordship Lane, north London.

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:10:03 BST N0242371347973590019A CNW
3273 Firms rally around for young people Press Association Workers from top companies will join youth projects in a networking event designed to find out how they can make a difference in the lives of young people.

Staff from Carillion, Crowne Plaza Hotels, Jaguar Land Rover Cars, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Merseyrail will join youth projects from across the North West.

It is hoped they will establish how working together can change young people's lives.

The event forms part of the national United Futures campaign, which aims to increase business engagement with the youth sector.

Kelly Pipe, a secondee from Royal Mail who now works for charity Business In The Community, in Liverpool, as a business connector, will join the discussions.

Kelly said: "My role involves promoting the positive impact that business expertise can have at a community level. I urge employers to seek opportunities to support local young people by getting involved with youth clubs and projects."

United Futures champions the mutual benefits associated with partnership working. For business it includes increased staff motivation, skills development and positive PR. At the same time, young people get to have contact with employers which can build their confidence, and improve job-related knowledge and experiences.

Charlotte Hill, chief executive of UK Youth, said: "There are lots of businesses and youth organisations that want to work together but simply don't know how. Through events such as this we hope to create win-win situations and bring communities together in the process."

Since the campaign launched in January, it has won support from Accenture, the British Council of Shopping Centres, HSBC, O2 and Samsung. The event in Liverpool is being hosted by Starbucks on September 26.

Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:06:02 BST N0242271347973240755A CNW
3272 Law firm has bags of generosity Press Association Hundreds of bags full of CDs, DVDs, books and other items have been donated to a hospice by a law firm.

The firm - Grindeys Solicitors - began its ongoing 'Bag It Bring It' campaign for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice after being handed 105 bags by staff in just one day last year.

The campaign was initially part of a 'Bring a Pound' to work day.

Workers paid £1 for the privilege of dressing in casual clothes, and were also encouraged to bring in their unwanted or unused goods.

Grindeys decided to continue the Bag It Bring It scheme after seeing how popular the idea was, and staff have since donated 100 more bags full of items including unwanted or unused clothing and household goods.

The items are to be sold in the charity's 16 shops in North Staffordshire.

Yvonne Colclough, head of retail at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, said: "We would like to thank all of the staff at Grindeys for their kind donations. Our shops wouldn't survive without the generosity of the local community."

This year's Douglas Macmillan Hospice Bring A Pound Day is set to take place on Friday October 12, and firms can register at

For more details on the Bag It Bring It campaign, or to take part, fill in a form at

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:34:02 BST N0225791347895836685A CNW
3271 Pair embark on tuk-tuk challenge Press Association Two intrepid adventurers are taking on a year-long challenge which will take them around the seven modern wonders of the world in a tuk-tuk.

Step-brothers Alexander Saxon, 30, and Kevan Pulfrey, 41, who started their epic 65,000km journey from their home city of Sheffield on September 13, are bidding to raise £100,000 for Alzheimer's Society and War Child.

Their three-wheeled vehicle is capable of speeds up to 70mph and is exposed to the elements on three sides, so they will need to be prepared for all weathers.

They have set themselves the challenge of travelling around the world in memory of their grandmothers who died after suffering with dementia.

Alexander, whose grandmother Margaret died in 2005, said: "Dementia caused great distress to both our families. My grandmother, who lived on her own, became very adept at disguising her condition.

"She eventually saw a specialist, but was misdiagnosed and forcibly removed from her home to hospital under the Mental Health Act. She lived for a number of years in a care home, but passed away on returning to hospital suffering with pneumonia."

Kevan, whose grandmother Madge also had Alzheimer's, added: "This is why we are so keen to raise money for Alzheimer's Society. Watching my grandmother's deterioration was heartbreaking for our family, especially seeing how lonely and isolated she became, even with our help and support.

"It's really important to raise awareness of dementia as it affects 800,000 people across the UK. We hope to raise lots of money that can go towards helping people live well with the condition today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow."

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of Alzheimer's Society, welcomed the pair's efforts, saying: "We are very grateful to Alex and Kevan for taking on this tough challenge. Their fundraising will make a difference to so many people with dementia and their carers. One in three people over 65 will develop dementia, so the condition will touch us all at some point."

Alex and Kevan are currently looking for corporate sponsors to help support them during their travels. For more information on their challenge, how to contribute to their chosen charities or get involved as a corporate sponsor, visit

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:14:03 BST N0225091347894318677A CNW
3270 Prisoners in exercise yard marathon Press Association A group of prisoners ran marathons or half marathons in the confines of their exercise yard to raise funds for a cancer charity.

The 26 inmates at HMP Lowdham Grange near Nottingham had trained hard to take part in the race, learning the discipline skills which long-distance runners need.

They were raising funds for the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) and were supported by Olympic cyclist Bryan Steel.

CHECT supports those affected by eye cancer and raises awareness of symptoms, along with funding research into the condition.

The charity was nominated after the child of a prisoner's former neighbour was diagnosed with retinoblastoma - a rare form of childhood eye cancer.

Training for the challenge gave inmates something positive to focus on, and the opportunity to help others.

Julie Firth, communications officer for CHECT, said: "We are very grateful to everyone who took part. To run 145 laps of an exercise yard takes such a huge amount of mental focus and commitment.

"We were extremely impressed with their achievements and very grateful for their fundraising."

The prison has said it will match the £1,036.51 raised by the inmates as a result of the race on August 22.

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:14:03 BST N0225131347894400398A CNW
3269 Reach for the stars at gazing event Press Association Adults are being encouraged to enjoy a view of the night sky at a science charity's second Urban Stargazing event.

At-Bristol - one of the UK's leading science centres - is offering its terrace balcony as a viewing point, where people can enjoy a drink along with the twilight sights.

Space spotters will be able to see which stars are visible from the city centre as they overlook Millennium Square from the terrace, where the lights will be dimmed.

Along with the star, moon and galaxy gazing, there will be question and answer sessions, expert advice, planetarium shows and a licensed bar. Budding astronomers can also handle meteorites and eat space ice cream.

Dr Roger Moses, a space technology lecturer from the University of Bristol, will hold a presentation called 'A thin hard rain from space: the cosmic ray story'.

Lee Pullen, At-Bristol's planetarium officer, said: "It's great to be hosting another Urban Stargazing evening. The first was a huge success and really showed how much interest people have for practical astronomy.

"The Bristol Astronomical Society, Exmoor Stargazers, and Exmoor Dark Sky Discovery will all be there, reuniting our team of local astronomers."

Binoculars and telescopes, provided by the Bristol Astronomical Society and Exmoor Stargazers, will be available.

The event will take place at At-Bristol's Anchor Road centre on September 24, from 7-9.30pm. Those aged 16 and over can attend.

To book tickets, call 0845 345 1235, or visit

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:14:03 BST N0225101347894321798A CNW
3268 Victims support community sentences Press Association The majority of victims of crime are in favour of community sentences rather than jail terms, but need more confidence in the justice system, research has shown.

A nationwide survey carried out on behalf of Victim Support and campaign group Make Justice Work revealed that when victims are provided with an explanation of what community sentences actually involve, 70% support them as an alternative to prison for lower-level offences.

However, the survey also found that victims of crime have serious misgivings about the effectiveness of community sentences in practice, which partly reflects a deeper lack of confidence in the criminal justice system as a whole.

The poll found that 76% of victims believe they should be informed about what offenders will do when serving a community sentence, while 64% believe they should be informed about an offender's progress, and 70% believe they should have the opportunity to tell the offender about the impact of their actions.

Javed Khan, chief executive of Victim Support, said: "At a time when community sentences are being promoted this report shows that they can offer the kind of justice victims want. Yet it also highlights a great deal of scepticism over their ability to deliver this in reality.

"Community sentences can work for victims as well as offenders but in order for that to happen their needs must be better considered."

Ministry of Justice research has already shown that court-ordered community sentences are more effective in reducing reoffending rates than custodial sentences for similar offences.

Roma Hooper, director and founder of Make Justice Work, said: "Out in the open is exactly that: it shows that victims want rehabilitation to go hand in hand with punishment.

"They can see the potential benefits of effective community sentences, but their lack of confidence reflects a deeper frustration with the criminal justice system as a whole.

"If we are to improve confidence in community sentences, we must enable victims to see how they work and at the same time challenge common misconceptions about what they involve. We hope that the new Justice Secretary will take this report seriously and take steps to enable victims of crime to understand the real value of effective community sentences."

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:56:02 BST N0224761347893453192A CNW
3267 Seasonal bid to keep hedgehogs safe Press Association Gardeners and those planning bonfires are being urged by a wildlife charity to keep hedgehogs safe during the cooler months.

Surrey-based Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) has said we should all "do our utmost" to watch out for the welfare of the spiky creatures.

"If you are burning leaves or garden debris over the next few months, you should take extra care not to injure any hedgehogs or put them at risk," said WAF founder Simon Cowell.

"We are asking people to be particularly careful if building a big bonfire for Guy Fawkes Night. I'm not saying 'Don't have bonfires' - just that people should be extremely careful and should always watch out for hedgehogs."

The WAF founder said hedgehogs often curl up inside piles of leaves to nest, so bonfires are the ideal place for the animals to make themselves comfortable.

He advised gardeners not to stick rakes into bonfire piles before checking for hedgehogs, and said it is a good idea to look for the creatures in bonfires before lighting them.

But it is not just in autumn when hedgehogs are at risk - the cold of the winter months can also put them in danger.

At the WAF's veterinary hospital in Randalls Road, Leatherhead, hundreds of ill, injured and orphaned hedgehogs are cared for every winter, giving them a chance of survival.

"For the hedgehogs that we are 'over-wintering' here at WAF we need to feed them daily to ensure they build up enough body fat," Simon said.

"The least we can do for our hedgehog patients is provide a hearty meal and a roof over their heads during the most severe cold weather."

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:52:02 BST N0221021347886099898A CNW
3266 Money matters for disabled children Press Association Music and drama workshops are being held for disabled children with the aim of teaching them valuable money management skills.

The six-week finance-themed ASDAN activity course will be hosted by national charity Caudwell Children, with the help of the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Children aged eight to 18 who live in and around the Coventry area can sign up for the free 'Money Matters' classes, which will take place at the city's St Peters Centre.

Topics including spending, saving, debt control and money management will be covered during the sessions.

Family services manager at the charity, Steve Jackson, said: "The Money Matters programme has been a huge success in the past; the kids have loved the creative classes and learnt some really useful tips about how to manage their own finances in the future."

The workshops will run from Saturday 22 September until Saturday October 27 from 12.30pm until 4pm.

To book a place or for more details, contact Caudwell Children on 01782 600 844, or email

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:50:02 BST N0220791347885734476A CNW
3265 Racing event helps kidney research Press Association A fundraising scheme that combines horseracing with life-saving medical research has celebrated its first milestone with a special event held at the stables of a Grand National-winning trainer.

The Racing for Research Partnership has been set up to raise money for national charity Kidney Research UK by selling shares in two horses trained by Kim Bailey.

Ten per cent of owners' initial investments are donated directly to Kidney Research UK, along with a percentage of any prize money amassed by the horses at the end of the season.

A special open day was held at Kim Bailey's stables in Andoversford near Cheltenham on Sunday September 16. A select group of racing enthusiasts, including partnership stakeholders, met to see the horses for the first time since former champion jockey and Kidney Research UK ambassador Richard Pitman launched the syndicate in May.

Pitman said: "Having watched a close friend suffer from renal failure for a number of years and been a live kidney donor myself, I know exactly how devastating kidney disease can be.

"Right now, there are three million people in the UK at risk from kidney disease, while around 50,000 are treated for kidney failure each year. This number is not just shocking, it's also on the rise and much more research is needed to help those affected.

"The Racing for Research Partnership is a fantastic opportunity to venture into racehorse ownership while helping a very worthy cause at the same time, and I look forward to seeing it thrive over the coming months."

Despite being the UK's leading funder of research into the treatment and prevention of kidney disease, Kidney Research UK can only fund one in five of all projects aimed at finding a cure for the illness.

Kim Bailey has trained close to 1,000 winners throughout his career and is one of only a few trainers to have won the Grand National, Cheltenham Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle.

Bailey said: "Horseracing is a fantastic sport with a long tradition of supporting charities and good causes. We're incredibly proud to be supporting Kidney Research UK and hope the partnership will raise a significant amount of money to help them continue their work."

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:46:03 BST N0220781347885702767A CNW
3264 Celebrities back wills campaign Press Association Celebrities including Dame Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons and Michael Fish are encouraging more people to think about leaving a gift to good causes in their will.

Remember A Charity Week, from September 17-23, will see the launch of the first scheme in the UK to recognise the contribution of people who leave gifts to charity in their wills.

"What I've learned from my years of forecasting is that however prepared you are the weather can still be unpredictable," said Michael.

"Life's a bit like that too, that's why we're encouraging people to make sure they've got their will sorted.

"UK charities rely heavily on gifts in wills, so during Remember A Charity Week we're calling on people to think about the good causes they value and make room for a charity in their will after they have looked after their family and friends."

Fifteen yellow plaques will be unveiled at charitable projects and initiatives across the UK. These have been funded by donations left by supporters in their wills, and will be a mark of national recognition and thanks.

Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, said: "We've heard a lot about legacy in the news this year. With that in mind, during Remember A Charity Week we want people to think about whether they could leave their own legacy by including a gift to charity in their will."

Three quarters of Britons regularly give to charity in their lifetimes, yet only 7% include a charity in their will.

Nevertheless, gifts in wills are still the foundation of many of Britain's charities, creating almost £2 billion each year.

For more information about how to leave a gift to charity in your will visit

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:26:02 BST N0220051347884473038A CNW
3263 Battle against dog mess stepped up Press Association A portable vacuum pooper scooper is the new weapon of choice in a war against dog dirt on a housing estate.

The device has been launched by the Riverside organisation as part of a new campaign which hopes to highlight the dangers of dog fouling.

Riverside's scheme comes after a survey found pavement mess to be the most important issue for residents on the North Bransholme estate in Hull.

Environment officers from North Bransholme Sports Forum will take to the streets with the scooper, and will then spray the pavement with disinfectant.

The team, who provide environmental services for Riverside, will use stencils and chalk spray to mark the area in which the mess was found.

The council's enforcement team will be informed of the location of the dirt so they can pinpoint hotspots and find the culprits.

Free dog waste bags will also be handed out by volunteers from the United Residents of Bransholme Area North (URBAN).

Riverside's neighbourhood services team leader, Louise Sansam, said: "Dog fouling is the most offensive type of litter on our streets and an issue which causes real concern among our tenants and residents.

"Dog fouling is not only unpleasant, it is dangerous. For that reason we are committed to tackling the issue."

Information can be provided to the Environmental Crime Unit, part of the council's Citysafe service by calling 01482 300 300.

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:46:02 BST N0218881347882036711A CNW
3262 Runners tackle event for diabetes Press Association Three people whose lives have been affected by diabetes are preparing to run the Bristol half marathon to support the work of Diabetes UK.

Neil Tucker, Hannah Stephenson and Shane Walker will be tackling the 13.1-mile run next month to raise funds for the charity, which cares for, connects with and campaigns for people affected by diabetes.

Neil, from Clevedon, is undertaking the half marathon to highlight the dangers of undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes after his dad fell seriously ill and was later diagnosed with the condition.

Neil, who hopes to raise £1,000 for the charity over 12 months, said: "It was a worrying time for my family when my dad was so ill. He now manages diabetes well with injections of insulin. I am fundraising for Diabetes UK to thank all those who have helped my dad since his diagnosis."

Meanwhile Hannah, a fifth year medical student at Bristol University, is also taking on the challenge after being inspired by her dad Robert, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes almost 30 years ago.

Hannah, who hopes to raise £800, said: "My father's successful approach to the adjustments he has made to his work and family life to manage his diabetes have been inspirational. Diabetes UK has helped my father manage his diabetes and I thought my race is a fitting tribute."

In contrast Shane was inspired by his own struggle with Type 1 diabetes and by his two-year-old son, who was diagnosed earlier this year. The dad struggled to control his diabetes resulting in hypoglycaemia, or hypos, when blood glucose levels get too low, which were having a serious impact on his professional and personal life.

However, he was given support by his diabetes team at Southmead Hospital in Bristol to gain a better understanding of the condition and improve his control of blood glucose levels.

Shane, who hopes to raise £300, said: "Diabetes has had a major impact on my life, and now it will on my son's too. Over the past eight months the diabetes team at Southmead Hospital in Bristol has helped me take control of my diabetes. This has been hugely beneficial to every aspect of my life."

The run is taking place on September 30. To sponsor Shane visit, to support Neil visit, and to donate to Hannah visit

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:38:02 BST N0218601347881307423A CNW
3261 Veteran's return to Dutch war scene Press Association An 88-year-old war veteran will return to the scene of an ill-fated airborne operation, which he took part in 68 years ago.

Harold Herbert was a Parachute Regiment volunteer during the Second World War when he jumped from a plane into blazing Dutch fields as he and his comrades came under attack from German forces.

After hiding in woods, he was later discovered by enemy soldiers and kept as a prisoner of war until May 1945.

Harold, from Gillingham, Kent, has previously marked anniversaries of the operation by parachuting over Oosterbeek in Holland.

He said: "My last jump was at the 60th anniversary when I was 80. I wanted to keep jumping but my doctor refused to sign me off."

With the help of the Big Lottery Fund's Heroes Return programme, he will revisit the site of Operation Market Garden, in which 60 of his paratrooper comrades were killed on September 18, 1944.

Peter Wanless, chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said: "The 68th anniversary of Operation Market Garden is a poignant reminder for us all of the bravery and sacrifice made by hundreds of thousands of British servicemen and women during the Second World War.

"They built the peace and protected the freedoms we enjoy today."

Harold will travel to Arnhem on a Heroes Return grant with his daughter and granddaughter.

He is one of more than 51,000 people to be awarded a share of more than £25 million under the Heroes Return programme.

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 12:36:02 BST N0218651347881454341A CNW
3260 Shilton to open new village hall Press Association England goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton is to open an extension to a village hall and sports pavilion.

Shilton, who played 125 times for his country making him England's most capped player, will open the building on Ford Lane, in Alresford, Colchester on September 18.

The sports pavilion now features changing rooms, showers and toilets and the revamped hall has storage space for equipment used by the youth club and other regular users.

Funds for the £250,000 project came from several organisations including Derbyshire Environmental Trust (Lafarge), Essex Environmental Trust, Essex County Council, Tendring District Council and the Garfield Weston Trust.

The Football Stadia Improvement Fund and The Veolia Environmental Trust awarded grants of £50,000 and £39,500 respectively, with the latter made through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The building is home to Alresford Colne Football Club and is also a popular venue for a wide range of activities including a youth club, keep fit classes, Tiny Tots and the village's horticultural society.

Executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, McNabb Laurie, said: "This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund and ourselves can help make community projects happen.

"I hope the new hall and pavilion is used and enjoyed by all for many years to come."

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:42:02 BST N0216871347877980202A CNW
3259 Three peaks team hope to raise £8k Press Association A woman was inspired to attempt the Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds for a charity which helps people with diabetes such as her dad, father-in-law, and grandfather.

Karen Lawrence, from Sheerness, in Kent, completed the Three Days Three Peaks Challenge to support the work of Diabetes UK.

She climbed the three highest peaks in the UK: Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in Cumbria, and Snowdon in Wales.

Karen, from Sheerness, was part of a team of 20 who aimed to raise £8,000 for the charity when they took part between August 31 and September 2.

Karen said: "My father, father-in-law and grandfather all have been diagnosed with diabetes, and the Three Days Three Peaks challenge seemed like the perfect way for me to raise money and awareness for Diabetes UK.

"I trained for the challenge four times a week, doing cardio and weights. I also went on long walks, including hill walks, as often as I could. I found the challenge tough physically, but met some lovely people and enjoyed every minute of it and felt a huge sense of achievement once I reached the top.

"I had a fantastic time and would definitely consider doing something like this again to raise awareness and money for such an important charity."

Jill Steaton, Diabetes UK regional manager for the South East, said: "This has been a fantastic achievement by Karen because climbing three mountains in three days takes a good level of fitness and determination."

Karen is still accepting donations at

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:36:03 BST N0178531347636773841A CNW
3258 Dalai Lama aids street paper sales Press Association Homeless street paper vendors made a combined profit of £1.1 million thanks to a special Dalai Lama edition.

The exclusive interview and photo shoot was published by 72 publications in 27 countries, including The Big Issue in the UK, and led to sell-outs across the globe.

The interview, secured by Scottish charity the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), featured on the cover of its member publications throughout the summer, with the last edition hitting the streets of Montreal, in Canada, this weekend.

A million copies of the Dalai Lama edition have been sold by more than 10,000 vendors.

Volunteers of the Glasgow-based charity translated the story into 13 languages, including Portuguese, Slovak and Japanese. Street paper sellers around the world acquired new readers as a result of the interview.

In the interview, the Dalai Lama directly addressed the vendors of the publications he starred in. He advised them on how to deal with loneliness, an emotion shared by many homeless street paper sellers. He also stressed the importance of independent media, including street papers, in today's society.

As vendors buy their copies for a marked down price and sell them on the streets for the cover price to make a profit, an attractive cover has a direct impact on their sales and income. Recognising this, the Dalai Lama posed for a cover shot, holding up a selection of street papers. The iconic image made the front page in hundreds of cities from the US to Ukraine.

One vendor, known as Paddy, who sells The Big Issue UK in Glasgow, said: "The Dalai Lama edition was the best cover we've had for ages. I walked into the Big Issue offices and just thought 'Wow, they're gonna sell like hot cakes'. A good cover tells me I'll have a good week. I sold roughly 70 copies that week. That's more than usual."

Joanne Zuhl, editor of Street Roots, in Portland, Oregon, said: "The Dalai Lama edition sold out two days ahead of schedule. It was a rock solid interview and readers loved it."

Danielle Batist, editor of INSP, said: "Famous figures who give us interviews know that this is about more than global exposure to millions of readers. Their picture on our street paper covers directly helps homeless people earn additional income. The Dalai Lama, and others including Prince William and Bob Dylan, realised this and we are hugely grateful for their support."

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:14:02 BST N0177911347635314359A CNW
3257 Sign up for walk with CoolTan Arts Press Association People will be escorted on an interactive tour which will raise funds to help people with mental distress.

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle will take place in Southwark on October 13, days after World Mental Health Day on October 10.

It will include talks, discussion and performance exploring how labels and branding can create stigma against those with mental distress.

The walk is 4.8 miles and is suitable for people with disabilities and wheelchair users. It finishes with a reception and refreshments at Tate Modern.

All money raised by the event will enable CoolTan Arts to continue to support people though creative arts workshops, walks and self-advocacy training.

To register for the event, which starts at 11.45am at Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill, call CoolTan Arts on 020 77012696 or email It costs £10 for people who are working, or £5 for unwaged. People can be sponsored for joining the event at

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:52:02 BST N0177601347634134727A CNW
3256 Football-mad Jodie becomes mascot Press Association A football fan represented the England football team as a mascot thanks to a partnership between Action For Children and The FA.

Ten-year-old Jodie Casserley, 10, whose family is supported by Action For Children's Poole Children In Care Council, in Bournemouth, was entered into a draw along with other youngsters from across the charity.

The footie enthusiast was chosen as the winning entry to attend the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on September 11 at Wembley.

Jodie said: "I was so excited about the match, I could hardly believe it. I couldn't wait to get out on the pitch and make my family and the team proud. Action For Children has been really important to us and I want to say a big thank you to our support workers there and to The FA for making my dream come true."

Yvonne Martin, Action For Children's senior corporate fundraiser, said: "It's great to be able to provide such a wonderful experience for Jodie thanks to our partnership with The FA. It will surely be an occasion she will never forget."

Action For Children is one of four charity partners benefiting from a direct association with The FA.

An FA Spokesman said: "The FA is very proud of our partnerships with all of our charities and especially the impact that being a mascot at Wembley Stadium can have on young people throughout England."

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:48:02 BST N0177411347633817698A CNW
3255 Twins' health scare inspires uncle Press Association An uncle battled harsh winds and scorching heat to complete a 128-mile fundraising bike ride in nine hours after his twin nephews survived meningitis.

Nick Collis, of Sileby, in Leicestershire, decided to raise awareness of the brain bug and money for Meningitis UK after his nephews made a full recovery from the disease.

Four weeks after they were born, Quinn and Zane Derbyshire contracted bacterial meningitis within 24 hours of each other in August 2011.

Despite the severity and speed of the disease, both babies, also from Sileby, made a miraculous full recovery. Now, Nick has raised £1,900 for the Bristol-based charity by staging two fundraisers.

Nick, 34, said: "The twins were so lucky. As a family we understand how truly blessed we were that they both survived and made full recoveries when so many others don't. For them to fully recover and be ok, we must thank Leicester Royal Infirmary as it could have been a very different story. After the ordeal, I just want to raise as much awareness of meningitis as possible because it can kill within four hours.

"I also want to raise money to help Meningitis UK find a vaccine to finally rid the world of the disease."

Nick cycled from Cromer, in Norfolk, to his home on August 18, supported by his wife Helen, 33. He struggled with head-on winds and heat which peaked at about 30C, and faced regular bouts of dehydration.

The bike ride took nine hours, three hours quicker than Nick predicted, and generated £1,100. His previous fundraiser, a ticket-only party at Sileby and District Working Men's Club, in July, raised £800.

Meningitis UK founder Steve Dayman, who launched the charity after losing his 14-month-old son Spencer to meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia in 1982, said: "It is lovely to hear that Quinn and Zane are doing so well after contracting meningitis at such a tender age. We thank the family and Nick for all their determination to spread the message about the disease and help us in our mission to wipe it out."

To support Nick visit

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:46:02 BST N0177041347633394733A CNW
3254 Volunteers needed for dance comp Press Association Amateur dancers have until the end of September to sign up for a dancing competition with a difference.

Up to 50 couples are needed for Take To The Floor, a fundraising scheme from Richard House Children's Hospice, in Beckton, east London.

The competition will offer people the chance to take part in six weeks of free lessons from top dancing coaches before performing in front of a live audience at the Britannia Hotel, in Canary Wharf on either November 28 or December 13.

A similar event was organised by the children's hospice last year, but due to popular demand, a second separate competition night has been added for 2012 to allow more people to take part.

Dancers can sign up as couples or alone and Richard House will endeavour to find dancing partners for those who do sign up alone.

Event organiser Ben Alonso said: "People only have a few days left to sign up for Take To The Floor and I would recommend everyone did so as soon as possible.

"The people who took part last time really enjoyed the experience and some are even returning this year to try again."

The evening events will be hosted by Heart FM DJ Harriet Scott while Richard House patron and former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips is due to judge one of the evenings.

Richard House supports almost 300 families caring for children with life-limiting, life-threatening and complex healthcare needs from across London, Essex and the Home Counties.

Entry for Take To The Floor costs £50 with a minimum sponsorship of £300 plus the sale of six £10 tickets to friends and family. To register, call Ben on 020 7540 0230 or email

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:36:02 BST N0176961347633179509A CNW
3253 Thom to run for sister's hospice Press Association A 26-year-old is to run a half marathon to raise funds for the hospice which cared for his sister before she died.

Thom Reynolds, 26, lost his twin, Hannah, to Huntington's disease in 1998 at the age of 12.

Since her death, the disorder has also claimed the lives of Thom's father and uncle, and another uncle is currently in the mid-to-late stages of the disease.

During Hannah's final years, the respite services provided by Naomi House, in Winchester, helped to ease the pressure on her and Thom's parents.

Thom accompanied Hannah on stays at the hospice where she enjoyed activities, such as swimming, that she was unable to join in elsewhere.

Thom, who will take part in the Basingstoke half marathon on October 7, said: "Hannah saw it as a holiday and looked forward to and enjoyed her stays there. These were happy times, which meant I could enjoy my time with her whilst I could, and gave me great lasting memories."

The whole family stayed at Naomi House at the end of Hannah's life, and it was there that the funeral was held.

Chances of inheriting the disease are 50-50 and tests have shown Thom neither inherited the disease nor is capable of passing it on, but this news has only fuelled his desire to help others.

He said: "I feel like I should do good with my life and make sure people who aren't as lucky as me get the support and care they need through great organisations such as Naomi House, and fundraising is key to their success."

To sponsor Thom visit

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:32:03 BST N0176841347632967950A CNW
3252 High tea to mark SkyWay anniversary Press Association A charity which supports at-risk young people is to mark its 10th anniversary.

SkyWay started with a football tournament in 2002 and has grown over the past decade to help people aged between eight and 25 in Hackney and other inner London boroughs.

It uses sport, media, health, well-being, mentoring and reparation to help the young people achieve their personal goals, realise their potential and contribute to the community.

Anniversary events are taking place throughout September and will include a High Tea at Dalston Curve Garden, in east London, starting at 3pm on September 28.

A spokesman for SkyWay said: "The anniversary activities are designed to generate awareness, media interest and support for SkyWay, which has spent the last decade working with young people in and around London who are considered at risk. We help London youth achieve their personal goals, realise their potential and contribute positively to the community."

SkyWay is working on Grow SkyWay which aims to reconnect young people to their communities through gardening.

The hope is that while developing their gardening and employability skills the young people will have the opportunity to sell their hand-grown produce to local restaurants.

Profits will be ploughed back into SkyWay and the community benefits from seeing the transformation of a space into a productive garden.

To reserve a place at the Skyway anniversary celebration, visit

Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:32:03 BST N0176731347632664026A CNW
3251 Concert to mark decade of support Press Association More than 20,000 women have now been helped by a charity set up to provide maternity services in the developing world.

The milestone figure coincides with the 10th anniversary of Maternity Worldwide, which was set up in a doctor's flat in Brighton.

It is now hosting an anniversary concert at London's Southwark Cathedral to celebrate its achievements.

Brighton-based doctor Adrian Brown set up the charity as he was frustrated by the lack of maternal care available for women in developing countries.

Every day 800 women die during childbirth or pregnancy related complications and 99% of deaths occur in developing countries.

Dr Brown formed the charity in his flat and its first project was to run the delivery unit in a Ethiopian hospital.

Maternity Worldwide provided the equipment and arranged for volunteer midwives and obstetricians from the UK to spend up to a year at a time in Ethiopia training local midwives and doctors to provide the skilled care required to ensure women can give birth safely.

From there, work spread into communities where women would have to walk up to 200 miles to the nearest health centre. Maternity Worldwide educates women about when to seek medical help and also enable them to set up their own small businesses so they can afford the transport to get to the nearest health centre to give birth safely.

Maternity Worldwide has worked in 11 countries and has saver more than 20,000 women from dying during childbirth, giving at least 20,000 children the chance to grow up with their mother.

Dr Brown, together with Brighton-based volunteer trustee Mary Russell will host the anniversary concert on September 20, from 7pm.

It will feature Ealing Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Gibbons with organist Stephen Disley and pianist Arta Arnicane. Tickets start at £15. To book, visit

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:58:02 BST N0154721347547045549A CNW
3250 'Offer advice via social media' Press Association Charities can get advice on how to embrace social media and use it to help their cause through a new guide.

Making Service Delivery Social has been created by Connect Assist, a social enterprise which provides digital service to the charity sector.

It was developed following research commissioned by Connect Assist which showed that social media is becoming the method of choice for Britons when seeking advice or looking to access support services.

The findings showed eight out of 10 18 to 24-year-olds, 73% of 25 to 34-year-olds and 69% of 35 to 44-year-olds use social media for advice.

The guide provides tips on how to get the most from social media and includes case studies which highlight how charities are already successfully using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The examples draw on the work of larger charities such as Cancer Research UK, but also initiatives by smaller organisations such as Renovo's Work Friend Facebook page, Beating Bowel Cancer's innovative use of smart technology on Twitter and The Princess Royal Trust's successful carers forum.

Patrick Nash, chief executive of Connect Assist, which is based in Rhondda Cynon Taf, in South Wales, said: "We developed the guide on the back of research we commissioned that showed just how engrained social media has become in our daily lives and how it is seen as a critical source of information and support.

"For too long the charity sector has focussed on this communications channel solely as a mechanic for fundraising, yet this approach is misguided. Our survey showed that Britons are significantly more likely to use social media in order to seek help and advice than to make a charitable donation."

The guide is free to download at

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:04:03 BST N0153791347544822191A CNW
3249 Cafe to open after Cestria donation Press Association A cafe will be set up in a community centre thanks to a donation of £3,000.

Great Lumley Community Centre, in Great Lumley, Chester-le-Street, Durham, secured a total of £5,500 to provide the cafe which will be run by volunteers.

The centre raised £1,500 itself, received a donation of £1,000 from Durham County Council and has now secured £3,000 from social landlord Cestria Community Housing.

It is hoped that the cafe will help address the benefits and issues of social inclusion, health and community interaction. The aim is that the cafe will become a hub for the whole community and will create an environment where young and old people can meet and interact.

The housing association also funded a two-day training course for two centre workers on how to run such a cafe.

Alison Younger, from Great Lumley Community Association, attended the course in Manchester. She said: "The course was very useful and gave us an insight into how to run a local facility like this.

"It was good to meet other groups which are already established within their communities and to find out how they have made them so successful. We picked up a lot of good ideas which we will implement here in Great Lumley."

Paul Hadden, community engagement officer at Cestria Community Housing, said: "We are very pleased to be able to present this money to the centre to help them set up a community cafe.

"I am really looking forward to seeing the cafe open and see the impact that a facility like this can have a on a local community such as Great Lumley."

The cafe is expected to open in October.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:04:03 BST N0153691347544649860A CNW
3248 TV show sparks increase in calls Press Association Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has extended its opening hours after a surge in enquiries following the new ITV1 series, Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs.

The show has attracted almost five million viewers to its 8pm slot on Mondays and has generated a buzz around the charity.

The seven-part series follows the fortunes of dogs arriving at the 152-year-old London rescue centre in need of a new home.

It has generated a 337% increase in the number of calls to the charity in the week after the first episode aired this month.

Now animal lovers can visit Battersea and rehome a dog or cat in the evening, as the home is staying open until 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays while the series is on air. People can also take part in behind-the-scenes tours.

Katie Yanetski, centre manager at Battersea's London centre says: "Everyone here at Battersea is thrilled that so many people are interested in our animals, either considering rehoming a dog or a cat, or simply wanting to come along and see them for real."

For more details call 0843 509 4444.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:50:03 BST N0153491347543964586A CNW
3247 300 Spinathon volunteers needed Press Association Hundreds of volunteers are needed to cycle 5,000 miles over four days in an indoor spinathon.

David Morris, from West End, Southampton, wants to recruit 300 people to join him on the charity challenge and share the cycling of 5,000 miles on stationary bikes.

He is hoping to raise £5,000 for Parkinson's UK after he was diagnosed with the disease in March 2011.

The 57-year-old, who is a professional karate teacher and spinning instructor, said: "When I was diagnosed with Parkinson's last year I was devastated. But the support from my family, friends and fiancee has been brilliant and they really make a difference to my life. I wanted to do something to raise funds for Parkinson's UK to help find a cure."

The challenge will take place at Virgin Active's Hampshire Health Club, in Botley Road, in West End, Southampton. The club has donated its cycling suite to help David achieve his goal. He now needs people to sign up to cycle for anything between one and four hours. All time slots have to be filled to make it work.

The number of miles each volunteer cycles will be recorded on a large map of the UK, which equates to the 5,000 miles of coastal roads in the UK. It takes place from noon on October 25 to 6pm on October 28.

Paul Jackson-Clark, director of fundraising at Parkinson's UK, said: "Spinning for over four days is a real challenge and we hope that many people will be inspired to join David so that he doesn't have to face this epic ride alone."

All funds and sponsorship raised from the event will go towards research into finding a cure, and improving the lives of the 127,000 people in the UK who are living with Parkinson's.

To book a time slot at Parkinson's UK Spinathon 5000 visit: or to sponsor David visit

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:48:02 BST N0153471347543914506A CNW
3246 City prepares for Festival of Love Press Association Two hundred Indonesian dancers, musicians and performers will parade through the streets of Manchester ahead of a festival aimed at breaking down cultural and religious barriers.

The performers from the Gospel of the Kingdom Church in Semarang will take part in the Love Parade which sets off from Castlefield Gardens at 11am on September 21 heading to Cathedral Gardens.

The parade will precede the Festival of Love at Platt Fields Park where gates will open at 3pm with festivities continuing on September 22 from 2pm until 8pm.

More than 35 churches in Manchester have joined together to organise the Love Parade and Festival of Love as a way of reaching out to the wider community, breaking down cultural and religious barriers, and sending out a strong message of love.

The free festival will be suitable for families with music, dancing, performances and cultural displays, food, face painting, bouncy castles and carnival games. There will also be performances from Manchester-based Gospel choirs.

It will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor, councillor Elaine Boyes and Nigel Simeon McCulloch, Lord Bishop of Manchester.

Organisers also aim to celebrate multiculturalism and Manchester's growing Indonesian community.

The Indonesian team will also visit the Jewish Synagogue in Didsbury as a gesture of love and appreciation of Manchester's thriving Jewish community.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:58:02 BST N0146841347529889454A CNW
3245 Bikers raise funds for children Press Association Actor and writer Boyd Clack joined hundreds of bikers to raise money for vulnerable and neglected children, young people and their families.

Boyd, who has appeared in shows such as New Tricks and Being Human, joined motorbike riders for the annual Big Bike Show in South Wales to support Action For Children.

The event, which was also raising money for medical courier service Blood Bikes, was hosted by the The Big Bike Aberdare.

More than 200 bikers from South Wales showed their support, taking part in fundraising events including a Best In Bike Show, raffle and barbecue.

Action For Children community fundraiser Charlotte Bishop said: "We have been overwhelmed by the amazing support we have received and would like to thank The Big Bike Shop, Boyd Clack and all of the bikers who made the effort to support Action for Children. It really was a fantastic event."

Action For Children Wales runs more than 130 services across 50 sites in Wales, supporting more than 15,000 of the most vulnerable and neglected children, young people and their families.

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:52:02 BST N0146801347529762036A CNW
3244 Family fundraise for girl's U.S. op Press Association Family and friends of a girl whose dream is to walk unaided for the first time are to hold a Bollywood and Bhangra fundraiser.

Eight-year-old Shuhaney Lad from Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, which causes her to have stiffness and pain in her legs, making it impossible for her to take independent steps.

Her family needs to raise £50,000 so she can travel to America for a life-changing operation. They are being assisted in their fundraising efforts by charity Caudwell Children.

The event on October 6 will include dancing, music and food as well as fundraising auctions and raffles.

The money raised will be used so that the family can travel to St Louis Children's Hospital in Missouri where Shuhaney will have an operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR).

The procedure, which involves cutting some of the sensory nerve fibres that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord, will reduce the tightness in her muscles, making it easier to increase strength with therapy and exercise.

Shuhaney's mum, Jayaben Lad, said: "We are really looking forward to the event and appreciate all the hard work our friends have put into organising this. If we can raise the money Shuhaney needs her life will be changed dramatically."

Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, said: "We really believe in the difference the SDR treatment can make to a child's life."

Tickets for the event to be held at The Alexander, Dean Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, cost £10 for adults and £5 for children. To buy tickets call Nanda on 07786 330605.

To support the Help Shuhaney Walk Appeal visit

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:48:02 BST N0146531347529147077A CNW
3243 Survey to assess impact of acne Press Association The British Skin Foundation is looking at the impact acne has on people with the condition and is inviting people to part in a survey.

The charity is keen to uncover the scale of the issue and whether those living with the condition, regardless of age or sex, could benefit from more advice, support and guidance than is currently available.

Bevis Man, spokesman for the British Skin Foundation said: "Judging from the emails and phone calls we get, we know there are a large number of people out there who are deeply affected by acne, yet don't always have an obvious person or place to turn to about it.

"For some, simply being able to talk about their acne can be as important as treating the physical symptoms for it."

Acne is believed to affect as many as eight in 10 individuals aged between 11 and 30 in the UK and is most common between the ages of 14 and 17 in girls, and between 16 and 19 in boys. For a small minority, about 5% of women and 1% of men, acne can continue into adulthood.

An earlier study showed how acne impacted on the mental health of 14 to 16-year-olds in the UK. It found that girls in particular had higher levels of emotional and behavioural difficulties. However, less than a third of participants had sought help from a doctor, with boys less likely to talk to friends and family about their acne.

To take part in the survey, visit:

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:42:02 BST N0146121347528023195A CNW
3242 Bullied cancer patient granted wish Press Association A teenager who wanted a makeover after being bullied following her cancer treatment has become the 8,000th person to be helped by the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.

Mischka Richards, 15, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of cancer, in December 2011 and treatment caused her to lose her hair which affected her confidence.

She was granted a wish to spend the day with Nicky Hambleton-Jones, presenter of makeover show 10 Years Younger last month.

In March, Mischka had a resection to remove the tumour in her leg which resulted in her losing her knee, some of the bone above it and all the bone below it. The scarring left Mischka self conscious and she started to be bullied by so-called friends.

Her mum Jane said: "Finding out that all the friends she thought she had weren't her friends was very tough for Mischka and she just wanted something to make her feel good about herself again."

Mischka, from Marlborough, in Wiltshire, chose to be styled by Nicky after watching an episode of 10 Years Younger while in hospital.

On her wish day, Mischka had a wig fitted at Trendco before meeting Nicky in Knightsbridge at Harvey Nichols. Mischka spent the day trying on clothes which Nicky hand-picked for her and had her nails and make-up done before a big reveal.

Jane said: "When Mischka saw the final outfit all she could say was 'oh my God'. She had a natural glow that no amount of make-up could put on. I was just thrilled that the old Mischka was back.

"We're so grateful to Make-A-Wish for granting her wish, she had such a fabulous time. It was so much more than we imagined and was wonderful to see the look on her face. The wish came at the right time for her and gave her that boost of confidence she desperately needed."

Nicky said: "It was an honour to be part of such an important milestone for Make-A-Wish by helping to grant their 8,000th wish and an absolute pleasure to make-over Mischka who is a very brave and beautiful young lady."

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:14:03 BST N0132701347458037955A CNW
3241 New housing role for ex CIH chief Press Association The former chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has been appointed as chairman of a housing association's management board.

David Butler has joined Cestria Community Housing in County Durham, replacing Paul Tinnion, who stepped down after serving for nearly six years.

Mr Butler brings more than four decades of experience to the role, including 15 years as director of housing at Newcastle City Council in addition to 10 years at the CIH.

He began his career in 1966 at Birmingham City Council and worked at Tynemouth Borough Council, North Tyneside and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council before joining Newcastle City Council in 1982.

He was appointed as director of housing at Newcastle in 1984, and became president of the CIH in 1992/93 and chief executive in October 1998 before retiring in January 2008.

Mr Butler said: "I am delighted to join Cestria Community Housing as its chair. The association has developed considerably since it was launched in February 2008 and credit is due to Paul Tinnion for his leadership over this period.

"I believe that our role is reflected in our name, Cestria Community Housing, helping people to find decent homes and providing services which benefit the community. That's at the heart of what we do and in the current economic climate that work has never been more important."

Paul Fiddaman, chief executive of Cestria Community Housing, said: "David brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills that will not only benefit the organisation, but also the service we deliver to our tenants and our local communities."

Mr Butler's appointment will be formally announced at Cestria's annual meeting on September 24.

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:12:03 BST N0132981347458751931A CNW
3240 Garden tool repair project launched Press Association A conservation charity is to launch a garden tool recycling workshop in a Scottish prison.

The Conservation Foundation's Tools Shed project, will provide female inmates at HMP Edinburgh with practical skills and equip school and community gardens with high-quality recycled tools.

A permanent garden tool recycling point has been set up to collect broken and unwanted hand tools at New Hopetoun Gardens located on the A904 halfway between South Queensferry and Linlithgow in West Lothian.

Tools collected from New Hopetoun and repaired at HMP Edinburgh will be distributed through the prison's school and community network.

David Shreeve, director at The Conservation Foundation, said: "Tools Shed is a simple idea which has received a great response from the public. As well as being a new approach to recycling, it gives practical skills to prisoners and provides some very special tools for school and community gardens.

"We're delighted to have crossed the border at last and that HMP Edinburgh and New Hopetoun Gardens will be working with us."

Jim Shields, employability trades and crafts manager at HMP Edinburgh said: "This new project allows us to further strengthen links with the local community whilst allowing prisoners to develop and learn new skills.

"The recycled tools will provide a purposeful activity, giving a sense of purpose with a charitable link and showing what can happen with the finished product."

Dougal Philip, from New Hopetoun Gardens, said: "We are delighted to be able to offer our customers a place to recycle their unwanted garden hand tools. We know their sheds and garages are full of tools they no longer need, but seem too good to throw away. Knowing that these tools can benefit both prisoners and the school and community projects makes folk feel good."

To collect tools or receive refurbished ones email

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:06:02 BST N0131051347454822131A CNW
3239 Britons inspired to be volunteers Press Association The Olympic Games Makers and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have inspired Britons to volunteer, according to new research.

More than one in 10 (12%) of those surveyed in the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks' Volunteering Report said they had been inspired to volunteer by the Olympics Games Makers.

And it revealed that high profile public figures are also a big motivator when it comes to volunteering. William and Kate were voted the famous faces that most motivate Britons to volunteer.

Two fifths of those polled said they will use their spare time to volunteer next month.

Some 40% of people said they will give up their time to good causes, pledging to spend an average of 4.6 hours over the next month helping their community.

The survey showed that more than 20 million Britons plan to volunteer over the next month, with a fifth of those questioned admitting they could be doing more to support local causes.

The survey found that the average number of hours British people dedicate to volunteering will rise by 15% over the next month.

Jacqui Atkinson, community affairs manager at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: "This summer has had wonderful impact on the nation's morale and it's encouraging to see that they've inspired Brits to take part in volunteering.

"There are many ways to get involved and as a business, we're committed to supporting local communities and actively encourage our employees to take part.

"It's great to see that so many other people across the nation are volunteering and this research really shows how generous we are as a nation. Hopefully the number of volunteers will keep rising so we can continue to make a difference to the community."

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 14:00:03 BST N0130961347454586342A CNW
3238 Learning disability charities merge Press Association Two charities aimed at supporting adults with physical and learning disabilities have merged.

Searchlight Workshops, based in Newhaven, in East Sussex, has merged its operations into FitzRoy Support, which operates in 56 locations across England.

Fitzroy specialises in supporting adults with learning disabilities through supported living services, residential care, day and community services and support to individuals in their own homes.

A joint statement from Martin Surgey, former chairman of Searchlight Workshops, and FitzRoy chairman Edward Thornton-Firkin, said: "The trustees of FitzRoy and Searchlight Workshops have come to an agreement that it would be in the best interest of both charities and their beneficiaries, employees, volunteers and supporters to merge."

The decision follows FitzRoy's provision of management support and consultation to Searchlight since November 2011.

Anna Galliford, chief executive of FitzRoy, said: "We are delighted to welcome Searchlight into the FitzRoy network, and look forward to working with staff and the local community in Newhaven to build the support for the residents and people who use our services."

FitzRoy's initial priorities focus on ensuring the quality of care and support for those who use the facilities. It will also be working with the residents to identify their future needs and wishes and to provide improved accommodation and opportunities.

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:58:02 BST N0130831347454406148A CNW
3237 Helpers needed for family service Press Association Volunteers are needed for a family support service which will help hundreds of families in crisis.

People from across the West Midlands are being asked to come forward to help Caudwell Children deliver practical and emotional support for families caring for disabled children.

The charity's family support service will provide early and emergency intervention at birth and diagnosis of a disabled child, as well as help in times of crisis to prevent family breakdown when caring for a disabled child.

It comes after a survey carried out by the charity highlighted that 72% of families did not know where to turn or how to access support for their disabled child.

Volunteers will be trained by the charity. They will then visit families, helping parents fill in necessary forms, assisting in providing respite for the families, organising inclusive activities for the child and providing general practical support.

Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, said: "Volunteers play a pivotal role in helping us reach disabled children and their families. Benefits of becoming a volunteer include learning new skills, boosting confidence and it looks great on a CV. It is also a hugely rewarding role."

Potential volunteers should call Roxanne Hawkins at Caudwell Children on 01782 600443 or email

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:20:02 BST N0127081347448611625A CNW
3236 Deaf students go Dutch for party Press Association Students will travel to Amsterdam for a party with a difference before they host a similar event for hearing impaired people back in the UK.

The group from the Communication Specialist College Doncaster, which is run by Doncaster Deaf Trust, will visit the Dutch capital for the Sencity party on September 29.

It has live DJs, expressive dancers, sign language interpreters, visual effects and even hairdressers.

The group, which has secured a grant from Youth In Action, will learn how the event is staged ahead of hosting their own Sencity party on November 2 at Evolution night club, in Leeds.

Marc Voltaire, a pathway tutor at the college and who will accompany the students on their trip to the Netherlands, said: "Our Sencity Leeds team is looking to raise awareness of the issues that face young people and challenge them in a positive way to do something creative.

"The Sencity Amsterdam event will be a real adventure for the students and it will let us work out the best ways to host our own event in November. These nights make use of not just sound but all the senses, so young deaf people will be able to get the most out of it."

Sencity parties are put on in cities across the world by the Skyway Foundation and are aimed at inspiring deaf people to take part in activities which may initially seem daunting.

Students from Communication Specialist College Doncaster also attended a Sencity party in the Netherlands when they visited Rotterdam last September.

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:14:02 BST N0126921347448263300A CNW
3235 Cats at risk from fall in legacies Press Association More than 100,000 unwanted cats and kittens could be affected by a decline in legacy giving.

Cats Protection wants people to remember the charity in their will so it can continue its work looking after abandoned and unwanted felines.

The charity helps more than 235,000 cats and kittens each year, with half of those benefiting from funds raised by gifts in wills.

But the recession has meant the value of legacies the charity receives has gradually declined over the last few years.

Cats Protection, based at Chelwood Gate, in East Sussex, is now working with Remember A Charity, a consortium of charities, to raise awareness of how easy it is for people to leave a gift in their will, once they have looked after family and friends.

It comes ahead of Remember A Charity Week which runs from September 17 to 23.

Katrina Hodges, Cats Protection's fundraising manager, said: "We are incredibly grateful for every gift we receive, no matter what the size, but considering how valuable legacies are to us, the decline is of great concern.

"Like many charities, gifts in wills represent a huge proportion of our funds, we simply cannot continue our services without them. Even the smallest gifts help us to provide cats with food, a warm bed, veterinary attention and most importantly of all, find them a loving home. I would encourage anyone who supports us to continue doing so by leaving a gift in their will."

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:10:02 BST N0126711347448015088A CNW
3234 Pensioner completes bike challenge Press Association A pensioner with Parkinson's disease has completed a 20-mile bike ride to raise funds for a charity researching the condition.

Mick Vernon, from Darlington, who was diagnosed in 2007, took part in a one-day cycling event called Pedal for Parkinson's, in Newcastle, on September 9.

He currently takes 10 pills a day to keep his symptoms of the disease at bay and is able to lead an active lifestyle, walking, playing golf and swimming, but is hopeful researchers will discover a cure.

He said: "It was tough, but enjoyable. Riding through the beautiful Tyne Valley and passing such famous landmarks as Armstrong's factory and Stephenson's Cottage. We ended up tired but elated."

The 78-year-old was joined by 50 other cyclists, pedalling through the Tyne Valley.

Paul Jackson-Clark, director of fundraising at Parkinson's UK, said: "I'd like to say a big thank you and congratulations to all of our cyclists who took to the saddle.

"I hope that everyone had a day to remember. Taking part in Pedal for Parkinson's is a fantastic way to raise vital funds to support our work. We are incredibly grateful to Mick for his support."

All funds raised from the event will be used to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson's in the North East.

Mick has already raised more than £2,000 and is still accepting donations online at

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:04:02 BST N0126441347447647900A CNW
3233 Save now for Christmas urges CAP Press Association People need to start saving for Christmas now to avoid getting into debt when costs mount up nearer to the festive season.

Debts experts have launched the campaign as September 16 marks 100 days until Christmas Day.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP) says too many people who dread the expense of Christmas do not prepare early enough for the festive season and end up using credit.

Matt Barlow, chief executive of Bradford-based CAP, said: "It is easy to put Christmas to the back of your mind when it feels like we're barely finished with summer, but we want people to use this 100 day marker to have a reality check.

"Christmas will come, and they need to have a plan because we all know it's easy to get carried away nearer the time. No one wants to start the New Year up to their eyes in debt and stress and a bit of preparation now will help to avoid that."

CAP has compiled five top tips to help people prepare for Christmas. It suggests saving something from each wage packet between now and Christmas, budgeting for presents, food and going out, and making a few purchases every month to spread the cost.

It also suggests teaming up with family members to buy a child something special and managing the expectations of children.

CAP will be running free money workshops throughout October to help people learn how to take control of their finances.

Mr Barlow said: "You may never have planned ahead before, but it really takes the pressure off, leaving you relaxed to really enjoy what matters. In the current economic climate, we can't afford to be unwise about our finances."

To find out details of the workshops, visit

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:00:03 BST N0126211347447371123A CNW
3232 Charity strikes fundraising idea Press Association Fundraisers can sign up for a non-stop bowl-a-thon to support the work of a disability charity.

Diverse Abilities Plus wants people to join its five-hour bowling marathon to help fund its work with adults and children with cerebral palsy in Dorset.

Sharon Wells, the charity's events officer, said: "Bowling is a great way for families, friends and work colleagues to get together and have fun, while also raising money for a great cause."

The bowl-a-thon takes place on October 18 from 6pm until 11pm at Bowlplex in Branksome. Entry costs £30 for a team of six, £5 per person, and each participant is asked to raise at least £25 in sponsorship.

For an entry form call Sharon Wells on 01202 718266 or email

Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:56:02 BST N0126061347447204118A CNW
3231 School children 'worry about money' Press Association Charities have called for high quality personal finance education to be taught in schools after a survey showed that nearly half of children worry about money.

More than four in 10 seven to 16-year-olds have financial concerns, while nearly one in eight have owed someone else money that they could not afford to repay, according to a survey of 1,000 young people carried out by Panelbase.

The research was conducted on behalf of the National Children's Bureau (NCB) and the Personal Finance Education Group (Pfeg).

The results were published to mark the launch of Our Money, Our Future, a toolkit developed by young people in conjunction with the two charities to help children campaign for financial education in schools.

Twelve young people have developed Our Money, Our Future and made their case for financial education in schools directly to MPs at a launch event in Parliament on September 11.

Jhon Bateman, 15, from Leicester, and part of Young NCB said: "It is so important that we are taught at school to look after our finances so that we can manage our money effectively as we enter adulthood, and as teenagers we spend wisely and also save for college or university."

Fourteen-year-old Teri-Ann Watson, from Huddersfield, and also part of Young NCB, said: "We want young people to use this toolkit to help them campaign for good financial education to be taught in their schools and help them gain both confidence and other useful skills, such as teamwork, from using it."

Of those surveyed, 84% said their school did not do enough to teach them about money matters and 96% believing that every school pupil should be taught to manage their finances.

Justin Tomlinson MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Education for Young People, spoke at the launch.

He said: "Personal finance education has never been more important, and I am delighted that young people will now have the tools to enable them to launch their own local campaign for this vital life skill to be taught in their school."

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:30:02 BST N0108301347373429547A CNW
3230 Hospice wins asbestos care costs Press Association The former employers of a man who received hospice treatment for an asbestos-related illness before his death have had to pay £30,000 to cover his care costs.

Len Boaden, a former electrician, was looked after at St Gemma's Hospice, in Leeds, off and on between June and October 2010 after developing mesothelioma in 2009.

Len passed away, aged 67, in October 2010 and is survived by his wife Gloria, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Now lawyers acting for his family have recovered £30,000 for St Gemma's as part of a settlement from his old firm Joshua Tetley Brewery, in Leeds.

Asbestos lawyers at Irwin Mitchell worked with his family to find out why he was exposed to asbestos and to help provide for his family after his death.

The case follows a landmark ruling in 2010, led by Irwin Mitchell, which found that a company responsible for the death of a worker from asbestos should contribute to his hospice care costs.

Len's widow, 70-year-old Gloria Boaden, from Leeds, said: "It was heartbreaking watching Len suffer from such as horrible illness. We first noticed something was wrong at the end of July 2009 when Len and I were on holiday in Bournemouth. Over the next couple of months his breathing was getting worse and worse and he was having trouble sleeping. The day we discovered his diagnosis was just soul destroying.

"But throughout his final few months the staff at St Gemma's were absolutely fantastic and we are just so pleased that Irwin Mitchell were able to help recover the costs so that they can continue to provide such a good service for others."

Ian Toft, an asbestos lawyer at Irwin Mitchell's Leeds office, said: "This is a very sad case and the whole family has been left devastated by Len's death. As part of the case we were able to help recover costs for St Gemma's which is a relatively new development in asbestos cases."

Gail Chapman, fundraising manager at St Gemma's Hospice, said: "This settlement will be wisely spent on continuing to provide vital care, totally free of charge, for our patients and their loved ones. We are grateful to everyone involved for their support in this case."

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:06:03 BST N0107901347372164574A CNW
3229 Armfield to open new sports field Press Association Former England captain and Blackpool legend Jimmy Armfield is to open a £1.2 million sports facility.

The centre, in Oswaldtwistle, in Lancashire, includes a pavilion, changing rooms and education facilities.

Armfield will open the centre at Hey Playing Field on September 14 to mark the culmination of years of planning and work to revamp the site.

Land on three levels had to be drained and playing surfaces have been upgraded to accommodate six football pitches of varying sizes plus a car park.

The £1.2m development has been funded with £571,590 from the Football Foundation which is funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England; £400,000 from Lancashire County Council, £75,000 from Hyndburn Borough Council and £150,000 from Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School, Hippings Methodist Primary and Oswaldtwistle St Mary's FC.

Paul Trickett, headmaster of Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School, said: "It is great to see this project come to fruition after several years of hard work from the school and the football club working in collaboration.

"The re-opening of the field, with state-of-the-art changing facilities, will enable the school to once more bring the fields into curriculum use. This has not been possible for more than 10 years."

Janice Lewer, headteacher of Hippings Methodist Primary School, said: "This is a very exciting time and we are pleased this area is being developed as it will be a valuable resource for the whole community."

Oswaldtwistle St Mary's FC now hopes it can try to achieve Charter Standard Community Club status.

Clive Yates, vice-chairman of Oswaldtwistle St Mary's FC, said: "This site has been crying out for development for many years, and we are absolutely thrilled that five years of hard work has come to fruition."

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:54:03 BST N0107421347371489991A CNW
3228 Plaque honours fundraising efforts Press Association A hairdressing salon has been commended by a children's charity for its outstanding contribution to help change the lives of sick and disabled children.

Staff at Bromgrove's George Davis Hairdressing, in St John Street, have been presented with a commemorative plaque from Caudwell Children after they raised £11,000 for the charity.

The money will help Caudwell Children continue its work providing life-changing treatment, equipment, therapy and family support services to sick and disabled children throughout the UK.

To raise the money, staff organised the Designers For Dignity Hair And Fashion Show, alongside charity beneficiary Karis Lane, who has cerebral palsy, and her mum Karen. It was also held in memory of owner George Davis's mum Edna.

More than 350 people filled the Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich for the event.

Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, said: "We wanted to show our appreciation for the hard work and support of those at George Davis Hairdressing for their outstanding contribution to help change the lives of sick and disabled children.

"It is thanks to the hard work and generosity of companies and individuals like this that allow us to continue our vital work."

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:38:02 BST N0107041347370489693A CNW
3227 City ready for Burning The Clocks Press Association A celebration of the festive season which is open to people of any faith will take place on the shortest day of the year.

Burning The Clocks was set up in 1994 as an antidote to the excesses of the commercial Christmas and as a way for the people of Brighton to come together.

It was established by community arts charity Same Sky, which marks its 25th anniversary this year.

The annual events sees residents parade handmade paper and willow lanterns through the city before they pass them into a huge bonfire on the beach.

More than 1,000 people take part in the parade and more than 20,000 spectators turn out to watch.

A spokesman for Same Sky said: "Each maker invests their hopes and fears into a lantern before giving them up to the fire. Then the coming year is ushered in with a dazzling fire show during which a massive fire sculpture is ignited, live music plays, and fireworks light up the sky."

Same Sky, was set up in 1987 on Brighton's Moulsecoomb estate and creates imaginative events and workshops across the city and the South East. Ahead of Burning The Clocks, the charity provides free lantern-making workshops to community groups for disadvantaged or vulnerable people.

John Varah, Same Sky's artistic director, said: "Our aim is to guide people to create their best work. Then, by bringing these items together for Burning The Clocks, we've helped people to create something a bit magical, shifting their perception of what they might be capable of, and leaving them feeling really proud of their city and community."

Burning The Clocks takes place on December 21 and is free to join. The route is suitable for all ages and abilities. For more details visit

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:34:02 BST N0106791347370129981A CNW
3226 People turn out for health roadshow Press Association Dozens of people who attended a health roadshow have been referred to their GP for further tests and advice about Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes UK and Bupa visited Darlington to offer people free risk assessments looking at the likelihood of them developing the disease.

Of the 198 people who were screened at the Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow on September 5 and 6, 92 people were referred to their GP as the risk of them developing diabetes was seen as moderate to high.

The roadshow aimed to identify some of the estimated 1,200 people in Darlington who are unaware they have Type 2 diabetes.

The assessment is seen as vital because if the condition is not diagnosed early enough, or is left untreated, it can lead to devastating complications like stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and blindness.

Linda Wood, regional manager for Diabetes UK Northern and Yorkshire, said: "Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today.

"I am pleased that the Diabetes UK Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow was able to help people find out if they were at risk of the condition."

The Healthy Lifestyle roadshows are supported by money raised from the Bupa Great Run Series, for which Diabetes UK is the nominated charity partner.

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:32:02 BST N0106771347370012425A CNW
3225 Society smashes fundraising target Press Association Fundraisers who gave themselves 12 months to generate £100,000 for their charity of the year are celebrating after reaching the target four months early.

At the start of 2012, Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation set about raising £100,000 to support the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Now, thanks to fundraising efforts of staff in the Yorkshire Group, and with the support from customers and the public the foundation is on course to exceed its target.

Chris Pilling, chief executive of Yorkshire Building Society, said: "I am absolutely thrilled that we have already been able to make a donation of £100,000 to the RNLI. Our people have worked hard throughout the year organising fundraising events from cycle rides, cake sales and raffles to skydives, and we're not done yet.

"We have another four months to keep going with our mission to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI and I hope customers and members of the public across the country will continue to show us their support."

Money raised through the link-up will be used to train volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards.

Catherine Kaye, corporate partnerships manager at the RNLI, said: "This is a fantastic bonus for our charity as we will now be able to fund essential training for more of our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards so they can continue to save lives at sea as safely and effectively as possible."

The £100,000 donation to the RNLI was made up of £50,000 raised by staff with Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation matching the donation.

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:28:02 BST N0106681347369833560A CNW
3224 Roadshow to support air ambulance Press Association Keen travellers are invited to a roadshow to pick up ideas of where to next visit.

Morgan Travel Yorkshire is hosting the travel roadshow to allow people to discover potential destinations while also helping two charities.

The Morgan Travel Holiday Roadshow will support the work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Leeds Deaf Children's Society when it takes place at Guiseley Theatre, in Leeds, on September 16 from 11.30am until 3pm.

Sue Murrie, managing director of Morgan Travel, said: "People often come to us for ideas about new places to go and this is a perfect opportunity for clients to meet directly with more than 20 of our top suppliers and get first-hand knowledge of the destinations they offer.

"We have a diverse selection of destinations and experiences featured by the operators attending the road show."

There will also be a raffle with prizes including a holiday, vouchers, flights and gourmet food.

Guests will be treated to light refreshments including a glass of wine. For more details call 01943 877816 or visit

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:26:02 BST N0106561347369715835A CNW
3223 Rainforest reporter travels to Gola Press Association A competition winner is in Sierra Leone as part of a campaign to highlight deforestation and raise essential funds to support conservation work.

Gareth Jones, from Alderley Edge, in Cheshire, was chosen as the rainforest reporter for the Together For Trees campaign launched by Tesco and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Gareth arrived in Gola Rainforest National Park on Sunday and will spend two weeks reporting back on the conservation work the RSPB and its partners are carrying out to help protect the rainforest.

The 28-year-old will also be helping on community development projects including digging boreholes to provide clean water as well as carrying out wildlife surveys, building visitor trails, and visiting local school projects.

Gareth said: "To gain first-hand experience by helping with the important conservation work happening in Gola is an amazing opportunity for me.

"I am really looking forward to visiting the local hospital, schools and villages around the forest, where I'll be staying to learn more about their unique culture."

Tesco and the RSPB are also working together to reduce the effect of Tesco's own supply chains on tropical deforestation.

So far more than 160,000 Tesco customers have signed up to donate their green Clubcard points and the supermarket is also donating £75,000 from the sale of Together For Trees bags.

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Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:58:03 BST N0100291347357247155A CNW
3222 Safety boost for youth trust yacht Press Association A yacht owned by a youth development and sail training charity has been equipped with new equipment after receiving donations from two marine technology firms.

The James Cook, a 70-foot purpose-built yacht designed for adventurous sail training expeditions and owned by the Ocean Youth Trust North (OYTN), has been equipped with the technology following donations from Jotron UK and Marine Management Training and Security.

The donations mean the James Cook now has navigation and safety systems equivalent to those on large commercial marine vessels.

North Shields-based OYTN specialises in the personal development of young people aged between 12 to 25 and provides life-changing opportunities on board the yacht. It works with young people to develop self-confidence and teach life skills such as working as part of a team and having respect for others.

Wynne Edwards, managing director of Marine MTS, said: "The Microplot 7 Navigation system and the range of electronic charts that accompany it will provide crew members with a navigation system that meets all future regulations and which increases the safety of the vessel whilst at sea.

"The system also provides crew members with the opportunity to develop advanced technical skills and keep pace with the changing marine environment."

Jotron UK offered to provide OYTN with safety technology that complemented the Marine MTS system.

Neil Atkinson from Jotron UK, said: "We have been looking to associate ourselves with a local youth based community charity for some time. We have seen the great work OYTN does to develop young people from across our region and it seemed a perfect fit."

Steve Lennon, general manager of OYTN, said: "We have a highly experienced team manning James Cook and having this state-of-the-art equipment onboard will help them to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our young crews."

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:56:02 BST N0100111347356938039A CNW
3221 Funds raised for health equipment Press Association A group of hikers have scaled the three highest peaks in Yorkshire to raise funds for a charity that aims to improve healthcare for children and babies across the north of England.

The Remtek Ramblers were one of a number of teams who climbed Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours to raise money for MedEquip4Kids, based in Prestwich, in Manchester.

The team from Salford University Business Park were the first trekkers to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in a speedy 11-and-a-half hours.

MedEquip4Kids provides paediatric medical equipment and facilities for hospitals and community health teams that are not available from limited NHS resources.

The charity is expecting the event to raise £4,500 that will contribute to its projects.

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:50:02 BST N0099961347356711716A CNW
3220 Aid worker returns from Somalia Press Association An aid worker has returned to the UK from Somalia where she was helping an international charity fight the effects of a widespread food crisis.

Catherine Titley, 26, from Essex, spent six months in Hargeisa working as grants officer for medical charity Merlin.

The former Clacton County High School pupil helped to secure funding for Merlin's response to the food crisis, allowing the charity to provide food and clean water to drought-affected communities and nurse malnourished children back to health.

She also supported projects to tackle maternal mortality in the northern state of Somaliland, where women currently face a one in 14 chance of dying in childbirth.

Catherine said: "It was a real eye-opener to visit areas like Awdal and see what Merlin is doing to support communities who otherwise would have to travel for hours to reach health services, a remoteness unthinkable to us here in the UK. As my job revolved around monitoring Merlin's grants and funding, it was really motivating to be able to see for myself where all the money goes.

"In Somalia more women die in childbirth than due to any other cause, and comprehensive basic healthcare in this area could save so many lives."

Catherine previously worked for Merlin in the Kenyan capital Nairobi after completing a year-long finance internship and is pursing a career in the humanitarian sector.

She said: "Experiencing life in Somalia first-hand, a place which is often cast in such a negative light, has been fascinating. You do have to make special security arrangements if you want to go out at night and if you leave town, so it's not a normal life. But you can meet up with friends and go out for dinner or to the market. New infrastructure and business is taking off in Hargeisa and people are even beginning to return to Mogadishu, the capital, as the situation becomes more stable."

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:42:02 BST N0099791347356286020A CNW
3219 Stars attend body image book launch Press Association Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel-Horwood and former Coronation Street actress Tina O'Brien were amongst the famous faces at the launch of a new book promoting positive self body image.

The Body Gossip book is an anthology of more than 300 body image related pieces, which cover everything from birth to ageing, via pregnancy, illness, injury, eating disorders, ethnicity, sexuality, diets, sport and tattoos.

The book features celebrity contributions from stars including Alesha Dixon, Jermain Defoe and Anne Diamond as well as a foreword by Gok Wan.

The launch event at The Hub, in London's Kings Cross, on September 7, included a live performance from girl band ALFEE, who have written the official Body Gossip theme tune, as well as readings by Waterloo Road's Zaraah Abrahams and Ortis Deley from The Gadget Show.

Body Gossip co-director Natasha Devon said: "The Body Gossip book is the result of four years of collating the public's body image stories, opinions and wisdom on the subject of body image.

"We have been privileged to work with many talented writers and designers to make the book as well as to garner support from high profile TV personalities, models, musicians and politicians.

"The book launch was a celebration of all the hard work, dedication and love which has been poured into the book and we could not be happier with how it went."

The event included a digital art slide show of real, un-airbrushed body parts, the premier of four short films made by the Body Gossip campaign, as well as the opportunity to buy T-shirts brandishing slogans such as "my body is freaking awesome", "Body Gossip says RELAX" and "what's so great about perfect anyway?"

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 10:38:02 BST N0099761347356051446A CNW
3218 Climber launches fundraising bid Press Association A climber who seriously injured his leg in a 30-foot fall is hoping to raise more than £6,000 for the organisations that rescued him.

Andy Parkin was with a group climbing at Stanage in the Peak District when the accident happened on July 15, leaving him with four broken bones in his right leg and ankle, and a torn tendon.

The Edale Mountain Rescue arrived within 10 minutes of the incident and he was airlifted by the Derbyshire Leicestershire Rutland Air Ambulance to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, where he was operated on and his ankle was screwed and plated.

The 41-year-old from Burley-in-Wharfedale now wants to repay the rescue teams and has set himself a target of raising more than £6,000 over the next 12 months for Edale Mountain Rescue, Derbyshire Leicestershire Rutland Air Ambulance and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Andy has organised a charity golf day at Keighley Golf Club with a meal after in the Red Lion pub in his home town on September 28.

And on May 3, he plans to cycle from John O'Groats to Burley-in-Wharfedale with three friends, a distance of 512 miles, over five days.

He said: "The reason I'm doing this is to give something back to the people who helped me. Nobody knows when they will need the services of the Air Ambulance."

Andy, a director with an insurance company, has set up, which has details of the fundraising events and how people can donate.

Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:04:02 BST N0085201347285690125A CNW