- Monday, 20 May 2013
Prostate Cancer UK is urging the nation to dust off their vintage tea cups, grab their rolling pins, get baking and hold a 1940s themed Tea For Victory party in order to raise vital funds to help the 250,000 men in the UK living with prostate cancer.
One of Britain's most acclaimed designers and vintage supporters, Wayne Hemingway, has exclusively designed 40s-style materials, including bunting, table cloths and cake stands, available for people to use at their tea parties.
Top class celebrity chefs, including Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Levi Roots, Ken Hom, Thane Prince, Jo Pratt, Angela Hartnett and BBC Masterchef winner Mat Follas are also showing their support for Tea For Victory by creating recipes to inspire the nation. People can read these and hear more from the chefs about why they are getting involved, by visiting www.prostatecanceruk.org/tearecipes.
- Monday, 20 May 2013
1.3 million over 75s will need support in future to stay independent
Today, 75 years on from its founding as the Women’s Voluntary Services, WRVS is dropping the W from its name and relaunching as the Royal Voluntary Service with a pledge to help two million older people over the next 10 years.
The decision to change its name comes as the charity recognises the need to meet the demands of an ageing population and to be more visible to men as well as women. And fresh research reveals the scale of this need – 26 per cent of over 75 year olds say that they think they will need support in future in order to stay living independently in their own homes, with almost a third of men (29 per cent) stating that is the case.
- Thursday, 16 May 2013
On Saturday, 18 May, Robert Davidson, age 70, and Anne Ludlow, age 62, will be setting out on their much-beloved e-bikes to ride from Totnes, Devon, to London. They estimate the total distance will be 250 miles, as they must take circuitous routes to sneak up on Bath from the rear - there they can pick up a Sustrans cycle trail the rest of the way to London.
They are undertaking this challenge on behalf of all people everywhere who are older than they used to be, in the firm belief that an increase in your age should not mean a decrease in your rights - above all, your right to freedom, fulfilment, and fun.
- Thursday, 16 May 2013
Do you want to meet people in your community?
Do you lack the confidence to join a new group?
Do you want to know what services are in your local area?
The Let’s Get Out Project can help. We are looking for people living in the Vale of Glamorgan over the age of 50. We have volunteers waiting who can support you for up to six months to get out of the house and back into your community, gain the confidence to get involved with activities and make new friends.
Altruism is the new retail therapy as a quarter of people in the UK do good for others to boost their happiness
- Wednesday, 15 May 2013
One in three people (32%) say they get a warm feeling from knowing they are leaving a gift to a charity in their will, says Macmillan Cancer Support
Leaving something positive behind to the next generation ranks second in a list of what would make people happy at the end of their life
Psychologist Dr Funke, commenting on the survey commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support, explains the psychological motivations and benefits of giving as the charity encourages people to consider leaving a gift in their will
And They're Off...William Reddaway And Strider Start Mammoth Journey Travelling Round England To Raise Funds For Two Charities
- Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Under cloudy skies but joined by family, friends and well wishers, William Reddaway  and his horse Strider, set off from Farncombe Estate, in Broadway on their Ride Round England.
They will travel to all four corners of England via 30 Cathedrals to raise awareness for two charities, the Family Holiday Association and the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre.
William said: “After two years of planning this project, I am very pleased to now be setting off on our adventures. We have spent the last few months preparing both physically and mentally for this and I think it will be quite a challenge.
- Tuesday, 07 May 2013
Skills for Care, the Sector Skills Council with responsibility for the workforce employed in adult social care in England, is sponsoring Carers Week 2013.
Carers Week is a coalition of nine of the UK’s leading charities that have come together to celebrate the role that carers play in our society and ensure they get the support they need. Carers Week 2013 will take place on the 10 – 16 June 2013, around the theme Prepared to Care?
Prepared to Care? – the 2013 Carers Week campaign –will focus on how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively Government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities.
- Saturday, 04 May 2013
National Heritage Memorial Fund steps in with vital grant to enable lift to commence
Today, the Royal Air Force Museum is pleased to announce the start of a ground-breaking operation to raise from the English Channel the last surviving Dornier Do 17, an historic Second World War German Bomber shot down 72 years ago during the Battle of Britain.
The operation will see the retrieval of what is the only known survivor of the Luftwaffe’s ‘flying pencil’ bomber from the Goodwin Sands, off the coast of Kent where it crash-landed in 1940. Using pioneering techniques, it will take approximately three weeks to complete the lift which has been made possible thanks to a grant of over £345,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).
- Thursday, 02 May 2013
Victoria Wood is backing Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Blooming Great Tea Party campaign this summer.
Victoria attended a London recording studio to voice the charity’s radio campaign, which is calling for people to hold a tea party this June and July to help raise funds for the charity.
Victoria said: “The cup of tea is one of life’s great pleasures and I can think of no better way of raising money for a great cause than holding a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie Cancer Care. People in Britain love a brew and I’d encourage everyone to pop the kettle on and enjoy a cuppa with friends and family for the charity this summer. It’s a simple and fun thing to do and all the funds raised will help Marie Curie Nurses to provide more care to people with terminal illnesses at home.”
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