The Trussell Trust Christmas Bow Appeal 2014


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Four things all Black men should know about prostate cancer

Cancer - Black menOne in four Black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives – double the one in eight risk faced by all men in the UK. What’s more, Black men are also more likely to develop the disease earlier than men of the same age from other ethnic backgrounds.

The statistics are concerning and give rise to an essential question – why are African and African Caribbean men more likely to develop prostate cancer than other groups? The harsh truth is, nobody knows, and that’s why we are pushing to find the answers through research.

If diagnosed early enough, it can often be successfully treated, but according to recent research, nine in ten Black men are unaware of their increased risk. Couple this with the fact that many men don’t experience any symptoms and it can become incredibly difficult to detect prostate cancer at an early stage.

October is Black History Month so it’s a good time to be reminded of four key facts about prostate cancer that every Black man should all be armed with:

1 in 4 Black men will get prostate cancer. If you’re over 50 or have a father or brother who has had prostate cancer you are also at increased risk. Awareness is key – telling one person about their risk could save a life.

Problems urinating, such as changes to how frequently you need to go, a weak flow, or difficulty in starting to pee could be an indication that there is something wrong with your prostate. However, in many cases prostate cancer doesn’t have any symptoms at all. Speak to your GP if you have any concerns.

If you are worried about prostate problems or think you’re at risk, you can speak to a Prostate Cancer UK Specialist Nurse for support and information on 0800 074 8383.

If you are over 50 and worried about your prostate cancer risk, you have a right to a free PSA blood test, which can be the first step to diagnosis, if you discuss it with your GP first.

Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72

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Singer and actor Alvin Stardust died this morning aged 72 after a short illness, his manager said.

He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife and family around him.

Born Bernard William Jewry and performing first as Shane Fenton, Stardust’s stage and screen career spanned over a half-century. He was best known for singles released in the 1970s and 1980s, including “My Coo Ca Choo”, the UK Singles Chart-topper “Jealous Mind”, and “I Feel Like Buddy Holly.”

In the early 1960s, “Shane Fenton and the Fentones” were an unknown teenage band who recorded a demo tape and mailed it in to a BBC programme with the hope of being picked to appear on television. While awaiting a reply from the BBC, the band’s 17-year-old singer Shane Fenton died as a result of the rheumatic fever he had suffered in childhood.

The rest of the band (guitarists Jerry Wilcox and Mick Eyre, bassist William “Bonny” Oliver and drummer Tony Hinchcliffe) decided to break up, but then unexpectedly received a letter from the BBC inviting them to come to London to audition in person for the programme. Fenton’s mother asked the band to stay together, and to keep its name, in honour of her son’s memory.

He participated in A Song for Europe, the UK qualifying heat of the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1985, with the song “The Clock on the Wall”. He finished in third place behind Vikki and Kerri Wells.

In 1986, Stardust performed the duet “I Hope and I Pray” with Sheila Walsh on her album Shadowlands, which was released as a single. That year he also performed at Windsor Castle as a lead in the Lloyd Webber–Rice musical Cricket.

Stardust was married three times: firstly to Iris Caldwell (sister of Rory Storm), who was an ex-girlfriend of both George Harrison and Paul McCartney, having grown up with them in Liverpool;[10] and secondly to the actress Liza Goddard. He was married to the actress and choreographer Julie Paton at the time of his death.

His son, Shaun Fenton, is the head teacher at Reigate Grammar School, and was previously head teacher at Pate’s Grammar School and Sir John Lawes School. His other son, Adam, is a drum and bass producer and DJ, known as “Adam F”. Stardust’s third child, Sophie Jewry, from his marriage to Liza Goddard, runs her own graphic design, printing, brand consultancy and coaching business and lives in Norfolk with her partner and daughter. Stardust’s fourth child, Millie Margaret May, was born in December 2000. The christening was covered by OK! magazine, with Sir Cliff Richard as one of the godparents. As wife Julie hails from Swansea, a Welsh flavour was provided by a harpist and Welsh male voice choir, the Gwalia Singers from Swansea.

What Is a HUG ?

hugs-2A hug is a near universal form of physical intimacy in which two people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely. If more than two persons are involved, this is informally referred to as a group hug.

Depending on culture, context and relationship, a hug can indicate familiarity, love, affection, friendship or sympathy. A hug can indicate support, comfort, and consolation, particularly where words are insufficient. A hug usually demonstrates affection and emotional warmth, sometimes arising from joy or happiness at meeting someone or seeing someone long-absent. A non-reciprocal hug may demonstrate a relational problem. A hug can range from a brief one-second squeeze, with the arms not fully around the partner, to an extended holding. The length of a hug in any situation is socially and culturally determined. In the case of lovers, and occasionally others, the hips may also be pressed together.

Unlike some other types of physical contact, a hug can be practiced publicly and privately without stigma in many countries, religions and cultures, within families, and also across age and gender lines, but is generally an indication that people are familiar with each other. Moving from a handshake (or touch-free) relationship to a hug relationship is a sign of a new friendship

An unexpected hug can be regarded as an invasion of a person’s personal space, but if it is reciprocated it is an indication that it is welcome. Some Western culture commentators advise avoiding hugs at work to prevent uncomfortable moments, especially with people who dislike hugging.

Also, a person, especially a child, may caress and hug a doll or stuffed animal. Young children will also hug their parents when they feel threatened by an unfamiliar person, although this may be regarded as clinging onto rather than hugging because it demonstrates a need for protection rather than affection.

Men Who Don’t – Sexism or ignorance?

A friend of mine once played a game with her husband. Well, it was more of a test. She said to herself that she wouldn’t empty the kitchen bin for a while, to see how long it would take for her other half to do it.

Not surprisingly, the kitchen bin was brimming full by the end of the week. It had got to the point where you had to stuff a tea bag down any old nook and cranny in the sack full of rubbish.

Still, her husband didn’t notice the overloaded bin. He happily stuffed tea bags and empty cartons in there, until one day, he realised it was full, emptied it and then made a point that he had done it with replying that he won’t do it again as done his turn then carried on as normal. Is house work all about taking turns? YES. But not if it means the wife does it every 20 times to his one.

Apart from being a hilarious interlude to the daily grind, this little series of events suggested something about the male psyche. It’s not at all the case that this man was sexist or expecting his wife to do the chore; simply that he didn’t think it needed to be done until it really needed to be done

Sexist Study Says Women Today are Fat Because They do Less Housework - Google Chrome 652012 110522 AMA third have never done any housework and 80% wear the same pants for at least TWO days Two thirds of men can’t remember the last time they changed the sheets -

What is YOUR man like with housework leave comments below

Actress Lynda Bellingham Dies aged 66

Lynda Bellingham

Her death comes just 10 days after her memoir There’s Something I’ve Been Dying To Tell You was published. In it, she wrote that she was planning to end her treatment in November and “would love to make one more Christmas, if possible”.  She also wrote that the chemotherapy was so strong her body was “protesting”, and she was in pain and discomfort.

In a statement on behalf of Bellingham’s family, Mrs Latimer said:

“Lynda died peacefully in her husband’s arms yesterday at a London hospital. Her family would like to thank the nurses and staff for their tremendous care and support. Actor, writer and presenter – to the end Lynda was a consummate professional.”

Bellingham was also known for shows such as All Creatures Great and Small and in recent years was on the panel of ITV’s Loose Women.

Bellingham was married three times, first in 1975 to film and theatre producer Greg Smith, best remembered for the Confessions films of which Confessions of a Window Cleaner was the first. Her second marriage (1981–1996) was to Nunzio Peluso with whom she had two sons, Michael and Robbie. On 31 May 2008, she married her boyfriend, Spain-based mortgage broker Michael Pattemore (known on Loose Women as “Mr Spain”), at St Stephen Walbrook on her 60th birthday.

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for voluntary service to charitable giving. Her sister Barbara died of lung cancer in 2005, aged 56.
n 16 July 2013, it was announced that Bellingham had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. She released a statement saying that she was “not going to die.”

In September 2014, Bellingham confirmed that her cancer had metastasized to her lungs and liver, and that she had “months to live”. She announced that she had made the choice in August 2014 to stop her chemotherapy in November, so that she could have “one last Christmas” with her family and die in January 2015. However, she died on 19 October 2014, in a London hospital. A few weeks before her death, her website was taken down, with the message: “We’re very sorry, at the request of Lynda and Michael we have temporarily taken the website offline.”

Macmillan is in the running to become the Home Retail Group’s charity partner

Macmillan is in the running to become the Home Retail Group’s charity partner. This could mean a lot more money to fund a lot more nurses.

It’s the employees of the Home Retail Group who choose their next charity partner, so if you work for them they need your vote. If you don’t, but know someone who does, they need their vote.

I don’t have to tell you that cancer is the toughest fight most people will ever face but the simple truth is, there isn’t enough nurses to reach everyone who needs a Macmillan nurse.

In the next 24 hours, 900 people will be diagnosed with cancer, and in the coming years nearly half of us will be told we have cancer. So the demand for Macmillan nurses is now greater than ever and growing. And I hate to think of people not getting the Macmillan support they deserve.

So if you can vote for the Macmillan, please do. A vote for Macmillan is a vote for more nurses in every community.

Visit there website to see what a huge difference your vote will make to Macmillan and people affected by cancer.

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