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.

You sit there, on the toilet, nowhere to go until you finish …

I do not understand for the life of me, WHY people can’t change a toilet paper roll?! I mean you sit there, on the toilet, nowhere to go until you finish …


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has scooped a Government grant of more than £5million

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has scooped a Government grant of more than £5million to fund two high-profile projects.

Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt today announced that 37 initiatives across the country have been awarded a total of £75 million from the Fire Transformation Fund.

The Service will use part of its £5.14 million to build a new facility at the fire station in Stafford.

It will include a life-skills centre, which will be predominantly used by school children, and will also act as a hub where various partners can work closely together on prevention and protection programmes.

The rest of the funding will create a tri-service neighbourhood centre in Biddulph for blue light organisations.

Each partner will have a specific area to work in and there will also be a shared space to allow the different organisations to liaise with each other and provide a strong multi-agency approach which will benefit the local community.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford, also President of the Chief Fire Officers Association, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded such a sizeable share of the Fire Transformation Fund and strongly believe that the two projects will make a positive difference to our communities.

“Times have changed significantly in recent years, with the public sector facing ever increasing financial pressures which is why it is absolutely vital that we work ever more closely with our partners to ensure our residents continue to receive a first-class service. This funding will help us to continue protecting the most vulnerable within our communities through education and prevention, ensuring that Staffordshire is the safest place to be.

 “In addition, it is further evidence of the Government’s confidence and support for the things we are doing and the difference we are making to the lives of our communities. As we have said on many occasions, prevention is far better than cure.”

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