‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) Mobile Phone Campaign

mobile phone iceWe all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending to us would have our mobile phone but wouldn’t know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?

Hence this ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) Campaign. The concept of ‘ICE’ is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As mobile phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name ‘ICE’ ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents there were always mobile phones with patients but they didn’t know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose.

In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as ‘ICE’.

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I Wasn’t The Only One – God Loved Him Too

i-miss-you-dad-001.jpg~originalI wanted you to see my progress every year, but that isn’t possible
Now that you aren’t here

I wanted you to witness my growth and prosperity but now that you are away
That isn’t going to be

I wanted you to be a part of everything I chose to do but now that you are gone I can do nothing but miss you

I think of you with every single heart beat
Getting you out of my head is going to be a tough feat

I remember you every time I take a breath that’s how much I miss you, Dear dad, after your death I reflect on your memories. Every time I blink me eye this is the way it’s going to be until the day I die because the best dad in the world a year today departed to Heaven as it seems God loved him too, I wasn’t the only one

If only I had spent some more time with him I would’ve tried to satisfy myself to the brim
If only I had known of his death in advance to hug him and be by his side at least then I wouldn’t have missed a single chance. But I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to turn back time of hands on the clock.
We all take life for granted, some more than others. But we shouldn’t, as this is it, one life.

I used to believe this life is a rehearsal and we will return again in another form – but not any more
I used to believe in life after death, and when you’re at your lowest the one you lost and loved will pay you a visit – but not any more.
I no longer believe in anything. Instead tears daily blur my vision, every time I blink Dad’s on my mind.

I’ve been told I should not longer be like this, that life moves on and dad wouldn’t want me to feel so lost and upset, but i think that’s what the living say to try to snap you out of how you feel. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t walk around miserable, I appreciate life more now and I smile often. I love my job with a passion as I Care/Nurse those with advanced and progressive diseases, physical or Mental Disabilities, Stroke, Parkinson’s, Cancer, Dementia, Alzheimer’s (many in a non-traditional palliative health care setting). But when alone, my heart burns as I miss him so much.

It seems surreal that he has gone away, feels as if he’s still here it seems bizarre how life can be so fickle, his death to me is heart breaking unreal. Now I know why you always asked me to be strong, because you know that one day I would need the strength to bear your loss. Mourning was just another word in the dictionary. But after your death, it has become a way of life for me.

One day I won’t cry, that day will turn into a week or a month – but, right now this second, even though it’s been a year – I’m not ready, not yet to move on.

I knew you that cancer was going to take you way eventually. I just didn’t believe that eventually would ever come.


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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Support Gas Safety Week

Dangerous gas work can kill, so it is vital that gas appliances are safety checked at least once a year. If left unchecked, poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. In the last year alone, 343 people were injured and 10 people died as a result of gas related incidents.

As part of the Fire Kills campaign, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week between 15-21 September.

RStation Commander Alan Haley said:

“Many of us use gas for heating, hot water and cooking, yet we take it for granted that our boilers, cookers and gas fires are safe. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. It is important to get your gas appliances serviced once a year by a gas safe registered engineer”.

Russell Krämer, chief executive for Gas Safe Register, said:

“Every year, far too many people suffer from preventable gas related accidents, such as gas leaks, explosions, fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s great therefore, that Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, has pledged its support and is raising awareness of gas safety issues, helping to let the 23 million gas consumers in the UK know about the simple checks they can make to stay safe.”

Follow these simple checks to stay gas safe:

  • Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. You can find a registered engineer in your area by calling Gas Safe Register on 0800 408 5500 or visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk
  • Get your gas appliances safety checked at least once a year and serviced in line with the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire. Sign up at www.staygassafe.co.uk for a free reminder service.
  • Check the front and back of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card, making sure they are qualified to do the specific type of gas work you require.
  • Install an audible carbon monoxide alarm which will alert you if dangerous levels are present in your home.
  • Check for warning signs your appliances aren’t working correctly, such as lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.

For more information or to find Gas Safe registered engineer visit www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk or call 0800 408 5500 or visit the HWFRS website www.hwfire.org.uk

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RoadPeace – World Day of Remembrance and Hope For Road Crash Victims

RoadPeace is a national charity which offers support to people injured or bereaved by a road traffic collision. The Council for Social Responsibility is the facilitator for the charity in South Shropshire and Herefordshire.

Each year an annual service of remembrance for road crash victims is held in Hereford Cathedral, to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. During the Service, people are invited to lay an oak leaf at the foot of the Easter candle to commemorate their loved ones, on which they have written the name of the person who was killed or injured in a road crash.

The service is open to all but especially welcomes those bereaved or injured by car crashes and members of the emergency services.

The next RoadPeace Service will take place in Hereford Cathedral on Sunday, 17th November 2013 at 3.30 pm. The preacher will be the Very Revd Nick Bury, former Dean of Gloucester.

If you have been bereaved or injured by a traffic collision you may find it helpful to talk to someone else who has shared a similar experience and is prepared to offer telephone contact and support.

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National Firefighters Memorial Service of Remembrance Ceremony 2014


The Firefighters International Service of Remembrance & Wreath Laying Ceremony -
Sunday 14th September 2014

1. The Memorial Service
The Service will be held at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London. EC1A 2DQ (junction of Giltspur Street)
Those wishing to attend should take their seats by 12:15 hours. The Church layout will differ slightly from the norm but it should be possible to seat everyone.

Badges of Office, Decorations to be wornLocation of Church: http://www.st-sepulchre.org.uk/contact_us.html
After the Service, at about 13.30 hours, the bands, standards and attendees will parade to the National Firefighters Memorial. (Anticipated route: Giltspur Street, Newgate Street, Warwick Lane, Ave Maria Lane, St Paul’s Church Yard & Carter Lane Gardens ).
2. The Wreath Laying ceremony
At approximately 13.50 hours, at the National Firefighters Memorial, Carter Lane Gardens, EC4M 8BX, the Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin. It is anticipated that dispersal will be at approximately 14.30 hours.
There is no seating, or cover for inclement weather, provided at the Memorial.
Location of Memorial: maps.google.co.uk/
Car parking is available in a number of off street parking sites in the vicinity, notably West Smithfield and Queen Victoria Street. There is also ‘on street parking’ available on a Sunday.
Bandspersons and Ceremonial personnel should endeavour to be at the City of London School before 11.00 hours. Facilities for changing etc. will be available. After a briefing the Ceremonial teams will parade and move to Giltspur Street, before entering the Church.
Location of City School: www.clsb.org.uk/

Richard Kiel – The 7ft 2” Gentle Giant Has Died Aged 74

richard_kiel_5256072Towering 7′ 2″ tall actor who has cornered the market on playing giants, intimidating henchman, bayou swamp monsters and steel toothed villains. Kiel worked in numerous jobs including as a night club bouncer and a cemetery plot salesman, before breaking into film & TV in several minor roles in the late 1950s / early 1960s. Noted amongst these was the alien “Kanamit” in the classic Twilight Zone (1959) episode “To Serve Man”, and terrorizing Arch Hall Jr. while clad in a loincloth in the prehistoric caveman meets virile teenage drama Eegah (1962).

His biggest break came in 1977 when he was cast as the unstoppable, steel toothed henchman “Jaws” in the finest Roger Moore film of the Bond series The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Such was Kiel’s popularity with movie audiences, that his character was brought back for the next Bond outing Moonraker (1979). However, audiences were quite split on opinions when Kiel’s “Jaws” character changes sides near the film’s conclusion and assists 007, Roger Moore, in saving the Earth.

His son “Richard George” appears in the film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He is the little boy on the beach pointing to the upcoming car that “James Bond” is driving from the water.

Over the next few years, Kiel appeared in relatively non-demanding comedy or fantasy type films taking advantage of his physical stature and presence. Kiel then decided to try his hand behind the camera and co-wrote and produced, plus took the lead role, in the well received family movie The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1991). Demand for Kiel’s unique attributes dropped very sharply in the 1990’s, leading to only a handful of roles including reprising his “Jaws” character in the Matthew Broderick film Inspector Gadget (1999). In 2002, Kiel penned his informative autobiography entitled “Making it BIG in the movies”.

In 1992 he was in a serious car accident that affected his auto-balance, and he ended up walking using a walking stick or a battery-powered scooter around if he had to go very far.

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