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.

That moment when you really need someone – But they’re in Heaven



Today Is World Mental Health Day

This year’s World Mental Health Day – which takes place on 10 October – shines a light on schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a diagnosis given to some people who have severely disrupted beliefs and experiences.
During an episode of schizophrenia, a person’s understanding and interpretation of the outside world is disrupted – they may:

lose touch with reality
see or hear things that are not there
hold irrational or unfounded beliefs
appear to act strangely because they are responding to these delusions and hallucinations.

An episode of schizophrenia can last for several weeks and can be very frightening. About one in 100 people will have one episode of schizophrenia, and two thirds of these will go on to have further episodes. Schizophrenia usually starts in the late teens or early 20s, but can also affect older people for the first time.

The causes are unknown but episodes of schizophrenia appear to be associated with changes in some brain chemicals. Stressful experiences and some recreational drugs can also trigger an episode in vulnerable people.

At least 26 million people are living with schizophrenia worldwide according to the World Health Organization, and many more are indirectly affected by it.

How can you make the most of World Mental Health Day?
Raise awareness

Raise awareness of schizophrenia and support mental health by holding a Tea & Talk, our very World Mental Health Day fundraising activity.

Read the World Federation for Mental Health’s Living with Schizophrenia report or find more about our own policy on schizophrenia and what we want to change
Learn more about schizophrenia and find out about delusionsparanoiahearing voicespsychosis and hallucinations or download our special World Mental Health Day publication – Schizophrenia: The Facts.
Read some stories about life with schizophrenia from Barry, Natalie, Albert and David.

@Accrington10K In aid of East #Lancashire Hospice Charity



Granny Cams in Nursing Homes – Protection or Invasion of Privacy?

nursing home granny camerasImagine that your family member is in a long-term care facility. On your weekend visits, they tell you that the nurses and aides there are taking things from them, pinching and refusing to change their diapers when they soils them. Or when they ring the bell for help there ignored or the bell is taken from there reach so there un-able to call for help, when they need it.

You mention to staff what your family member tells you, but there words put you at ease and so you just think that prehaps the staff know better after all this is their job. But the odd mark or bruise starts appearing on their arms, face, legs and now you start to have doubts and prehaps your family member is telling the truth and isn’t confused because of her age or illness.

They took care of you. Now it’s your turn to take care of them. Whether in their own home, your home or an inpatient facility, leaving your elderly loved ones in the care of another is a troubling proposition. You’re forced to put your faith in people you barely know to look after a person that means the world to you. Even If they’re capable of living alone, the elderly or those with special needs are at constant risk of falling or being injured. And if they suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, the stakes are even higher.

So would you place a Granny Cam’ with out the home knowing in your relatives room?

Proponents of the cameras, dubbed “granny cams,” say their use in nursing homes could weed out abusive employees and document incidents of substandard care, while nursing-home owners term video surveillance an invasion of privacy that could actually decrease care by making it more difficult to attract and retain good staff.

Hidden cameras allow you to feel confident when you can’t be around and to verify that those you love most are getting proper care. While many people associate hidden cameras with nanny cams used to monitor babysitters looking after children, hidden cams are equally valuable for protecting elderly parents or relatives left with a nurse or caregiver.

Hidden cameras come in multiple form factors, many of which would seem perfectly natural in a bedroom or managed care facility. For example, a hidden cam can be housed in an alarm clock, a picture frame, or an air purifier, common objects that wouldn’t arouse the suspicions of anyone looking after your elderly relative. Other simple devices, like a coat hook or an AC adapter can be placed covertly in any room and go unnoticed.

Although no law expressly prohibits the use of cameras in nursing homes, there are various practical barriers to their widespread use, including the strong opposition of the nursing-home industry.

Will the use of such cameras be a positive step in reducing the potential for elderly abuse ?

Young Frankenstein Charity In aid of Hospice In The Weald



‘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’.

Read more about – In case of emergency


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