Help Raise £25,000 For Operation For 5 yr old Matilda With Cerebral Palsy

imaging.ashxRachel Knowles is fundraising for The Tree of Hope, who offer hope to the families of sick children in the UK who need specialist medical surgery, treatment, therapy and equipment in order to free them from suffering, giving a better quality to their young lives.

Matilda is desperate for the SDR operation so she can full fill her dreams of ballet classes and walking on her own.  An available slot has become available between January and march 2014 for self funding but they need to raise £25,648 as soon as possible for the operation itself and 2 weeks hospital care.

The procedure is Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, which is currently not a NHS funded operation. Matilda is under Great Ormond Street Hospital who applied for funding from NHS England but this was refused. Matilda is 5 years old and has a twin brother Matthew and were born 10 weeks premature.

Matthew and Matilda enjoying the splash park

Matthew and Matilda enjoying the splash park

At the present Matilda cannot walk unaided without falling over onto her knees and needs to use a walking frame or walking sticks to maintain her mobility.

Without this operation her consultants have informed her parents that it is highly likely Matilda will be wheelchair bound and will need many more operations on her lower limbs. Matilda is a very pretty and happy little girl who along with Matthew love playing and enjoy life to the full!

Your donations, no matter how small, will make a big difference in maintaining Matilda’s mobility and preventing her from facing the rest of her life in a wheelchair.  Should they exceed the target amount or if they do not raise enough funds or if they cannot be used for any other reason the funds raised will go to general funds of Tree of Hope for other sick Children

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Model’s of Diversity Live In the Real Curvey World

Blushing Boudoir - Models of Diversity

Models of Diversity advocates for more diversity in models, and demands that the fashion and marketing industries recognise the beauty in women of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities.  There mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling, and sponsor modelling workshops for people with disabilities, campaign against the tragic effects of the size zero culture, and fight inequality in the representation of real men and women. They take a look at catwalk shows, advertising and the glossies and rarely see a true representation of real people.

Models of Diversity

Where are the models of colour? The larger models? The shorter models? The less able models? You ask yourself as you buy a glossy magazine that only portray skinny models showing their rib cage, yet you walk down the high street and can clearly see they don’t live in the real world.  Todays models force teenagers into eating disorders making millions daily wake up not liking the person they are and dream of becoming just as slim as the models forced onto them so end up wasting money buying every slimming product available on the market, then get depressed when doesn,t work.

We are all built differently and the REAL women of today has an amazing body they should be really proud.
Models Of Diversity uses top agency standard models, because they reject the notion that only a very narrow range of ages, races, shapes and abilities are marketable.

Angel Sinclair

Angel Sinclair, the founder of Models of Diversity and Sinclair Model Management, is a former model herself.  She started the campaign after appearing on Gok’s Miss Naked Beauty in 2008.  Angel was struck by the great variety of beautiful women participating in the event and how that contrasted with the narrow range we see in the fashion industry.  That’s when she decided, with Sally Williams, her co-founder, to promote the use of models that reflects diversity in society, in terms of race, shape, age and ability.

They campaign at fashion events, hold street surveys, offer workshops, promote the models in the media and vibrantly use social networking websites. From surveys they have found out that the public is in favour of more diversity, so their ambition is to change how the fashion industry thinks, and responds to the needs of the fashion-buying public.

Angel Sinclair told Female Imagination:

The media needs to take notice of the kind of images they show of celebrities looking super skinny.  Dont glamorize it .

First Ever ‘Baby and Toddler Show’ For Charity

Hastings are launching their first ever ‘Sussex Baby and Toddler Show’ sponsored by Clambers, Jackomettii Spaghetti & Millbrook Design and Print Ltd, on Saturday May 21st  2011 between 10am – 16.00.

The show will be holding raffle events and all processed will be donated to ‘Tree of Hope children’s Charity’, which offers hope to families of sick children who need specialist medical surgery, treatment and therapy.

Jackomettii Spaghettii, the new children’s wear company created in Hastings are sponsoring the Entertainment area at the event and there Media sponsor for the event is Early Times, a lifestyle magazine for parents of young children in 1066 Country.  Clambers Playcentre are headline sponsor of the Sussex Baby and Toddler Show.

Mumpreneur Tracy McLauchlan’s funky hand-made bibs proved so popular with her friends that in 2010 she formed children’s wear company Jackomettii Spaghettii to bring them to you.  Already featured in Practical Parenting and Metro this company is one to watch.

For more information Contact Teresa Gillam on 07931 239929 teresa@sussexbabyandtoddlershow.co.uk

 

 

 

Celebrate St Patrick Day With Pancakes For Charity

Enjoy a unique Quiz Night with Pancakes and help raise funds for specialist medical treatment and therapy for sick UK children

Andy Rimmer, the owner of No48 Cafe, said,
“The Quiz will be great fun, the Irish Stew will be delicious
and much-needed funds will go to the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity.”

Enjoy a fun night whilst enjoying Savoury pancakes – Traditional Irish Stew or vegetarian alternative

Tickets £10
50% to the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity
Book your place now Telephone: 01424 736600

Location:

Tuesday,  March 15th 2011 – At 19.00

No48 Café
48 Devonshire Road
Bexhill on Sea
TN40 1AX

North Pole Virgin For Charity

Jon Smith will be 58 next week with very bad knees from too much sport, a broken foot from being stupid on holiday (trying to be 28!) … and as decided to run his first marathon – at the North Pole !!

Jon Smith said: ”So here we go. I don’t want to go over the top but I thought it was worth a blog every few weeks just for the sheer hell of it and to make a few people laugh. The North Pole Marathon itself takes place every year with only 25 participants from around the world most of whom are uber marathon runners or tri-athletes (with good knees and two good feet) not marathon virgins like me”

Back home in comfy North West London he run’s a small public company called ”First Artist Corporation”, which manages a number of major sports stars and entertainers and a couple of big theatre marketing companies in London and New York, so Jon is  hoping to achieve some reasonable publicity for the cause.               

Jon leave’s for the Pole on 2nd April 2011 and run the 26.2 miles in circa minus 40 degrees on the 7th April.

Jon said: ”Due to weather conditions it is not 26 miles in a straight line as they could lose us in a white out or to the odd polar bear (although they rarely travel that far north – it’s too cold!). We will run 4.4km in a circuit round the North Pole x 10”

The photo above is of Alex Field.   Alex is a cheeky, bright and cheerful 7 year old boy who has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. At present he is under treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey, however a new treatment that could potentially save his life looks to be available in California and Jon would like to be able to pay for that treatment by the funds raised from this marathon.

Jon Smith Donation Link

 

 

Pancake Quiz Night For Charity

Enjoy a unique Quiz Night with Pancakes and help raise funds for specialist medical treatment and therapy for sick UK children

Andy Rimmer, the owner of No48 Cafe, said,
“The Quiz will be great fun, the pancakes will be delicious and much-needed funds will go to the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity.”

Enjoy a fun night whilst enjoying Savoury pancakes with rice and baked potato, Sweet pancakes to follow
Tickets £10
50% to the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity
Book your place now Telephone: 01424 736600

Location:

Tuesday, 22nd February 2011 – At 19.00

No48 Café
48 Devonshire Road
Bexhill on Sea
TN40 1AX

Interactive Murder Mystery

Enjoy a unique Murder Mystery Evening and help raise funds for specialist medical treatment and therapy for sick UK children.
Interactive Murder mystery will be performed by professional actors from  ‘The Company Upfront’.
There will be an auction and a raffle throughout the evening with some unusual, money-can’t-buy items.

All profits from the evening will be given to the Tree Of Hope Children’s Charity.  Price: £39.00 per head. Tables can seat a maximum of 8 people (9 if required). Dress code: smart – Dinner included: 3 course meal plus coffee and mints (menu to be confirmed).

Book here:
http://www.discoverbexhill.com/events/murdermystery.php

The Company Upfront has been entertaining people all across the UK, and overseas, with high quality murder mystery entertainment parties for many years. They confidently walk the line between professionalism and fun, making sure  that everything runs smoothly while the guests have an hilariously entertaining evening.  By using professional actors, sets and costumes they ensure that all guests  can sit back and enjoy playing detective for a night.

Location:

The Cooden Beach Hotel

Cooden Sea Road

Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 4TT

Saturday 5th March at 19.00 – 2011


Teenage Babysitters: Can We Trust Them?


A mother-of-three from the Thames Valley area has been cautioned by police after leaving her 14-year-old son at home with his little brother.  Sources quoted in the Sunday Times are reported as saying the mother, in her 40s, was away for 30 minutes, the time passed without “incident” and the toddler was never in any danger.

It’s very rare to hear about cases like this, but is 14 too young to be babysitting and might more parents find themselves facing a caution? At the heart of this is what all parents of teenagers – and anyone who has ever been a teenager – knows, that one 14-year-old can differ dramatically from another in their maturity and reliability.

The law on this is vague but the police can – and do – use their discretion in judging these cases.  There is no minimum age at which children in the UK can be left on their own, nor do laws specify how old someone needs to be to babysit.  However, if the babysitter is under 16, then the parent remains legally responsible for the child’s safety.  And, under the Children and Young Persons Act parents in England and Wales can be prosecuted for wilful neglect if they leave a child unsupervised “in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health”.  Punishment ranges from a fine to 10 years’ imprisonment.  Similar legislation is in force in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Without legally specified ages to guide them, parents may be left scratching their heads over this grey area. But children’s charity, the NSPCC, advises that children under 13 should not be left at home alone for long periods and children under 16 should not be put in charge of younger children.

Chris Cloke, from the NSPCC, says calls to its Childline helpline showed that being left alone to look after young children can be distressing – one 10-year-old boy called to say he had no idea how to comfort his younger brother to stop him crying. What parents need to do is move their children on so they become more independent and of course it’s a question of striking the right balance. What’s really important is that parents talk through with their children, discuss the issues and if they are going to leave them at home alone make sure the child feels happy about that and feels confident and knows what to do and who to contact if there’s an emergency.”

Jacqui Gilliatt, a family law barrister, says: ”There are difficulties with bringing in an age barrier as it would only ever be arbitrary and you will never eliminate the need for agencies or authorities to step in if something came to light. She points out that parents do not have to accept a caution, which indicates an admission of guilt. Instead, she advises seeking legal advice and perhaps putting the case before a magistrate.

Styled And Frocked Charity fashion Show

Enjoy a unique Fashion Show and help raise funds for specialist medical treatment and therapy for sick UK children.  The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity offers ‘hope’ to the families of Sick UK Children who need Specialist Medical Surgery, Treatment and Therapy in order to free them from suffering, giving a better Quality to their young Lives.

Fashion Show is organized by Models of Diversity, who said:

“We advocate for more diversity in models and demands that the fashion and marketing industries recognise the beauty in women of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Our mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling.  MoD uses top agency standard models, because not just anyone
can be a model; a successful model must still have a special beauty and be able to sell a product. However, we reject the notion that only a very narrow range of ages, races, shapes and abilities are marketable.”

Bo Carter is one of the up and coming Fashion Designers are taking part Bo Carter said:

“Paper dolls. This is what I blame for my obsession. When I was a child growing up in Poland I would spend countless hours dressing them up in my own paper clothes designs…making sure my favourite doll, Beata, had the prettiest dress of all. I was lost in my own fantasy world and I loved.
My wardrobe is full of stories. Each item of clothing has a tale to tell mainly in my head. And I love each item in a different way. Is it wrong for a person to want to wear each item a specific number of times so the item in question doesn’t feel unloved?”

Located in the heart of Chelsea, is JuJu they have won multiple awards since opening. In 2009, it was awarded Best New Bar and in 2010 it was awarded Outstanding Mixology by the London Club and Bar Awards. Not surprising, given that JuJu serves the finest cocktails mixed by some of London’s best bartenders including their in-house mixologist.  JuJu also offers an eclectic combination of Pan Asian tapas food from all over the world.

The owners, Lee Chapman and Leslie Ash, are hoping to attend the Fashion Show, said:

“We are both delighted that we are able to help the Tree of Hope Children’s Charity by hosting this Fashion Show at JuJu.”

Fashion Show Location And Details:

JuJu
316 – 318 King’s Street – Chelsea – SW3 5UH, LONDON
Tickets £20
includes a fabulous goody bag.

28th  April 2011 – Between  18:30 – 23:30
For more information Email Tree of Hope Charity: treasurer@treeofhope.org.uk

Magdalena Reising Charity Evening

Singer/harpist Magdalena Reising sings and plays beautiful music with unforgettable, haunting vocals, supported by Terry Seabrook (piano) and Paul Whitten (double bass).  Magdalena Reising and The Blue Cafe Trio were a sell out at the recent London Jazz Festival and over the last year have been enchanting audiences in the UK and abroad, drawing rave notices wherever they have performed.

The Tree of Hope Children’s Charity are holding a charity event all profits from the evening will go to support Hari, a lovely Brighton boy with severe autism.

For further information about Hari, please visit:
helping Hari Just Giving

Cafe-style (small tables, candles and bar)
Doors open at 8 pm, for 9 pm performance

£8 per ticket or £15 for two

To book your tickets, please email Monica Jennings at
monica_socialtennis@yahoo.co.uk

Location:

Preston Lawn Tennis Club – Preston Drove – Brighton – BN1 6LA

Saturday, February 12th, 2011  Between 20.00 – 23.00

My Love is Like a Red Red Rose by Magdalena Reising

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