26 May 2015 Leave a comment
A new app has been launched by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) it’s the first UK charity app to work with the Apple Watch.
Designed to support the charity’s H2Only fundraising challenge. The H2Only app will help the thousands of people set to give up all drinks except water for 10 days from 2 June, raising vital funds for the lifesaving charity.
Designed to keep participants engaged during the tough 10 day challenge, the H2Only app will set daily challenges to be completed. It will also allow badges to be unlocked, track sponsorship totals, and let users share photos and join teams.
The Apple Watch app provides notifications for new challenges, with the glance showing details of each daily challenge. It will also allow users to see a countdown to the beginning of the challenge, and then view their completed challenges on the Apple Watch as the H2Only challenge progresses.
Ailsa Mackenzie, RNLI Digital Project Manager, said:
‘The RNLI has a proud history of innovation – from our methods of fundraising over the years, to the pioneering designs of our lifeboats.
‘We are really excited to be the first charity based in the UK to have an app for the new Apple Watch. This app is designed to keep H2Only participants engaged during the 10 day challenge. It will guide them through the choppy waters when temptation kicks in, and it will help them to raise as much money as possible for our lifesaving charity.’
Bournemouth-based digital agency 3 SIDED CUBE developed the H2Only app for the lifesaving charity. iOS Developer, Sam Houghton, said:
‘The RNLI has always been a very innovative charity, so to have worked with them on the first UK charity Apple Watch app is an incredible privilege.
‘We knew we wanted to build a multi-function app that would engage users and keep them motivated. The H2Only app tracks donations and sponsorship totals, lets users complete challenges, share photos and even join teams.
‘An Apple Watch app suits this campaign perfectly, elevating an already personal user experience and being an ideal use of the unique functions of the Watch.’
Steffan Ciccotti, RNLI volunteer crew member at Tower lifeboat station in London, is taking on the H2Only challenge. He said:
‘The H2Only challenge is extremely tough. We know that going 10 days without a morning cuppa, a pint after work or a can of fizzy drink will be really hard for everyone taking part. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to the challenge. But every pound raised is so important to the RNLI. As a charity, we rely on the support and generosity of the public so that we can continue to save lives at sea.’
Anyone brave enough to take on the H2Only challenge can sign up at H2Only.org.uk before the challenge runs from 5pm on Tuesday 2 June to 5pm on Friday 12 June.
24 May 2015 Leave a comment
A selfie project documenting a young woman’s battle with a hair-pulling disorder has been watched over five million times on YouTube.
21-year-old Rebecca Brown from Essex took a photo of herself every day for six years to show how she’d been affected by trichotillomania – a condition which leaves a person feeling compelled to pull their hair out, she has been on YouTube since 2007 and has almost 200,000 subscribers on her channels.
Whenever Rebecca Brown was stressed or upset when she was growing up she would play with her hair for comfort. By the time she was 16 her habit had escalated into a full-blown psychological disorder – which left her almost completely bald.
A spokesman for Trichotillomania Support said:
‘It is important that sufferers know they are not alone and they should not be ashamed of asking for support.’
More information and help can be found on Trichotillomania Support’s website, www.trichotillomania.co.uk
24 May 2015 Leave a comment
Dear person reading this,
I hope your day has been going well, if not, I hope it gets better
You are an amazing person who will inspire others to do great things so keep up the hard work.
I know you may feel unimportant or insecure at the moment but know that you are a beautiful human being inside and out and you are important
Enjoy your day.
24 May 2015 Leave a comment
The 1st country to legalize marriage equality by popular vote, but they won’t be the last! What an incredible accomplishment
Irish voters have decisively voted in favour of marriage equality, making Ireland the first country to do so through the ballot box. Only one of the 43 constituencies voted against the proposal – Roscommon-South Leitrim – while the yes vote exceeded 70% in many parts of Dublin. The no campaigners have paid tribute to their opponents, and the archbishop of Dublin has said the result should be a wake-up call for the Catholic church in Ireland.
19 May 2015 Leave a comment
This year Sascha Kindred OBE will be opening The Crocodile 8 charity race in Hereford, a ‘tough’ multi-terrain eight mile race on road, grass and mud. Sascha Kindred OBE has been one of Great Britain’s most successful Paralympic athletes, dominating in Breaststroke and Individual Medley (IM) events within his classification at major championships all over the world.
Overall, Sascha has won a total of six Paralympic, nine World and eleven European Championship Gold medals (49 medals in total including silver and bronze) and has represented Great Britain in four Paralympic Games (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008) thus far. In addition, he currently holds a number of British, European, Paralympic and World records.
Sascha has received many accolades for his sporting achievements, not least an OBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List. In addition, Sascha has twice been named Senior Sportsman of the Year by Herefordshire Council, has received an award for Outstanding Achievement by British Swimming and was voted Disabled Sportsperson of the Year 2007 in the BBC Midlands Sports Awards.
Did you know the race’s name heralds from the ‘Crocodile Wood’, the local nickname for Tillington’s beautiful Badnage wood via which the greater part of the race is run. (Badnage Wood looks from a distance uncannily like the body of a crocodile.)
The race begins at Burghill School. From there the race leads up the village on road, past stunning Herefordshire countryside, and then turns into the ancient parish church, where the runners meet their first kissing gate. The course leaves the church and continues into the neighbouring orchard, a striking feature of the area and owned by the Co-op. (NB: once all the runners have passed through the orchard the family fun run takes place there.)
Leaving the orchard, the runners begin the trickiest chapter of the race: the crocodile. The difficulty level often depends on the weather; a great amount of rain means a lot of heavy mud. Past years have shown that a downpour the previous day have created conditions where big mud is the order of the day!
The runners climb the steps up the crocodile’s back, then leave the wood and out onto Tillington Common, a vast stretch of grass and hay. Once they have crossed the common the runners climb through the adjoining field, hit a desserted country lane and up to the final stretch. In the final 1000 yards they pass the Bell Inn, the local pub which hosts the evening’s entertainments.
Finally they return to Burghill School to cross the line on the playing fields. Throughout the race they are cheered on by well-wishers and drink stands from village volunteers and members of the Hereford Couriers running club. Musicians and other surprises are dotted about the course to help the runners on their way.