#Charity #Christmas Parade in aid of springbrook children’s home #southport

Adam Brown is hosting a charity Christmas parade in Southport North West on Sunday 6th December 2015, where everyone will be parading through the Town Centre and making there way to a local Children’s Home to deliver 100’s of Toy Donation’s to the Children.

Springbrook is a place where learning never ends, challenges are conquered and dependence is transformed into independence. They offer educational, residential, therapeutic, habilitation, and community support options that span all aspects of an individual’s life.

Adam said:

Southport dooesn’t have a Christmas parade anymore so I have took it upon myself to create something special and bring the Christmas spirit back to all the families in Southport and to the Children at Springbrook.

All the children at Springbrook have different learning disabilities so I want to bring Christmas to them, we have lots of special vehicles taking part, all the children’s favourite characters, special celebrity guests, and the man himself Father Christmas.

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Why is half the world starving and the other half trying to lose weight?

We all know the answer, somewhere behind that wall of pride which has stiffened and thickened by my words  we all know the answer – Ignorance and greed.

We have a world that is consuming more and more saturated fat and more and more hard fat meats and dairy products than we ever could have imagined 10 to 20 years ago. There are not just more obese people in the world than there are hungry people in the world now, there are actually more obese people in developing countries than there are hungry people in developing countries. It’s what we really see in the developing world is in the last two decades, exponential change in a vast array of courses that have led people to move less and eat a lot more and the resultant increase in overweight and obesity is unprecedented. We should all Walk less, lift less, sit more. But we don’t.

The rate of increase of overweight is much higher than the rate of decrease; underweight is decreasing and overweight is increasing. There are people that estimate it as double over underweight already. But the point is if you go to Egypt, you go to South Africa, you go to Mexico, you go to a large number of low- and middle-income countries, countries you think of as very poor like Egypt or countries you think of kind of lower-middle income like South Africa or Mexico, what you find are two thirds or three fourths of the men and women in the countries are overweight and obese.

Mexico, in 1989 had a very small proportion of adults overweight and no children overweight and all of a sudden, you fast forward to 15 or 16 more years and you have 71 percent of the women and 65 percent of the men overweight, but worse than that in Mexico is during that same period they’ve reached a level of diabetes that equaled to what we had around 10 to 20 years ago – this also applies to country’s like USA and UK.

Producer and director Andy Wells writes about the making of India’s Supersize Kids.

But as more of us become obese, the food manufacturers want us to think it’s our own fault, the politicians try to avoid the issue and the diet industry gets rich on the misery it creates. So where do we go from here?

In May 2012, fire engines, police and an ambulance were called to the family home of a teenager called Georgia Davis in Aberdare, south Wales, in order to get her out of it. Nobody could dream up a more horrifying and humiliating nightmare for a girl of her age – 19.  Story’s like this that hit the headlines are sadly not one offs – A team of more than 40 people was involved in demolishing an upstairs wall – just to get her out. Georgia weighed 400kg (63 stone), said some reports. Nobody really knew – she was too heavy to get on the scales. She was covered by a sheet, because she could no longer get into any of her clothes. The 19-year-old was morbidly obese and her organs were failing …

Georgia is the extreme marker of a massive problem that has its roots in the way we live today and affects all of us. Two-thirds of us are overweight. A quarter of us are obese and in real danger of damaging our health and dying prematurely. But we are in denial. Her troubles were served up as entertainment in the tabloids. In photographs, her face, above the mountain of flesh, is curiously passive.

Obesity is not something to gawp at, and it is not a problem just for other people. It affects most of us. It’s not about the way we look, or the size of dress or trousers we wear. This is about a very real threat to our health. Obesity is a life-shortening condition. Life expectancy in the UK, which has risen steadily since records began, may for the first time be about to fall. Moderate obesity cuts life expectancy by two to four years, and severe obesity could wipe an entire decade off your life. Yet we all still pile the trolley full of sugary foods, high in calories instead of opting for fruit full of natural sugar and better for you. We can avoid being overweight by exercising personal responsibility. We choose what we put into our mouths. We ought to know what will make us fat and have the self-restraint to stop eating.

The worse you feel about yourself, the less likely you are to go out and actually exercise, and people do sit at home and comfort eat, and then they get bigger and their problems get worse.

Whatever excuse you make – It is your fault if you overeat and get fat.

We are born in one day and gone in one day



From Monday 5th October 2015, retailers in England will be required by law to charge 5p per bag

10936035-largeFrom Monday 5th October 2015, retailers in England will be required by law to charge a minimum of 5p per bag when customers use a new single use carrier bag. This will include single use carrier bags made from plastic, paper or natural materials.

All proceeds generated from sales of the bags will be given to good causes as set out by Defra Deartment for Environment, Food and Rural Afairs. It’s all part of the government’s drive to reduce waste.

So unless you choose a bagless delivery, there will be a charge of 40p per order for an online grocery delivery or collection. Supermarkets have worked out based on the average number of carrier bags needed to pack an order. You’ll see the charge itemised on your delivery receipt as “Bag Charge”.

If we all use fewer carrier bags we can:
Help tackle climate change
Reduce litter
Protect wildlife
Save the natural resources that are used to make and distribute bags

You can avoid being charged by choosing the bagless option. If you would like to amend a current order, please go to My Orders, select “Make a change to this order” then “Change delivery details”, selecting a bagless delivery at the bottom of the delivery slots page. Don’t forget to checkout your order again to save your changes. If you shop on-line with Tesco’s your Pre-packed raw poultry will still be placed into a small bag before being placed in the green tray. You won’t be charged for these bags.

In stores where Click+Collect Groceries is available, customers will be charged for bags unless the bagless collection is selected at checkout, as above. You will no longer be able to pick up bags at the Click+Collect collection point.

There is no charge for using your own carrier bags, but Tesco’s won’t be awarding green Clubcard points for doing this anymore.


We’re going silent on 16th September for #Charity Why don’t you join us too!

The Get A–Head social media silence is taking place on the 16th September, where we, and a whole host of businesses and individuals, will not be posting on social media for a whole 24 hours.

Alice-Sponsored-Silence-Nov-2014The idea for the social silence was inspired by the story of Alice Bridge. In November 2014, Alice took part in a one day sponsored silence to raise money in memory of her family friend, Anne, who died of the rare form of Head & Neck Cancer, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC).

Alice raised £300 for Get A-Head, the charity were so impressed by her story that she is now fronting Get A-Head social media campaign – the social media silence.

On the 16th September, Get A-Head would like to encourage people not to post on social media for 24 hours – using the hashtag #GAHSocialSilence to indicate you will not be posting on the day.

The social silence will help to raise awareness of the damaging effects of head and neck diseases. Some individuals may suffer from difficulties speaking due to their voicebox being removed. Louise Newton, Charity Manager of Get A-Head, said this about why the social silence campaign will help raise awareness of individuals who suffer from head and neck diseases.

“In the work that we do, we see patients that lose their voice, which is just one of many devastating effects of head and neck cancer, which means their main means of communication is lost. Individuals who contribute to the one-day social media silence will gain an insight into what losing that ability to communicate can mean even for a short time.”

If you would like to get involved with the campaign, simply tweet that you will not be posting for 24 hours using the hash tag #GAHSocialSilence – #CharityUKNews will be involved, why don’t you join too!

Get A – Head have set up a fundraising text code for the campaign too, if you would like to donate. Just text SHHH24 £3 to 70070 to donate to Get A–Head.

Just think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush to Heaven

It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know.

It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things

Whoever said that loss gets easier with time was a liar. Here’s what really happens:
The spaces between the times you miss them grow longer.
Then, when you do remember to miss them again, it’s still with a stabbing pain to the heart.
And you have guilt. Guilt because it’s been too long since you missed them last.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

don’t think of it as dying said death. just think of it as leaving early to avoid the rush

Before you do anything remember everyone cares



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