UK Police Unity Tour 2015 – Team Northants Ride In Memory of Fallen Officers

In July 2013, 25 riders and a support team set off from the National Police Memorial in London, making the journey across six counties to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Following the success of the ride a committee was formed to take the idea forward.

In July 2014, the tour included representatives from Police Forces around the UK, raising in excess of £45,000 to aid the work of Care of Police Survivors (UK).

This year PC Robert Steven and PC Neil Cowley are cycling 170m from London to Staffordshire for Care of Police Survivors charity who support and care for families left behind. They have entered this event as a representatives of Northamptonshire Police Service, “Team Northants”.

PC Steven’s says:

The thin blue line continues to get ever thinner as the loss of police colleagues occurs more frequently. With the murder of Greater Manchester officers, PC’s Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, in 2012 and then PC Andrew Duncan who was killed in a hit and run last year – the world of policing becomes an increasingly dangerous place to be.

The National Police Memorial at the corner of The Mall and Horse Guards in London is the starting point for the UK Police Unity Tour. The memorial contains an inscribed roll of honour with the names of approximately 1600 officers killed whilst on duty.

Every penny you donate help’s this amazing Charity – Thank You


#RareDiseaseDay ♥ Pays tribute to the millions living with rare disease ♥

Rare Disease Day 2015 puts the focus on the daily lives of patients, families and caregivers who are Living with a Rare Disease.

Over 6000 different rare diseases have been identified to date, directly affecting the daily life of more than 30 million people in Europe alone. The complex nature of rare diseases, coupled with limited access to treatment and services, means that family members are often the primary source of solidarity, support and care for their loved ones. The Rare Disease Day 2015 theme Living with a Rare Disease pays tribute to the millions and millions of parents, siblings, grandparents, spouses, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends whose daily lives are impacted and who are living day-by-day, hand-in-hand with rare disease patients.

Typically chronic and debilitating, rare diseases have enormous repercussions for the whole family. Living with a rare disease becomes a daily learning experience for patients and families. Though they have different names and different symptoms, rare diseases impact the daily lives of patients and families in similar ways.

In Europe, there are many initiatives designed to improve daily life: Developing and facilitating access to diagnostics and treatments can change the day-to-day reality for someone with a rare disease.  Identifying and improving access to specialised social services for rare diseases enables families to improve the quality of daily life. RareConnect, EURORDIS’ moderated multi-language online social forum, allows people with rare diseases to break their isolation and to connect and share experiences. Please visit the Living with a rare disease section of the EURORDIS website to learn more about the daily challenges of living day-by-day, hand-in-hand with a rare disease and the ways in which patients and families are meeting these challenges.

Watch and Share the Official Rare Disease Day 2015 Video!

Raise a Pint and Remember Sebastion Gates Founder of @SebsActionTrust Charity

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In June 2001, at the age of 7, Sebastian Gates was diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumour – a rare form of childhood cancer. Over the next two-and-a-half years he endured many operations, a stem-cell transplant, scores of chemotherapy courses and radiotherapy. Sadly, Sebastian died on Christmas Eve 2003.

Throughout his illness, Sebastian showed remarkable courage and a maturity that belied his nine years. Sebastian’s approach to his cancer was always positive and a source of inspiration to all who met him. Instead of focusing on himself, Sebastian sought opportunities to help others through their individual battles with illness and disease.

Having raised the funds required for a much-needed refurbishment of the Children’s Cancer Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Sebastian turned his attention to the plight of families struggling to cope with all that accompanies a child’s battle with a life-threatening condition.

In the month before he died, Sebastian launched a new fundraising drive to establish a holiday home that would provide somewhere exclusively for families to spend precious time together, away from the hospitals and punishing treatment programmes that govern the lives of cancer patients and others with life-threatening conditions. Sebastian believed the holiday home should be available all year and should offer respite breaks to families with sick youngsters.

Sebastian’s Action Trust has created the UK’s only purpose-built facility that offers respite holidays to very sick children and their families, enabling precious time to be spent together.

The house, called The Bluebells, has been built  in the pretty Hampshire village of North Waltham. It opened in July 2011.  Nothing like this previously existed in the UK, making The Bluebells the first of its kind and Sebastian’s vision all the more exceptional.

Family Outreach Hub, in Slough Berkshire, provides a welcome drop-in centre for families of seriously-ill children, enabling them to access advice, guidance, advocacy, counselling and therapeutic support in order to address some of the critical issues they face on a daily basis.

They also give emotional, social and practical support in many different forms, through an outreach service to families of children battling with life-limiting illnesses and provide meaningful assistance at critical times to those exhausted by the stresses of hospital life and their child’s gruelling treatment.

The Trust does not have a restrictive geographical catchment area and already supports families in the South East, principally from Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire; however, they are happy to welcome families from outside these areas for respite breaks at The Bluebells.

At Sebastian’s Action Trust, they care about making life a little easier for these children and young people. With your help they can continue to give support where and when it is needed.

There are a great variety of ways in which you could choose to donate funds to Sebastian’s Action Trust.

Listen to your heart with mending broken hearts appeal

Heart conditions include angina, heart attack, heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms – as well as many other conditions including congenital heart disease and inherited heart conditions.

Sometimes, understanding your heart problem and knowing the facts can help you come to terms with it and help you to feel less worried.

Help The Heart Foundation with a donation, which will help fund research into many of these conditions. For example, though our Mending Broken Hearts appeal we’re funding pioneering research into heart failure which could help the thousands of people in the UK with this debilitating condition.

Call the heart foundation on 0300 330 0633 to use your credit or debit card to pay in money you’ve raised, or to make a donation. Make sure you let them know you want to support the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.


“Why Does He Do That? That’s the number one question, isn’t it?

“Why Does He Do That?
That’s the number one question, isn’t it?

Maybe it’s his drinking, you say. Maybe it’s his learning disabilities. It’s his job, he hates it. He’s stressed. I think he’s bipolar. It’s his mother’s fault, she spoiled him rotten. It’s the drugs. If only he didn’t use. It’s his temper. He’s selfish. It’s the pornography, he’s obsessed….

The list could go on and on. You could spend many years trying to pinpoint it and never get a definite answer. The fact is, many people have these problems and they aren’t abusive. Just because someone is an alcoholic doesn’t mean he is abusive. Men hate their jobs all the time and aren’t abusive. Bipolar? Okay. Stressed? Who isn’t! Do you see where I am going with this?

Off the subject a bit, when someone commits a violent crime, they always report in the news about his possible motive. As human beings, we need to somehow make sense of things. If someone murders someone, do you think it makes the family of the victim feel better to know the murderer’s motive?  No. Except for self-defense, there really is no excuse for murder. Motive, if there is any, is irrelevant.

The same is true of abuse. You could spend your whole life going round and round trying to figure out why. The truth is, the why doesn’t matter. There are only two reasons why men commit abuse — because they want to do so and because they can.

You want to know why. In many ways, you might feel like you need to know. But, if you could come up with a reason or a motive, it wouldn’t help you. Maybe you believe that if you did this or that differently, he wouldn’t have abused you. That is faulty thinking and won’t help you get better. You didn’t do anything to cause the abuse. No matter what you said, no matter what you did, you didn’t deserve to be abused.

You are the victim and it won’t help you to know why he supposedly abused you. No matter what his reason, there is no excuse for abuse. You are not to blame.

24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline

A Tribute to Chris Kyle – Taken To Soon


War hero releases book to support The Parachute Regiment Charity

Reg Curtis, 94, from Chestfield, uses his vivid wartime memories and clear recollections of living through conflict to tell his story, titled The Memory Endures. The story follows the life of Mr Curtis, a Grenadier Guardsman and pioneer of the Parachute Regiment, now one of the last surviving members of the Regiment’s original 1st Battalion, initially known as No. 2 Commando when formed in 1940

Mr Curtis is one of only a handful of the original Para commandos still alive. He lost a leg in the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944 and is confined to a wheelchair. As a member of the Parachute Regiment, Mr Curtis parachuted into Arnhem on the September 17, 1944.

He was shot on September 18 and then spent six days and nights in a field hospital in the midst of the battle as its perimeter drew ever closer around them. On September 26 he was captured and became a prisoner of war. His right leg was amputated while he was in captivity.

When he returned home at the end of the war, Mr Curtis became a landscape gardener and built his own house in Chestfield.

All profits raised from the sale of this book will go to The Parachute Regiment Charity.

The charity provides mobility equipment and disability conversion of vehicles, remedial courses to assist those recovering from wounds, vocational courses to assist soldiers in adapting back into civilian life and more.

To order The Memory Endures for the cover price of £20 plus p&p please: E-mail: to arrange payment and delivery


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