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



A fourteen year old girl committed suicide

Lyrics by Nathan Grisdale ”To Young to Die”

Story starts in a graveyard
A fourteen year old girl committed suicide
As the priest pronounces “Rest in Peace”
Her mother breaks down in tears
Her daddy just stares at the distant trees

The strange thing is a week ago
she was fine and you never would have known what happened
So suddenly, now her family’s thinking what could it be?
They’re asking round school “was she getting bullied?
Did she ever seem upset, did she ever seem worried”?
The search must go on

Fourteen years is a short life
Too young to die

Let’s take it back four weeks ago
She was having a hard time at school
She was feeling low
Waiting for home time
Where she gets alone time
And sits in her bedroom crying
Cuts off the phone line

Decides to take off her make-up and post a picture on Facebook
To show the bullies at school that she didn’t care how her face looked
The comments came rolling in: “You’re ugly, you don’t fit in”
This went on for two weeks; Too weeks the bullies just won’t give in

Fourteen years is a short life
Too young to die

Every night was the same
Bulling going on like again
None of this was her fault but she took the blame
Everywhere that she goes, people are taking the mick out of her clothes
And the way she walks and the way she talks
The sadness inside of her grows
It’s all getting too much to bare
There’s no-one to talk to ’cause nobody cares
She empties a bottle of pills
Says her final prayers; “goodbye”

Fourteen years is a short life
Too young to die

If you can relate to these words – Please don’t end your life – There not worth it – DO NOT DELAY – PLEASE CALL The Samaritans NOW

It should also be against the law to smoke whilst pregnant

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including truly nasty things like cyanide, lead, and at least 60 cancer-causing compounds. When you smoke during pregnancy, that toxic brew gets into your bloodstream, your baby’s only source of oxygen and nutrients.

The most serious complications — including stillbirth, premature delivery, and low birth weight — can be chalked up to the fact that nicotine and carbon monoxide work together to reduce your baby’s supply of oxygen. Nicotine chokes off oxygen by narrowing blood vessels throughout your body, including the ones in the umbilical cord. It’s a little like forcing your baby to breathe through a narrow straw. To make matters worse, the red blood cells that carry oxygen start to pick up molecules of carbon monoxide instead. Suddenly, that narrow straw doesn’t even hold as much oxygen as it should.

A shortage of oxygen can have devastating effects on your baby’s growth and development. On average, smoking during pregnancy doubles the chances that a baby will be born too early or weigh less than 5 1/2 pounds at birth. Smoking also more than doubles the risk of stillbirth.

Every cigarette you smoke increases the risks to your pregnancy. A few cigarettes a day are safer than a whole pack, but the difference isn’t as great as you might think. A smoker’s body is especially sensitive to the first doses of nicotine each day, and even just one or two cigarettes will significantly tighten blood vessels. That’s why even a “light” habit can have an outsize effect on your baby’s health.

On average, a pack-a-day habit during pregnancy will shave about a half-pound from a baby’s birth weight. Smoking two packs a day throughout your pregnancy could make your baby a full pound or more lighter. While some women may welcome the prospect of delivering a smaller baby, stunting a baby’s growth in the womb can have negative consequences that last a lifetime.

Undersize babies tend to have underdeveloped bodies. Their lungs may not be ready to work on their own, which means they may spend their first days or weeks attached to a respirator. After they’re breathing on their own (or even if they did from the start), these babies may have continuing breathing problems — because of delayed lung development or other adverse effects of nicotine. Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are especially vulnerable to asthma, and have double or even triple the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Smoking during pregnancy can have lifelong effects on your baby’s brain. Children of pregnant smokers are especially likely to have learning disorders, behavioral problems, and relatively low IQs.

For more information check out the NHS Website Why should I stop smoking if I’m pregnant?



VJ Day 70 Anniversary

Her Majesty The Queen and members of The Royal Family will attend a series of events on Saturday 15 August 2015 in London to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

Members of the public are being encouraged to support this anniversary by lining Whitehall in Central London to watch a spectacular flypast of historic and modern military aircraft, view the drumhead service taking place in Horse Guards Parade on big screens, and cheer on the veterans as they parade supported by military bands and current personnel in honour of the role they played in the Second World War.

Visit VJ Day 70 for more information about the event and how you can take part. You can also join the conversation online by following #VJDay70.

Commemorations will be held to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Victory over Japan Day on Saturday 15 August 2015 in Central London.

Never follow anybody who hasn’t asked “why”

Why do people kill themselves?

I think they do it when they can no longer find a reason to keep going. When nothing in their lives is good enough to balance out the bad. And they do it when they no longer have the courage to carry on past some recent painful experience. They commit what is, in the end, a desperate, final call for help, that is hopefully heard in time by someone else.

And what if it’s not heard in time? I ask although I know the answer.

Sadly then they die.

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