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Three Years Ago I Couldn't Walk, But I've Just Run The London Marathon

James Upfield | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Upfield

Before I get to the end of the race let me briefly tell you about the beginning. My journey to running the marathon started three years ago when I was diagnosed with stage four mouth and throat cancer. During surgery, I died twice on the operating table, and aggressive radiotherapy meant I developed motor neurone disease.

The Importance Of Local Charities

Marc Gulwell | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Gulwell

The importance of local sight loss charities for me is not explainable in a short blog. It is something that if you have any degree of sight loss, you should access. Use the services and seek the advice. The staff at any of these organisations are there not just to help, but to care.

Good Things Happen When Universities And Businesses Join Forces

Professor John Raftery | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK
Professor John Raftery

Yes, universities should be globally focused. Yes, they should contribute to knowledge through their powerful research. But initiatives like the Big Idea Challenge show how those closer to home can be inspired to walk a different path. Even if they never pass through our doors.

Why Scottish Nurse Pauline Cafferkey's Trip To Sierra Leone Is So Vital For The Ebola Orphans Still Living With The Virus' Devastating Impact

Imogen Calderwood | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Imogen Calderwood

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey hit the headlines in December 2014 when she became the first person in the UK to be diagnosed with Ebola during the devastatin...

Nepal's 'Invisible' Children Are Still Falling Through The Net Two Years After The Earthquake

Imogen Calderwood | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK
Imogen Calderwood

Today, as we look back to the 9,000 lives lost in the devastating earthquake of 2015, we must also look to the future, to the work that still needs to be done in Nepal to build resilience, to help lessen the impact that disasters like this have on the most marginalised communities.

Why Sugar Is Bad For Your Brain

Katrin Nürnberger | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katrin Nürnberger

We all know that eating too much sugar can cause physical health problems such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes. But did you know a diet high in sugar-laden desserts and processed foods can also have a negative impact on mental health?

Protecting Animals Is Key To Averting Drought Disaster

Geoffrey Dennis | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Geoffrey Dennis

Our work is local, community-focused and takes place away from the media spotlight. With attention turning once again to east Africa and another malnutrition crisis, the international community must learn the lessons of past failures. Once the animals are gone, we have lost all hope of protecting livelihoods and sustainable communities. If a future of dependency is our only solution, we will have failed once again.

Failing Children In Dunkirk

Lily Caprani | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK
Lily Caprani

We must learn from what happened in Calais, when the UK showed it could do what it takes to get children to safety in a crisis. Similar support must be given to children in Dunkirk currently facing an uncertain future, to prevent these children disappearing and falling into the hands of traffickers looking to exploit them.

I Lived On Trains For Five Years

Corky Clubman | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK
Corky Clubman

When you feel encased in doom and gloom, you're unable to look out of the window to see what's on the horizon. Crisis is like the window, the light in the attic. Shining the light in the darkness. That is what Crisis is.

How To Eat For Less

Alexandra Johnson | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Johnson

I envy her lifestyle and her commitment to her values, I covet her retirement and although unable to copy her wholly at present (a first floor shoebox of a flat puts paid to any such day dreams of home grown veg, or a large freezer) I try to follow her lead as best I can: minimising food waste as much as possible, freezing anything close to its use by date, and implementing a simple cupboard stock rotation.

Little England, Little Thinking

Joel Durston | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

So let's speak up for foreign aid...even if selfishly.

Rich Kids Of Instagram Donate Thousands To Help Children Living In Slums

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Known for private yacht parties, mid-week bar tabs that run into the thousands, and popping bottles of Cristal champagne just to pour them into the oc...

Is Social Media Socially Isolating?

Sophie Andrews | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Tech
Sophie Andrews

Platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr and even old-school Facebook have become the social life-blood of the so-called 'digitally native' generation - with new channels constantly springing up. For millions, communication by social media puts them instantly in touch with a network of people they call friends online.

Thrill-Seeking Grandpa Becomes World's Oldest Person To Ride A Rollercoaster At 105 Years Old

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Grandfather Jack Reynolds doesn’t like to take things easy on his birthday. Last year he stole our hearts when he got a tattoo - at 104 years old - ...

How The £30-A-Week Cut To ESA Will Have A Devastating Impact For People With A Learning Disability, Like Me

Danny Brice | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Danny Brice

But this week, the Government has brought in a cut to a key disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, that I and thousands of disabled people rely on. For new people claiming this benefit from April 1st, they will receive £30 a week less. That is a huge amount when you think so many disabled people live in poverty.

Being Mum And Dad

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

She died so suddenly that Rio expressed that he barely had time to absorb the news before she had already 'slipped away' from them leaving him with the huge task of raising three small children alone. He has risen to the challenge and has discovered that he is doing well considering he is being Mum and Dad. As a viewer you think, thank God those children have him.

The Refugee Crisis In Calais: Forgotten But Not Gone

Adam Isaacs | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK
Adam Isaacs

It had been about five months since my last visit to Calais, volunteering in the warehouse and visiting the 'Jungle' camp. Hundreds of volunteers line...

Holding On To Life

Frances Harrison | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Frances Harrison

Tired and in shock, he leans on her shoulder as if it were his mother's. His reddened eyes keep on closing as he nods off, drained by sleepless nights...

Let's Help Team GB's Paralympians Fulfil Their Dreams In Tokyo

Sudhir Choudhrie | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Sport
Sudhir Choudhrie

UK Sport's decision to strip Wheelchair Rugby of its £750,000 a year funding was a chastening reminder that disabled sport in Britain remains a poor relation, struggling to keep its head above water.

Being A Woman, Becoming A CEO

Robin Boles | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Robin Boles

I'm the younger child from a Jewish family with parents who encouraged me to do the very best at everything I tried. With my mother being a phys-ed te...

First For UK Safer Internet Centre And Everton Football Club

Susie Hargreaves | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Sport
Susie Hargreaves

Today, the workshops are up and running throughout Everton Football Club's communities. The goal of the project, if I can use that pun, is to educate young men to understand what healthy/appropriate relationships look like and then apply this learning to keeping safe online. Andy, who runs the workshops aided by the Everton Safeguarding Team, is not only an e-safety expert trainer, but also a Football Coach, so he's been able to make an immediate connection with all the young men participating.

How To Explain The Westminster Attacks To Your Children

Scott Salter | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Scott Salter

Talk to children using words they understand and are appropriate for their age. It's best to use honest, clear language if possible. It's probably best to tell children information a bit at a time, giving them the opportunity to come back with more questions. Older children will want and be able to handle more information.

It's Still A Man's World: Gender Inequality In The Arts

Nicky Goulder | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Nicky Goulder

Nicky Goulder working with a participant during a Create project Earlier this month it was inspiring to see high-profile and widespread recognition o...

Volunteering Abroad Renews Your Sense Of Pride And Faith In The NHS

Manish Raval | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK
Manish Raval

I'm an anaesthetist and volunteer for blindness prevention charity Orbis. We operate the Flying Eye Hospital, which is a teaching facility with both a...

Why Alan Turing's Family Charity Is Putting Computers In African Schools

James Turing | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
James Turing

As my great uncle Alan Turing once said, 'we can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.' I couldn't agree more.