Category: Cancer Research UK, Health
Cancer Research charity officials are growing increasingly concerned that under age girls are still determined to use sunbeds, no matter the consequences. New studies report that many girls under 18 are still regularly using sunbeds, even though they are actually breaking the law.
The study found that many 15-18 year old girls are still willing to risk their health, even though they know the risks of using a sunbed. Many think that a tan not only makes them feel confident, but also that they feel healthier with a glow.
Sundbeds were made illegal for under 18’s in 2011, a year after a Cancer Research study showed more than 250,000 children aged between 11 and 17 in England were regularly using sunbeds. Tanning salons are now required to ask for identification from people when booking a course, but not all staff are stringent in their supervision.
Head of the study, Dr Jeffrey Lake, said –
The research shows us that the desire for tanned skin in young people is blinding them to the potential long-term health risks associated with regularly using sunbeds. We’re finding that their worries are cosmetic when they should really be thinking about the unseen damage they’re inflicting on themselves.
This report comes just a week before Cancer Research relaunch their ‘R UV UGLY?’ campaign, which will see people offered free scans at skin clinics around the country. These will be able to show people the hidden damage beneath the skin’s surface through overexposure to UV sunbeams, and of course the sun; the biggest sunbed in the world!
Co-author of the study, Catherine Thomson, said –
It’s worrying to see that, in some areas of the UK, half of all 15-17 year old girls are using sunbeds on a regular basis. Introducing the legislation banning sunbed use by under 18s was vital to protect younger people from the harmful effects of UV. But proper supervision in salons is essential to combat the determination of teenagers to get round laws that are there for their own protection.
Let’s hope that many people make use of the free skin clinic scans to see how much they may have been affected by UV damage. Tanning salons need to clamp down on under age usage, as a young person’s skin should be not be hammered with UV from an early age. Full ID should be shown and scanned into the system to prove the age of the person booking the course to ensure that nobody is breaking the law. These preventions were put into place for a reason.
Category: Donation4Charity, Health
If you’re looking for a totally unique way to raise funds for charity, why not take part in the #Starlight Hike for Sue Ryder? These amazing 10 kilometre hikes will be taking place across the country during September 2012 and are a fantastic way to keep fit. The courses are held in a great selection of beautiful locations across the UK, including –
- plus many more.
Each course is completely individual, and when taken in the evening under the stars, is sure to be a delight. Before many of the hikes start there is some entertainment and a fun warm up, but remember to bring your torch and some warm clothing! You even receive a free t-shirt, plus a hot breakfast to warm you up after the your hike.
The money you raise goes a long way to help Sue Ryder to provide long term care to people living with life changing illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, strokes, brain injuries and many others.
Karen Martin, who was walking for St. Jonh’s Hospice, said –
I am doing the midnight walk this year in memory of my wonderful Dad. Dad spent his last week at Sue Ryder, St John’s. We will always be grateful for the care, respect and support Dad received during this time. The same support was given to the rest of our family and really helped us all through a very difficult time. The nurses and family support staff were amazing, they couldn’t do enough for our family and were always available whenever any of us needed them.
If you are interested in taking part in a Sue Ryder Starlight Hike at one of their beautiful locations in the UK, simply click on the link below to find out more information and the nearest site to you. By taking part, you’ll be spreading an extra bit of Starlight sparkle, and helping to provide much needed funds to aid the amazing work of the Sue Ryder charity.
> > Click here for more info on Starlight Hikes
Do you fancy taking a 4 day bike ride from London to Paris in aid of the Merlin charity between 27 June – 1st July 2012? The journey is designed for people of average fitness, though some training is definitely advisable to prepare for riding on 4 consecutive days.
During the course of the trip you will travel around 300 miles the heart of Paris in 4 days, via the beautiful countryside of Northern France, through the Champs Elysees and finishing at the Eiffel Tower! As part of your trip you will receive –
- One way ferry crossing from Dover to Calais
- One way Eurostar ticket from Paris to London
- All meals during the challenge
- All accommodation
- Cycle guides and mechanics
You will also receive two free Merlin T-shirts or vests along with your fundraising pack which included stickers, balloons, and a collection tin! Plus you will begiven handy training advice to ensure you don’t jump in at the deep end and do yourself a mischief!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call 0207 014 1707.
Minimum sponsorship pledge £1650 with a registration fee of £149. 80% of your sponsorship needs to be in by Friday 4th May 2012, so you’ve got exactly a month to get the initial funds together.
So why not take the plunge and join this amazing 4 day cycle to Paris, and help raise much needed funds to aid Marlin’s continued lifesaving work across the globe.
One of our Donation4Charity friends has just embarked upon a 400km cycle across Kenya in aid of a selection of different cancer charities. Jess Markwood, who is not just a fitness guru but also an ace poker player, will be keeping us up to date of her amazing journey. So far Jess has raised just under an amazing £5,000, so we asked her a few questions before she headed out into the unknown to complete this epic journey.
Can you tell us a little about what you are doing?
The challenge is called Women V Cancer. I’m cycling 400km (250 miles) over five days across Kenya with a group of 89 other women raising funds for three very deserving women’s cancer charities –
A donation will also be made to support cancer care in Kenya. Our route takes us through the Rift Valley, over Mount Kenya, which happens to be the second tallest mountain in Africa. We’ll be cycling on and off road through savannah plains, wildlife game parks, tropical rainforests and traditional villages. The trip has been organised by a fantastic company called Action for Charity.
How much training has been involved?
A LOT! I’ve been in the gym about three times a week for the last 8 months and then taking long bike rides at the weekends, dragging my poor boyfriend all over England! I’m told the fitter I can be the more I’ll enjoy the challenge obviously, although given that before I signed up to this challenge almost two years ago I didn’t do any exercise at all it’s meant a total lifestyle change.
Why have you chosen these charities?
I’ve been touched by cancer a few too many times in my life already; my dad died of the horrid disease when I was just nine years old and a school friend died of leukaemia aged just 11. In the last couple of years I’ve known three female friends who have all battled and survived cancer so it felt only right that I should help to raise much needed funds for three women’s cancer charities.
Jess will be updating her Dollymix blog along the way if you would like to follow her journey, or you could click on the link below to make a donation to this amazing charity challenge. She has already raised an amazing £4,940 of her £5000 target, so just an extra £60 will push her through the breakthrough barrier.
50 miles a day? Phew! We at Donation4Charity will be cheering her on. From our desks. Drinking a cup of tea. With a biscuit! GO JESS!!!!
Category: Cancer Research UK, Health
Over 100 ‘pink ladies’ drove decorated tractors through Norfolk in July 2011, raising a whopping £36,000 for Cancer Research UK. The annual Ladies’ Tractor Road Run was conceived by Annie and John Chapman to raise funds for the Join the Fight campaign, and thanks to this amazing event a special treat is now in store for Annie!
Annie won the Cancer Research 2008 award for Volunteer of the Year when the event broke the £100,000 barrier, and in the 3 years since the Tractor Run has now raised over £200,000 for the health charity! Annie has now been chosen out of thousands of nominees to light the way at the London 2012 Olympics as a torchbearer, though whether she’ll be driving her tractor with the flame I guess we’ll have to wait and see!
The Ladies’ Tractor Road Run first began in 2003 involving 50 tractors, and raised an amazing £16,500. Yet thanks to Annie’s hard work and connections, the event continues to go from strength to strength as more people join in this interesting and innovative charity event .
Annie, said –
This event has taken on a life of its own. It’s driven by the remarkable determination, generosity and courage of a lot of special people. Each year I say it, and each year I mean it; it’s about more than money.
Congratulations to Annie for all the charity work she has put in over the last 9 years, and we’ll definitely be keeping our eye out for her during the torchbearer’s challenge. You go girl!!
Help Cancer Research with a Charity Gift
You can also help by purchasing a charity gift from the Cancer Research gift shop. There is a great selection of gifts to choose from, plus they offer a great gift wrapping service and super fast delivery. Plus you have the piece of mind to know that all profits are going towards the fight to help beat cancer.
> > Click here to visit the Cancer Research gift shop
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The Journal has just voted the Merlin charity into their top 25 in the world! This amazing recognition saw the magazine assess different charities on their –
alongside their financial and strategic management. To be voted into the top 25 charities in the world is some feat, something Merlin officials are over the moon about.
Merlin Chief Executive, Carolyn Miller, said –
I’ve been Chief Executive of Merlin for seven years and I’m immensely proud to see that Merlin has been named in the top 25 charities in the world by Global Journal. For a lesser known charity like Merlin to receive such recognition is high praise. Many of the other organisations on the list are far better-known or bigger, so for our achievements to be in the spotlight is great to see.
Merlin is not one of the best known charities, but their life saving work across the globe is just as important as the tasks carried out by their more esteemed colleagues. Their medical teams work in some of the most poverty stricken countries in the world and treat around 9.5 million people each year.
Currently working in 15 countries, plans to increase this number will see Merlin’s front line workers treat up to 15 million people by 2015, quite an astounding figure! Congratulations to them and all their staff in receiving this amazing honour and long may their work continue in helping those most in need get back on their feet.
Semi Finalists in Britain’s Got Talent, Out of the Blue, will be performing in aid of the UCARE health charity on Saturday 3rd March 2012 at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford. The local a cappella group, will be delivering a sumptuous vocal spectacle combining irrepressible energy with infectious musicality for one night only.
All profits from the show will be in aid of UCARE (Urology Cancer and Research Education), who’s aim is to improve the treatment of cancer patients not just through research, but also education.
Out of the Blue, who have recently toured the States and Spain, are one of UK’s premier acts after their show stopping performances on Britain’s Got Talent. To ensure your tickets, please call 01865 767777 or email email@example.com for what promises to be an amazing evening.
Football hard man turned actor Vinnie Jones has found the time between Hollywood blockbusters to star in this hilarious advert for heath charity The British Heart Foundation. Known for his no nonsense attitude both on and off the screen, Vinny uses his tough guy persona to perfection here as he explains the best way to help revive someone with hands only CPR.
Believe me, you have to see this to believe it!
Vinnie said –
There really shouldn’t be any messing about when it comes to CPR. If you’re worried about the kiss of life just forget it and push hard and fast in the centre of the chest to Stayin’ Alive. Hands-only CPR should give have-a-go heroes the confidence to step in and help when somebody is in cardiac arrest.
Brilliant eh?! What a fantastic way to advertise a simple method of possibly saving someone’s life. Nice to see Errol from ‘Snatch’ getting his groove on in the background, looks like he’s been at the pies a bit though!
The Merlin charity has recently opened four new maternity waiting homes across the Kweke district of Zimbabwe. These homes are perfect for pregnant women to stay in before they give birth as they are only minutes away from trained health workers. With up to eight women dying every day due to complications during birth, these maternity homes will not only provide shelter, but also save lives.
With Zimbabwe witnessing a dramatic decline in health service delivery over the last 10 years, Merlin is now working with the internal Ministry of Health to try and help increase survival rates during childbirth. The harsh reality is that without these homes, pregnant women will have to travel miles on foot to reach a health facility before going into labour, putting extra strain on both mother and child.
Merlin’s Director of Health and Policy, Linda Doull, said –
These waiting homes provide a crucial safety net for women who would have otherwise given birth at home, often alone or with an untrained birth attendant. They will help to lower both child and maternal mortality.
Each maternity waiting home can accommodate up to eight women, and has bedrooms, cooking and laundry facilities, plus a toilet and shower. The waiting homes were also created using contractors from the local community, and built with locally sourced materials. More of these homes are being planned to help prevent unnecessary maternal deaths, so if you would like to make a donation to help fund this amazing project, simply click on the link below to make a pledge.
Bubbalicious is the UK’s first ever social networking website specifically designed for teenage mums and dads. There’s loads of interesting things to do on the website and if when you register you will be entered into a free prize draw to win a ‘grobag’ baby’s sleeping bag.
On the website you will find great info and advice on breastfeeding, how to stop smoking during pregnancy and tips on how to get your baby to sleep. The site also caters for young dads too, so don’t think that Bubbalicious is just for women. There’s also a really helpful Q&A section where you can asking questions and chat with other people who are going through the same things as you.
Simply click on the link below to register with Bubbalicious, or simply have a look around the website. If you’re a young parent, this is a great place to talk to other people and share your experiences in a friendly online environment.