PUBLISHED: 14:51 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 27 September 2018 Daniel Bennett Alistair Wallace and his family with the cheque which was given to EACH. Picture: Supplied by EACH. Archant Three Norfolk friends who have taken part in a charity bike ride from Land’s End to John O’ Groats have donated £2,145 to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Alistair Wallace from Elsing, James Walsgrove from Easton and Rob Claxton from Toftwood biked the 900 plus miles in memory of Simon Williams, who died in June from a short illness and subsequent heart failure.The money will go towards the charity’s nook appeal, which is aiming to transform children’s palliative care in Norfolk by building a brand new, bigger hospice.Alistair, who owns A&M Motors in Lenwade, said: “I mentioned my ride to Simon in my last conversation with him and he laughed saying ‘What? On one of those things without … [Read more...] about Land’s End to John O’ Groats charity cycle raises over £2000 for children’s hospices appeal
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0 Have your say I for one was delighted to see Scotland’s First Minister lead the Pride march in Glasgow on Saturday. A cynic might suggest that it provided the perfect excuse as to why she wasn’t joining the anti-Trump marches in Edinburgh at the same time.Such a cynic though would face a barrage of harsh criticism from those who’d point to Nicola Sturgeon’s record on LGBT issues. There’s no doubt she’s an ally of the LGBT community and a powerful one at that, but as that well-known sage and philosopher Spider-Man might say: “With great power comes great responsibility.” And that’s the catch.Standing at the front of the march wearing a rainbow coloured “Choose Love” T-shirt will inevitability force greater scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s record and there’s one stand-out sore point to focus on: the funding of HIV services.READ MORE: Kezia Dugdale: Independent Scotland … [Read more...] about Kezia Dugdale: Sturgeon can have no “pride” over HIV services
It’s no secret that in Germany, Versicherung, or insurance, is king. Whether it is to cover your home, car, work-life or person, you want to make sure that you are in-the-know about which services you should have. We are here to help with a full guide to the different types of insurances and when you might need them. Insurance for when you’re sick With so many different kinds of health insurance, it's good to know the differences. Photo: DPA Krankenversicherung (health insurance) is the mack-daddy of all insurances, because without health insurance you are not even allowed to be in the country. There are two basic types of health insurance in Germany - public and private. And trust us, there are some big differences between the two. Public, or statutory health insurance, is required for everyone earning less than €4,462.50 per month, or €53,550 per year, and what you pay as a … [Read more...] about What you need to know about the complicated world of German insurance
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and I, for one, fully back all efforts to profile a area of healthcare which is often referred to as the ‘Cinderella service’. Mental illness affects everyone, young and old alike. I challenge anybody to say that they have not suffered depression, however mild, or stress in their lives and subsequently suffered a mental episode.Of course, there are various degrees of mental illness, ranging from the mild to the extreme and where, to some it remains a taboo subject, more and more people are talking about it and recognising it for what it is – a prime example being the group of students I met recently at High Tunstall, who were working on a project to raise awareness of mental health issues amongst young people.In these days of austerity and added pressure on individuals and families, demands placed on NHS mental health services are increasing, and yet it is an area of health care that remains chronically underfunded and … [Read more...] about Mike Hill MP: Mental health service is chronically underfunded
When my mother prayed - when she remembered what prayer was - she asked every saint to please let her die in her sleep. In late 2016, my mom died that way, in her own bed, one week past her 101st birthday. One of my sisters and I were curled around her, asleep ourselves.My mom's death was perfect, and hospice helped. But her dementia made enrolling her and keeping her in hospice nearly impossible. She died during her second stint in hospice.The year she died, I had reached out to a hospice and palliative-care agency because my mom seemed to be heading downhill fast.A gerontologist had diagnosed my mom with late-stage dementia and encouraged us to place her in nursing care. My mom needed help with dressing and using the bathroom. She wasn't bedridden, but bone-crunching osteoarthritis and worsening cognitive issues kept her marooned in a chair. She could feed herself once a plate of food was set in front of her. She spoke, but not a lot, unless she was in full-blown agitation.By then, … [Read more...] about At 100, my mom had dementia and needed hospice care. Getting it was nearly impossible.