Author: John Guinn

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service: “Please do not light bonfires”

On Sunday 5 April, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) attended 12 bonfires. Two were serious fires; one a fire in a rear garden that spread to the property. Ten per cent of the property was damaged by fire and fifty per cent was damaged by smoke.

The other was a fire involving a large amount of building materials which was left unattended. The home owner was located and advice given by the fire service and police.

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Cranfield University helps create new low-cost, simple ventilators for COVID-19 patients

A simple Bag Valve Mask (BVM) ventilator to help critically-ill COVID-19 patients has been designed at Cranfield University.

The makeshift ventilator can serve two patients simultaneously. The University says that due to the flat-pack design it can be quickly manufactured at scale. Adding that the cost is less than £75 ($100) per unit.

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Singing your heart out to raise money for Heart Research UK

A long term supporter of national charity Heart Research UK, Ric Cipriani, from Cheltenham, is hosting a live Facebook concert to raise funds for the charity.

will be grabbing his guitar and singing his heart out from 19:00 – 20:00 on Wednesday the 8th April, live on Facebook.

Ric first became involved with Heart Research UK six years ago, after his grandfather sadly passed away due to heart disease.

Since then, he has raised over £15,000 for the charity, running marathons, dressing us as Santa, and playing charity gigs.

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14 cases of fake or unlicensed COVID-19 medical products investigated

An increasing number of bogus medical products being sold through unauthorised websites claiming to treat or prevent COVID-19 are being investigated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

These include self-testing kits, ‘miracle cures’, ‘antiviral misting sprays’, and unlicensed medicines.

At this time, there are currently no medicines licensed specifically for the treatment or prevention of COVID-19 and there are no CE marked self-testing kits approved for home use

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