Category: Charity

Mabel announced as Sue Ryder’s paw-fect Ambassadog

A four year old Cockapoo from Bedfordshire has been named ‘top dog’ in a national competition run by healthcare charity Sue Ryder in partnership with Pets as Therapy.

Mabel, who is owned by 62 year old Debra Ellison who lives near Biggleswade, was selected as a winner in Sue Ryder’s Ambassadog search.

She will now become the official Ambassadog for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger.

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Carers in Bedfordshire photographic competition winners announced

Carers in Bedfordshire (CiB) has announced the winners of its ‘My Caring Role’ photographic competition.

Carers were invited to enter the charity’s competition by taking a photo, or series of photos, that represents life as a carer, how they feel about the role and how it impacts their lives.

The competition was judged by Chiara Mac Call, a Bedford based photographer, writer and socially engaged practitioner.

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Bedfordshire Freemasons take lead role in NHS Frontline Workers Day

The inaugural celebration of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day is set to take place on 5 July 2021, with Freemasons in Bedfordshire and across England leading the event.

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the governing body for Freemasons, is inviting its 200,000 members to fly specially designed flags at 10am on 5 July, to celebrate this unique day dedicated to the NHS, social care and all those that work on the front line, who have saved so many lives during the pandemic. The celebration will also remember those workers we sadly lost.

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Letter to editor: Charity Sue Ryder recognises volunteers’ fantastic contribution during Volunteers’ Week

It’s Volunteers’ Week! The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on national healthcare charity, Sue Ryder, has been immense. Not only did it have a financial impact on the charity but it also meant that many of our incredible volunteers were unable to support us because of lockdown restrictions.

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RSPCA tips for keeping pets cool and comfortable as temperatures soar

As temperatures have soared this Bank Holiday weekend and look set to continue this week, the RSPCA offers advice, tips and DIY video tutorials to help pet owners keep their furry and feathered friends cool and comfortable.

Soaring temperatures can pose huge risks for our pets, wildlife and farm animals, and with forecasters predicting temperatures over 25 degrees and highs of up to 30 degrees across the country this week, many pet owners and animal lovers may be concerned about keeping animals safe during the heatwave.

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Bedfordshire carers to receive online support

According to Carers UK, the number of carers grew exponentially during the pandemic, reaching more than 13 million. The helping hand from the Freemasons is supporting them with essential items, life skills, counselling, crisis support, activities and breaks.

Approximately 20,000 unpaid carers in Bedfordshire are receiving access to crucial support online, funded by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) the governing body of the Freemasons, freeing up staff to help those who are most in need.

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Bedfordshire homebuilder pays homage to soldiers with Tommy Club figures

Barratt and David Wilson Homes is supporting the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) by installing full size Tommy Club figures at its developments in Bedfordshire for the 76th Victory in Europe Day (8 May 2021).

Barratt Developments was invited to become the Tommy Club’s first corporate patron through its relationship with the RBLI. The housebuilder donated £100,000 as an acceptance gift and has purchased Tommy Club figures from the RBLI to help them raise money.

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RSPCA braced for flood of orphaned, sick and injured baby birds this spring

The RSPCA is gearing itself up for a hectic bird breeding season, as new figures reveal that the charity received almost 9,000 calls about orphaned, sick and injured baby birds last year.

The majority of calls from concerned members of the public came in during the peak months of May, June and July. At its busiest in June 2020, the charity was taking five calls an hour from animal lovers reporting young wild birds in trouble.

3,330 of the calls last year related to orphaned birds and another 3,252 were about sick and injured birds.

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