Category: Lifestyle

Bedford food bank saves the day with special delivery to Brighton!

It is now in week five of a six-week pilot scheme for The Railway Food Collection – a partnership between Govia Thameslink and local food banks. So far, the scheme has been helping those in need in the Bedford and Brighton areas thanks to The Bedford Foodbank and The BMECP Food Bank.

Today (11 August 2020) the two joined forces to get essential items to those in need at Brighton.

The BMECP Food Bank was desperately in need of pasta and sanitary products and The Bedford Foodbank had surplus supply of both. So Bedford kindly donated 70 kilos of pasta and five boxes of sanitary products which have been transferred by train this morning via a Thameslink service.

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Budding Polar Explorer from Bedford helps launch Help for Heroes’ Step 2 It Challenge

Tom Warburton, 22, from Bedford was supposed to be in the final stages of his preparations for a world-record breaking attempt in November this year to be the youngest person to reach the South Pole unaided.

Unfortunately, this has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, as his epic challenge was going to raise funds for wounded and sick veterans.

Tom has taken on a new Help for Heroes’ 30-day fundraising challenge called Step 2 It – helping to launch it by becoming one of the first people to sign up to it.

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Call to Bedford Residents: “stay hydrated and prevent plastic pollution this summer”

Refill Bedford is encouraging the people of Bedford to choose to reuse by opting for a reusable water bottle and filling up on the go, rather than buying a single-use plastic bottle.

Refill is a nationwide scheme providing a network of points offering the public free tap water in the UK. The network comprises high street retailers, cafes, restaurants, other businesses, museums, and local authorities.

Refill Bedford said that in the UK, we make our way through 7.7 BILLION plastic water bottles every year and an estimated 700,000 plastic bottles are littered every single day.

Water UK, the trade association and Refill partners, said that this country’s drinking water is of the highest standard, among the best in the world. Adding that very strict standards apply to piped drinking water to protect public health.

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Aspley Guise animal rescue centre’s appeal for emergency COVID funding

Up to 170 stray and unwanted cats and dogs could be at risk in Milton Keynes each year if National Animal Welfare Trust’s centre HULA Animal Rescue in Aspley Guise closes its doors for good.

This could be the consequence if the charity does not get emergency government support to cover a shortfall in vital income lost during the forced temporary closure during lockdown.

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Keith Lemon launches the ‘I Love Variety’ celebrity face mask campaign

Keith Lemon has launched Variety, the Children’s Charity, ‘I Love Variety’ face mask campaign (25 July 2020). The comedian and presenter has put his face on his very own personalised mask, as well as agreeing to promote the charity’s own branded ones.

From today, the public can buy the ‘I Love Variety’ face masks from Variety Charity Masks. The aim is to raise funds to help thousands of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK who are supported by Variety.

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Be aware of ticks while out in Bedfordshire’s parks

Bedford Borough Council is reminding people to be aware while out in local parks and open spaces. This follows reports of two cases of Lyme disease due to tick bites in Bedford Park.

Ticks survive in many habitats, but prefer moist areas with leaf litter or longer grass. Such as woodland, grassland, moorland, heathland and some urban parks and gardens.

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Bedfordshire residents being urged to choose a “reusable mask”

Plastic Free Bedford and local Green Party councillors are encouraging residents to consider the environment when choosing a face covering to wear.

The call comes as new guidelines mean that from 24 July 2020 face coverings will be compulsory for shop customers.

The group said that the problem with single-use masks is that they are most often made from non-biodegradable and non-recyclable materials. Adding that these are harmful to the environment and add to the existing problem of single-use plastics and littering.

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RSPCA received more than 200 reports about glue traps in the last five years

The RSPCA has revealed that 243 glue trap incidents were reported to its cruelty line in the last five years (2015-2019). These reports included incidents with cats, garden birds, hedgehogs, squirrels and even a parrot.

Glue traps, also known as ‘glue boards’ or ‘sticky boards’, consist of a sheet of plastic, cardboard or wood coated with non-drying adhesive designed to trap rodents such as mice and rats as they cross the board.

The RSPCA opposes the manufacture, sale and use of glue-traps because of the unnecessary suffering they cause to animals.

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