Category: Lifestyle

Get active in Bedford Borough this year

Booking is now open for Bedford Borough’s Active Adults courses. Opening the door for everyone to try a new sport or get back into a sport they used to love.

Sports on offer include badminton, tennis, golf, indoor bowls, yoga, pilates, and football. Martial arts, clubbercise and dance are also available.

The courses all start week commencing 27 January, and will last eight weeks.

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A greener Christmas is the best present for the environment

Tips and information to encourage people to minimise waste this Christmas

The festive period is a hotbed for food and packaging waste. Recycling charity, WRAP reports that each year UK households throw away enough gravy to accompany Christmas dinner for the whole country and last Christmas we consumed enough card packaging to cover Big Ben nearly 260,000 times.

The Christmas foods most thrown away in UK homes each year are potatoes (710,000 tonnes), poultry (100,000 tonnes), carrots (96,000 tonnes), and gravy.

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Winter Night ShelterMK secures support from Bloor Homes, Cranfield Park

Bloor Homes South Midlands is calling on people to donate their unwanted warm coats, shoes, sleeping bags and pillows to help the homeless keep warm this winter.

Collection points have been set up at sales centres at the national housebuilder’s new housing developments, including Hanslope Fields in Hanslope, Cranfield Park, Cranfield, Ampthill Chase, Ampthill and St Andrews Park, Biggleswade.

Donations from these developments will be taken to Winter Night Shelter, a local charity working to improve the lives of those affected by poverty or homelessness.

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Govia Thameslink Railway’s Great Sock Appeal collects over 4,000 socks

More than 4,170 pairs of socks were donated at stations across the Govia Thameslink Railway network on Thursday 5th December, to support six key homeless shelters across the route.

Sock collections took place at train stations across the network, as selected homeless charities and Govia Thameslink Railway – the UK’s largest rail network – joined forces to give those sleeping rough a new pair of socks over the festive period.

As part of the rail operator’s commitment to support homelessness initiatives in local communities, GTR volunteers held the festive collections at eight stations across the network, as well as teams collecting at offices and depots across the network.

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Cats and kittens abandoned in box

Two adults and three kittens were dumped in a cardboard box outside the hospital in Luton

The RSPCA is appealing for information after five cats were dumped in a cardboard box with a note asking for someone to give them a home for Christmas.

Two adult female cats and three little ten-week-old kittens were found inside a cardboard box outside Luton and Dunstable University Hospital in Lewsey Road at about 8am on Monday (25 November).

A staff member for the hospital clinic spotted the cats and contacted the RSPCA and Inspector Melanie Fisher came to rescue them.

They were found in a box which was taped up with a note on it which read: “Need a home. Merry Xmas – please help them.”

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RSPCA’s festive Stock the Sleigh appeal

The RSPCA has launched its festive appeal Stock the Sleigh to help needy animals this winter as it reveals last Christmas Day was its busiest for five years.

On 25 December 2018, the charity received 934 calls to its cruelty line – the highest number for five years and almost a third more than in 2017.

This year, the RSPCA is asking people to Stock the Sleigh for the RSPCA to help all the animals the charity cares for over the Christmas period.

Last December, there were more than 61,000 calls coming through to the charity’s cruelty line, up by more than 5,000 the previous year. Of these calls, 3,791 were logged in the East of England.

Whilst most people tuck into their Christmas dinners, the charity’s inspectors will be working 24 hours a day rescuing animals from pets to wildlife and bringing them to safety.

Some animals can spend weeks, months and sometimes years in our care receiving the treatment and rehabilitation they need.

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Great Sock Appeal needs you this Christmas

Selected homeless charities and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) are joining forces this Christmas to provide support for the homeless as the winter frost takes hold.

The new initiative, Great Sock Appeal, will encourage rail commuters to donate a new pair of socks for those sleeping rough over the festive period.

Often overlooked as an unimportant item, for those sleeping rough, a pair of socks is essential for keeping feet warm and dry. Without them, there is great risk of blisters, fungal infections and even trench foot.

Also, it takes just 30 minutes for frostbite to take hold, meaning socks are crucial for surviving the winter.

This basic item of clothing is also responsible for keeping feet healthy, maintaining good circulation and managing diabetes.

Collections will take place at stations on 5th December between 7am – 10am.

In Bedfordshire, the participating charity is NOAH Enterprise donation collections will take place at Bedford and Luton Stations.

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Linsay’s fundraiser for Keech Hospice Care

On Sunday 1st December Lisa Raphael and Linsay Black will be running 17 miles to mark the time Linsay’s mum spent receiving care at Keech Hospice.

Part of the run will be on the Bedford Santa 5K Run (3.1 miles) along with hundreds of other runners, all dressed as Santa. The fun run was organised by Keech Hospice Care to help to raise vital funds.

After completing this race Lisa and Linsay will run a further 14 miles back to Woburn, still dressed as Father Christmas. Linsay said:

“This will make 17 miles in total and will be in recognition of the 17 days Linsay’s mum spent being looked after by the wonderful staff at Keech before she sadly passed away in September last year.”

Lisa and Linsay’s aim is to raise as much well-needed funds as possible, Linsay commented that it takes £7000 per day to keep Keech Hospice open.

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£2 million fund from The National Lottery to boost community spirit across the UK

A £2 million National Lottery fund has opened to celebrate The National Lottery’s 25th Birthday, with thousands of grants available to anyone with a great idea to bring their community together.

Designed to help communities across the UK join in with The National Lottery’s 25-year birthday celebrations, the £2 million fund from The National Lottery – called #CelebrateNationalLottery25 – is open to anyone with a great idea to make a difference in their local community.

The fund offers anyone the chance to win £1,000 to make their idea a reality – and showing that no individual or idea is too small to make a big difference in their community.

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