Empowering women with the Secret Bag Project — Ad

If you know me you will know that there are couple of things that excite me more than anything else.  A secret thing, and a charity project empowering women. You will know that I have been involved in many “secret things” over the years, all of them exciting, and that I have been lucky enough to visit some charity projects that are all about empowering women.    Remember when I

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Simple ways to help your community — AD

  We are all busy and have busy lives. With family, work commitments, social life, and so on, it can leave very little time for other things. But there is something that you can do that can be a real benefit and add more value to your life, and that is through volunteering and looking for ways to help your local community. There are a lot of things that are

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This new CR-UK obesity campaign …

Want to know why I have a problem with the new CR-UK obesity campaign?  I will tell you.   It is based on statistics that state obese people outweigh smokers in the UK by 2:1 and that whilst smoking is still a leading cause of cancer, being fat is the leading cause of four types of cancer: bowel, liver and kidneys. But we all know that statistics can be manipulated

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Dear Tanya Gold

Dear Tanya Gold Well this is weird, I kinda feel like I am writing to myself.  Maybe I should explain, or at least introduce myself.  This is an open letter to you, Tanya Gold, from me, a woman who shares the same first name as you but I fear that might be where the similarities end.     I had the misfortune to read your latest piece in the Telegraph

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Supporting a loved one with a disability

Supporting a loved one with a disability If you have a loved one with a disability you will want to support them as best you can. Whether this is someone who is in and out of hospital for surgeries or somebody with a long term illness, it is crucial that they have a good support network to help them with daily activities but also so that they can have fun

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The “White Saviour” furore

First of all, just to be clear, whilst I have been involved with fund raising for Comic Relief for the past few years and have made a couple of trips to projects with them I am in no way affiliated with them.  Not paid by them (never have been) and have no official role with them.   So anything I say here about the white saviour furore is just me

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Park Spa Warbrook House — A Review

Park Spa Warbrook House A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like to review the newly opened spa at Warbrook House, a local luxury hotel.  It did occur to me that we didn’t really have any spare time in the next couple of weeks which, the more I thought about it, made me realise we should absolutely make the time to do it.    Spending time

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Caroline Hirons organised my face

Caroline Hirons organised my face Not even joking.   ACTUAL Caroline “possibly the most influential skincare blogger in the Western Hemisphere” (according to NewBeauty Magazine this month) Hirons has sorted out my face.  Okay so maybe right now I do have a spot the size of a small Mediterranean Island on my chin but I see that as proof that what I have been doing to my face, thanks to

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My thoughts on the Menopause

I should probably date this post as I am pretty sure my thoughts on the menopause are going to keep evolving as I get closer and closer to the end of being menopausal and become post menopausal.   But first of all, why this post today? Well I watched, with interest, the documentary that Mariella Frostrup did on BBC1 last night.   Menopause has been on my agenda for about

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A visit to a Ronald McDonald Charity House

It might be Ramadam and several hours into today’s fast but Abdullah is cooking waffles for anybody who wanders along to the day room on the first floor.    Whilst Abdullah might be observing the ritual of not eating or drinking between sunrise and sunset he is more than happy to cook waffles because it is something he does every week.  On a recent visit to a Ronald McDonald Charity

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Did you know 8th June is Ronald McDonald House Charity’s PJ Day

Well it is.   And isn’t that photo the greatest result for “PJs” typed into the search box on Unsplash? This year, on June 8th, Ronald McDonald House Charity is inviting us all to go to work in our PJ’s and to donate £1 to the charity. As you know, I became involved with the charity when I was invited to their Gala dinner earlier this year and have followed them

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Do you know about Ronald McDonald Houses? You really should

Do you know about Ronald McDonald Houses?   Yes, that Ronald McDonald.  The one with the big shoes who advertises burgers and hash browns (that quite frankly are one of the greatest foodstuffs known to mankind).   Did you know though that this staple of the high street is a corporate supporter of an independent charity who make a huge difference every day to families with children who are very sick.  The

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