Nappy sacks

Retailers across the UK are being urged to include warning labels on the packaging of their disposable nappy sacks to prevent the increase in deaths of young children. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has revealed that since 2001, 17 babies have died after suffocating on the plastic sacks. Disposable nappy sacks are often found loose in changing bags, buggies or by a baby’s cot, which can be fatal if they end up in the wrong hands.

Beth Amison shares her very difficult story with Do The Right Thing, to warn of these potential dangers and devastating effects. Five years ago, Beth found her son Maison in his cot surrounded by nappy bags. He was rushed to hospital, where sadly he died. Maison had suffocated on a nappy sack; he was just seven months old. Beth says: ‘I urge all parents, grandparents and carers to think twice about the possible dangers before they become a problem. Be aware of the risks. Are there nappy sacks in reach? Are nappy sacks in a zipped changing bag? Whatever happens, don’t have the attitude that “it won’t happen to me”, because when tragedy strikes, it leaves you heartbroken forever’.
Beth has been working closely with RoSPA, who have developed new guidelines for retailers, in partnership with the British Retail Consortium, to help reduce the risks associated with using nappy sacks. This includes the inclusion of warning labels on packaging to alert parents and carers to their potentially deadly dangers. Although, at present, there are warnings on nappy sacks packaging, they are very small and often unnoticeable.

Do The Right Thing wanted to help Beth and RoSPA raise awareness on these fatal dangers, so we contacted manufacturers asking if these warnings could be made more prominent and eye-catching on their packaging. Morrisons, Co-op, Waitrose, Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Boots and Mothercare have all agreed to add clearer warnings on their nappy sacks in the next few months, which will hopefully help prevent tragic deaths like Maison’s happening again.

For further information on nappy sacks and their potential dangers, please visit: https://www.rospa.com/campaigns-fundraising/current/nappy-sacks/

Recalled white goods

There are nearly 5,000 house fires every year – that’s more than 13 every day – caused by faulty electrical white goods in the home. ‘White goods’ are everyday electrical items most people find in their homes, such as fridges, washing machines, freezers, tumble dryers and dishwashers. A lot of homeowners are unaware they have a faulty, dangerous white good appliance in their home, which, if left undetected, can potentially result in devastating consequences.

Noel Davies shares his story on Do The Right Thing, highlighting the risks of purchasing second hand, faulty home appliances. In July 2014, Noel’s whole house burnt down after the secondhand fridge-freezer he bought on Gumtree caught fire. Luckily, no one was in Noel’s house at the time, but the blaze ripped through the entire house causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Noel discovered the secondhand fridge-freezer he had been sold had been on the recall list and was dangerous. He was furious that he didn’t know he was buying something so lethal.

The government recently announced that they are creating a centralised recall database, where anyone can find out if any product is subject to a recall. However, this does not mean that all secondhand electrical goods are checked to see if they are on the list before they are sold. Charlie Pugsley, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, thinks that the sale of secondhand electrical goods still needs tightening up.

Alongside the London Fire Brigade, Do The Right Thing are calling on second hand shops, as well as online marketplaces, to regulate and check the white goods that they sell. The London Fire Brigade itself have found countless white goods in London shops, some of which are commonly known to have caused fatal fires.

If you’re worried about any electrical goods in your home and want to know if it has been recalled, then please visit:
http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/total-recalls-white-goods-campaign.asp

Also, if you have any white goods in your home, make sure to have them registered. You can register any appliance up to 12 years old, even if you bought it secondhand or it is already in your home. For more information, please visit https://www.registermyappliance.org.uk

KIDS charity

KIDS is a national charity working with children and young people aged 0-25, irrespective of their disability, supporting some of society’s most vulnerable families. KIDS provide over 120 services across the country and one of these is KIDS Hackney Adventure Playground. The playground is a special space where disabled children and young people are given confidence and independence to enjoy leisure and recreational activities with the encouragement and support of professionally trained, caring play workers. It is a lifeline for over 100 families that would otherwise have no alternative option.

Do The Right Thing’s secret millionaire, Joe Fournier heard the KIDS Hackney Adventure Playground was at risk of closure this year, and decided to surprise the staff and families that use the playground with a donation of the entire £100,000 needed to keep it going.

KIDS need to continue to raise fund each year to cover these costs and keep this vital resource open. If you would like to get involved and support their campaign, visit their website: www.kids.org.uk/hackney-campaign

Series 27 – Episode 3

SERIES 27 – EPISODE 3

WITH THANKS

 

Hawkesyard Estate

 

Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym

 

Rugeley Leisure Centre

 

Gleeson Recruitment Group

 

STUDIO

 

Ganker Robot

 

Razor Turbo Jetts

 

Glowstone Smart Mug

 

GAMING

 

Sea of Thieves

 

A Way Out

 

Detective Pikachu

 

Dissembler

 

JON TEST – SMART SCALES

Fitbit Aria 2

 

Nokia Body Cardio

 

QardioBase 2

 

G-TEAM – OFFICE GADGETS 

 

FlexiSpot Deskcise Pro V9

 

PowerUp 3.0

 

UPRIGHT GO

 

FEATURE – 360⁰ CAMERAS IN LAS VEGAS

 

GoPro Fusion Hero6 Black

 

Garmin VIRB 360

Merpeople classes in Bristol

Mermaid Stacie Orban is speaking up for the Merpeople of Bristol. She is parting the waves to get the recognition she feels they deserve.

Public swimming pools don’t allow mermaids to swim wearing their tails, meaning Stacie has to go ‘wild swimming’, often in dangerous locations such as the sea, rivers, or outdoor waterways. Stacie says local authorities in Bristol should be more accepting of mermaids.

She is calling on Council Chiefs to think again about their ban, and says the danger of the tails in pools have been exaggerated.

Stacie has been appealing for other Merpeople and anyone else who shares her passion for swimming with a tail, to get in touch so she can form a community of Merpeople in the Bristol area. We wanted to help, so, Do The Right Thing got in touch with Bristol City Council and their Everyone Active pools to call for specific sessions so that Mermaids can swim safety. Happily they agreed, and Everyone Active are now planning to run Merpeople swimming classes.

If you would like more information on this story, or to try out a Merpeople class for yourself, please get in touch with Gary at garyteagle@everyoneactive.com

Energy drinks

Do The Right Thing is calling for a complete ban on the sale of energy drinks to under-16s. Our campaign is supported by England’s Children’s Commissioner, the NEU and NASUWT teachers unions.

Drinking too many energy drinks can have serious health implications for children. Potential side effects include diabetes, seizures, cardiac abnormalities, high blood pressure, convulsions and mood/behavioural disorders. 19-year-old Beth Game has made it her mission to spread awareness of the dangers of these drinks after being hospitalised for drinking too many.

Beth started drinking five to six energy drinks a day when she was just 11 years old. At 15, she collapsed and was rushed to hospital, where they discovered her heart rate had risen to an alarming 320 BPM. Beth was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia and put on medication.

1 in 10 teachers and school leaders identify high caffeinated energy drinks as the main contributor to poor pupil behaviour. Chris Keates from one of the main teachers’ unions, the NASUWT, says: ‘Action is needed to regulate the sale of these drinks which is basically legal highs at school dinner money prices’.

MP Maria Caulfield has met families directly affected by energy drinks. She encourages our viewers to sign the petition set up by teacher Louise Martin to ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s.

If you would like to sign the petition to ban the sale of energy drinks to under-16s, please visit: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/214334

Vishing fraud

An estimated £10 billion is lost to fraud each year in the UK. A particular type of fraud called ‘Vishing’ is scamming thousands of pounds for unsuspecting victims. Some fraudsters will call your landline or mobile, pretending to be from your bank, Police, building society, a government agency, or someone you do business with. Their aim is to get you to reveal personal information, such as bank details and credit card numbers.

Any contact like this is designed to convince you to hand over valuable personal details, or your money, or download something that infects your computer. In the first four months of last year, there were 29,843 reports of vishing scams. Do The Right Thing tells the story of 91-year-old Betty, who was scammed out of £7,500 by criminals who pretended to be the Police.

If you believe you have been a victim of vishing fraud, or want to find out more information on the topic, follow the links below.

Advice: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/resources-fraud-advice

Report: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

 

Bubble Foundation

Imagine not being able to pick up your crying baby until you have scrubbed your hands clean for three minutes and put on a special gown. Imagine not being able to take your baby for a walk because they need to stay in a sterile bubble of clean air.

Some parents don’t have to imagine; for them, it is real. Their children suffer from a rare, inherited condition called Severe Combined Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or SCID. They are born without an immune system and cannot fight the simplest of infection. Even the common cold passed on by a mother’s kiss can be fatal.

The only way of keeping these ‘bubble babies’ safe from infection is to care for them in a ‘bubble’, a high tech sterile room, and their only chance of survival is to give them a completely new immune system. Giving them a bone marrow transplant is a difficult treatment, but is the only way.

The good news is, that if successful, the babies grow new immune cells and can leave their ‘bubble’ and go home to live normal lives. And that’s all thanks to the extraordinary team at the Newcastle General Hospital, and one lady in particular, Gill Johnston.

In 1988 the first ‘Bubble Baby’ was referred to the children’s ward where Gill worked (later developed into the Children’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit). The unit required some toys, and that was Gill’s first foray into fundraising and blagging. It was tremendous success, and before she knew it, she had hit £10,000, at which point they had to set up as a charity to deal with the funds.

In 1992, Gill was involved in the setting up of the Bubble Foundation UK, and worked full time as the Fundraising Manager, travelling all over the UK and Ireland raising awareness and funds for the Foundation. To date, it has raised £4 million.

Gill and the nurses on the ward raise money in their spare time to fund services to support not just their patients, but their patient’s families too. This includes counselling, subsidised travel costs, access to therapeutic services like yoga, aromatherapy and reflexology. This money also goes towards funding ongoing cutting edge medical research to help tackle the conditions they treat day in and day out.

It is a tribute to Gill that survival rates for the children who are treated on the Bubble Unit have risen significantly. When she first started, 4 out of 10 children died; now, 9 out of 10 survive.

Do The Right Thing brought some of the children and families together to say a massive thank you to Gill, whose efforts and dedication has saved hundreds of lives.

If you would like to help ‘bubble babies’ and make a contribution to the Bubble Foundation, please follow the link below:

https://www.bubblefoundation.org.uk/donate

Faces of At Home On 5

Discover the stories behind some of the faces featured in the At Home On 5 film.

Richard and Martyn

Friends Richard and Martyn are a tandem cycling duo from West Malling, in Kent. Talking about their passion, the pair say: “Cycling in a tandem is like being in a family. You need to work together.”

Linda Elmer


Linda is a firefighter from Eastleigh, Hampshire. For her, home is being with her fellow firefighters.

“Home is me at work at the fire station. My watch manager is my work dad. I lost my dad years ago. And Ian, my watch manager, has looked after me so much. The rest of the crew are my brothers.”

The Patel family


Bobby, Minal and their six-year-old daughter Maitri live at home in Bradford, Yorkshire, with Bobby’s parents, Mohan and Kaushy. The family runs a vegetarian restaurant, and Minal is the head chef.

The restaurant is closed on Mondays, and this is when the whole family can relax properly and watch a Bollywood movie or chill out together.

“Home is a place where everybody understands you. You can be alone or everyone can be around. There are no formalities; you can fall out and make up within the same hour.”

Debbie North


Debbie is a keen rambler, who has an off-road wheelchair which enables her to explore the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. For Debbie, home used to be walking with her husband, and now, her sense of home remains undiminished by her disability.

Talking about feeling at home in the mountains, Debbie says: “There is something magical about having a mountain to yourself.  It can be very romantic.”

Colin Carter

At Home On 5: Colin Carter

Colin is a passionate and enthusiastic tannoy announcer for Carlisle United.

Talking about working at matches, Colin says: “There’s people standing in the same place, at the same time, every week. It is our local church, really.”

The Castle family


The Castle family runs a community cafe in a small town in Leeds. Built to be a focal point for the local area , their café is a special place where they feel most at home.

“We wanted somewhere to go, to meet people and to have community. 10 years on and our regulars are like family. We have had volunteers throughout that time with really varied backgrounds and needs. A couple of the guys have Down’s syndrome, and having just had a baby with the same condition, family and home just got more real!”

Series 27 – Episode 2

SERIES 27 – EPISODE 2

WITH THANKS

 

Bow Square

 

Sony Pictures

 

Lee Longlands

 

David Whitely (Sidemanallday)

 

STUDIO

 

Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges

Mogees Pro

Nap Zapper
HiMirror Plus+

 

 

GAMING

 

Fortnite Battle Royale

 

Surviving Mars

 

JON TEST – LASER PROJECTORS

Epson EH-LS100

 

Panasonic TX65EX750B

 

G-TEAM – SLEEPING TECH WITH SIDEMANALLDAY

 

Dodow

 

ZEEQ Smart Pillow

 

Dreem

 

FEATURE – CES 2018

 

Sgnl

 

FoldiMate

 

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