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

Series 27 – Episode 2

SERIES 27 – EPISODE 2

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David Whitely (Sidemanallday)

 

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GAMING

 

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Surviving Mars

 

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G-TEAM – SLEEPING TECH WITH SIDEMANALLDAY

 

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