Support

If you have been affected by the content of this programme, please see helplines below:
Samaritans
116 123 (this number if FREE to call and won’t show up on your phone bill),
Email jo@samaritans.org,
Or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.

Mind

Mind infoline: 0300 123 3393
mind.org.uk

The Mental Health Foundation
mentalhealth.org.uk

Depression Alliance
To request an information pack call 0845 123 23 20
depressionalliance.org

Depression UK
depressionuk.org

Overcome Depression
overcomedepression.co.uk

RETHINK
Tel: 0300 5000 927
rethink.org

Post-Natal Depression

PANDAS Foundation

PNI
Post Natal Illnesses

The Samaritans
Tel: 0845 790 9090
samaritans.org

Paramount Network UK Presents Mean Girls: The Movie And More

Paramount Network UK is inviting you to the ultimate celebration of one of the most quotable hit teen movies from the noughties, Mean Girls!

From 12th – 16th June, Seymour Leisure Centre in Marylebone will be transformed into North Shore High School, giving fans of the movie a chance to step into the world made famous by Cady and The Plastics – it’s going to be SO FETCH!

CLICK HERE TO GET TICKETS! 

Mean Girls: The Movie And More will feature exclusive Mean Girls inspired photo ops, a screening of the hit film, and food and drinks inspired by Regina George and co! To top it all off, visitors will also be able to enjoy their very own Spring Fling.

It may typically be Wednesdays when the Plastics wear pink but we’re changing the rules so you CAN sit with us – guests are encouraged to ditch their sweat pants and don their best pink attire (or favourite character outfits) for the occasion.

So hide the fertility vases, round up your clique and head to Marylebone to enjoy the ultimate Mean Girls experience.

Viewers wanting to get into the mood for Mean Girls: The Movie And More will be able to watch the film on Paramount Network on 14th April.

 

Helpful Information

Helplines/resources:

 

Women’s Aid and Refuge

Women’s Aid

Galop

The Hideout

  • http://thehideout.org.uk/ Online support and information for children and young people to help them understand domestic abuse and violence and how to seek help, run by Women’s Aid

Mankind initiative

Amen

Action on Elder Abuse

Respect

Victim Support

WEDDING PROPOSAL

As a celebration of Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, Esther took to the streets of Covent Garden to talk to the great British public about another romantic and significant moment in our lives -the day someone proposed marriage. And Esther hit the romantic jackpot when she met Jason from Hastings, who’s girlfriend Kristina had been waiting 21 years for Jason to get down on bended knee.

Esther invited Jason and Kristina on to the show. What Kristina didn’t know was that Jason would propose to her in front of our entire audience and viewers at home. Fortunately, Kristina said yes! To celebrate their special moment on Do The Right Thing Ruth and Eamonn gave the loving couple VIP tickets to see Take That and a night at a top London Hotel.

FREE CAKES FOR KIDS

Ruth meets volunteers from Free Cakes for Kids, a movement of local volunteers and community groups, who share a simple belief: every child deserves a birthday cake. With nearly 60 groups across the country, they have baked for thousands of families who’ve found it difficult to provide a birthday cake for their child.

Ruth rolled up her sleeves and got baking with Isla, Katie and Catalina from The Hackney branch of Free Cakes for Kids. Their extra special cake was a dinosaur cake for a local 2-year-old birthday girl in the Hackney area.  As Ruth beat the butter and frosted the icing she found out how the movement matched local amateur bakers with families in need referred by partner organisations such as the Young Carers, the local Food Bank, or Children’s Centres.

If you would like to get involved in baking a cake or wish to nominate a child for a Free Cakes For Kids Cake, then do visit their website on: http://www.freecakesforkids.org.uk/

INVISIBLE CITIES

Esther took a city walking tour with the amazing initiative called Invisible Cities. It’s a social enterprise which runs tours lead by former homeless people in the cities where they once slept rough.

Esther headed to Manchester to meet with Danny, a former soldier and rough sleeper turned poet tour-guide, to hear how the enterprise has turned his life around. Danny, like all their initiatives tour guides, has been trained in public speaking and customer service. The enterprise also works hard to improve each of their guides confidence, which many have lost. Invisible Cities believe by empowering people who have spent time literally being stepped over on the streets to have their voices heard by a paying group, you can tackle stereotypes and change lives.

To find out more about Invisible Cities, and their tours in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and York head to their website: https://invisible-cities.org/

To connect a rough sleeper to support and outreach services in their local area, visit StreetLink: https://www.streetlink.org.uk/

HERO DOG BOWZA AND THE TUNELESS CHOIR

Eamonn and Ruth were joined in the studio by Bowza and his owner Don Cox. They’d found out that Bowza is a hero dog having helped save the life of  79-year-old woman who had fallen whilst out on a walk.

On a cold winter’s day Don was also out walking with Bowza and his other dog Little Kaz when they came across the woman and her daughter who’d been waiting for an ambulance. As it was so cold there were concerns that hypothermia might become an issue for the casualty. Guided by Don, Bowza lay next to the injured woman helping to keep her warm. When the paramedics did arrive, they thanked Bowza and Don for acting so heroically saying Bowza had undoubtedly helped to save her life in such extreme cold conditions.

Having heard about Bowza’s heroism Do The Right Thing wanted to reward Bowza for his life saving actions so Eamonn and Ruth awarded Bowza with ‘Eamonn and Woof’s 2019 Dog of The Year’ award.

But saving lives is just one of Bowza’s impressive skills. Bowza has a fine singing voice and is also a huge fan of the Tuneless Choir having sung along at home with them when they first featured on an earlier episode of the Do The Right Thing series. By popular demand The Tuneless Choir returned to Do The Right Thing and Bowza sang his heart out as they performed their tuneless rendition of Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out For A Hero.

FAKE VILLA SCAMS

At this time of year many of us are all looking forward to long lazy days on sun-drenched beaches, but for some what they’ve paid for is not what they get.  Ruth and Eammon heard Debbie Coventry in Berkshire. She told them how last June she’d arranged a last-minute sunshine getaway. She’d found the perfect villa in Greece on the holiday villa website Estate Luxury Home. The web-site featured over 100 amazing villas. Debbie was spoilt for choice. Keen to secure her last minute booking she emailed the manager of the site, Maria, who responded quickly and efficiently, and confirmed Debbie’s dream villa for the dates she wanted and for the amazingly affordable price of £3,200 for 2 weeks.

Debbie paid the full amount up front with a bank transfer.  She also sent a copy of her passport and the signed agreement by e-mail to confirm her booking.  A week later Debbie got back in touch via e-mail with Maria at Estate Luxury Home, but Maria didn’t e-mail back. Debbie rang the office phone number in Spain listed on their web-site. But there was no response other than an automated phone message in Spanish. Concerned, Debbie checked out a popular review site and finding over 150 posts from other disgruntled customers saying their entire web-site was one massive scam.

Devastated, Debbie phoned her bank but there was no money left in the fake company’s account and what’s more there was nothing they could do as she’d authorized the payment. Debbie was also worried that as well as losing her £3200 she could also become a victim of identity fraud as the scammers had a copy of her passport.

Eamonn explained that the villa Debbie had booked was actually owned by a genuine rental company called Villa Plus. They are based in St Albans in Hertfordshire, and are a totally legitimate company and  a member of ABTA – Association of British Travel Agents. The fraudsters had taken all their details and photos from the Villa Plus site. Nick Cooper the co-owner of Villa Plus explained he’d worked in the travel business for 40 years and for over 30 years he’d been renting villas to holiday-makers. In the last 2 years alone, he’d been made aware of 200 fake villa web-sites that have scammed innocent holiday-makers out of millions of pounds.

Nick explained – “The scammers advertise their fake web-site and take hundreds of fake bookings and poor Debbie is just another innocent victim. Villa Plus spend many hours every week trying to get the fake web-sites taken down. No sooner is one taken down, the scammers create a new fake web-site and name, and then start all over again”.

Eamonn also spoke to Sean Tipton from ABTA who warned not to book in haste, to check online the villa actually exists and is owned by the company advertising it, check out review sites, never to pay for a holiday or villa by bank transfer and to check that the company you are dealing with is a member of travel trade body.

To avoid becoming the victim of holiday scams, Action Fraud has this advice:

  • Stay safe online: Check the web address is legitimate and has not been altered by slight changes to a domain name – such as going from .co.uk to .org
  • Do your research: Don’t just rely on one review – do a thorough online search to check the company’s credentials. If a company is defrauding people there is a good chance that consumers will post details of their experiences, and warnings about the company.
  • Look for the logo: Check whether the company is a member of a recognised trade body such as ABTA. If you have any doubts, you can verify membership of ABTA online, at www.abta.com.
  • Pay safe: Wherever possible, pay by credit card and be wary about paying directly into a private individual’s bank account.
  • Check documentation: You should study terms and conditions and be very wary of any companies that don’t provide any at all.
  • Trust your instincts: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Action Fraud website: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/holiday-fraud