Dog collars

It is estimated that there are 85,000 electric shock collars being used on pets in the UK today. Although we are known as a nation of pet lovers, many UK pet owners are frequently using electric shock collars to train and discipline their pets. These collars are designed to control and train cats and dogs, costing as little as £20. Many owners however see electric shock collars as extremely cruel as they administer a short, strong shock into the animal if they misbehave.

The Kennel Club recently conducted a survey surrounding electric shock collars and found that 3 out of 4 of us would support a ban on them. The survey also revealed that 1 in 3 dogs will let out a cry of pain at the first use of a shock collar. Animal behaviourist and veterinary surgeon, Kendal Shepherd, tells Do The Right Thing that she has seen evidence of animals with burns and scars where these collars have been misused on pets. The Dogs Trust have also informed Do The Right Thing that they too are appalled that it is still legal to buy and use electric shock collars in England, revealing that they can have a serious negative impact on animals mental and physical well-being.

The use of these collars is already banned in Wales, and Scotland is soon to follow suit. The government in England is now looking at whether the use of these collars should banned here too.

If you would like to support the ban on the electric shock collars, please get in touch with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who are consulting on this issue, by 27th April 2018.



Animal Welfare Team

Area 5B

Nobel House

17 Smith Square

London, SW1P 3JR


Fitted kitchens

If you are on the lookout for a new kitchen, get some great advice from Trading Standards on how to find the best company for you, and where to go if things go wrong.

If you’re looking for reputable companies, try:

Trading Standards:

Trading Standards Buy with Confidence scheme: Buy With Confidence is a national register of Trading Standards Approved businesses run independently by local authority Trading Standards departments.



Trusted Traders scheme, that rates local businesses.

If you are having any problems with a kitchen you have already purchased you can contact Citizens Advice for help and guidance.


Citizens Advice:




Northern Ireland:


Channel 5 is supporting Crisis

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people.

We are committed to ending homelessness. Every day we see the devastating impact it has on people’s lives. Every year we work side by side with thousands of people, to help them rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good.

Through our pioneering research into the causes and consequences of homelessness and the solutions to it, we know what it will take to end it. Together with others who share our resolve, we bring our knowledge, experience and determination to campaign for the changes that will solve the crisis once and for all.

We mobilise a unique volunteer effort each Christmas to bring warmth, companionship and vital services to people at one of the hardest times of the year, and offer a starting point out of homelessness.

Homelessness is not inevitable and we know we can end it. That’s why we’re about to launch an ambitious plan to end it for good. Join our Everybody In campaign and you’ll be the first to hear about it.

Together, we can end homelessness.

Find out more about Crisis on their website.

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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:

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:

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

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:

Series 27 – Episode 3




Hawkesyard Estate


Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym


Rugeley Leisure Centre


Gleeson Recruitment Group




Ganker Robot


Razor Turbo Jetts


Glowstone Smart Mug




Sea of Thieves


A Way Out


Detective Pikachu





Fitbit Aria 2


Nokia Body Cardio


QardioBase 2




FlexiSpot Deskcise Pro V9


PowerUp 3.0






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

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:

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.