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4 men rowing Broughty Ferry to Tower Bridge London

Posted onJuly 4, 2014

4 men rowing Broughty Ferry to Tower Bridge London

4 men rowing Broughty Ferry to Tower Bridge London

At 7am this morning  Stewart Walker, John Jakeman, Dave Rowe and Kenny Clarkson began rowing from Broughty Ferry (Dundee) to Tower Bridge (London).  Hopefully their journey will take no more than ten days. They are rowing continuously, with a rotation of two people rowing for two hours while the other two rest. They are unsupported, and need to eat sleep and everything else on the boat. It won’t be pretty.

As their friends, colleagues, team mates, family members and hangers on, they are hoping you would sponsor them to complete this (ambitious) challenge.  All of the proceeds will go to Maggie’s Centres, a truly worthy cause.  Maggie’s Centres do a huge amount of good work offering free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.

Please use the page below to donate whatever you can. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

https://www.justgiving.com/Tay2Tower/

Updated 5th July

Unfortunately since this story was posted it has emerged that the guys only made it to St Andrews. The boat was damaged and although all four are safe they have abandoned their attempt to possibly retry it next year.

ACK looking for you to help charity cyclist Grant Speed

Posted onJune 12, 2014

ACK looking for you to help charity cyclist Grant Speed

ACK looking for you to help charity cyclist Grant Speed

Local fundraising co-ordinators Along Came Kirsty are looking for your help in raising funds to help fund for special changing facilities in Arbroath.

Arbroath man Grant Speed will next month undertake a gruelling, five-day 370 mile cycle to raise funds for changing facilities for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in his hometown.

Grant has seen the difficulties his sister Lois faces finding suitable toilet and changing facilities when she takes her son and daughter, Kien and Kelsey, out for the day. Inspired by the work of PAMIS, the University of Dundee-based charity campaigning for ‘Changing Places’ toilets to enable anyone to use the facilities in comfort and safety, regardless of the difficulties they face, to be installed across the country, will cycle from Leeds to Arbroath from Monday 7th to Saturday 12th July.

The start of the challenge has been chosen as Grant is a long-time fan of Le Tour De France, which starts in Leeds this year. After a weekend as a Tour Maker in Yorkshire, he will make his way home by bike on what he has dubbed ‘Loo Tour de Britain’.

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The first phase of the journey will see him cycle 290 miles from Leeds to Edinburgh from Monday 7th to Thursday 10th July. He will then bike bridge-to-bridge, the 70 miles from the Forth to Tay, the following day before an easier 10 miles from Dundee to Arbroath harbour on the final day, the final stretch of which has been called the ‘Family Mile’ when everyone is welcome to join Grant and bike, stroll or push from Kerr’s Miniature Railway to the Harbour.

“I have seen the constant battle that Lois and my niece and nephew have been trying to access a suitable changing facility when they are out and about for the day,” said Grant. “Having seen the work done by PAMIS and the Changing Places campaign, I want to raise money to build a Changing Places Toilet in Arbroath.

“Lois believes this would not only benefit her son and daughter but many other individuals, families and carers who face similar difficulties and who would also benefit from this type of toilet facility. This is a basic need that should be met to help ensure that people can get out and about more easily without having to plan trips around distance of a local sports centre where toilet and changing areas are not always suitable or available.”

Designed to be bigger and better than conventional accessible toilets, these toilets are large enough to accommodate a wheelchair and up to two carers, a ‘Changing places’ standard fixtures of overhead hoist, peninsula toilet, basin and height adjustable changing bench.

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The campaign has been working for several years to get these standards included in the building regulations. Without Changing Places toilets people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy are forced to stay at home or their family carers have to resort to changing them on dirty toilet floors.

The Changing Places campaign is aiming to ensure that there is at least one public toilet built to the Changing Places standard in every town centre with a population greater than 15,000 and within each new public building such as shopping centres, concert halls, railway stations etc.

Grant and his supporters have already raised more than £1200 towards the target of £10,000.

Anyone is welcome to join the fundraiser and do all or part of the route with him or to sponsor him at http://www.everydayhero.co.uk/event/LooTourDeBritainforChangingPlaces

Sir Alfred Cuschieri – Dundee has led the way

Posted onJune 5, 2014

Sir Alfred Cuschieri – Dundee has led the way

Sir Alfred Cuschieri - Dundee has led the way

Sir Alfred Cuschieri explains how Dundee has led the way in many areas of medical research as he welcomed the launch of new Palliative Care charity PATCH, of which he is patron.

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients. 

The charity’s Board of Directors, who are all volunteers, consists of Sir Michael Nairn Bt (Chairman), Mr Ian Barnard, Dr Pamela Levack, Mrs Trudy McLeay and Mr Jim Pickett. Ms Mary Mackenzie RGN is PATCH’s Nursing Advisor. “We are honoured to have Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri as Patron,” added Sir Michael.

“The immense knowledge and experience of every member of our team in their personal areas of expertise is a reflection of the significance of this charity, which will have an immense effect on the national provision of hospital palliative care services.”

PATCH Medical Director Dr Pamela Levack, who is a retired Consultant in Palliative Medicine, explained that caring for those approaching the end of their lives is a core hospital activity but there is limited availability of 24/7 specialist palliative care. “Hospices provide outstanding specialist services but more than half of us will die in hospital,” said Dr Levack.

The Royal College of Physicians recently highlighted the continuing need for specialist palliative care to be available seven days a week. PATCH’s vision is that patients in hospital will, if required, receive specialist palliative care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will be of immense benefit to patients and to their families.”

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Dr Pamela Levack PATCH launch Dundee City Chambers

Posted onJune 5, 2014

Dr Pamela Levack PATCH launch Dundee City Chambers

Dr Pamela Levack PATCH launch Dundee City Chambers

In the 1970′s cancer patients were given a cocktail of morphine, cocaine and gin for pain relief.

The original idea for an oral mixture of morphine and cocaine helping patients in agony with advanced disease is credited to surgeon Herbert Snow in 1896.

The Brompton cocktail is named after the Royal Brompton Hospital in LondonEngland, where it was invented in the late 1920s for patients with tuberculosis. While its use has been rare in the 21st century, it is not entirely unheard of today. It was far more common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients.

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Sir Michael Nairn Patch Chairman Dundee City Chambers

Posted onJune 4, 2014

Sir Michael Nairn Patch Chairman Dundee City Chambers

Sir Michael Nairn Patch Chairman Dundee City Chambers

Sir Michael gives an emotional account of his own wifes death from breast cancer at the launch of PATCH.

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients. PATCH Chairman Sir Michael Nairn Bt explained that the charity was inspired by the innovative Acute Palliative Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital, which provides specialist palliative care support for patients and their families.

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Lord Provost Bob Duncan launch of PATCH charity

Posted onJune 4, 2014

Lord Provost Bob Duncan launch of PATCH charity

Lord Provost Bob Duncan launch of PATCH charity

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, was launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients. PATCH Chairman Sir Michael Nairn Bt explained that the charity was inspired by the innovative Acute Palliative Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital, which provides specialist palliative care support for patients and their families.  The reception was attended by PATCH’s Board of Directors and their guests, who were welcomed to the launch by the Lord Provost of Dundee, Councillor Bob Duncan. “The city of Dundee leads the way in so many fields of medicine and it is wonderful news that we were now also leading the way in ensuring people who are very ill receive the best possible palliative care,” said the Lord Provost.

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New charity PATCH launched at Dundee City Chambers

Posted onJune 3, 2014

New charity PATCH launched at Dundee City Chambers

New charity PATCH launched at Dundee City Chambers

PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, is to be launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee.

PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients. PATCH Chairman Sir Michael Nairn Bt explained that the charity was inspired by the innovative Acute Palliative Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital, which provides specialist palliative care support for patients and their families.

“This unit was established as a result of charitable donations from throughout Tayside and is now funded by NHS Tayside,” said Sir Michael Nairn. “Palliative care is the prevention and relief of patient and family suffering and it is vitally important to provide the best possible specialist palliative care to those who need it.

“A recent study by Glasgow University and published in the journal Palliative Medicine found that, in Scotland, a large number of patients (nearly one in three) are within their last year of life. Yet, at the moment, many hospitals only have access to specialist palliative care from Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm.

“PATCH is committed to supporting hospitals deliver high quality palliative care 24 hours a day, seven days a week by funding specialist staff or services, dedicated beds or, as in Ninewells Hospital, a dedicated palliative care unit,” continued Sir Michael, who added that PATCH will work with other charities, including Maggie’s, to ensure patients and their families receive the care and support when and where they need it.

The reception will be attended by PATCH’s Board of Directors and their guests, who will be welcomed to the launch by the Lord Provost of Dundee, Councillor Bob Duncan. “The city of Dundee leads the way in so many fields of medicine and it is wonderful news that we were now also leading the way in ensuring people who are very ill receive the best possible palliative care,” said the Lord Provost.

Dr Deans Buchanan, Consultant and Lead Clinician in Palliative Medicine, NHS Tayside said: “I am very pleased to support the launch of PATCH, which brings a vision of improving care for patients in hospital with incurable conditions or distressing symptoms, and for those at the end of life. There is a need to focus resources to meet this challenge and PATCH has a unique vision to do this.

“Through this vision, I am hopeful that this national charity will be able to help improve care at the point of need throughout Scottish hospitals.”

The charity’s Board of Directors, who are all volunteers, consists of Sir Michael Nairn Bt (Chairman), Mr Ian Barnard, Dr Pamela Levack, Mrs Trudy McLeay and Mr Jim Pickett. Ms Mary Mackenzie RGN is PATCH’s Nursing Advisor. “We are honoured to have Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri as Patron,” added Sir Michael.

“The immense knowledge and experience of every member of our team in their personal areas of expertise is a reflection of the significance of this charity, which will have an immense effect on the national provision of hospital palliative care services.”

PATCH Medical Director Dr Pamela Levack, who is a retired Consultant in Palliative Medicine, explained that caring for those approaching the end of their lives is a core hospital activity but there is limited availability of 24/7 specialist palliative care. “Hospices provide outstanding specialist services but more than half of us will die in hospital,” said Dr Levack.

The Royal College of Physicians recently highlighted the continuing need for specialist palliative care to be available seven days a week. PATCH’s vision is that patients in hospital will, if required, receive specialist palliative care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will be of immense benefit to patients and to their families.”

For more information about PATCH, visit www.patchscotland.com

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Special reception for new charity PATCH

Posted onMay 29, 2014

Special reception for new charity PATCH

Special reception for new charity PATCH       PATCH, a new national charity which aims to transform hospital care for people who are very ill or dying, is to be launched on June 2, 2014 at a special reception hosted by The Lord Provost of Dundee. PATCH – Palliation And The Caring Hospital – is based in Dundee and is the first charity to support full-time specialist palliative care for hospital patients. PATCH Chairman Sir Michael Nairn Bt explained that the charity was inspired by the innovative Acute Palliative Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital, which provides specialist palliative care support for patients and their families.

“This unit was established as a result of charitable donations from throughout Tayside and is now funded by NHS Tayside,” said Sir Michael Nairn. “Palliative care is the prevention and relief of patient and family suffering and it is vitally important to provide the best possible specialist palliative care to those who need it. “A recent study by Glasgow University and published in the journal Palliative Medicine found that, in Scotland, a large number of patients (nearly one in three) are within their last year of life. Yet, at the moment, many hospitals only have access to specialist palliative care from Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm. “PATCH is committed to supporting hospitals deliver high quality palliative care 24 hours a day, seven days a week by funding specialist staff or services, dedicated beds or, as in Ninewells Hospital, a dedicated palliative care unit,” continued Sir Michael, who added that PATCH will work with other charities, including Maggie’s, to ensure patients and their families receive the care and support when and where they need it.

The reception will be attended by PATCH’s Board of Directors and their guests, who will be welcomed to the launch by the Lord Provost of Dundee, Councillor Bob Duncan. “The city of Dundee leads the way in so many fields of medicine and it is wonderful news that we were now also leading the way in ensuring people who are very ill receive the best possible palliative care,” said the Lord Provost. Dr Deans Buchanan, Consultant and Lead Clinician in Palliative Medicine, NHS Tayside said: “I am very pleased to support the launch of PATCH, which brings a vision of improving care for patients in hospital with incurable conditions or distressing symptoms, and for those at the end of life. There is a need to focus resources to meet this challenge and PATCH has a unique vision to do this. “Through this vision, I am hopeful that this national charity will be able to help improve care at the point of need throughout Scottish hospitals.”

The charity’s Board of Directors, who are all volunteers, consists of Sir Michael Nairn Bt (Chairman), Mr Ian Barnard, Dr Pamela Levack, Mrs Trudy McLeay and Mr Jim Pickett. Ms Mary Mackenzie RGN is PATCH’s Nursing Advisor. “We are honoured to have Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri as Patron,” added Sir Michael. “The immense knowledge and experience of every member of our team in their personal areas of expertise is a reflection of the significance of this charity, which will have an immense effect on the national provision of hospital palliative care services.”

PATCH Medical Director Dr Pamela Levack, who is a retired Consultant in Palliative Medicine, explained that caring for those approaching the end of their lives is a core hospital activity but there is limited availability of 24/7 specialist palliative care. “Hospices provide outstanding specialist services but more than half of us will die in hospital,” said Dr Levack. “The Royal College of Physicians recently highlighted the continuing need for specialist palliative care to be available seven days a week. PATCH’s vision is that patients in hospital will, if required, receive specialist palliative care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will be of immense benefit to patients and to their families.”

For more information about PATCH, visit www.patchscotland.com.

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Ladies Day at Perth Racecourse

Posted onMay 15, 2014

Ladies Day at Perth Racecourse

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Dust off that fascinator and prepare for a day as iconically British as red pillar boxes and Fish & Chips. As the undisputed Perthshire ladies’ event of the year, Perth Races Ladies Day this Thursday (15th May) looks set to be its best yet. Pre-event ticket sales are at a record high with their VIP charity package having sold out 10 weeks before the event. Among the racing highlights is the reintroduction of the Ladies Cup by Racecourse Manager, Sam Morshead.

Heralded by many as the must-do day out in Perthshire, the event is now an annual fundraiser for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. This partnership is now in its fifth year with last year’s total reaching £10,700.

This year, Perth Race Course has worked together with local sponsors, Mac & Posh, St John’s Shopping Centre and Live Active Leisure to ensure an event that has all the excitement of any day at the races and all the attention that Ladies Day so rightly deserves. Live bands on stage, a summer and bridal fashion show incorporating local Perth City retailers, a free raffle from Live Active Leisure featuring prizes such as Annual Memberships and Personal Trainers, and a £1000 prize for the best dressed lady are among some of the event highlights that visitors will enjoy.

Tracey Quin, Sales Manager commented, “We’ve been really delighted with the response from Perth businesses and because of this support we’ve created a day that only adds to the sheer excitement and beauty of racing. Our decision five years ago to utilise this great ladies day out as a Breakthrough Breast Cancer Fundraising Event has made it even more special, touching the hearts of many and the fantastic response we’ve seen in the sale of tickets is testament to the sponsors and the day that has evolved.”

The feature race this year is the reintroduced Ladies Cup for the £15,000 Live Active Leisure Handicap Hurdle Race. The Ladies Cup was first run at Perth in 1844 and this original cup was replaced at a cost of £75 when Sir Robert Menzies won the race in 1868. Jockeys and owners competed for this cup for many years following and it was last recorded being presented in 1964. Sam Morshead, the racecourse manager made the decision to bring back the Ladies Cup for this 2014 race meeting.

He commented, “We are looking forward to a fabulous day, not only will there be some great fashion on show and a lot of folk having a fabulous time, which is what a day at Perth races is all about, but there will be seven exciting races featuring the £15000 Handicap Hurdle for the Ladies Cup. Southern trainers have been on the phone which is always a good sign and the Irish will no doubt send a few raiding parties!”

Ladies Day gates open at 12.00 noon, the first race is at 14.25 and the last race is at 17.35 with seven jump races in total. VIP charity packages are now sold out however, tickets can be purchased online which allow entry to the racing, main stage and fashion show.

 


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