Issue 214 Living Well

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living WELL



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Win tickets to see Award-winning comedian Shazia Mirza F

ollowing the success of her critically acclaimed recent shows; With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of Brexit, burqas and buttplugs through the lens of The Periodic Table, and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia is taking on the burning (and infectious) issues of our time in her latest show; ‘Coconut’ to Colchester Arts Centre, 12th February 2022. Recently seen back to absolute basics in Channel 4’s Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, taking a speedy turn (2.07 seconds to be exact) in BBC2’s Top Gear and temporarily enjoying the high life in Channel 4’s

Travel Man – 48 Hours In… Côte d’Azur, Shazia has also guested on ITV’s Jonathan Ross and Loose Women, BBC1’s The One Show, and is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff. “I wrote this show two years ago. It was relevant, funny, timely and I knew every single bit of it. Then one day in March, the world ended. I had nothing to do, nowhere to go, and I did what everyone else was doing. I sat on the settee in my pyjamas, stuffing myself with Nutella whilst watching documentaries on Ted Bundy. I thought I’d better change my show and make it more relevant: no one cares about reality TV, celebrity and me starving in a jungle; let’s get real”.

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Outdoor nursery where children can enjoy both freedom and security S

et in the grounds of Abbotts Hall Nature Discovery Park near Colchester, where children can enjoy both freedom and security, the outdoor nursery is run by early learning experts at Essex Wildlife Trust, the most experienced provider oof outdoor education in the county. The nature nursery is nestled among meadows and grassland, with large open skies and sheltered woodland to explore. Different zones within the nursery provide a variety of sensory and learning experiences. The nursery itself is fully outdoors with an outdoor kitchen,


composting toilets and a yurt with a log burner for the unfavourable weather conditions.

“Children will have the opportunity to become confident and independent, curious and playful.” The trust believes that to create a sustainable future, education must be based on a deep relationship with the natural world. Learning

will follow the early years Foundation Stage curriculum guidelines and statutory requirements, in the same way as a conventional indoor nursery. However, there will be a focus on holistic learning, and children will gain from the breadth of stimulating natural spaces to provide a healthy measure of awe and wonder. All staff are highly qualified in Early Years, Forest School qualified leaders and specialists in their field and the Nature Nursery is Ofsted registered.

At the Nature Nursery, children will have the opportunity to explore different habits and natural processes, while learning about wildlife with the support of expert staff. From learning to tie knots and working together to cook lunch that they grow in the garden to playing in the woodlands, climbing trees, digging and making mud pies. Children will have the opportunity to become confident and independent, curious and playful, develop a love of nature and wildlife and forge lasting friendships.

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UK tour of Human Nurture comes to Colchester T

heatre Centre has announced the cast and creatives for the UK tour of Human Nurture by Alfred Fagon Award-shortlisted writer Ryan CalaisCameron.

Exploring race, privilege, allyship and masculinity, Human Nurture tells the story of two ‘could-be’ brothers whose lives are cleaved when one is rehomed and the other is left behind in the care system.

The production is directed by Theatre Centre’s critically acclaimed Artistic Director, Rob Watt In order to ensure that Human Nurture is as authentic as possible, Theatre Centre has worked with Ryan and many young people from across the country to explore the themes of race and class found in the play. Having grown up in care together, Roger and Harry’s bond is so strong they’re like brothers. They share everything, food, music, and even dreams – everything 22

except their race. Roger is black and Harry is white; it’s never mattered to them but when Roger is fostered and Harry remains in care the boys grow apart and, in different cities and at opposite ends of the UK’s social spectrum, these differences come to the fore. Roger begins to connect with his cultural roots, while Harry falls into a crowd that are openly racist. Human Nurture unpicks how exclusion and socioeconomic context can affect worldviews and relationships. Writer Ryan Calais-Cameron commented, “With Human Nurture I really want us to collectively explore the reality

of questions/statements that felt like a huge contradiction throughout my life and the lives of so many Black people that have been brought up in the UK, especially now whilst there is so much attention on Black lives mattering.” Theatre Centre is a national touring company that makes bold and relevant shows with and for young people and Human Nurture comes to Colchesters Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT on 25th and 26th February 2022

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance reaches

1000 days carrying Blood on Board Milestone M

onday 13th December marks a milestone at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) as it reaches 1,000 days carrying blood on board its helicopters and rapid response vehicles. Over 130 patients have received blood transfusions from EHAAT’s critical care teams since the charity first started carrying blood products on 19 March 2019. Laurie Phillipson is Head of Clinical Development and Blood Project Lead for EHAAT. He said: “Previously patients who suffered blood loss were given a saline solution, which although 24

effective, doesn’t carry oxygen or help with clotting. With blood on board our helicopters and RRVs now carry packed red blood cells of blood group O Negative, meaning they can be used on any patient, and when needed, these are given with plasma, the other major component of human blood. “Together they enable our pre-hospital critical care teams to provide a blood transfusion rapidly and safely at the scene of an incident. This can be a life-saving intervention for the most seriously injured and is another example of how EHAAT is bringing innovative

care to the patient’s side. The 1,000-day milestone would not have been reached without the support from the laboratory and transfusion team at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) in Harlow, who provide the blood, and the volunteer drivers and bikers of the Essex Voluntary Blood Service (EVBS), who deliver the blood to EHAAT’s airbases at Earls Colne and North Weald daily. Carol Weller is Chair at EVBS and said: “Over the last two years we have all worked very hard to make sure that EHAAT has blood whenever

EHAAT critical care team practice giving a blood transfusion (simulation) Credit EHAAT they need it night or day, even throughout the pandemic. It has been an absolute honour for me to work so closely with such an amazing team of men and women who I am proud to call my EHAAT colleagues”. Blood is replaced daily and replenished as required. It is delivered and stored in special insulated boxes that keep it at a cool temperature for over 24 hours. These are fitted with a data logger that indicates if the temperature is trending outside of safe limits. If unused after 24 hours the blood is returned to the Princess Alexandra Hospital for use elsewhere, preventing any wastage of this precious commodity. When the blood is required, it is warmed to body temperature to make it safe

to administer and prevent unnecessary cooling of the patient. Tracy Nevin, blood transfusion specialist practitioner at PAHT, said: “We are so delighted to have the pleasure of working in partnership with this wonderful team EHAAT and to have reached this magnificent milestone together in providing emergency blood products at the roadside for 1,000 days. We are committed to supporting this essential service and to be a part of helping make a real difference in patient care.” “We enjoy working with our EHAAT colleagues and continuously look at ways to improve the service and are excited to continue

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supporting them on this project. It has been a pleasure and honour to work with such a dedicated team.” On average it costs £500 to help one patient in need of blood and EHAAT launched its ‘Blood on Board Appeal’ in March this year. The appeal managed to raise just over £23,000, but EHAAT needs continued help to secure blood on board. Your support will ensure they can continue to carry blood on board into the future.

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