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Leicestershire Marie Curie Urgently Needs Your Help! As we see the first daffodils of the year bloom, terminal illness charity Marie Curie is asking people of Leicestershire to volunteer to collect for its Great Daffodil Appeal in March. Volunteering just two hours of your time to give out daffodil pins in return for a donation can help Marie Curie Nurses be there for people living with a terminal illness in their own homes. The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest annual fundraising campaign, which takes places throughout March, but the charity needs people to sign up to volunteer now. Actress Jane Horrocks, who volunteered her time to voice a radio and TV ad for the appeal, said: “This March the charity needs more than 24,000 volunteers to make the Great Daffodil Appeal happen. Please

give up some of your time to ensure that Marie Curie Nurses can continue to provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness, at a time when they need it most. Together we can make every daffodil count this March!” Sophie Wallace Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie said: “We are calling on the people of Rutland to help us make every daffodil count this year. All you have to do is encourage people to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin, it’s that simple. So round up your friends, family and colleagues and together we can help Marie Curie Nurses provide vitals hands on care and emotional support to people living with a terminal illness, and their loved ones.” Make Every Daffodil Count and volunteer to support now: or call 0800 304 7025*. For more information on how to get involved in the Great Daffodil Appeal, please contact Sophie Wallace on 01332 204221 or email

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your service and we’re hoping this will become a popular, regular event open to all current and past members of our Armed Forces in Charnwood. I’d like to thank the Toby Carvery for their support in hosting the club.”

A breakfast club for serving and former members of the Armed Forces is being launched in Charnwood.

Armed Forces Community Covenants encourage understanding and awareness of the issues affecting service personnel, veterans and their families within the local community.

The Charnwood Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club meets for the first time on Saturday, February 11 at the Toby Carvery in Loughborough and it is a chance for serving and former servicemen and women, including reservists, and their families to enjoy breakfast for £5 and have a chat. The club is being organised by Victoria Coomber and backed by Charnwood Borough Council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant. Victoria’s husband Dai served in the Royal Signals for more than 20 years before his death in 2011 following a short battle with Burkitts Lymphoma. Victoria, who lives in Shepshed and works for the Council, said: “We want to give veterans the chance to come together, meet new people who may have similar experiences and of course enjoy a good breakfast. It doesn’t matter whether you are still serving, left the armed forces last week, last year or many years ago. You will all have common bonds from

Cllr Hilary Fryer, the Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “I am passionate about supporting our armed forces personnel because these people are prepared to risk their lives to protect our freedom. It’s important we support them if we can, even if it’s only in a small way. I am delighted to see the start of the breakfast club and I look forward to seeing people there.” The Charnwood Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club will meet on the second Saturday of every month. The first event is between 9.30-11.30am on Saturday, February 11 at the Toby Carvery, Forest Road, Loughborough, LE11 3HU. A full English breakfast will be £5 for veterans including unlimited tea and coffee. Booking is not required, but for more information, email Vicky at A group has also been set up on Facebook called the Charnwood Veterans Breakfast Club. Search for it and request to join.

Millie’s American Adventure Our Lady’s Convent School in Loughborough was delighted to welcome back past pupil Millie Elliott as she led an assembly about her gap year in an independent school in America. Millie, who is now in her first year at St Andrew’s University, won an English Speaking Union Scholarship worth £35,000 to attend Western Reserve Academy in North East Ohio, rated 14 in the top 100 American private schools. Students listening to her speak were transfixed by her tales of daily academic life, attending proms and how all students are equally regarded as athletes and expected to participate in at least two hours of sporting activities daily Encouraging current students to grasp all opportunities offered by the School Millie explained that her ability to demonstrate breadth and depth of skills and experiences helped her qualify for the scholarship. She emphasised the need to get involved with as much as possible and accept the help and support offered by the School. Millie is now offering support and advice to other students at The Convent looking to broaden their horizons and study overseas for a year.

Charnwood Hearing Aid Centre Charnwood Hearing Aid Centre is delighted to announce that, for the second year running, our Audiologist Lynne Leeming, has been highly commended in the Rayovac Audiologist of the Year awards. This prestigious award is given to Audiologists who continually show a high level of professionalism, care and commitment to their patients. In order to be considered for an award Audiologists must be nominated by their clients. Lynne is immensely grateful to all her clients who nominated her for the award. On receiving the commendation for the second time Lynne said “It is most humbling to think that my clients have taken the time to nominate me for this prestigious award when I am doing what I love to do – helping to improve the lives of those who are hard of hearing”. Lynne has been an Audiologist for over 30 years, spending more than 25 years working within the NHS. She opened her private practice in 1998 and moved to the current premises on Stadon Road in Anstey 6 years ago. A quality, no pressure service has ensured that the Practice has grown steadily and last year saw expansion when Lynne employed a second Audiologist to work alongside her. New services recently introduced into the Practice include the removal of wax by microsuction. Charnwood Hearing Aid Centre can be contacted on 0116 236 6633 between 9.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturdays. Nominations for Audiologist of the Year 2017 will open in the spring and details can be found at



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Swimathon Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary! Jump in a pool in Leicestershire for Swimathon 2017 and raise money for Marie Curie Swimathon, the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim is back for 2017 and swimmers across the UK are being encouraged to jump in one of over 600 participating pools and raise vital funds for Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families. The event will take place across the weekend of 7th-9th April and is extra special this year as Swimathon will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. Swimathon began in 1986 as a pilot programme for swimmers in London only. Since the launch of the annual event in 1988, nearly 700,000 participants have taken part and raised £46 million which has been distributed to 36 different charities. Swimmers can challenge themselves to the 5k, 2.5k or 1.5k Individual or Team 5k or 1.5k distances and raise funds for Marie Curie. Marie Curie Community Fundraiser, Sophie Wallace, is encouraging people in Leicester

to put on their swim suits and head down to their local pool to take in a Swimathon Challenge: “We’re looking for swimmers to help make this the biggest and best Swimathon yet. In 2015, 22,600 swimmers took part and helped raise a brilliant £1.9 million for Marie Curie – a fantastic achievement but one we are hoping to beat this year.”

Olympic gold medalist Duncan Goodhew and the sporting soprano Laura Wright are heading up this year’s campaign, and are calling on people of all ages to set themselves the challenge and take to the water. Duncan Goodhew, who is also Swimathon President, said: “For the last 29 years it has been a real joy to see Swimathon develop and mature into the great event it is today. Nowadays there are thousands of well-organised sports participation events, mostly running and cycling, which raise money for charity but that wasn’t the case in 1988 when we launched the annual event. Swimathon really was ahead of its time giving people a chance to get active and do some good at the same time. I am so proud of both Swimathon’s longevity and its

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lose a loved one and Marie Curie is a real support system during this traumatic time. I hope that Swimathon will help in raising record amounts this year to help Marie Curie continue supporting and caring for people who need it most.”

Laura Wright, sporting soprano and official anthem singer for the England Rugby Team, added: “I am delighted to be an ambassador for this year’s Swimathon. Sport and leading a healthy lifestyle is so important to me for both body and mind and Swimathon encourages people young and old to take part to get fit, healthy, and have fun. I want everyone taking part this year to support a friend or family member who is not in the best of health or at peak fitness and encourage them to also take part. Swimming is a sport with a real sense of community and I am looking forward to being a part and helping to raise funds for Marie Curie.

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The Even Bigger Big Knit Continues Let’s Keep Knitting!

The Big Knit 2016/17 has just been re-launched following a highly successful Phase 1 just completed. Thanks to the wonderful band of knitters across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutand, the local Age UK has just sent off a magnificent 41,000 little hats to help older people stay warm and well in the winter. It could not be achieved without them. Now we face an even bigger challenge and need more help - to create as many little woolly hats as possible for Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit before 17th July 2017 with an increased local target of 52,000 over that period! Each winter, one older person dies every seven minutes because of the cold weather. With the fantastic support from knitters up and down the country, The Big Knit has raised vital funds to support local and national winter projects to help older people keep warm in winter.

donate 25p to help Age UK fund national and local winter projects. Whilst patterns can be obtained from Age UK, many knitters let their imagination run riot, last year producing designs including a giant squid, fruit, soldiers, peas in a pod, cupcakes and an ice cream cone topped with a classic flake! Tony Donovan, Executive Director at Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland said: “We really need all our existing knitters to keep going, but to have a chance of meeting the challenging target set of 52,000 for Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit, we’re calling on more local knitters to come forward. We’re extremely grateful for all the hats we’ve received so far, which raise money to help us run vital winter services. Please send completed hats to Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland at Lansdowne House, 113 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7LA or drop them in at one of our shops.”

Knitters in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being called upon to create little hats to adorn innocent smoothie bottles, which will be sold in stores nationwide from November 2017. For each behatted smoothie sold, innocent will

Knitters can contact Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland to get a free hat pattern or for more information about The Big Knit – telephone: 0116 2992233 or log onto:

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Great Central Railway Salutes Valiant Volunteers Sixty six volunteers with more than forty years of service - a staggering two thousand six hundred years combined!

Directors. The evening culminated with the presentation of the long service awards to people who have loyally served the project.

The Great Central Railway has celebrated the volunteers who keep the award winning Leicestershire line alive and uncovered a staggering track record. Sixty six of them have each clocked up more than forty years of service. To put it another way, that's two thousand and six hundred years combined!

Chief Executive Andy Munro said, "As we started adding up the numbers, we couldn't believe how many people have been committed to the railway for so long. In total, sixty six people have been volunteers for forty years or more. Combined, that's an extraordinary two thousand six hundred years of service. It is the sort of record many companies can only dream of, so it was absolutely right that we salute their dedication. Along with all of our volunteers, it's their effort which continues to keep the Railway alive".

More than three hundred volunteers attended a dinner event at Leicester's King Power stadium. The aim was to celebrate all who give their time to the line and was personally supported by the

Garth The Dog Offers Award Winning Advice To New Owners An advice leaflet ‘written’ by Garth the dog has been highly commended by the RSPCA. The leaflet, which has been produced by Charnwood Borough Council, was Highly Commended at the RSPCA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards in the Innovator category. The council also won gold at the CAWF awards for its work to look after stray dogs in the borough. The leaflet offers advice for new owners who adopt a dog from the council’s College Garth kennels in Hathern, Loughborough. The advice is written in plain English, from the point of view of Garth the

The original Great Central Railway finally closed in 1969. That year, a number of people met in the waiting room at Leicester Central station to discuss how a section of the line could be preserved as a home for large steam locomotives. At the dinner some of those founding fathers were present, meaning they are approaching half a century of service. They come from all walks of life and work right across the railway from restoration of priceless heritage to running the trains, all of which will be on show at the Railway’s Winter Gala this coming weekend 27-29th January. Andy continued "We have around seven hundred volunteers at the

GCR from all age groups and its great to see young people working alongside more experienced engineers and volunteers. People are passionate about volunteering and helping to shape the future. With major developments coming down the line in the years ahead, there is a real buzz of excitement in the air. It's a great time to get involved and experience the passionate team spirit." The Great Central is developing a heritage lottery funded museum at its southern terminus in conjunction with the National Railway Museum and Leicester City Council. It is also working to create and eighteen mile heritage railway across the East Midlands.

dog, who gives tips on tasks such as sleeping arrangements, walks and feeding time. Councillor David Hayes, Deputy Lead Member for Regulatory Services said: “It’s fantastic to have achieved not one, but two commendations from the RSPCA. “We work hard to ensure stray dogs are either reunited with their owners or re-homed. “It’s also important that we make sure that owners know how to look after their dog, particularly as many of our adopted dogs have had bad experiences with their former owners in the past. “Our leaflet gives people practical advice to make sure that you can have a happy and safe relationship with your dog.” Rachel Williams, Senior Parliamentary Advisor at the RSPCA said: “Garth's rehoming leaflet is a truly innovative

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in the CAWF awards is fantastic and something that all of the staff involved should be very proud of.”

“We've not seen a leaflet written in this friendly, accessible style anywhere else in the country, and it's proof that improving animal welfare doesn't have to be hugely complicated.

For more information about how the council looks after stray animals visit uk/animals_stray

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To find out about more about the kennels, search College Garth Rescue Kennels on Facebook.



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on Friday 17th March 2017. We

A Weary Optimist

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at Fearon Hall from 10am – 3pm

Recent events both local, national and international have started to make we wonder whether enough of us set our aspirations by what we want or what we’re for, rather than what we fear or are against, and whether that leads society to be more pessimistic rather than optimistic about our future.

from hundreds of constituents faced in older age. Whether it

is caring for our loved ones or

worrying about health or finances, my office frequently comes into

are planning to hold this event

and we will using this occasion

to encourage our constituents to face these challenges head on.

contact with people who are faced

If you would like to take part in this

arise in later life.

who can share their experiences

with difficult situations which often

Almost a quarter of us will be

65 or over in just 20 years’ time, which means we need to be open to discussing some of

these challenges. Yet we know

event as an exhibitor, as someone or simply to find out more then

please get in touch with Simon in my office. He can be contacted on 01509 234 533 or simon.

that difficult conversations

And just another reminder that on

amongst families. National charity

a special pre-Budget business

are often avoided, particularly

Independent Age, have released

a report last year which examines these issues. It is well worth a read, if you have not done so

already, and can be found online

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dealing-difficult-conversations The report finds that 7 million

Friday 3rd March I will be holding

breakfast at a venue in the middle of Loughborough. Small Business Minister Margot James will be

joining us. If you have any sort of business connection and would like to contribute your ideas on

policy and meet fellow business

people then do get in touch so we can send you an invitation.

people aged 65 and over have

Finally, I’ve launched an updated

family about key topics relating

Since my first survey in 2013 we

never had a conversation with

to future care and housing needs. With an ageing population, we know that problem is likely to

get worse, and this is reflected in our constituency surgeries and casework.

So Charnwood MP, Ed Argar and I are joining together to host our

Later Life event in Loughborough

mental health questionnaire.

have seen the launch locally of the Loughborough Wellbeing Project

Café and the move of local mental health services to Loughborough Hospital. I am keen to see how

well supported local people feel. Please contact me for a copy of the survey or you can fill it on

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other newspapers if you would like to find out more about her remarkable life). Mirjam was a part of history – a friend of Anne Frank, and the last person to see her alive after they were both sent to Belsen – but significant above all else is that she would not allow herself to be defined by history. She refused to be called a survivor – to her that implied that her life was a product of the camp and the Nazis, rather than of her life before or after. As Danny wrote about his mum, “My mother’s view was that if she lived her life as a ‘survivor’, she would be granting Hitler the ultimate triumph.”, so instead she decided that, “She would live as a person, a wife and a mother.” I loved her extraordinarily positive outlook on life, which echoed her achievements in later life. It also reflected well on her three children, her equally remarkable husband, and through the warmth she showed to others (even hungover students) that she met and befriended. I’m now a slightly less weary, but slightly more firm, optimist. Loughborough’s Not So Secret Gem It may not seem so, but Loughborough’s market is remarkable – we all use it, week-in, week-out – but probably never think about how successful it is. As other towns lose their markets bitby-bit, ours continues to prosper and now appears, in various formats, on more days each week than ever. The success of our market is not so secret anymore however, since it has just been awarded a national accolade: Best Large Market in the country. So, the next time you visit, think about how lucky we are to have such a successful, award winning, large market in the middle of our town.



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