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My family helped to build the NHS British born Tony Kelly was raised in Jamaica and returned to England in 1979 living in Harborne with his family ever since. As a Mico Teachers’ College graduate he taught English Language/Literature and Religious Education in high schools in Kingston. Tony worked in local and central government for 30 years before early retirement as a middle manager specialising in equity, equality, and diversity. Among his qualifications is a Socio-Legal studies Master’s Degree from University of Birmingham. For nearly 8 years Tony had been a Diabetes UK Community Champion Volunteer devoting his time educating all communities in Britain and further afield about health and well-being in relation to diabetes, a medical condition which runs in his family. He is proud to have controlled his type 2 diabetes with physical activity and diet since diagnosis 16 years ago and has never taken medication. Thus, proving it can be done with the right mindset, discipline, and motivation. He now works as a freelance diabetes

Above: Tony Kelly’s late mother Millicent Kelly on the right and his late aunt Aldyth Richards on the left

ambassador in a voluntary capacity, passionate about educating others regarding health and well-being Tony is in demand for radio and television interviews about type 2 diabetes and has won numerous awards Prior to the recent changes in place from the government and the tragedy in the US Tony who has written for HEM Life over the past 3 years shared an amazing, uplifting and positive story and letter to his mum with us which we are delighted to share with our readers.

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Above: Growing up Tony Kelly as a young boy

Left: TRAILBLAZER: Millicent Kelly (far left) was one of the Windrush Generation nurses who came to Britain in the early 1950s and helped shape the NHS

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Tony Kelly’s letter to his mother (Continued from front page)

In recent years, the critical role that black nurses who came to Britain as part of the Windrush Generation played in creating the NHS has come to be more fully recognised. One of those was Millicent Kelly who arrived in Britain in 1953. Here, in a heartfelt letter to his late mother, Tony pays tribute to her achievements in nursing and wonders what she would have made of the current NHS. Dear Mum, You left us and this earthly life on 18th August 2007 and before that so did your older sister Aldyth Richards who I affectionately called Aunt Tit. Your youngest sister Aunt Yvonne is trying to make sense of what is happening in the year 2020. The world is going through some perilous times due to something called Coronavirus or COVID-19 which apparently originated in China. You are probably wondering what I am referring to knowing how intent you always were on increasing your knowledge of medical/health related matters and have every right to seek clarification. That will be explained later. Answering the call - In 1948 Britain’s National Health Service was formed and not long after Aunt Tit in 1952, you in 1953 and Aunt Yvonne in 1957, as three sisters from Bath, St. Thomas, Jamaica answered the call of what was then referred to as the Mother Country to come and train as nurses in London. Without a doubt you were trailblazers who paved the way for others to follow in your footsteps and so many have indeed done so. You all qualified as State Registered Nurses (SRN) and worked in hospitals in London. With your thirst for knowledge you also became a State Certified Midwife (SCM) and made sure to mention that whenever I was not devoting enough time to my educational studies. You explained the difference between an SRN and a State Enrolled Nurse (SEN).

Tony’s aunt Aldyth Richards came to Britain in 1952 and also qualified as a State Registered Nurse

Education - ‘The roots of education are bitter but the fruit is sweet’ readily springs to mind as your mother , my grandmother, Granny would say to me, ‘Go tek yuh book’ or ‘Hard work neva kill anyone’ since I wanted to play or to use a Jamaican saying ‘ramp’ outside with others. I always remember as a child leaving you behind in England to travel on the Ascania ship in the early sixties for three weeks at sea with my late Aunt Vie and my first cousin Heather then only ten months old from Southampton docks to your homeland Jamaica. Most of my formative years were spent being raised in Whitehall, St. Thomas by my grandmother and great aunt Mrs. Ina Watson who was affectionately

called Sista. Such happy memories. Now back to the COVID-19 a respiratory disease affecting the lungs named after the year it was discovered i.e. December 2019.

Pandemic - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it a pandemic with over six million people infected and several thousand having died since the start. There has been an urgent call for retired health care professionals to join the fight as volunteers in an effort to assist the overstretched NHS staff cope with this terrible disease which for many has proved fatal. The British press did a major campaign to alert the nearly 68 million people to the serious threat associated with this highly contagious disease and the need to wash our hands regularly, social distance, shield the elderly and others with underlying health conditions by means of quarantine and everyone staying indoors. Many people are dressed like Batman and Robin, Spider Man or Phantom in face masks, eye goggles and even gloves (apparently the latter is ineffective) as fear grips the entire nation with makeshift morgues in abundance due to the high number of people dying daily. Shivers - To cough sends shivers down the spines of those nearby as everyone becomes suspicious as to whether that person is contagious. Even clearing one’s throat in public makes for some weird looks from strangers. You surely would express your concerns regarding the advice being given now about hygiene standards as those were part of your Jamaican heritage, upbringing, and everyday way of life. So, Britain has come full circle in that regard. The proverbial saying ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ seems apt. In large cities huge entertainment venues are being converted into hospitals all named Nightingale after Florence. Mary Seacole - There is no creativity of including the well known Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole whose statue was unveiled on 30th June 2016 opposite the Houses of Parliament in the grounds of St. Thomas’ hospital where Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson was treated after having caught the virus. You would be the first to question why none of these make-shift hospitals catering for this pandemic as a mark of respect were not named after Mary Seacole considering all that she accomplished as a nurse during the Crimean war of 1853 to 1856. Your words would be ‘What a crying shame on Britain’s inwardly looking approach.’ Dedication and commitment - I won’t bore you with the current statistics of black and minority ethnic medical staff in the NHS. But rest assured it is much higher than in the 1950s when you and your siblings embarked on that epic adventure from Jamaica to play your part. Yours and their dedication, commitment and unstinting service will always be remembered and not be erased into oblivion nor should the current BAME health care professionals some of whom have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives whilst caring for the sick.

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“Though we’re in lockdown we won’t be knocked down.” So rang out the lyrics of the song ‘Looking to the Rainbow’, written by The Blue Coat School Chaplain, Becky Drake and recorded by members of the Class of 2020. This year will certainly be a memorable one for Blue Coat Year 6 Leavers in more ways than one. Back in September, the Class of 2020 were knuckling down to the task in hand, namely the 11+ entrance tests and selective examinations for independent senior schools. Fast forward 6 months and the children found themselves in their bedrooms or sitting at the dining table bent over laptops, headphones on, listening to their teachers remotely via Google Meet. Virtual learning was the new normal as the country went into lockdown. Whilst the government debated how to get the children back to school, teachers at The Blue Coat School were anxious that this cohort would not leave Blue Coat under a cloud. Whilst one or two were attending as children of critical workers, it was not until 1 June that the majority of Year 6 passed through the gates once more and into the familiar enclave of BCS. Sadly, not as free as it once was, but liberating all the same to be reunited with classmates and teachers. Though safely within their bubbles of 15, the children could be children once more and run around on the playing fields to let off steam.

Not to dwell on the uncontrollable, what could be prepared for was the rigour of the 11+ season. No less than in previous years, the current cohort of Year 6 were prepped and ready to do their best. Now, as is customary, as they prepare to graduate we look back at this extraordinary year and celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020. Unhindered by COVID-19, the 78 children that make up the Class of 2020 can deservedly celebrate an incredible set of offers. In total, 176 offers were received from independent senior and grammar schools, including 45 grammar places. 35 Scholars were awarded 47 scholarships and awards recognising their exceptional academic ability, as well as talent for music and sport.

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Behind the scenes the customary trappings of graduation continued - year books were compiled and leavers’ hoodies ordered; transfer reports were exchanged with senior schools’ liaison teams and the preparation for the next academic year was underway.

Blue Coat 2020 Leavers have experienced an unprecedented end to their primary school days and not one that anyone would have wished upon them. Proudly it can be said that they have tackled these with resilience and the mental strength that has epitomised their BCS Values, to ‘Cheerfully Persevere’. The ‘growing-up’ that is usually done during those first few weeks of senior school was prematurely accelerated as the children adapted to life in lockdown and exercised self-discipline and motivation in following lessons online.

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6 Life Stories Forward In Unity unveiled The highly anticipated street art mural celebrating Birmingham’s spirit in response to the COVID-19 pandemic opened to the public on Friday 29 May 2020. The official unveiling was attended by The Mayor Andy Street, dignitaries, police officers and others from around the region.

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Hope for tourism, hospitality and cultural sector Regional leaders have called on Government to allow the West Midlands to become a national test bed for an early reopening of the tourism, hospitality and cultural sector - the first sector to close under the lockdown and is likely to be the last to reopen Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, Fiona Allan, chair of the West Midlands Tourism Board and CEO of Birmingham Hippodrome and Martin Sutherland, chair of the West Midlands Cultural Leadership Board and CEO of Coventry City of Culture 2021, have sent a joint letter to Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, asking for the region to be used as a pilot area which would see the sector opening sooner than elsewhere in the country. Regional leaders are keen to see staff in the sector allowed to return on a reduced, part-time basis until it is safe for normal activity to resume. The Covid-19 lockdown has had a major impact on the sector right across the region. An earlier than planned reopening under a pilot scheme would provide a much-needed boost for the region’s key visitor destinations, it would also provide confidence to the region’s theatres, who are currently considering whether to cancel Christmas productions. The setting up of a pilot scheme would also bolster the wider Covid-19 recovery plan being drawn up by the region.

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Few would argue that COVID-19 represents a generational event. Residents across the city have never seen life altered like this before, and hopefully never will again, not since the war has Birmingham’s collective spirit shone brighter. Birmingham was not perfect as it entered lockdown. No major city is. However, the collective spirit of charities, businesses, individuals, and dignitaries gave everyone a glimpse of what was possible. Communities have a newfound friendship and the homeless have somewhere to stay. A charitable collective, Art for Charity, was determined to mark the return of the collective spirit of the city with an indelible piece of artwork. Birmingham based creative entrepreneurs Prof Paul Cadman and Nathaniel Hanna came together with the specific aim of marking the occasion. From their combined skills and contact lists, Art for Charity was born. Celebrating the achievements of frontline staff and key workers was part one, but they always had the second phase in mind.

Art for Charity took it upon themselves to do all in their power to ensure that we emerge from lockdown, into the ‘new normal’, better positioned than when we entered. The Birmingham spirit occasionally falls to the wayside but can always be relied upon to resurface in the face of adversity. The city is home to a street artist of international renown in the shape of Josh Billingham, aka Gent 48. Best-known for industry in years gone by, Birmingham is now home to some of the world’s most exceptional creative talent, and Gent 48 ranks firmly among them - The result is an imposing mural in the centre of Digbeth. Celebratory and unique in style, it seeks to pay homage to the frontline professionals of the city who have worked tirelessly to ensure that life goes on as usual, or as close as possible. Art for Charity would like to invite the residents of Birmingham to visit the mural at: Rear of Norton’s Bar, 43-45 Meriden Street, Digbeth B5 5LS

Walking challenge in isolation

Ester on her treadmill

Esther Baston from Harborne and is currently in isolation. Esther has cerebral palsy and for her, walking is a skill that’s required lots of perseverance and hard work since childhood. She’s responded to the isolation measures by challenging herself with walking regularly on her treadmill at home. Ester was inspired by seeing Colonel Tom and decided to walk 2.6 miles in 2.6 weeks. Esther managed around 30 minutes on her treadmill every other day and superseded her challenge by walking 2.7 miles. Esther was one of the first children to receive Conductive Education in Hungary in the 1980s, before it was brought over to the UK with its core hub remaining in Birmingham, now called NICE - Centre for Movement Disorders. She has received professional services from NICE since its inception, and alongside attended mainstream school through childhood as well as earning a degree at university. Esther ordinarily lives a live full of socialising, volunteering in the office at NICE and loves going out to the theatre as much as she can, so the restrictions have marked a big change to her day-to-day. Annie Smith, NICE Fundraiser says, “Esther’s attitude through isolation is what Conductive Education is all about. The safety measures in place have affected her freedom, with so much focus having to be on what you cannot do. But Esther’s response has been all about what she can do, what she can achieve and feeling empowered as a result.” As part of Esther’s challenge, she’s raising funds for both NICE and St. Luke’s Hospice. The Sheffield based hospice was of immense support to her fiancé, Ben, before he very sadly died in 2019. The other day when walking, Esther wore her Baggies football top, which Ben had left her. He was a huge West Bromwich Albion fan. Esters target was £1,500, on publishing Ester had reached 123% - a grand total of £2,209.63

Diwali on the Square - just one of many cultural events and other attractions that help generate more than 131 million visits to the West Midlands each year

Pupils participate in Mental Health Awareness Week We are currently experiencing a new way of life and adapting to a whole new normal. As we navigate these uncertain times, we seek light in the darkness, clarity in the confusion, and hope in the helplessness. Self-isolation and social distancing is providing us with the time and space we need to reflect on what is important in life, to appreciate what matters most and to look forward to new beginnings. National Mental Health Awareness Week took place from 18th-24th May 2020. The theme this year was kindness and pupils at Priory School Edgbaston participated in a plethora of initiatives to promote conversations about mental health and kindness in order to create positive change.  While a team of Priory School staff cared for the children of key workers in school, teachers have been supporting pupils with their home learning remotely. Priory School students have engaged in a range of projects alongside their daily learning schedule such as charitable fundraising initiatives, writing to pen pals at a nursing home, painting rainbows of hope in support of key workers and participating in the SIFA Big Brummie Camp Out. As groups of pupils return to Priory School this half term, they will continue to learn about mental and physical wellbeing as part of the broad and balanced curriculum on offer. These unprecedented times have taught us all that life truly is a gift for which we should be grateful.


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8 Life Stories Father & son raise over £6,000

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Harrison Garratt, aged 8, has raised an incredible £6,400 for patients across University Hospitals Birmingham after taking on a fundraising challenge with his dad, Will, who works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Edgbaston. Harrison is a budding young goalkeeper and plays for the Stoke City Academy Team. He wanted to raise money to support patients, inspired by his parents who both work at the QE. Harrison and Will together cycled 43 miles on their exercise bike, the distance from their home to the training ground in Stoke where Harrison plays, and then the pair went out into the garden where Will had to score 100 goals past his son before the challenge could end. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of supporters, the pair raised £6,400, smashing their initial target of £100. Will said, “I’m so proud of Harrison for all that he’s done to raise money to support our patients, he is just so pleased to have raised so much money

through his challenge. It was hard work but we had great fun! “Harrison initially wanted to raise £100 to help fund a tablet, he said to me ‘Maybe we could buy an iPad Dad and if someone is dying, they could see their family for the last time because of me...’ I had to walk out of the room and wipe my eyes at this point, I won’t lie.” Harrison received messages of support on social media from across the football world, with current and former players sending videos of support including John Barnes, Jamie Carragher, Asmir Begovic, and comedian Rob Beckett.” Cathryn Worth, Fundraising Manager at QEHB Charity, said, “A huge well done goes to Harrison and Will for their brilliant fundraising efforts! It is so special that Harrison wanted to do something to support patients at the hospital, inspired by his mum and dad. Their challenge sounded like great fun and it was wonderful to see so many people supporting their efforts!”

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Marvellous Millie

Millie Milburn from Stirchley started making masks as one of her first school projects while off school because of Coronavirus after her Mum Jo gave her some fabric scraps to keep her occupied. Never could Millie a singer in a heavy metal band and keen football player who celebrated her 11th birthday on 31st May have imagined the demand for her ‘funked up’ fashionable masks would also allow her to give something back in the current difficult times. Mum Jo usually makes bespoke bridal gowns, but now the shop is closed and with Millie adding a touch of colour to people’s lives, thanks to the ‘funky’ masks she creates she started a new business ‘Millie’s Masks’ to sell the masks designed by Millie while maintaining social

distancing measures in the factory. “We are now working on fulfilling more than 4,500 masks, and because of the demand, four part-time staff from the bridal shop have been able to come out of furlough and start earning again. Here at Millie’s masks we donate 20% of profits to NHS charities and local volunteer groups. We are also trying to help others who need masks by giving the option to gift masks to people who really need them like care workers, doctors, nurses, people who are poor.” said Jo “We are really proud of Millie, it’s crazy how things have snowballed, we were delighted to be able to donate £300 a few weeks back , we have come a long way in a few months sending out orders of up to 500 masks a day. Thanks to everyone who have brought Millie’s printed mask’s and pay it forward, over £10,000 for our good causes has already been raised.” added Dad Darren. Read more about Millie on Facebook @milliesmasks or visit: www.milliesmasks.co.uk

Millie wearing one of the thousands of masks made

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Home Instead Senior Care discusses how technology can benefit older adults and their CAREGivers

Technology has proven its indisputable value over the past few months - empowering family and friends to stay connected and informed during a time when being physically close together may not be possible. While everyone can stand to benefit from innovative technology, it’s especially important for older adults to consider the advantages digital tools can offer in their everyday lives. Terry Cheung, owner of Home Instead Senior Care Edgbaston says, “When paired with human touch, technology has the power to help older adults age safely, independently and with dignity. Computers, smartphones, and tablets are among the most valuable tools available to help older adults remain in their homes as they age. “Additionally, it has been so important for families to remain connected during the lockdown, and thanks to modern video technology, it has been relatively easy for relatives to speak to their elderly family members despite not being able to visit them.” While no device can take the place of human interaction, the right digital platform can ensure older adults remain healthy, safe and socially engaged. Terry shares several ways technology can empower seniors to live independently: Social Connection

Video chat platforms like Skype or Zoom can supplement social interactions when in-person visits aren’t possible. To reconnect with old friends or forge new relationships, consider creating a social media profile on platforms such as Facebook or Instagram. Overall Wellbeing

While social distancing can make it a little trickier to stay active, there are plenty of free tools online to keep your body moving. Fitness trackers and smartwatches such as Fitbit or the iPhone Health app can also help you stay on top of daily activity, sleep patterns and eating habits.

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Keeping our minds active as we age is critical to protecting against cognitive decline. For mental exercise, try online games such as Scrabble Go (to improve brain activity), Trivial Pursuit (to improve fact recall) or Sudoku (to improve sharp mindedness). At Home Instead Senior Care, we offer a range of assistive care products which have been specially selected to complement our care by providing added insight into an older person’s health and wellbeing. Rather than feel ‘intrusive’ these products are designed to provide reassurance for your safety and help you remain living independently at home for longer. When it comes to integrating technology into our daily lives, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. It’s important to consider which tools and programs work best for your preferences. And, even as exciting new gadgets hit the market, remember that no app or machine can replace genuine human interaction. For more information about our caring technology, please call 01217 218937 or visit: www.homeinstead.co.uk/edgbaston

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