Hugh Grant made one charity founder’s day after surprising them by donating £10,000 to their fundraising page, to go towards free heating for the elderly. James Anderson, who founded the charity Depher in 2017, was ‘shocked’ to see the huge donation arrive in the GoFundMe account he runs from the star. He told PA news agency he was stunned to see the donation was from Hugh, 61, which has now been verified by the platform. ‘I didn’t believe it was him… It’s a shock but it’s wonderful,’ the 54-year-old said. Depher has helped over 18,000 families of elderly, vulnerable, terminally ill and disabled over the five years it has been running, providing over 43,000 free emergency jobs to those who could not afford the cost, to ensure they had plumbing and heating. James, who is a plumbing and heating engineer, revealed that Hugh’s donation will go a long way to help those in need this winter, adding: ‘That’s 10 boilers for people with cancer. Ten boilers for people who are … [Read more...] about Hugh Grant makes surprise £10,000 donation to charity providing free heating for the elderly
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Hugh Grant and his wife Anna Eberstein have been applauded for their generosity after donating £10,000 to a cost of living fundraiser. The Love Actually actor’s donation was revealed by non-profit community organisation Depher, which has set up a GoFundMe appeal to help raise money towards supporting the elderly, vulnerable and disabled people who are struggling financially amid the cost of living crisis. On Friday, new Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced the biggest tax rate cut in 50 years, costing the Treasury £45billion over the next five years. His measures include scrapping the top rate of income tax for the highest earners, adding restrictions to the welfare system and axing the cap on bankers’ bonuses. However, charities have slammed the measures arguing they will be detrimental to the UK’s poorest families while instead benefiting the wealthy. Following the news, it has been revealed that Hollywood actor Hugh, 62, and his wife Anna have dug into their … [Read more...] about Hugh Grant and wife Anna Eberstein praised after donating £10,000 to cost of living fundraiser: ‘Many lives will be saved’
Published 27 April 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Jeremy Corbyn has rejected claims by close ally Len McCluskey that "Corbyn-hater" Labour MPs were using an anti-Semitism row to "smear" him. Mr McCluskey said he backed action to stamp out anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. But the Unite union leader warned MPs trying to "re-toxify" Labour by attacking Mr Corbyn they "can expect to be held to account". Mr Corbyn has repeatedly vowed to stamp out anti-Semitism in Labour. Asked if he agreed with Mr McCluskey that there was a smear campaign against him, Mr Corbyn said: "No, because we have to deal with the issue of anti-Semitism. "Anti-Semitism is a poison in our society, I am determined to drive it out of our society, including wherever is raises its head in my own party and that's exactly what we are doing." Appearing on the BBC's Question Time, shadow … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn rejects Len McCluskey claims of anti-Semitic ‘smears’
By Tim Donovan Published 2 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing As the Labour Party gather for their conference in Liverpool, there is a renewed focus on preparing for the next General Election, with much of it rooted in the capital. In parts of east London, a political struggle has begun, which could end with a more centrist Labour line-up in the area. A cluster of Parliamentary seats are up for grabs, many of them with sizeable Labour majorities. They are vacant due to sitting MPs either retiring or because local members have voted to open the seat up for re-selection. And they have become a battleground between the left and centre of the party, which is likely to test Keir Starmer's influence his and leadership of the party. Labour membership falls by 90,000, accounts show What is Momentum? London formed the bedrock of support for Jeremy … [Read more...] about Labour Party: The battle of the east London centrists
By Gemma Ryall Published 1 January 2018 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing "I have built a prison for myself and it's stopping me from doing everything." Suzanne is a woman who is trapped. The 35-year-old from Wrexham is so embarrassed to be morbidly obese - she is a dress size 32, 5'1'' tall and weighs 34 stone (215kg) - that she rarely leaves her home. But, she was so desperate to try to lose weight that she made a 10-hour return journey to one of Wales' only doctor-led weight management clinics in Blaenau Gwent. She said she was forced to make the journey south as there was no help for her in north Wales. It is something that needs to change urgently, according to Wales' leading expert on obesity, Prof Nadim Haboubi, a bariatric physician at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny. He said: "There's no real services for obesity in north Wales. There's good … [Read more...] about Obesity: ‘My body has become my prison’
EXPLAINER: Being unable to focus can feel like a normal symptom of modern life. But ADHD is more than being distracted. It was in a busy hospital office that newly qualified speech pathologist Charlotte Moore wondered if she had made a big mistake. Sitting at her computer, typing her notes, the 28-year-old’s brain could not remain focused on the screen in front of her. She cared about the work – being a “speechie” was her dream job – but her mind simply could not stay in one spot. It jumped around the room, turning its attention to the conversations between the nurses behind her, tracking the rhythm of medical machines in the background, noting the movements of every person coming in and out the door. Meanwhile, Tania Gricia, 53, had returned to study when she started to experience an overwhelming brain fog. At first, she put it down to perimenopause, only it felt different – and targeted to when she was doing her coursework. READ MORE: Women with ADHD underdiagnosed, … [Read more...] about What’s ADHD and why are more adults being diagnosed with it?
Published 5 April 2018 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Action is needed to cut the number of north Wales children who are overweight or obese when they start primary school, a report has warned. More than a quarter of four and five year olds in the region are in the category. Betsi Cadwaladr health board has drawn up a three-year plan, including helping pregnant women to manage their weight. But a health expert said being overweight was becoming a "social norm". Just over 28.6% of four and five year olds in the region are overweight, including 12% who are obese, according to a report to be considered by the board on Thursday. The report, "Children's health and wellbeing: The impact across the life course", said this was a problem which continued into adulthood in a "vast majority" of cases. It warned: "Obesity in childhood … [Read more...] about Quarter of children in north Wales overweight or obese
Mystery surrounds Kim Jong-un's new right-hand woman - a famous pop star who is rumoured to be his secret girlfriend. In the last few years, speculation has arisen about the pop star lover who has continued to appear alongside North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un . Usurping the leader’s younger sister as his right-hand woman, the hit singer began attending factory visits, formal parades and ceremonies, including the opening night of the 2019 Mass Games, alongside the all-powerful dictator. Hyon Song-wol, 44, is the lead singer of an all-women group named Moranbong Band, as well as the Head of the North Korean Samjiyon Orchestra. The band's chart-topping songs stir party patriotism. The 10 or so musicians play electric keyboards, guitars and violins dressed in spangled, lowcut outfits and quasi-military uniforms. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) carrying the coffin of late Marshal of the Korean People's Army and general adviser to the ministry of national defence during his … [Read more...] about Kim Jong-un’s ‘secret’ girlfriend – from pop star to fake execution rumours
Published 8 September comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Prime Minister Liz Truss has ruled out using further windfall taxes on energy companies to fund measures to help people with their gas and electricity bills. "I am against a windfall tax," she told MPs on 7 September. "I believe it is the wrong thing to be putting companies off investing in the United Kingdom just when we need to be growing the economy." A windfall tax on the UK oil and gas sector was introduced on 26 May. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP are calling for it to be extended. How high could my energy bills go? Shell profits nearly triple as oil prices surge What is a windfall tax? A windfall tax is a one-off tax imposed by a government on a company. The idea is to target firms that were lucky enough to benefit from … [Read more...] about What is the windfall tax on oil and gas companies and how does it work?
By Brian Wheeler Published 24 September 2014 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Ed Miliband says he wants a big national debate about all aspects of the British constitution. But you can almost guarantee one subject will not play any part in it. It used to be a position voiced in the Labour Party to be in favour of axing the monarchy. But it is not an opinion you will hear fall from the lips of many of the party's MPs these days. The Queen is too popular and elected politicians too toxic for republicanism to have much traction. Yet republicans do exist in the Labour Party. And some of them are attempting, in a tentative way, to get the debate started again. A new group, Labour for a Republic, met for the first time in Manchester on Tuesday evening, a few hundred metres from the party conference secure zone in a room above the Britons' Protection pub. … [Read more...] about The secret life of Labour’s republicans