Every match day at Everton, Alfie Fitzsimmons bundles up in his coat and scarf and sets up his stall selling badges and keyrings outside the ground. After his dad Keith took his own life two years ago, the 10-year-old is determined to raise as much as he can for the club’s new mental health facility, to ensure no child suffers in the same way as him. Although Alfie had counselling and support from his mum Allison, 45, after his dad died, he had no one his own age to speak to, and felt isolated and alone. So with the help of Everton he set up Alfie’s Squad this year to help youngsters deal with bereavement and speak to other kids going through the same thing. Already he has raised £7,800, and will receive The Young Fundraiser Award at tomorrow night’s Mirror Pride of Sport Awards, in partnership with TSB. Ahead of the event hosted by Ben Shephard at Grosvenor House in central London, Alfie, from Liverpool, says: “It’s incredible. It’s going to … [Read more...] about Brave boy, 10, fundraises £7,800 for mental health after dad took his own life
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Christmas work parties are the height of the season - but for some, they can signify the low point. When the booze comes and and the dancing shoes are on, colleagues become confidantes. Everyone knows that this can lead to friendship and fun but, in the worst of circumstances, may cause embarrassment, intimate errors and even, in extreme cases, sacking. With 11 million of us due to attend a work Christmas party this year, there is plenty of opportunity for a lot to go wrong, so in case you need a refresher in cautionary tales here are the worst examples of the festivities. Read more: Have you got a funny story from a work Christmas party? Share it using the form at the bottom of the article or email [email protected] 1.The time you missed out on a life-changing bonus Imagine attending your first annual Christmas party with work and slinking off early - meaning you missed out on £1,330. That's what happened to Redditor BadDayBozo , who shared his shame online. "The most I had … [Read more...] about Christmas parties – 10 times office work dos went horribly wrong
In the early years after 9/11 the suicide belt, the car bomb and the homemade explosive device were the weapons of choice for jihadis: hidden, brutal and hard to counter. But as 2015 heaves to a close, its atrocities littered across the calendar – Charlie Hebdo, Sousse, Garissa, Tunis, Copenhagen and Paris – it is the AK-47 that has come to the fore. Across Europe more terrorist attacks have been carried out with Kalashnikov-type assault rifles this year than with any other device. In the 13 November Paris attacks, suicide bombers killed few but gunmen killed many. Further afield, in Tunisia and Kenya, it was also automatic weapons that did the damage. The widespread availability of these guns has been known for years. But it took the scale of death meted out in Paris last month to force Europe to address the threat. Now law enforcement officers across the continent are trying to establish some basic truths. Where do they come from? Who are the middlemen that deal in these … [Read more...] about Why has the AK-47 become the jihadi terrorist weapon of choice?
Theatre For Love Or Money Blake Morrison updates a 1709 French drama, Turcaret by Alain-René Lesage, in which money – as much as passion – spins the plot. Barrie Rutter, shortly to bid farewell to Northern Broadsides, directs and stars in this Yorkshire-based version of the riotous comedy about a man who is clever with finance but a clot with women. • The Viaduct, Dean Clough, Halifax (box office: 01422 255266), from 15 September. Then touring. We’re Still Here Six years after they staged their glorious production The Passion with Michael Sheen on the streets of Port Talbot, National Theatre Wales return to the town for a site-specific piece that gives voice to the community. When its steelworks was faced with closure in 2015, the people of Port Talbot came together to speak out. Based on interviews with those who live and work in the region, this co-production with the always invigorating Common Wealth company is a show about making your own future. … [Read more...] about Angels and demons: the unmissable theatre, comedy and dance of autumn 2017
Imagine living in a few acres of Somerset woodland. Just outside your front door, wild flowers carpet the forest floor, birds sing in the trees, dappled sunlight shines through the leaves. There are raised beds where you grow your own food, keep pigs and chickens, do simple woodwork … Sounds like the good life, right? But now add this to the picture: you share your beautiful home with an endless stream of guests including Hayley, a recovering addict whose feet smell so putrid it’s impossible to eat in the same room as her; Ben, a chap with learning difficulties who spends his spare time enjoying sadistic porn magazines; Chloe, a teenager with anorexia who self-harms and has such severe OCD that she has memorised every stock number in the Ikea catalogue; and Darren, a former soldier who is so traumatised that he has a panic attack when somebody pops a balloon. If it sounds a little less idyllic now, that was very much the point for Tobias Jones. Five years ago, he and his … [Read more...] about A Place of Refuge by Tobias Jones review – an experiment in communal living