SYCAMORE – What’s in a name? For Family Service Agency, which oversees four community assistance programs, the name Big Brothers Big Sisters meant more than doubling its budget for the service. As of Jan. 1, the national mentoring program required its affiliates to commit an additional $72,000 a year. The local affiliate’s annual budget, exclusively funded by local contributions, is about $70,000, according to FSA’s Community Programs Director Erin Tamms. So Tamms said rather than “cripple our service ability,” FSA’s board has voted to simply change the name of the program and disaffiliate from Big Brothers Big Sisters. The program’s new name is Youth Mentoring. “When we looked at the facts and figures, not to mention the return on investment, it was clear that we should disaffiliate to provide even more of these amazing services to children in our county, rather than send our dollars off to the national headquarters.” … [Read more...] about Name change: Local Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate now known as Youth Mentoring
GOGGLEBOX star George Gilbey is known for his funny jokes and sparkling wit. But now the Essex reality star has been charged with assault and criminal damage - here's everything you need to know... Who is George Gilbey? George Gilbey, 34, is a reality TV star from Clacton, Essex. He is best known for appearing with his family on the Channel 4 show Gogglebox. The Gilbey family, George with mum Lynne and dad Peter McGarry, first appeared on the second series in 2013. George and his parents were cut from the show in 2014 when he took part in Celebrity Big Brother on rival Channel 5. He was a fan favourite in the CBB house and reached the final. The family returned to Gogglebox in February 2016. When did George Gilbey kiss Stephanie Pratt? George kissed fellow housemate Stephanie Pratt when he was in the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2014. He got close to The Hills reality star during the show and even claimed to be in love with her. However after Stephanie was evicted George was seen … [Read more...] about Who is George Gilbey from Gogglebox, when did he kiss Stephanie Pratt on Big Brother and has he been charged for attacking his girlfriend?
PREGNANT Casey Batchelor stripped off on telly to silence fat-shamers who mocked her for "piling on the pounds". The Celebrity Big Brother star was on holiday when she overheard the rude remark - despite being just seven weeks away from giving birth. Casey appeared on Loose Women to blast the social media trolls who have sent cruel messages about her body. She then stripped off her floral wrap dress to reveal a bright pink bikini underneath - and her growing bump. The Loose Women panel praised her as a "beautiful" mum-to-be - and slammed the "sad, lonely, pathetic people" who had criticised her. Talking about the abuse, Casey said: "It wasn't the nicest of things to hear about myself when they said I had piled on the pounds since Big Brother. "I am indulging a bit, but if you can't not diet when can you not diet? "The most hurtful things have been said online. They've been horrendous. "I'm getting comments all the time. Someone said to me the other day I must be carrying twins." "It's … [Read more...] about Celebrity Big Brother star Casey Batchelor strips off on Loose Women to silence fat-shamers
CASEY Batchelor is a glamour model who shot to fame when she appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. But what else do we know about her? Is she expecting a baby? Here's the lowdown... Who is Casey Batchelor? Casey Batchelor, 33, is a British glamour model. Her father Gary owned a scaffolding business, and her mother Kim was Victoria Beckham's godmother. She has done photo shoots for several Lads mags such as Nuts and Zoo. In 2010 she appeared in the Mason vs. Princess Superstar music video for the song "Perfect (Exceeder). Is Casey Batchelor pregnant? In November 2017 The Sun exclusively revealed that Casey was expecting her first child with her boyfriend Dane Goodson. An inside source said: “It’s been a long time coming for Casey who’s had such bad luck with guys she was considering freezing her eggs because she thought her happy ending would never happen." In April 2018, Casey showed off her pregnancy bump in a revealing lingerie shoot after receiving abuse from … [Read more...] about Who is Casey Batchelor, is she pregnant, what’s her net worth and when was she on Celebrity Big Brother?
A Big Brother star who campaigned for tanning injections to be funded on the NHS now claims his life was "destroyed" by his obsessive addiction. Ryan Ruckledge, who last appeared on This Morning in 2015, came on the show today to confess how his need to be artificially bronzed at all times ended up ruining everything. He was using the tanning injection Melanotan II for years to achieve an extreme level of tan. The drug is illegal to sell in the UK, but legal to buy. Ryan, 26, revealed ex-boyfriend Hughie Maughan dumped him because he was scared of finding Ryan dead in their bed after he had to ring emergency services. Ryan had woken up with chest pains in spring 2017 and immediately alerted Big Brother lover Hughie. "I was getting these really bad chest pains, I said to Hughie this is really, really bad. My heart was going irregular, it was beating differently and feeling like it was coming out my chest," he recalled. "I thought I was having a heart attack. We rang an ambulance, it … [Read more...] about Big Brother star had to give up tanning injection addiction after ‘heart attack’