This round-up of events is written by readers. To get your charity event or story included, simply fill out the form at www.chroniclelive.co.uk/charitynews Friendship dog charity event at The Baltic in Gateshead Raising money for: Wag & Company North East-based charity, Wag & Company North East Friendship Dogs, is welcoming a large number of its volunteers to the first ‘Wag Event’ on Thursday, May17 at The Baltic in Gateshead. Wag & Company aims to reduce loneliness in older dog lovers in the North East by enabling professionally assessed volunteers and dogs to visit them. This service befriends older people both in care or medical facilities and, unique to the North East, those still living in their own homes. Toddler group helps tackle dementia at Forest Hall care home A care home in Forest Hall, Newcastle, is helping brighten the days of its residents and also help those with dementia, by introducing a toddler group at the home. Mums and toddlers regularly … [Read more...] about Mental health awareness in Washington & more charity news
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Former First Lady Barbara Bush is in “failing health” and will not seek additional medical treatment. “Following a recent series of [hospital visits], and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs Bush, 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care,” spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. Mr McGrath did not elaborate as to the nature of Mrs Bush's health problems. She has been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition. Read more Bush likes to joke Trump 'makes me look pretty good' “It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” McGrath said. “She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is … [Read more...] about Former First Lady Barbara Bush in ‘failing health,’ says family statement
It’s hard to make good food without a good knife. We strongly encourage you to buy a good knife, but if you don’t take care of it, the quality and price won’t matter. “You’re eventually going to have to sharpen the knife,” says Dave Arnold, a former instructor at the late L’Academie de Cuisine culinary school, who runs Precision Knife Sharpening out of his home in Virginia. “It doesn’t matter what kind of knife it is.” Read more 10 best kitchen knives Here’s what you need to know about sharpening and other ways you can ensure your knives will last for years to come. Understand how a knife works. Most knives are sharpened to an angle of 30 to 40 degrees, Arnold says, and over time and use, “that very thin edge is going to take some damage”. The edge will begin to flatten to more of a round shape rather than a sharp, pointy angle. The edge can also bend or fold over – not something you’d be … [Read more...] about Take good care of your kitchen knives, and they will take good care of you
Plymouth's ruling Conservatives have released their manifeso pledges ahead of the local elections in May - and building new homes are at the heart of it. The city's Tories have promised to "put people, not politics first”. Leader Ian Bowyer, announcing their key election policies, accused their Labour rivals of "carping from the sidelines" and say Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters "spell trouble for Plymouth". Central to the party's bid to retain control of the council is a pledge to build 5,000 new homes, a £27million facelift for the city centre and plans to revive beleaguered Mutley Plain. They have promised to bring forward plans to further reduce food waste by encouraging home composting, continue to invest in caring for the elderly and vulnerable and deliver new public toilets at West Hoe. There are also £4.5million plans to maintain and improve pavements and roads. The Conservatives also said they planned to keep council tax low and balance the books if elected on … [Read more...] about Conservatives pledge 5,000 new homes in local election manifesto
PUBLISHED: 16:12 29 March 2018 Pip Henderson Pip Henderson. Picture: Danann Breathnach Danann Breathnach Pip Henderson is the latest recruit to the Bad Daughters Club, launched by Age Space, for women trying their best to care for elderly parents Job opportunity; low/no pay. Must be able to cook, clean, launder, administer medication and make tea that is neither too hot, too cold, too weak or too strong. Must have experience as (or willingness to play the part of) a chauffeur, personal shopper, administrator, hygienist, foot masseur and back scratcher. Must be physically and emotionally strong, have the patience of a saint, the constitution of an ox, thick skin, strong back bone and be able to demonstrate the ability to answer the same question over and over again with grace and enthusiasm. Must be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, even if you are technically on holiday, Must be prepared to work long (frequently unsociable) hours and occasionally … [Read more...] about Who cares for mum or dad?