WHEN Amanda Smith was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, a nurse told her to “start planning”. Instead of focusing on flowers and crematoriums, the 32-year-old drew up a bucket list of things to do before she dies — and threw herself into fundraising for Bowel Cancer UK. Amanda says: “I don’t want to sit around planning what will happen when I’m gone. “I want to make the most of the time I have left. My biggest wish is to see the Spice Girls in concert. Meeting Idris Elba is on the list — and Will Smith! That would be a dream come true. “I’ve ticked a few things off the list, such as riding a horse, and now The Sun has helped me fulfil my dream of being a model for the day. “At first I felt nervous in front of the camera but I soon learnt how to strike a pose. It was an amazing day.” Amanda, from Canvey Island, Essex, was diagnosed with aggressive bowel cancer in August. By then, it had already spread to her … [Read more...] about Doctors told me to plan my funeral after terminal cancer diagnosis — so I planned my bucket list instead
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This week we meet Julie Cadman, corporate services manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. She tells us about her career, interests and her biggest inspirations. TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF I’m Julie Cadman, aged 58, and I live in Stone. GIVE ME AN OVERVIEW OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR I have worked in fleet management for the Vauxhall Group and executive roles within the pottery and ceramic industry, and the NHS. I spent five years working for JCB, for different directors, stationed at factories including Uttoxeter, Cheadle and Rocester. But my favourite role at JCB was working as executive assistant to the late Founder – Mr Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE – who I admired greatly. I spent seven years working at Stoke City Football Club where I was EA to the chief executive and first team manager, and secretary to the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation. After attaining my management diploma, I also took on the role of HR manager for the club. During my time at the fire service I … [Read more...] about Julie Cadman on her career, life and ticking off her bucket list!
PUBLISHED: 16:36 31 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:40 31 August 2018 Happy Mondays will headline the new Cool Britannia Festival at Knebworth House. Picture: Paul Husband. Paul Husband The gates have opened to Knebworth’s new Cool Britannia Festival, with Happy Mondays headlining on Saturday night. Alan Davies spoke to one of the band’s members ahead of their appearance at Knebworth Park. Cool BritanniaHeadlining iconic rock venue Knebworth will “tick one off the bucket list” for one member of Happy Mondays.The new Cool Britannia Festival pitches up at Knebworth Park from Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2.And headlining the Saturday night will be Happy Mondays – Shaun Ryder, Bez and co. For singer Rowetta, playing Knebworth is a dream come true.Cool Britannia Festival line-up poster for Knebworth Park“Honestly, my ears pricked up when we were first told about this gig,” said Rowetta. “Knebworth’s iconic. Rather than all the … [Read more...] about ‘Headlining iconic Knebworth ticks one off my bucket list’
News by Steven Rae August 15, 2018, 6:05 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A wrestling legend says he plans to sing Flower of Scotland when he takes part in an event in Dundee this weekend. Lanny Poffo, known to millions as The Genius, will be appearing at Hell for Lycra. The show, run by Scottish Wrestling Entertainment (SWE), is expected to attract more than 1,000 fanatics to the Caird Hall on Saturday, kicking off at 7pm. While appearing as both Leaping Lanny Poffo and The Genius during his run with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the ’80s and ’90s, Lanny is perhaps best-known for being the younger brother of the late Macho Man Randy Savage. He was on hand to posthumously induct his brother, a twice WWE Champion, into the company’s Hall Of Fame in 2015. Hell For Lycra has previously welcomed some of the world’s most famous former WWE stars such as Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, Rowdy Roddy … [Read more...] about Wrestling legend Larry Poffo to sing Flower of Scotland in Dundee, ticking item of his bucket list
A Hemel Hempstead woman ticked off a bucket list experience and raised vital funds for diabetes research by taking to the skies on the wing of a biplane. Natalie Wocka was inspired to take part in the wing walk adventure after her cousin’s son, Harry, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a year ago, at the age of 12, when he fell in to severe diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and was critically ill in hospital.Natalie, aged 35, did her wing walk at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, in Essex. So far she has raised £1,114 to support the work of type 1 diabetes research charity JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Natalie said: “This is one of my bucket list experiences, and to be able to support Harry’s bravery really spurred me on to do this challenge. I wanted to raise money for JDRF to thank them for all of the work they do for children everywhere, when they are diagnosed with such a challenging condition at a young age.” Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition … [Read more...] about Hemel woman’s ‘bucket list’ wing walk for cousin