Family and friends have paid tribute to a community stalwart, who worked tirelessly to help drug users and the homeless. Nick Casey died aged 70 on July 3, 2019, after battling lung cancer.His daughter Jessica said: “Dad worked in frontline substance misuse support with Addaction in the early 1990s, where he set up Hastings’ and St Leonards’ first Needle Exchange, to minimise the harm created by injecting drugs, which was quite progressive at the time. He also worked with colleagues to develop a National Needle Exchange programme.” Mr Casey’s colleague, Kevin Dillistone, from NHS Health Promotion, said: “His work with the NHS was predominately with training developing bespoke sessions for his audience. He worked very closely with the police and went into schools and voluntary organisations, often with the police who brought a ‘drugs’ kit, explaining the dangers of drugs, what was around at that time and how to prevent harm like drinks … [Read more...] about Tributes to Hastings man who helped drug users and the homeless
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Little did Adam know at that stage those pressures would boil over and push him to a point where he seriously considered taking his own life. Adam, 38, is now in a much better place happily married to Laura and enjoying being a father to the couple’s seven month old son, little Abel. He has just recently opened up more about his own mental health in a bid to encourage others to stop suffering in silence and ask for help. In partnership with his father Willard, Adam milks 120 cows at the family farm near Coleraine in County Londonderry. For the first few years after returning home to farm from university, life as a dairy farmer was going well for Adam. However, the past three years has been a tough journey for the young farmer and keen football fan. “I returned home to farm in 2004 after completing my studies,” said Adam. “For the first ten to 12 years dairy farming was doing well and we were making some money to help repay loans and the overdraft. However, … [Read more...] about Brave young farmer opens up about his depression to help others
“Why am I one of the only girls in my school studying A level maths?”I’m rarely stumped by questions from students, but this one — from a 17-year-old student who attended a recent talk I gave at London’s Royal Institution — really made me think.In the UK, all students have to study maths until the age of 16, with boys and girls achieving broadly similar GCSE results. However, the numbers who go on to study maths at A level reveal a striking gender split. Female students accounted for 39.3 per cent of A level maths entries in 2018. For further maths, this dropped even further to 28.3 per cent. While maths is the number one A level subject choice for boys, for girls it is fourth behind English, psychology and biology. What lies behind these numbers? As a maths teacher — and lover of puzzles — I have attempted to find out the answer, and explain how attitudes towards maths and numeracy have a direct bearing on our career aspirations and … [Read more...] about Women and maths — what’s not adding up?
Mental health and anxiety are issues which affect many people regardless of sex or age but one woman has discovered a way forward by running. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and Grimsby runner, Marie Birch has opened up about her breakdown and race back to the top just a year later and she will now take part in the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k on Sunday, July 21. Marie, 41, suffered an anxiety attack on the day of the 2017 Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k, but is now back on top form in time for this year's event. She explains her 12 month journey: “Anyone who has ever had a panic attack knows that it is an awful feeling and very frightening. "I'd done a bit of running before, but nothing serious, and I didn’t set out with any plans to run the Grimsby 10k. “My husband ran the 10k with his daughter in 2017, so I went to go and see them afterwards to congratulate them. “The park was really busy with people milling around. I found it overwhelming and … [Read more...] about ‘How running helped me win my anxiety battle’
The family of a young cerebral palsy sufferer need to raise £15,000 to ensure the brave youngster receives specialist physiotherapy after undergoing major surgery. Millie Emery's determined relatives have already paid out £16,000 for the operation - carried out to loosen her muscles and improve the youngster's mobility. Now they have to come up with another five-figure amount to fund the aftercare and physiotherapy, which may be needed over the next five years. And their latest fund-raising drive, which comes after charity events and donations helped make the operation possible, has already won the backing of a group of determined bikers. Millie, of Blurton, who was born three months premature, had suffered intense pain in her legs which woke her up in the night. The operation - carried out in March - was done to allow her to stand up and walk around without an aid. It is also hoped she can start learning to swim. Nan Emma Emery, aged 46, of Blurton, said: … [Read more...] about ‘We want her to have an independent life’