Everyday Hero walks across Europe in aid of Charity

Phil Crane will be walking across Europe starting February 2018 in aid of charity. Phil will be heading off on a non-stop trek across 8 countries in all – Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Phil will be taking this trek in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermore, who in 1933, aged 18, bought an ex-army greatcoat and a pair of hobnail boots and crossed the continent. He wrote three books about his journey and arguably became the best travel writer of his generation.

Paolo Marvasi said:

I think more should know about my very good Friend Phil and his strong personal committment for a 69 old person, the peaceful and low impact intention, the historical and narrative inspiration, the charity and fundraising aim for a Childs Hospital in UK.

During The Second World War Patrick Leigh Fermore fought with Greek partisans in Crete and achieved legendary status in a daring kidnap of a German general. In 2011 a young journalist, Nick Hunt – did the same journey and also wrote an excellent book. He took seven months and estimated the distance at 2,500 miles.

Phil’s challenge is to be in Istanbul in under seven moths but also do it entirely on foot. His two predecessors occasionally took lifts, rode a bicycle and even borrowed a horse!! The idea has been in his head since 2011, on reading of Leigh Fermore’s life in his obituary.

Phil said:

So why now? – Because I can. And sometimes belief alone simply makes things happen. I guess there’s also something about proving as Ranulph Fiennes has on many occasions, that being a OAP doesn’t naturally bar a person from the odd adventure. I will be leaving on my 69th Birthday.

Originally the trek was to be a very low-key affair but my lovely daughter who has had a chronic kidney problem since aged five, convinced me to take the less selfish route of raising money for charity. The Edinburgh Children’s’ Hospital Charity. All my kids and grandkids have had copious visits (broken legs at Hill End, falling out of supermarket trolley) to what used to be called “Sick Kids”.

It’s a great cause and every single penny you donate will go 100% to the charity. Please visit to donate > Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity

If you would like to join Phil for some or all of this adventure which includes a bit of wild camping and about 100 miles per week walking for 25 weeks. You can contact him direct at philcrane2010@gmail.com So far it’s an EXPEDITION OF ONE and aiming for a 12th February 2018 kick-off


A man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK

A man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK, with the disease overtaking breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer in the UK, new research shows.

According to Prostate Cancer UK, the number of men dying from the disease has overtaken the number of women dying from breast cancer, with 11,819 men now killed by prostate cancer in the UK every year, compared with 11,442 women from breast cancer. However, lung cancer and then bowel cancer are the two most common cancers to die from in Britain.

While the number of women dying from breast cancer has steadily been decreasing since 1999, the same is not true for prostate cancer. Despite prostate cancer overtaking breast cancer to become the third biggest cancer killer, the shift does not represent a worsening situation for those with the disease. Men diagnosed today are two-and-a-half times more likely to live for 10 years or more than if they were diagnosed in 1990.

An enlarged prostate is the most common cause of urinary problems in men as they get older. Possible symptoms include:

  • a weak flow when you urinate
  • a feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied properly
  • difficulty starting to urinate
  • dribbling urine after you finish urinating
  • needing to urinate more often, especially at night
  • needing to rush to the toilet – you may sometimes leak urine before you get there.

You may not get all of these symptoms, and some men don’t have any symptoms at all. These symptoms can be caused by other things such as cold weather, anxiety, other health problems, lifestyle factors and some medicines. Blood in your urine is rarely a symptom of an enlarged prostate and is usually caused by something else.

If you have any of the symptoms above, you should visit your GP to find out what is causing them.

You can read about how symptoms might affect your life in there booklet, Enlarged prostate: A guide to diagnosis and treatment.

Survival rates for skin cancer patients could be improved with a blood test

Survival rates for skin cancer patients could be significantly improved thanks to an “early warning” blood test which provides a simple way of detecting if the disease is about to return.

Cancer Research UK have found a way to test blood for circulating tumour DNA by looking at two genes associated with malignant melanoma, one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. Harmful mutations in the genes, BRAF and NRAS, occur in 70 per cent of malignant melanoma cases and the study found patients whose blood tested positive for these genes were much more likely to see the cancer return within a year of surgery. Five years after surgery, a third of patients who had the faults were alive compared with 65 per cent of those who did not, the research, published in Annals of Oncology, found.

Each year around 15,400 people in the UK are diagnosed with malignant melanoma. Despite survival doubling in the last 40 years, around 2,500 Britons die from the disease every year.

Professor Richard Marais, director of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, who led the research, said:

“For some patients with advanced melanoma, their cancer will eventually return. We have no accurate tests to predict who these patients will be, so our findings are really encouraging. If we can use this tumour DNA test to accurately predict if cancer is going to come back, then it could help doctors decide which patients could benefit from new immunotherapies.

“These treatments can then reduce the risk of the cancer spreading. The next step is to run a trial where patients have regular blood tests after their initial treatment has finished in order to test this approach.”

Being able to develop an early warning system that will predict if a cancer will return could make a real difference to patients. Research like this shows that for some cancers, there may be ingenious solutions – such as a blood test.


Midland Karting Hosting Charity Event In Memory of Former Employee

In memory of former employee Steve Stringer and in aid of St Giles Hospice, Midland Karting are hosting a 4-hour endurance event on Sunday 10th December 2017 at 10am.

Teams can consist of up to 8 drivers, with the event consisting of 30-minutes practice followed by the 4-hour race based on the popular Le Mans endurance format.

Prices are just £350 per team. Refreshments and supporting stalls will be available on-site on the day.
All proceeds go to St Giles Hospice towards their amazing support and care work.

More details can be found at https://www.midlandkarting.co.uk/st-giles-hospice-charity-…/

Get in touch via the website, email sales@midlandkarting.co.uk or call the sales team on 01543 418419 to reserve your place on the grid.

St John Ambulance launches life-saving Heart campaign C.A.R.E

St John Ambulance launched a C.A.R.E for a Heart campaign, aiming to give you and your loved ones the best chance of survival if faced with a cardiac arrest.

Up to seven out of 10 people who suffer a cardiac arrest could survive if they are treated with a defibrillator inside the first five minutes, but more than half of Britons (53%) have no idea where their nearest life saving equipment is.

With 80 per cent of cardiac arrests happening in the home, it’s likely to be a loved one who needs help. That’s why we’ve created the four simple steps of C.A.R.E and are encouraging everyone to learn them in advance, so you are prepared for an emergency:

C – Closest defibrillator

Find your closest defibrillator
A – Arrest?

Is it a cardiac arrest or a heart attack? Learn the signs.
R – Resuscitate

Know how to resuscitate using CPR
E- Early defibrillation

Early defibrillation gives the best chance of survival

Defibrillators have become a common sight in public places all over the country – from stations and supermarkets, to village halls and doctors’ surgeries. They are incredibly easy to use and make a huge difference to survival rates.

If you come across someone in cardiac arrest, you have to act fast. That’s why St John Ambulance are urging everybody to learn the four simple steps of C.A.R.E today, so that if the worst happens tomorrow, we can all act quickly and confidently, especially when every second counts.

Watch this simple and fun video to help you learn the C.A.R.E steps. Visit http://care.sja.org.uk  to watch and share.

Heart Transplant Celebrates 50 Years

Fifty years ago, history was made with the first human heart transplant. The patient, Louis Washkansky, 53, was terminally ill with heart failure. His surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa was Christiaan Barnard.  The donor, Denise Darvall, was just 25.  She suffered a fatal brain injury after a car accident in which her mother also died.  Her father, Edward, who knew his daughter loved to help others, took the generous decision to donate her organs (one of Denise’s kidneys also saved the life of a 10-year-old boy).

Louis’s first words after the transplant were: “I’m still alive.” But he died of pneumonia 18 days later.

It was a dramatic development built on previous advances.  The kidney was the first organ to be successfully transplanted, in 1954, followed by a simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant in 1966 and a liver transplant in 1967.  Unsuccessful human heart transplants had been tried as early as 1905.

The British Heart Foundation played an important role in the development of heart transplant – even if the first application for funding wasn’t taken entirely seriously.  Donald Longmore, who was Consultant Surgeon and Clinical Physiologist at the National Heart Hospital from 1963 to 1980, later said:

“We applied for a British Heart Foundation grant, Sir Thomas Sellors and me, in 1963, and we were told that the roars of laughter could be heard two or three blocks away…”

But grant-givers soon started to take it more seriously.

“In late 1963, we got a [BHF] grant of £6,000, which in those days was a very large sum of money, and I rented a laboratory in the Royal Veterinary College for six old pence a year, and we set about what we thought was a very scientific approach… doing heart-lung transplants [on animals].”

The first heart transplant in the UK, on 3 May 1968, was the tenth in the world. It was done at the National Heart Hospital in London. It was performed by Donald Ross (who was funded by the BHF for a further 20 years of surgical advances).  The recipient was Fred West, 45, and the donor was Patrick Ryan, a building worker who had suffered a terrible head injury in a workplace accident, which he could not have survived. Even so, there were wild claims (which doctors proved false at an inquest packed with journalists) that Mr Ryan was murdered for his heart.

Watch BHF video about Professor Marelli-Berg’s research into organ transplant rejection



Tesco are donating £200,000 to help fight UK hunger with Trussell Trust Charity

Every pack of Hellmann’s, Colman’s and Knorr sold in Tesco, marked with the Trussell Trust logo will support the charity with a 5p* donation. Tesco are donating £200,000 to help fight UK hunger Making it as easy as possible for you to support those in crisis this Christmas. Alternatively, you can donate your time as a volunteer or much-needed food items to your local food bank or at Tesco collection points.

Volunteering is at the heart of The Trussell Trust’s work. Over 40,000 people across the UK volunteered with a food bank in 2016/17, helping to get emergency food to people in crisis. Volunteers come from diverse community backgrounds and work making it possible to support projects. Working for The Trussell Trust means making a difference in people’s lives. To continue vital work, they rely on a team of dedicated people. join one of the fastest growing charities in the UK!

Let us not forget that the first Christmas was a homeless one. A humble man and woman had gone up from Galilee out of the City of Nazareth to Bethlehem. There is a sense of desolation in St. Luke’s brief chronicle that Mary ‘brought forth her firstborn son, wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  Sadly this no longer belongs in the Bible but in the 20th Century.

Please donate – let others also enjoy a Christmas meal. ThankQ!

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