Health & Travel

Cancer Does Not Discriminate e-petition

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46675 A Call for Action on the Health Secretary to ensure the NHS continues to support the Black & Minority Ethnic Cancer Voice from April when the National Cancer Action Team which has been doing this through the National BME Cancer Alliance is disbanded. The alliance is a coalition of 20 charities all working together…

Made to feel small… down under!

I was talking to an Australian the other day, and whilst trying to be smart mentioned that I’d been down under. As I reeled-off the places in Oz I visited… Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, in the next breath I was told “nice, but I’m from Brisbane”. How rude? This has been a… don’t be…

Don’t Suffer in Silence

With 2012 at an end and everything back to normal in this the second week of the New Year, I hope that any problems you had last year are resolved or at least some peace is brought to you in 2013. The Christmas Holidays is always a time when we reflect greatly on what we…

Exclude Vulnerable Severe HMG e-petition

e-petition Earlier, I was asked by Lynn Blackmore to support her e-petition below with Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom. I didn’t have to think twice, about supporting Lynn. Please find the time to read what Lynn has wrote in her petition, and support it to help make the lives of those Vulnerable Severe…

Lord Maxwell of Liverpool?

Today, I received a formal invitation to attend the National BME Cancer Alliance ‘Action for Change’ charter launch at the House of Lords next month. I strive to write with passion about many things, but cancer is something that has affected me personally… losing those closest to me through it, watching those close to me suffer…

Cancer does not discriminate…

Last week, I had a meeting with the NHS‘ Cancer does not discriminate campaign in London – which aims to raise awareness of the illness within the BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) community, giving people a voice. The meeting was excellent actually, with the director and I having much in common. I managed to get…

Dinah ‘Diane’ Aze 1944 – 2012

Just two days ago, Diane the mum of one of my closest friends died after a long battle with cancer. I am fortunate to know, just how much my friend loved and will always love her mum. She too, will cherish all their memories together. I also know that, with My Mum dying from the…

Virgin… no more!

In 1998, I first became aware of the Virgin brand when I started working for Virgin Megastore dealing with complaints on the customer service desk whilst studying at university in Manchester. I equally became aware of its owner Sir Richard Branson, being given a signed-copy of his autobiography book one Christmas about losing his virginity.…

What a Mayoral On The Buses Carry On!

In London today like the rest of England, Scotland and Wales there are local elections. I was reading recently that it was Mayor Ken Livingstone, who got rid of the old Routemaster buses and brought in the bendy ones. When he got elected, Mayor Boris Johnson got rid of the bendy-buses and has started to…

Marie Curie Cancer Care

  Marie Curie Nurses care for terminally ill people in their own homes. Care is also provided in nine Marie Curie Hospices across the UK. If you think Marie Curie Nursing could help someone you know, talk to your GP or District Nurse. Marie Curie Cancer Care. www.mariecurie.org.uk Charity reg no. 207994 (England & Wales),…

Why I heart the NHS!

It was 3-years ago that, I walked into a Central London NHS hospital unwell and spoke with one of its caring staff. An hour or so later, I came out distraught having been told I was suffering with depression – the reason why, I was feeling unwell. My illness then, being diagnosed by my GP.…