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National window safety week: Expert advice in light of tragedies

A safety expert is warning of the dangers of wide-open windows after two tragedies hit the headlines. A 44-year-old woman died in Southampton after falling from her first-floor flat and in Malaga, a 14-week old baby was killed as she slipped from a fifth-floor apartment. It comes a month after a window fell and broke from the fifth floor of a block of flats in Kilburn, North London. Miraculously, nobody was hurt. In National Window Safety Week, Eric Collins, MD of Jackloc, based in Lutterworth Leicestershire is passing on advice to keep people safe. He said: “These incidents are heart-breaking and …

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Radio is not a job – it’s a way of life: Dicky Dodd shares his career highlights in podcast

Wolverhampton radio presenter Dicky Dodd has shared the highlights of his career in a new podcast for Nurture Media. Dicky discusses everything from finding himself struck dumb on stage at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre to being made redundant last year and embarking on a new career as a part-time bus driver.  He also talks about how lucky he feels to be able to give back to the community. “I am really proud of what I have done over the years and how I can use my role to help raise awareness and help charities. I can entertain people but I can …

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Recycling experts lead the way with carbon neutral mission

A major recycling group is celebrating reaching a carbon neutral milestone amid a £1 million investment for a greener future. The Appliance Recycling Group  based in Tipton, West Midlands, which reclaims around 100,000 household items a year, has achieved carbon neutral status.  Director James Farmer said he considered the move a duty as a provider of environmental services whose vehicles cover around 100,000 miles a year collecting and transferring waste. He added: “We are delighted our operation is now carbon neutral, in accordance with internationally required criteria, known as PAS2060 Certification from the British Standard Institute.  “We have agreed a …

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Outspoken mentor says autism makes him a better businessman – as he launches trades’ profit-boosting ‘bible’

A veteran mentor diagnosed as autistic at the age of 54 who says it makes him a better businessman is publishing his new book to help men and women in construction and the trades supercharge their businesses and profits. Jon McCulloch, now 56, also known as the Evil Bald Genius,  is the author of Get Off the Tools – The Smart Tradesman’s Business Bible. Described as a blueprint to help change the way you think about your business, the book focuses on Jon’s renowned Trades Accelerator Model™ and is being published as World Autism Month gets under way. Jon, who …

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Coast-to-coast trek will raise thousands for Acorns in memory of Tiffany

A nurse and businesswoman is preparing to walk from coast to coast via Hadrian’s Wall to raise money for Acorns Hospice in memory of a little girl who died aged just three. Michele Ibbs is raising money to pay for five heart and oxygen monitors which will enable children to spend time away from the hospice, either at home or out on day trips. Michele, from Westcroft, near Wolverhampton, said: “Sometimes these children can’t be nursed at home because their oxygen levels need to be monitored. The monitors mean they can spend time at home and on day trips. “As …

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Hampers for Heroes opening new pop-up shop

A Midlands organisation set up to help key workers during the Covid pandemic is opening a new pop-up shop to boost funds and celebrate its first birthday. The Hampers for Heroes shop opens at the Touchwood shopping centre in Solihull on April 12 – when retail in England is allowed to restart. The shop, in the Poplar Arcade, will offer a range of branded merchandise, such as water bottles, tote bags, wellbeing items and gifts like sunflower pots for children. It will also include a wellbeing hub where people can drop in to discuss therapies such as mindfulness, meditation and …

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Dad’s mission to help families get immediate health advice

A dad fed up of wasted trips to A&E and long waits for doctors to see his young daughter has launched a new online GP service. Andrew Bretherton launched Quick Doctors as an option for families who need immediate medical reassurance. He also wanted to offer an alternative service for those who didn’t want to add to their GP’s workload during the Covid crisis. It followed reports that people were sometimes putting off seeing a doctor to avoid bothering them, potentially delaying diagnosis and treatment for serious conditions. “We are not trying to replace the GP service, but we wanted …

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Caring Staffordshire start-up supports children in women’s refuge with Buddy Bag pack

Staff at a community-focused Burton business filled 180 backpacks of essential items and teddies for children escaping violent homes.  The first Buddy Bag pack at Payaro gave its team a hands-on insight into the charity they have pledged to support with £10,000 a year.  Payaro directors Danny and Lee Dunne then delivered some of the bags to a local women’s refuge.   They were joined by Karen Williams OBE, founder of the Buddy Bag Foundation, which funds the supplies to children entering emergency accommodation entirely through donations.  Payaro is a new start-up where every time a payment is made through its payment technology, a share …

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Ambitious community hub plan for Hednesford

Hednesford is to get a new community hub, café and garden under ambitious new plans. The scheme is going ahead following the award of a £105,000 grant from the Customer and Communities Fund at West Midlands Railway. The main attraction will be a fully-restored rail carriage converted into a café and community hub set within a newly-created leisure garden. There will also be Incredible Edible planting boxes, outdoor seating and a greenhouse. Local mining heritage will be celebrated with a restored coal wagon and secure cycle racks will create an integrated travel hub for visitors and local people. David Wisehall, …

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Caring kids’ chance to win a family heirloom in jeweller’s creative contest

Children are being given the chance to design a unique family heirloom for their mum or dad in a competition being launched by a Birmingham jeweller. Joanne Turner, from GemPort Jewellery, was inspired to launch the giveaway after her own daughter gave her a beautiful pendant design as a Mother’s Day gift. Mum-of-two Joanne, who lives near Lichfield, said she was so touched with the pendant – a hummingbird designed as a symbol of love by daughter Alisha, 14, that she wanted another parent to celebrate that special bond. She said: “Alisha drew a pendant with a mum and baby …

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