Celebrities call for your support

Celebrities call for your support

The UK’s premier brain tumour research fundraising event – #WearAHatDay is fast approaching and the Brain tumour research charity have teamed up with business woman, model, actress and television personality Caprice; actor and author, Sheila Hancock CBE, and performer, Debbie McGee.

All have been affected by this devastating disease-

CAPRICE – revealed she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in April 2017, after an accident on the TV show, The Jump. Following successful surgery to remove the tumour, Caprice is now continuing to be monitored by her medical team.

SHEILA HANCOCK – has been a patron of their Member charity Ali’s Dresm for over a decade snd is one of the charitys most dedicated supporters. Sheila’s grandson , Jack, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1999. It was low-grade and was successfully removed.

DEBBIE MCGEE – became involved after her husband of 28 years, TV Magician Paul Daniels, died of a brain tumour at the age of 77 in March 2016.

As you can see, this disease doesnt have any preference, it can strike anyone.

There are a host of well known personalities supporting the charity including –

On Thursday 29th march, we’re going to be wearing our pink hats at our fundraising event at The full moon at Morton – the stars will be wearing their pink hats … will you?

If you would like to support us please help us by donating to our Just giving page .

You can also keep up to date with our fundraising via the Southwell Scoop Blog or our facebook fundraising group Rik’s chicken feet fundraisers

Who is ‘Rik’?

Who is ‘Rik’?

I want to thank everybody who has up to now kindly donated to our 2018 charity fundraising event for Brain tumour research charity

However, the other night i thought, its hard for people to donate towards something they a) might not have any knowledge about and b) know nothing about the person they are donating in memory of. So I decided to write this blog and tell you ‘Who Rik Is’.

Rik was 49, a larger than life character to say the least… i can honestly say once you met him… you’d never forget him! He was a joker, he never took life too seriously… I’d go as far to say that anyone that ever met him would have at least one story to tell!

He was my big brother, the middle child, me being the youngest and my sister being the eldest.

He had a crazy sense of humour…

Rik when he was out wedding shopping with his daughter!

To give you an idea of his humour…here are a few snaphots from his facebook page…

He wore weird things… with pride!!!

He was a keen cyclist

He was a great pool player and was part of the Polish Club pool team.

These photos were taken on his 50th birthday exactly 1 month before he passed away…

He loved his greek holidays

He had no fear trying the most outrageous of foods…

His favourite food was greek food & favourite place to eat was Yamas meze & tapas in nottingham

But in the end, it was the chicken feet that became his favourite delicacy, due to his findings that showed their immense nutritional value…

He had this laugh… that bloomin infectious laugh… well, that carries on with his son now having the same infectious laugh!

And talk, by goodness, he could talk! But in the months following his prognosis, i loved listening to him tell us his latest findings about cancer, the newest revelations and the latest conspiracy theories around this dreadful disease. And guess what… your daughter has the same trait, oh yes, she can talk!

He was clever…VERY intelligent and guess what… a great trait he passed on to his two ‘ little creatures’ as he used to call them.

But wait just there… he wasnt an angel sent down from up above! At times, he was a bloomin pain in the arse aswell! (But arent we all!??!)

He could put his hand to anything, plumbing, building, joinery, he was an electrician by trade, but worked as a security engineer in the latter years.

He had always suffered with headaches… took after my mum who suffered for years with migraines. But he had been getting more & more severe headaches.

He went to the Dr who told him he had a migraine. But shortly after… another headache… but this headache was bad, infact it was so bad, that he took himself off to the A & E department at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. It was here that scans showed that he had lung cancer and secondary brain tumours.

It was devastating… but he was strong… he was going to fight it all the way. But then another blow… his prognosis…. they gave him 3 months to live.

The devastation him & his girlfiend must have felt when they heard those words are inconceivable. The devastation tore through our family… our immediate family… our extended family & all our friends. Devastation… the ugly dirty fear that engulfs you and everyone concerned. No one could believe it, as people always say, it really was (and still is) surreal.

Rik listened, his response was simple… he WAS going to beat this dirty disease!

From then on… NEVER did any ‘what if’s’ leave his mouth… only the ‘I will’s’!

He WAS going to beat it & that was that!

He changed his whole lifestyle… the thing is, those that knew Rik, know that any research that he undertook, and i mean for anything, could take weeks or months. A simple task of buying a sofa or a hoover, could take many many weeks or months of research. (I guess its a trait we learnt from our dad… as im the same!)

I cant even put into words the research he undertook into this deadly disease. He would be up most nights on his computer trying to find answers, trying to find cures. He uncovered a lot infact, things which i have since took on board to try and keep my family as healthy as possible. His positivity was astounding. What he didnt know about cancer… wasnt worth knowing about.

Having two young children aged just 9 at the time, him & his girlfiriend decided to tie the knot.

He was doing so well, he managed to come off the morphine totally at one point and reduce his steroids right down to a minimum. His findings & change of lifestyle seemed to be working.

The special day came on Boxing Day 2016… well, what can I say…

Rik & his beautiful bride Zoe & his 2 perfect children…

Rik & Mum…

Rik, Zoe & Dad…

He was almost 2 months into his 3 month prognosis when he got married & doesnt he look well!

The 6th of february was looming fast, this date had even more of an impact on Riks determination. This was the 3 month marker from the day of prognosis & he made it!

I honestly cant explain to you his determination and his immense positivity that he would beat this disease!

Things were going well but slowly each month he would end up in hospital having had funny turns. His scans however showed the tumours were the same, they hadnt improved but hadnt got any worse… his research & lifestyle change seemed to be working and keeping it at bay!

He told me once he would be happy and could cope if the tumours just stayed the same and didnt get any bigger.

The next milestome was Riks 50th birthday – May 28th- that was almost 7 months from the date of his prognosis.

We organised a party… it was great…all of Riks family & friends came. By now the high dose of steroids that he was having to take unfortunately caused a lot of swelling/ water retention as a side effect. It was a struggle to get his clothes on… i remember it well… a crisp black shirt, jeans & his fancy brown boots. His legs were so swollen, we told him to put some flip flops on or something more comfortable, but as proud as he was… he WAS getting those boots on for the evening!!!

One of my favourite photographs – my sister, Rik & me

The pool team at Riks 50th…

Family & friends…

Rik & his best friend…

Notice something in all the photos? That’s the laugh i was talking about earlier. It wasnt just for the photos you know, he had a grin on his face all night, even though he was in pain, he enjoyed every minute!

That was the 28th May…

Exactly one month after his 50th, he passed away. The 28th of June, my sisters birthday to be exact. Its difficult now for her to celebrate her own birthday on the day she lost her one and only brother.

He’d had a funny turn again, he collapsed, it was a blood clot in his lung that caused it this time, but this time it felt different. I just felt that he might not be leaving the hospital again, unfortunately i was right.

It was tuesday his health had rapidly deteriorated through the night before and he was struggling to breathe. In the early hours of Tuesday morning his consultant said had told us there was nothing more they could do for him. He was dying. Because he got to know Rik & his determination, he said it could be a slow process due to his sheer fight.

All his close friends and family came to visit him on that day, he was surrounded by love all day. Struggling to breathe, he was non- responsive all day, that is until his two ‘little creatures’ went to see him. As they sat on the bed with him, with a struggle he raised his arm towards them…

Sadly in the evening he took his last breath. His wife, good friend, me & my husband were all there with him. I will NEVER forget that night as long as i live…

In the end, i guess it wasnt the brain tumour that actually killed him, it was the blood clot, but the high dose of steroids he was on to reduce the inflamation in the brain and all the side effects were weakening him day by day. It might of just been a matter of time till the cancer in the brain terminated his life.

I am and always will be truly inspired by how he handled those last few months of his life. A lot of people would have felt down, depressed and possibly given up with the prognosis that he received, but not Rik!

His research, all the new knowledge he learnt about cancer has been so many peoples gain but we need to know MORE.

Rik spent so much time & energy in the last months of his life trawling the internet for facts, statistics, new research, latest treatments, cures etc for cancer. Rik was good at most things, but really, cancer wasnt his thing. It wasn’t his speciality and time was definitely against him. This is why I’m raising money in support of the Brain tumour research charity

More research into this deadly disease is urgently needed.

Did you know brain tumours kill more children & adults under the age of 40 THAN ANY OTHER CANCER!

However, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease!

This is where their knowledge lies, this is their speciality… we can help save lives with your help.

Please support us by donating towards our fundraiser, however little you think it might be… it all adds up!

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Rik… I know we did for 50 years.

We miss you so much Rik

Alicia ❤️❤️❤️

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Sprouts -Engaging 4-7 Year Olds without tech or props

Sprouts -Engaging 4-7 Year Olds without tech or props

Could you keep a group of 4-7 year olds engaged for an hour in an near on empty room armed with only a CD player AND leave them wanting more?

I know I couldn’t, yet Emily and Kim do this every week here at the Sprouts Children’s Drama Session in Southwell. The children who attend are genuinely captivated… “It’s adventurous and playful aswell. I love the adventures & games. This is my favourite term as it’s all in space” Arwen, aged 7 years.

During the one hour session Emily & Kim lead the children through a themed adventure which evolves throughout the term. The beginning and end may be predetermined but how they travel through is often led by the children’s imagination – “How else could you get past a nebula other than using a Space Hoover ?!” They shouted at Emily last week.

I must admit I was a little sceptical last year, even when watching the beginning of the final term’s session (children are usually dropped off for the hour). I could see the children were having fun, but was it worth the time and money? — the answer YES came very quickly. When I saw the excitement at an invisible yet very tangible discovery and how well the whole group sang & danced routines, which I didn’t even know they were learning. – I knew there was much more planning and passion that went into the Sprouts sessions. After missing a term due to other activities both of my daughters repeatedly asked to return to Sprouts even if it meant missing much enjoyed gymnastics. At that point I realised that they had to be truly engaged within that hour for it to have such a lasting affect. So what is the Sprouts secret ?

I think it comes down to Helen Goodbarton – founder of Sprouts and the creative driving force – Helen writes the adventures, she has a passion and talent for nurturing children’s innate abilities within drama and the performing arts, she also constantly updates her knowledge of how children learn and takes the time to continually improve the experience for the children. This approach also allows the Sprouts team to create sessions for schools, supporting and bringing to life curriculum content. 

As I understand it Helen lays out the creative landscape but all Sprout leaders tailor make sessions specifically for the children within their groups – Introducing games and guiding in a way that guarantees to capture their imagination whilst building confidence, team work and of course theatre skills. 

I’m really looking forward to the end of term now so I can hear the songs. The unexpected bonus of these sessions has been how my daughters have bonded – it has been wonderful hearing them randomly burst into song in unison. 

If you are interested in knowing more about the Friday Sessions, how they can visit your school or even entertain at your child’s birthday party – then do visit the Sprouts Website – Like their Facebook  Page @Sproutsdrama or just pop down to the Scout Hut, Bishop’s Lane, Southwell on a Friday at 4 pm or 5pm. 

Thanks for reading. 

Michelle x  

Where is your local defibrillator?? Closer than you think!!

This is crucial information  that could SAVE A LIFE …..PLEASE PASS IT ON.

Today, if you suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK, you have less than a one in ten chance of surviving. In Hockerton we are hoping to improve the odds by training people in first aid and making a heart start available.

We got help from Sustainable Hockerton and The British Heart Foundation to get all the training materials and the all-important “heart start”. These are also known as an AED or defibrillator.

We have already trained 10 residents and 6 of these are cascading their new skills around the village to others.

So what’s it all about:
If someone collapses and their heart has stopped beating properly we can help with a few simple steps.

CALL: Call for help! 999 and ask for an ambulance.

PUSH: Start regular compressions of the heart.

RESCUE: Attach the heart start (AED defibrillator) and let it do its work. Simple!


What we did.

My wife and I ran a quick session in the village hall explaining what you need to do, using the kit supplied from the British Heart Foundation. It’s not a full day first aid course but a quick run through of the basics. We covered how to use the AED and administer simple first aid all by watching a short DVD.

The AED is locked in box in the porch of Hockerton village hall – locked to avoid it being stolen. When you call 999 to get help they will give you the access code to open the box. We have found out that: Heart Starts are Simple to use and safe. The machine gives clear spoken instructions. You don’t have to have training to use one. Once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart’s rhythm. It won’t deliver a shock unless one is needed. Every second counts. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.

When you call 999, the operator can tell you if there’s a public access defibrillator nearby. Don’t delay or interrupt chest compressions to get it, send someone else.

Find out more:



Summer Driving Tips

Summer Driving Tips

Top 10 Summer Driving Tips Brought to you by AFH1 

Before you set off on your holidays this year, you should really take a look at our summer driving tips. These top 10 tips will help avoid stress, save money, and help you maximise your time relaxing in the sun.

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  1. Plan your Journey
  2. Check your car’s fluids
  3. Check your tyres
  4. Prepare car games
  5. Put together an emergency kit
  6. Pack the car well
  7. Stop for a picnic
  8. Plan a scenic route
  9. Check for cheaper fuel
  10. Take anti sickness remedies
  1. Plan Your Journey

The key to avoiding stress whilst you’re on the road is to plan ahead. Even if you don’t end up sticking to the original plan, it is well worth planning a route to take across the country, planning roughly how much you can spend each day and planning activities that you can stop and do along the way.

When traveling with children this small amount of time spent planning can save a whole lot of hassle on the journey. It will give the children something to look forward to along the way, and could prevent unnecessary arguments.

  1. Check Your Car’s Fluids D1       

During the summer, we all need water to stay active and prevent dehydration. Your car isn’t any different, without maintaining fluid levels in your car you may find that it decides to breakdown on you in the middle of nowhere.

To keep your car in tip top condition this summer, you should make sure the following fluids are kept topped up: including engine oil, windscreen washer fluid, engine coolant and of course, fuel.

  1. Check Your Tyres D2

Before heading off on a long adventure you should take a few moments to check the tread and pressure of your car tyres. This really quick check, may save you from breaking down or worse, a crash. You also need to check that you have a road worthy spare wheel in your car in case of an emergency.

Not only can an unsafe tyre cause an accident, if you are found to be driving with unroadworthy tyres you could be fined a hefty £2500 per tyre and 3 points on your licence.

  1. Prepare Car Games D3

Preparing a range of car games that the children can play may delay or at best, prevent the dreaded question asked by every child on a car journey, ‘Are we nearly there yet?’.

There are loads of easy games that you can play in the car with your children, why not take a look in high street stores for ideas on how to keep the kids entertained on a long journey.

  1. Put Together An Emergency Kit D4

This is an essential tip for long car journeys, as no matter how old or new your car is, it could breakdown at any time. Your emergency kit should consist of a breakdown triangle, a blanket, a torch, high visibility jackets (legal requirement in France), a mobile phone, a map, and most importantly breakdown cover details.

  1. Pack The Car Well D5

When you pack the car in a rush you have a tendency to miss things, and to forget where everything is in the car. Take a bit of time, and put things in the glove box that you will need on the journey. Make sure you can easily reach things like CD’s, tissues, snacks, map, pillows and warm clothes. Everything else should be packed in the order you will need them.

  1. Stop For A Picnic D6

Who says that your holiday has to start when you reach your destination. Why not start it on your journey and stop for a picnic along the way? Take a few snacks, sandwiches, crisps, drinks and fruit and find a nice spot to stop and have a picnic. Assuming the weather is nice there are many beautiful places in the UK to stop and stretch your legs.
You should schedule in a 15 minute break for each 2 hours of driving, so this is a great opportunity for a stop.

Plan A Scenic Route D Scenic

Rather than just traveling along the boring motorways, why not plan a scenic route for your journey? Advantages of taking a scenic route to your destination include, avoiding long holiday tailbacks, stopping to stretch your legs more often, and by far the biggest advantage is discovering quaint little villages and beautiful scenery along the way

Check For Cheaper Fuel D8

If you plan your fuel stops in advance you can save up to £40 when refuelling on your summer journey this year. Why not take a little time to find out where the cheapest petrol stations are on your holiday route, and spend the savings on extra holiday treats like ice creams or fish and chips!

Take Anti Sickness Remedies D9

Our final piece of advice is to make sure that you have travel sickness remedies with you. There is nothing worse than having poorly children in the back of the car, as it will only make your journey 10 times harder. As well as over the counter anti sickness tablets you can use other methods to keep travel sickness at bay. You can use acupressure bracelets which have a small plastic button on the inside which put gentle pressure on acupuncture points. One final remedy would be to try ginger snap biscuits, as ginger can be a natural remedy to nausea.

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Any other useful hints & tips to add ?