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Young cancer survivor conquers epic 500-mile charity cycle challenge

A 19-year-old charity cyclist has conquered his challenge of riding almost 500 miles from Largs in Scotland to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, only three years after receiving a stem cell transplant to treat Hodgkin lymphoma.

Nicholas Earley, who was first treated for cancer in 2017 and relapsed the following year, achieved the epic feat alongside older brother Matthew, with the pair arriving back on the IW on Friday (September 3rd), just six days after departing the west coast of Scotland.

The brothers were fundraising for the East Cowes-based Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust; the Piam Brown Ward; the Wessex Children’s Cancer Unit at University Hospital Southampton; and Teenage Cancer Trust, which all supported Nicholas during and after his treatment.

So far, they have raised almost £4,400, smashing their £3,000 target.

Nicholas and Matthew Earley.

Nicholas said: “That first sailing trip was amazing, I got a bit of confidence back, it was a good fun week in and around the Solent. I just wanted to give back to some of the charities that have helped me, including the Trust.

“Whenever there was a hill or a challenge, we just made it funny, trying to take the dampener off the whole scenario. Also having music in one ear, just to help us get through it, and obviously everywhere was new too, so that kept us going.”

Nicholas and Matthew enjoyed an emotional ‘homecoming’ as the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust put out the bunting and hosted around 30 of the brothers’ family, friends and supporters, who gathered outdoors at East Cowes Marina to welcome them back on Friday.

To celebrate Nicholas’ achievements, you can still donate to his Just Just Giving page or find out more about the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust online.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Adopt don’t shop – new homes sought for RSPCA animals after National Dog Day

The RSPCA is appealing for new homes for shelter dogs in its care hot on the heels of National Dog Day, which took place on Thursday August 26, as it calls for people to ‘Adopt not shop’ for new pets.

Research has estimated that around 130,000 dogs come into UK rehoming charities every year with dogs being surrendered by their owners for a variety of reasons including ill-health, housing, financial or time constraints.

Yet, despite being a nation of dog lovers, with an estimated population of 9.6 million pet dogs in the UK, adopting a dog is not always an immediate choice with many turning to breeders to purchase a pet.

Only 17% of dog owners acquired their pets from UK rescue or rehoming centres compared to 31% who acquired their dog from a UK based breeder of one specific breed.

Choji, one of the dogs waiting to be adopted at the Isle of Wight RSPCA centre (credit: RSPCA).

A further 22% opted to purchase their dog from a private seller (PDSA PAW report May 2021).

As part of its rehoming process, the charity ensures the animals in its care have been fully assessed by a vet and provided with any treatment before they are adopted.

The dogs are also neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and wormed.

The charity operates a careful rehoming process to ensure both the animals in its care and those seeking to adopt are the perfect matches and receive the right help and support.

More information can be found at www.rspca.org.uk/rehomepet/process

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

RSPCA delighted as ban on ‘cruel’ glue traps inches closer

Animal welfare charity, the RSPCA, has seen dozens of animals caught in cruel sticky traps in the south west and Midlands over the last five years.

As a result, a Private Member’s Bill was introduced this summer calling for a ban on the use of these traps and has the backing of the Government.

The RSPCA received 236 reports of glue trap incidents to its cruelty line from 2016 to 2020 involving animals across England and Wales including cats, garden birds, hedgehogs, squirrels and even a parrot.

More than 40 of these calls were from counties in the south west and Midlands.

Miles the cat was one victim of the glue traps. Photo: RSPCA.

Glue traps, also known as ‘glue boards’ or ‘sticky boards’, consist of a sheet of plastic, cardboard or wood coated with non-drying adhesive designed to trap rodents such as mice and rats as they cross the board.

However, less than 27% of animals involved in incidents seen by the RSPCA were rodents, and a huge 73% of incidents involved non-target species such as pets and other wild animals, many of
which were too badly maimed and injured to survive.

A mouse caught on a glue trap. Photo: RSPCA.

Chris Sherwood, Chief Executive of the RSPCA, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see the first steps towards a ban of torturous glue traps which cause such suffering and misery to animals.

“Our frontline rescuers and hospital staff are sickened by the horrific injuries animals suffer as they
struggle to free themselves.

“Mice and rats are the main victims but other animals such as snakes, robins, owls and even
kittens and cats maimed or fatally injured because of these awful traps.”

Robins caught on the glue trap. Credit: RSPCA.

The RSPCA opposes the manufacture, sale and use of glue-traps because of the unnecessary suffering they cause to animals.

They are also completely indiscriminate in which animals they trap
so they pose a danger not only to the rodents they are intended to catch, but to other wild animals.

If anyone finds an animal in a glue trap please seek veterinary treatment as soon as possible or call the RSPCA hotline on 0300 1234999.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity – Shelter

When I was a child I was told by a teacher at my primary school that I should fear and ignore homeless people, they could be dangerous or infectious and they’re probably violent drunks waiting for their bodies to fail and a demise that will go unnoticed.

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Hence my apprehension when a few years later, aged about 10, I sat in the front seat of my father’s car as he picked up a man with no shoes on his feet and hardly a tooth in his mouth, driving him across more than half an hour of land to his desired destination.

Suddenly I was curious, the stranger had seemed pleasant enough. He certainly hadn’t made any threatening or violent gestures towards my old man or I, it didn’t seem to line up with the scaremongering of past role models.

Soon I realised just what a horrible plight homeless people face and how many different ways there are to end up in that situation, we’re all only a couple of bad moves from scavenging in bins for discarded bread crusts.

That’s why Shelter are this month’s featured charity, the easy access to information that they provide for those in need of residence is unprecedented in the UK and a cause that deserves to receive more recognition than it currently does.

If you’re feeling generous then please take a peek at the Shelter website and Facebook page, if you’re in fine spirits then take it a step further and offer to volunteer or get involved in other ways – every kind gesture is so appreciated.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity: GAIN

From its inception in May, 2014, Kureen has always been keen to promote charities that we feel have the correct motives for assisting people in need rather than siphoning the majority of donations for their own gain.

Gain is an appropriate word though, with today’s featured charity being the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, also known by the acronym GAIN.

GAIN works with governments and producers to fortify salt with iodine in countries plagued by iodine deficiency. By fortifying staple foods and condiments with iodine – an essential micro-nutrient for optimal intellectual and physical health – GAIN helps to reduce incidence of iodine deficiency disorders and make millions of people healthier, smarter, and more productive.

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Food fortification is one of the least expensive and most effective nutrition interventions to tackle malnutrition, often called the “hidden hunger”, on a global scale.

GAIN supports salt iodisation programs in 17 countries across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Current countries supported by the charity’s universal salt iodisation (USI) program include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, and Tajikistan.

These countries have high incidences of iodine with more than 500 million people at risk–including more than 19 million newborn infants every year.

GAIN’s mission is to create a world free of malnutrition. The organisation works to build partnerships between governments, the private sector, and local communities to design and implement effective and sustainable salt fortification programs.

GAIN works with governments and salt producers to establish and sustain supplies of potassium iodate, improve iodisation quality, effectively implement salt quality laws and put monitoring systems in place.

To find out more about GAIN visit their website, where you’ll be able to see some of the fantastic work they’re doing around the globe.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity: WaterAid

WaterAid’s history stretches back to 1981, when on 21 July they were officially established as a charitable trust.

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In the last 33 years, they have gone from strength to strength, evolving into one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

Over the course of those three and a bit decades money and support has assisted in influencing policy and practice to ensure that the vital role of water, hygiene and sanitation in reducing poverty is recognised globally.

Thanks to the amazing and continued commitment of WaterAid supporters, by the end of 2013  they had reached 19.2 million people with safe water and 15.1 million people with sanitation.

 

WaterAid’s four global aims are;

1. To promote and secure poor people’s rights and access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.

2. To support governments and service providers in developing their capacity to deliver safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.

3. To advocate for the essential role of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in human development.

4. To further develop an effective global organisation recognised as a leader in our field and for living our values.

 

To donate to this amazing cause please click —–> here <—–

 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured charity – Isle of Wight Foodbank

With the British economy in a state of flux, more people than ever require assistance in order to receive adequate supplies of sustenance. A number of food banks have sought to address this issue by offering free food to those most in need.

The Isle of Wight itself has one such resource, the Isle of Wight food bank, which relies upon generous donations in terms of food, time and space to operate. The idea is that people truly on the bread line (no pun intended) are given tokens to exchange for a basic collection of food supplies.

The official Isle of Wight food bank website puts it in these words;

The Isle of Wight food bank provides emergency food and support to around 500 local people in crisis every month.

No Money + No Food = Crisis.

We are a registered charity seeded by The “Trussell Trust” and operate solely from public donations to provide food for those in need.

Every bit of food that is donated is then sorted at our warehouse and dealt out to our seven distribution centres across the Island. Front-line care professionals such as health visitors and the IOW Job Centre give food bank vouchers to people in crisis and these can be exchanged for three days worth of food at one of the distribution centres.

Our volunteers at our distribution centres will always take time to listen and signpost clients to further support. Thank you for visiting our website.

To find out more about Isle of Wight food bank click here to take a look at their website.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity – Sparks

On May 2nd Sparks are hosting a fundraising walk across the Isle of Wight, so what’s the event and what does money raised go towards?

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The fundraising challenge

Walk, Jog, or Run it! A stunning backdrop for an endurance challenge, the Island’s 106 km coastal path heads out from Cowes, past the Needles, and on through areas of outstanding natural beauty with spectacular coastlines, dramatic white cliffs & sandy beaches.

24 hours or so later faster walkers will be boarding a ferry to complete the last few hundred metres of their epic challenge, exhausted but elated as they cross the finish line!

The charity

Sparks raises money to fund pioneering children’s medical research. 1 in 30 children in the UK is born every day with a condition that may affect them for life.

Sparks supports clinicians and scientists who have the skills, innovation and passion to improve children’s lives forever.

Since 1991, we have funded more than 275 ground-breaking research projects in over 80 hospitals, universities and research institutions across the UK and overseas.

Each new project is carefully reviewed by both medical professionals and a panel of parents. This ensures that we are funding high quality science as well as investing in those projects most likely to have a benefit for children and families across the UK and beyond.

Every child matters – that’s why we support research into any medical condition affecting children’s health, from rare diseases to the most common illnesses

To find out more information regarding Sparks, simply click on this link to their website.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity: The Kerry Green Trust

An integral purpose of this website has, from the start, been to promote and spread awareness of charitable causes where possible, this time we take a peek at the Kerry Green Trust.

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The Isle of Wight based charity aims to help relieve the suffering of Island children up to the age of 18, with life threatening or terminal illnesses by helping them to fulfil their wishes or dreams.

In its first 10 years the Trust has helped over 60 children and their families by providing holidays, a pony, video game machines and a number of multi-media or internet computers.

The Trustees wish to ensure, to the best of their ability, that future beneficiaries are afforded total discretion and anonymity, should they so wish.

To find out more about the Kerry Green Trust or express an interest in making a donation, please give them a ring on 01983 533431.

 

 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity – ALS

*WARNING: The first video contains nudity and is intended only as an example of how far some took the ALS ice bucket challenge*

It’s the charity most regularly linked with the recent spate of online ice bucket challenges, with everyone and their dog taking a soaking in the name of charity – But what exactly is ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.

The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost.

With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralysed.

To donate to the charity simply click here and follow the directions on screen.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.