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Barnardo’s supporter named Fundraiser of the Year after raising £250k in 40 years

first_imgBarnardo’s supporter named Fundraiser of the Year after raising £250k in 40 years Advertisement  198 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15  197 total views,  1 views today A fundraiser who is stepping down after raising £250,000 for Barnardo’s Cymru over the past 40 years has been named Fundraiser of the Year in the national Marsh Christian Trust Awards.Liz Singer started with a jumble sale in Porthcawl in 1975 as part of a Barnardo’s Helpers’ Group (BHG). The sale was meant to be a one-day event but ran over three days due to the volume of donations.Since then, Singer, who is from Newton, Porthcawl, has organised everything from tugs of war to a large scale 150th anniversary concert at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall compered by Wynne Evans, Gio Compario of the Go Compare adverts (both pictured in main image).When Porthcawl’s promenade was refurbished the Group had the idea of encouraging local playgroups to organise a sponsored toddle along its length. The Big Toddle went on to be adopted UK-wide and has become one of Barnardo’s most important annual fundraising events.Singer was High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan in 2014/15 and chose Barnardo’s as her charity. During this time, she worked to raise awareness of the charity’s work in Parc Prison where it supports children with fathers serving jail sentences and helps them keep in touch with them through visits and play sessions. Barnardo’s now runs the prison’s visitor centre which 2,000 children and their families use each month.She has also served as co-chair of the BHGs in South Wales, regional chair for Wales and chair of the national Appeals Advisory Board for the last eight years and is stepping down at the end of Barnardo’s 150th anniversary celebrations.She was named Fundraiser of the Year in the Marsh Christian Trust Awards last November, which are run in conjunction with Barnardo’s to recognise people who make an exceptional effort to help children, young people and families. Seven awards were presented at Westminster Cathedral in London to recognise the contribution of the charity’s volunteers across all departments throughout the organisation.Sarah Crawley, director of Barnardo’s Cymru, said:“It is fantastic that Liz has been recognised for her awareness raising and fundraising. She has raised money tirelessly through her role in Barnardo’s Helpers’ Groups and the running of events across Wales. She has supported many of our key areas of work, such as children affected by parental imprisonment, care leavers and young carers. Thank you Liz from Barnardo’s Cymru.” Melanie May | 12 January 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: ‘volunteer fundraisers’ Awards Wales / Cymrulast_img read more

The cereal offenders

first_imgEmail Print Facebook NewsThe cereal offendersBy admin – May 21, 2009 624 Twitter Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp It’s pitched as the most important meal of the day, but with only eight per cent of cereals getting a green light for healthy sugar levels, many of us are waking up to poor nutrition as the results of a new report have shown. Adults and children have a hard job finding a healthy start to the day, as cereal companies continue to add large amounts of sugar to their top brands. The report showed that 31 cereals out of the 100 examined contained more than four teaspoons of sugar per recommended serving and only one of the 28 cereals specifically marketed to children was found not to be high in sugar (but was still high in salt).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A UK brand of chocolate crackles topped the sweet mountain with more sugar per serving than a Cadbury’s Chocolate Flake, followed closely by Kellogg’s Coco Pops Moons and Stars, Frosties and Ricicles which were over a third (37 per cent) pure sugar.Many brands thought of as healthy, such as Kellogg’s All Bran, Bran Flakes and Special K did little to bowl over the researchers. Starting the day with Special K, for example, would be almost the sugar equivalent to waking up to a bowl containing a portion of Tesco’s Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Ice Cream.Entitled, “Going Against the Grain”, the report analysed 100 leading cereals. Although sugar levels remained high, positive changes could be seen with reductions in salt content. Despite this, 100g of Tesco Special Flakes was still found to contain the same amount of salt as 100g of Walkers Ready Salted crisps.The report went on to highlight that other issues included confusing labelling, and questionable health and nutrition claims allowing some companies to promote a wholesome image for their brand, while failing to emphasise the high sugar or salt contentSue Davies. a senior figure at Which?, said; “Breakfast is important, and some cereals deserve their healthy image, but most simply don’t. It’s especially shocking that almost all those targeted at children are less healthy. With such little choice, it’s a daily struggle for consumers.“Cereal manufacturers need to wake up to the fact that people want to eat healthily and provide them with the means to do so by reducing sugar and salt levels and making labelling clearer. With over a billion pounds spent on cereals every year, it’s time they rose to the occasion. ”In January 2009, the researchers bought 100 cereals from the main supermarkets. Products were chosen based on their current market share. They excluded hot cereals and mueslis from the research because, despite growth in sales in recent years, they remain a small percentage of the market overall. They looked at the amount of fat, saturates, sugar and salt that the 100 cereals contained and applied industry standards of labelling where possible. Advertisement Previous articleAustralia plays out ICO season with stringsNext articleCo-located hospital approved planning adminlast_img read more

World Cup: Nigeria Qualify for 2018 Finals after Win over Zambia

first_imgbbc.comArsenal’s Alex Iwobi scored as Nigeria beat a stubborn Zambia 1-0 to become the first African side to seal a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.The win put them on an unassailable 13 points at the top of Group B. Chances were missed at both ends by the time Shehu Abdullahi provided the cut-back for Iwobi to finish from inside the box in the 73rd minute.Odion Ighalo, John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Moses Simon went close for the Super Eagles but failed to score.Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mwenne produced an acrobatic save to deny Wilfred Ndidi in the second half in a pulsating end-to-end encounter.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

Alexander: Early NBA and NHL playoff drama leaves us wanting more

first_imgFor the record, Gallant skipped the handshake line following the game. Too bad. That would have been fun.(This is probably as good a time as any for a reminder that DeBoer has been on the other side of the fallout from a major penalty in a critical game. See: 2012, Steve Bernier’s hit on Rob Scuderi, Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center. If you’re a Kings fan, no further explanation is necessary.)Where else can you get this kind of real, unscripted drama? It is part of the joy and passion of the playoffs, rising to a crescendo as series continue, coaches figure out how to neutralize the other team’s strengths and opposing players get sick of each other (and, sometimes, of those who ask questions before and afterward).At least we’ve gotten a taste of it in L.A. this spring, and the Clippers’ 31-point comeback in Game 2 against the Warriors held the nation’s attention for at least a day.But we want more. More teams, more series, more drama. And, certainly, more chances at banners. Where are we on that front?You can assume the Clippers will be back and better. Theirs has become a quality organization in the Steve Ballmer era, with smart people and advanced ways of doing things – and with plenty of cap room and assets this summer, their best is almost assuredly yet to come.The Lakers? They remain a puzzle, dysfunctional and disorganized … and if if they’d like to disabuse us of that notion, it would help if someone of authority appeared publicly to explain things, answer questions and assure the people who buy tickets and patronize the team’s sponsors that, yes, they do actually know what they’re doing.Until then, we’re not quite sure.As for this region’s hockey teams? I am willing to give the Kings’ hiring of Todd MacLellan more of a chance than I was previously prepared to, when it seemed that he was Rob Blake’s choice primarily (exclusively?) because Blake had played for him in San Jose. MacLellan’s first impression, in his initial presser, was good; he at least seems to have a plan and a process, along with a recognition that the Kings haven’t been an elite team for five years.The Ducks are further along, with more high-ceiling prospects in their pipeline. Bob Murray’s coaching search has been unusually silent, which convinces me that Dallas Eakins,the San Diego Gulls coach, is ultimately going to be the guy. He learned some hard lessons from his first NHL job in Edmonton, and he’s familiar with the young guys who are going to be the soul of the club going forward.One possible reason there’s been no announcement on a Ducks coach? Eakins and the Gulls wrapped up their first round AHL Calder Cup playoff series Wednesday night, beating San Jose 5-2 to win in four, and will face the Bakersfield-Colorado winner in the next round.See? SoCal has hockey playoffs after all. You just have to know where to [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Under other circumstances, it would have been the undisputed highlight of the night Tuesday: Portland’s Damian Lillard sinking a 37-foot three-pointer as time expired – did they measure the distance or just guess? – to eliminate Oklahoma City from the NBA playoffs, and then waving goodbye to the Thunder after his shot dropped.But that is the beauty of these spring evenings, for those who are interested in both the NBA and NHL. The highlights come fast, furiously and when you least expect them.A little more than 650 miles to the south, the San Jose Sharks were creating their own memories in a Game 7 comeback against Vegas. Energized by a five-minute major penalty to the Golden Knights’ Cody Eakin for cross-checking their captain, Joe Pavelski, with a little over 10 minutes left in the third period, the Sharks scored four power play goals in 4:01 to wipe out a 3-0 deficit, gave up the tying goal in the final minute of regulation and then won it on Barclay Goodrow’s goal at 18:19 of overtime, just as two squads of weary, heavy-legged players were contemplating a second sudden-death period. It was, among other things, a reminder that sudden-death overtime in the Stanley Cup playoffs remains the best spectacle in sports: Players battling fatigue as well as their opponents, with a ferocious, frenetic intensity and the knowledge that it could end at any moment and could save or wreck a season.And there was more drama Wednesday night when Carolina eliminated defending champ Washington in the second overtime, 4-3. All four division winners went out in the first round, which says a lot about the NHL’s parity.The Sharks-Knights series also demonstrated another attribute of the postseason: The way players and/or coaches on opposite sides irritate, annoy and agitate each other as a series continues.  Sharks coach Peter DeBoer had said after Game 6 that Vegas’ Gerard Gallant was “talking to our players constantly during the game.” Gallant’s response at the morning skate before Game 7: “I really don’t want to talk about that, but I think I’m going to have to a little bit because for that clown to say that in the paper yesterday, it’s not right.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more