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DONATE YOUR STEM CELLS
Sign up to our register and you could be a lifesaving match
for someone with blood cancer.
What does joining the register involve?
If you’re between 16 – 30 and in good health, you can sign
up to the Anthony Nolan register (you’ll stay on it until you turn 60).
We’ll send you a spit kit in the post so that you can give us a quick saliva
Whenever a patient with blood cancer or a blood disorder needs a lifesaving
stem cell transplant, we search the register, looking for someone who’s a
genetic match for that patient.
If you’re a match, we’ll be in touch, and we’ll ask you to
donate if you’re still healthy and happy to do so.
November 19th will see us try something new. The intention from now on is to
put on a guest artist (s ) every OTHER month for which the princely sum of
£2.00 will be charged to everyone. In addition to floor singers the guests
will do two sets of approx.35 minutes. Our visitors in November will be
Daisys' Cat ( Tom Thompson, John Lawson, Sarah O'Neill and Moto Hewitt )
What a treat, don't miss it, fantastic value, put it in your diary now!
FIRE SERVICE FUNDING NEEDS TO ADDRESS INCREASED ‘ELDERLY RISK’ FACTOR
Funding for fire and rescue services needs to address greater risks posed
by the rising ageing population, with a 22 per cent increase in the last two
years in the number of fire-related deaths involving those aged over 65, the
Local Government Association urged today.
Generally, the risk of fire-related fatality increases with age, with those
aged 80 and over at greatest risk of dying in a fire. An increase in the
number of people living in rented accommodation is also linked to an
increase in the number of residential fires.
With the over-85 population set to more than double by 2039 and the number
of people renting privately forecast to rise, the LGA, which represents more
than 370 councils and fire authorities in England and Wales, says
socio-demographic risk factors linked to fires should be considered in
government’s funding of fire services.
The LGA is also highlighting latest fire statistics which show that although
the overall number of fires has fallen steadily, the rate of decline has
slowed and certain types of fire have increased. This includes deliberate
primary fires – those that involve casualties or rescues – which have risen
by 14 per cent to 22,032 in 2016/17 (up from 19,369 in 2015/16).
Government figures show that funding for fire services, within revenue
support grant, has fallen by 38.5 per cent, from £524 million to £322
million, between 2015/16 and 2019/20.
In its Autumn Budget submission, the LGA is urging government not to make
any further reductions to fire service funding and to ensure funding levels
reflect that fire services are driven by risk, not demand, and need the
capability to respond to major incidents.
With increases in the ageing population and rented accommodation linked to
greater residential fire risk, the LGA is calling for the funding of fire
services to take account of these risk factors and related fire prevention
Cllr Ian Stephens, Chair of the LGA’s Fire Services Management Committee,
“The fact that people are living longer is to be celebrated but this
presents a clear and additional risk to fire and rescue services which have
had their funding cut by around 40 per cent over a four-year period.
Projected rises in both the elderly population, including those living
alone, and the number of people living in privately rented homes will only
increase the risk of more fires putting people’s lives in danger.
“Despite an overall fall in fires following successful fire prevention work,
certain types of fire, such as deliberate primary fires, are on the rise,
which is concerning.
“These trends present a growing risk factor and cannot be ignored. We are
urging the Chancellor not to make any further reductions to fire service
funding in the Autumn Budget to ensure resources and capability are not
“The fire service needs to be funded to risk, not demand, to ensure it can
respond to unanticipated local and national events, such as the Grenfell
“After cutting the number of fires by half in the last decade, fire services
are saving lives and delivering better services for local people, through
cost-effective initiatives such as pioneering prevention work, targeted safe
and well visits, and collaboration with other blue light services and
partners, to help communities, including the most vulnerable. Reduced
funding could undermine these achievements and put lives at risk.
“Firefighters are well-placed to understand the needs and risks in their
communities. Funding which accounts for specific socio-demographic fire risk
factors, such as the rising ageing population and increase in private
renters, would enable fire and rescue services to continue to target their
community fire safety work more effectively, and therefore reduce fire