Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to include extra bank holiday

  • Chris Easom
  • November 19, 2020

A “once-in-a-generation show” over a four-day bank holiday weekend will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The Queen, 94, hopes as many people as possible across the UK will have the opportunity to join the celebrations, Buckingham Palace said. She will have reigned for 70 years on February 6th 2022 but plans are in place to stage a series of events from June 2nd – 5th.

Number of patients waiting more than a year for non-coronavirus treatment highest since 2008

  • Chris Easom
  • November 16, 2020

The number of people waiting more than a year to start non-coronavirus hospital treatment in September was the highest of any month since 2008, new data reveals. In England there were 139,545 patients left waiting more than 52 weeks to start their hospital treatment – up from just 1,305 in September 2019. The most recent figure is the highest recorded in more than a decade, according to the NHS report.

Football mad Imogen raises thousands for charity

  • Chris Easom
  • November 14, 2020

Eleven-year-old budding footballer Imogen Papworth-Heidel has completed her target of 7.1 million keepy-uppies – and has raised thousands of pounds for charity in the process. Imogen, from Hauxton, near Cambridge, wanted to do a keepy-uppie for every key worker in the United Kingdom, and she completed the final 3,000 at Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium on Wednesday.

Woman who recovered from COVID-19 gets birthday visit by Honey the pony

  • Chris Easom
  • November 12, 2020

A resident at a Surrey care home who recently beat Covid-19 celebrated her 100th birthday in style with her home organising a day full of surprises to mark the occasion – including a special equine visitor. Joyce Tofts started her 100th birthday with a head-to-toe pamper session in the home’s salon, where she was able to have her hair, makeup and nails done. After her glamorous makeover, Joyce was escorted down a specially-laid red carpet to a table of presents, cards, balloons and a bouquet of flowers from her fellow residents and care staff. Having joked with her carers that she hoped to receive a pony for her birthday, staff at the home went about fulfilling Joyce’s wish. Reaching out to members of the public via social media for help, the home was able to arrange a surprise pony visit, which saw local resident, Lisa Dahar, bring her pony, Honey, to wish Joyce a happy birthday.

‘Real living wage’ rises to £9.50 an hour

  • Chris Easom
  • November 11, 2020

Over 250,000 people who work for an employer who has voluntarily signed up to the “real living wage” are set for a pay boost of 20p to £9.50 an hour.

This is not to be confused with the compulsory National Living Wage, which is currently £8.72 an hour for anyone over the age of 25.

UK unemployment rate continues to surge

  • Chris Easom
  • November 11, 2020

The UK’s unemployment rate rose to 4.8% in the three months to September, up from 4.5%, as coronavirus continued to hit the jobs market.

Redundancies rose to a record high of 314,000 in the same period, the Office for National Statistics said. Firms made more workers redundant in anticipation of the end of the furlough scheme, which was originally supposed to finish at the end of October. It has now been extended until the end of March 2021.

Shinfield View Care Home resident celebrates 100th birthday in style

  • Chris Easom
  • October 14, 2020

Mabel, who lives at Shinfield View Care Home, celebrated her milestone birthday on August 2nd with a champagne breakfast with another resident in the bistro.

She then enjoyed a garden visit with her son and daughter where she opened her telegram from the Queen, along with her other cards and presents. Jodie Whatmore, the care home’s deputy manager, said she was “overjoyed by receiving the telegram”.

She sat down for a social distancing luxury high tea in the afternoon with four other residents, where she was presented with her cake and a hamper of all her favourite thing- including Jaffa Cakes and fruit and nut chocolates!

Pictures of chef’s fine dining dishes go viral as people are wowed by his care home catering

  • Chris Easom
  • October 3, 2020

The sister of a chef who has been creating amazing dishes at a Perthshire care home was so proud of her brother’s work she published images online. The dishes look like something out of a fine dining restaurant – but they’re being served to care home residents in Perthshire. And now the photos have gone viral, with more than 20,000 social media shares worldwide.

The talent behind them is Kevin Nairn, head chef at Balhousie Stormont Lodge care home in Blairgowrie, part of Balhousie Care Group. His sister Yvonne McDonald, sent photos of Kevin’s dishes – including venison, crème brulee, aubergine fritters, brie and red onion Yorkshire puds and apple charlotte – to the popular website bored panda.

 He said: “My sister really surprised me with this! It’s lovely to see my work being shared worldwide, although it really is all in a day’s work here at Balhousie Stormont. The chefs throughout the group work hard to bust the myths surrounding care home food. Our residents deserve the best, and to be part of the menu process.”

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