St John Ambulance #thechokeables awareness campaign | Giveaway (CLOSED)

I was deeply saddened recently to hear the news of the little boy who died from choking on a grape. Unfortunately though, this isn’t an isolated incident as children choking on food is more common than you think. 40% of parents asked by St John Ambulance have witnessed their baby choking, with almost four-fifths not knowing what to do in such a situation.
We may be one of those parents that thinks “Oh it will never happen to my children”, but what if it did? Would you know how to deal with a choking incident? I must admit, before this I myself haven’t been aware but it’s one of those things I should have learned from the beginning, from before having children.

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Dettol Baby Blanket Donation #sharethememories

What is so important about a blanket? A blanket for a baby, specifically? A blanket keeps a baby warm, a blanket gives a baby comfort – but not all babies have a blanket to feel this.

This is why Dettol and Rachel Stevens have launched the Dettol Baby Blanket Donation campaign.

Laboratory tests commissioned by Dettol (on washed blankets donated by volunteer mums) showed that baby blankets carry a variety of bacteria even after a 40C wash – with a third of the blankets harbouring coliforms, a group of bacteria linked to faeces. Around the world, 50 babies a minute are born into poverty and don’t even have this luxury and comfort of a washed blanket. The poor hygiene conditions they will experience can contribute to illnesses such as diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.

Dettol and Rachel want you to keep the memories, not the bacteria, of your babies blanket.

Celebrity mum of two, Rachel Stevens

How can you do this? All you have to is send a blanket via Freepost and share your special recollections and photographs across social media with the hashtag #sharethememories. Once the blankets are collected they will be washed with Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser and then re-distributed to families in need. (Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser kills 99.9% of bacteria even below 30C). For every blanket collected, Dettol have also pledged to donate £1 to children’s medical research charity Sparks, to raise much needed funds for families in the UK with children affected by serious illness or disability.

Blankets will be collected until the end of December. You can share your memories on Twitter to @DettolBlanket with the #sharethememories hashtag, or Dettol’s Mission for Health Facebook page. For full details on how to donate visit www.dettol.co.uk/donate. The address to send your blankets to (via Freepost with no stamp required) is:
Dettol Baby Blanket Donation
FREEPOST RTKJ-YSGS-SSHR
The Hay Loft
Balcombe Place Stables.


So how about my blanket memory? When I was expecting J, a dear friend who I ‘met’ online sent me a gift for him, a gorgeous crocheted multi colour blanket. J really took to it and whenever he had it with him, he would grip on for dear life. Now N uses the very same blanket, and he does exactly the same. I think this blanket will be one to keep forever, but the boys have many more of which we can choose from to send to the campaign for a disadvantaged child.

I’m jumping from a plane at 13,000 feet… #JumpForLove

As many of my regular readers will know, in December 2012 I fell
pregnant and then lost our little miracle at 10(+3) weeks gestation after a miscarriage at home. My husband
& I were obviously both absolutely devastated and we just about managed to get through Christmas
after the heartbreak, knowing what should have been. I never thought it would happen to me, that I would be a statistic of miscarriage, and I felt so withdrawn and depressed.

In the new year I discovered Saying Goodbye via Twitter, and Zoe & the team and their posts on there and Facebook helped me so much through the
grieving process. I learned to cope better thanks to the help of Zoe
and the rest of the truly amazing team.


I hope to attend one of the Saying Goodbye
services later this year, to stand and say goodbye to my baby, alongside others who have
also suffered this horrendous experience. But without donations and fundraising, these
services wouldn’t be able to happen and hundreds of people wouldn’t get this chance.

I am terrified, but this is why I am jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet for
our angel, and to represent 1,000 of the 254,000 babies who are lost each year
through miscarriage and still birth.

I need to raise a minimum of £395 to be able to jump (I am still so far off this target), and understandably I really want to do
it so I would like to raise much MUCH more than this as it means so much to me.

So I need your help – please retweet this, share it on Facebook, Google, or even better – donate! I will be very grateful for any size of donation, it all adds up.

Thank you, so so much.



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Baby Buddy (Best Beginnings) Smartphone App

Have you tried the Baby Buddy app? It’s been specially created by the charity Best Beginnings for new parents and parents-to-be to help them look after themselves and their baby.
The app is free to download, allows you to create your own personalised avatar (your “Buddy) and has many features, including useful “Daily Information”,  some great Videos, a cool goal setting function called “You can do it” a “What does it mean” feature where you can find out what words means and a very helpful “Appointments” feature.
Everything in the app has been approved and endorsed by organisations including the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
This is version 1.0 and Best Beginnings is really keen for your feedback before the official launch in November 2014 so they can make the app even better.
So, here’s how you can get involved:
1)      Install the app on your phone using one of these links:
Android phone  http://bit.ly/1sBrquz
2) Send your comments, ideas for new features or new questions you would  like the app to answer for you by email:  apps@bestbeginnings.org.uk or via  the app by clicking on the “Tell us what you think” option;
3) Join the Best Beginnings Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bestbeginningscharity), like it and follow it, and take part in any conversations about the app.
4) Use the app and write a review of it on Google Play or iTunes App Store. The more reviews there are for parents-to-be and new parents looking for help, the easier it is to decide if it’s worth downloading.
Baby Buddy has been created by the child health and wellbeing charity Best Beginnings. The app has been made possible thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the Tedworth Charitable Trust and the Guys and St Thomas’ Charity alongside the technical whizz of the charity’s app developers Despark.

Eat like the greats (free Send A Cow recipe ebook)

I think everybody around the world knows the importance of breakfast.


breakfast
ˈbrɛkfəst/
noun
  1. 1.
    a meal eaten in the morning, the first of the day.
    “a breakfast of bacon and eggs”



Breakfast is in fact just that, breaking the fast of the night before. It helps us to get on with our day, gives us energy, helps us think. It is especially important in helping children to reach their full potential in every area of their life. Unfortunately not all children have this privilege. 

That is why Send A Cow have launched a new free ebook called The Most Important Meals Of Their Lives, to help raise awareness of the importance of a nutritious breakfast in helping children in the poorest parts of Africa achieve their true potential. 

What would have happened if Einstein hadn’t eaten his breakfast on the day he cracked the theory of relativity? Or if Edison didn’t have his breakfast on the day he had a light bulb moment (literally)? Would they have been to think as clearly? So, breakfast may be the most important, if not smallest, meal of the day, but it can arguably be said that it has also been one of the most important meals of all time for these great inventors.

Not only inventors, but this fantastic book also contains breakfasts of other greats from history. 

How would you like to eat:

Ancient Egyptian bread like Cleopatra VII…

…Or pound cake, tea, toast and cocoa like Jane Austen?

Maybe Umphokoqo like Nelson Mandela…

…Or perhaps Sops (stale bread in milk) like William Shakespeare?

Or you may want to go the route of Winston Churchill and have poached egg, cold meats, toast and grapefruit.


If you don’t even fancy any of these, you can find another 20 great breakfast recipes from the likes of (amongst others) Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, First Men On The Moon, even Barack Obama!

Me, I will definitely be trying some of the recipes featured, and who knows, maybe you, I or a special unprivileged child may be one of the next greats to go down in the history books!* So go on, what are you waiting for?

The ebook is free to download but a £2.50 donation is suggested, as the Government will match all donations to the Break… Fast appeal up until the 30th June 2014. Your donation could be enough to support breakfast for an African child for an entire month!

*Probably not me.