Bell Fundraising News

Archive: November - 2015

How can you possibly prepare to care for a parent full time?

Posted On: 29/11/15

A great post on the Carers UK website from Ruth Huntman who now cares for her father with dementia, how does she cope?

"As a journalist I have seen and done some surreal things, found myself in dangerous situations and interviewed countless A-list stars. Yet nothing could prepare me for caring for my 95-year-old father, who has dementia and now lives with me."

Used to interviewing the likes of J-Lo, journalist Ruth Huntman finds talking to other carers as a volunteer a whole lot more...

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Categories: General

Michaela Hollywood has been recognised in the BBC’s list of the 100 most inspirational women for 2015

Posted On: 20/11/15

Trailblazer and fundraiser, Michaela Hollywood has been recognised in the BBC’s list of the 100 most inspirational women for 2015.

Twenty-five-year-old Michaela, from Crossgar, County Down, has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). 
A few highlights of things she has achieved include:
• Creating the first Trailblazers campaign group for young disabled people, inspiring a nationwide network of over 600 people across the UK
• Raising over £10,000 for the charity through various events, including...

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Categories: Charity News

Mother Jane Raca answers the question ‘Are Disabled People Normal?

Posted On: 13/11/15

"Unfortunately, the barriers around understanding people with disabilities are still too high.

Too few of us are exposed to contact with, or images of, disabled people. We may be embarrassed to meet someone with a severe physical disability, because we have not seen that before.

We don’t realise that someone in a wheelchair who has no speech and flails her arms, is perfectly capable of understanding what we are saying, and having a joke at our expense."

Jane Raca answers the question ‘Are...

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1-year-old GOSH patient Layla has become the first person in the world to receive gene-edited immune cells to treat ‘incurable’ leukaemia

Posted On: 06/11/15

1-year-old GOSH patient Layla has become the first person in the world to receive gene-edited immune cells to treat ‘incurable’ leukaemia. The treatment uses ‘molecular scissors’ to edit genes and create designer immune cells programmed to hunt out and kill drug resistant leukaemia.

The treatment, previously only tested in the laboratory, was used in Layla at GOSH by a team led by Professor Waseem Qasim. Layla, who is 16 months old today, is now cancer free and doing well. Read more...

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