The Big Give Christmas Challenge, 5-9th December
One in six people live with the daily pain and suffering of arthritis, which affects people of all ages and is the biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK. Arthritis rarely kills but it takes people’s lives away, preventing them from working and even doing simple things like going up and down stairs and making a cup of coffee. The chances are, it will either affect you, or someone you know.
For many living with arthritis, their only treatment is taking painkillers, which is why Arthritis Research UK is highlighting the urgent need to find a breakthrough.
Now you can help make double the difference. For a few days only, between 5-9th December, The Big Give Christmas Challenge is offering you a chance to double the value of your gift to help those living with arthritis. Donations made to Arthritis Research UK via the Big Give Christmas Challenge at the website below will be matched by the Challenge sponsor, pound for pound.
All the money raised through the Challenge will go towards the research taking place at the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre in the University of Nottingham. The scientists are researching how pain is transmitted between the joints and the brain, in order to develop better pain relief for the millions of people suffering from arthritic conditions.
Dean Collier from Nottingham was 38 years old when he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis seven years ago. At the time he was working as a tram conductor and started suffering from pain in his right knee. As the pain from standing for long periods of time was unbearable, Dean was moved to driving the trams and later to an engineering role. However, the pain got so bad that Dean had to give up work. “I was at rock bottom at that point, it felt as though suffering from the pain had robbed me of my life”, he says.
“Initiatives such as the Big Give Christmas Challenge will not only raise vital funds for the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre in Nottingham, but also highlights the need for better pain management for millions of other people like me.”
The Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre Director, Professor David Walsh comments; “The Pain Centre has produced some really important discoveries in its first year. We’ve found out more about how nerves in the joint and cells in the spinal cord are activated as arthritis pain develops. The next four years will see us building on these strong foundations to deliver the results needed to transform understanding and treatment of arthritic pain.”
The charity is hoping to raise money towards the £500,000 it costs each year to fund the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre in Nottingham.
Campaigns & Issues
Pension Trends, Chapter 5: State Pensions, 2013 Edition
A larger proportion of men than of women receive the full Basic State Pension (BSP): in September 2012, 80% of male pensioners received full BSP compared with only 46% of female pensioners.
Surge in population
Britain's population could surge to 132 million over the next century thanks to growing life expectancy and high immigration, officials said this week.
People born in 25 years’ time are likely to live five years longer than those born today, according to the forecast by the Office for National Statistics.
The ONS said UK life expectancy for 2012 is 78.7 years for men and 82.4 for women – but in 25 years time this will have climbed to 84 for men and 87.3 for women.
Competitions & Fun
Win a copy of Michael Ball's new DVD - Both Sides Now Tour
Michael Ball’s first live DVD in 2 years - filmed live in concert at the Hammersmith Apollo
Includes Exclusive Bonus CD – 8-track CD Featuring hit songs from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera… plus all his latest hits.
Both Sides Now the album has sold over 100,000 copies since launch
Michael Ball is one the UK's most loved performers. From leading the cast of Les Misérable, to singing his heart out to adoring audiences around the world, fans can treasure their favourite singer live in concert.
Win one of 31 fabulous travel treats from Silver Travel Advisor this December
Enter now and you could win one of the 31 travel treats from our Christmas Stocking.
Silver Travel Advisor is a friendly website packed with advice, tips, information and honest reviews written by and for silver travellers (aged over 50). A team of advisors are on hand to answer queries (for free), and you can share your own experiences too.
Health & Wellbeing
Tackling the challenges of dementia
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is pleased to announce that, along with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) it's awarding £20 million to six research projects which will significantly add to our understanding of dementia.
Amongst other things, the research will look at how we can better prevent dementia, and improve the quality of life of those with dementia and their carers.
Property & Finance
Retirement income needs to come from a variety of sources
After a year-long study into the consumer experience of buying an annuity, the Financial Services Consumer Panel concluded that the market does not work well for the majority of consumers and urged a review. Andy Zanelli, head of retirement planning, AXA Wealth, comments on the need to look at a variety of sources for securing income in retirement.
Leisure and Lifestyle
Robert Tanitch reviews Drawing the Line at Hampstead Theatre, London, NW3.
Pundit Nehru, Muhammad Jinnah, Mahatma Gandhi, Clement Atlee and Louis Mountbatten are the key players, but it is the lesser known Judge Cyril John Radcliffe who holds centre stage in Howard Brenton’s new and absorbing play about the partitioning of India in 1947.
India is a financial burden Britain can no longer afford. Prime Minister Atlee dispatches Radcliffe to divide the sub-continent into two new sovereign dominions. Five weeks to dismantle an empire clearly isn’t long enough. The haste is indecent. But that’s all Radcliffe has.
"I'm a pensioner, get me out of here!"
Today's pensioners may not have to endure daily Bush Tucker trials to top up their shopping baskets but for almost 70% of people surveyed by the deVere Group, cost of living is the primary concern about retiring in the UK.
According the results of a recent survey of 1,231 over 50's questioned by the international financial consultancy, cost of living is the primary motivation for quitting Britain with almost half (49.5%) stating that they have 'seriously considered', 'are thinking about', or 'would be tempted' to live overseas during retirement.
I’m so pleased you actually listen to our comments!