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'Arthritis robbed me of my mum,' says Swindon man

Ashley Heath describes why he is running the London Marathon this year for Arthritis Research

It's the headline I'd choose, in search of an eye-catching top line in describing why I'm running in the London Marathon this year, writes Ashley Heath. As a radio reporter, that's the sort of editor...

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Vital vaccine’s delay kills or maims 200

Revolutionary new Meningitis B vaccine could save lives but it's not yet available free on the NHS.

At least 200 UK residents could have been saved from death or disability in the last year had a revolutionary new Meningitis B vaccine been introduced for free on the NHS. A year ago today, the UK&rs...

Alzheimer's Charity Bring & Buy/Nearly New Sale at Specsavers, Swindon

Friday 31 January, in Regent Street

Friday 31 January. All day fundraiser at Specsavers, Regent Street, Swindon in aid of Alzheimer's Care. Organiser Debbie Fairfoull, Optical Assistant at Specsavers, writes: There are 800,000 people w...

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Swindon businesses raise cash for kidneys

£3000 to help raise awareness of altruistic kidney donation

Local businesses, Barclays Bank and the Swindon Sikh Temple and Punjabi Community Centre have raised almost £3000 to help raise awareness of altruistic kidney donation (the act of giving a kidne...

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Campaign aims to encourage people in Swindon to lead healthier lives

Healthy Weight Awareness Week: Monday 13 January - Saturday 18 January

A team that has helped and encouraged countless people to transform their lives will be out in force next week as part of a campaign designed to reinforce those New Year’s resolutions. Swindon&...

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Swindon boxing talent delivers knockout Christmas gifts at GWH

Boxing champion Kelvin Young distributes present to hospitalised children

The prospect of a hospital stay can be hard to contemplate at any time of the year, but being away from home during the festive season can be really tough for children, writes Lucy Mead of Verelogic. ...


New air ambulance ordered to cover Swindon and Wiltshire

£2.5 million will have to be raised by charity annually

Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust (WAACT) has signed a 10-year contract in Swindon with Heli Charter Ltd for a new helicopter, to come into service at the end of 2014, when the lease on the cur...

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First aid training for children in Swindon & Wiltshire

Former St Johns Ambulance schools' trainer Gilly offers first aid skills to children and young people

Former St Johns Ambulance schools’ trainer Gilly Boote from Devizes has set up Trust First Aid, offering training for children and young people via schools, Scout and Brownie groups and youth cl...

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MEND offers families a free, healthy, confidence building direction for kids

2014 - Is it time for your children to get fitter, healthier and happier?

Christmas has come and gone, with all its treats, sweets and fattening foods. But now that the new year is upon us, is it time for your children to get fitter, healthier and happier?  MEND (Mind...

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Find the new you in Swindon Healthy Weight Awareness Week

Discover top tips to get more active and improve your health prospect from 13 to 18 January

The Change 4 Life logo uses six words which say so much: Eat well, Move more, Live longer. It’s a stark reality, people who don’t do the first two are likely to die younger. And after th...


Support for sufferers of Hepatitis C in Swindon

Peer support group meets at Broadgreen Community Centre every Monday

Hepatitis C Positive is a weekly peer support group which aims to help and motivate those in Swindon affected by the liver virus. Established in 2011 by Phil Spalding, the group meets on Mondays at 6...

The great Christmas stuffing

GWH dieticians offer handy dietary advice ahead of the big festive feast!

With less than three weeks to go till Christmas Day, Dieticians at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have put together some handy dietary advice ahead of the big festive feast. The average...

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Swindon SEQOL highly commended in national awards

Success at Philip Baxendale Awards for social enterprise

SEQOL, the social enterprise that delivers community health and adult social care in Swindon, has been highly commended in the employee innovation category of the national Philip Baxendale Awards. Th...

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MEND Swindon. Time to make a New Year’s resolution

Sign up for MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, Do It!) for free

Christmas will be with us soon, but do you and your children want to get fitter, healthier and happier in 2014?  MEND is offering a free, fun 10 week healthy lifestyle programme for 5 to 16-year...

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Local Businesses support Kidney Charity Event

Delicious Indian food and entertainment on offer at Ladies' Charity Night - 13 December, Supermarine Sports and Social Club

A small business based in Swindon is holding a charity fundraising dinner and disco to raise awareness of altruistic kidney donation (the act of giving a kidney to a stranger). Jasie Rai, Director of...

Support given to Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service helps promote awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide

The charity Carbon Monoxide Awareness is holding its eighth National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week from Monday 18 November.   The group supports the many victims of carbon monoxide (CO) poison...

Taking action over undernutrition in Swindon

Awareness Day, Eldene Health Centre, Thursday 14 November.

Community Dietitians at Great Western Hospital are raising awareness of the problem of undernutrition with an ongoing campaign to encourage people at risk to recognise the signs. Undernutrition is ve...


National Trust's OakMobile brings magic to Swindon

Mini-mobile theatre visits Heelis

After launching in Birmingham earlier this year, the magical OakMobile made a half term visit to the town on Wednesday 30 October to provide an intriguing, interactive theatrical experience and free f...


Swindon head shave helps abused women in Goa

Bollywood tutor now suffering from rare auto immune disease wants greater awareness

Dorothy Clarke, surrounded by well wishers drawn from her many community links across the town, smiled and laughed as her long black hair was cut off and her head shaved in public on Friday 25 October...

SEQOL wins prestigious national award

Swindon social enterprise wins Health Services Journal award for high-tech Tele-health system

SEQOL wins prestigious national award for using technology to improve patient care and make efficiencies. SEQOL, the social enterprise that delivers a range of community health and adult social care ...


Swindon Puppy Skool boosts total for CLIMB

Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases supported by members of dog training business

Well over 200 people enjoyed an open day with lots of competitions at Janet’s Puppy Skool in Haydon Wick in September and raised a record breaking £2005 for CLIMB (Children Living with Inh...

GWH hosts Twitter Q&A on breast cancer awareness: 21 October

Consultant breast surgeon Mr Nathan Coombs to answer tweeted questions

October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Great Western Hospital will be raising awareness of breast cancer care by hosting an online Q&A session on Twitter on Monday 21 October, 1pm ...

Fundraising for Swindon Therapy Centre for MS

Localgiving.com to match £10 donations made online

Local Giving.com Match Fund Starting on 15 October local giving will match £10 donations made to Swindon Therapy Centre for MS online at www.localgiving.com. There is a £500,000 pot avai...


Bollywood dancer Dorothy to shave head: 25 October

Charity event to take place in the Brunel Centre

Dorothy Clarke, known by many across the town as the face of the Bollywood Dreamers dance group, as seen at Swindon Mela and many other public events has been diagnosed with a serious and rare auto-im...

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Is your life missing something? asks Swindon therapist

It's important to find time for yourself every day, writes Jane Child.

If you're always giving your energy to others and never taking time for yourself, then you may feel stressed and even become ill. Signs of stress included disturbed sleep, increased blood pressure, n...

Smoker stops in the Nick of time

Sign up for Stoptober - the 28 day challenge to quit smoking.

Giving up smoking was a life or death decision for Nick Sheppard - he chose to stop and is encouraging others to sign up for Stoptober, the 28-day challenge to quit smoking. The 47-year-old, from Wal...