Monthly Archives: June 2015

Father and son’s cycling challenge raises over £1,000 for charity

Paul and James Housden

Paul and James Housden in Bridlington at the end of their Coast to Coast cycling challenge

A father and son from Preston have raised over £1, 000 for national charity COFEPOW by successfully completing a cross country cycling challenge.

Paul Housden and his son James cycled across Lancashire and Yorkshire from Morecambe to Bridlington to raise funds for national charity COFEPOW, which is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of prisoners of war held in the Far East in World War Two.

As well as raising funds for the charity, Paul and James wanted to highlight the suffering of the Far East prisoners of war, as this year sees the 70th anniversary year of Victory in Japan (VJ) Day. More than 200,000 Allied civilians and service personnel were taken prisoner by the Japanese and by VJ Day, on 15 August 1945, some 50,000 of these people had died.

Paul says: “We’re very pleased to have successfully completed the Coast to Coast cycle ride. Day one was very challenging as it poured down for 55 miles across the Pennines, but day two was much better with a nice breeze from behind and only a couple of showers.

“I came off my bike once and finished up with some cuts and bruises, but I survived. I thought about what happened to my Dad in the war and that stopped me feeling too sorry for myself.”

Paul Watson from COFEPOW says: “We are delighted that Paul and James got from Morecambe to Bridlington by bike and we can’t thank them enough for raising funds for COFEPOW. The money collected will go towards building a memorial garden for Far East prisoners of war at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. We would also like to thank all those who donated and supported them.”

Paul Housden adds: “My Father was a POW in the Far East and it is hard to imagine just how much he and thousands of others suffered. COFEPOW exists to ensure this important part of history is kept alive. What we went through on the cycle ride was a small effort compared to what my Father and many others like him went through in World War Two.”

The 70th anniversary of VJ Day takes place on 15 August 2015 and there will be a number of events taking place around the country to commemorate this important occasion.

There is still time to sponsor Paul and James by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Housden and to find out more about Far East Prisoners of War visit www.cofepow.org.uk.

Commemorating 70 years since Victory in Japan

Saturday 15th August 2015 marks the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Japan (VJ Day)

COFEPOW - Children of far East Prisoners of War logoThis important anniversary of VJ Day is being marked by national charity COFEPOW, as part of its aim to ensure that World War Two Far East Prisoners of War are never forgotten.

 

Key events to commemorate Victory in Japan Day

Saturday 15th August 2015

At 2pm, there will be a Service of Remembrance at Lichfield Cathedral to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day. There will be an Address by Terry Waite CBE, and the service will be followed by performances from the West Midlands Fellowship Band and the West Midlands Police Choir.

Sunday 16th August 2015

At 12.15pm, there will be a service at the COFEPOW Memorial Building at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. The service will be conducted by David Childs CBE RN (Rtd) and will be followed by the blessing and re-dedication of the building and the opening of the new FEPOW Remembrance Garden. There will also be a Royal Air Force fly past by a world famous DC-3 Dakota Transport Plane.

Key facts about Victory in Japan

• At 6.10 on the evening of 15th February 1942, Lieutenant General Percival surrenders to the Japanese in Singapore.

• Almost 200,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers became prisoners of war in the Far East.

• Thousands were held in Singapore’s Changi Prison, where many died.

• Thousands more left Singapore on prison ships – “hell ships” – to be used as forced labour in other parts of Asia.

• Nearly 10,000 of these men died building the Burma-Thailand railway.
• Thousands of others died as a result of starvation, barbaric treatment and tropical diseases.

• Civilians fared no better. Tens of thousands were killed by the Japanese.

• The Japanese surrendered on 15th August 1945.

• By then, 50,000 prisoners of war had been killed.

Our new client is just the ticket

Ethos public relations is proud to announce it will be working with Janet Redler Travel and Tourism to help promote the tour operator’s services across the USA and Europe.

Janet Redler

Janet Redler

Janet Redler Travel and Tourism, which has offices in Shrewsbury and Montgomery, specialises in designing tailor-made tours to the UK and Europe, with many of its customers travelling from the United States.

Speaking about the link up, Chief Executive Janet Redler said she was looking forward to working with Ethos public relations to help raise the profile of her business and to promote Wales and the borders to potential overseas visitors.

Janet said: “Europe, and especially the UK and Wales, is a great draw for American visitors due to the fantastic variety of destinations and our rich heritage. At the moment, the very favourable dollar exchange rate is also helping to attract people from the US. Working with Ethos public relations, we are really looking forward to raising our profile further and bringing more visitors to experience all that the UK and Europe has to offer.”

Shaun Fisher, a Director at Ethos public relations, who has first hand experience of American business, said: “We are really looking forward to working with Janet and her team to help promote the services they provide to a wide audience. Janet Redler Travel and Tourism is a great fit for our business as we both share a passion for travel and the international bonds and friendship it can bring.”

Ethos public relations will be helping Janet Redler Travel and Tourism with a wide range of communications support, including public relations, social media and website support.

For more information visit Janet Redler Travel and Tourism.

Father and Son cycle across England to commemorate Victory in Japan Day

A father and son cycling duo from Lostock Hall, Preston are cycling across England to raise awareness of the plight of World War Two prisoners of war.

Paul and James Housden cycling for COFEPOW

Paul and James Housden are cycling for COFEPOW

Paul Housden and son James are cycling across Lancashire and Yorkshire from Morecambe to Bridlington to raise funds for national charity, COFEPOW, which is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of prisoners of war held in the Far East in World War Two.

More than 200,000 allied civilians and service personnel were taken prisoner by the Japanese in February 1942. By Victory in Japan Day some 50,000 of these people had died.

Says Paul: “My father was a POW in the Far East and it is so hard to conceive what he and thousands of others went through. COFEPOW exists to ensure this important part of history is kept alive.”

Son James is keen to help raise funds for COFEPOW as away of recognising his grandfather’s contribution: “Having listened to dad talk about some of the things granddad and his fellow captives went through, it’s very important that the coming generations have knowledge of what happened to the forgotten army.”

The ride, which will take two full days of cycling across the Lancashire and Yorkshire dales and moors, and says Paul: “We will face a total climb of 4,222 ft and some 141 miles, but compared to what my Father went through, it is a small effort to pay tribute to him and his fellow POWs.”

If you would like to sponsor Paul and James, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/Paul-Housden and to find out more about Far East Prisoners of War visit www.cofepow.org.uk.

Laserase Bolton welcomes cooling off period for cosmetic procedures

Laserase Bolton logoLaserase Bolton has welcomed new guidance from the General Medical Council to make surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures safer.

Doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures must allow patients time to think before agreeing to go ahead with treatment, according to the new guidance, which has been produced by the General Medical Council (GMC) to make cosmetic procedures, such as facelifts, dermal fillers and Botox, safer.

Julie Kershaw, Clinic Manager at Laserase Bolton, said: “We welcome any steps that improve the safety of cosmetic treatments and the new guidance will help to make patients more aware of the implications of the procedures they are having. It will also give people more time to decide if it is right for them.

“At Laserase Bolton, all our patients are invited to a free, no obligation consultation in order to assess their suitability for treatment and to discuss the different treatment options available. We believe it is important to understand our patients’ needs and to listen to any concerns they may have. We always recommend that people think carefully about the treatment they choose, before going ahead.”

Some of the key points in the new GMC guidance are that doctors will be open and honest with patients and not trivialise the risks involved; they will give patients enough time and information before they decide whether to have a cosmetic procedure and allow them time to ‘cool off’; and they will ask patients to tell them how they have been affected by a cosmetic procedure, both physically and psychologically, and check whether they are satisfied with the outcome.

Laserase Bolton is one of the leading laser clinics in the North West of England, providing a complete range of non-surgical skin health solutions. It has been established for over 20 years and all of its practitioners are qualified doctors and nurses.

The General Medical Council, which sets the standard that UK doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures are expected to follow, will now consult the public and doctors about the guidance. To find out more about the new guidance and to take part in the consultation, visit http://www.gmc-uk.org/news/26550.asp

Laserase Bolton offers a range of skin treatments including hair reduction and removal, laser skin peels, acne and acne scarring, thread vein treatments, tattoo removal, pixel laser skin rejuvenation, dermal fillers and muscle relaxing injections. For more information call Laserase Bolton on 01204 570900, email admin@laserase-bolton.co.uk or visit the website www.laserase-bolton.co.uk.