On Saturday evening Stewart and Angela Sparling hosted the Treble One Charity Launch Summer Ball at the Marriott Hotel. An amazing £10,000 was raised, much of it donated to get Stu Prior to sit down and stop talking!
The Treble One Trust (treble one being Stewart’s collar number) represents;
One life, One chance to live it, One day at a time. The charity was formed by Stewart as there is little or no funding for specialist equipment for sufferers in the latter stages of the disease. Whilst Stewart appreciates the help that the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association have offered him, full funding for equipment is not always awarded.
Stewart has experienced the positive effect this specialist equipment has had on his quality of life and his mission in life is to now help others with MND.
Motor Neurone Disease is a terminal neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, paralysis, and ultimately, respiratory failure.
MND attacks certain cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep your muscles moving. Early signs and symptoms of MND include muscle cramps, twitching, weakness in the extremities and difficulty speaking or swallowing. As the disease progresses it is characterised by the inability to move any part of the body, the inability to speak or communicate with anything but your eyes and complete reliance on a feeding tube for nutrition. The senses, including hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch are not affected by MND.
Most people with MND only live between 2 to 5 years after the first signs of the disease, and 50% of those die within the first 14 months. There are only 5,000 people with MND in the whole of the UK at any one time. I would urge you to support this charity where you can.
Mental Health Week 11th – 17th May 2015
Last week I talked about the Organisational Health check and highlighted that this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. PC Alex Crisp is due to spend three weeks in USA and Canada learning about emergency response to mental health crisis, after being awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship.
Join us for a Mindfulness webchat on 13th May 2015.
On Tuesday I thoroughly enjoyed the Lord Lieutenant’s Investiture Ceremony. Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, along with her Deputy Lieutenant, Bob Collins presented the awards to nineteen officers and one Special who were commended with long service medals for contributing over 369 years of service.
I had a really interesting chat with DS Sam Cullen around her kickboxing achievements. Some of you will know that Sam has been kickboxing a little over three years. In February 2014 Sam qualified for the British team after winning a silver medal at the British Championships. Sam then went on to win Bronze at the World Championships in Portugal in November 2014.
Sam has gone from strength to strength and in February 2015 competed at the National Championships again winning silver in the ladies section and also becoming British Champion in the ladies Veterans section. Sam has automatically qualified for the England team and will be competing in the World Championships which are being held in Rugby in October this year.
On Wednesday evening, after a hectic day of meetings in London I attended the Stu Ewing Memorial Match between Leicestershire Police and Coalville. Stu was a firearms officer with the Force when he died suddenly in 1993 of an undiagnosed heart condition. He was a keen rugby player and turned out for us and Coalville where he played at a high standard.
On this occasion, in windy conditions, the Police came out winners 27-17.