Boxing Day 2008
Boxing Day Dip with a nip!
Charity event to raise money for CLIC Sargent as the 20th Anniversay of the Malcolm Sargent House approaches.
As a member of the CLIC Sargent Ayrshire Fundraising Committee I am delighted to update you on our latest event which took place on Prestwick Esplanade on Boxing Day 2008.
It goes to show how hardy the Scots are and game for a laugh. Many thanks to the hundreds of participants (almost 500 took part) who dressed up as penguins, Borat, Rab C, Spiderman, The Hulk, Fred Flintstone etc and to the crowd for getting behind everyone and cheering them in to the icy Firth of Clyde. Between them they raised an amazing £40,000!
Scotland Manager, George Burley, came along to lend support to the event and West FM presenter Colin McArdle who was on fine form. Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped set up at 8am in the morning (you know who you are), the Cumnock & Doon Valley Sub Aqua Team, Strathclyde Police Traffic Division, CLIC Sargent staff and our Unsung Hero, Eileen Granger who is the main organiser of the Dip – what a star!
We hope that 2009 will turn out to be another record breaking year. There will be no limit on numbers this year so let’s celebrate the 20th anniversary of Malcolm Sargent House and support children with cancer.
Have a look at this very special Boxing Day Dip:
19 November 2008
Sharon Trotter wins the Dermatology award in Nursing in Practice Inaugural Award Ceremony!
We are thrilled to announce that Sharon and her Babycare- back to basics™ leaflet has just won the very first Nursing in Practice Dermatology Award for her work on baby skincare issues. This came as a wonderful surprise as she attended the Awards lunch at the Birmingham NEC.
Sharon receives the award from Chris Steeples and is congratulated by
Marilyn Eveleigh, Consultant Editor of Nursing in Practice.
The Nursing in Practice Awards 2008 rewards best practice in a variety of clinical areas, and are designed to recognise excellence and innovation in the primary care setting.
Categories included: Cardiac care, Childhood immunisation, Dermatology, Diabetes, Mental health including dual diagnosis, Obesity, Respiratory care, Sexual health, Travel health and Team of the year.
Thank you to the team of judges at NIP and to Espere Healthcare Ltd sponsors of the Dermatology Award.
This is not just a wonderful honour for Sharon and her tireless work in the field of neonatal skincare but adds weight and credibility to the growing evidence that a simpler regime for all babies and children really does make a difference. A special edition of the Babycare- back to basics™ leaflet is planned to promote this recent win. If you would like a free copy please contact us.
For more details of the NIP Awards plus news of the other winners on the day go to: www.nursinginpractice.com/awards
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or call 01292 312 410 or 07921 674 987.
15 November 2008
CLIC Sargent Winter Ball raises more than a smile!
An amazing £67.000 was raised on Saturday night following another highly successful event at the Princess Royal Suite at Ayr Racecourse. Thanks must go to the many volunteers who have worked so hard all year to help make this such an enjoyable evening.
Guests were welcomed with a glass of champagne, followed by a delicious four-course meal plus a goody bag full of treats.
Our wonderful host Andy Cameron had us laughing from the start of what turned out to be an amazing night of first class entertainment. Andrew Merry, fresh from the X Factor (their loss!!) wowed us with a selection of songs including a delightful ballad with up and coming singing star Rebecca Shearing. The big band sound of LEGEND kept us all on our feet dancing until the small hours.
Most poignant of all was Eileen Granger’s (pictured above with Sharon) personal account of her journey through the agonising experience of coping with a child diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. She eloquently described the devastating effect this has on everyone involved but the overwhelming message was that of hope. Her son Ross is now a normal school boy and his story (see picture) is testament to the importance of charities like CLIC Sargent and how they can make all the difference when times are hard. Eileen now works tirelessly to promote the cause of CLIC Sargent and was recently crowned Ayrshire’s ‘Unsung Hero’ at the local West FM Community Awards in September 2008.
Guests were visibly moved but they showed their support by digging deep and bidding high for a multitude of incredible prizes which went on to better last year’s target of £65000.
Well done to everyone!
For more details of the wonderful work of CLIC Sargent go to: www.clicsargent.org.uk
1 November 2008
Gordon Ramsay – a signature dish!
Colin, Sharon and Janet at the BBC Good Food Show - and Gordon Ramsay was there too!
Just back from three days at the BBC Good Food Show in Glasgow where I was giving advice on the Jackson Reece baby wipes stand. I even managed to snap a picture of the gorgeous Gordon Ramsay! It was a pleasure to meet so many lovely people and I would like to thank those who have already signed up on TIPS or emailed me for more information on breastfeeding or baby skincare issues. Thank you to Colin and Janet for helping me to spread the word about safe skincare. Their TIPS award winning baby wipe were flying off the shelves and I can guarantee that these new customers will be converted for life. For more information about this wonderful product go to www.jacksonreece.com
28 October 2008
Another great milestone for TIPS…
We are delighted to announce that the lucky 500th Tester signed up last night!
Congratulations to Kirsty from Ayrshire who will be getting a Tummy Tub with a uniquely embroidered bath towel plus a signed copy of Breastfeeding: the essential guide. This couldn’t have come at a better time for Kirsty as she awaits the arrival of her new baby.
1 October 2008
Could you be the 500th TIPS tester?
With the publication of our 10th newsletter today we are tantalisingly close to the magic number of 500 TIPS Testers! At last count we were on 488 so you could be the lucky 500th? There is a very special prize for the one who hits this milestone. Click on the registration button on the top right hand corner of the TIPS homepage, follow the online instructions and your picture could be featured on this stop press page very soon…
27 August 2008
400th Tester signs up and parents just keep on joining!
Logo by Miles Trotter
Word seems to have spread very quickly since the launch of our TIPS forum a week ago. So much so that registration of new parent testers had to be closed for a few days while Brigitte and I caught up! The current total is standing at 470 so it will not be long until we hit the big 500! Watch this space for more news and a very big welcome to all our new members. Please feel free to register on the forum where you can get to know each other better.
Just to make it clear that what we are offering to parent testers is the chance to be part of an independent and totally unbiased testing scheme. We are not here to provide free samples of products. All testers must complete a detailed information form and sign the TIPS Terms & Conditions before they are allowed to take part in a TIPS trial. We are proud to be able to boast a pool of highly motivated parent Testers whose input helps make the TIPS Award Scheme the most impartial testing programme of its kind within the mother and baby market.
Here’s to reaching that magic 500!
22 August 2008
TIPS forum goes live!
The brand new TIPS forum is now online with over 100 boards for you to make your own. Log in to view our forums on conceiving, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, parenting, mums, dads, shopping and health professionals. More will be added on demand and Sharon is planning to have live web chats in the coming weeks.
Pop in and out to chat with your friends, make new ones along the way and welcome others who join in too. You can also access all the TIPS newsletters and the latest news on the TIPS forum.
Hope you enjoy this wonderful new TIPS resource
2 August 2008
We are thrilled to announce that the 300th TIPS parent tester has now registered.
Sarah's beautiful baby Ben is pictured left
And we are delighted to welcome Sarah from Loughborough to the TIPS online community. Sarah's registration beautifully coincides with the publication of the brand new TIPS newsletter which can be accessed from the home page. Read all about what TIPS have been up to for the last couple of months and have a look at not just one but the seven wonderful newsletter competitions you can to enter. Remember you’ve got to be in it to win it!
28 June 2008
CLIC Sargent Ladies night
A great night was had by all!
Still getting back to normal after another amazingly successful charity event where over £27.000 was raised for this excellent cause!
Photos - left to right:
1. May Gilchrist and Sharon at the end of a successful night!
2. Allister Boyd and his Mum
3. Julie and Jacqui – TIPS testers having fun in their Tiaras!
I first became involved with this charity at my book launch in 2004 and I have been a member of the Ayrshire Support Group Committee ever since. This was my fifth party night (two Winter Balls and three Ladies nights) which was, as always, great fun. So much so that word has spread and many people had travelled up from England to join in!
However we must never lose sight of why this and other events are held throughout the year all over the UK.
May Gilchrist (see picture of May and me at the end of the night), Fundraising Chief in Ayrshire would like to thank everyone who came along to support us at this glitzy event and especially to Allister Boyd for speaking about his cancer journey.
This was, without doubt, the highlight of the evening and brought a tear to the eyes of many. Allister’s eloquent description of his roller coaster ride, since his diagnosis with a brain tumour two years ago, was told with heartbreaking honesty and sensitivity but always with humour. You can see Allister pictured with his proud Mum and we all send him love and hope for the future. It’s only by holding events such as these that we can raise awareness of childhood cancer and the devastating effect that it can have on the whole family.
So the hard work begins again as we plan for the Winter Ball in November which this year has a Big Band feel to it. If any of you would like to donate a prize for this or just wish to offer your support, please
Publication of ‘Fit to Bust’
by Alison Blenkinsop
RRP: £9.99 (ISBN: 9781906206895)
My good friend and Lactation Consultant Alison has just given birth to her latest project after a long and sometimes arduous road. I am pleased to say that author and book are now in high spirits but I would recommend you get your hands on this delightful celebration of motherhood and breastfeeding while stocks last!
Profits from the sale of this book will be given to Baby Milk Action. More details are available here or from www.linkable.biz
13 - 14 June 2008
BabyGROE Awards Conference in Chester
Just back from an inspiring experience where winners of the BabyGROE awards were presented with their prizes at a dinner and ceilidh on 13 June at Trafford Hal. This was followed by an exceptional opportunity to network at the BabyGROE conference with organisations and individuals from all walks of the ever increasing natural health and ethical business scene on Saturday 14 June.
It was an honour to be one of those shortlisted in this well respected event. Sarah Brown (judge for the health professional category) was unable to attend but it was a pleasure to meet up with Brigit Strawbridge (judge for the ethical business category). We were given the opportunity to meet other nominees during an extremely enjoyable weekend (complete with dancing at the ceilidh and a firepit under the stars!).
Thank you to all the staff at BabyGROE who helped to make this an exciting weekend. More details about the event, the winners and statements from the judges are available here.
6 June 2008
Press launch of First Response Early Result Pregnancy test
Sharon and Yvonne Bishop Weston - First Response Early Result Pregnancy test
I am just back from an exciting day in London where I provided technical information about ovulation, fertilisation and early pregnancy at the press launch of First Response Early Result, the most sensitive pregnancy kit on the market. I was joined by nutritionist Yvonne Bishop Weston (see picture of us both above).Yvonne's information on diet and nutrition was fascinating.
Thank you to all the team at PR4.com for helping to make the day so enjoyable. We will be running a mini competition in the next TIPS e-newsletter with a total of six ovulation and pregnancy test kits up for grabs. Keep watching for more details.
11-18 May 2008
Radio interviews by Sharon for National Breastfeeding awareness week
I would like to thank Kamillosan for inviting me take part in a morning of radio interviews that were broadcast live on 9 May or pre-recorded for broadcast during national Breastfeeding Awareness week. I managed to cover all aspects of breastfeeding advice from the usual to the not so usual including the fact that breastfeeding actually boosts a mother's IQ while she is feeding as well as her baby's!
I was joined by Jemma, heavily pregnant with her second baby and together we highlighted the issue of breastfeeding in public, citing a recent poll carried out by Kamillosan that found one in four UK restaurants would not allow a mother to breastfeed during dinner! Thankfully English law now prohibits this behaviour. Legislation introduced in April 2008 allows breastfeeding mothers to feed their babies anywhere in public. In Scotland this has been law since 2005.
We will add some of the podcasts online as soon as we have them but until then listen out next week around the UK and you might hear Sharon (and breastfeeding mum Jemma) popping up on a radio station near you!
25-27 April 2008
Glasgow Baby Show - Advice on the Jackson Reece stand
I am just back from three days at the Glasgow Baby Show as baby skincare advisor on the Jackson Reece baby wipes stand. I would like to say thank you to all the parent testers who came to meet me. It was lovely to put faces to names and to be able to speak to you in person. The recent trial on the new formulation of Jackson Reece baby wipes was completed a week before the show. This meant that Colin and Janet were able to promote their well deserved TIPS Editor's choice award alongside their Best of the best award from last year. Their new formulation really does tick all the boxes and these wipes were flying off the shelves to satisfied customers who had travelled from all over Scotland to be at the show.
28-29 March 2008
Breastfeeding - International Perspectives
Lactation Consultants of Great Britain
Annual Conference & Masterclasses
Alison Blenkinsop with Sharon - Dr Brian Palmer (www.brianpalmerdds.com)
I am delighted to update you on my recent trip to Leeds where the annual conference of the LCGB was held.
I was lucky enough to attend two very informative presentations:
What I will take home from Suzanne is that skin-to-skin contact, while vital to the establishment of successful breastfeeding, should be renamed ‘close contact’. What matters is to keep mother and baby together and foster an atmosphere of positivity to boost self-confidence. Putting pressure on a mother to remove her clothes against her wishes could prove counter-productive. This could reduce oxytocin levels and affect the milk supply.
- Dr Suzanne Colson’s masterclass on biological nurturing and
- Brian Palmer’s masterclass on breastfeeding, sleep apnoea and oral health.
Brian Palmer also made perfect sense when he pointed out that prehistoric skulls were free from malocclusions. Indeed back then, breastfeeding was the norm and there were no such thing as teats or dummies! However the most moving moment of the day followed the account of a patient’s child who had been misdiagnosed and maltreated before being successfully referred to Brian, finally receiving the care they deserved and promoting an optimum result – there was not a dry eye in the room!
First class seminars from eminent international experts in their field were the order of the day with topics including: SIDS, dummies and sleep, Oxytocin, seven natural laws of breastfeeding, induced lactation and adoptive nursing.
Once again the presentations were of the highest standards and I happily awarded everyone 10/10 on the evaluation form. Every speaker brought something unique to the day and I felt renewed enthusiasm for my own favourite subject: breastfeeding.
Having already referenced Brian Palmer’s work in my cup feeding article I have to say it was a pleasure to meet him in person (see picture). However, the highlight of the conference has to be Brian's illuminating work on the misrepresentation of research on cot death and the inaccurate (and frankly shocking) advice from various organisations to promote the use of dummies. I have always been sceptical about this. Now I have the evidence I need to reassure parents that there is no need to routinely use a dummy and that its use will not provide any protection against cot death. This is likely to be controversial - so watch this space!
Lastly I would like to thank my dear friend Alison Blenkinsop who invited me to attend and encouraged me to become an associate member of the LCGB (I thought only certified lactation consultant were eligible). So I am now officially an associate member.
2 March 2008
C4 – Maverick TV programme ‘ Embarrassing Illnesses’
Breast health event – Shoreditch Town Hall
Chrysteile and Enzo - Sharon with a breastfeeding mum from a local baby cafe
I was lucky to be invited to attend this exciting event on Mother’s day. Thank you to Bio-Fem (winners of the TIPS Awards for their soothing compress and balm) who sponsored me to be the breastfeeding expert on the day and to be interviewed about breastfeeding issues for the programme covering breast health.
The day included a mass breast screening with brave volunteers agreeing to carry out breast examination on screen. There was a photo booth where women could get a picture of just their breasts taken, which will be included in the programme. There were also many inspiring stories of women who had fought and beaten breast cancer. One such story was that of Chrysteile who suffered from breast cancer at the tender age of 32. She went through traumatic chemotherapy, radiotherapy and reconstructive surgery following a full mastectomy. Miraculously she was given the OK to try for a baby last year and she now has a gorgeous son Enzo (see picture on the right) whom she fully breast fed from her unaffected breast for three months! Her story will be featured on GMTV on 5 March. I feel privileged to have met and chatted with Chrysteile and will include mention of her breastfeeding experience in my next book. At the end of the shoot I am featured as one of the women in the closing shots of this programme on breast health which highlights the sobering statistics of breast cancer today – necessary to get the message across!
Proceeds from this event were divided between the breast cancer charities attending on the day.
The programme is due to be aired on Channel 4, Tuesdays at 9pm, from 29 April 2008, so look out for me on your screens (I am wearing a black dress in case you miss me!)
Sharon’s latest article on baby skincare and cordcare has just been published in the Nursing in practice magazine. Follow this link to view the full article.
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