Cancer Survivors PEOPLE from across the Forest brightened up Lydney at the weekend as they took part in the annual Cancer Research UK Relay For Life. For the 9th year running, hundreds camped out at Forest Leisure as they joined together to celebrate raising money to fight cancer. Lynne Garner, senior relay development executive at Cancer Research UK opened the event on Saturday at midday and was greeted with “a riot of fancy dress.” She said: “The weekend was just incredible, a lot of people who hadn’t been to the event before were blown away. “There were 350 participants which varied in age from three-week-old babies in prams to pensioners. It started with an inspirational survivors opening lap, which is a celebration of Life and involves teams of people walking around the track for 24 hours whilst a carnival atmosphere and party is in full swing. “Lots of people turned up in vibrant fancy dress and have spent the last few months raising money in many different and creative ways to fund research into more than 200 cancers. It’s hard not to be inspired by people’s creativity and, in these tough times, we are still finding people donate willingly. “I am so proud to have witnessed the events at the weekend, so many people have different stories to tell and no matter what we always have fun – we are one big happy family. I am already getting people looking forward to next year’s event.”
A FOREST man lost his life at the weekend in what was one of two serious collisions that happened within 48 hours of each other. On Saturday (July 13), a male motorcyclist from Lydney, died in a collision in Woolaston. The 45-year-old was riding an orange Honda CBR motorbike on the A48 towards Lydney at about 7pm when the vehicle left the road and collided with a parked silver Vauxhall Combi van close to the Woolaston Inn. An air ambulance arrived but he was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known what caused the crash but his next of kin and the coroner have been informed. While on Monday morning (July 15) a child was airlifted to hospital following a three-vehicle collision in Longhope. The crash happened outside Harts Barn Craft Centre between Longhope and Mitcheldean at just before 10am, where it is alleged a lorry collided into the back of a Ford Focus which collided with a Mazda. An 11-year-old boy in the Ford Focus was cut out by the fire service and he was then taken by helicopter to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, with potentially life-threatening injuries, but following checks it was confirmed he had sustained minor injuries. Two other children, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, also suffered minor injuries while a woman suffered minor head injuries. The road was closed while an investigation took place. Anybody with any information about either collision can call 101, quoting incident 408 of July 13 and incident 121 of July 15.
The Academy’s inaugural Sports Fair kicked off in style on Thursday 11th July and was enjoyed by large numbers from the Academy and the local community. The Fair was organised as part of the Sky Sports Living for Sport Community Programme, in which the Academy’s Junior Sports Leaders have been involved. The main aim of the Fair was to promote and increase participation levels within sports and leisure. We were all extremely lucky to be in the presence of several professional athletes, including professional Snooker players from the South West Snooker Academy and local boxing hero and ex-student, Chris Higgs. Also in attendance was the Academy’s Sky Sports Athlete Mentor (Vernon Samuels, 1988 Great Britain Olympic Triple Jumper), who was so impressed with the event and in particular just how enthusiastic and welcoming our students were. Vernon especially had Ben Howells and Bethan Jewitt to thank, both of whom did an excellent job of playing host to Vernon throughout the evening (although they did manage to get a free burger out of it!) Another highlight of the evening was the performance of Professional Football freestyler and tv presenter Francis Vu. It was not only Francis’s incredible ball skills and tricks that impressed, but also how he took to the spirit of the event by staying all evening playing, interacting and leaving a lasting impression on everyone he met. Many local sports and leisure clubs from the area attended the event, such as Lydney Boxing, Volleyball, Football, Rugby, Netball and Cricket clubs. Throughout the evening there was a hive of activity going on all over the Academy site, with clubs such as Dean Ultimate Frisbee club successfully signing up new members. A special mention must go [...]
Cranberry juice really does prevent bladder infections," reports the Mail Online, suggesting that it's "not an old wives' tale" after all. But the piece of research this story is based on only tested the effects of cranberries in the laboratory and not in humans. Crucially, human studies can differ from laboratory findings. The research found that cranberry powder made from whole cranberries had antibiotic properties against a bacterium called Proteus mirabilis, one of the common causes of urinary tract infections (UTIs). The powder used in the research disrupted the movement of the bacteria (motility). It also inhibited the production of an enzyme called urease, thought to be key to the bacteria's virulence (its ability to cause illness). Previous research found a small trend towards fewer UTIs in people taking cranberry products. However, this was not a statistically significant finding, meaning it may have been down to chance, and many people in these studies stopped drinking the juice early, suggesting it may not be an acceptable intervention. This research adds to the biological understanding of a specific bacteria involved in some UTIs and the potential antibiotic role of cranberries, but it does not prove that cranberries prevent bladder infections in people. Other, more robust evidence that looked at this directly found that the effect is either very small or non-existent.