Actor Tommy Jessop: “People really should start listening to us!”

Tommy Jessop is an award-winning actor, well known for his role as Terry Boyle in the TV series, ‘Line of Duty. Tommy also has Down’s Syndrome. He is keen to put the privilege of fame to good use and to tell the stories of people with learning disabilities. – “Being in Line of Duty made…

Family hosts Not So Spooky Halloween for special needs children

For kids with sensory disorders such as autism, Halloween can be a very overwhelming experience for them, but one family has made it a mission for the last five years to provide them with a space w… Halloween is, by nature, a spooky holiday. It is a time when kids put on scary costumes and…

My daughter has Down syndrome, and her siblings are better for it

One of the pervasive myths surrounding having a child with Down syndrome is that she will be a burden on the rest of the family. People often ask me what it is like having a sibling with Down syndrome for our two younger children, Marilee and William. Is having their 16-year-old sister, Penny, in their lives different…

Pauline promotes fitness to help breast cancer charities

A former Big Brother contestant and artist is spearheading a series of fitness events to raise awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pauline Bennett, who appeared on series 15 of the show in 2014, has been putting on a series of free fitness classes at gyms across her home city of Wolverhampton and the surrounding…

Nurse runs five marathons to raise money for cancer charity

A uro-oncology nurse consultant has completed five marathons in the run up to her 50th birthday to support The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. Netty Kinsella, who works at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, completed four marathons solo and then was joined in her fifth and final marathon by some of her colleagues from the urology…

Family Volunteer Day can deepen child’s civic engagement

Nov. 19 is Family Volunteer Day, a global day of service that empowers families to work together to support their communities. Nov. 19 is Family Volunteer Day, a global day of service that empowers families to work together to support their communities. Increasingly, parents of young children are placing a larger focus on civic engagement…