Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
A BUSINESSMAN has begun a ten-day trek to the North Pole tackling temperatures as low as -50˚C.
Steve Bennett, founder of The Genuine Gemstone Company based near Henley-in-Arden, is walking, skiing and sledging the 60 miles between the 89th latitude and the North Pole for charity.
Hoping to raise £100,000, the 48-year-old is joined by fellow staff member Jake Thompson, a marine commander and a retired doctor.
Together they are the only British team to attempt the challenge this year.
Burning 9,000 calories a day, setting up camp on the ice each night will take roughly three hours and every day includes a gruelling eight-hour trek.
The team travelled to the arctic circle last week for acclimatisation and training, before flying to Camp Barneo, an ice drift base 60 miles from the Pole.
Steve said: “I have to be honest, the prospect of this challenge is very daunting.
“I know it’s going to be incredibly tough, but at the end of the day I’m not just doing it for myself.
“I’m doing it for two great causes that I believe passionately in which will hopefully be my motivator during my darkest moments.”
Steve's camp in the arctic circle.
Family business The Genuine Gemstone Company runs 24-hour television channel Gems TV, and is one of the UK’s largest jewellery brands.
Earlier this year the company broke the Guinness World Record for the ‘most money raised by static cycling in one month’ when 284 staff members took it in turns on the 24-hour bike.
This time around Steve is raising money for two charities—the Colourful Life Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Society.
Colourful Life is leading a project helping poverty stricken children in the inner Birmingham area.
Steve shows off all the food the team will be taking with them.
For more information about the challenge and to donate to either charity visit Steve’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Steve-Bennett14
For more charity news, see our 'Heart in the Community' on Page 4 of last week's paper.
For an update on Steve's journey see this coming Thursday's Herald.