The untimely death of Robin Williams made the headlines throughout the world and highlighted not only depression, but male suicide – which is the single biggest killer of men aged 20-49. In 2012 there were nearly 6,000 suicides, of which 77% were male. Jason McCrossan spoke to Jane Powell – Director of the men’s charity CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably.
We had been warned about it for quite a couple days. We knew weren’t going to receive a full lashing from Bertha – in fact, she was an ex-Hurricane – but that made it all the better because we get the excitement of extreme weather – without the real hard nosed consequences.
And so, when she arrived in the afternoon of 10th August – she came with a drum roll of thunder and an almighty clatter of rain against our windows. It wasn’t so much that she was a spectacular sight or did lots of damage – more, she reminded us that our drains don’t work; our roads flood easily and roofs leak. Thanks Bertha – now, can we get back to enjoying summer again?
Some of the pictures I took from around Sittingbourne during the “aftermath”!
Mike Culley is the Education & Learning Officer at the Southend Museum & lecturer at the Planetarium; the only public Planetarium facility in the south-east of England, outside of London. He regularly speaks to Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM about the latest developments in our space and solar system.
The Les Mis V Phantom charity football match returns this weekend (3rd Aug). Jason spoke to event organiser Chris Key who is hoping to raise even more money for the various charities this year.
The inspiration for starting the event was a girl called Melanie Oakley-Dow who sadly lost her battle with cancer at the end of 2013.
As well as raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (a charity helping to raise awareness of cardiac risk, Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD), Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS, SADS), the proceeds from the football match will also be donated to Macmillan Cancer Research and EllenorLions Hospices (providing all encompassing hospice care and a seamless service for adults living in Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley and surrounding villages).