npower’s No Power Hour Roadshow kicked off by Kevin Keegan

npower’s nationwide tour of its No Power Hour road show was kicked off at Sunderland’s Seaburn Recreation Park. The family football fun day was hosted by former England manager and North East legend, Kevin Keegan.

npower has joined forces with Keegan to blow the whistle on plugged-in power, and score a giant goal throughout Sunderland, by asking the city’s families to come together and spend just one hour doing something fun that doesn’t involve electricity.

Kevin Keegan was at the event to host an exclusive family workshop demonstrating the many ways families can switch off, get active, and spend some quality time together outside, whilst saving energy at the same time.

Kevin Keegan, ambassador for npower’s No Power Hour, said: “When I was young I spent most of my time outside practising the skills that have helped me to get where I am today. For me, it helped me develop both my football and athletic ability, as well as my people skills. I appreciate that it was a different era but spending more time outside being active seems to me something that would benefit everyone as well as reduce the carbon footprint.

“npower’s No Power Hour is a great way to encourage both the parents and children of Sunderland to pledge to spend an hour without power. I look forward to being a part of some of the games that npower will put on for everyone to enjoy. The games can be played in the smallest or largest of spaces. Above all else it is about having fun as a family outside.”

Children and their parents joined in Kevin’s master class where he showed families some exciting footy skills that they can practice together in back gardens, on playing fields, at the beach, the sports centre, the park and even in the living room – if mum will allow – using no power whatsoever.

npower teams were also on hand to put the kids through their paces throughout the day in specially designed football work-outs while one lucky parent had the opportunity to earn eternal bragging rights amongst their family and friends by taking on Keegan in a game of table football.

Clare McDougall, npower’s Head of Education and Community, said: “Football is one of our nation’s most popular sports and is a fantastic tool for bringing families together, so what better way to encourage kids (and their parents!) to unplug their games consoles and get outdoors for some power-free fun than the npower No Power Hour football road show.

“The message we want to get across is simple. Switch off for just an hour each day and you’ll have fun and do your bit for the planet at the same time. Planet one, climate change zero.”

To find out how to get involved and for a chance to win the ultimate No Power Hour with Kevin Keegan, interested parties can enter npower’s competition online. Entrants simply have to take a photo to show how they spent their very own Hour without Power, and send it to npower via the online form. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.npower.com/nph/index.htm.

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npower Employee Takes To His Bike In Support Of Macmillan Cancer Support

Npower employee Steven Jones and his friend Rob Smart, both 26 years old and from Stourbridge, have eschewed the idea of a local bike ride for charity; instead, they have entered the London to Paris bike ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. They will be covering 300 miles – or 470km – in just four days, starting from St Pancras station on August 17 and finishing up at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on August 20.

Steve, who works for npower and Rob, who works for Structural Design Partnership Ltd, have been friends since before they could walk, let alone ride a bike. They both attended Greenfield Primary School and then Redhill Secondary; both have done some road cycling in the past, but nothing on the scale of their forthcoming challenge. Steve is a keen downhill mountain biker, and Rob a regular cross country cyclist but London to Paris, a long distance road challenge, is completely different. Both friends have been in training for some time and can now cope with cycling around 150 miles a week.

They aim to raise at least £1,400 each for Macmillan. Steve explained: “This year is Macmillan’s Centenary and, speaking with friends and family, everyone has a story to tell of how Macmillan has helped someone they know. Macmillan wouldn’t be able to do the great work that they do without regular financial support – we were looking for a challenge, Macmillan is an incredibly worthy cause; it seemed like an excellent match.”

Up until now, they have been riding their off-road bikes but, following a practice ride on the MacRide Elgar, when they borrowed road bikes and found the whole experience faster, easier and more comfortable they are looking to buy road bikes in time for the event.

As an extra incentive, npower, has promised to match Steve’s fundraising, up to£1,000. The fundraising is on track and anyone who is willing to sponsor the dynamic duo should go to www.justgiving.com/teams/london2paris.

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Key Assets Opens As A New Fostering Agency In Kentucky

Key Assets Kentucky, a newly established fostering agency, is now open and ready for the challenge of placing children in Kentucky with complex needs into family based foster homes.

Through an official ribbon cutting ceremony, held courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce, Key Assets Kentucky opened the doors to its first new office based on Main Street in Mt. Sterling.

The fostering agency is now fully focused on recruiting foster parents across the Eastern Mountain, North Eastern, Northern Bluegrass and Southern Bluegrass regions of Kentucky, providing family based care for children and young people with complex needs.

Key Assets Kentucky will specialize in placing children and young people who may be considered ‘high level’ and display difficult behavior usually as a result of past experiences. Through the delivery of Team Parenting – a unique, therapeutic approach tofoster care which draws together a range of qualified professionals to support the carer and the child – Key Assets Kentucky looks to make a positive and lasting difference to children and young people’s lives.

Through the global brand of Fostering First International, Team Parenting has made a positive impact on the lives of children and young people with both trauma and attachment difficulties in over four continents across the world.

Chris Groeber, CEO of Key Assets Kentucky comments: “I have been working in child welfare for nearly 25 years in one setting or another and have waited for people to engage with our more difficult kids in Kentucky in a way that was laser beam focused on them and their needs and understood the meaning of community as it relates to them.”

He concluded: “I believe we are those people and Key Assets Kentucky is that agency, and I am completely and irrevocably committed to making their lives better, one at a time.”

Alongside the opening of the new office is the launch of the new website, which offers a wealth of information about fostering and focuses on the recruitment of foster parents to look after some of Kentucky’s most vulnerable children. Other features of the new website include real life fostering stories from other Fostering First International operations across the globe, a regular blog from Chris Groeber, and a range of news updates to stay in touch with all of the agency’s developments.

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TV Favourite Jo Brand Puts Her Best Foot Forward For Macmillan Cancer Support

Britain’s best-loved comedienne and TV favourite Jo Brand has joined forces with her co-star Joanna Scanlan and director Peter Capaldi, for a brand new comedy film (54 seconds) to launch Macmillan Cancer Support’s new ‘Move More’ campaign.

The film sees Jo Brand running around South London, in what looks like some hardcore marathon training. She eventually runs into her kitchen with Joanna Scanlan and produces a pint of milk; it then becomes clear she only ran to the corner shop.

Renowned actor and director, Peter Capaldi, joined the funny twosome, and provided the voiceover for the film reuniting him with the two lead stars of his Bafta award winning nursing comedy, ‘Getting On’.

Jo Brand said: “People will look at me and go, ‘why’s that fat, unfit, menopausal, middle-aged woman telling us what to do? She surely never takes any exercise.’ Well you’re wrong there, because I do.

“I’m just trying to spread the word and upturn the myth that actually you should be resting after cancer treatment. You shouldn’t, you should be getting out and doing any kind of exercise you can. You don’t have to run a marathon, but you just have to up your activity levels.”

As part of the ‘Move More’ campaign, Macmillan Cancer Support is publishing startling new research that shows health professionals are not telling cancer patients about the many benefits of physical activity post-treatment. Doing enough physical activity after cancer reduces effects of treatment and can even reduce the risk of mortality and recurrence.

A free ‘getting started’ pack to help ease people into physical activity after cancer treatment, including a seed pack from The National Gardens Scheme, to encourage gardening as a way to get active, is now available fromwww.macmillan.org.uk/movemore. Those affected by the disease can also interact with the online cancer community on the Macmillan website.

The film and the behind the scenes film can be viewed atwww.macmillan.org.uk/movemore and youtube.com/macmillancancer.

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