Travelling bear

Sue Ward suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which affects the muscle tissue and touch sensation on the body. Sue is raising awareness of this rare condition, via ‘Ted, the travelling bear’! Ted is visiting families touched by this disease in both the UK and the United States. Here is more on this!

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Millinery

My radio feature aired on AARP's Prime Time Postscript:

Shirley Davis has been designing and making hats and costumes for TV shows, films, and cruise ships around the world for more than 60 years. Despite having two knee operations, Shirley hasn’t given up her passion of millinery. I visited Shirley in her small village in the South East of England to hear her inspirational story.

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The Keen Cyclist

My radio feature aired on AARP's Prime Time Postscript:

Viv Mackay loves cycling! Even after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years ago, she continues to lead bike-riding groups in her small village in South East England. She also leads a campaign to gain a million women cyclist by 2020. By continuing with cycling, she wants to prove to herself and others that she can remain active.

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My radio feature aired on AARP's Prime Time Postscript:

The Southampton Mela is an annual free festival, celebrating the South Asian culture in the South East of England. The festival is full of different musical performances including Indian Classical and Bollywood music, as well as World Music; exhilarating dance acts and family fun activities. It is enjoyed by the various migrant communities as well as the local British people along with their families and friends.

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Chessel Chanters

Parkinson’s disease affects each person differently, but for many people, it results in speech difficulties. Some sufferers become so quiet that they are almost inaudible. However, struggling to speak doesn’t mean that they won’t be able to sing. In the city of Southampton, every Tuesday afternoon, a group of people who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease gather together, just to sing! It not only gives them an opportunity to relax, but also to enjoy their social life.

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Midland Freewheelers is a British Charity, providing free breast milk delivery service to a women’s hospital in Birmingham, England. Volunteer bikers collect donated surplus breast milk, and transport it to the hospital...where it’s processed and given to sick or premature babies who can’t get breast milk from their mothers. Independent radio producer Gloria Khamkar visited the hospital to explore this service.

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Day Care Services

In the UK, day care service centers provide an important support to elderly people, who are living on their own. These centers give them the opportunity to mix and meet with others, especially if they are isolated at home. Without these centers, elderly people are at risk of lacking personal contact with others. Gloria Khamkar visited a center in the city of Southampton to bring us this story.

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This month, it is the 101st anniversary of the Titanic which sailed from the city of Southampton in England in April 1912 on its one and only voyage to New York. The ship sank just five short days later, after striking an iceberg in the north Atlantic. Independent producer, Gloria Khamkar brings us this story.

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