Annette’s Websites of the Week 2nd -6th January 2012

January 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Annette's websites of the week

Last year I started to document my favourite websites and post them here on my blog. The feature ‘Annette’s Websites of the Week’ has turned out to be a real hit, which is why I’ve decided to continue my recommends this year too. Enjoy… – The British Heart Foundation have started 2012 with a bang after revealing their latest campaign ‘Hands-Only CPR’ featuring former footballer and Hollywood film star Vinnie Jones.

The campaign is brilliantly funny (I’d definitely recommend watching the TV advert- featured here) mainly because it’s completely unexpected. A series of funny anecdotes explaining how to effectively perform Hands-Only CPR may sound unconventional but bizarrely works.

Hands only CPR BHF website

Further The BHF has used their website to go into more detail about the new campaign. Fronted again by Vinnie the home page goes into great detail of what Hands-Only CPR actually is and their only shop, stocked with comedy Hands-Only CPR T-Shirts, and a new twitter hash tag #hardandfast light heartedly encourage viewers to support the campaign online.

A refreshing approaching which is incredibly memorable and good fun- Get involved and help potentially save a life at


Helen Skelton South-Pole Blog Diary- Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton begun her South-Pole challenge earlier this week and will be keeping a blog diary of her travels online.

Skelton's charity polar trekI’ve been following the blog which is featured on the BBC. However, there is also a live blog from Helen on The Telegraph website.

The blog is a brilliant read and although short and sweet (remember Helen is in the Antarctic battling temperatures of -20 whilst writing it) it’s a great way to keep up to date with Helen’s whereabouts.

Complete with photographs of everything from the kit which she’ll be using, Christmas Day celebration and even her blistered feet. Yesterday Helen posted a video of herself kiting across the Antarctic, one method of transportation which she has chosen to use on her exhibition, which brilliantly gives a feel of the trek. It is most definitely worth a read.

Helen’s South-Pole Challenge is in aid of Sports Relief charity.


The art room – Yesterday it was announced that The Duchess of Cambridge would be Royal Patron of four charities based here in the UK.

Amongst those charities was The Art Room which is a small organisation that works with youngsters and children aged between 5 and 16 who experience difficulties in mainstream education.

Through art therapy The Art Room helps these children, all of whom are from different background and suffering through a variety of circumstances such as emotional distress, learning difficulties or behavioural issues, regain self-confidence and the independence to enjoy education once again.

The Art Room

As a former teacher I was immediately interested in The Art Room and the methods which it uses to reengage students. Therapy can often be underestimated however with sound methodology and expertise it is a brilliant way to tackle certain problems.

It is a great relief that the Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to work alongside The Art Room as it is bound to strengthen their profile and highlight the work which they do. Their website nicely explains their work and showcases the art work of students. It is very much an inspiration site, which shows the benefits of the organisation.

Scouts Honour for Duchess of Cambridge

January 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today it has been announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is to become the Royal Patron of four UK charities as she extends her royal duties branching out with personal projects.

Much like the charity work of her husband, Prince William and his late mother Princess Diana, Kate’s charity work centres mainly on young people and children. Kate is said to have handpicked her chosen charities each carefully reflecting her personal interests such as art and sports.

Duchess of Cambridge centrepoint

Action on Addiction work to help young people with drug and alcohol abuse, EACH is an East Anglian hospice dedicated to caring for terminally ill youngsters whilst The Art Room implements art therapy to emotional distressed and disruptive school children. The most well know the National Portrait Gallery showcases some of the finest art in the world, a topic which Kate is certainly fond of having studied art during her time at St. Andrews University.

The selection is rather impressive as the charities range from extremely well known organisations to smaller charities whose profiles will most certainly be boosted by the Duchesses involvement. Plus each of Kate’s charities sits alongside the charity work of Princes William so wonderfully.

Duchess of Cambridge hospice visit

In addition to her new Royal Patron roles it has also been revealed that Kate will now spend some of her spare time volunteering with the Scouts Association, swapping her famous style for the official Scouts uniform- neckerchief included.

As a former Brownie I’m sure her work with the Scouts involving camping trips, overseeing sporting activities and helping out with Beavers in North Wales, will bring back fond early memories, and hopefully encourage others to volunteer too. Like anyone else the Duchess is said to have been screened with a CRB check ensuring that she is an appropriate choice further endorsing that she will be treated like any other volunteer.

Duchess of Cambridge Scouts

Today’s announcement comes as little surprise as we’re yet to have seen the Duchess do any solo engagements. The New Year seems like the perfect chance for her to do so and I’m very much looking forward to it. Undoubtedly she will do a superb job and I can’t wait to see her transform into, what I’m sure will be, a rather royal Scout Leader.

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