Friday, 5 June 2015

Social Entrepreneur, Allison Ogden-Newton, 

To Lead Keep Britain Tidy


Keep Britain Tidy has announce that Allison Ogden-Newton, an 
experienced charity professional, social entrepreneur and founder
 of social value think-tank The Transition Institute, is joining the 
charity in August as its new chief executive.
Allison will join Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) from World Child Cancer, and
she replaces Phil Barton, who left the organisation in March this year.
KBT’s chair, Dinah Nichols, said: “We are delighted  to welcome Allison
as our new Chief Executive. Our organisation has transformed itself from
a grant-funded body into a completely independent campaigning charity, 
and Allison’s wealth of experience in leading social enterprises will be 
invaluable as we grow the business and strengthen our partnerships and 
supporter base.
“The issues that Keep Britain Tidy champions – litter, the quality of our
public spaces and waste – affect the quality of life of every single citizen 
and the need for an independent, campaigning voice for a cleaner greener 
country has never been greater.
“I am also enormously grateful to our Operations Director. Richard McIlwain
for stepping up as Interim Chief Executive in the intervening period.”
Allison is a successful campaigner speaking out on the issues of equal
opportunities, health and the social economy as CEO of WEB Group Ltd, 
Social Enterprise London and World Child Cancer. She founded of 
The Transition Institute and chaired it from 2012-2014.
On the role, Allison said: “The job of Keeping Britain Tidy has never
been more important. On the one hand, more people than ever value
the environment while others increasingly abuse the communities they 
live in with unsightly and hazardous litter. Keep Britain Tidy is a widely 
recognised institution that stands for caring,
 environmentally aware communities and I am delighted to have this
opportunity to pursue my passion for creating a better environment for 
future generations by joining the team.
“There is no doubt that issues on which Keep Britain Tidy tirelessly
campaigns are resonating with communities, businesses and individuals. 
We can see this in the recent focus both of the national media and Parliament; 
public opinion is turning against the mindset that thinks that littering is 
“I look forward to working with both the new Government and the
businesses that want to tackle the problems we face as we look to develop 
new approaches to change behaviour and create the difference we all 
want to see – a country of which we can all be proud.”

Monday, 9 December 2013

Year 10's from St James Senior School for Girls cook up cakes and carols for children with cancer

I just picked up the following extract from the St James Senior School for Girls weekly newsletter where Aishwarya Chidambaram reported the success of their Year 10 Carols with Cake evening organised by the girls in aid of World Child Cancer. I was delighted to be able to attend the event and tell the girls World Child cancer had been selected as the Financial Times Seasonal Appeal. The girls event raised £450 for children with cancer who are suffering in some of the poorest countries in the world.

I can report the cakes were delicious and the singing even more so, truly delicious voices held aloft doing carols and other popular festive fare. A real treat.

10 WR's Carols and Cake On Wednesday 4th December, 10WR created an evening for parents, friends and teachers, filled with music and speech. This year the event had a Christmas theme and raised money for the charity World Child Cancer. As the last bell of the day rang at 4 o’clock we got into action: blinis were made, cinnamon buns were arranged, there was last minute guitar tuning and, of course, hair being styled!                                                                     

The evening began as peckish parents tucked into our array of 
mouthwatering refreshments: from gooey brownies to peppery
 palmiers. In fact, it was hard to get everyone away from the 
food table to start the carols! We sung a variety of songs, old 
classic carols like 'Silent Night' and more modern festive 
songs such as 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'.  They 
were either sung in rounds, as a Capella or accompanied 
by our diverse string instruments including 3 guitars, a 
ukulele and a double bass. We raised around £450 
and were delighted that Mrs. Ogden-Newton, 
Chief Executive of World Child Cancer, was also able to 
attend. Aishwarya Chidambaram, 10WR

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Financial Times Seasonal Appeal: First world care for developing nations

The FT launches its campaign in support of World Child Cancer
The white spots appeared on Than Win Htut’s right eye just a few months after his first birthday. At first, his mother, Su Su Myint, was not too concerned. “I just thought it was normal,” she recalls.
Within eight months, however, a milky film had covered the entire eye. The doctor near their village in western Myanmar grew increasingly confused and alarmed about Than Win’s condition. By then it was clear the spots were anything but normal.
Today, Than Win, who turned three a week ago, is a regular visitor to the paediatric oncology unit at Yangon Children’s Hospital where he undergoes chemotherapy to treat the tumour growing on his eye.
For the past year he and his mother have taken the arduous overnight journey to the hospital, which is itself battling a shortage of resources, the legacy of decades of rule by a paranoid junta.
His doctors are doing the best they can with what they have. But his prognosis remains uncertain. Were he living in London or Long Island, you could say with confidence that Than Win was going to survive and thrive.
But Than Win is one of the victims of what ought to be one of the world’s most avoidable medical injustices.
This year, 200,000 children in the world will be diagnosed with cancer. In the rich world, this does not have to be a death sentence. Decades of medical research and advances in treatment mean eight in 10 children battling cancer in the developed world will survive. But the vast majority of children diagnosed with cancer these days live in the developing world. For them, the odds are inverted. In some parts of the poor world as few as one in 10 children diagnosed with cancer survive. At the Yangon Children’s Hospital the survival rate is roughly 30 per cent.
The Financial Times today launches its 2013 Seasonal Appeal in support of World Child Cancer, one of the few charities dedicated to fighting cancer in children in the developing world. In the coming weeks, we will profile the work of this young charity, detailing the challenges doctors and families face in fighting childhood cancer and exploring efforts to develop and deploy low-cost treatments. The biggest killers of children worldwide remain infectious diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria and measles, according to the World Health Organisation. But billions have been poured into tackling those diseases over the past decade, with the Gates Foundation alone spending $2bn fighting malaria.
Non-communicable diseases such as cancer have received far less attention from donors, largely because they were left out of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, charities say. But cancer is a growing cause of death in the developing world. As people escape poverty and their lifestyles change, the incidence of illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease grows. So too does the exposure of children. Childhood cancers are now the second-biggest killers of children in the US, after accidents.
As cancer treatments have evolved, survival rates have soared in the rich world. A child diagnosed with leukaemia in the UK today has an 80 per cent chance of being alive five years later, up from just 10 per cent in the 1960s.
“Childhood cancer is always described as a paradigm of treatment success,” says Dr Eva Steliarova-Foucher, who tracks data on children for the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
But that “paradigm of treatment success” has not reached the developing world. And that is where the vast majority of cases of – and deaths from – childhood cancers occur.
In 2008, the last time it published its findings, the WHO estimated that more than 93,000 children die of cancer around the world each year. Dr Steliarova-Foucher says 94 per cent of those deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
In those countries, the problems confronting children with cancer and those who love and treat them is heart-wrenching. Thousands of children die excruciating deaths each year with little more than paracetamol to dull the pain. Many thousands are never diagnosed because of low awareness of cancers among both the public and ill-trained medical staff.
When children are diagnosed and can receive treatment, they often enter a medical system with few resources, staffed by overworked and undertrained doctors and nurses. In parts of the developing world it is not unusual to discover that there is only one paediatric oncologist in the country, if there is one at all. In Malawi, children with cancer are treated in crumbling hospitals starved of resources next to shiny new donor-funded clinics for treating children with HIV.
“We are seeing more and more children get cancer in parts of the world where they can get treatment for tuberculosis and malaria and other infectious diseases. But randomly, and wrongly, hospitals stop short of offering proper treatment for cancer,” said Allison Ogden-Newton, World Child Cancer’s chief executive.
World Child Cancer operates on the principle that many of the issues surrounding childhood cancer in the developing world are solvable – and that needless deaths can be prevented.
Childhood cancer “is one of those problems that is by no means endless,” Mrs Ogden-Newton says. “We can live in a world in which every child who has cancer can have the right to fight cancer. That is something that can be done.”

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Chocolate Orange Muffins by Family Affairs

Here is a blog by my friend, the fabulous lady behind one of the UK's leading family blogs, Family Affairs. The piece is all about World Child Cancer, our up and coming walk in Richmond Park on September 22nd and the muffin recipe you can down load from our website which Lucy did and highly recommends.