Dangers faced by
THE average dad suffers 22
injuries a year; because of the kids, it has emerged. From
accidental kicks to the face to bad backs from being a human
climbing frame, the wear and tear on Britain's dads was revealed in
a study of 2,000 parents.
In fact, the average dad of school aged children experiences 22
injuries per year; 8 of those while playing with the little ones.
And dad also bashes his shin 3 times on something the kids have left
lying around the house and steps on a toy or plug 4 times a year on
average, results showed. Nearly 40% of dads in the North West even
felt that to walk across a toy covered floor was the most dangerous
aspect of being a parent.
While those with cats or dogs can expect to trip over or have the
family pet get under their feet a further 4 times per year. And 4
times a year dad stumbles on an item of clothing or other belonging
that's been left out, while the dreaded prospect of an accidental
hit to the crotch faces men with young children twice a year.
Yesterday Clive Allison, Head of Member Recruitment and spokesman
for new family-focussed insurance brand There®, which commissioned
out the research, said:- ''Every dad wants to be able to play
with their kids and make the most of enjoying those early years
before the children quickly grow up. 'Clearly that comes with a few inevitable knocks and injuries when
playing around outside or on the sofa or even trying to keep up with
them in a football match.
More often than not a knock or bash to the shin can be shaken off
but the results show more serious injuries can happen and have even
led to dads taking time off work which can cause families problems
The study also found a fifth of dads have had to take time off work
because of an injury picked up after doing everyday activity with
the family. In these instances, the average time dads in the North
West were off work was 13 days, most likely through injury to the
back results showed.
There's no let-up for dads as just under a third have been
head-butted by their young child while a quarter said play fighting
with the kids regularly saw them tweak something.
Other areas of parenting where men
have had a brush with injury were when having to play goalie kicking
a ball around with the kids or when climbing trees with them. And a
young at heart 1 in 5 have picked up an injury doing something which
they confessed:- 'I should know better than to attempt at my
Few dads have illness cover in place to protect in case they are too
ill to work. In fact dads are much more likely to have insurance to
protect their mobile phones, pets, and holiday bookings than to
protect themselves. Fewer than 1 in 5 dads polled in the North West
had any illness cover in place and fewer than half the dads polled
had life insurance, with a fifth saying they just never had time to
sort it. But when quizzed on how long the family could cope if the
breadwinner was no longer able to work, results showed the average
family would struggle to pay the rent or mortgage after only three
Clive Allison added:- “Sometimes it's best for dads to know
your limits when it comes to trying to keep up with the children.
Inevitably having fun with the kids and that desire to get involved
in the games wins out and sometimes the wear and tear take its toll.
Given the bashing that dads get in their 'line of duty', it's
surprising that so few think about how they would manage if a more
serious injury were to happen. In fact the research shows that
they're more likely to financially protect their phones and pets
than they are themselves.
We know that insurance drops down the priority list because it can
be full of jargon or complicated and life just gets in the way. So
our new There in one plan offering life and Too ill to work cover,
is deliberately quick and easy to put in place with much less jargon
or small print. And as the cover can be set by the customer to meet
their budgets, it makes it easier to protect the life a family
Having the proper protection in place to help ensure that the family
won't be put under financial strain should an illness or injury mean
they're unable to do their job for a number of months, can really
help give peace of mind.”
DAD'S 22 PARENTING INJURIES
3 x back pain while playing
3 x bashing shin or elbow on a toy/coffee table
2 x balls or whacks to the crotch
4 x treading on a toy left out
3 x accidental knocks to the face
3 x trip over the pet
4 x tripping over child's belonging
Source:- The research was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of There®
surveying 2,000 UK parents of 2 to 16 years olds. Carried out online
Don't kill with
LIVERPOOL people are being
asked to support local charities which help homeless people rather
than give money to beggars.
The “Your Kindness Could Kill” campaign advises people that
there is a better way to help beggars than giving money directly to
This is because many of those who beg are vulnerable people who
often have drug or alcohol addictions and the money they receive
from passers by goes on feeding these addictions.
Instead people are being encouraged to donate to local charities
which can provide lasting support and help address underlying
issues. 'Your Kindness Could Kill' is supported by Citysafe,
(Liverpool's Community Safety partnership), Liverpool Charity and
Voluntary Services (LCVS), Merseyside Police and City Central Bid.
Lord Mayor, Councillor Erica Kemp launched the campaign on 4
This is the 2nd year the campaign has been held. Last year a
total of £6,400 was collected and handed over to the Whitechapel
Centre, the Basement, Young People's Advisory Service (YPAS) and the
Liverpool Homeless Football Team.
Councillor Emily Spurrell, the
Mayoral Lead on Community Safety, said:- “We understand that
people want to help those who are in need, especially as Christmas
approaches and it is a hard message to be asked not to give money to
But we are not saying don't help beggars, we are saying that the
best way to help is to give to those charities which can make a
lasting effect on their lives. “Your Kindness Could Kill” is not
just a slogan; unfortunately it is a reality. All the experience of
organisations who work in this field is that money given to beggars
largely goes to feed drug or drink addictions.
By supporting the charities who will benefit from this campaign you
will be helping beggars get out of that lifestyle.”
Area Commander for Liverpool North, Chief Supt Jon Ward said:-
"We recognise that many people on our streets need help and we
are supporting Liverpool City Council's campaign 'Your Kindness
Could Kill.' We work closely with partners in charitable
organisations to ensure these people get the help they need and are
Bill Addy, Chief Executive of Liverpool BID Company, said:- ''Liverpudlians
are among the most generous people in the country, but giving money
to beggars is not the best way to support those in need. The
Kindness Can Kill campaign had great results last year and is a
great way to channel that spirit so that we can make the biggest
impact on the most vulnerable at the harshest time the year.''
You can donate to the:- 'Your Kindness Could Kill' campaign on your
mobile phone by texting:- 'YKCK14' and the amount you want to donate,
for example:- £5, to:- 70070. Information about the campaign
People who are approached or see people begging on the streets are
being advised to contact:- 'No 2nd Night Out' on:- 0300 123 2041 and
support will be offered to the individuals to help them get off the
Formby British Legion Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair
ON Sunday, 7 December 2014, (Start time 10AM,
finish 4PM) it is the Formby British Legion Christmas Arts and
Crafts fair and this one is going to be the best yet. "We will be having lots of local people with
hand crafted things. There will be handmade candles in the shape and
colour of drinks; there is wooden ornaments, self portrait painter
and so much more.
As it is are Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair we will be having Santa
as well for anyone to visit. There will also be the Formby Vikings."
DJ Scott Harrison will be there playing all sorts of new and old
songs including the best Christmas songs. He added:- "All requests for songs are
50p" with money will go to Scott and Tony's charity Byng House in
Southport. Formby Books Shop's Tony said:- "It will be a
fantastic day for getting some amazing Christmas presents... Also if
you do attened, please pop over anyway and say hi to Scott.
His DJ Stall with be decorated with lots of Christmas lights, so it
will stand out!" This is our last Arts and Craft fair of 2014
and the Formby British Legion would like to say:- "We would
really like to make it the best one, so please come along and help us
do that, we would really like to see you there. If you don't
know our location, we are located on
L373LT. Happy Christmas to your all and thank you to all who
have supported us though out 2014!"
Crimestoppers offers reward of up to £5,000 for information on man
wanted for kidnap and brutal assault
ON Wednesday, 3 December
2014, the independent crime fighting Charity Crimestoppers announced
that it is now offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information
leading to the arrest of a man whio is accused of the kidnap and
brutal attack of a woman found in Liverpool. Jake Joseph Smith is
wanted in relation to the incident, which occurred on 10 October
2014 year and saw the woman kidnaped and beaten, before money was
demanded from her. As a result of a search in connection with this
offence, a firearm was found and recovered by Police. Smith is also
wanted for an alleged tie up robbery in the Preston area in February
2014, whereby firearms were stolen as well as cash and jewellery.
The Charity is now offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information
passed through Crimestoppers' anonymous:- 0800 555 111 number that
leads to the arrest of Smith. Crimestoppers Director of Operations,
Roger Critchell, said:- “I cannot begin to imagine what this
woman has gone through during this terrifying ordeal that left her
bloodied and beaten following her kidnap. This man clearly showed no
mercy when carrying out this attack and I am urging anyone who knows
of his whereabouts to contact Crimestoppers anonymously, safe in the
knowledge no one will ever know you spoke to us. You won't have to
speak to the police and you won't ever be called to court, because
we won't know who you are.” The reward will only qualify if
information is passed to the Crimestoppers:- 0800 555 111 number.
Information passed to Police will not qualify for Crimestoppers'
reward of up to £5,000. Other rules apply. If you have any
information on this crime then please contact Crimestoppers
anonymously on:- 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form