Losing a Friend

Paris Holden was just 21 years-old when she was found face-down in her garden last weekend. She suffered a sudden, unexpected heart attack and she had no heartbeat for just under 30 minutes.

Despite lasting the night in hospital in intensive care, Paris lost her fight for life late on Sunday night. Continue reading

Father of three determined to stay positive after separation

Divorce and separations are much more common now than they used to be and while many are settled amicably some aren’t.  William Shaw separated from his wife in May 2011 but instead of moving out on his own like many men do he stayed in the family home with his three daughters while his wife walked out.

William and his daughters in summer 2011

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Sheffield Ski Village fire left me unemployed

Joe Preston shares the devastating news that rocked Sheffield and the snow sports community.

On the 29th April, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue were called to the Sheffield Ski Village at 01:00am, after reports of a blaze at the centre.

At one point around 3’000 litres of water were being used per minute. Apart from the actual slopes, the whole of the bar area, bowling alley and shops have been destroyed.

Joe, 25, has worked at the Ski Village for three and a half years, and says the situation has been life-altering.

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Bullying: ‘When it starts to get personal, it upsets me’

Bullying is a social problem that is impossible to get rid of. Seth Bennett was bullied through the Internet for a number of years whilst working as a journalist.

For Seth it all started around 5 years ago when he found people felt like they could say whatever they wanted using different internet platforms such as facebook, twitter and forums.

‘I accept fully that I’m in a public environment, but there is a part of me which questions whether my wife or little boy should have to read some of the things written about me’ Continue reading

My Dad had cancer.

This time last year, Tom Grant got the shock of his life when told his dad, Tony had cancer.

My parents first new something was wrong when my dad started bleeding when he went to the toilet. But they didn’t tell us for months because they had all the pre-checks. They sat us down and told us, just around when I was supposed to be going back to finish University.”

Tom, 22,  from Milton Keynes, is the eldest of three children alongside his brother Charlie, 20 and sister Shannon, 14. His dad Tony, 51, runs his own building company; Thomas Charles Grant, named after his sons. He was diagnosed with ‘colorectal cancer’ or cancer of the lower bowel last February.

Tony before his illness.

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Debt: ‘I often find it hard to get to sleep’

Money is always an issue at the moment; I spoke to a university student (who wishes to remain anonymous so for the purpose of the article I will call him Chris) who finds that he is living off of tinned food most months because he can’t afford anything else.

Chris has a job and attends university, a lot of people would think that he would make enough to sustain himself comfortably, however Chris is a compulsive spender;

Food Chris finds himself living off

“I find that every month when I get paid I just need to buy things, whether it be new clothes or fast food. By the second week of the month I’m usually skint.” Continue reading

UK Muslim students: “People don’t understand why we don’t celebrate Christmas.”

Chilling out on the Xbox

Shaan, Haris and Tanzeel chilling out on the Xbox

   Britain today is one of the most multi-cultural countries on the planet. This inevitably leads to barriers of understanding different ways of life.  Shaan Chaudry, Tanzeel Ali and Haris Bhatti are three friends brought together at university in Sheffield. 

    They have all experienced the same difficulties when it comes to explaining their religion, cultural differences and way of life to friends that come from completely different backgrounds.

   Shaan, Tanzeel and Haris are all Pakistani and Muslim and they talked about how it can be hard to talk about religion and culture to their friends. Continue reading

What is Acute Leukaemia?

Yesterday the news broke that professional footballer Stiliyan Petrov has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia. The Aston Villa captain complained that he felt very unwell after a league match against Arsenal last weekend.

Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood which occurs when the bone marrow produces a large number of abnormal cells. In the blood there are three types of cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen, platelets help to clot the blood and white blood cells help fight infection. Billions of new cells are produced in the marrow daily, most of which are red blood cells. When the marrow starts to produce too many white leukaemic blood cells they interfere with the healthy blood cells making those diagnosed highly susceptible to infections, bleeding because the blood can’t clot and bruising.

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University graduate beats depression after two year battle

‘I’m so depressed’. These three words are often used in a jokey way, mainly to describe a mild frustration. But what if you really are depressed? As a bloke do you ‘man up’ and suffer on your own in silence or do you give in and eventually deal with the fact that you have a medical condition that needs treating?

This article tells the story of Martin Bowe, who became depressed in the two years which followed university.

Martin (on the right) at university

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