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Schoolgirls who rescued elderly man kicked in the River Mersey nominated for national bravery award

Khloe and Ellie are being recognised for their heroic actions

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The two teenage girls who rescued an elderly man after he was kicked into the River Mersey have been nominated for a national award for their bravery. 

Back in April, Khloe Woods and Ellie Hughes rushed to the assistance of seventy-four-year-old Gordon Bradbury , who had fallen into the river after being kicked by eighteen year old Benjamin Bridgeman and a fifteen year old boy who hasn’t been named for legal reasons.

Describing the incident at the time, Khloe told ITV News: “We were walking past and we heard these people going, ‘help, there’s a man there’, so me and Ellie quickly saw him and just dropped our stuff and went and quickly helped him and pulled him out of the river.

“He was in a bad state. He was hanging on to a branch, he had hold of my hand and he was saying ‘can you help me?’ I asked him if he wanted any help but he said no for an ambulance so we just helped him out and cleaned him up and all the blood off his face.”

And now, five months on from the attack, the two girls have been shortlisted in the Young Hero category of the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons 2021. Their description of the girls’ bravery reads: “Friends Khloe Woods and Ellie Hughes rescued a seventy-four-year-old angler from the River Mersey in Warrington, Cheshire, after youths had violently pushed him into the freezing water.

“The girls heard the man’s cries for help just seconds after seeing two boys running away. Ellie stood firm on the bank and held Khloe’s hand while she reached out to drag the man, who was suffering a bloodied nose and was clinging onto an over-hanging branch, clear of the water. The man said afterwards he was stricken with fear of either drowning or having a heart attack in the freezing flowing river.”

BBC presenter Rachel Burden will host the awards, with Falklands war veteran Simon Weston being named as the guest of honour.

The winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony next Tuesday, October 5th.

In the days following the attack, Bridgeman and his accomplice were arrested and charged for the attack, with Bridgeman eventually been handed a ten-week prison sentence for his crime. 

The teen recorded a video apology after pleading guilty to assaulting the man. He was also approached coming out of Warrington Magistrates Court by ITV where he gave another apology, saying: “Obviously I’m very sorry and that, you know, it wasn’t supposed to happen. I didn’t realise he was seventy-four years old.

“Obviously everyone makes mistakes in life. Do you know what I mean? That’s the honest truth from the bottom of my heart.”

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The RSPCA is looking for people to cuddle rabbits and cats here in Manchester

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The RSPCA is on the lookout for kindhearted Mancunians to help with the care of their cats and rabbits across Greater Manchester.

If you dream of cuddling and caring for vulnerable animals while they wait for their forever homes, this could be the opportunity for you as several volunteer roles have become available at the Manchester and Salford branches of the RSPCA.

In 2021, the teams had a total of 624 animals admitted into their care, and saw 503 of these animals rehomed – 259 cats, 117 rabbits, and 127 ‘smalls’.

However, the Eccles Road-based RSPCA centre is required to raise all of its own funds to operate, so relies heavily on the help of volunteers in order to keep things running smoothly.

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Volunteers are responsible for jobs such as cleaning the enclosures and spending quality time with the rescued animals in order to socialise them ahead of their adoptions.

And now, the branch has posted an advertisement for these positions, which reads: “Join our wonderful team of volunteers at our small animal centre in Salford.

“We are looking for folks who can commit to a weekly slot (a couple of roles are available fortnightly) for at least the next three months, and this is because a lot of time is taken training volunteers and so temporary placements are not manageable for us.”

For insurance reasons, RSPCA Manchester & Salford says it is looking for volunteers who are over eighteen years of age, and said that any applicant who has cats, dogs, rabbits or ferrets in their home must be up to date with their vaccinations.

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The roles on offer are as follows:

  • Cattery Cleaning: 8:30am/9am start on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, either weekly or fortnightly.
  • Small Animal Room Cleaning: Start between 8:30am – 10am on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Cat Socialising: Anytime from 1pm until 4pm on Mondays – Fridays.
  • Rabbit Socialising: Anytime from 12:30pm until 4pm, seven days a week.

If you think you’re up to joining the volunteer team at RSPCA Manchester & Salford and have plenty of cuddles to give, then you can email adoptions@rspca-manchesterandsalford.org.uk for more information.

Visit the RSPCA website for more information.

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Morrisons becomes first supermarket to cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff who have to isolate

Morrisons has become the latest retailer to announce the controversial policy

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Morrisons has confirmed it has cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff members who have to self-isolate after being exposed to Covid.

Following Ikea’s decision to lower the sick pay rate for unvaccinated staff members last week, the supermarket chain has made a similar announcement as their staff absences continue to rise.

Much like those employed by the Swedish furniture retailer, unjabbed Morrisons workers – who usually get paid at least £10 an hour – will now get statutory sick pay of £96.35 a week if they are told to isolate but test negative.

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Covid-positive staff will get full sick pay regardless of vaccination status, however.

According to The Guardian, Morrisons executive Dave Potts first mentioned the policy in a conference call with investors in September 2021 as part of a plan to tackle the ‘biblical costs’ of dealing with the Covid pandemic.

Potts said Morrison’s had been on the ‘front foot’ in helping workers stay safe during the pandemic, saying: “We are normalising some of those policies.”

The newspaper reported that this move was the supermarket’s way of encouraging their staff to take the vaccine.

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The requirement for fully-vaccinated people to isolate when exposed to Covid was dropped in England in August, meaning unvaccinated workers were more likely to take time off than their vaccinated colleagues as a Covid contact.

And just one week ago, the health secretary announced that the Covid isolation period had been reduced from seven days to five.

Sajid Javid revealed the move in a Commons statement to MPs last week, citing data from the UK Health Security Agency and saying: “Two-thirds of positive cases are no longer infectious by the end of day five.”

This means people will be able to leave isolation if they test negative on days five and six regardless of vaccination status.

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Aldi shoppers claim new 69p tea is ‘better than sleeping pills’ as well as helping with anxiety

The tea has been praised by a number of sleep-deprived Aldi customers

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Insomniacs, rejoice; Aldi customers have been hailing one of the supermarket’s teas as ‘better than sleeping pills’.

And, better yet, a box of the tea itself costs just 69p for twenty teabags.

Aldi’s Diplomat Night Time tea was brought to the attention of fans of the budget supermarket in the Aldi UK Shoppers Facebook group courtesy of a shopper called Debbie.

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Debbie shared a photo of the tea, which is passionfruit flower, camomile and apple flavoured, and revealed that she was trying it for the first time ‘to see if it works’. 

Debbie’s post was inundated with comments from other satisfied customers, with one writing: “I tried for the first time last night and slept so well!!

“It could of [sic] been the 16,000 steps I did as well and my lavender pillow mist spray or just being knackered. It tasted lovely and would highly recommend it.”

Another even said the tea helped with their anxiety, writing: “I’ve been taking the sleep one since 2 days ago and honestly it works better than sleeping pills and also works on my anxiety levels so I drink a cup here and then during the day…. And the taste is lovely too!!”

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Sadly, Debbie didn’t quite get the experience she was hoping for with the tea, saying in a follow up post that while it made her feel more relaxed, it made her ‘want to wee twice’. 

Another person agreed that while the tea tastes lovely, it didn’t have the desired knock-out effect they’d hoped for, writing: “Soooo tired this morning. But I will give it the benefit of doubt and stick with it!

“I will either be a walking zombie by next weekend or I will be full of beans! Time will tell! On a plus note, it tastes lovely!”

Visit the Aldi website for more information on the tea.

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