An Update

Hello everyone!

Just a quick update for you all.

I hope you are all doing well with the new lockdown rules. Due to the lockdown in March we have been unable to produce any new content, our volunteers have been working from home with fresh new ideas to bring once we are all allowed back in the office.

As documented on Facebook, it is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of the company secretary Mr. Robert Britton (Bob) at the beginning of October.

To keep up to date with what we have been doing/we are currently doing then head over to our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram). These social media pages are linked on our website.

We hope to be back up and running soon with new content for you all!

Thank you for your continue support and patience!

Rebecca Graham (Admin)

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness 2020

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

It’s a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although it can occasionally be mild.

In many cases, it’s possible to treat symptoms. Average life expectancy is slightly reduced for people with MS.

It’s most commonly diagnosed in people in their 20s and 30s, although it can develop at any age. It’s about 2 to 3 times more common in women than men.

MS is 1 of the most common causes of disability in younger adults.

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)

The symptoms of MS vary widely from person to person and can affect any part of the body.

The main symptoms include:

  • fatigue
  • difficulty walking
  • vision problems, such as blurred vision
  • problems controlling the bladder
  • numbness or tingling in different parts of the body
  • muscle stiffness and spasms
  • problems with balance and co-ordination
  • problems with thinking, learning and planning

Depending on the type of MS you have, your symptoms may come and go in phases or get steadily worse over time (progress).

Getting medical advice

See a GP if you’re worried you might have early signs of MS.

The early symptoms often have many other causes, so they’re not necessarily a sign of MS.

Let your GP know about the specific pattern of symptoms you’re experiencing.

If they think you could have MS, you’ll be referred to a specialist in conditions of the nervous system (a neurologist), who may suggest tests such as an MRI scan to check for features of MS.

Types of multiple sclerosis (MS)

MS starts in 1 of 2 general ways: with individual relapses (attacks or exacerbations) or with gradual progression.

Relapsing remitting MS

More than 8 out of every 10 people with MS are diagnosed with the relapsing remitting type.

Someone with relapsing remitting MS will have episodes of new or worsening symptoms, known as relapses.

These typically worsen over a few days, last for days to weeks to months, then slowly improve over a similar time period.

Relapses often occur without warning, but are sometimes associated with a period of illness or stress.

The symptoms of a relapse may disappear altogether, with or without treatment, although some symptoms often persist, with repeated attacks happening over several years.

Periods between attacks are known as periods of remission. These can last for years at a time.

After many years (usually decades), many, but not all, people with relapsing remitting MS go on to develop secondary progressive MS.

In this type of MS, symptoms gradually worsen over time without obvious attacks. Some people continue to have infrequent relapses during this stage.

Around half of people with relapsing remitting MS will develop secondary progressive MS within 15 to 20 years, and the risk of this happening increases the longer you have the condition.

Primary progressive MS

Just over 1 in 10 people with the condition start their MS with a gradual worsening of symptoms.

In primary progressive MS, symptoms gradually worsen and accumulate over several years, and there are no periods of remission, though people often have periods where their condition appears to stabilise.

What causes multiple sclerosis (MS)?

MS is an autoimmune condition. This is when something goes wrong with the immune system and it mistakenly attacks a healthy part of the body – in this case, the brain or spinal cord of the nervous system.

In MS, the immune system attacks the layer that surrounds and protects the nerves called the myelin sheath.

This damages and scars the sheath, and potentially the underlying nerves, meaning that messages travelling along the nerves become slowed or disrupted.

Exactly what causes the immune system to act in this way is unclear, but most experts think a combination of genetic and environmental factors is involved.

Treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS)

There’s currently no cure for MS, but a number of treatments can help control the condition.

The treatment you need will depend on the specific symptoms and difficulties you have.

It may include:

  • treating relapses with short courses of steroid medicine to speed up recovery
  • specific treatments for individual MS symptoms
  • treatment to reduce the number of relapses using medicines called disease-modifying therapies

Disease-modifying therapies may also help to slow or reduce the overall worsening of disability in people with a type of MS called relapsing remitting MS, and in those with a type called secondary progressive MS who have relapses.

Unfortunately, there’s currently no treatment that can slow the progress of a type of MS called primary progressive MS, or secondary progressive MS in the absence of relapses.

Many therapies aiming to treat progressive MS are currently being researched.

Living with multiple sclerosis (MS)

If you have been diagnosed with MS, it’s important to take care of your general health.


MS can be a challenging condition to live with, but new treatments over the past 20 years have considerably improved the quality of life of people with the condition.

MS itself is rarely fatal, but complications may arise from severe MS, such as chest or bladder infections, or swallowing difficulties.

The average life expectancy for people with MS is around 5 to 10 years lower than average, and this gap appears to be getting smaller all the time.

Charities and support groups for multiple sclerosis (MS)

There are 2 main MS charities in the UK:

These organisations offer useful advice, publications, news items about ongoing research, blogs and chatrooms.

They can be very useful if you, or someone you know, has just been diagnosed with MS.

World Cancer Day 2020

World Cancer Day every 4 February is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action, we’re working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all – no matter who you are or where you live. 

Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history.

Each year, hundreds of activities and events take place around the world, gathering communities, organisations and individuals in schools, businesses, hospitals, marketplaces, parks, community halls, places of worship – in the streets and online – acting as a powerful reminder that we all have a role to play in reducing the global impact of cancer.

This year’s World Cancer Day’s theme, ‘I Am and I Will’,is all about you and your commitment to act. We believe that through our positive actions, together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer and noncommunicable diseases by one third by 2030.

Join us on 4 February and speak out and stand up for a cancer-free world.

Our time to act is now.

The Makeup Stall Alhambra

Barnsley Local TV had the opportunity to interview Charlie from The Makeup Stall Alhambra unfortunately this business is up for sale so if you are a makeup enthuses then get in contact via the links below.


Robyn Eliza MUA

Raynaud's Awareness 2020

Raynaud’s disease (Ray-nose) is where the small blood vessels in the extremities such as hands and feet, fingers or toes are over-sensitive to even the slightest changes in temperature, the cold and sometimes stress. This causes a Raynaud’s attack where the fingers sometimes change colour, but not always, from white, to blue, to red. Raynaud’s phenomenon is a common condition thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK and can impact your life.

M.A.M.A Aladdin Pantomime 2019

Majestic Academy Of Music & Art (M.A.M.A) put on their annual pantomime, this years was Aladdin with a Barnsley twist!

Previously Royston Amateur Performing Arts Group (RAPAG) 2001 – 2014.

MAMA does 2 shows a year. A summer production and the annual pantomime both open to the public. Our aim is to provide young people the opportunity to shine like stars – showcasing their talent that would otherwise go unnoticed. At the same time we are able to give people theatre that is local to them, quality yet affordable.
We rehearse every Thursday evening at Priory Campus Lundwood. This is a great way to get your child to mix with like minded children and adults in a safe environment giving them extra social skills outside of school.

Dry January – Awareness 2020

Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January. It is run by the charity Alcohol Change UK.

The rules

  1. No alcohol from when you wake up on New Year’s Day until 1 February.

… And that’s all!

We don’t sell Golden Tickets to give you a day off. If you decide to have a drink, that’s totally up to you. A drier January is still something to be proud of, and your body will thank you!

But if you can make it through the month alcohol-free, you’ll get bigger benefits. The biggest benefit of all is that you’ll see you don’t need alcohol to have fun, go out, stay in, relax or do anything else you might associate with drinking. And knowing that will help you take control of your drinking year-round.

Why do Dry January?

Taking part in Dry January is a chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, boost your energy and save some serious money, while doing your body a lot of good. More importantly, it’s a way to reset your relationship with alcohol and drink more healthily year-round. Read more about why doing Dry January is a good idea.

Why sign up for Dry January?

People who sign up for Dry January, whether online or via the free app. are TWICE as likely to make it through the whole month alcohol-free compared to those who go it alone.Sign up now

But does it work?

Yes! 72% of people who do Dry January are still drinking less riskily six months later. You can read a summary of the evidence on Dry January’s effectiveness here.

December World AIDS Awareness 2019

World Aids Day December Awareness
World AIDS Day, designated on 1st December every year since 1988.

It is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS Pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non governmental organisations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

As of 2017, AIDS has killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide, and an estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV, making it the most important global public health issues in recorded history.

Barnsley Bright Lights Festival 2019

Barnsley Bright Lights Festival 2019

On 28/11/19 Barnsley Local TV attended the annual light switch on by the mayor of Barnsley (Cllr Pauline Markham) at the town hall with a fantastic parade followed by the countdown to Christmas, finally ending with a spectacular light show and firework display.

Children in Need History

  • 1927: First ever children’s BBC radio appeal Christmas Day, 1927 saw the very first BBC radio broadcast appeal for children raising more than £1,300 (around £70,000 in today’s money!) for four children’s charities in the UK.
  • 1955: The first televised appeal The ‘Children’s Hour’ Christmas Appeal, was presented by Sooty and Harry Corbett. The Christmas Day Appeals continued on TV and radio until 1979. 
  • 1978: Sir Terry Wogan makes his debut appearance Terry Wogan first appeared during a five-minute Appeal in 1978. He made his second appearance during the following Appeal in 1979.
  • 1980: The modern BBC Children in Need Appeal is born In 1980, the first BBC Children in Need telethon was broadcast. Comprising of a series of short segments linking the evening’s programming.Devoted to raising money for charities working with children in the United Kingdom, the new format, presented by Terry Wogan, Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen, saw a dramatic increase in public donations.An impressive £1 million was raised in the first show!
  • 1985: Introducing Pudsey Bear The now famous Pudsey Bear made his first appearance on BBC Children in Need in 1985 as a brown, cuddly mascot.He was created and named by BBC graphic designer Joanna Lane, who worked in the BBC’s design department.Lane said “It was like a lightbulb moment for me, We were bouncing ideas off each other and I latched on to this idea of a teddy bear. I immediately realised there was a huge potential for a mascot beyond the 2D logo”. 
  • The original Pudsey in 1985 with Joanna Lumley
  • 1986: Pudsey Bear gets a new look Pudsey Bear returned as the official logo with some updates to his design.Whilst retaining the concept of a teddy bear with a bandana over one eye, all other elements were changed.The triangular elements of the underlying design were abandoned, as well as the corporate identity colour scheme. The most notable change was the new bandana design, featuring white with red spots among many more alterations making him more like the bear we all recognise today.
  • 1997: A Perfect Day to be Number 1 In 1997 the official BBC Children in Need charity single, Perfect Day, reached number 1!Lou Reed, Bono, David Bowie, Elton John, Boyzone and Tom Jones and more big names all featured on the charity single.Also in 1997, our corporate partnership with Costco began, and to this day, it is our longest standing corporate relationship.
  • 2007: Pudsey’s makeover at 22 As Pudsey Bear was in his twenties, it was time for a fresh look!The BBC Children in Need logo was updated once again giving Pudsey a more colourful bandana and it’s the brand we still use today.
  • 2009: The 30th televised appeal on November 20th 2009 we celebrated our 30th televised Appeal raising a whopping £20,309,747!2009 also saw the first BBC Children in Need Rocks concert take place at the Royal Albert Hall including performances from Take That, Robbie Williams, Leona Lewis and more!
  • 2009’s BBC Children in Need Rocks
  • 2011: The first Rickshaw Challenge The first One Show Rickshaw Challenge saw television presenter, Matt Baker, ride a Rickshaw 484 miles from the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade to the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London.Matt and the team raised £1.9million for BBC Children in Need!
  • 2012: The Rickshaw Challenge returns and a one off Pudsey Bear makeover Nearly 7 million people enjoyed watching Matt Baker take on the Rickshaw Challenge in 2011, so it returned with six young people taking on a 411 mile marathon from Llandudno to BBC’s Television Centre.Matt wasn’t off the hook for the 2011 though, he accompanied ‘Team Rickshaw’ on his bicycle the entire route raising over £1.5million.Pudsey also got a fashionable wardrobe for the first time in 2012 when he was given a makeover by some very famous designers including Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Gucci, Prada and Alexander McQueen.
  • Pudsey got fashionable makeovers in 2011
  • 2014: Sir Terry Wogan’s last year 2014 marked Sir Terry Wogan’s last year presenting BBC Children in Need. We firmly believe we wouldn’t be where we are today without everything Sir Terry gave to BBC Children in Need.In 2014, Choirmaster Gareth Malone brought together an array of untrained voices from the world of television, sport and theatre to form his All Star Choir. Together, they released the official 2014 BBC Children in Need single, Wake Me Up, claiming the number 1 spot!
  • 2015: Countryfile Rambles The first every Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need took place when thousands of people answered the call to ramble through our rural landscape over one weekend in the autumn while Matt Baker took on a mountain ramble cum scramble more than 3,000 feet up Tryfan in Snowdonia.
  • Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko in 2015’s Countryfile Ramble
  • 2016: Saying goodbye to Sir Terry Wogan We celebrate the life of Sir Terry Wogan with the BBC Children in Need Rocks for Terry concert and introducing the inaugural Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award.After Sir Terry Wogan passed away in January 2016, we honoured him and the work he did for BBC Children in Need in the best way we knew how.We gathered some of his favourite musicians for a one-off event at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2016 whilst introducing a new award that paid tribute to fundraisers that have gone the extra mile.
  • 2017: The Power of Play with ASDA After 19 years of their principal partnership, ASDA and BBC Children in Need introduce the Power of Play Partnership supporting over 20,000 disadvantaged children across the UK to develop vital life skills through play.
  • 2018: £1 billion raised In 2018 we officially raised a total of £1 billion to support children and young people across the UK since 1980.
  • 2019: A Million and Me with Boots In partnership with Boots, we launched a new £10 million three year funding programme in 2019 that will focus on children’s emotional wellbeing called ‘A Million and Me’.
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