Tackle boredom and live longer
Volunteer and help others message
A NEW approach is being taken this weekend to tackle Chesham’s biggest killer.
Get out of your comfort zone and live longer, that is the message to people at the Volunteer Chesham event at Chesham Town Hall on Saturday.
CEO of Community Impact Bucks Nick Phillips will be sharing insights from a study, which reveals that bored people are 40 per cent more likely to die young, than those with a fulfilling and meaningful life.
The study was conducted by University College London and followed 7,000 people over 25 years. It found people with high level of ‘tedium’ were two-thirds more likely to die of heart disease or stroke.
Cardiovascular disease is Chesham’s biggest health priority, accounting for 32 per cent of all deaths.
It is hoped that Volunteer Chesham will increase the health and happiness of the area by inspiring local people to engage with worthy causes.
Chesham’s mayor Councillor Peter Hudson has organised the free event, which is open to the public from 12pm to 2pm.
Attendees have the opportunity to meet more than 50 different charities and explore a variety of life-enhancing volunteer experiences.
Mr Phillips will discuss the study in his Push Your Boundaries address at 11am. He added: “Volunteering is one of the best ways to step out of your comfort zone, meet new people and ignite some meaning and purpose to your life. We’ve always known volunteering makes you feel good but here’s the proof that it makes you live longer.”
Volunteer Chesham aims to unite potential volunteers and voluntary organisations under one roof.
Mr Hudson pledged to make promoting volunteer groups a priority during his mayoral year.
Mr Hudson is also hoping to raise some cash for his mayoral charities Dreamflight, SPACE and The Chesham Sick Poor Fun through a cake sale.
He is appealing for people to bake and buy cakes, which will be sold at the event.
If you can help call 07557 819 732, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet @ CheshamMayor. WEXHAM Park is pioneering a new state of the art information system being the first in the country to use an electronic ‘whiteboard’ replacement.
And the staff there have another hospital trust to thank after they were deemed too slow in taking up an offer which is said to save thousands of pounds.
In an ongoing partnership with local technology company Cayder, the children’s unit at Wexham Park became the first in the country to install the new display equipment, but since then there have been considerable improvements to the design.
One of the company’s owners, Stuart Ranker, explained: “We ran a competition for an organisation to win a new screen but the winning trust hadn’t taken it up.
“I knew how supportive, helpful and enthusiastic about its benefits the team here had been, as the first peadiatric department in the country to install the
Senior Sister Pippa Parnell is delighted with the new board being explained to nursing staff here at Wexham Park original display system, so they were a natural choice.”
Matron Roz Rushworth and Senior Sister Pippa Parnell didn’t hesitate in taking up the offer.
Pippa said: “Using the system allows us to see information about our patients at a glance, at any time, for example, who their named nurse is, or if they have been taken for x-rays or other tests.
“Plus doctors are able to log on to the system from anywhere in the hospital to check on the progress of their patients.
“We are delighted with the upgraded equipment, and the original display system has also found a new home in our children’s assessment unit.”
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