Tackle bore­dom and live longer

Vol­un­teer and help oth­ers mes­sage

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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 phud­son@chiltern.gov.uk 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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