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May
2019
TSP Supporting Dementia Action Week (20-26 May 2019)

Organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Week (DAW) is an annual event aimed at bringing communities and organisations together to take action to improve the lives of people living with dementia. This year DAW is taking place from Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May and Thompson Smith and Puxon is pleased to be able to support the event. Dementia Friends Training for Staff The Dementia Friends programme is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative designed to change people’s perceptions of dementia. TSP currently has five Dementia Friends, four of whom are based in our Clacton Office (pictured left) and one in Colchester. However, in support of DAW the firm is giving its entire staff the opportunity to become a Dementia Friend and will be offering Dementia Friends sessions in both our Colchester and Clacton offices on Wednesday 22 May. Becoming a Dementia Friend is not an onerous commitment. The emphasis is on learning about dementia, being aware, and recognising the small ways in which you can help. It is also possible to sign up at www.dementiafriends.org.uk  Pictured, left to right, are Clacton-based TSP Lawyers and Dementia Friends, Adina Milleare, Carly Callaghan, Marie Crawley and Sarah White.  Other Dementia Friendly Activities
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May
2019
Gynae Health – Let’s get talking!

The Eve Appeal, a UK national charity raising awareness and funding research into the five gynaecological cancers – womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal – has this month launched its #GetLippy campaign. The #GetLippy campaign is about encouraging women to talk openly about gynaecological health, smashing the taboos, asking questions and raising money. It aims to provide women with the right information and confidence to talk clearly about anatomy and symptoms in order to better diagnose key health concerns, including the five gynaecological cancers (Source: Eve Appeal1). With more than 21,000 women in the UK being diagnosed each year with gynaecological cancer, equating to 58 diagnoses each day (Source: Eve Appeal2), it is vitally important that women feel able to talk about gynaecological health in order to reduce the risk of delayed diagnosis and to enable them to have the best possible outcome. Diagnosis can be delayed because a woman, or her doctor, doesn’t recognise her symptoms. The Eve Appeal has conducted a new study that reveals almost half of healthcare professionals believe that women may be putting their lives at risk due to a combination of embarrassment and/or poor knowledge of the correct terminology for their reproductive anatomy.  The
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May
2019
Welcome to Thompson Smith and Puxon Virginia!

The Directors and staff at Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP) have recently welcomed Virginia Bevan (pictured) as Head of Client Services and Compliance. TSP is committed to providing a high quality service to its clients and Virginia, as her title suggests, is responsible for ensuring that this is the case, as well as dealing with any concerns that clients may have. In recent years businesses, and particularly those who were already heavily regulated, have been subject to further regulation and required increasingly to focus on compliance and anti-money issues laundering and it is in this area that Virginia’s career has progressed. Virginia began her career in legal finance over 20 years ago. Until recently her career grew primarily in City-based law firms, her roles merging organically into the area of legal compliance the higher she climbed.  After becoming a mother in 2010, Virginia spent her early parenting years running a legal finance consultancy business, advising on both operational and compliance issues but her roles since have seen her develop an expertise in anti-money laundering and legal compliance across the board.  Virginia says “TSP is extremely well known locally, and the opportunity to become part of a local firm who emanate
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May
2019
Dying Matters: Are We Ready?

In 2017 figures published by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the Tendring District had the highest death rate in the UK at 15.5 per 1000 people, (source: dailymail.co.uk) which means that 2242 will die this year, based on an estimated population of 144,700 (source: TDC). Each of those deaths will affect many more people in different ways. This year, the Dying Matters Awareness week campaign challenges us all to answer the question “Are We Ready?” Taking place between 13th and 19th May, the campaign is designed to promote the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement. According to www.dyingmatters.org this is a question that challenges all of us on several levels. Are We Ready for our own deaths, or the deaths of those we care about? This is a practical question – Wills, funeral planning and more – but it’s also emotional, even spiritual for some of us.  Research suggests that most people haven’t taken care of the practical aspects, which includes making a Will, deciding on organ donation, and planning for future care. In fact a 2016 ComRes study, commissioned by Dying Matters, found that only 35% of British adults had made a will, and
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May
2019
An Inspiring Day at the Wheeler Way Walk

On Saturday (4th May) 20 participants with disabilities took to the race track and completed the Wheeler Way Walk in aid of the charity Team Angus. The unique race which took place at the University of Essex Sports Arena was organised by Toby Wheeler, a determined and inspiring young man with Cerebral Palsy. The race was a 400m course around the sports arena. It was not a race of time, but an achievement of distance and confidence for everyone who took part. Each of the 20 participants were rewarded with a medal, certificate, goodie bag and T-shirt. The event raised money for Team Angus, set up to support Angus Grocott who also has cerebral palsy. The aim was to give others in the same situation as Toby the chance to partake in a race that accommodated their disabilities. The event was a great success with smiles all round and a fantastic atmosphere. There were cheers and tears from the spectators and Toby’s team as everyone completed their goal by reaching the finish line. One participant only started walking a few weeks ago and was able to access a walking frame due to the help of Toby’s team. Another participant was
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