Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Good Luck Paul and Trevor

Two of Wymondham's very own local butchers Paul Collins and Trevor Jonas from Collins Butchers in Back Lane, Wymondham, are shedding the pounds in a sponsored weight loss challenge in aid of Star Throwers.

Paul, who weights 20st 13lbs, has set himself a target of five stones to lose whilst Trevor, who weighs 17st, aims to shed three to four stones.

Collins Butchers is located less than 5 minutes walk to Star Throwers and they have been in full support of Star Throwers for a long time, including being a sponsor for the opening of our charity shop. 

Paul said: "We have got several customers who go to the centre and we really support Star Throwers. I know I will stick to the diet if it's for charity. My mum had breast cancer two years ago and Star Throwers helped her."

The very best of luck Paul and Trevor from everyone at Star Throwers!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Heavyweight Supports Star Throwers on Grand Opening of Diner

Congratulations and good luck to Norwich's heavyweight boxer Sam Sexton, who held the grand opening of his new KO's Sports Diner on Hall Road a few days ago. 

 Sam has very kindly chosen to support Star Throwers through having a collecting box in the diner. 

Sam visited Star Throwers back in December after being introduced to the charity through our Patron Les King. He is also scheduled to enter the ring on March 2nd at the Norfolk Showground for his next fight. 

The best of luck with the coming year Sam!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Dr Henry Mannings Restrictions Lifted After Review Hearing

Star Throwers are delighted to declare that all restrictions placed on Dr Henry Mannings imposed after an initial Interim Orders Panel (IOP) hearing on the 27th November 2012 have been revoked.

Back in November, an Interim Orders Panel imposed an order on Dr Mannings to restrict him from prescribing any medication.

At the IOP review hearing on Monday 14th January 2013, Dr Mannings, who represented himself, produced additional scientific evidence to the panel to prove the efficacy and safety of his approach in the cases of the two patients in question. He also reiterated the testimonials from eminent specialists which disagreed with and challenged the allegations made. Furthermore, the petition which has garnered approximately 3000 signatories so far was brought to the panel's attention, along with the hundreds of letters of support written from patients and families of patients.

In their conclusion, the Interim Orders Review Panel wrote: "The scientific papers to which the Panel has been referred indicate that the treatment which you gave was minimally toxic in the dosage you prescribed.

“In light of this additional information it does not consider that you present a risk to the public which makes it necessary to impose an interim order. It considers that an interim order could have a serious impact on you and the patients in your care and the risk posed does not justify these consequences.

“In all the circumstances, the Panel has determined that it is no longer necessary for the protection of members of the public, in the public interest or in your own interests for your registration to be subject to an order. The previous interim order is therefore revoked."

The hearing was held in public at the request of Dr Mannings in order to have full transparency, and was attended by members of the press and supporters of Dr Mannings.

Dr Mannings said after the hearing: "I am obviously very pleased with the common sense shown by the interim panel and their realisation of all the good work that is done at Star Throwers, based on all the evidence that was shown, including the petition and letters of support."

He continued: “We are exceptionally pleased that we will now be treating patients again, but can only hope that the time lost whereby they had not received any treatments will not have any long term consequences."

The GMC will continue their investigations into the veracity of the allegations and a full hearing may still ensue. In the meantime, however, it is a very positive result for Dr Mannings and his patients.

Star Throwers manager Steven Ho said: “We are delighted at this common sense outcome as we can now go back to work giving the best service we possibly can to our patients and continue our important work looking after people affected by cancer.

Once again, we would like to thank every single person who signed our petition, wrote a letter of support or helped to spread the word through their friends, families, and the media. We did it!”

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Supporters can now help Star Throwers through eBay

For those of you who are planning to have a January sale on eBay, you can now help Star Throwers in the process!

Star Throwers is now registered with eBay as a charity: 

This allows sellers to nominate Star Throwers to receive a portion of the final sale. 

Save us as one of your favourites to appear in your list of charities when selling an item, or simply click 'Sell an item' on our charity page - http://ebaygivingworks.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?charity-Profile&NP_ID=58484 - to help support Star Throwers!

You can further help us by spreading the word on your facebook and twitter pages. Thank you.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Early Review Granted for Dr Henry Mannings

We have some positive news to share from Star Throwers for the start of this New Year.

Just to recap, on the 27th November 2012 the GMC's Interim Orders Panel imposed several restrictions on Dr Mannings pending a full investigation into allegations against him, with the key restriction being that he cannot prescribe any medication. More detail can be found here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/in-support-of-dr-henry-mannings/

After the flood of support that has come in and pressure on the GMC, Dr Henry Mannings has been granted an Early Review Hearing with the IOP (Interim Orders Panel) on Monday Jan 14th at 10:30am. This means a new panel will hear the case for and against Dr Mannings again and will decided whether to uphold, amend or revoke the current restrictions.

We obviously hope for the last outcome of the three, and that common sense will prevail in the interest of the hundreds of patients who Dr Mannings has helped.

Please help us spread the word and send positive thoughts on the day for Dr Mannings. Also, if you have an offline petition, please try send it in to 30 Melton Road, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0DB. If you can't do it by next Monday please do not worry, it will still count afterwards too, but we want to get as many as we can by next Monday!

Thank you and Happy New Year to everyone.

p.s. for regular updates please visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/in-support-of-dr-henry-mannings/blog and www.supportdrhenry.co.uk

Monday, 7 January 2013

Currys Lowestoft Organise Fundraiser After Letter From Patient

Above (Left to Right): 
Steven from Star Throwers and the Currys PC World team.

The final total has been confirmed from two 'Fun Days' held at the end of last summer in aid of Star Throwers, raising an amazing £785!

Currys Lowestoft (now Currys PC World Lowestoft) were inspired to fundraise for Star Throwers after one of our patients wrote to them asking for their support. Gemma Biddle (far right) said: "After reading her inspiring letter all of us wanted to do everything we could to help support such a great cause."

Two fun days were subsequently organised and held at the store in Lowestoft, where passing shoppers and their families had the chance to go on bouncy castles, raffles, 'shoot out' competitions and listen to the brilliant Rock Choir Group. As well as this, children were also gleefully happy to have their pictures taken with characters from Star Wars and the Batman movies. A local car business, John Grose on Goddard Road, also attended the fun days and very kindly money towards the events.

As well as the two fun days, Gemma herself organised and completed her very own 'Rude Road Trip', inspired by the TV program 'The Inbetweeners', visiting 40 rude street names around the UK in 40 hours. She completed this in August and raised £225 through JustGiving!

Our sincere thanks to all the team at Currys PC World Lowestoft for organising such fantastic events, raising both money and awareness for Star Throwers in Lowestoft. A big thank you also to John Grose for their very kind donation.