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Love trees PECT

Love your Local Environment this Valentine’s Day

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Love your Local Environment this Valentine’s Day

Each year, here in the UK, we spend an estimated £1.45 billion on Valentine’s gifts. For 2021, why not buy your loved one a meaningful gift that will brighten up their day as well as making a difference for future generations?

The environmental charity PECT is offering an eco-friendly gift option this springtime. For just £10 for one or £50 for five, you can gift your loved one with a tree to make a positive difference to the environment. This meaningful present helps to tackle climate change and addresses biodiversity loss in the city.

 

“The arrival of the global pandemic in 2020 made us all realise that the most important things in life aren’t material goods,” explains PECT’s Director of Operations Stuart Dawks. “Instead, it is about caring for loved ones, making the most of experiences, and helping communities to pull together. That’s why we feel this represents the ideal gift – it’s your chance to give something back to the local environment.”

 Love trees PECT

PECT’s Forest for Peterborough project aims to plant 230,000 trees across Peterborough by 2030. Your purchase will enable the charity to plant and maintain a tree, helping to create a network of wooded areas across the city. Each tree is maintained and protected, allowing it to grow and thrive for generations.

 

The events of the past year have taught us exactly how much spending time in nature matters. National and regional lockdowns have meant that, more than ever, we have understood how important it is to maintain and develop outdoor spaces to support people’s wellbeing. Spending time in nature is proven to lift our mood, reduce stress, and improve our physical health.

 

By gifting a tree, you can contribute towards creating a thriving space for the community to enjoy. To buy a tree this Valentine’s, simply visit https://www.pect.org.uk/news/love-your-local-environment-this-valentines/ to donate and then PECT can send you a digital certificate confirming your gift.

Willingness to Take Part in COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Across Region

Thousands of people across the East Midlands are putting themselves forward to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research trials driven by a desire to generate faster results and to help others in their community, according to new research revealed today.

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A survey carried out in the region reveals that more than two in three (69%) people would consider putting themselves forward to take part in research to find a vaccine to slow the spread of the virus.

 

Amongst those who said that they would consider taking part in vaccine research, the most powerful motivations included supporting research to deliver faster answers (85%) and helping others in my community (59%). Three quarters of all respondents (76%) identified support to help with transport and childcare as something that would encourage them to volunteer to take part in research.

 

The findings, released by the Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic Health in Leicester, and the NIHR Clinical Research Network East Midlands, come from a survey conducted to understand more about attitudes towards vaccine research and how they differ across different communities.

 

Research studies are testing the effectiveness of a range of candidate vaccines to determine their safety and efficacy before those that are successful are rolled out to the general public. An essential part of trials is ensuring that they work effectively for people from different communities. The data and responses from this survey are being analysed to inform the creation of content to inform and encourage members of the public to take part in COVID-19 vaccine trials.

 

The findings show that attitudes towards research participation change over age. Six in ten (62%) of respondents aged 18-44 said that they would consider taking part in COVID-19 vaccine research, rising to three-quarters (77%) of people aged 45+. In addition, the survey found that people from White communities were more likely (76%) to say that they would consider participating in research to find a vaccine than those from Asian (53%) and Black (38%) communities.

 

Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Director of the NIHR ARC East Midlands and Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said:

 

“We are proud to be delivering vital vaccine research in the East Midlands and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has signed up to support this important work. It is essential that vaccines work effectively for people from all backgrounds, and the results of this survey are helping us to better understand the different motivations and barriers that can affect participation in research. We will be using the findings to encourage all research sites within our region and beyond to ensure that research is as inclusive as possible.”

 

The survey results also indicate that people with previous experience of either receiving a vaccine or taking part in research are inclined to do so again. The proportion of people who said that they would consider taking part in COVID-19 vaccine research rose to 74% amongst those who received a flu vaccine last year, and 78% amongst those who have previously been involved in clinical trials.

 

Professor Khunti added:

 

“It is extremely pleasing to see that people who have a history of either taking part in research or receiving a flu vaccine are more likely to consider joining the research effort to find a vaccine for COVID-19. This is testament to the positive experience of research that the overwhelming majority of participants have, and shows that people who receive vaccines are clear about the benefits of doing so and the impact that a vaccine for this virus could have.

 

“The news on vaccines in recent weeks has been incredibly uplifting, but there is more work to do. We need people to continue signing up to support COVID-19 vaccine research so that we can test a range of different vaccines and ensure that we find vaccines that can protect as many people as possible. I would encourage everyone across the East Midlands to step forward and be part of this enormous research effort.”

 

So far, over 28,000 people across the East Midlands have signed up to support COVID-19 vaccine research through the NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Research Registry, with over 350,000 registrations from across the UK. The registry enables researchers to quickly contact people who have expressed their interest in taking part in vaccine trials to ensure that studies can be delivered quickly and effectively.

 

Research teams across the East Midlands have been involved in the delivery of three COVID-19 vaccine trials. To find out more about research and to sign up to support vaccine research, visit nhs.uk/researchcontact.

Rothwell Children Decorate Housebuilder’s Christmas Tree

Rothwell children decorate housebuilder’s Christmas tree

 

Local children helped to spread some festive cheer at a new homes development in Rothwell by decorating a Christmas tree on the site.

 

Persimmon Homes invited students from Rothwell Junior School to ‘bring a bauble’ to put on the Christmas tree at its Woodland Valley development in the town.

 

Bridget Leder, from Rothwell Junior School, said: “The children were thrilled to help decorate the tree for Persimmon. It was a lovely way for them to see how they could be part of the community.”

 

Claire Dearsley, sales director at Persimmon Homes Midlands, added: “Our Christmas tree decoration event at Woodland Valley was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

 

“The event was a lovely opportunity to bring together local people and bring some Christmas joy to the community.

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“Woodland Valley is quickly establishing itself as a neighbourhood and we look forward to welcoming even more new residents in the coming months.”

 

The development, on Desborough Road, is planned to deliver a selection of two, three, four and five bedroom homes to suit a range of buyers.PHM_WoodlandValley_tree1

 

For further information on the development, visit www.persimmonhomes.com