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This Blind Boy’s Inspirational 10th Birthday Plans Will Melt Your Heart



MOST kids want a big party on their birthday but when Jack Thompson turns 10, he’s sacrificing his bash for a family fundraising day – in the hope of raising a huge £20,000 for charity.

For the past three years the chatterbox nine-year-old, who’s registered blind and has cancer, has been holding cake sales and raffles to raise money for CLIC Sargent and Heel and Toe.

NCJ Media Jack Thompson is just nine years old, but he’s already raised £15.5k for cancer charities

He’s raised an impressive £15,500 so far, but is determined to hit the £20,000 mark before turning 10 on June 27.

“I just got up one morning and decided to have a family funday instead of a party,” said Jack.

“I’ll still have my presents because it is a long time to go without getting presents until the next year but I won’t have a party and will have the funday instead, so everyone can get involved.”

Jack, from Wardley, Gateshead, was just four months old when he was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour on his optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain.

NCJ Media The brave Gateshead lad has cancer of the optic nerve, which has left him registered blind

This has left him blind and needing daily growth hormone injections, while the brave lad has already had five rounds of chemotherapy at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Despite all of this, Jack keeps on smiling and says he’s one of the luckiest boys in the world as his charity work, ‘jobs’ and sporting hobbies allow him to meet lots of interesting people and make new friends.

His first double figures birthday is a milestone in more ways than one, as it also marks the end Jack’s sixth round of chemo in his battle against cancer – which he calls his “naughty lump”.

Jack, who has an eight-year-old brother Sam and three-year-old sister Ava, said: “I will feel proud when I get the £20,000. I’ll feel really good and I know it will help a lot of people.”

Jack already has three jobs helping out at Homebase, Sainsbury and his local nature reserve, the Washington Wetland Centre, where he’s been given mini uniforms.

He also loves trampolining, karate, train spotting and visiting the residents at his local care home.


A ‘cheeky’ Bride Invited Her Uni Pal To Her Wedding – Just So They Can Chauffeur Her Elderly Relatives



A FRIEND has questioned why they were invited to a wedding of an old uni mate after realising they had been put down to drive the bride’s elderly relative there.

The thread on Mumsnet revealed how presumptuous the bride was, in a post entitled: “To think that the bride’s been cheeky here!”

Getty – Contributor The bride has been branded cheeky

The potential guest said they had met a girl while studying at university, and despite them being “not close at all”, was kind and invited them to the evening part of her wedding.

The poster said: “As the wedding is hours away, there’s only one hotel close by with ridiculous rates, and I’d only be invited from 8:30pm anyway, I’m planning on not going.

“I went to go and click the ‘sorry, can’t make it’ option on her RSPV website when I saw the ride share list on there.”

Curious, they clicked on it to have a peek.

Getty – Contributor The wedding was a few hours drive for the guest

To their horror they realised they had been put down to drive someone – without being asked.

They continued: “I’ve been put down to drive (what appears to be) one of her elderly relatives from my hometown.

“Never offered this, have never met the elderly relative in question, haven’t really spoken to the bride about the wedding at all.”

They soon realised the bride had seemingly turned all their friends into taxis, with another person also down as a chauffeur.

The thread added: “Messaged another friend who’s been invited to evening early and is down on the list to rideshare with someone elderly, same thing with her!

“Not sure if I’ve been invited as a friend or because I’ve got a car and happen to be from the same place as her relative!”

Getty – Contributor The friend never offered to drive anyone to the wedding

They said they’d “never declined an invite so fast”, and their decision was supported by the majority of those who replied, with the thread racking up more than 300 comments.

Most people couldn’t get over how much front the bride had for assuming they would drive an old relative without asking first.

One person wrote: “F***me even by Mumsnet standards of cheeky f*****s that’s quite something.”

Another said: “She wins cheeky f****r Olympics for sure.”

This person handed it to the bride for trying, saying: “Massively cheeky! But I have to admit I’m kind of impressed with that level of planning and cheek!!”

And this response was straight to the point: “It does appear as if you’ve been invited only to be this relative’s chauffeur.”

The bride was torn to shreds online, with this person saying: “Cheeky cow! Presumably she’s also expecting you to take elderly relative home after the reception too?”

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This £12 K-beauty Serum Containing Mistletoe And Caviar Sells A Bottle Every 20 Seconds



SKINCARE is a big business with our faces exposed to sunlight and pollution daily.

With the market flooded with brands and products, Korean beauty, aka K-Beauty, has seen a rise in popularity.

Asos The serum comes with a pipette It’s Skin Power 10 WR Anti-Wrinkle Serum, £12, ASOS

The influence from the Asian nation isn’t limited to make-up, with K-Pop also widely known in the west.

But the latest obsession with all things K-branded is a bottle of anti-wrinkle serum.

The It’s Skin Power 10 WR Anti-Wrinkle Serum is so popular a bottle is snapped up every 20 seconds.

Sold on ASOS, the 30ml bottle costs just £12.

It was developed by dermatologists at the University of Seoul

Created by researchers at the University of Seoul, the serum claims to be a powerful hit and comes with a pipette.

The ASOS website says: “Developed by dermatologists, it takes its science seriously but doesn’t mind having some fun on the side.”

It promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and features interesting ingredients such as mistletoe and caviar.

Asos One bottle sells every 20 seconds

The instructions are to use two to three drops and massage over the face and neck, and pat gently until absorbed.

in total there are 10 varieties in the power 10 formula range, which is described as a “high-enriched essence for each skin problem”.

Asos Sold on ASOS it costs £12 for 30ml

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How To Sleep In Hot Weather – 12 Top Tips For Staying Cool In Bed During A Heatwave



TEMPERATURES have soared over the past few days, with Brits basking in the hottest April day since 1949 – and the mercury is still rising.

By day it’s all lapping up the sun and topping up on vitamin D levels, but by night the hot weather can prove miserable. Here we reveal how to avoid baking in bed…

Getty Images If the heat has been keeping you awake at night, be sure to try some of these simple solutions

How can I get to sleep in hot weather?

Getting to sleep when it’s hot and stuffy can be a nightmare.

But if you’re craving a few Zzz’s there are a few ways you can help yourself to drift off despite the heat…

1. Don’t go commando

As tempting as it may be, don’t whip off your undies just because it’s sunny.

Instead, sleep in cotton pyjamas, to let your skin breathe and ensure that any sweat is soaked up, rather than left on your body.

2. Splash your sheets

Giving your bedding a very light misting of water can make all the difference when you’re struggling to sleep on a hot day.

Don’t soak your bed, but sleeping in some slightly damp sheets could help to cool you down and keep you comfy.

Getty Images Cooling your curtains, turning off a plug or keeping your PJs on could be the difference between sweet dreams and a sweaty nightmare

3. Cool your curtains

Another use for your slightly damp sheets involves spraying them with water and then draping them over an open window.

This lets the breeze blow some refreshingly cool air around your room, without the added noise of using a fan.

4. Switch off

Turn off all the plug sockets you can to help keep things cool – and save some energy whilst you’re at it.

Electrical sockets kick out a surprising amount of heat, and they could be the difference between a good night’s sleep and a sweaty nightmare.

5. Ice some rice

Make a cold water bottle which won’t melt all over you by filling a sock with rice, and then freezing it.

Press this against your sensitive pulse points – found on the wrists, ankles, tops of your feet and your temples – to instantly turn the heat down a notch.

6. Watch what you drink

Boozing before bed is never a great idea – but your sleep will be affected even more when it’s hot.

Instead, make sure you keep a cool glass of water by your bedside to stop you from overheating in the night.

Getty Images Slightly damp bedding will help to keep you cool in the summer months, just don’t overdo it with the moisture

7. Chill your bedding

If you’re really struggling, you can always stuff your bedding in a bag and pop it all in the freezer for a few minutes before you go to bed.

This will guarantee you the perfect head-start when it comes to getting a great night’s sleep, letting you drift off effortlessly even as the mercury keeps on rising.

8. Go it alone

If you usually share a bed with someone, it’s time to get ruthless.

It’s obvious, but you’ll stand a better chance of keeping cool if you have the bed to yourself, and sleeping apart may be the only way to save your sanity.

9. Get low

Hot air rises, so get down as low as you can to make sure you’re surrounded by cool air.

Sleep on the floor, or even head downstairs, if you’re getting desperate to escape the heat.

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