Article: MacMillan Cancer Support

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June 21, 2017: The MacMillan Cancer Support is one of Britain’s oldest and largest charities offering support to anyone affected by cancer. Founded in 1911 by a young man named Daniel MacMillan after the loss of his father to the disease, MacMillan experienced how vital it was to have access to information involving treatments and their side effects, what financial help is available, and where to find immediate help in getting these resources.

Below is a video (shared from the website ) of their historic timeline from the beginning of MacMillan Cancer Support to present day, depicting how the charity has grown through the years:

MacMillan Cancer Support has been able to provide many people with the help that young MacMillan wanted for his father and the motivation for creating this kind of charity. Through the years, the charity has been able to grow and change as needed with more that is learned about the disease. According to the MacMillan Research Statistic Factsheet there are 2.5 million people in the UK alone living with cancer and a predicted estimate of 4 million by 2030.

Therefore, the continued support for information and research funded from volunteer help has never been more vital. Operating primarily by donations through very organized fundraising; (see our earlier articles about the generous volunteer work that Harry Styles’s mum, Anne Twist, has been doing for MCS), the MacMillan Cancer Support has been able to help more than 5.8 million lives dealing with cancer!

The charity helps those living with cancer by operating like a powerhouse source of the latest, most reliable and well-researched information involving cancer that’s available. Whether a person has just discovered the cancer or they are well into the progression of treatments, the charity joins the individual right where they are and continues with them on their journey.

It provides help in medical needs with nearly 4,000 specialized nurses experienced in the care of patients receiving cancer treatments and in palliative services. MacMillan also provides a Help Line by phone or website to answer any questions and offer a place to chat with others who are experiencing similar needs. imageMacMillan Cancer Support is able to support grants for medical research involving the latest development of treatments towards a cure for those who seek education coursework in that field.

MacMillan makes this statement about their belief on its website:

“Life with cancer is still life and we’ll help you live it. Right from the moment you’re diagnosed, through your treatment and beyond, we’re a constant source of support, giving you the energy and inspiration to help you take back control of your life, and feel more like yourself again.”

Here are just a few stories of the many ways MacMillan Cancer Support has touched lives: (shared from their site):

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You can become involved with MacMillan in several ways; by becoming a volunteer to help at one of their centers, be part of an organizing event like Coffee Mornings and marathons, or through your own individual fundraising donations.

Ways to get involved start here

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Article: Liam Payne gives first performance of “Strip That Down”

Article: Liam Payne gives first performance of “Strip That Down”

June 10, 2017: Liam Payne gave his first live performance of “Strip That Down” for Capital’s Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium.  Packed with over 80,000 music fans and a line up of some of Britain’s most popular artists, the event was sold out in record time of just 90 minutes.

Co-written with Ed Sheeran ‘Strip That Down’ has already had an impressive start on chart activity around the world. The solo single hit is #1 on the Billboard and Twitter Trending 140 Chart and #1 in US iTunes chart upon its release. This week ‘Strip That Down’ hit Gold 📀 in Australia selling 35,000+ the first weeks out, and now nearly 20 million views on Vevo YouTube, here is Liam’s live performance of his new solo single at the CapitalFM Summertime Ball:

A release date and title for his upcoming solo album has yet to be announced, but Liam has kept his fans informed about his work this year in the studio on his social media accounts, with a few hints of collaborating with Conor Maynard, Charlie Puth, and possibly Juicy J to name a few.

In a recent interview with CapitalFM Liam stated this: “I’ve come a long way since our One Direction debut, and I hope everyone likes my new sound as much as I do. 2017 has been a big year for me already, and I’m looking forward to what the rest of it will bring.”

After his performance, Liam posted a thank you to his fans on his Twitter for their continued support and gave them a video glimpse of the moments right before he rose up to the stage, successfully launching his very first solo music for the festival.

Yesterday, Liam posted an acoustic version of ‘Strip That Down’ , now available on his Spotify

Liam’s music can be found through his website

 

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Article: The Little Princess Trust

Article: The Little Princess Trust

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June 9, 2017: The Little Princess Trust is a registered charity established in 2005 in the UK, honoring a child named Hannah Tarplee after she lost her battle with cancer at the age of five. imageHer parents, Simon and Wendy, along with the help of Tim Lowe, Hannah’s headmaster and hairdressers Peter and Tracey Prosser worked together to create a charity that provides wigs made for children experiencing loss of hair as a result of harsh cancer treatments.

When battling cancer with rounds of radiation and chemotherapy a side effect can be to experience a complete loss of hair. This result can be difficult for anyone, but especially traumatic for teens and for children of school age. Some teens have even considered discontinuing their treatments due to this. (See video about this below).

The Little Princess Trust made a commitment to alleviate this stress by providing wigs made of human hair which closely matches the recipient’s own style and color. The wigs are made using a thin base that fits closely to the head creating a very natural look. Due the care in this design, however, wigs need replacing every few months which the charity continues to provide; again, free of charge. This mission can only be accomplished by continual donations of lengths of hair and generous monetary support.

(Pictured below are children donating their hair for littleprincesses.org.uk)

 

Our article in May of 2016, mentioned Harry Styles donating his hair to the charity when he was preparing for an upcoming movie role. Harry’s support went beyond the donation of his long hair by exposing more than 30 million followers on his social media to the charity. Harry’s Instagram post for #littleprincesstrust was liked by more than 100,000 people within 5 hours of being posted; to date it has climbed to more than two million and created a worldwide global trend.image Harry continues to support Little Princess Trust; in May 2017, he donated all proceeds from his one-night performance at the Garage to the charity. (See our article ).

The generous donations through the years have now allowed Little Princess Trust the opportunity to also provide support for the development of less toxic and harsh forms of cancer treatments when they are given to children.

 

The charity website has a message from co-founder and chairman of the Trust, Wendy Tarplee, expressing gratitude at what the charity has been able to accomplish in pediatric cancer research so far:

“I am incredibly proud of what has been achieved since the charity was launched. We have given away 5,000 real hair wigs to sick children which is astonishing! When we initially started the charity we spoke of how wonderful it would be if one day there wouldn’t be a need for an organisation of this kind. I could never have imagined that 10 years later we would be able to fund research which might one day help to achieve just that.”

By partnering with the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group UK or CCLG, Little Princess Trust has funded a grant of £500,000 towards research into pediatric cancer. By working together in funding this research they are helping to potentially eliminate the need for wigs altogether.

More information about their specific research projects chosen for support can be found here

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Article: Holmes Chapel welcomes Harry Styles’ biggest fan Maryann

Article: Holmes Chapel welcomes Harry Styles’ biggest fan Maryann

June 4th, 2017: The pub George and Dragon in Holmes Chapel published today a post on Facebook with a video sent to them by Maryann Scott from Glasgow, who visited the town for her birthday this past April. The video tells the story of her visit and the people that she met. George and Dragon hopes that Harry Styles will notice their post.

Maryann has cerebral palsy, is confined to a wheelchair, she cannot speak and uses a feeding tube. She has been a One Direction fan for years and has met them twice in the past, in 2011 and 2015 when they performed in Glasgow.

Maryann visited Holmes Chapel with her mom, her grandmother and her cousin. She went to the bakery W Mandeville, where Harry used to work and met Harry’s old boss there. During her visit Maryann was even given an autographed pic from One Direction. In the video she says that she will be back in Holmes Chapel this summer. Overall Maryann received a warm welcome from the town who has taken it upon itself to try to get Harry Styles’s attention.

 

 

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Article: Niall Horan joins One Love Manchester Benefit

Article: Niall Horan joins One Love Manchester Benefit 

June 4, 2017:  Niall Horan is scheduled to perform at Ariana Grande One Love Manchester’ Benefit concert today where he will likely perform his hit single “This Town” among others he has recently released. He will be joining many other musical artists including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Usher, and Pharrell Williams at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground in the city.

This event is a culminating response to a horrific act which occurred on May 22th, when a bomb killed 22 fans and injured more than 100 others, many of them children, at the Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena. nda2Following the terrible event, the survivors, the families of the victims, and city of Manchester as a whole demonstrated great courage, dignity, and generosity. Tweets were posted online from people searching for their loved whom they had lost contact with during the incident. These tweets were RTed thousands of times in an effort to help with the search.  Thousands of tweets were also posted from people offering help to those stranded in the area in the form of car rides, cell phone recharging, tea, food, shelter, and even a bed for the night. The following day the people of Manchester continued to provide support to the victims by donating blood, by assisting people that had remained stranded and by rallying around the families of the victims. The city of Manchester came together the following day at St Ann’s Square for the memorial event, during which following a minute of silence the crowd spontaneously started singing “Don’t look back in anger” by The Oasis. On May 25th a minute of silence was observed worldwide in remembrance of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Music artists from all over the world also responded to the Manchester bombing with tweets of support and other acts of respect for the victims:

“Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.” Ariana Grande

“Sending all my love to every single family at the Manchester show last night. So upsetting.” Louis Tomlinson

“To see what has happened in Manchester makes me really sad. My thoughts are with those that are experiencing such tragedy at this time x” Liam Payne

“Absolutely Horrendous what happened in Manchester tonight. My thoughts are with the great people of Manchester and also Ari and her team xx” Niall Horan

“I’m heartbroken over what happened in Manchester tonight. Sending love to everyone involved. H” Harry Styles

Ariana Grande also posted a letter to her fans on social media commending their courage and asking not to give in to fear: “Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before.”

DBXI4_eUMAAyTTwHarry Styles had a scheduled concert in Mexico the day following the attack. Harry introduced two major changes to the show to show respect, love and support for the victims, their families, and the whole city of Manchester. First, he chose to perform a short setlist made only of acoustic songs, instead of the full set list he had been performing, and second, he performed wearing black jeans and a t-shirt, instead of the flashy outfits he had been wearing at the other shows. Harry started the show with a speech and a moment of silence:

“I just want to say one thing before we start. Thank you so much for being here tonight. I know a lot of you have flown a long way. I really appreciate you being here. When I booked this show, I wanted to celebrate with you guys. I’ve played some of my favourite shows in Mexico, and it felt right to come and celebrate with you, but tonight doesn’t feel like a night to celebrate. Last night, there was a tragedy in my hometown of Manchester, and I have been left with a hole in my heart.   I went to my first show in the arena, and I’ve had some of the best experiences of my life playing in Manchester. We have a choice, every single day that we wake up, of what we can put into the world, and I ask you to please choose love every single day. I promise that we will be back very soon to Mexico with a full show, but tonight, if it’s OK with you, we’re going to play a small acoustic set. I hope you understand, and I hope you’ll join me in a moment of silence for the victims and for the families of the victims in Manchester today. Thank you for understanding. I love you very much.”

Tickets to the One Love Manchester event were sold out within minutes of the sale launch. Additional tickets were made available for free to any of Ariana’s fans that attended the Manchester Arena concert the night the bombing occurred. Proceeds from the event will benefit the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, (established by the Manchester City Council with the British Red Cross after the Manchester Arena bombing), which will help the victims and families of those who lost their lives or were injured  at the concert on May 22th.

So far, nearly £6 million has been raised. Donations to help it climb can be made to the Just Giving “We love Manchester” Emergency Fund the British Red Cross or on the @TwitterLive which will have a tab on their LIVE stream where you can make a donation during the event.

The One Love Manchester will be streamed at @TwitterLive or @ArianaGrande, on Grande’s Facebook page and on YouTube. MTV and BBC1 will also livestream the benefit concert starting at 6:55 pm GBT (1:55 pm USA EST).

 

 

 

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Article: Gemma Styles registers with DKMS to fight blood cancers

Article: Gemma Styles registers with DKMS to fight blood cancers

June 2, 2017: This week Gemma Styles, (sister of Harry Styles), Another Man A/W Launch Event Hosted By Harry Styles, Alister Mackie & Kris Van Asscheposted a tweet about registering with DKMS to help end blood cancers through blood stem cell donations. People in need of a blood stem cell donation are fighting life-threatening diseases such as leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. By replacing their cancerous blood cells through a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor is their best chance of survival, (according to the DKMS website’s scientific research sites.)

Registering as a potential donor is an easy process that requires a simple cheek swab using a requested Swab Kit sent to you from DKMS. Gemma demonstrated this technique on her Twitter post. (Photos shared here are credited to her twitter account):

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The cheek swab sample will be registered worldwide to help those with blood cancers find a potential match for a stem cell donor, potentially saving their life. More about how this procedure takes place is found in the video below (provided by the DKMS website):

DKMS first started in Germany in 1991 and is the world’s largest donor center. It has  branched globally and is now working within the United States, Poland, Spain and the U.K. with more than 7 million registered donors world-wide. DKMS has been working towards increasing this number to give blood cancer patients much better odds of beating their disease.

Making people aware of their potential to save a life by registering and being willing to donate if matched is crucial. Gemma Styles’s Twitter post, and many others like hers, dedicated to spreading the word on their social media about blood stem cell registry helps this cause tremendously.

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The pictures above represent but a few of the many patients from the UK appealing for a potential match. The DKMS website states that every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Over 2,000 people in the UK are searching for a blood stem cell donor match every year. Currently over 37,000 people are waiting worldwide.

A blood stem cell donation from a matching donor could save their lives.

For more information on becoming a potential donor to save someone’s life through registry, or to help their efforts through a donation, start here.

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Article: Liam Payne releases first solo single “Strip That Down”

Article: Liam Payne releases first solo single “Strip That Down”

May 28, 2017: Liam’s debut solo single ‘Strip That Down’ featuring the rapper,Quavo from the hip-hop group Migos’ has been released. ‘Strip That Down’, co-written by Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac has already hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Chart and Twitter Top Tracks chart, earning Liam his first chart-topper while launching his solo career, (photo credit of Ed and Liam: Radio Planeta).

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Last week, Liam spoke of his experience writing “Strip That Down” with longtime friend, Ed Sheeran, in an BBCRadio1 interview” with Nick Grimshaw: “Honestly, I feel so blessed and honoured that he wanted to write a song for me and I just want to say thank you to him I guess more than anything.  It’s amazing, I’m humbled. The fact that he even wanted to bother working with us, spending his time.”

Liam met up with his featured rapper, Quavo, while working in LA. There Liam had been spending time in studio, collaborating with a variety of artists since the band One Direction had gone on hiatus. Quavo’s rap group, Migos, had been recently working with Calvin Harris and Frank Ocean recording ‘Slide’. Quavo, the most influential rapper of the day according to HotNewWhipHop has been recording some solo work of his own- (he recently featured on DJ Khaled’s “I’m The One,” with Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber)- later made plans to collaborate with Liam as a featured rapper for ‘Strip That Down’.

In an interview with the Daily Star, Quavo mentioned that in addition to recording ‘Strip That Down’ he has already shot Liam’s music video with him, due for release soon after the single dropped.

Me and my boy, Liam, from One Direction, we just shot that. Crazy visuals. Crazy team. Cool guy. Nice guy. It’s going up.”

Liam has indicated in promo radio interviews that his debut album, when it’s finished, will not be all hip-hop nor rap as he is collaborating with a variety of producers and artists for it. Liam’s states that his choice in music to be very different from what his 1D fans are used to him singing. He is striving for his music to be more a cross between Drake and Bieber with a genre-bending sound of R&B, dancehall and some hip-hop/rap.

Collaborating with other artists is something Liam has had a history with; he’s recently been in the studio with Pharrell Williams and teamed up with Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa on the single “You”, to name a few.

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As a songwriter, Liam has been quite successful in the past, co-writing most of the chart-topping mega hits on One Direction’s last two albums with bandmate Louis Tomlinson, among others. In fact, Liam explained in an interview with Jason Lipshutz of Billboard, that as 1D were breaking out into their solo work, he fully intended to remain in the songwriting and producing side of the music industry.

“To be honest with you, I wasn’t going to do a solo venture. I was just going to go into songwriting and carry on and do that. But then I was like, ‘You’ve been trying to do this since you were 14 years old. You would be ridiculously stupid to turn down the option to have a deal.’ Coming out of the band, we had some pretty good opportunities around us. I had to do something.”

With the decision to release his own solo work, Liam committed to keeping his fans informed through his Instagram and @LiamPayne Twitter posts, radio interviews and guest appearances. His latest promo was a Liam Payne Instagram take-over story and a live Facebook chats with fans about his album.

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The lyric video premiere of “Strip That Down” has already earned nearly 6 million global views in its first week of release giving it a chart placement of No. 1 on Billboard Chart topper of the week (Liam’s Vevo Lyric Video is posted below).

Liam was the featured musical guest on the Graham Norton Show where Graham interviewed Liam about his solo single. Afterwards Liam gave his debut performance of his chart-topping single “Strip That Down”.

Follow Liam’s music on his website.

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