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Sun Awareness Week: May 9–16

Now the great weather’s approaching – don’t forget to protect your skin

Skin cancer is proving to be one of the UK’s most prominent cancers – but there are things you can do to help protect yourself.

TSun Awareness Weekhe British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) currently runs a national campaign about skin cancer called Sun Awareness, which includes national Sun Awareness Week, from May 9–16. 

The campaign is overseen by the BAD’s Skin Cancer Prevention Committee, comprised of leading medical professionals with expertise in skin cancer, vitamin D and public health messaging.

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Auf Wiedersehen Pet

Robin Joll in his barn converted into boarding kennels.  Behind him is his famous doggie hall of fame.

Kennel owner and former SSVC employee Robin Joll takes a snapshot of every one of his four-legged guests to hang in the Pets Holiday Home hall of fame.

It’s a gesture that epitomises the personal service the 55-year-old provides for the BFG community and beyond.

Robin sees himself as a “pet-sitter” and prefers to call his business a “doggie daycare” rather than boarding kennels.

“It’s a kindergarten for dogs, because many are left here for the day by customers who work long shifts and don’t want their pets to be alone,” says Robin, whose Pets Holiday Home is located in rural Delbrück-Bentfeld, near Paderborn. “I call them permanent dog boarders.”

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Lake rescuer saluted

Shining example: Pte Michael Veevers at the Wewelsburg where he was presented with  a civic courage appreciation certificate A British Army private who saved a woman from drowning in an ice-cold lake has been commended for his civic courage.

Michael Veevers reacted quickly when he saw the woman in distress while jogging around the Padersee in November last year.

He jumped into the lake to drag the helpless woman out of the water, probably saving her life.

On April 9, Pte Veevers, who until recently served in BFG with 26th Regiment Royal Artillery, was honoured at a ceremony organised by the regional Council for Crime Prevention at the Wewelsburg near Paderborn.

At the historic triangular castle, the 31-year-old told Sixth Sense about the incident, which happened in Schloss Neuhaus at around 9am on November 23.

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The First to Step Forward


BIG hearted, Marion Ritchie is a lynchpin in the BFG community.  Her warm nature and 

kindness shines through as she carries out many roles to support the military, including St John Ambulance volunteer, manager of PRB cinema, Health and Safety Representative and supporting the Royal British Legion (RBL).  

As Marion approaches retirement, she reflects on her time within BFG as one of the leading members of St John Ambulance. 

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