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Panto Stars Bring Christmas Cheer Across North Essex

The stars of this year’s pantomime at Clacton’s Princes Theatre have been out and about meeting people before they take to the stage from Saturday, December 8.

Wendy, Smee, Tiger Lily and Mrs Darling first met the public at the Victorian Christmas Market, held at the Princes Theatre on Saturday, November 17.

Later that day they also visited young patients on the Children’s Ward at Colchester General Hospital to hand out presents and try to put smiles on the faces of those being cared for at the time.

On Sunday (November 25) X Factor runner-up Marcus Collins, who plays Peter Pan in this year’s Polka Dot Pantomimes production, and some of the cast helped to switch on Colchester’s Christmas lights, while this coming weekend they will turn on Clacton’s Christmas lights at the festive event taking place on Saturday, December 1.

Marcus said: “I love being able to get out and meet people and spread some Christmas cheer – it’s what doing panto is all about, so to be able to get festive before we tread the boards is brilliant,” he said.

“There was such a buzz at the Colchester light switch-on – an atmosphere I am sure will be even bigger at Clacton this weekend.”

Peter Pan is at the Tendring District Council-run Princes Theatre from December 8 until January 1. To book tickets go online at princestheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01255 686633.

 

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Pictured: The panto stars at the Victorian Christmas Market. Picture credit: Matt Cattermole/TDC

 

New app launched for COPD patients

A NEW health self-management app to help patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has been launched by the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (NEE CCG) to highlight World COPD day (Wednesday 21 November 2018).

 

Working with fellow healthcare providers, such as Anglian Community Enterprise, the myCOPD app is now available to purchase or is free for those who meet the criteria.

 

Currently 1.2 million patients in the UK suffer from COPD but it is estimated that millions of people across throughout the country have the condition and are not aware of it. In fact, 115,000 patients are newly diagnosed every year.

 

Designed to support patients at any stage of the disease, the myCOPD app offers users training techniques for every type of inhaler device; prescription assessment which identifies if an inhaler medication conflicts with what the patient has been subscribed and a self-management plan to help people understand what medication to take and when.

 

Developed with the help of leading experts, the myCOPD app also features a six-week pulmonary rehabilitation programme; symptom and assessment tracking which allows both clinicians and patients to track the condition over a period of time; weather and pollution forecasting - as poor air quality is known to have an adverse effect on peoples’ conditions - and a facility to help patients monitor their lung function.

 

Lianne Jongepier, NEE CCG Head of Clinical Quality Transformation – Planned Care, said: “COPD is a group of progressive long-term lung conditions that makes it difficult for people to breath due the narrowing of their airways.

 

“The myCOPD app has been developed with the assistance of healthcare providers and offers patients a one-stop-shop at the tip of their fingers. While the app has many innovative features, the main aim of it is to help improve a patient’s awareness and self-management skills.”

 

For more information or to download the myCOPD app please visit https://mymhealth.com/mycopd.

 

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Get Moving Walking Group Sunday 25 November

meeting at RNLI Martello Bay CO15  1BW

 

Walk your way to good health this winter!  A fun gentle walking group for all ages and abilities. Come along and make new friends from your local community, have fun and get active!  Sundays, 11am – 12.30pm

 

A FREE WAY TO INCREASE YOUR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY!

Available on the day mobile 07379 145 536

 

If you can't join us this time, why not come along to our next walk on 2nd December meeting at Frinton 3rd Avenue  CO13 9EQ

 

We also run walking groups on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays - visit the physical activities page for more details.

 

Meeting points will vary, visit our website or facebook page for details of future walks

https://www.cvstendring.org.uk/hill-projects/physical-activities.html

www.facebook.com/CVSTendring

 
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