Petition to UK Parliament
Stop using animal gelatine in medicine capsules
Beef and or pork gelatine is used in the vast majority of medicine capsules. This means that an increasing number of people can't or shouldn't take them because of their religious or animal welfare beliefs. Most of the drugs can be dispensed in a liquid form, but not only this is messy, not necessarily accurate, but in the most part, more expensive. Vegetarian capsules are available, I would like to see pharmaceutical companies switching to these as a matter of course and stop using animal products unnecessarily in the packaging of medicines.
Petition to Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn MP
48.1% of us said no to Brexit so let's call upon our Government to have another referendum. In nearly 7 months we have already seen the devastation that decision has had on our economy, our attitudes to other cultures and on our trade deals so if this petititon gets enough support we can show the government that we want another referendum in which more than that 48.1% of us will show we want to remain in the EU- let's make our voices heard!
Petition to Big Finish
Doctor Who spin-off 'Class' Audio Dramas
'Class', the spin-off of 'Doctor Who' released in 2016, was sadly cancelled after only 8 episodes. However, myself and many others think that it still has many more stories to tell (especially since it ended with a cliffhanger). Big Finish have made hundreds of audio dramas for 'Doctor Who' and another one of its spin-offs 'Torchwood', so it would be the perfect way to give Class the continuation it deserves. For those who have not seen it, 'Class' is a YA sci-fi drama set in Coal Hill academy, where there is a tear in space and time due to excessive time travel in the area (blame the Doctor). It's up to a group of 4 human students, their friend (a gay alien prince), and their physics teacher (morally ambiguous alien freedom-fighter-turned-slave). The cast is hugely diverse: there is a black girl who is super intelligent and skipped two school years; a sikh boy who talks about his religion, and loses a leg in the first episode and has to get used to using a prosthetic, and a gay Polish character (in a relationship with aforementioned gay alien prince) who deals with homophobia, but that isn't his entire character. There are also three strong and complex female main characters. However, 'Class' wasn't very well received, as it was poorly advertised, and originally it only aired online on BBC 3. It then aired on BBC One, but at an inaccessible time slot of 10:45pm on a Monday. It was shown on BBC America in April, and gained quite a lot of views, but clearly not enough for the BBC to think it was worthwhile renewing. I believe that if 'Class' was better advertised, it would be a lot more popular, and Big Finish would be a great way to introduce it to the already existing audio drama audience. The TV show was written by young adult author Patrick Ness, but unfortunately he has said he will not be writing any more for 'Class', which means that Big Finish would have to find their own writer(s). However, as Big Finish writer James Goss wrote a tie-in novel for 'Class', this should not be a problem, and I'm sure there would be other writers willing to work on it as well.
Petition to Debbie O'Neill (Chief Finance Officer, Countess of Chester Hospital), Mr Ian Harvey (Medical Director, Countess of Chester Hospital), Tony Chambers, Sir Duncan Nichol CBE, Simon Holden, Alison Kelly, Sue Hodkinson
Save The Chester Childbirth Appeal Café
PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION TO SAVE THE COMFORT ZONE SHOP & CAFÉ, AT THE COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL, WHICH HAS BEEN GIVEN JUST 9 WEEKS TO CLOSE ITS DOORS, AFTER 16 YEARS PROVIDING LOVE AND SUPPORT TO THE PEOPLE OF CHESTER, OFTEN IN THEIR WORST HOURS ALIVE, IN MANY CASES AFTER THE TERRIBLE NEWS OF THE LOSS OF THEIR CHILD OR CHILDREN. THIS CAFÉ IS THE MAIN SOURCE OF INCOME FOR THE CHESTER CHILDBIRTH APPEAL CHARITY, WHICH HAS DONATED OVER £2M FOR SERVICES TO PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT THE HOSPITAL OVER THE YEARS. WE NEED YOUR HELP! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE. The Comfort Zone shop & café, which raises much needed funds for Chester Childbirth Appeal has been given notice to quit by the Countess of Chester NHS Trust board by Monday 16th January 2017.Former midwife-tutor Pat Daniels MBE founded the charity in 1991 and since then has raised in the region of £2million for services to patients and their families, much of it through the café and shop.Pat Daniels said,“Our shop employs 16 people as well as dozens of volunteers. We also provide work experience placements and help Duke of Edinburgh Award participants as well as several volunteers with extra support needs. Without the Comfort Zone we would not be able to pay for much needed help for the Women and Children’s. We have also given £50,000 to the hospital’s own Babygrow Appeal. All this would be lost if the Comfort Zone is taken away from us.We are currently taking legal advice as we have been running the Comfort Zone for 16 years and believe we may have some rights to stay. In the first instance we would hope that the hospital would accept a market rent which we are more than willing to pay. If we cannot reach agreement on a rent we will be mounting a massive campaign to stay. We know that we have the support of many people in the wider community, many of whom have been patients at the Countess.” Please share this press release with everyone you know in Chester and ask them to support us in our campaign.TO OFFER YOUR SUPPORT OR JOIN OUR CAMPAIGN, PLEASE CONTACT PAT DANIELS ON: 01244 350755 / 07774753418