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Row the Channel (and back) – yes I will!

11 Oct

I may be a pest controller but that is not the whole picture!  I have spoken before about The Star Throwers in Wymondham and that I have been supporting the charity for some time now and next year I will be facing my biggest challenge yet.

I will be rowing the English Channel and back, non-stop on a concept 2 rowing machine – that’s approximately 44 miles! Last year I managed 26 miles so this is a huge challenge and I will do it!

First task is to lose weight…..to keep up to date with my progress, look out for my regular blog and Twitter updates.

If you would like to sponsor/support me, here’s a little more about the charity itself:-

The Star Throwers in Wymondham was founded by Dr Henry Mannings and is run entirely by volunteers who work not only to support people who are affected by cancer, but also those who are at particular risk of developing cancer. The charity provides advice for patients, friends and family, offering additional support from that which can be obtained through hospitals.
To find out more about The Star Throwers, you can visit their website at http://www.starthrowers.org.uk/ or alternatively call them on 01953 423304

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Weil’s Disease – should you be worried?

1 Sep

We are really excited this week to introduce our first guest blogger – welcome Jez from Adventure Safety Training.  He is talking about Leptospirosis or Weil’s disease which is it’s more common name.

Jez has worked for over 10 years in outdoor activities.  He is a keen kayaker and canoeist (which puts him in the higher risk of infection from Leptospirosis category).

More recently Jez started to teach First Aid and offers a wide range of first aid courses including HSE first aid at work courses and for those working in the outdoor environment.

Leptospirosis also goes by several other names including Weil’s disease. It is a bacterial infection that can infect people. It comes from animals usually rats and cattle, but not exclusively.

Leptospirosis is most common in tropical areas of the world. It is in the UK but much more rare. It tends to affect those that work in certain environments.  They tend to be farmers, sewage workers, abattoir workers and those in contact with fresh water a lot of the time (sailors or canoeists, particularly those with stagnant water).

The bacteria can get into your body through cuts scratches and exposed soft tissue (i.e. lining of mouth and eyes). It is easy to reduce the risk of infection, use protective clothing/gloves in suspected areas or when handling high risk carriers (i.e. rats). Wash cuts and grazes immediately and then cover with waterproof plasters. Always wash your hands before eating if you have been in a high risk area.

Globally, it is estimated that 10 million people will get leptospirosis every year. Rarely, leptospirosis occurs in temperate climates, such as the UK.  In 2009, there were 33 reported cases of leptospirosis in England and Wales, 14 of which were acquired abroad. Most cases either involved people who regularly worked with animals and/or water, such as farmers and sewer workers or people who took part in water-based activities, such as canoeing or sailing. It is very rare for someone from the UK die from it as most of the cases are of the mild form and caught early enough.  However, Andrew Jeremy (“Andy”) Holmes MBE was a British rower on 24th October 2010 he died from contracting the rare water-borne disease.

The symptoms usually occur from 3 days after infection up to 30 days. These do vary but include flu like symptoms, diarrhoea, cough, sore throat, muscle pain or conjunctivitis. If these symptoms are left to continue it is possible to move towards more serious Leptospirosis these symptoms vary depending upon which organs are being affected. It could move to the liver, kidneys and heart, the brain or the lungs.

If you do work in areas that could be affected (see list above) do tell you GP ASAP. The earlier it’s suspected the better the rate of recovery. It can only be diagnosed with blood and urine tests. By the time these are done it could have got more serious, so a GP may well start antibiotics early if you work in suspicious areas.

Prevention is better than cure!

Weil’s Disease – should you be worried?

1 Aug

We are really excited this week to introduce our first guest blogger – welcome Jez from Adventure Safety Training.  He is talking about Leptospirosis or Weil’s disease which is it’s more common name.

Jez has worked for over 10 years in outdoor activities.  He is a keen kayaker and canoeist (which puts him in the higher risk of infection from Leptospirosis category).

More recently Jez started to teach First Aid and offers a wide range of first aid courses including HSE first aid at work courses and for those working in the outdoor environment.

Leptospirosis also goes by several other names including Weil’s disease. It is a bacterial infection that can infect people. It comes from animals usually rats and cattle, but not exclusively.

Leptospirosis is most common in tropical areas of the world. It is in the UK but much more rare. It tends to affect those that work in certain environments.  They tend to be farmers, sewage workers, abattoir workers and those in contact with fresh water a lot of the time (sailors or canoeists, particularly those with stagnant water).

The bacteria can get into your body through cuts scratches and exposed soft tissue (i.e. lining of mouth and eyes). It is easy to reduce the risk of infection, use protective clothing/gloves in suspected areas or when handling high risk carriers (i.e. rats). Wash cuts and grazes immediately and then cover with waterproof plasters. Always wash your hands before eating if you have been in a high risk area.

Globally, it is estimated that 10 million people will get leptospirosis every year. Rarely, leptospirosis occurs in temperate climates, such as the UK.  In 2009, there were 33 reported cases of leptospirosis in England and Wales, 14 of which were acquired abroad. Most cases either involved people who regularly worked with animals and/or water, such as farmers and sewer workers or people who took part in water-based activities, such as canoeing or sailing. It is very rare for someone from the UK die from it as most of the cases are of the mild form and caught early enough.  However, Andrew Jeremy (“Andy”) Holmes MBE was a British rower on 24th October 2010 he died from contracting the rare water-borne disease.

The symptoms usually occur from 3 days after infection up to 30 days. These do vary but include flu like symptoms, diarrhoea, cough, sore throat, muscle pain or conjunctivitis. If these symptoms are left to continue it is possible to move towards more serious Leptospirosis these symptoms vary depending upon which organs are being affected. It could move to the liver, kidneys and heart, the brain or the lungs.

If you do work in areas that could be affected (see list above) do tell you GP ASAP. The earlier it’s suspected the better the rate of recovery. It can only be diagnosed with blood and urine tests. By the time these are done it could have got more serious, so a GP may well start antibiotics early if you work in suspicious areas.

Prevention is better than cure!

Charity support – my passion!

18 Jun

Hello again

This week I thought I would share my passion for charity fundraising with you.  I would imagine that generally pest controllers would not be associated with charity fundraising as pest controllers in general don’t have a particular ‘fluffy’ and perhaps caring image so I thought I would dispel a few myths!

The charity that I actively raise funds for is Wymondham Star Throwers.  It  is a not-for-profit, registered charity run entirely by passionate volunteers, dedicated to supporting and advising people in East Anglia who are affected by cancer, or are at particular risk of developing cancer.  It was started by Dr Henry Mannings to provide help to cancer sufferers who felt they have nowhere else to go or required advice on further management.

My latest exploit has been a very gentle darts competition and I am so determined to reach my goals, not only in business, but in charity too by a very much more strenuous rowing the channel across and back again, or its equivalent, even if the pain becomes almost too much to stand; such is my passion!

So, maybe the image of pest controllers should be reviewed; we don’t all have our trousers tied with string at the bottom and carry a ferret, neither do we walk about looking like something out of Ghostbusters (well, not all of the time anyway).  We care about our environment passionately (that word again) and pest control is all about protection, nurture and care – just the same as in charity support.