Don’t let accidents happen

Gillian Cooper
The holidays are just around the corner - time, at last, to enjoy some quality time with the children. But whether you're staying at home, visiting relatives or jetting off for some winter sun, making sure your children stay safe this season is just as important as guaranteeing them a great Christmas.
Of course, accidents can, and do, happen. In fact, new statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) show just how frequently - and devastatingly - they occur among children and young people. In 2015 alone, more than 400 youngsters lost their lives this way in the UK, putting accidents ahead of any other cause of death, including cancer and congenital conditions.

A breast cancer patient’s journey – Blog Post 4 – “Waiting for the biopsy results”

Ruth Taylor
Ruth Taylor, 45, is a mum of two who was diagnosed with breast cancer back in May 2016. We are honoured to share her journey from initial diagnosis, informing her family, through to chemo and radiotherapy. She hopes to raise awareness and educate others about breast cancer, while firmly kicking cancer back where it belongs. This is the fourth instalment in her guest blog.
Once I was home from the ordeal of the biopsy I spent a good while just hugging Andrew and I let the tears come. I felt so emotionally drained and very small and vulnerable. I was so glad it was over but in the back of my mind I felt that this was going to be just the beginning.

INCOME PROTECTION: for healthy finances when sickness threatens your salary

Gillian Cooper
With winter firmly taking hold and the dreaded flu doing the rounds, there's never been a better time to take stock of how a more serious illness could affect your finances.
In most instances, a flu bug is nothing that a good dose of Lemsip and daytime TV won't fix. But if you were still too poorly to do your job after a couple of weeks, or a couple of months, how might you carry on covering your regular outgoings?

We love the NHS

Gillian Cooper
It wasn't too long ago since a choir comprised of NHS staff beat popstar Justin Bieber to the Christmas number one spot. The mash-up of Simon & Garfunkel and Coldplay hits, called 'A Bridge Over You', sold some 127,000 copies and had music commentators hail it one of the most unlikely chart successes for years.
One man, however, wasn't quite as surprised by the achievement.

#HeartUnions - Durham Miners' Gala

Gillian Cooper
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We’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Durham Miners Gala.
Famed for its rousing colliery bands, bright banners and for being one of the biggest trade union gatherings in the whole of Europe, Durham Miners' Gala occupies a special - and prominent - place in the trade union calendar.

#HeartUnions Week - Burston School Strike

Gillian Cooper
To commemorate Heart Unions Week, we’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Burston School Strike.
What's your most enduring memory from schooldays? Coming second in the 200m sprint on sports day? Taking the lead in the annual drama production? Or how about kicking off the longest strike in history?

#HeartUnions Week - Chainmakers' Festival

Gillian Cooper
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To commemorate Heart Unions Week, we’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Chainmakers’ Strike in 1910 and the Chainmakers Festival.
1910: the year Old Trafford was opened, George V succeeded to the British throne, and the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the Black Country won minimum wage following a ten-week strike, effectively doubling their pay.

'Women underestimating their financial importance'

Gillian Cooper
Insurance news
Failure to take out income protection or life insurance cover means many UK women are inadvertently putting their families' financial futures at risk.
According to a report by insurance group Aegon, working women are not considering the implications of long-term illness or premature death on their nearest and dearest.