Tips for driving in the winter

Gillian Cooper
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'Tis the season to be jolly - but also to take extra care while out on the roads.
Adverse weather conditions, dark nights and plunging temperatures can make driving home for Christmas more problematic for motorists than at any other time of the year. Have a glance through our top five tips on staying safe, looking after your vehicle and keeping on the right side of the law.

A breast cancer patient’s journey – Blog Post 10 – Recovering after the Operation

Ruth Taylor
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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 tenth instalment in her guest blog.
The next thing I recall was waking up in a fairly large room and being aware of a number of medical staff near me. They asked if I could hear them and if I was feeling sick. I soon started to come round properly and I was taken from the recovery room back to the ward and my room. I remember them telling me that I had been given morphine for the pain while I was still under anaesthetic and once that wore off they would give me other painkillers to keep me as comfortable as possible.

A breast cancer patient’s journey – Blog Post 9 – The Operation

Ruth Taylor
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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 ninth instalment in her guest blog.
After my high from completing the Dirty 30 challenge, the next week went fairly quickly and I was surprised that I was feeling more excited than nervous on the Sunday afternoon, when it was time to go into the hospital.

Survey shows £300 bill for back to school basics

Christine Kapak
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School might be out for summer but there’s a lesson still to be learned about the importance of pre-term budgeting. It comes after a recent survey from Equifax (September, 2016) found the combined cost of parents getting their children ready for September is nearly £300*.
From new uniforms to stationery, sports gear to getting a new school bag, the research by credit information firm Equifax found parents rack up an average of £296.82, with technology, including tablets and mobile phones, making up a big proportion of the cost.