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Bringing the true taste of India to Leicester, Mem-Saab, situated within

the Highcross development, presents the perfect place to celebrate special

occasions for couples, groups of friends and families alike. For more info visit or turn to pages 2&3…

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Tucked away on the edge of the £350 million

Highcross development, Mem-Saab Indian Fine

Dine & Champagne Bar provides an excellent place

to enjoy delicious, freshly prepared, traditional

Indian cuisine, wonderful champagne and

cocktails, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere,

which is ideal for couples, groups of friends and

even families.

Founded in 1996, Mem-Saab is run by Pam Kooner

and her family. Originally located on Vaughan Way,

Mem-Saab relocated in 2008 to larger premises in

a better location and has continued to thrive. Pam

told Aspire: “The old restaurant was a great location

until the swimming baths were knocked down,

and then much of the passing trade went away, so

when the opportunity to move to the new Highcross

development came about, we jumped at the chance.

These bigger premises have allowed us to open a

champagne bar, as well as offering customers more

choice when it comes to the drinks and food menus,

as well as entertainment.”

Bringing the true taste of India to Leicester, Mem-

Saab uses traditional home-cooking in the grand style

and has been for more than a decade. With its unique

combination of traditional values and contemporary

sophistication, Mem-Saab offers diners the authentic

taste of an Indian home, in an atmosphere conductive

to fine dining.

For everyday sparkle and special occasions, Mem-

Saab’s Champagne Bar and Piano Lounge are ideal

for pre and post-dinner drinks, as well as those who

want to unwind on the open terrace after a hard

day’s shopping in Highcross. The champagne list

is impressive, accommodating a large selection of

Grand Marque houses, with many styles served by

the glass.

Pam added: “We also serve the finest cocktails, served

by our wonderful barman, Bamba, who prepares an

extensive range of traditional cocktails, with a unique

twist, as well as mixing his own unique creations,

tailored to your specific requests. Customers love him.

“We also have a resident magician and hypnotist,

Magic Amit, who performs table magic on Friday

and Saturday evenings. We’re the only restaurant in

Leicester who pays for this kind of entertainment,

at no extra cost to diners. Our pianist, Graham, also

performs on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well

as on special occasions, like Valentine’s Day and

Christmas. Sometimes, Graham has a vocalist or

singing group performing with him.”

If that wasn’t enough, those looking for something

extra special can indulge in the Chef’s Tasting Menu

at The Chef’s Table, which boasts all the drama of a

live kitchen. With an exclusive view of the kitchen

in full service, The Chef’s Table is a unique dining

experience. At The Chef’s Table you can watch the

perfection and clockwork of Mem-Saab’s busy kitchen

and indulge in the melange of ingredients with the

simplicities of home style, presented wand balanced

by the Head Chef and customised to your individual

tastes. For this seven/eight-course dining experience,

all you need is an evening (approx. four hours) and

the appetite to appreciate the delicacies of Indian

cooking at its finest.

Aspire Sales Manager, Stacey Wragg, said: “I visited

Mem-Saab, located within the recent Highcross

development, on a Saturday night with my friend

and her daughter; we started the evening with

a refreshing Cosmopolitan cocktail each in the

comfortable bar area, before moving into the dining

area to enjoy a delicious chicken korma with pilau rice

and a, possibly homemade, naan bread. The customer

service was excellent and every member of staff who

dealt with us were very friendly, and they didn’t know

they were being reviewed, so they weren’t being

extra nice just to me! The portions were huge and we

couldn’t actually finish our meals, so I’d definitely say

you get good value for money. I’d recommend a visit

to Mem-Saab for couples looking to start their night

out in the city centre, but away from the hustle and


Mem-Saab caters for all budgets and tastes; they

serve dishes from an A La Carte menu, as well as a

lunch menu, where diners can enjoy two courses for

£7.95. There are also three different party menus to

choose from and tailor, for groups of more than eight

diners who pre-book.

Mem-Saab have won numerous awards in the last 16

years, including: Newcomer Finalist in the 2009 British

Curry Awards and Winner of Best British Newcomer in

2010, as well as Best In Midlands Finalist in 2011. They

can now add an Aspire Certificate of Recognition for

Fine Dining to their list of accolades. Pam said: “Thank

you so much, Aspire. This is wonderful. Hopefully it’s

the first of a run of awards coming our way because

we’ve been nominated in the Curry Capital awards,

which are announced at the end of October, as well

as the Best Family-run Restaurant in the Leicester

Mercury Food Awards, which will also be announced

at the end of October.”

Mem-Saab regularly work with charity events across

Leicestershire and on Friday December 7th 2012, they

have kindly agreed to cater the VIP tables at Aspire’s

Winter Wonderland Charity Auction – tickets are

available by emailing north@aspiremagazinegroup. Pam said: “Stacey offered us the opportunity

to get involved with this great event and we’re really

looking forward to it. We love catering for charity

events and in the past have worked with The Lord

Mayor and the High Sheriff.”

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6. A Brighter Future

8. An Alternative Christmas


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10. Listed Property

12. Best In The Business

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There are few more important

moments in life than bringing

a new person into the world.

Having a baby is a momentous

occasion and one that will

change your life, and the way you

look at the world forever.

It is always difficult to trust other

people to look after your child once

you’re ready to return to work, but

there are many companies out there

with excellent reputations. The right

environment, excellent carers and

specialist equipment are all vital

qualities to look for when considering

childcare provision.

In order to reap the rewards of a

great education, it’s important to lay

the foundations of learning early on

and there is evidence to suggest that

children who attend nursery school

may see the benefits once they get to

school. A revealing study which tracked

the development of 3,000 children over

the course of seven years discovered

those with the longest exposure to

nursery education performed better

in tests at the age of seven. Children of

all social classes were found to be four

to five months ahead of their peers in

terms of education and scooped better

results in national reading, writing

and maths tests. Leading professors

from Oxford, London and Nottingham

universities also noted that children

with three years nursery education

benefitted further, by being 10 to 12

months ahead of children who were

brought up entirely at home. This

evidence is a great boost to working

parents, who can often feel guilty for

sending their child to nursery, and they

can now feel confident that their little

one has a bright future ahead of them.

Finding the right school is the next

step; it can also be one of the most

important choices you’ll ever make.

Our school days are supposed to be

the best days of our lives, so finding the

right school for your child is extremely


Many schools may appear similar on

paper, so find out when open days are

occurring and make the time to visit

the schools personally. Look at how

pupils interact with each other and

how well teachers seem to know the

children. Ask yourself, is there a friendly,

welcoming and caring atmosphere, and

do you think it’s suitable for your child?

It is essential that once you have seen

and approved the school, you take your

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ones spending the best years of their

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Situated just four miles from Northampton,

in the picturesque village of Pitsford, Pitsford

School is an independent co-educational day

school, taking pupils from the age of three

through to eighteen. Aspire are so impressed

with the facilities and quality of teaching

available for students at Pitsford School, that

we’ve awarded the School a Certificate of

Recognition for Independent School of the

Year 2012.

Previously named Northamptonshire Grammar School,

Pitsford School was founded in 1989 catering solely for

boys; girls were admitted 10 years later in 1999. A full

range of academic subjects through to GCSE, A level and

University entrance are taught. Classes are deliberately

kept small to ensure the best personal tuition and

individual attention. The curriculum draws on the best of

the grammar school traditions of the past, makes them

relevant to today’s needs, and ensures that they are

applicable to the demands of the future.

The Junior School takes children from ages three to

eleven. Conveniently sharing the same location as The

Senior School, it offers families a friendly and caring

environment where children flourish. With small classes

and high teacher to pupil ratio, children can be nurtured

and encouraged to achieve their full potential, both

socially and academically. At age 11, pupils move onto

the Senior School where a strong academic reputation

is complemented with effective pastoral support and

a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Entry to

the Senior School is selective; the School’s academic

curriculum is designed to cater for the upper 50% of the

ability range and the selection criteria is based upon this.

Pupils are expected to take 10 GCSEs before transferring

to the Sixth Form at the end of Year 11.

The Sixth Form is structured to provide a stepping stone

from the discipline of the Senior School to the more

relaxed learning of University or further education.

Although they are required to dress smartly, Sixth Form

students do not wear a uniform, and their timetable

is planned to ensure that each student begins to take

responsibility for their own time, with private study

periods built in. In this summer’s exam results, students

did exceptionally well with over 51% of results ‘A’ or ‘A*’

Grade and 80% achieved Grades ‘A*’-‘B’, with one third of

pupils achieving three ‘A’ Grades.

On hearing the news of the School’s Certificate of

Recognition, development officer, Lynn Rich, said: “It

is fantastic to be recognised as Independent School of

the Year by Aspire. At Pitsford School, we strive to stand

out from other independent schools. As a small school

we are able to cater for individual needs and talents

and ensure we get the best out of each and every pupil.

It is simply down to the dedication and hard work of

teachers, staff and pupils that we excel at what we do

and achieve such fantastic exam results every year and it

is great to have had recognition for this.”

For further information, contact

Karen Cannon on 01604 880306,


or visit

Open Day:


October 6th

10:30am - 1pm

Situated just nine miles from Nottingham City

Centre, East Leake Academy has gone through a

great deal of change in preparation for becoming an

Academy at the start of the 2012-13 academic year.

The school is no longer a Local Authority school; it’s

an Academy within the DALP (Diverse Academies

Learning Partnership) Trust, a strong and supportive

partnership between the Tuxford Academy (a

Teaching School), National CofE Academy, Retford

Oaks Academy and East Leake Academy.

We intend to promote a more student-centred, relationshipdriven

approach to maximising student achievement, both

in and out of the classroom. Mr Graham Legg, Principal at

East Leake Academy, told Aspire: “East Leake Academy isn’t

organised like a traditional school with the Year-based pastoral

system; the DALP Trust academies all follow a Vertical Tutoring/

House system. ELA is organised into 40 tutor sets across four

different Houses: Kestrel, Eagle, Harrier and Osprey. There are

approximately four students from each year group - Years 7 to

11 - in each tutor set, with Post-16 students also assigned to

each House.

“Vertical Tutoring has reduced the average tutor set size down

to 20 students. Many have two staff as Co-tutors. This enables

all tutors to give an extremely high level of care and attention to

all of their tutees. Furthermore, as all siblings are placed within

the same House, there is an enhanced sense of belonging

and an improved home-school relationship and awareness.

Our system enhances the development of student leadership

skills, greater responsibility and independence, both during

their time here and into the future. With this highly supportive

pastoral structure, we aim to nurture outstanding learning

relationships that will maximise the level of intrinsic motivation

and self-confidence within all of our students.”

Year 11 students, Sam, Jake and Josh, told Aspire: “We were

all quite apprehensive about changing to an Academy as it is

obviously a big change, but we’re really happy. Before, we used

to socialise with just our Year Group but now everyone actually

mixes with people from the other years. This has enabled us

to socialise more and has enabled us to support other years.

The younger students are able to come to us for help, advice

and support because we’re a bit more approachable than the

teachers (an age thing!) and we’ve been where they are as

younger students.”

Fellow Year 11 students, Georgia, Abbie and Leah, added: “The

new school uniform is comfortable and makes us look smarter.

Initially, Year 11s didn’t have to wear the uniform, but because

of how good other students looked, we decided as a Year Group

that we wanted to wear the uniform too - it makes us proud to

be students of East Leake Academy and our own House and

Tutor Group.”

East Leake Academy recently held its Awards Evening for

students in Years 7 to 11. Over 200 awards were presented and

the evening was very well supported by the families and friends

of the students. Mr Legg praised the effort and achievement

of all the award winners and said that the Academy was very

proud of its students and their hard work, commitment and

support for others throughout the year. He also looked forward

to a very successful first year for East Leake Academy.

Academic Excellence at

East Leake Academy

For more information, call East Leake

Academy on 01509 852424 or visit



An Alternative Christmas

With the peak holiday season over and with autumn

now upon us, the countdown to Christmas is officially

on! The gift sets, chocolate covered treats, and festive

decorations will soon be appearing on shop shelves

and the general atmosphere on the High Street is set

to become more festive and seasonal in the coming


The Aspire region likes to celebrate Christmas in style; streets lined with sparkling

lights, Christmas markets, numerous Santa’s grottos, reindeers and numerous

magical Christmas pantos.

In 2008, Leicester was propelled into the top ten UK shopping destinations, thanks

to the opening of the £350 million Highcross project; however if you venture away

from the main shopping centre and down the narrow streets that surround the city,

you’ll find some delightful shopping gems.

As well as Highcross, Leicester city centre also boasts the Haymarket Shopping

Centre, which boasts a great variety of retailers such as Primark, H&M and TK Maxx

as well as several relaxing cafes.

Leicester Lanes, one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city, boasts a

comprehensive selection of trendy boutiques and independent shops, whilst St

Martins Square is the ideal place to find a Christmas gift for any discerning label


Leicester also boasts a large undercover market, right at the heart of the city. Open

six days a week, Leicester Market is always a hive of activity. The large outdoor area

is packed full of fruit and vegetable stalls, as well as clothes, fabric and bric-a-brac.

It’s well worth a browse, even if it’s just to soak up the busy, friendly atmosphere,

and the 700 years of history.

Over the last few years, we’ve become more aware of the cost of Christmas. We’re

all under pressure to shower our children, partners and parents with lavish gifts and

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a feast fit for a king, but the reality is that splashing the cash, without considering

the eye-watering grand total, will end up costing you well into the New Year and

beyond. In fact, have calculated that clocking up £500 on

a credit card featuring an average APR if 18.12% may take an agonising 11 years

and eight months to pay off if only the minimum repayment of 2.5% is paid each

month. In the meantime, you’ll have paid an extra £477 in interest along the way.

It’s got to make you wonder, is it worth it?

The independent shops within the Aspire region need your money now more

than ever. With numerous large and established shopping chains going into

administration in the last few years, the future could look bleak for the independent

retailers that make the region so unique if it wasn’t for you. By choosing to shop

with local companies, you can help them to flourish, as well as keeping your hardearned

cash in the local area.

If you’re looking for a spot of pampering to prepare for the festive party season,

Aspire would like to recommend a trip to Whinefield & Jones Hair & Beauty, who

are offering the latest skin technology in the form of the no-needle Meeso-Botox,

an effective alternative to Botox injections. Aspire Sales Executive, Emma Cross,

recently visited Whinefield & Jones to see how this treatment works for herself. She

said: “I was made to feel especially welcome by everyone at Whinefield & Jones as

soon as I arrived; my therapist talked through the process of the treatment step-bystep

beforehand and I was able to lie back and relax as the treatment was performed,

thanks to relaxing music and lighting. My therapist continued to explain each step as

she performed it, which really put me at ease. The results were amazing and everyone

commented on my skin the following day at work. I would definitely recommend this

treatment for anyone; young women, and men, would benefit from this treatment

as a pick-me-up, whilst older women, and men, would see noticeable results with

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Queen’s Gate

On Page Two


Education 3

Welcome to another issue of

Niche, the new mini-mag

for Aspire.

This issue we take a closer look at a collection

of the best companies Aspire has come across

over the past year in Showcase, whilst we also

recommend some of England’s best schools,

whether your son or daughter is just starting

school, or looking to move on to further

education. Finally, Martin Dalby talks us

through his long and successful career.


What’s Inside...



2 5

Our school days are supposed to

be the best days of our lives, so

finding the right school for your

child is extremely important.

Choosing the right establishment

to educate your child can be a

difficult decision.

The search for a good school starts with

gathering as much information as you

can about the schools in your area from

your local authority. Every year, your local

authority produces an annual booklet

for parents, detailing schools’ application

processes and deadlines. The booklet also

states how many pupils are at each school,

plus the number of allocated spaces

each year. Reading achievement and

attainment tables, as well as the Ofsted

reports – which covers the quality of

teaching and learning, how the curriculum

is taught and the student’s personal

development – will give you an idea of

how suitable the school will be for your


The benefits of an independent education

have always been up for discussion, but

with more and more parents choosing to

educate their child within an independent

environment, 671,000 children in around

2,600 independent schools in the UK


SectorStatistics.htm), the benefits are

clearly outweighing the negatives.

There are numerous reasons for choosing

to educate your child in an independent

school, including: small classes with

individual attention, high standards

of education and examination results,

good discipline, encouragement of a

responsible attitude to school work,

development of social responsibility, and

extra-curricular activities.

The all-round education provided by

independent schools enables pupils to

achieve their full potential. Although there

is more freedom within the curriculum,

there are specialist teachers in most

subjects, so each child can excel in certain

areas of the curriculum.

The smaller class sizes seen in

independent schools benefit all the

children, no matter what their level of

intelligence is. Teachers can set work for

the quicker students, whilst having time

to explain procedures to less mature

students in a different manner so they

understand the work. As teachers will be

extremely familiar with the children and

where they are in regards to class work,

parents can be advised immediately if

there are any concerns, enabling each

child to fulfil his/her own potential, both

academically and socially.

At the end of the day, choosing the

school in which your child will spend the

best years of their life should be a joint

decision; so once you’ve decided on a

shortlist of schools, visit them with your

child. This will enable you to see how they

react to the surroundings and if they’ll be

happy there!

Aim High &

Help Your

Child Reach

Their True


Producing Great Girls,

Queen’s Gate School

Our school days are supposed to be the best days

of our lives, so finding the right environment

to support, nurture and encourage your child

is essential. Founded in 1891 by Miss Eleanor

Beatrice Wyatt in her parents’ home, Queen’s Gate

School is an independent day school for girls aged

four to eighteen-years-old, offering an excellent,

all-round education for its 400-plus girls.

In 1892, the School moved to 132 Queen's Gate, later

expanding into the adjacent houses at 131 and 133. In

May 2005, the School acquired 125/126 Queen's Gate and

refurbished it to a high standard as accommodation for the

Junior School. Now housed within five elegant Victorian

buildings, ideally situated for everything central London

has to offer, Queen’s Gate School is a very special place.

Pupils are drawn from a wide catchment area including

Notting Hill, Holland Park, Fulham, Chiswick, Chelsea,

Pimlico, Battersea and St John's Wood, ensuring the pupil

body reflects London's international diversity. Queen’s

Gate were recently awarded an Aspire Certificate of

Recognition for Excellence in Education.

Principal, Rosalynd Kamaryc, said: “Queen’s Gate School

has thrived as a school for girls since it was founded. We

provide an excellent, rounded education, offering a very

wide range of GCSE and A-Level subjects – 28 subjects are

offered at A-Level. We seek to inspire a love of learning; we

want lessons to be lively and engaging, thus encouraging

girls to develop intellectually, to see learning as an exciting

process and to have an inquisitive and creative attitude to

their work.

“Queen’s Gate is renowned for its excellent pastoral

care and commitment to extra-curricular activities. We

also achieve outstanding academic success and we are

particularly pleased this year to have taken top place in

the Telegraph’s small schools’ A Level table and also in

the University of Durham value added table. Academic

success and a caring nurturing environment do not have

to be mutually exclusive and we believe that it is the

successful combination of both that make Queen’s Gate an

exceptional School.”

Teaching methods at Queen’s Gate combine the best of

modern technology with traditional rigour at all stages;

there is great emphasis on necessary study skills, instilling

the habits that will sustain pupils throughout their time

at Queen’s Gate, and later at university or college. This is

evident in the latest exam results in both GCSE and A-Level

pupils; 75.9% of GCSE results were graded A* or A, with an

impressive 35.4% being an A* grade, whilst at A-Level, 91%

of results were graded A or A* and 33.8% were graded A*.

If you would like to learn more about Queen’s Gate,

visit the website - - or even

better, contact Registrar, Miss Janette Micklewright,

on 0207 594 4982 to arrange a visit.

Education Showcase 5

Long Field Academy

Academy Conversion

September 2012 marks a significant moment in the history of Long Field with

the school converting to an Academy. This conversion marks the start of a new

exciting era for Long Field students, staff, governors and parents. Our core

purpose as Long Field Academy is to deliver a personalised curriculum for each

and every student, to ensure they are fully challenged, in a supportive and

welcoming environment, in order to fulfil their potential.

A Cognitive Academy

Long Field is a ‘Cognitive Academy’ with students rating their weekly Cognitive

Learning lessons as some that they enjoy most. All students discover how they

learn best and have increasing opportunities as they develop throughout their

school lives to put that knowledge into practise.

Long Field Academy, Ambleside Way, Off Leicester

Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 0BN

Academic Success

This summer we received our second set of GSCE results and saw a 10% increase from

last year, with 86% of students gaining five good A*-C grades. We pride ourselves on

the academic progress our students make but ensure that this is achieved with the

highest standard of personal pastoral care and guidance.

Developing Leaders

Developing the leaders of tomorrow is at the heart of what we do, and student

leadership is particularly high profile at Long Field. Student Ambassadors and

Advocates are appointed in Year 11 to act as representatives of the student body.

These pivotal positions ensure that the views, opinions and visions of our students

play a significant role in how the Academy develops in the future, along with the

active Student Council. Sports Leaders, Digital Leaders and Eco-Rangers are other

groups of students who hold responsibility and share their talents and abilities with

students, staff and the wider community.

Telephone: 01664 561234


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It’s amazing how fast the year flies

by; we’re into the last quarter of

2012 and over the last few months

we’ve discovered some of Britain’s

best companies. From local

services to national businesses,

we’re impressed with the quality

of the companies we have found

and strongly believe that they can

make a big difference to the lives

of our readers.

We understand how hard it can be to find wellestablished

companies that offer a high level of

service that’s tailored to your personal needs,

which is why we strive to bring you the best of

the best each and every week from across the

UK. It can be daunting to enlist the services of

a company for the first time, especially during

the current economic climate, but we spend a

great deal of time each and every week finding

only the best companies to recommend to our


There are many aspects that make the

companies within this feature stand out above

all others. From excellent customer service to

tailor-made guidance and advice, outstanding

products to enjoyable shopping experiences, the

businesses that we’ve found can deliver it all.

We believe that good customer service and

support, throughout the consultation period and

after you’ve taken your goods away, are essential,

whatever your business, and the companies

that we highlight offer this in abundance.

Going the extra mile for all of their customers

and promising a truly personalised experience,

the range of companies featured within all

our pages, but within this feature especially,

guarantee that the experience you have with

them will stand out from the rest. In fact, we’re

confident that you’ll be so impressed, you’ll be

eager to recommend them to your friends and


Are you looking for something a little bit

different? Whether it’s goods, services or advice

you’re in need of, it can often be hard to find

what you’re looking for if it’s not readily available

on the High Street. From unique antiques to

quality care, garden features to foot care, we

like to celebrate companies that offer items and

services that are a little different to the norm and

can enhance the lives of our readers.

We always strive to support independent

businesses and specialist services because

we believe there are many advantages to

choosing these over their large, multi-national

counterparts. With an independent company

you will never be treated like just a number

because they value your custom and support.

The companies within this feature also offer

their customers the whole package: high quality

products and competitive prices, alongside

personal service, and we’ve searched high and

low, across the length and breadth of the UK to

find you these companies.

Showcase 7

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in the historical area of Greenwich, in

southeast London. With a wealth of

experience in the industry, AW Healthcare

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Martin Dalby…

Martin Dalby is an experienced and knowledgeable musician

and composer. In a successful career spanning almost 50 years,

Martin has worked with numerous well-known musicians and

has even had his music performed at The Proms on four


Martin’s Life Through The Years…

Rhondda Women’s Aid was established

by a group of women in the 1970s, who

recognised the need to set up a safe

refuge for women and children who were

the innocent victims of severe domestic

violence and abuse.

Susan Parker, Director of RWA, said:

“Those early days were difficult times;

we were literally living ‘hand-to-mouth’.

Women and children were sharing not

only a bedroom, but also actual beds. A

heart-breaking, but nonetheless common

sight would be three little heads at one

end of a double bed and three little heads

at the other end, with mums tucked up on

mattresses on the floor. Open fires were

the norm and we often had to resort to

burning shoes banked up with ‘small coal’

when money was particularly tight, just to

keep these families warm.”

In 2012, although living standards have

definitely improved domestic abuse

continues to affect women and children,

physically, emotionally, mentally and

financially. RWA continues to provide

a wide range of services to families

experiencing domestic abuse or violence,

including emergency self-contained

refuge accommodation, providing

women, with a place of safety, where,

Be Safe

with the practical and emotional support

they need to build their confidence and

self-esteem, they are able to regain control

of their lives and make informed choices, a

luxury most of them have never had.

When women and children arrive at the

refuge they often arrive with only the

clothes they stand up in so RWA provides

a welcome pack containing food, shower

gel, shampoo, conditioner, and other

toiletries, hair brushes, toothpaste and

toothbrushes, and toys. Susan added:

“We also buy underwear, joggers and t

shirts, nightwear, slippers etc. for women

and children. We would not be able to do

this without the generosity of the public.

The packs are all funded by donations

and provide an essential aid to women

and particularly children settling in and

making the refuge a ‘home from home’.”

If you want to talk to someone,

need a safe place to stay or want

legal advice and support, call

Rhondda Women’s Aid today on

01443 731445 (9am until 5:30pm)

or on 0808 8010 800 (evenings

and weekends). Alternatively, visit

Tel: 0208 432 2348 or

07909 113278

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St Martins


7 Peacock Lane, Leicester LE1 5PZ

Situated right next door to the

Cathedral in the heart of Leicester’s

historic quarter, St Martins House

isn’t your average conference centre.

Run by the Diocese of Leicester, St

Martins House is one of Leicester’s

best kept secrets – it boasts four

conference rooms, accommodating

up to 50 delegates, and an exquisite

Grand Hall, which is ideal for

wedding receptions, birthday

celebrations and corporate events of

up to 200.

For more information, or to make

a booking, please ring

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or visit



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• in 1942, in Aberdeen, Martin was born

• in 1960, he won a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music in


• in 1963, Martin spent two years in Italy

• in 1964, whilst in Rome, he wrote Laudate Dominum, which was performed

for the first time by the pupils and staff of Aberdeen Grammar School in May


• in 1965, he was appointed as a music producer to the BBC’s newly formed

Music Programme (later to be Radio 3)

• in 1971, he became the Cramb Research Fellow in Composition at the

University of Glasgow

• in 1972, he returned to the BBC as Head of Music, Scotland

• in 1991, he relinquished his role as Head of Music to pursue a more creative

role in BBC Scotland

• in 1991, he won a Sony Gold Award

• in 1993, he retired from the BBC - Martin now composes full-time

• from 1995 to 1998, Martin was Chairman of the Composers’ Guild of

Great Britain

When not composing, Martin loves…

• spending time in the outdoors - he’s a hill walker and birdwatcher

• railways and literature

• he holds a Private Pilot’s Licence


Martin has written a large amount of

music, for orchestra, for chorus, for brass

and wind bands, for the Church, for

film, radio and television, many songs

and song cycles, and chamber music

ranging from duos and trios to octets

and nonets. Most of Martin’s music has

been commissioned from festivals such

as Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Cardiff,

Orkney and Peterborough, or from

orchestras and ensembles. It has been

performed widely throughout the

world, notably at such festivals as the

Warsaw Autumn and the Henry Wood

Proms in London.

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Martin Dalby, 23 Muirpark Way, Drymen, Stirlingshire G63 0DX


In the past two years, Aspire have awarded Martin

with a Bronze Certificate of Recognition 2010,

which was followed by a Platinum Certificate of

Recognition 2011 and finally an award for Services

of Distinction for Classical Music.

Martin Dalby

Music for the organ loft, churches and choirs,

solo singers, children’s voices, brass and wind bands, film,

instrumentalists, chamber groups

and orchestras.

Dalby’s large output of compositions is

heard widely throughout the UK and abroad

and includes performances at many festivals

with four performances at The Proms.

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The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has predicted

that UK GDP would shrink by 0.4% in 2012 and has called

for more government spending on infrastructure. The BCC

said the eurozone crisis and a sharp rise in food and oil

prices posed a continuing threat to the UK economy. It has

also cut its forecast for 2013, from 1.9% to 1.2% growth.

Every issue, Aspire strives to bring you the best companies,

offering a wide range of services. Although most of these

companies offer very different products and services, they

all provide excellent customer service and great value for

money, two things Aspire is passionate about.

Many people feel that without excellent customer service,

value for money is irrelevant, but Aspire don’t feel this is the

case; we strongly believe that the two go hand-in-hand. You

wouldn’t want to buy anything, no matter how cheap, from

a rude sales assistant, same as you wouldn’t want to pay

over-the-odds for something just because the sales assistant

went out of their way for you. Excellent customer service will

always bring in more customers and repeat business, just as

bad customer service will always lose business, not just from

the person who experienced the poor service, but anyone

they then tell about their experience. It’s all about finding a

medium and we believe the companies within this feature,

and throughout the magazine, do this.

Aspire Recommends

for money and excellent customer service are the most

important factors our readers look for in a company, which is

why we work exceptionally hard to tailor our advertising to

our readership.”

If you own your own business, the advice from the British

Retail Consortium is for independent companies to create

their own distinct identity and focus on incorporating local

character. This will ensure you offer something truly unique

that other, rival companies do not and encourage customers

to use your services and goods.

Whether your business is a global conglomerate, an

international empire, a nationwide enterprise, a regional

organisation or a single-person operation, the key to

success remains the same. The most important factor for any

business is reputation, which is gained through marketing

campaigns, advertising and, most importantly, word-ofmouth

and customer recommendation. If you own your

own business and really want to attract new customers,

then your company’s reputation is likely to be the most

important factor; so make sure your employees are happy

and customer service ALWAYS happens with a smile and

you’ll enjoy a successful, and long, career!

Although the companies within this features offer different

things, the factors that lead to their success remain the

same; good customer service, reliability and professionalism

are three of the most important factors for keeping

customers happy – and happy customers means more

recommendations and more success!

Editor, Claire Tipton, says: “We believe it is important to

highlight the companies and services that really matter

to our readers, which is why we regularly celebrate those

that offer something special. We recognise that good value

The Best Around…

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Today With

It’s never too early to make a Will, but it can be too late. Instead of leaving your loved ones

with fond memories upon your passing, dying without a Will can leave a complicated

financial mess behind, which your loved ones will be forced to sort out. By making a Will,

you can legally state who you want to inherit your assets, as well as state who you appoint

as a legal guardian of any minor children.

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Martin Dalby

23 MuirparkWay, Drymen,

Stirlingshire G63 0DX

Aspire would like to recommend the

services of experienced Will writer, Patricia

Sanders of Right Wills, based in Wigston,

Leicestershire. Established almost eight

years ago, Right Wills caters for anyone

who wants to make their final

wishes legal and binding.

Patricia told Aspire: “I spent 15

years working with financial

services for one of the big

High Street banks, working

regularly with Estate Planning

and Probate, but when I was

made redundant, I decided

to start up my own business,

specialising in Will writing,

Lasting Powers of Attorney,

Trusts, Advance Directives and Probate.

What’s different about me is that I travel to

the customer, to see them in their home,

which is obviously an advantage to those

elderly or disabled clients, as well as those

who are unable to drive or travel.”

As well as tailor-making straight forward

Wills for couples and singles, Patricia

can also cater for clients who wish to set

up a Trust and appoint trustees. Patricia

added: “Many clients come to me with

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situations, but they’re not

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situation logically.”

As Patricia is a member of

the Institute of Professional

Willwriters, she supplies a

copy price list to you when you make the

appointment. There are optional extras but

no hidden costs. Covering Leicestershire

and north Northamptonshire, Patricia

travels to YOU at a time to suit YOU.

A member of the Institute of Professional Willwriters.

This firm is compliant with the IPW Code of Practice.

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Listed Property




It’s the British dream to own your own home. According to

figures from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), completed

property sales in the first half of the year were 11% up on the

same period in 2011 with sales rising by 7,000 in June to 83,000,

taking the total across the UK for the first six months of the year

to 431,000. A contributing factor to the increase in sales has

been credited to the reintroduction of stamp duty for first-time

buyers on homes worth up to £250,000, which came into effect

on 24th March.

If you’re looking to increase the value of your property in this tough times, it’s

important to make the most of what you have, whether that’s a new build,

character cottage or 1950’s semi.

Living with a historical character has its particular consequences and

responsibilities: installing maintenance-free uPVC windows isn't an option in a

Listed building, for instance, and your windows are timber-framed they'll require

regular care and attention. Similarly, repairing traditional lime mortars with modern

cement pointing or rendering may damage your building's brickwork, while adding

a damp-proof course needs particular care; and where your duty to keep the

building in good repair extends to maintenance of its important features or historic

fabric - such as interior panelling or roofing timbers - you may have to seek Listed

Building Consent before making any changes.

In simple terms, the listing covers the whole of a building, both interior and

exterior. This includes any object or structure within the curtilage which is not fixed

to the building but which forms part of the land and has done so since before 1st

July 1948. This would include for example, boundary walls, outbuildings (pre-1948),

cobbles in a courtyard or any signs attached to the building.

The Listed Property Owner's Club is able to advise on all aspects of Listed Buildings

from maintenance and contractors advice, to VAT savings and planning problems.

They are also able to help with insurance and selling Listed buildings. For more

information, please visit

An easier living option, without losing the character and history, is to buy a period

or traditional house. These are perfect for growing families and that homely

feel can easily be achieved. Restoring original features, such as fireplaces and

tiled floors, will create that period feel to your home, as well as helping future

generations remember and value the past. Many people say ‘they don’t make them

like they used to’ so, by restoring the original features within your home, you’ll be

adding value as well as quality to your property.

Another way to achieve a homely, lived-in feel is to invest in some antique furniture.

Furniture plays a big part in creating the right atmosphere and feel to any home,

so if you’re going for the ‘period look’ make sure you invest in some furniture that

complements this. Antique furniture can emphasise the character of your home,

so when shopping for furniture, avoid mass manufactured tat. Not only is antique

furniture of a higher quality than today’s substandard furnishings, but it will also

increase in value the longer you own it.

With the cold weather of autumn/winter just around the corner, now’s the time to

cosy up your home, whether that’s a new build, character cottage or 1950’s semi;

focus on bedrooms and living rooms. You can do this by adding sumptuous throws,

cosy hot-water bottles and indoor games/activities to keep the whole family warm,

cosy and entertained throughout the winter. Don’t forget to invest in new draught

excluders, soft rugs (especially if you have hard wood floors) and even thicker

curtains and blinds to keep the cold out and the warmth in.

To avoid unnecessary expense and stress this winter, Aspire recommend having

your boiler and heating system serviced by a Gas Safe Registered professional,

cleaning out your gutters, inspecting your roof and chimney for missing/cracked

tiles and sealing draughts in windows and doors (a much cheaper option if you

can’t afford to replace windows and doors).

Another essential pre-winter task is to get your fireplace ready. Again, it’s best to

call in the professionals to cap the top of your chimney to keep out rodents and

birds, sweep the chimney to rid it of soot and creosote and inspect the fireplace

damper for proper opening and closing. The only thing you really need to do once

you’ve called in the professionals is to buy or chop firewood, keeping it dry and

away from the exterior of your home.

The Antiques


Well-established and highly

regarded, the centre has a constantly

changing array of beautifully

presented merchandise. The displays

include a wide range of antiques, fine

and country furniture, collectables

and garden artefacts, all aesthetically

set in two stunning Elizabethan tithe

barns within an idyllic farm location.




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Best In The Business


It Local...

We all feel a sense of pride about our

home city, town or village; whether it’s

the local football club we support, our

local produce or the unique character

that these familiar places boast, there

are many reasons why we smile when

we think of home.

Ensuring that this all important local

character survives and thrives is essential,

but sadly over the last few years increasing

numbers of people have been swapping

shopping locally for buying online bargains.

With rising costs of living, it’s not surprising

we’re being as careful with our cash as we

can, but the impact this has on our muchloved

local communities is massive. You only

have to take a look at the number of vacant

shop units in every town and city to see that

losing our loyalty can have a terrible effect on

local, independent businesses.

Over the last few years we’ve gone from being

a nation of shoppers to a nation of savers, as

we avoid the High Street in favour of hanging

on to our hard earned cash. This has dealt a

devastating blow to our independent, local

businesses, who have closed at an alarming

rate, particularly in smaller market towns.

We all know that many of the best bargains

can be found on the Internet; without

expensive overheads to pay, companies who

trade on the World Wide Web can afford to

offer goods at cheaper prices than those

in the real shops on our High Streets. With

less money in our pockets as a result of pay

freezes and shorter working weeks, it’s no

wonder we’re seeking ways to save money,

but the reality is that the shops that add

character and charm to our town centre

streets may not be here for long.

There are many benefits to be had from

shopping locally and choosing independent

shops, rather than their multinational


• Simply by choosing to shop or employ the

services of local companies, you can help

them to flourish. You may find there are also

added benefits to choosing local, including

receiving a more personalised service that

may be tailored to your needs.

• Spending your money in local shops

keeps your money in the local economy,

resulting in more jobs being created locally

and more funding for local services being

raised through tax revenue. Supporting

local businesses also aids community


• Locally produced goods are much kinder

on the environment as they require less

transportation, meaning your carbon

footprint will be lower for selecting local over

products from further afield. Also, because

you don’t have to travel far to shop you’ll

be releasing less carbon dioxide into the


We all feel a sense of pride about our home city,

town or village, which is why it’s so important

we help them survive these hard economic



An Autumn Adventure

In Scotland

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Falls of Lora Hotel Connel Ferry, Oban PA37 1PB

Oban, 5 miles, only 2½ - 3 hours drive northwest of Glasgow/Edinburgh

Overlooking Loch Etivc, this fine, owner-run Victorian hotel with a modern extension offers a warm welcome, good

food, service and comfort; 30 bedrooms from luxury to inexpensive family rooms (free accommodation for children

sharing with 2 adults). Relax in the lochside garden across the road or the super cocktail bar with open log fire

and over 100 brands of whisky to tempt you. The attractive and comfortable bistro serves evening meals with an

extensive and varied menu, featuring local produce.

Tel: 01631 710483 Fax: 01631 710694

Email: Web:

A country of staggering beauty,

dramatic landscapes and

fascinating sites, Scotland’s

dramatic landscape makes it a

haven for lovers of the outdoors.

From imposing mountains to

vast lochs, it’s got everything

you need to enjoy adventurous

or relaxing outdoors pursuits.

It might not be the first place you think

of for an autumn escape, but Scotland

is actually a good autumn holiday

destination, thanks to the outdoor

playground this small country boasts.

As a riot of colour spreads across this

tartan nation with resplendent reds,

glorious golds, and beautiful browns

replacing the glorious greens of

summer, Scotland offers the outdoor

enthusiasts a whole new, aesthetically

different landscape to explore and

enjoy. It’s not just the woodlands, but

also the moors and fields that offer

something different come autumn.

Great places to see this riot of colour

include Edinburgh's Royal Botanic

Gardens, the moorland of the Pentland

Hills, the valley of the River Dee, and

the Highland town of Aviemore, which

is a year-round destination set amid

wonderful scenery.

Autumn In Scotland

Boasting some of the most remarkable

trees and woodlands anywhere in

Europe, Perthshire is known as ‘Big Tree

Country’; here you can follow Scotland’s

leafy country roads to explore remnants

of Scotland's ancient wildwood.

Returning to Faskally Wood from 5th

to the 27th October, The Enchanted

Forest promises 17 nights of music

and entertainment, as well as the

opportunity to witness the colour

of autumn in all its glory. In the ‘Year

of Creative Scotland’, Perthshire Big

Tree Country’s multi-award winning

show fuses the creative talents of

Simon Wilkinson, RJ McConnell

and Dalziel + Scullion to create an

outdoor experience that will set your

imagination alight. The Enchanted

Forest is renowned to be Scotland's

premier sound and light experience

and attracted over 25,000 visitors in

2011. The event, which celebrates its

10th Anniversary in 2012, swept the

board at a number of prestigious award

ceremonies in 2011, beating off stiff

competition from some of Scotland’s

finest events. For more information,

please visit

For more information on visiting

Scotland this autumn, please visit or

Songs for special occasions

Soprano and mezzo soprano

From well-loved opera to stylish jazz standards, vintage

swing to classic Motown and timeless pop, Serenity

can provide a bespoke programme of music to make

your wedding day unique.

For a friendly, professional and competitively priced

service, contact us today!

Tel: 07908 939235


When visiting Aviemore and

looking for Bed and Breakfast

accommodation, look no

further for that Highland

hospitality and friendly

welcome here at Cairngorm

Guest House.

Cairngorm House is a 12

bedroom guest house located

in the village of Aviemore

on the main road, with all

the amenities - bars and

restaurants, rail and bus links - a

5 to 10-minute walk away.

Ample private parking and

extensive grounds in which to


Main Street, Aviemore,

Highland PH22 1RP

Tel: 01479 810 630


Old Manor Bed and

Breakfast and Cottages

Near Carnoustie on the

east coast of Scotland.

Five luxurious suites and an

exclusive detached private cottage.

Located within a five-minute

drive of world-famous Carnoustie

Championship Golf Course, this

18th Century mansion house is

set within its own walled gardens,

overlooking the River Tay and St

Andrews Bay. Individually decorated

en-suite rooms offer a relaxing

atmosphere complementing quality

accommodation, food and service.

Ideal base to enjoy Carnoustie

Country Golf.

Tel: 01241 854804


Shepherd’s Croft

Shepherd’s Croft, near Torphins and Sauchen, is situated in a beautiful rural

setting, about half an hour’s drive from Aberdeen. It is a typical Aberdeenshire

granite cottage with a slate roof and fenced garden. It is on one third of an acre

and is completely surrounded by farmland.

Accommodation comprises three bedrooms, accommodating up to six people. It

is fully equipped and is available throughout the year for short stays (minimum

three days) to a week or longer.

Shepherd’s Croft is within easy reach of Aberdeen and the east coast and is

between The Dee and Don Rivers. It is also in the vicinity of Alford, Inverurie,

Banchory and only half an hour from Dyce Airport in Aberdeen. Walking, hiking,

cycling, golfing, fishing and many tourist attractions are available in the area.

For further details please email

or telephone 01258 861289



Help Me Holistically

Live A Stressfree


Our lives are becoming more and more

stressful. According to the mental

health charity, Mind, more people than

ever are phoning in sick or quitting

their jobs due to unmanageable

levels of workplace stress; excessive

workloads and bullying have been

blamed for the rise.

Talking to a counsellor is a traditional way

of reducing your stress levels, dealing

with any issues you may have or even

improving your mood. Despite being a

social taboo that has a certain stigma

attached, seeing a counsellor is not

something you should feel ashamed of.

However, there are a number of holistic

therapies that can help you with your

stress, as well as the symptoms of stress.

Meditation helps clear your mind, making

you calmer and more focused. A simple

10 to 15-minute breathing meditation can

help you to overcome your stress and find

some inner peace.

A Homeopath considers a patient's

physical and psychological state and life

Lyn Redman


Do you suffer from headaches or

migraines? Perhaps you have problems

sleeping. Is stress affecting your life? Do

you struggle with low energy levels?

Have you “never been well since” a

particular illness or incident? Do you

suffer with a recurrent illness or injury?

If you are struggling with any health

issues then pick up the phone. I would

be happy to talk to you.

I am a Registered Homeopath with 19

years experience, working from three

locations in Northamptonshire.

history before tailoring a remedy based

on the totality of symptoms as well as

personal traits.

Reiki’s natural healing energy works on

every level, not just the physical, and

promotes the body’s regenerative selfhealing

ability. Through the use of this

technique, practitioners believe that they

are transferring universal energy in the

form of ki through the palms, which allows

for self-healing and a state of equilibrium.

Reiki is a deep fully relaxing and blissful

treatment that not only heals but cleanses

and purifies.

Reflexology involves a method of

treatment using massage to reflex areas

found in the feet and the hands. There

are reflex areas corresponding to all the

parts of the body within the feet and these

areas are arranged in such a way that they

form a map of the body, with the right

foot corresponding to the right side of

the body and the left foot corresponding

to the left side of the body. By having

the whole body represented in the feet,

Reflexology offers a means of treating the

body as a whole.

All sorts of people come to Relate

and find we help them to understand

what’s going on in their relationships

so they can decide if they want to make

changes. It can be really helpful to talk to

someone neutral and if you’re looking at

our advert today, it may be that you’ve

taken the first step towards changing


Counselling Northampton

Life can be challenging for many reasons,

for example, we become depressed, overly

anxious, sad, angry or feel desperately

alone. Facing such powerful feelings can

seem daunting and we may instinctively

know we need help, but sometimes friends

and family are just not able to give us

the support we need. As a professional

counsellor I can offer you a nonjudgemental

and safe place where you

can explore your problems and learn how

to make the decisions and changes that

you need to, in order to lead a happier and

more fulfilling life.

Hypnotherapy is another technique that

I use either as a stand alone treatment or

in combination with counselling. It is a

very helpful way in which to find the root

cause of a problem that may be buried

deep within your subconscious mind. The

‘hypnotic trance’ is a totally natural process

for the body to enter into and although

you will be deeply relaxed, your ‘moral

compass’ will remain intact, ensuring

personal control at all times.

Jane Wilson BA (Hons) Ad.Dip.CP, Dip Hyp (LHS), MCS (Acc.)



Tel: 01604 760996 | Mobile: 07881 725536

We offer many holistic therapies including massage, reflexology, Reiki,

ear candling and more, all based in Leicester. Here you will find plenty

of information regarding our holistic therapies and how they can

benefit you.

All our holistic therapies are both Salon (Leicester) or Mobile based.

Our therapists are fully qualified and insured with years of experience

at hand to provide a relaxing experience. Browse the categories on

our website for the massage, Reiki and other therapies that we have

available for you.

The Salon is ideally situated close to Oadby town centre, in

Leicester, with ample free car parking. We have four rooms in use

for complementary therapies. Clients are invited to relax with a

complementary hot or cold drink after their holistic therapy.

Contact us on 0116 2867172

The Myotonic Dystrophy Support Group (MDSG) is

a registered charity, founded by Margaret Bowler in

1989, dedicated to offering the hand of friendship and

support to all those affected by Myotonic Dystrophy,

just one of the many conditions that can affect

the muscles. Totally run by volunteers, they have a

central Helpline and a network of regional contacts

throughout the United Kingdom, as well as extensive

links abroad. Their mission is ‘to offer assistance,

support and information to those people affected by

Myotonic Dystrophy, their carers’ and families’.

The exact cause of Myotonic Dystrophy is unknown,

however the genetic change responsible has been

identified. The genetic change (mutation) that causes

Myotonic Dystrophy is in the DMPK gene found on

chromosome 19. At one end of the gene is an area where

three of the building blocks of DNA, the genetic material,

CTG are repeated. An unaffected individual will have 5-35

CTG repeats but in an individual with Myotonic Dystrophy

the repeat is unstable and expands. The extent of the

expansion ranges from 50 in a mildly affected individual

to several thousands in a severely affected individual.

It is important to remember that Myotonic Dystrophy is

a highly variable condition so it is difficult to predict how

one individual will be affected. The range of symptoms

and severity of symptoms both vary enormously. Age at

onset when the condition first appears ranges from birth

to old age. Although the disease is highly variable it can

be broadly grouped into four categories:

1. Minimal - Individuals develop symptoms late in life.

Supporting Those With,

& Those Affected By,

Myotonic Dystrophy

Cataracts are often the only symptom or there may also

be mild muscle involvement.

2. Classical or adult onset - This begins in adult life and is

characterised by muscle stiffness and slowly progressive

muscle weakness. Other systems can be involved in

varying degrees.

3. Childhood onset - This begins during childhood, but

with no problems at birth. Like adult onset it can cause

muscle weakness and stiffness, but sometimes it can also

cause learning difficulties, glue ear and eye problems.

4. Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy - This is the most

marked form of the condition and is present from birth.

Babies with this can be quite ill, with breathing and

swallowing difficulties around the time of birth. Children

with it have fewer problems with muscle weakness than

adults, but they can often have problems with learning

difficulties, glue ear and eyes.

Myotonic Dystrophy can also cause:

• Muscle Weakness

• Myotonia - difficulty in relaxing a muscle after it has

been contracted

• Heart Problems

• Chest and Breathing Problems

• Tiredness and Sleepiness

• Digestive Problems

• Eye Problems, such as cataracts

• Speech and Jaw Problems

• Problems with Thinking And Planning

• Male Infertility

• Diabetes

At present, there is no cure for Myotonic Dystrophy

Myotonic Dystrophy Support Group

but this may change as a result of rapid progress in our

understanding of how the disorder is caused.

To achieve their aim of improving the quality of life for

families and individuals affected by Myotonic Dystrophy,

you can help MDSG in various ways:

• Become a member

For a nominal annual subscription of £15 per family,

you can show your willingness to share in the Group’s

concerns. You will receive a regular Newsletter and

information about the latest activities, as well as discounts

on attendance at the Group’s events and products. A

membership form can be downloaded from the website.

• Donate

You can give money to The Myotonic Dystrophy Support

Group, either for its general purposes or, if you wish, to

help with sponsorship of medical research. You can now

donate by text message via Just Giving; just text MDSG02

(space) + Amount to 70070

• Offer Practical Help

By becoming (with appropriate training and support) a

regional contact family or by participating in regional

events as organised from time to time or assisting at the

Annual Conference (held in April or May each year).

• Raise Funds

The charity’s supporters have found many ways to raise

money, from sponsored runs/walks/cycling/swims etc. to

selling items and donating the profits to the charity. Any

new ideas are always welcome! Whatever you choose to

do, please tell MDSG about it, and send them a report

of how your effort went, preferably with a photograph

that could be published on the website as well as in the


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Verve Life Enderby:

Giving Children

& Young People

A Chance

Around two per cent of the UK population have learning difficulties but

there is still much misunderstanding amongst the general population

surrounding children and adults with learning difficulties. The term

refers to a group of disorders that affect a broad range of academic and

functional skills, including the ability to speak, listen, read, write, spell,

reason and organise information. If your child has learning difficulties,

specialist schools and residential homes, like Verve Life Enderby, not only

provide the very best care, but also enable your child to reach their full

potential in comfortable and safe surroundings.

Founded by David Powell in 2001, Verve Life Ltd is an independent company

that provides safe, caring residential services for children and young people with

learning difficulties. Verve Life owns adult homes in London, as well as two children’s

homes in the East Midlands: one in Coventry, Warwickshire and another in Enderby,


Caring for children from 12-years-old to 18-years-old, Verve Life in Enderby caters for

a maximum of four children with learning disabilities and/or autism. The home offers

long-term, short-term or respite care and support 24-hours a day, seven days a week,

365 days a year.

with the care workers as if they were family, it’s great to see.

“Residents get to pick the décor and theme of their bedroom and care workers use a

reward system to aid development and encourage independence. Verve Life Enderby

have been helping children and young adults with learning difficulties for many years

and have had all manner of success, ranging from residents moving back with their

family to moving onto other residential homes as they get older.”

Verve Life Enderby is staffed and equipped to provide social and living support to

those who have moderate to severe learning difficulties. With 1:1 staff to resident

ratio, Verve Life provides an environment in which your child can grow and develop.

Peter added: “Verve Life Enderby benefits from some excellent, knowledgeable and

qualified staff who provide good quality care. We believe children and young people

thrive in small units like ours, operated in a flexible, caring and homely way that larger

institutions are unable to. This therefore enables Social Workers to place young people

in an environment that is most likely to meet their individual needs and circumstances

often with a higher staff to child ratio. Many of our residents come to us via referrals

from Social Services.”

This four bedroomed, 19th Century refurbished property is located in the quiet and

picturesque village of Enderby in Leicestershire, close to Fosse Park shopping centre

and excellent local leisure facilities including sports halls and swimming pools. All

four bedrooms (on the first floor) allow adequate space for private activities and the

storage of personal possessions and each resident has a lockable storage chest for

treasured items.

Outside there is a large brick barn, attached to the house and accessible via the

back door, which offers ample space for outdoor games in inclement weather and

vocational activities. A sensory garden is in the process of being constructed to

provide an outdoor space to encourage and aid development. The garden offers the

space for games and other leisure activities and there is a greenhouse which can be

used, under supervision, by those interested in cultivating plants.

Verve Life Enderby registered manager, Peter Harrhy, said: “As well as activities onsite,

there’s provision to take residents out to enjoy off site activities, such as swimming

and bowling. We’ve just spent the last week doing different daily activities, such as

laser quest and go karting, with one company, which our residents have loved. We’re

in a great location here, with so much within easy reach, from leisure activities to SEN

schools – the local area is well provided.”

Aspire Sales manager, Stacey Wragg, recently visited Verve Life Enderby to see

for herself exactly what this residential home offers. She said: “Verve Life Enderby

isn’t your average residential home; it’s more like a family house. Walking in, the

atmosphere is very warm, welcoming and homely. The two current residents interact

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