Aspirin in the community: Twilight Walk

June 7, 2016

24-May-Twilight-WalkThe Twilight Walk for Women returned to Bournemouth seafront for the sixth year running on May 20, All money raised from the event went towards women’s health services at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and for the third year running the event was hosted by Aspirin’s own Paul Kinvig.

As well as compering the event and introducing special guests for the evening, Paul interviewed participants before the event started and as they completed the course uncovering some wonderfully inspiring & heartwarming stories regarding how they have faced and embraced the life changing circumstances they have found themselves in.   

The event encouraged fundraisers to form a sea of pink and take part in the 1k, 5k or 10k walk along the seafront with more than 350 former patients, local residents and hospital staff strolling in their pink Twilight t-shirts at sunset.

Paul Kinvig, Business Coach & Facilitator with Aspirin said

“This is the third year I’ve been involved with this wonderful event and each time I come away inspired by the stories of the participants. Their willingness to embrace the change that has been forced upon them and in many cases to use it as a way of achieving inspirational things is truly humbling. Whether it is families running in memory of lost loved ones, patients who are undergoing treatment yet still running or those who have beaten illness and wanting to say thank you, one cannot help but reflect on the courage of the participants.”

Barry Wilson, Community & Fundraising Officer at RBHC commented

“It’s always difficult to keep interest in an event when it has been going for six years but we are very fortunate to have a very worthy cause behind us and are extremely lucky to have great supporters! Over 300 signed up to take part in the Twilight Walk for women and the atmosphere was fantastic! The participants will make a real difference to the women’s health unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital”

Aspirin’s involvement in the Twilight Walk is part of its ongoing commitment to supporting the wider community in which it operates, adding to its involvement in such things as Diverse Abilities, Lewis Manning Hospice & Mayor Of Poole’s Charities.

The famous Aspirin Business Shortbread

April 25, 2016

by Heath Waring, Support Crew Director at Aspirin Business Solutions

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Aspirin Business Shortbread

I have been asked a lot for the recipe for the Aspirin Business Shortbread which I bake on a regular basis for our business meetings or just as a treat for our clients. This is such an easy biscuit to make that once you have done it once, you will never want to buy another shop bought Shortbread again!

Ingredients are very simple

340g of good quality plain flour
250g of good quality butter (I use Beurre d’Isigny, it has nice salt crystals in which add to the flavour)
110g of caster sugar

Add your favourite flavourings, mine are Fudge, Choc Chip, Opies Stem Ginger or Ground Ginger and Chopped Almonds. 

Method:

1. Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees centigrade
2. Mix together by hand or a food processor the butter and caster sugar until smooth 
3. Add the flour to the sugar and butter and rub together until it starts to form into a dough and then knead until it is smooth and elastic.
4. Wrap the dough in cling film and put in the fridge for 20 minutes
5. Take the dough out of the fridge into a bowl and add any goodies you want like stem ginger, choc, chip, fudge and mix in well.
6. Put the dough onto a floured worktop and roll out to about 5mm thick, make sure the rolling pin is floured as well to prevent sticking.
7. Use a pastry cutter, shape to your choice, and press out the biscuits.
8. Get a baking tray and line with Teflon or grease proof paper, sprinkle some caster sugar on top and the lay the biscuits onto the tray evenly.
9. Sprinkle more caster sugar over the top of the biscuits.
10. Put the tray of biscuits into the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes, then remove and allow them to cool.
11. Finally sprinkle with more caster sugar or get a shaker with icing sugar and shake over the top when cold.

ENJOY!!!

Watch Heath in this time-lapse video – just 27 seconds to shortbread heaven https://vimeo.com/114559276

Motivational Maps reach ‘Full Potential’

April 25, 2016

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Recently Aspirin Business were engaged by The Full Potential Group (FPG) in High Wycombe to accredit 9 of their coaches in the Motivational Map tool – including the Managing Director – with a view to using it with their clients across the UK.

Motivational Maps are a tool that identifies core motivators within individuals & teams and determines whether they are being met and are a significant aid in helping, organisations with Career Management, Recruitment and Selection, Talent and Performance Management.

The Accreditation Workshop involved the FPG team learning how to read Individual & Team maps and to give feedback as to how the results can be used to raise motivation levels and thus help improve performance

With hundreds of practitioners across the globe helping individuals & businesses to really understand what motivates their employees & teams, Aspirin Business are one of only five Senior Practitioners in the world, licensed to train & accredit individuals to use the Motivational Map diagnostic within their companies.

Sue Brade-Waring, MD of Aspirin Business observed

“Time after time, I’ve seen & experienced the difference Motivational Maps make in helping individuals and teams understand themselves and each other better.  We’re delighted the Maps have been adopted so wholeheartedly by the Full Potential Group because together, we can help more people and more businesses through this transformational tool.”

Motivational Maps were created by Dorset’s James Sale who’s recently published book ‘Mapping Motivation’ features an Aspirin Business case study. Additionally Aspirin have accredited 24 Motivational Map Practitioners as either Internal Motivation Champions or Licensed Practitioners of coaching organisations, recognising the importance of effectively motivating individuals & teams

Carole Gaskill, MD of Full Potential Group was full of praise for the Aspirin accreditation. She said

“Thanks very much for an amazing day – everyone got loads of value.  We came away buzzing and excited about making a difference using the maps. You made the learning very clear, easy to understand and apply.”

 

Aspirin Business help “March For Men” to march onward & upward

April 12, 2016

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Royal Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s March for Men event returned to Bournemouth Seafront on 20 March with Aspirin’s Business Coach & Facilitator Paul Kinvig hosting the event for the second year running.

Money raised from the event which, encouraged over 200 men, women and children to walk, run or march 1km, 5km, or 10km walk, along Bournemouth seafront and lower gardens will be used to fund men’s health projects at the hospital including the purchase of a new Olympus image management hub that will benefit men with prostate cancer at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Paul’s role was to help warm up the crowd & start the event with Fiona Castle, widow of Roy Castle & patron of Royal Bournemouth Hospital Charity. He also interviewed key people and spoke to the participants as they completed the course.

Barry Wilson, Community & Fundraising Officer at RBHC said “We were really pleased to have Paul on board for March for Men. He has become a great addition to our events and as always he created a fun & relaxed atmosphere with great interaction with the participants & spectators”

Paul Kinvig commented “As men we’re notoriously reticent about discussing health issues. This event not only raised awareness about prostate cancer but also vital funds in the fight against this vicious disease. It was a privilege to host the event – talking to the entrants (many of whom have fought & beaten cancer) was both humbling & uplifting.

Aspirin take an active part in supporting the community in which they serve, including work with other charities & organisations within the Dorset area such as Lewis Manning Hospice, Diverse Abilities and Broadstone FC.

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Fun, funk and £233 for Lewis-Manning Hospice

July 15, 2015

Thanks to everyone who supported our Fun, Funk and Fund-raising night yesterday.  Special thanks to Paul Kinvig, for donating his time and our hosts, The Goods Yard, for donating both raffle prizes and a proportion of takings from the set menu.

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Fun, funk and fundraising

May 29, 2015

Did you hear?  As part of the Lewis-Manning 100,000 Club, we’ve committed to raising funds towards their provision of free palliative nursing care to local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Join us, during June and July, to raise funds and have some funky fun:

Coastal Comedy 26 June 15

Fri 26 June eve – Hotel Celebrity, Bournemouth

If laughing till you cry is your kind of thing, and you’re not easily offended, check out Coastal Comedy.  This month’s headliner is Jarred Christmas, as seen on Mock the Week (BBC2) and 8 Out of 10 Cats (C4).

On the night, you could win 2 pairs of tickets and make a donation to Lewis-Manning, courtesy of our funny friend (founder, host and comedian) Adrienne Coles.

Tickets are selling fast. Book yours at www.coastalcomedy.com

 

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Tues 14 July eve – The Goods Yard, Broadstone

Foot-stomping, funky fun with our very own Paul Kinvig. Come along, sing along, shake your stuff – or just sit back and soak it all up.  Free event, donations to Lewis-Manning.  Listen to some of Paul’s songs here www.reverbnation.com/paulkinvig

The Goods Yard will donate some of the profits from a special ‘Food and Funk Menu’, should you wish to eat as well.  Email heath@aspirinbusiness.com to book your place.

 


 

About Lewis-Manning Hospice

The hospice promotes acceptance, hope and peace of mind in a safe and calming environment, helping people live well through their illness and beyond.

Patient's rooms overlook the view

Patients’ rooms overlook the view

A reminder life really is worth living

A reminder that life really is worth living

Renowned for its fantastic views, Lewis-Manning helps around 700 local people each year to LIVE with their illnesses and offer both physical and emotional support – from Better Breathing clinics to arts and craft classes.

Over the year, we’re committed to raising £1,000, which will pay for:

  • 10 days in day hospice,
  • 20 group physiotherapy sessions for 10 people,
  • 40 sessions of complimentary therapy, or
  • 100 three course lunches with wine – because sharing good food together is one of the keys to a life well lived.

Lewis-Manning is a registered charity, regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission.