The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is calling for respondents for its survey on puppy buying experiences before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is for UK-based dog owners who have acquired a puppy since January 2019. The ‘Pandemic Puppies’ study will compare how and why puppies were bought before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is to help build an understanding of the changes in buying behaviours and intentions over this period.
The RSPCA fears this fireworks season could be the worst in decades for animals as more people opt for DIY displays at home due to Covid restrictions cancelling organised public events. RSPCA polling has revealed that 21% of UK adults plan to hold a private display at home this year and with 20% who plan to attend a private display at a friend’s or family’s home. This is nearly twice as many as in 2019 (11% and 12% respectively).
Netflix is the first streaming service in the UK to carry a BBFC age rating on all TV series and feature films. This, the BBFC said, helps families choose content with confidence. This partnership between a streaming service and the regulator is an industry first.
The Great Sock Appeal launches today, in time for Giving Tuesday, across the nation in a bid to support those that need it the most. Spearheaded by Govia Thameslink Railway, the collection is returning for a second year after the 2019 launch that saw 4,172 pairs of socks donated by customers and colleagues to seven different partnerships across the Govia Thameslink Railway network.
The RSPCA is bracing itself for the toughest Christmas yet. The charity fears the financial strain from the Coronavirus pandemic could mean a rise in pets being abandoned and neglected. Last Christmas Day, the charity received more than 950 calls. This was the highest number since 2013 and it received 63,000 calls throughout December, or 2,000 a day, making it the busiest Christmas period for at least four years. In Bedfordshire last year, the charity dealt with 642 incidents across the winter period (Dec, Jan, Feb) and 225 in December alone.
Locations across the region will open on 5 December 2020 to receive Christmas shoebox gifts lovingly packed up by residents throughout the national lockdown. This has been made possible through Operation Christmas Child’s shoebox project. From Saturday 5 until Monday 14 December inclusive, many churches, businesses and organisations will collect shoeboxes ready to send to vulnerable children in different contexts of poverty across the world.
Officers and staff from across Bedfordshire Police have donated over 70 presents to elderly patients in Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic officers are unable to visit the patients on the hospital wards to personally deliver their presents. PCSOs from the Luton Community team will safely handover presents to ward staff outside of the hospital, who will deliver the presents to patients over the Christmas period once they have been quarantined for infection control purposes. Many of the patients will be spending Christmas Day receiving treatment, and sadly without any visitors. In some instances, this will be the only Christmas present they receive.
Robert Smith, of alternative rock band The Cure, has become a Patron for national charity Heart Research UK. Robert, who is the only continuous member of the legendary band that he co-founded in 1976, has announced his patronage after supporting the charity’s anonymous heART project for the last two years.
Dunstable-based Star Platforms has donated the use of a scissor lift to Christmas Shoebox project Operation Christmas Child. This loan enabled the charity to install heating in their Tonbridge warehouse where already thousands of shoebox gifts have been received.
A series of new introductory videos are being released by Bedfordshire Archives as their Community Archives are relaunched as Community Histories. Despite having to restrict services during the pandemic, Bedfordshire Archives is continuing to find new ways for communities to explore its wealth of historical records. This project has been put together by staff and volunteers and provides hundreds of web pages packed with information on the history over 180 Bedfordshire towns, villages, and hamlets.