Emilia’s London marathon dream

By Nathan Rodrigues

A London Marathon dream requiring endless fundraising motivates one DMU student.

Emilia Mellow, 23, who is currently studying criminology, is planning to organise a few more activities and events to gain the necessary funds she needs to run the marathon.

She had already set up a stall for two days this week, which was selling cakes and jewellery, with some money going towards the Leicester Animal Aid organisation.

However, Emilia is keen to participate in the London Marathon, and is considering other activities and events, including a bucket filling collection at Tesco and a pub quiz in order to make her dreams finally come true.

She said: “I really want to run the London Marathon, but you have to reach a certain level and raise around £800 to get a place, so I will try and see if I can do it.”

Emilia has run a half marathon before, but she is trying to push herself to take part in a full marathon and is feeling optimistic about her chances, after revealing that she feels her recent work has given her the platform to reach her target.

She has been actively involved in charity and fundraising in various ways, including her leading role in the DMU Guide Dogs Society, and organising other charity events to support the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Emilia feels that the reasons behind her recent charity work lie in her genuine interest towards smaller animal charities, so that such events and activities can raise extra awareness of the work that these organisations do.

She said: “I usually pick smaller, lower key charities because they tend to need more help and hopefully my work might be useful.”

Her work and commitment to raising money for causes has not gone unnoticed though.

She has been awarded a certificate by the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, which acknowledged Emilia’s invaluable contribution towards their organisation, and is something, which she says she is very proud of.

Hindu Society students toast charity without alcohol

By Andrew Clark

Hindu Student Society members are planning to have a wild time on Saturday night, but will be getting drunk on fun rather than alcohol.

Keshme Shah, 20 (left) and Anuksha Shah, 21 (right)

Keshme Shah, 20 (left) and Anuksha Shah, 21 (right)

Partygoers at the Naina event will be made to feel at home in The Empire on Belgrave Gate, where organisers hope to raise money for the homeless.

Anuksha Shah, the President of the DMU Hindu Society, said: “Our first charity is Action Homeless in Leicester. We also support the Divya Sewa Foundation, which helps girls from under privileged Indian families afford an education.

“Whatever profit we make will be split between the two charities.”

The starting price for the event is £30 for non-members of the NHSF and £27 for members, but the organisers have warned that those requesting alcohol will be mocked.

Anuksha said: “The price includes entrance and a full three-course meal, but as we are a Hindu society we don’t promote alcohol at any of our events, although we do offer non-alcoholic mocktails.”

However, the event will allow attendees to get high on excitement through performances from a star of urban music.

Keshme Shah, the entertainment director of Naina, said: “Our headline act is Juggy D who is a major Punjabi urban DJ and singer.”

While boozing may be out of style, the event has been dressed up with many attractions other than Juggy D.

Keshme said: “We’ve also got a fashion show, which students have choreographed and organised.

“We’re contributing with our Asian outfits to show our culture in a way that people understand.”

The 300 people who will be lucky enough to dip into this experience may also have a chance to take home more than just great memories.

Keshme said: “We will be selling raffle tickets and there will be lots of prizes to be won.”

Tickets are still available for the event, which runs from 6.30pm until late. For details contact Anuksha Shah on 07838 952081.

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Unemployment benefits to be earned through community work

by Mark Sheppard

Unemployed young people will have to do community work to gain benefits if the Conservatives win the General Election in May.

David Cameron has said all 18-21-year-olds who have been without a job, training or education for six months will no longer be able to claim benefits until they begin an apprenticeship or complete community work.

This is part of the Conservatives’ scheme to reduce youth unemployment and limit the amount of benefits available to those who lack the motivation to work, making sure they “don’t get sucked into a life on welfare”.

Harry Bibby, 18, said: “Paid community work is a good idea as it will help to give people an idea of what it is really like to have a responsibility and to earn money.”

Young people who have been out of work for six months will no longer be able to claim job seekers allowance, but completing the community work means they will be paid £57.35 per week at roughly the same rate as job seekers allowance.

In order to receive this allowance they will have to complete a total of 30 hours community work, in addition to 10 hours spent looking for a job per week from the first day of claiming.

The Tories also plan to cap benefit costs at £23,000 and this will help to fund three million apprenticeships.

Mr Bibby said, “This encourages people to actually work for a living, as opposed to living off a low amount of money.

“Apprenticeships provide money and experience and it means that people will be able to train for even higher jobs and get qualifications.”

These plans rest on the upcoming election but should the Conservatives win, David Cameron is hoping this new scheme will help young people to create opportunities for themselves.

Live broadcast of Richard III’s burial to boost Leicester’s image

by Mark Sheppard

The burial of Richard III will be broadcast live, putting Leicester back on the map as a city of character and personality.

Following his remains being discovered beneath a Leicester car park in 2012 and a legal battle to allow him to be buried in the city, the former King of England will finally be reinterred in Leicester Cathedral on March 26.

Channel 4 has won the rights to conduct a live broadcast of this occasion, enhancing the city’s cultural image in front of a large audience.

Matthew Titchiner, 23, an employee at the Richard III Visitor Centre, has said: “It puts Leicester on the map, brings a focus to the city and turns it into an all round visitor attraction.”

The first programme to air will be on March 22, as the Monarch’s remains are transferred from Leicester University through a number of towns and villages in a hearse going to the Cathedral.

Mr Titchiner said: “His body will be in the Cathedral for the three days before the burial for people to pay their respects.”

The public will be able to view the coffin between 9.00–12.30 and 14.00–17.00 on Monday, March 23 and Tuesday 24 and from 9.00–12.30 on the 25.

A total of 600 people will attend this televised spectacle, including members of the royal family and the Archbishop of Canterbury, which will help to develop Leicester’s character as a city of culture and heritage.

The reinterment service will take place on the morning of March 26, before the closure of the Cathedral for the construction of Richard III’s tomb.

There will be a service on March 27 to commemorate the Monarch’s journey, revealing the sealed tomb to members of the public.