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February 2018

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Mums Among Most Inspirational People
Mums, Sir David Attenborough and Prince Harry have all topped lists as the most inspirational among us in society, while firefighters have been the named top community heroes in a survey commissioned by Together, the world’s first crowdfunded TV channel that aims to inspire people to do good. The survey of 2,040 respondents conducted by YouGov, saw Prince Harry topping the board for most inspiring celeb campaign of 2017 for his Invictus Games. The newly-engaged Prince also shared second place with brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate with their Heads Together mental health campaign. Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough topped the list for most inspirational living person. Turning attention closer to home, the survey also revealed the power and impact of mums with more than a quarter of us (27%) revealing they were the family member who inspired them the most when they were growing up and nearly a fifth (20%) admitting they continue to inspire them today. In local communities, firefighters were named top community heroes (53%) nurses a close second and doctors took third place. Together is the first channel that sees the media industry including public broadcasters, TV channels, tech companies and newspaper groups join forces to support good causes.

The RDS Primary Science Fair

The biggest science fair on the island of Ireland is doubling capacity in Belfast in just its second year, bringing over 1,500 key stage 2 pupils together from all over Ireland to display their creative science investigations in Belfast this June. The RDS Primary Science Fair is calling on all primary school students from across Northern Ireland to harness their natural science skills, and submit project applications, focusing on all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).  Open to key stage 2 primary school classes, the objective is to encourage as many pupils as possible to think critically about the world around them and work together as a class to produce a project that uses science skills to investigate the unknown, puzzling or quirky. A number of schools will then be invited to bring their research to life by showcasing their findings away from the classroom amongst their peers at the two-day Fair at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall (June 6&7). Each project should seek to answer a specific STEM-related question closely linked to the primary school curriculum. 2017 investigations include: “How does milk make strong glue?” and “Could helium balloons really lift Mrs Twit into the air?”. The options for the 2018 Fair are as endless as the children’s imagination. With a limited number of spaces, schools hoping to take part should visit to download information booklets and to submit their applications before the February 14 deadline.

Gifting A Baby Bundle 

The #GiftaBundle 2018 campaign makes it easy for parents to pass on outgrown, good quality baby clothing to support local families in need and reduce textile waste. In the run up to Mother’s Day on March 11, Mothercare and environmental charity Hubbub, aim to collect items of clothing from parents which will then be redistributed to local families who can benefit via local community groups and charities. From February 12 until March 11, parents can pick up a GiftaBundle bag at Mothercare, Sprucefield, in Lisburn and donate six to ten items of good quality, outgrown baby clothing for ages between premature to three years. This is the only participating store in Northern Ireland however if it’s not convenient, the campaign also encourages parents to arrange their own friends and family clothing swaps, and even offers handy tips on how to repair clothes, remove common stains and how to recycle clothes too worn to wear. Find out more at

500 Words

BBC Radio 2’s short-story writing competition for children aged between 5-13 years of age, 500 Words, is back with a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as the 2018 Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in the two age categories (5-9 & 10-13) will be treated to a ride in the amazing car from the legendary movie, as well as winning a huge stack of books for themselves and 500 books for their school. Breakfast host and creator of the competition Chris Evans says: “This year’s 500 Words is going to be Chitty Bang-tastic! I encourage children to fire up their creative engines, accelerate their imaginations and go full steam ahead to write us an amazing story and perhaps see us at the live final in June!” The competition is also calling for teachers and librarians to register as judges. More details can be found at The closing date for entries is 7pm on Thursday February 22.

Number Facts

1 in 10. The number of parents who are encouraging their children to develop tech as a career because they fear for their child’s online safety.

49% The number of children who want a career in tech, with 30% wanting to become a vlogging sensation like Zoella.

1/3 The number of parents who ask their children what they do online each day, with many saying they lack the confidence to do so.

£16 The average amount spent by guests on a present for a child's birthday party.

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