Let’s get lippy!

Need an excuse to buy a new lippy?

Of course you don’t – lipsticks are like handbags, you can never have too many. And even better, unlike handbags they’re not going to break the bank…

But if you’re looking for a good reason to add to your collection, how about this for one of the best?

Throughout May, a new campaign by the Eve Appeal will be encouraging women – and men! – to #GetLippy by speaking up about the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers and helping to raise funds for life-saving research.

And there’s even a national Get Lippy Day coming up towards the end of month.

The Girls Around Town are definitely going to #GetLippy (nothing new there, then!) and here’s how can you get involved too…

First you need to buy that new lipstick or lip balm, of course – the Eve Appeal has teamed up with various beauty retailers  who’ve all pledged to put a percentage of the sale price towards gynae cancer research. Take your pick from the list of products here, buy your lippy in store or online as shown and at least 10 per cent of the purchase price will be donated to the charity.

Then pucker up and post your best “pout and shout” selfie on social media, using the hashtag #GetLippy, and don’t forget to nominate a friend to do the same.

You can also make a £3 donation to the charity by texting LIPPY to 70660*. And why not go one step further by signing up for a free campaign pack and getting a group of colleagues and friends together to take part in Get Lippy Day on Friday 25 May?

Every year in the UK alone, more than 21,000 women are diagnosed with one of the five gynaecological cancers and, sadly, 21 women lose their battle each day. But awareness levels of these cancers are far too low so come on ladies, it’s time to #GetLippy with the Girls Around Town!

And please share your selfies on the GAT Facebook page too – you never know, we might even manage to find a little treat for the best one…

*Each text costs a donation amount of £3 plus network charge. The Eve Appeal receives 100 per cent of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Charity No 1091708 (Eng and Wales) SCO42612 (Scotland).

Try a taste of Syria

If you’ve never sampled the traditional food of Syria, a fund-raising  event at Carriages Café on Thursday 23 November is an ideal opportunity not only to do just that but to support two good causes as well…

Six Syrian families have recently settled in Newark, most of them after spending five years as refugees in Lebanon. Now two of the families have plans to open a catering business in the town and they will be introducing guests to the delicious cuisine of their homeland during the evening, when the families will also be sharing some of their unforgettable stories.

Tickets for A Taste of Syria, which starts at 7.30pm, are £20 each and the proceeds of the evening will be divided between Newark Homestart (who are supporting the women and young children by providing volunteer support) and a charity working on the ground in Syria to help those who are still suffering there and in the refugee camps.

Contact Michelle Hillary on 07818 044788 or Jane Geraghty on 07718 990406 or visit Carriages Café at Newark Castle Station for more information and to buy tickets…

Kim’s braving the shave

Badge_Bravetheshave-1Hats off to the Girls Around Town‘s good friend Kim Hurley, who’s getting ready to Brave The Shave on Saturday 13 August.

Brave Shaver Kim will be sacrificing her lustrous locks in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising money in memory of several family members and friends.

“In the past year both my husband’s aunt, Elaine Wishlade, and my friend Christine Weir have died of cancer,” she says. “I also lost my uncle James Carder to this horrible disease and just recently my cousin Heather White and Dale Pritchard, another cousin’s husband, have been diagnosed.

“This is for all of them, in hope that some day this terrible illness will be curable.”

Paul Carrington-Anderson of the award-winning Envy Signature Salon on Appletongate in Newark will be the one wielding the shaver a week on Saturday – watch this space for before, during and after pics as Kim puts herself in Paul’s expert hands…

In the meantime, you can show your support for her by helping her meet – or beat! – her goal to raise £700 for this worthy cause. There’ll be a collection box in the salon shortly or you can head over to her Brave the Shave page here to make a donation.