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).

Much more than just jam and Jerusalem

The first Nottinghamshire WI was formed in Southwell on Thursday 14 June 1917, when 45 ladies met to hear a talk on wartime cookery…

Now, as the Nottinghamshire Federation celebrates its centenary, there are 118 WI groups across the county, with over 4000 members. And, although baking and other traditional skills are still popular topics at their meetings, things have changed a lot over the last 100 years. Even Jerusalem – the WI’s anthem – is available as an iTunes download these days!

On this week’s show, Federation chairman Jane Jefferson joins the Girls Around Town to talk about some of those changes. There’ll be details of how the WI is making a real difference through its involvement in major national campaigns, helping to raise awareness of key issues such as low staffing levels on labour wards, the gender pay gap and the health and social implications of loneliness.

She’ll have news too of some of the ways members have celebrated the centenary so far, what’s planned for the next few months and, with any luck, she might be persuaded to share a recipe or two from the Federation’s brand new cookery book, which was published at the end of September…

If you thought the WI was just jam and Jerusalem, think again! Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday, when June and Tina find out more about what the WI gets up to both locally and nationally – and how you can get involved by joining a group near you.