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Sir Rod Stewart’s exclusive bash to raise £1 million for charity

Access to the singer will be up for grabs. Sir Rod Stewart is hoping to raise £1 million for the fight against cancer with an exclusive gig. The veteran star will host and perform at a secret dinner party, planned by the singer and his wife Penny Lancaster. Celebrity access will be part of a…

UK among most generous countries in World Giving Index

The Charities Aid Foundation, which published the index, found a recent downward trend in donations in countries with long histories of philanthropy. The UK has been ranked in seventh place in a global study into people’s generosity towards charities and other good causes. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) study asked people if they had helped…

Six alternative things to carve if you’re just so over pumpkins

Spooky watermelons, where are you? Move over pumpkins. You make delicious soup and, yes, you’re usually the best thing about Halloween – but it’s not all about you. Turns out there are some other fruit and vegetables that we reckon are even better to carve. Now, we admit we have no idea if having a…

What to do with your leftover Halloween pumpkin

Don’t let it just moulder away after the trick or treating is over – eat it. Tens of thousands of pumpkins are sold at Halloween each year but this causes a frightening amount of waste, as the carved veggies are left to rot on front steps. It’s a shame considering pumpkins are packed full of…

How to make The Midlife Kitchen’s pumpkin and ginger cheesecake

Try this decadent but not-too-sweet dessert. It doesn’t have to be autumn to enjoy pumpkin, you know. Also, these vibrant veg have “been shown in studies to have an anti-diabetic effect, which means it can help stabilise and control blood-glucose levels”, say The Midlife Kitchen cookery book writers, Mimi Spencer and Sam Rice – and…

Pension ‘blind spots’ related to key life events uncovered by survey

Many people are unaware they could access their pension early due to severe ill health or keep paying in during parental leave, a survey found. Many people have “blind spots” about the impact of life events on their pension, a survey has found. More than half (57%) of people surveyed for the Money and Pensions…

How to know when your cold is something more serious

That pesky cold may actually be masquerading as bronchitis, the flu, or even laryngitis. If you’ve been tuning into Good Morning Britain this week, you might have noticed that Piers Morgan has been feeling pretty under the weather. Proving that celebrities don’t get a fast-track past winter ailments, the presenter has revealed that what he…

World Menopause Day: 7 tips to help women through the change

A menopause nurse gives advice on how to thrive despite the hot flushes and mood swings. The menopause is a natural process that every woman goes through in her late forties or early fifties, or sometimes earlier. But just because it happens to every woman it doesn’t mean it’s any easier to deal with, or…

Eco-friendly decorating ideas for a more planet-friendly home

Want your home ware and decor choices to be more sustainable? From reclaimed timber to recycled kitchen tops – we’re all aware of the need to look after our environment. Where better to start than at home? Luckily, more and more companies are embracing eco-friendly approaches and solutions, and designers are becoming ever-more inventive and…