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Big J’s Kitchen: Jemal Peters’s Journey From Young Offender To Selfridges’ Supplier

Better known as ‘Big J’, Jemal Peters is the man behind the street food-inspired condiments line Big J’s Kitchen. Supplying to Selfridges and working alongside celebrity chefs, Peters has come a long way from dealing drugs and being arrested for robbery on his 16th birthday. “We grew up kind of hard,” Peters recalls of his childhood…


Boots Tackles ‘Period Poverty’ With Initiative Donating Sanitary Products To Food Banks

Boots has pledged to end “period poverty” by helping women who are struggling to access basic sanitary products.  The chain will trial an in-store donation point in one of its branches, where customers will be able to leave sanitary products for distribution to a local food bank. The company will also be contributing sanitary products,…


Online Gaming Could Improve A Teenager’s Academic Performance

Parents’ fears about the impact of gaming on their children’s academic performance may be misplaced, new research suggests. Scientists at RMIT University in Melbourne found that students who play online games almost every day actually score significantly better in tests. Frequent gamers scored 15 points above the average in maths and 17 points higher than…


London Restaurant Launches ‘Pay It Forward’ Campaign To Spread Positivity Around The Capital

For years charitable folk have been “paying it forward” by helping out people they’ve never met. But now, one London business is helping turn Pay It Forward into an official movement.  Bakery-cum-restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien has launched its very own Pay It Forward campaign this week, giving diners the opportunity to purchase an extra…


H&M Foundation Offers €1m Grant For Ideas To Make Fashion Industry More Sustainable

HuffPost The H&M Foundation is offering a million euro grant for innovators with ideas about how to make fashion more sustainable. Now in its second year, the foundation’s Global Change Awards take on one of the biggest challenges facing the fashion industry today – creating clothes for a growing population, while improving its impact on the…


Kind Strangers Fund Paralympic Gold Medallist David Smith’s Rehab Fees Following Spinal Surgery

The internet has rallied around and raised thousands to help Paralympic gold medallist David Smith fund his rehabilitation costs following life-saving surgery. Smith, who is a British rower, was forced to have surgery to remove a tumour from his spine for the third time.  He is now undergoing expensive rehabilitation to be able to walk…


Restaurant Offers Free Meal To Homeless And Elderly This Christmas So ‘No One Eats Alone’

A restaurant is ensuring “no one eats alone on Christmas day” by offering free meals to homeless people and the elderly. From 12pm-6pm on 25 December, Shish restaurant in Sidcup, London, will open its doors to those who’d otherwise spend Christmas alone. Local resident Kirsty McAdam shared posters about the initiative on Facebook on Tuesday….


The Cookbook Helping People With Eating Disorders Build Better Relationships With Food

Recovering from an eating disorder is difficult. And this is precisely why Francesca Baker, 29, has created a cookbook that aims to help people with eating disorders change their mindset towards food. Baker, who is in recovery from an eating disorder herself, says the book, called ‘Eating & Living: Recipes for Recovery’, is by “those who have…


Kickstarter Wants To Replace All Tube Adverts With Pictures Of Cats

An organisation on crowdfunding website Kickstarter is spearheading a plan to make London a better place – by replacing all Tube adverts with pictures of cats. The Underground station of the future could be littered with adorable feline pictures rather than the advertisements we’re currently plagued with if the Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS) gets its…