While many of us rejoice at the warmer weather, spring and summer can be the worst times of the year for hay fever sufferers. Pollen allergies are quite common and effect around one in five people at some point in their life. For sufferers, summer is the season of runny noses and itchy eyes – not the summer fun you were hoping for!
Sadly, there’s no cure for hay fever yet but there are ways to relieve the symptoms so you can get on with your life and enjoy the outdoors again. The first step is to talk to your pharmacist. Over the counter medications, such as antihistamines, are very effective, but if your symptoms are particularly bad you should book a visit with your GP who will be able to prescribe tailored medication.
Here are some top tips for hay fever season:
Antihistamines: Many non-drowsy antihistamines are available over the counter. When you first experience symptoms, it’s best to ask your pharmacist which kind will be most effective. If your symptoms are severe, you can also contact your GP. They can help you explore a number of prescription medications or other options such as immunotherapy or seasonal allergy shots.
Check the pollen count: The root of your symptoms is your allergy to pollen, so avoiding coming into contact with pollen is your best bet. On days when the pollen count is particularly high, keep windows closed. You might choose to stay indoors if possible. The count is usually highest in the morning and evening, so try and arrange your day around this if you can (a high count is over 50 grains per cubic metre of air)
Change clothes regularly: Every time you go outside, pollen collects on your clothes. After being outdoors, shower and wash your hair straight away to remove the pollen from your body and change your clothing. Try and avoid drying clothes outside if you can.
Wear sunglasses: No doubt you’ve already dug your favourite pair of sunglasses from storage as soon as the temperature hits 15 degrees. It’s important to wear sunglasses when outside, no just for UV protection but also to shield your eyes from the high pollen count. Larger butterfly or wrap-around sunglasses that cover a wider eye section may be especially helpful. Polarised sunglasses offer added protection against reflected sun rays and glare.
Use eye drops: Itchy, dry and bloodshot eyes are one of the worst symptoms of hayfever. Eye drops are a fast way of getting some relief from dried out and itchy eyes. Reintroducing moisture to the eyes could alleviate some of the irritating effects of hayfever.
Get a pollen filter for your car: It can be difficult to keep car windows shut during hot weather, and pollen has other ways of getting in any way! You can buy a pollen filter to be fitted to the vents in your car, but this needs to be changed with every service.
If you’ve tried everything and you’re still suffering, speak to your GP. Don’t let hay fever rule your life, it’s time to enjoy the summer!
Ableworld Nantwich decided to host an Easter Raffle whereby a lucky customer could be in with a chance to win an Easter Egg hamper!
Julie Reid, Store Manager at Ableworld Nantwich said that she wanted all proceedings made from the raffle to go to the Comfort Fund at Elm House, a local Care Home in Nantwich. In which would help the staff to provide entertainment for their residents.
Entries were just £1 and with over hundreds of entrants Julie managed to make over £300! Elm House were thrilled when they got the call regarding the donation.
The lucky customer to win the Easter Egg hamper was Mrs Preston from Nantwich. She was absolutely over the moon to win the raffle; her grandson even came with her to help collect it!
As you know, millions of people have no safe place to call home. More than 3 million have already left Ukraine, while countless more are still trapped underground, taking cover from the shelling and desperate for a safe escape.
Hundreds of thousands of people still have no food, no water, no medical care, and no heat or electricity.
The Polish Integration Support Centre (PISC) have been working around the clock to get donations to those who need it most, both in Ukraine and its bordering countries. Shortly after the invasion of Ukraine was reported, Anna Buckley, Project Director of PISC, launched a rapid drive for donations towards refugees and those displaced by the conflict.
Ableworld, strives to support local charities where possible, offering support to others in need. So, when approached by PISC, Ableworld and one of their suppliers Drive DeVilbiss were more than happy to help! Ableworld and Drive DeVilbiss donated 10 wheelchairs, a variety of walking frames and crutches, all to support the struggling hospitals in Ukraine.
Thanks to the outstanding effort from volunteers and Anna. There has been a total of 46 lorries that have been sent to Ukraine and Poland to date, with hopes of many more to go! The focus is now on the lorries to continue to transport the donations. Funding is massively important as each lorry will cost PISC around £2,000-£2,500. Some lorries so far have even travelled into Ukraine to deliver to cities including Kyiv, though most are going to Poland.
Anyone wishing to donate items is encouraged to contact PISC directly on 07523 627826 or [email protected]
The 3500 sq. ft superstore will stock our full range of mobility products, including Mobility Scooters, Wheelchairs, Walkers and their extensive range of Riser recliner chairs. The store will also have a stairlift demonstration area, with our Stairlift department available to install and service stairlifts local to the Runcorn area. Whatever the product, the aim at Ableworld is to help people to lead easier, more comfortable and independent lives.
Our new Runcorn superstore is due to open in May 2022, with superb opening offers available, alongside our current Spring Promotional offers. Our store and head office teams are busy getting the store ready for what will hopefully be a successful opening period, leading into our busy Summer Sale.
We look forward to sharing further store updates across our Website and Facebook page in the coming few weeks so be sure to keep an eye out.
Five years ago, Ableworld opened their 31st Ableworld store in Stockport, Greater Manchester, which came as an exciting addition to the North West area. Since then, our Stockport store has gone from strength to strength, helping various customers in the local community regain their independence.
Based on Buxton Road, our Stockport team have had a busy 5 years, including helping the local community with sponsorships, scooter proficiency sessions, free giveaways and more. Our team have also formed close relationships with local care homes and the local Stepping Hill Hospital.
Our team at Ableworld Stockport continuously go above and beyond for their customers and are subsequently often receiving excellent feedback, letters and Thank you cards. Some recent feedback received online has been “The two ladies could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable of how to best help my request, I felt they both went above and beyond to help me with my enquiry and would highly praise both staff for their professionalism.” We are thrilled to have a friendly and energetic team at our Stockport store who have brilliant product knowledge.
To celebrate the 5-year store milestone, our Stockport store hosted week-long celebrations in store, including free refreshments and prizes available to be won. Customers were able to win vouchers, free pocket magnifiers and even a giant teddy bear through a fun game available to play for free. Our Stockport team were delighted to celebrate with their regular and new customers in what was a fantastic celebration of their 5 years of the store opening.
At Ableworld all of our stores strive to help as many customers as they can with excellent service and knowledgeable staff in-store. Since our Stockport store opening, a further 7 stores have been opened with more to be opened later in 2022.
Ableworld looks forward to the next 5 years of Ableworld Stockport and what this will bring.
First and foremost, we just want to make it clear stress is not always a bad thing, were all human, and we’ve all experienced in one way or another stress in our lives - it’s a natural state. Stress is your body’s way of trying to process an event that has happened or going to happen and work out how best to overcome it. And since it's National Stress Awareness Month, here at Ableworld we thought it was the perfect opportunity to talk about the self-care tips and tricks we use to help reduce stress in our lives.
Getting a good night’s sleep is the first step you can make towards lessening the stress you feel in your life and is something so incredibly important for your health. Although this may seem impossible since every time your head hits the pillow your mind runs into overdrive – ensuring you turn your phone off an hour before bed, relaxing your body and muscles (reading a book or journaling) and keeping the room dark to block light coming in, are all ways which can make it easier for you to fall sleep.
Eating well and staying hydrated are some of the foundations that build up our health and wellbeing. And poor eating patterns may be the cause of your low moods, so improving your diet may not only protect your physical health but also the mental implications a low mood can cause. Adopting a healthier balanced diet can contribute to a more positive outlook on life’s challenges, as even studies have found stress and nutrition are a two-way street.
Another way to control stress levels is to exercise. Exercising can lead to so many physical benefits but it doesn’t have to stop there, exercising can lead to so many mental benefits like increased levels of self-esteem and motivation. This could be as simple as tidying up your house or gardening or going for a walk – all contribute to better and more active wellbeing. You can view our Exercise and Therapy range here.
But the main thing you can do when you are stressed is recognise it, and look after yourself. Don’t take on too much and feel overwhelmed, don’t over-exhaust yourself – just say no. Learning to say no is self-care. Make time for yourself and if you feel like saying no, say no – it's not a crime.
Look after yourself. Be in control of your life. Have fun.
Our sponsorship has ensured that there will be a prize fund for the 4 tournaments held this weekend. Our goal is to bring more exposure to this sport and make it accessible for all players, we are working closely with the BDDA to see how we can help to provide mobility equipment for future tournaments.
The British Disability Darts Association was set up in 2015 to help and support those with disabilities to play darts. They organise tournaments for disabled players and their aim is to make the Sport of Darts a true "Sport for All".
This weekend they will be running their annual tournament The Winmau Classic and Open 2022, this tournament has now been running for 7 years.
The tournament is being held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2022 at St Helens Darts Academy, Sidac Sports and Social Club, Wheatsheaf Avenue, Sutton Leach, St Helens, Merseyside, WA9 4PJ. The doors open at 10 am on Saturday and 11 am on Sunday.
At Ableworld, we love to support as many charities and partnerships as possible within our local communities. We wish the best of luck to all of those taking part in the tournament.