The Duchess of Cambridge spent a fun evening with a group of Beaver Scouts – and learnt to eat a chocolate bar while wearing a boxing glove.The Duchess of Cambridge dons a blindfold during a session to teach children what it is like to live with a disabilityCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org Her Royal Highness, who is an occasional volunteer with the Scout Association, was reduced to giggles as she joined the youngsters who were having a practical lesson in living with a disability. And she even donned a blindfold and tried to decorate a cupcake with icing while being helped by one of the scouts.The Duchess had travelled to the Old Ford Primary School in London’s East End to act as an assistant at the weekly evening meeting of the 23rd Popular Beaver Scout Colony. Her Royal Highness had come to help 20 six to eight-year-old beavers earn their disability awareness badges and clearly enjoyed the experience of trying to eat a chocolate bar while wearing a boxing glove on her right hand. She laughed as she first tried to pick up the sweet treat before cutting it up with a fork and when she succeeded put the morsel in her mouth. Her Royal Highness helped Fynley Gooch, seven, as he tried to decorate a cupcake while blind folded. She guided his hand as he squeezed a tube of icing on to the cake and then he did the same for her when she used her scarf to cover her eyes. The Duchess later joined a table where some children were learning the sign language for the Beaver pledge “I promise to do my best, to be kind and helpful and to love my world”.She copied a little boy next to her and clasped her hands to her chest as he worked his way through the words.Double world Paratriathlon champion Steve Judge, whose legs were badly crushed in 2002, spoke to the children about living with a disability.Her Royal Highness’s visit was in support of the Scout Association’s new landmark campaign, Better Prepared.Better Prepared will see The Scout Association working with local communities to open new Scout groups in 200 areas around the country where Scouting can have the biggest impact. The aim is to ensure that even more children have the chance to experience fun and adventure through Scouting, while developing skills that will help change their lives.Before leaving The Duchess of Cambridge presented disability badges to the children.Beaver Scout leader Carlos Lopez-Plandolit said of The Duchess’s visit: “It was really good, it was amazing, she’s naturally gifted with children – I think she had a great time.“I think the kids were really spontaneous, as kids are, and they helped her be part of the evening.”Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org
This week marks the one-year anniversary since the passing of Leonard Nimoy, who lost his battle with COPD.Julie Nimoy with her father Leonard Nimoy His daughter, Julie Nimoy and her husband, David Knight, are determined to continue his “final mission” to raise awareness for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), by producing a new documentary called, “COPD: Highly Illogical: A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy”.“The film is going to be an intimate look at my father’s life, legacy, and his final years advocating for greater awareness around COPD,” Julie Nimoy said. “My Dad felt an urgent responsibility to educate people about it, frequently tweeting and speaking about the disease and its causes.” Our goal, as Dad’s was, is to reach the millions of people throughout the world who have the disease but sadly, do not know it.Video: COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy – Narrated by John de LancieThe couple launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo last month to raise the additional $150,000 required to produce COPD: Highly Illogical – A Special Tribute to Leonard Nimoy.Julie and David are hopeful they will secure the funding by mid-March so that the film can be released near Star Trek’s 50th anniversary later this summer. The immensely popular series aired its first episode on September 8, 1966.COPD affects over 30 million Americans and is America’s third leading cause of death. Sadly, over a third of these Americans suffer the symptoms of the disease – coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest and breathlessness – without ever being diagnosed. This, as Spock would say, is “highly illogical,” since early detection and treatment can reduce suffering and extend lives.For more information, to view the documentary film trailer and to link to the Indiegogo funding page, go to www.copdllap.com. For a direct link to the funding page, click here.