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Fire brigade keen to stress – test those smoke alarms regularly

Following Which?’s testing of smoke alarms(opens in a new window) that highlighted difference activation times, the London Fire Brigade is keen to stress that how many alarms and how often you test them is more important than the make and model. The Brigade reported early this year that five of the seven fatal fires at the beginning of 2017 had no working smoke alarms fitted in their homes.

London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said:

“Where you put your smoke alarms and how often you check it is more important that the type of alarms you own.

“Homes need multiple smoke alarms or you won’t be properly covered. Ideal spots for smoke alarms include rooms where you leave electrical equipment running like satellite boxes, computers or heaters; any room where you smoke, and anywhere you charge your mobile or laptop.

“As a minimum you should have smoke alarms on every floor – in the hallways and the rooms you use the most. It is vital that people regularly test their smoke alarms once a month. If you discover a fire in your home, make sure you alert everyone in your household and close any doors behind you as you make your way out. This will help to slow the spread of fire and smoke through the property.

“If anyone is concerned then you should contact your local fire and rescue service and book a home fire safety visit. Firefighters can come to your home, give vital fire safety information and fit smoke alarms where needed.”

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New safety technology to be tested on London buses

Transport for London has announced plans to test new safety technology on London buses. Automatic braking and audible warning systems will be trialled alongside measures including new mirrors to improve the driver’s vision.

Earlier this year the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, set out a ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road danger in his draft transport strategy. It aims for no one to be killed in or by a London bus by 2030, and for deaths and serious injuries from road collisions to be eliminated from London’s streets by 2041. Continue reading New safety technology to be tested on London buses

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Health of our capital’s residents revealed

London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has condemned the stark disparity in the number of years that Londoners in different boroughs can expect to live in ill health as he published his Health Inequality Strategy.

new map released alongside the Mayor’s strategy illustrates the wide inequality within the capital. It shows that women suffer disproportionately with ill health in 30 of the 32 London boroughs – living in ill health for an average of 19.9 years, compared to 16.1 years for men.

Most starkly, women living in Tower Hamlets can expect to live for 30.1 years in poor health, whereas for men in Enfield, the number of years is just 11.7 – a gap of 18.4 years1.

Life expectancy for Londoners is now more than 80 years for men and more than 84 years for women. The Mayor’s focus is to ensure that all Londoners can live as much of their lives as possible in good health. His new draft strategy, published today for consultation, aims to reduce inequalities in the capital, improving the health of Londoners and helping them to live longer, healthier lives.

Health inequalities are systematic and avoidable and are defined as unfair differences in mental or physical health. They are mostly the result of differences in people’s homes, education and their childhood experiences, local environment, their jobs, access to public services and their habits. There is a clear relationship between wealth and health, which means that everyone but the most financially well off are likely to suffer from an avoidable illness or condition.

The Mayor’s outline strategy, which will look to address these inequalities and, in turn, improve the health of all Londoners, contains five strands. These are:

  • Healthy Children – helping to ensure all of London’s children have healthy places in which to learn, play and develop, and giving all young people the best start in life
  • Healthy Minds – supporting Londoners to feel comfortable talking about mental health, reducing stigma and encouraging people across the city to work together to reduce suicide
  • Healthy Places – working towards London having the best air quality of any major global city, making the capital’s streets healthier, ensuring all Londoners have access to good-quality green space, tackling income inequality and fuel poverty, creating healthy workplaces, improving housing quality and affordability, and addressing homelessness and rough sleeping
  • Healthy Communities – encouraging all Londoners to participate in community life, equipping people with the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to improve their health, supporting the prevention of HIV and TB, reducing hate crime and enabling more Londoners to benefit from social prescribing (a way of linking patients with sources of support within the community to treat social, rather than medical problems)
  • Healthy Habits – working with partners towards a reduction in childhood obesity rates and a reduction in the gap between the boroughs with the highest and lowest rates of child obesity, and encouraging all Londoners to reduce smoking, alcohol and drug use among all Londoners, especially among young people

As well as ensuring the GLA family is doing everything possible to meet these five key priorities, the Mayor is building partnerships with organisations across the capital to encourage them to implement measures that will contribute to the reduction of health inequalities.

As chair of the London Health Board, the Mayor is also bringing together Public Health England, the NHS, London Councils, Association of Directors of Public Health, businesses, other healthcare providers and charities across the city and is asking them how they can support his ambition to make London the world’s healthiest city.


Other stark findings highlighted in the strategy include:

  • The rate of early deaths from preventable causes is twice as high in Tower Hamlets as it is in the City of London4
  • London’s suicide rate has increased from 7.8 per 100,000 people in 2014 to 10.4 per 100,000 in 2015 – up by a third5
  • 10 per cent of London’s households are affected by fuel poverty6
  • On average, rough sleepers in the capital die aged 477
  • London has the highest rate of obesity of 10-11 year olds in England (23 per cent)8

Prof Yvonne Doyle, Regional Director for London at Public Health England and Health Advisor to the Mayor, said: “There are wide variations in health and healthy life expectancy across the capital due to a diverse range of issues. This needs action from different agencies to change the current pattern of early mortality, build healthier communities and support the people who need most help. By publishing this strategy, the Mayor of London is showing he is taking the issue of health inequalities very seriously. It’s also great to see mental health given a prominent place in the strategy. We can achieve so much more by working together and I look forward to seeing improvements to the lives of every Londoner.”

Dr Tom Coffey OBE, Mayoral Health Advisor, said: “All Londoners deserve to live long, happy and fulfilling lives, regardless of their background or where they live. By creating a fairer economy, a more integrated society and improving the environment we can address some of the conditions that lead to major differences in health across the city. However, the Mayor cannot bridge these vast inequalities on his own. We need partners around the capital to step up and pledge to support the Mayor’s Health Inequality Strategy and commit to improving the quality of life for all Londoners.”

Shaun Danielli, Director for Healthy London Partnership, said: “Healthy London Partnership is fully supportive of the ambitions expressed in the Mayor’s Health Inequality Strategy and already working on behalf of the NHS in London, with a wide range of partners, to drive the changes needed to tackle some of these issues on a city level.

“Raising awareness of childhood obesity in London, improving care for people having a mental health crisis, researching and testing innovative ways of encouraging Londoners to curb unhealthy habits, supporting GPs to provide better care for people who are homeless or in vulnerable housing and supporting London workplaces to promote health and wellbeing, are some of the ways in which we are already beginning to try and make a difference.

“We’re excited about the opportunities that the Health Inequality Strategy will provide all Londoners to lead healthier and happier lives.  We encourage all our partners across the NHS to support these ambitions to make our capital the healthiest city in the world.”

All Londoners are invited to share views about the ideas in the strategy. The consultation will be open until 30 November 2017. Further information is available here:

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New team launched to help with homeless using night buses and tubes

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the creation of a new team dedicated to helping the rising number of homeless people who use Night Buses and Tubes as a place to sleep. The team will help find accommodation, provide access to support services, or reconnect people with family and friends to prevent them from ending up sleeping on the streets.

The Mayor announced his plans for the team, which will initially receive £300,000 funding for 18 months, alongside a series of new projects from his million-pound Rough Sleeping Innovation Fund. This forms part of the £9 million he has committed to spending each year on rough sleeping services, and is in addition to the £50 million he is using to invest in accommodation to help people to move on from hostels and refuges.  Continue reading New team launched to help with homeless using night buses and tubes

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Bed specialists get top spot in customer survey

Croydon based bed specialists, Warren Evans has beaten top retailers to be named as highest-rated mattress shop in the Which? 2017 members survey.

Customers commended the firm on its and quality of advice in store, helping them to feel relaxed and informed. One happy customer praised the firms “helpful and friendly staff with a relaxed, no-pressure approach to selling”.

With 38 years of experience, Warren Evans understands its customers needs when it comes to mattresses. Each and every mattress is crafted to the highest quality using first-class fillers and materials and is designed for a great night’s sleep.

Warren Evans said, “We are delighted to receive this rating. We continually strive to bring our customers expert advice they can trust and well-priced, quality products.”

About Warren Evans products and service:

Customers can choose from an extensive range of 39 mattresses, including quality pocket sprung (IPS), coil and memory foam mattresses and they are one of Britain’s leading stockists of TEMPUR® mattresses. Individual needs are catered for in terms of product and budget, all mattresses are guaranteed for 5 or 10 years and low cost finance options are available – so everyone can find their perfect mattress. They also offer a 120-night mattress trial[1] that is unrivalled in the industry.

Warren Evans customers benefit from a bespoke delivery service and make it easy with their express day and evening options. Their expert team deliver to your room of choice and they will even take your old mattress away for recycling.

Excellence in helpful advice extends online, with Warren Evans’ detailed mattress buying guide and expert sleep advice on Sleep Tips.

Visit or one of their 14 showrooms: Brighton, Bromley, Camberwell, Camden, Chelmsford, Clapham, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Guildford, Hammersmith, Kingston, Shoreditch and St. Albans.


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Take part in parking permits consultation which discusses link to emission charges

Residents who have parking permits are being urged to comment on proposed changes which will take place in September. The proposed changes to the residents parking schemes in Sutton will now link charges to emissions categories.
For full details to comment go to under “view our Permanent Traffic Order Consultations” under “Notices of Proposals” Reference PP1035 – CPZ PERMIT CHARGE CHANGES LINKED TO CO2 EMISSIONS and CARER PERMITS. 
Please click the link below in order to log any comments you wish to submit.

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Sutton local committees give residents chance to have their say

Local committees give you the chance to have your say and influence decisions on issues happening in your community. There are six local committees which meet four times a year at a venue close to you.

The Sutton Local committee meets on Tuesday September 5, 7pm, at Sutton Baptist Church, 21 Cheam Road, Sutton SM1 1SN. The Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont committee will take place on Thursday September 7, 7pm, at Chiltern Church, 83 Chiltern Road, Sutton SM2 5QY.

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Borough’s dazzling heritage on display through Open Days programme

Heritage Open Days Programme 2017

Thursday September 7 to Sunday September 10



The Oaks, General Burgoyne and the 12th Earl of Derby

The Oaks mansion house which stood in Oaks Park, Carshalton was the site of a spectacular party to celebrate a marriage which ended in scandal. It was the place where the Oaks and Derby horse races were devised and was an architecturally significant building by Robert Taylor and Robert Adam. Illustrated talk by John Phillips.

Booking is advised. Please telephone 020 8770 4297 to book. FREE

Honeywood Museum,Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX

Saturday September 9 and Sunday 10 from 10am to 5pm. Last entry 4.45pm.

Honeywood, an Edwardian House and its People

Chalk and flint house dating to the 17th century with many later additions including major extensions of 1896 and 1903 when owned by John Pattinson Kirk, a London merchant. Rich in period detail and the interior recently restored and back stairs opened up with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Now a local museum.

Throughout the weekend Edwardian costumed guides will greet and talk to visitors.

Activities for children: Follow the Honeywood Window Trail, special Honeywood colouring sheets, create additions for the Honeywood Stories and Spaces 1680-2017 book of the house, replica toys to handle and dressing up.

Saturday 9 at 2.30pm and 4pm guided tours led by local historian John Phillips ‘The Kirks at Honeywood in the Victorian and Edwardian period: how they developed their house’.

No booking required. FREE

Rail: Carshalton; 127, 157, 407, S3, X26

Carshalton Water Tower, West Street, Carshalton

Sunday September 10 from 1pm to 5pm

A unique 18th century Grade II listed building, which contains a suite of rooms: An Orangery; Saloon; Bathroom, with a deep plunge bath, and a Pump Chamber.

There will also be guided tours of the mid 18th century listed landscape garden which features a Hermitage and a Sham Bridge.

No booking required FREE Teas may be purchased.


St Nicholas Church, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1ST

Thursday September 7 from 9am to 3pm, Saturday 9, 9am to 1pm, Sunday September 10 from 9am to 1pm.

St Nicholas Church, Sutton is a Grade II listed parish church in the centre of Sutton, London. It was built between 1862 and 1864 in the Gothic style with dressed flint and stone dressings. It was designed by the architect Edwin Nash. The present structure incorporates a medieval piscina and monuments from the old church including the following; monuments to Joseph Glover 1628, to Lady Dorothy Brownlow 1699, to William Earl Talbot 1782 and to Isaac Littlebury 1740.

During these Open Days, you will be able to have access to the balcony space and a hidden monument which links Sutton to the origins of printing in the United States of America.

The churchyard also contains the Gibson Mausoleum, itself a listed monument. The church will host an exhibition that explains some of the history, traditions and legends that surround the tomb.

No booking required.


Service Wing Museum,  Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, Ewell Rd, Cheam, Surrey SM3 8AP

Sunday September 10 from 11am to 4pm.

Visit the Service Wing Museum in a Tudor-Gothic 19th century mansion (a style later used by Wyatt at Windsor Castle). Dairies, sculleries, kitchen, larder, laundries. The service wing has been restored and is shown in Victorian-era.

Visit Nonsuch Gallery: stained glass exhibits, family history, timeline, scale drawings, and the largest scale model of Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace in existence.

No booking required. Max 8 people per tour/ session. Last entry 3.30pm. Wheelchairs can access all but one larder and that can be adequately viewed.  (Nonsuch Mansion is situated in Nonsuch Park. Vehicle entry only by Cheam Gate.)


London Open House Programme 2017

Saturday and Sunday September 16 and 17

All Saints Church, Carshalton

High Street, Carshalton SM5 3AQ

Saturday, 12pm to 5pm, Sunday, 12.45pm to 5pm

12th century south aisle and former chancel. Blomfield nave, chancel, baptistry. Kempe glass, Bodley reredos and screen, spectacular Comper decorations, monuments and brasses, award winning lighting scheme, fine modern benches. A & R Blomfield 11th-19th century.


Honeywood Museum

Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX

Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. Last entry 4.45pm.

Chalk and flint house dating to 17th century with many later additions including major extensions of 1896 and 1903 when owned by John Pattinson Kirk, a London merchant. Rich in period detail and the interior recently restored and back stairs opened up with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Throughout the weekend there will be special drawings of Honeywood to colour and the Honeywood Window Trail for children.

Saturday 2pm, 3pm and 4pm guided tours led by local historian John Phillips ‘The Kirks at Honeywood in the Victorian and Edwardian period: how they developed their house’.

Saturday Pilgrim Morris Men of Guildford at HW around 3pm for approx 20 minutes. No booking required. FREE

Rail:Carshalton; 127, 157, 407, S3, X26


Little Holland House

40, Beeches Avenue, Carshalton SM5 3LW

Sunday 11am to 5pm

The former home of Frank R Dickinson (1874-1961), artist, designer and craftsman, who built his house between 1902-04 in the English Arts and Crafts style, following the teachings and philosophies of William Morris and John Ruskin. Inside the Grade II listed interior are his hand made furniture, paintings, interior decoration, carvings and metalwork, which still inspire visitors today.

With very limited financial resources, Dickinson built the house and made its furniture himself.

Rail: Carshalton Beeches; 154


Carshalton Water Tower and Historic Gardens

West Street, Carshalton SM5 2QG

Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Early 18th century Grade II listed building incorporating plunge bath with Delft tiles, orangery, saloon and pump chamber with part-restored water wheel. Hermitage and sham bridge in grounds. See the “Dodgy Bankers” exhibition.


Carshalton Boys Sports College

Back gate, Wigmore Road,Carshalton, SM5 1RH

Saturday 10am to 1pm (max 10)

New dedicated English department in two-storey, 10 classroom teaching facility. Clad in dark brick, with floor to ceiling windows, it has a unique identity in a campus-like setting.  Maths classroom building clad in Cor-Ten Steel mesh panels. Fraser Brown MacKenna, 2014.


Circle Library

Green Wrythe Lane, Carshalton SM5 1JJ

Saturday 10am to 1pm

An inviting, accessible contemporary social space. Full of natural light with spacious free-flowing areas, the building incorporates  a range of environmental features including ground-source heating, sedum roof and rainwater harvesting. Curl la Tourelle Architects 2010.


St Mary’s Church

Church Road, Beddington SM6 7NJ

Sunday 2pm to 5pm

A church on this site was recorded as far back as the time of the Domesday survey. The current Grade II* listed building dates from the 14th century, with extensive restoration and additions undertaken during the Victorian period. The church contains fine Arts and Crafts decoration including an organ screen by William Morris & Co. The Carew Chapel contains tombs and memorials to the Carew family dating from 1520 onwards. The chancel has 15th century misericord choir stalls and 15th century brasses in the chancel floor.


Carew Manor Tours

Church Road, Beddington SM6 7NN

Meet: Sunday The Dovecote, Church Rd, Beddington

Tours at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Meeting point by the Dovecote.

FREE. Pre-booking required. Please telephone Honeywood Museum on 020 8770 4297.

A chance to see the Grade I listed great hall with its timber hammer beam roof built for Richard Carew about 1510. 18thc and Victorian alterations. Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James I visited. Site of important Elizabethan garden created by Sir Francis Carew.

Bus: 407, 410, 463, 633


Sutton Life Centre

24 Alcorn Close SM3 9PX

Saturday 10am to 5pm. Tour at 11am. No pre-booking required. Arts and crafts for children.

Multi-purpose community building awarded BREEAM. Excellent for its use of sustainable energy. Key features include a unique learning facility for children aged 10-13, library, eco-garden, sports pitch and climbing wall. Curl La Tourelle Architects/ Elliott Wood Partnership 2010. Entry: library, eco-garden, life skills zone, media lab.

Tube:Morden; Rail: Sutton Common; S3, 80,470


St Nicholas Church

St, Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1ST

Saturday 10am-1pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Built in the Gothic style with dressed flint and stone dressings. There are monuments to Joseph Glover (1628), to Lady Dorothy Brownlow (1699), to William Earl Talbot (1782) and to Isaac LIttlebury (1740). Edwin Nash 1864.  See the “History, Tradition and Legend” exhibition.


Subsea 7

40, Brighton Road, Sutton, SM2 5BN

Sunday tours at 10am, 11.15am, and 12.30pm(max 10).

Pre-book only

A BREEAM “Excellent” high quality, contemporary and flexible office building with central atrium, exhibition space, restaurant, cafe, gym and terraces providing a dynamic and exciting workplace environment for staff and visitors. ESA, 2016.



25, Worcester Road, Sutton SM2 6PR

Sunday 10am-1pm (max 20, downstairs only)

A double-fronted red brick upper-middle class house, and one of a few Victorian villas to survive in Sutton. The well preserved interior includes an entrance hall with a mosaic tiled floor and an oak galleried staircase. Frederick Wheeler 1899.


Nonsuch Gallery and Service Wing at Nonsuch Mansion

Nonsuch Park, Ewell Road, Cheam SM3 8AP

Sunday 11am to 4pm plus half hourly service wing tours 2.00-4.30pm (max 4 people)

Gothic style Georgian mansion built for Samuel Farmer. Restored Service Wing includes dairy, kitchen, scullery, larders and laundries. Gallery has mdel of Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace, archaeological dig artefacts and mansion stained glass. Jeffrey Wyatt 1806.


Guided Walks

Carshalton Walking Tour

Meet: Sunday 17th 10am Carshalton Station entrance, Station Rd, Carshalton, SM5 2HW

Ends at Honeywood Museum 4.30pm

FREE. Pre-booking required. Please telephone Honeywood Museum on 020 8770 4297.

Five mile, circular walk visits an array of historic buildings dating from over a thousand years ago to just fifteen.

Following the verdant banks of the River Wandle past several ancient Watermills and via a pioneering zero-energy development we enter the extensive Beddington Farmlands Nature Reserve, part of the Wandle Valley Regional Park. Seamlessly, we come to Beddington Park for lunch, a visit within the huge early 18th Century Dovecote and an exterior view of the 14th Century Carew Manor. A mile of most attractive parkland is followed by a brief yet appealing interlude of early Victorian houses. Emerging into Grove Park we see All Saints Church. Within this architectural gem that dates back to before the Domesday Book we’ll admire the fine work of the ecclesiastical architect Sir Ninian Comper. Crossing Carshalton Ponds our journey visits the beautifully restored early 18th century Water Tower with its elaborate bathing facilities and the Hermitage, the charming adjacent parkland folly. We conclude at 16.30 with Honeywood local history museum, itself of 17th origin.

Over 80% of the walk through 1,000 years is off-road, like a day in the country, and Carshalton station is nearby.


Sutton Walk: A Suburban Ramble through South Sutton from Russetings to St.Nicholas Church

Meet: Sunday 17th 12.30pm at Russetings (the Register Office) 25, Worcester Rd, Sutton SM2 6PR. Duration 60-90 minutes. Ends at St Nicholas Church, Sutton.

FREE. Pre-booking required. Please telephone Honeywood Museum on 020 8770 4297.

Guided walk looking at early suburban development and the changes that have taken place during the 19th and 20th centuries.



Sutton Walk: Sutton’s Urban Beginnings: a walk through Victorian Newtown.

Meet: Sunday 17th 3pm at the junction of Lind Rd and Lower Rd, Sutton.

Duration approx. 90 minutes. Ends at Waterloo Rd, Sutton.FREE. Pre-booking required. Please telephone Honeywood Museum on 020 8770 4297.

Guided walk through Victorian Newtown exploring the early suburban development of Sutton.

Rail:Sutton; 154, S3, nearest stop is Thicket Road.

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Citizens Advice in Sutton offers range of services for deaf people

Deafplus provide a range of services for deaf people. The charity’s mission is to enable a better quality of life for people who are deaf, focusing on the person rather than the disability.   Deafplus provides a British Sign Language helpline.

The online service provides advice on welfare benefits and debt by appointment g five days a week.   The free, confidential service is available to anyone who needs BSL advice and people can easily book an appointment with a BSL adviser by visiting the website.  Deafplus are members of Advice UK and hold the Advice Quality Standard.

Residents of the London Borough of Sutton who need help to access the service can visit the Citizens Advice Sutton office underneath Sutton Central Library.  The trained staff and volunteers at the office can help people get online to make an appointment and, if needed, help people during the appointment.  A confidential interview room, equipped with scanning facilities and a high speed internet connection is available for people who cannot access the service from their home.

People who want help with making an appointment or with accessing the Deafplus BSL service can simply visit the Citizens Advice Sutton office. The office address is: Citizens Advice Sutton, Central Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA. The office is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.


Citizens Advice Sutton is the lead agency for Advice Link Partnership Sutton, providing free, confidential, independent and impartial advice for residents of the London Borough of Sutton.  The ALPS service is provided by Citizens Advice Sutton, Sutton Carers Centre and Age UK Sutton.


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Give Sutton Community Farm your support for application

Sutton’s Community Farm is looking for support for a new planning application.
“As I’m sure you’re aware we are hoping to use funds raised from our recent community share offer to build a new barn. Before we can go ahead we need to gain planning permission and our application is currently being assessed by Sutton Council,” said a spokesperson.
“If you live locally and feel able to help us out by making a statement of support for our project then we’d really appreciate it.
“The link to find our application and make a comment is here:
“A brief statement on why you value the farm as a local community asset and that a new barn is much needed if we are to continue to survive and thrive will hopefully help our cause.”