Harry Haft was born on 28 July 1925 in Bełchatów, Poland; Harry was a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp and was briefly a professional boxer in post-war Germany. He later boxed as a light heavyweight in the United States from 1948–1949 and even fought the legendary Rocky Marciano.
Victor Perez was a Tunisian Jewish boxer, who became the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932. In 1931, he won the International Boxing Union and National Boxing Association's World Flyweight crown at Paris’s famed Palais de Sports. 

Victor Perez was deported to Auschwitz in October 1943 and during the evacuation march of prisoners from Auschwitz III-Monowitz in 1945, SS guards shot him. According to eye witness testimony, he was shot for attempting to distribute bread to other starving prisoners. 

The Institut National des Sports in Paris named its boxing arena after Victor Perez and put up a plaque in his memory in 1997.The film Surviving Auschwitz also tells Victors astonishing, harrowing, brutal and incredibly moving story. 


When Blind Veterans UK was founded In 1915, their mission was to help soldiers blinded during World War One. Today, they offer lifelong support to the UK's Armed Forces and National Service veterans. Caring is at the heart of everything they do.


Environmental awareness has a proven positive effect on personal and community well-being, and is also effective in the treatment of mental health conditions like PTSD. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the need for mental health services remains critical. If you like this photograph, please head over to Combat Stress and make a donation.

As the UK marked Remembrance Day on the 11th November, this picture is of my Great Uncle Ron and Aunt Jean Fisher. Uncle Ron's ship was torpedoed during WW2 and until her own death in the 1990's, Auntie Jean always referred to him as 'my Ron.' 

To honour both their memories, earlier this year we decided to support the RNLI's Launch a Memory in Uncle Ron's name. The only other acknowledgement of his life, is on the Tower Hill Memorial in London and his image remains in two remaining photographs. 

By supporting Launch a Memory, Uncle Ron is now part of the RLNI's lifesaving crew and will be there when the Mayday signal of distress is sent out. If any of you are in London, you are also welcome to visit Uncle Ron at the Tower Hill Memorial, facing the Tower of London.

 

Autumn always conjures up a number of things which tickle the senses. “It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” But a good apple pie is a considerable part of our domestic happiness.

Anyone for treacle toffee? Bonfire toffee is a hard, brittle toffee associated with Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night in the United Kingdom. The toffee tastes very strongly of black treacle. In Scotland, the treat is also known as claggum. Ever tried it? Check out the recipe on the BBC's Good Food


Trees provide us with many benefits necessary for survival, including clean air, filtered water, shade, and food. They also give us hope and insight, and courage to persevere – even in the harshest conditions. Trees teach us to stay rooted while soaring to great heights. 


"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all." - Stanley Horowitz


"Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale." - Lauren Destefano

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus


"Autumn leaves don't fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on, this their only chance to soar." - Delia Owens


"When life gives you pumpkins, make pie."

Halloween should always be accompanied by crisp leaves and the taste of fresh gingerbread. As J. B Priestley said; “I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”


I've been taking in more Autumn vibes and despite the weather, it's wonderful to see so many families using the nature reserves here in Manchester.  As Walt Disney rightly stated; “our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”


While this may look like a scene from The Secret Garden, for some strange reason Walt Disney comes to mind. “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever.”