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Sir Winston Churchill, Buckingham Palace, British athletes commemorated on new 2024 coins | UK News

Sir Winston Churchill, Buckingham Palace and the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) are all commemorated in new coins unveiled by the Royal Mint for 2024.

They are among five new designs celebrating key events and anniversaries, which also include tributes to the National Gallery, Team GB and ParalympicsGB as they head for the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics.

Buckingham Palace features on a new £5 coin, while the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Winston and the 200th anniversary of the National Gallery feature on £2 coins.

New 50p coins will mark the 200th anniversary of the RNLI, Team GB and ParalympicsGB.

“As we approach the New Year, we are excited to reveal five new designs set to appear on commemorative coins in 2024, celebrating some of the most significant moments and anniversaries set to take place,” said Rebecca Morgan, director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint.

“The Royal Mint has been regularly issuing annual sets since 1971 and they have become highly collectable as works of art. They are also gifted to people celebrating special occasions in the upcoming year, as they serve as a keepsake of that memorable time.”

The five designs for 2024

The Buckingham Palace £5 coin, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

Designed by artist Henry Gray, the Buckingham Palace £5 coin features the architecture of the royal residence in London front and centre of the image.

The Winston Churchill £2 coin, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

The £2 coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill depicts a portrait of the former prime minister as a young man in 1895, in the uniform of the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars. “Pave the way for peace and freedom,” is the edge inscription, taken from a remark he made in late 1953 while serving his second term leading the country. The design appearing on the coin was created by Natasha Seaward, a graphic designer at the Royal Mint.

The National Gallery £2, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

The National Gallery coin was created by designer, engraver and printmaker Edwina Ellis, featuring the famous art museum’s image at the centre.

The Team GB & ParalympicsGB 50p, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

Designed by art director Charis Tsevis, the first of two new 50ps depicts two athletes representing both the Olympic and Paralympic Games in parity. The Royal Mint said it produced the coin to celebrate and wish Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes the best of luck at the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The RNLI 50p, one of five new designs set to appear on UK commemorative coins in 2024

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been saving lives at sea since 1824. As the charity approaches its milestone 200th anniversary, the new UK 50p marks the moment. The design was created by coin designer John Bergdahl, and displays the RNLI flag surrounded by a life ring highlighting the 200 years of service.

New concussion guidance for athletes in grassroots sport underlines key message of ‘if in doubt, sit them out’ | UK News

The first UK-wide concussion guidelines for athletes in grassroots sports – urging against any return to playing within 24 hours of a head injury – have been published by the government.

Caution is being advised with the message: “If in doubt, sit them out.”

But any risk is being balanced with still encouraging people to play sport for the health benefits in the guidelines produced by the government and Sport and Recreation Alliance.

They are a response to growing concerns about the potential neurodegenerative conditions among former football and rugby players, with research showing they can be more likely to develop dementia or Parkinson’s than the general population as a result of repeated blows to the head.

The group that drafted the guidelines was chaired by Professor James Calder – a renowned surgeon who has operated on football stars including Gareth Bale and Neymar.

He told Sky News: “We know that sports and exercise is good for both mental health and physical health.

“We need to have some guidance, should a person have a concussive event. And there hasn’t been UK-wide guidance.

“Scotland introduced some guidance several years ago and… it seems appropriate that we actually produce UK-wide guidance that can then be rolled out through to all different types of sports.”

The guidelines advise against phone and computer use for at least the first 48 hours after a suspected concussion to “improve recovery”.

They add: “Anyone with concussion should generally rest for 24-48 hours but can undertake easy activities of daily living and walking, but must avoid intense exercise, challenging work, or sport.

“They can then progress through the graduated return to activity (education/work) and sport programme.

“Anyone with symptoms that last longer than 28 days should be assessed and managed by an appropriate healthcare professional.”

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But staying on the pitch or making a speedy return can be hard to resist – even after a blow to the head.

Simon Shaw was always thinking about the present – playing as much rugby as possible for England and the British and Irish Lions before campaigning on concussion.

He told Sky News: “I was playing a high contact sport. I was prepared to take the risks, whether that’s a dislocated shoulder or broken ankle or whatever there was.

“There was obviously a lot of bravado in our sport. I tried to stay on the pitches as often as possible, but I was acutely aware that there could be problems in the future.”

That is why he is backing the guidelines published today, adding: “Just making sports, whatever the risk of concussion, a much safer place is very important for the health and wellbeing of the nation.”

England's Simon Shaw (right) runs at New Zealand's Brad Thorn during the Investec Challenge Series 2009 match at Twickenham, London.
England’s Simon Shaw in 2009 playing against New Zealand

This guidance is aimed at grassroots sport where medics won’t often be there to treat suspected concussions like last week in the Premier League – a fall led to Jan Bednarek being substituted by Southampton, despite the defender wanting to play on at Arsenal.

For those researching degenerative brain disease it’s about managing the safe return to playing after head traumas – not deterring people from playing.

The goal is one day having saliva or blood tests for concussion.

“We don’t have it yet, and we’re working hard,” said Professor Willie Stewart, consultant neuropathologist at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

“We made a lot of progress the last few years that would have been unthinkable before then. But we have… some way to go.”