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‘Child’s birthday party’ protest outside prison to demonstrate against jailing pregnant women and new mothers | UK News

Protesters gathered outside a UK prison to call for an end to the imprisonment of pregnant women and new mothers.

Activists, former inmates and mothers with their children held a demonstration outside HMP Bronzefield in Surrey on Saturday afternoon – the third anniversary of a newborn baby’s death at the prison.

The demonstration on Saturday was set up like a child’s birthday party – with picnic rugs, a musician playing the guitar, children dancing and people singing nursery rhymes.

The group also erected banners and held signs saying “No births behind bars” and “Pregnant women don’t belong in prison”.

It comes as the latest in a sequence of public protests over mothers in prison, organised by campaign groups No Births Behind Bars and Level Up.

Janey Starling, co-director of Level Up, said the demonstration was “joyful” and “everything women in prison should be experiencing”.

Ms Starling said that despite the death of two babies in prison in the last three years, “very little has changed”.

“We are here today to demand the end of imprisonment of pregnant women,” she said.

“What we are calling for are alternatives in the community that support women.”

Handout photo dated 24/09/22 of No Babies Behind Bars campaign group staging a protest outside of HMP Bronzefield Prison in Ashford, Surrey. Issue date: Saturday September 24, 2022.

Among those protesting outside the prison was Anna Harley, 36, who gave birth while she was remanded in custody ahead of her sentencing.

She said she was granted bail for three months after the birth of her son.

But when she was ultimately sentenced to a prison term, it took six weeks of dealing with bureaucracy to secure a place on a mother and baby unit so she could be reunited with her child, she said.

The 36-year-old said the experience is “still affecting me”, adding: “I have been home five years but still to this day, it was the worst time of my life.”

‘A treasure forever and ever’: 100-year-old is one of last to get birthday telegram from Queen | UK News

Celebrating her 100th birthday surrounded by her family today, Eileen Shearburn held the telegram from the Queen she received last week.

She opened it last Thursday but within hours her joy at receiving the card turned to sadness as news of the Queen‘s death was announced.

The loss of a monarch of her own generation is difficult for her to comprehend.

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“I can’t believe it, even now I can’t believe it,” she said.

“But still, she’s in a better place. When the time comes, you’re in a better place, aren’t you?”

Her family believe Mrs Shearburn’s telegram was among the last sent by the Queen.

The card, bearing a photograph of the smiling monarch, now holds special significance.

The message, signed by the Queen, reads: “I am so pleased to know that you are celebrating your one-hundredth birthday on 13 September, 2022. I send my congratulations and best wishes to you on such a special occasion.”

With Mrs Shearburn’s eyesight failing, her daughter Su read the telegram aloud as the family gathered to mark her birthday.

“That’ll be a treasure forever and ever and ever,” Mrs Shearburn said.

“You’ve only got to look at that picture, wonderful isn’t she?”

Mrs Shearburn’s house in Colchester, Essex, is full of pictures dating from the Second World War, when she worked as a nurse.

She met her husband – Rex, an Army officer – while working in India. As a military couple, they met the Queen at garden parties.

“She was natural, there was no side to her, she was one of us,” Mrs Shearburn recalled.

At times she felt her life was lived in tandem with the Queen’s. Her son was born the same year as King Charles, and her daughter was born months before Princess Anne.

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When her husband retired from the Army they lived in Windsor for several years, close to the castle.

It makes the loss of the monarch feel personal to her and she knows the telegram will be treasured by her family for generations to come.

“She will go on forever in our thoughts,” Mrs Shearburn said.

Jamal Edwards’ mum Brenda marks late son’s birthday with fundraiser on ‘bittersweet day’ to celebrate his life | Ents & Arts News

Music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards’ mum Brenda has paid tribute to her son on what would have been his 32nd birthday.

The YouTube star, who helped launch the careers of artists including Ed Sheeran, Dave and Jessie J, died suddenly at home in Acton, west London, in February.

Ahead of a fundraising celebration to mark his birthday, TV presenter and stage star Brenda Edwards told Sky News it was a “bittersweet day”.

“It has only been six months and it’s been a hard six months for myself, his sister and the family and his close friends,” she said. “But we feel that we have to do something to celebrate.”

Born in Luton, Jamal grew up on a council estate and went on to be appointed an MBE for services to music as well as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, which helps young people set up their own businesses.

His online urban music platform SBTV helped dozens of UK artists rise to prominence over the years.

Acts including Big Narstie, Mist and Fleur East are due to perform at the SBTV “mega cook-up” to mark what would have been his birthday on Wednesday, with surprise guest performances also promised.

Following Jamal’s death, many music stars including Sheeran paid tribute. In July, the Shape Of You star released the video for Are You Entertained, a collaboration with US rapper Russ, which had been planned by his late friend.

“I wish Jam was here to see it, I wish we’d done it together, but he would be buzzing how all his people came together and brought his vision to life,” Sheeran said at the time.

“Ed and Jamal’s relationship has gone for many, many, many years and I’m just really grateful,” Brenda said. “Ed’s been so supportive. There has been so much support from all around, so I’m really grateful for everything.”

She said the birthday event was about celebrating her son’s life “in the best way that we know how [as] music was one of the ways that he tried to bring everybody together”.

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File photo dated 26/03/15 of Jamal Edwards with his Member of the British Empire (MBE), after it was awarded to him by the Prince of Wales at an Investiture Ceremony, at Buckingham Palace in central London. British entrepreneur Jamal Edwards has died at the age of 31, according to the BBC. Issue date: Sunday February 20, 2022.

She added: “It’s going to be a bittersweet day but I’m smiling thinking about him as well as the sad emotion that I’ve obviously got…

“I know he’s going to be looking down watching us.”

Earlier in August, a coroner concluded that Edwards died after taking cocaine and suffering cardiac arrhythmia.

Following his death, his mother warned others of the dangers of taking recreational drugs, saying in a statement: “It’s so important that we drive more conversation about the unpredictability of recreational drugs.

“Jamal is proof that this can happen to anyone. His passing has shown that one bad decision on any one occasion can lead to devastating consequences.”

Proceeds from the birthday fundraiser will go to the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust, which was set up in his memory to help combat homelessness, support people with mental health issues, and provide life skills to young people in need.