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Palamedes PR

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HURSTnatashaWOMAN261We’re proud to announce that we are working alongside Palamedes PR to help bring their stories to the forefront of national media.

Palamedes is an award-winning UK based PR agency that supports businesses and individuals seeking positive publicity in the British and international media. You’ll have read a Palamedes story many times without even knowing it. Big clients range from the Samaritans and BBC Audio Books to Monster Slippers. (You know you love them!)

They specialise in securing international coverage for authors, and businesses in travel, tourism, property and more. They work closely with celebrities and have an outstanding reputation. If you have a book to sell or your business needs press relations, I highly recommend their services, they’ll increase recognition of your brand many fold.

I help Palamedes when women’s magazines could be interested in one of their clients. Women’s magazines are my forte! So when Palamedes sign up an author who’s story would work well for a woman’s magazine or as a feature for a national newspaper, I step up and do my thing. We’ve had some great success stories so far – pictured here is the incredible story of Natasha Hurst, a yo-yo dieter who finally realised where she was going wrong – and has now written a book about her journey packed full of insightful healthy eating advice, which you can see more about here. 

 

 

Charlie and Sara on This Morning

Charlie and Sara on This Morning

We’re really, really proud of our interviewees on today’s This Morning. Sara and her 11 year old daughter took to the sofa to talk about mental health in children and did an incredible job. Sara started the interview with Eamon and Ruth on her own, before Charlie joins in half way through. It’s been a tough few years for Charlie – at seven she was suicidal and mum Sara found her in the kitchen with a knife to her wrists. Now, she’s a beautiful, happy, confident 11 year old with the world at her feet.
Watching the interview I am touched by the dynamic and trust between Sara and Charlie – you can see they’ve been through a lot together and respect each other so much.

We’ve sold Sara’s story to the Mirror too, but going on TV is a whole other ball game so well done you two, you did us proud!

Catch their interview here: http://www.itv.com/thismorning

GraziaRoseanneVery proud of our story in this week’s Grazia. Statistics state that the stigma of talking about mental health still keeps many of us from opening up to our families for over a year. That’s over a year, suffering in silence. But recent statistics also indicate that mental health problems like depression are even more rife in sportsmen, thought to be the combined pressure of feeling that having any emotional problems isn’t seen as ‘manly’ and being under immense expectation to perform to their peak week in, week out.
Sadly, cases of sportsmen driven to attempt suicide are on the rise and most recently footballer Clarke Carlisle attempted to take his own life following a serious depressive episode.

For Grazia magazine we interviewed Roseanne and Brett, who had been through sadly similar circumstances themselves just two years ago. Brett is a professional rugby player and mounting pressures led him to feel he had no choice but to attempt suicide. He survived and has since flourished, accepting help from his wife and a councillor, Brett now speaks openly about his mental health and has encouraged many other players to vocalise their troubles.

If you or someone you love in the sporting world is experiencing mental health problems, please visit www.sportingchanceclinic.com

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Roseanne and Brett for their honesty and desire to publicise their story in order to help anyone else going through a similar time. Please do buy this week’s Grazia to read their story in full.

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Coin stacksEvery month, we donate a little something. We don’t have buckets of money, but we believe that everyone should donate to charity every month, because humans should look after each other. (And the environment. And animals.)

Head over to our Charity page (the tab’s at the top) to see who we’ve supported in the past. We choose a Charity of the Month and while we can’t solve the world’s problems, we can highlight some incredible causes and the people we know who are doing amazing things in the name of their chosen charities.

Grandma Phoenix used to donate to the same charity month in, year out… the RNLI. Very sweet. We prefer to spread ourselves more thinly and donate to a different charity every month. If you’d like us to donate to your charity or worthy cause, drop us a line and we gladly will.

iStock_000013683505SmallHappy New Year One and All! We’ve made it through the dreariness and darkness of January and soon, spring will be welcoming us into its warm, loving arms. We work ahead of the clock here at Phoenix towers, so we’re already looking for spring-like stories.

So if you have an amazing Mother’s Day story you’d like to tell, now is the time to tell it! Perhaps you’d like to publicly thank your mum for being there for you through a tricky time. Maybe you’d like to raise awareness about a tough time you’ve been going through yourself as a mum. Or maybe you want to celebrate motherhood and everything it has taught you – whatever your story, if we can make it work for Mother’s Day, please get in touch now.

Another upcoming event is, of course, Valentine’s Day, so if you have a super-romantic story about an unusual proposal or wild love story, we would love to hear it. We love relationship stories, the good and the bad, so get in touch today to see how much you could earn from your story working with us.