Gentleman Crafter goes on the road to raise funds for Mind Charity
John Bloodworth, also known as ‘Gentleman Crafter’, will be setting off on Monday 25th April on a one-man tour of all 92 historic UK counties, crafting with communities along the way in a bid to raise £20,000 in aid of Mind, a UK-based registered mental health charity.
Sponsored by Create and Craft TV, John will live and travel in a motorhome, visiting craft groups, organising workshops and sharing his crafting knowledge, all while promoting Mind.
John (42) has suffered periods of severe depression and anxiety disorder in his life and has found Mind to be a valuable resource in understanding his condition and finding ways to move forward in life.
He said: “A year ago I hit rock-bottom and suffered an extended period where my mental health difficulties began emerging as physical symptoms such as shaking, sweating and being short of breath.”
“Fortunately, I discovered the Mind website and was able to identify why this might be happening and different ways in which I could tackle these issues. I went to my doctor and, after a discussion about the options available, we agreed on a course of action. I was initially prescribed medication which would have the benefit of reducing my overall distress and thereby provide the space in which to seek further support from local talking therapy services. My recovery was then monitored by my GP who recommended adjustments as time progressed.”
Over a period of time, John reached a point where he could look back and understand what had happened to him… and now he wants to reach out and help others.
GemsTV welcomes new presenter James Russell to the team
GemsTV is proud to announce the addition of former Sit-Up channels (Price-Drop TV and Bid TV) primetime presenter James Russell to the presenting team. James is a G.I.A certified jeweller, and was widely acknowledged as Sit-Up’s best-selling jewellery presenter.
James comments: “In my opinion the quality and craftmanship of the gemstones and jewellery at GemsTV is better than any other shopping channel and I am looking forward to relaying that information to customers! Television shopping is a fast-moving, dynamic industry that allows direct interaction with the customer, and that is why I love the job. GemsTV are at the pinnacle of jewellery shopping channels and I feel honoured to be joining a lively but hardworking team”
GemsTV Managing Director Pam Aujla comments: “I am absolutely delighted that James has joined the team at GemsTV. He is an exceptional jewellery presenter and his relaxed but authoritative presenting style make him a great fit with the existing presenting team. The enthusiasm and dedication of our presenters is key to our success as we seek to broaden our fashion credentials during the coming year."
James is joined at GemsTV by former Ideal World and bid tv producer Thea Balich.
i thought it was him when i saw him on there the other day
STAR IN THE HOOD
So, he thinks Gems TV jewellery and gemstones are better than any other shopping channel? Oh dear, well that's a question mark on his GIA Jeweller qualification straight away because they can't compete with TJC nowadays!!
Originally Posted by NEWS
As for Pam Auja's comments about his relaxed but authoritive style fitting in with the existing team! They're a bunch of screaming shouting women and are anything but "relaxed"!! :Laughing1:
Best of luck matey - you'll need it!!
I don't like the way Gems.tv made presenters redundant and closed down gems.tv 2, and now we see all these new faces.
That’s not fair!
Can become a G.I.A certified jeweller by taking an online course http://www.gialondon.co.uk/education/ wonder what the cost would be.
Thank You, would soon add up to take the lot.
Originally Posted by Klosblue
Despite all the tat, Gems do have some absolutely stunning jewellery too. I know I keep going on about the rainbow sapphires, but my rainbow sapphire and dimaond bracelet from Gems is just phenomenal, and I have had some beautiful cheapies too. In fact many of their designs have improved immeasurably since the early days, and I'm definitely not giving up on them. (That rose gold pink sapphire orchid ring is still in my basket - who else would have something like that?)
I have to say, though, that I hardly ever watch Gems, and do almost all my shopping via the website. It is a great shame that they have diluted their high-end offerings with blend of downmarket junk and inelegant presenting. Oh, well.
I've just seen James for the first time..... although he wasn't shouting I did find his style a bit off-putting. I think it was the reference to "quids" rather than ££££ (someone mentioned this before); also he never quoted the price as shown, always rounding up or down to a rounder number when the price shown ended with 9. As a finishing touch he kept referring to a final price of £200 for a pair of blue and white doamond earrings when the price on screen was £219. If only I'd wanted then I'd have rung up and offered then 200 quid!
Not sure he's going to grow on me.
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