A father from Hampshire has started his attempt to break a world record by ironing for 60 hours. Ben Walton, of Andover, is hoping the stunt will raise £500 towards a total of £25,000 which will buy an incubator at Winchester’s Royal County Hospital.

His six-month-old son, Zachary, was born 10 weeks premature at the hospital last December and weighed just 2lb 3oz.

It is expected he will iron about 1,000 garments if he completes the feat. He said:

So far I’ve been managing about 18 pieces of clothing an hour. It is going to be tough staying awake but my plan is to cat nap as much as possible. I have done a few sponsored ironing events before for Children in Need but nothing as long as this. But it will all be worth it if I can buy the incubator and it saves a child’s life.

Members of the public are being urged to take their unfolded laundry to the store for Mr Walton to iron.

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  1. Balanced coverage there. Of course your conclusion that particular cuts are wrong leaves us with no explicit solution (people are not so keen on saying what cuts are right). My comments aren’t a solution either.

    Perhaps we should as a nation to establish some principles / agree some basics. Among these might be:
    a) Appropriate care and control over debt; don’t be delusional that we are investing when we’re just spending. De-politicise this if at all possible. Be careful about all interest groups.
    b) Expect value for money from what are genuinely expected to be investments. c.f. Bill Gates’ various initiatives. Again de-politicise so that we can pull projects if they’re not working.
    c) Decide what we are to do about tax avoidance. It is by definition legal and in many cases hardly immoral (ISA anyone? What about duty free?) Do we want people who would orginally be working in “normal” employment to be limited companies with the associated risks, rewards and tax effects? Examples would include some newsreaders, some nurses, many IT contractors – and maybe me one day. Footballers have their own workarounds perhaps. This is an open question for me.
    d) Accept that there are some people who are playing the system at various levels of legality and morality. This may apply to those who are minimising tax and to those maximising benefits. What is the extent of this? What are we to do about it?
    e) Bring some rigour to the “fairness” concept. At the moment it has about as much practical value as most companies’ mission statements.
    f) Leaving a key point to last: accept that some people need a hand up (the Big Issue phrase). Work out ways of it not simply being a hand out (B/Issue again). It is right that those who are well off should help those not so fortunate, unless perhaps this is through a matter of ongoing personal choice. More than right, it’s honourable and a social responsibility. Is it right to make it a legal respnsibility – if so how?

    What would God have the church (and me) do about this – in the specific situation of 2013 rather than just generally? While people are more than evangelism fodder there are some great an natural opportunities. When we help families through a food bank we can share how we’re tasted and seen that the Lord is good. When we have someone in debt we can talk of our own rescue from greater debt. Come on church!

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