A world champion is set to wrestle in Lincoln next month.

Nick Magnus Aldis will compete at Fight Factory Wrestling’s event, Origins, in January.

Aldis is currently the Global Force Wrestling champion, a promotion in the USA which was created by former WWE and TNA wrestler Jeff Jarrett.

He has also competed for companies across the world, holding titles in Japan, India and the United States, where he is a former TNA World Heavyweight champion.

Aldis also has victories over top competitors such as WWE champion AJ Styles and wrestling legends Sting and Kurt Angle.

Head coach, owner and Fight Factory Wrestling Heavyweight champion Hayden Loeve said: “Fight Factory Wrestling is going from strength to strength, 2017 is set to be our busiest year to date.

“It was by pure chance that this event is taking place. A last minute cancellation at the Engine Shed and Aldis being in the country on the right weekend meant that we could go ahead,” he said.

Origins takes place on January 29 at the Engine Shed and doors open at 7:30pm.

Tickets are available online here.

An artistic director at Lincoln Drill Hall has created a performance about his battle with a debilitating disease, which left him temporarily paralysed.

Getting Better Slowly, which will premiere this month, tells the story of Adam Pownall, who woke up with cold feet and felt like he was suffering from a hangover in 2009.

Over the course of three weeks the feeling spread until he was fully paralysed and he could no longer walk, talk, or even blink.

He was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a condition which occurs when the immune system damages the peripheral nerve system, slowly causing the body to become fully paralysed.

The devastating condition took Adam two and a half years to recover from, hence its nickname, getting better slowly.

Adam wants to raise awareness of Guillain-Barré Syndrome through the play, set to debut at Lincoln Drill Hall on September 22 and 23.

He said: “The doctors would come in and say that things were going well, I thought they were just saying that to make me feel good.

“I thought I was going to die.”

But Adam was focused on recovering.

He often went to wheelchair dance classes and kept himself as active as possible during his rehabilitation to remain positive.

“Its all about staying positive”, he added. “With almost any illness, with the right motivation, you can remove any limitation.”

Adam’s positive mindset was influenced greatly when he met another person who had suffered from Guillain-Barré Syndrome who was very depressed.

“I thought, in two years I won’t be like that, it really motivated me,” he said.

Adam wants to raise awareness of Guillain-Barré Syndrome with his piece at Lincoln Drill Hall, whilst also teaching people about the power of positivity.

Following two performances at the Drill Hall, Getting Better Slowly will embark on a 20 day national tour.

The play was written by Nick Wood, who met Adam in 2014 when Adam was nominated for The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain ‘Olwen Wymark New Writing Encouragement Award’.

Adam recounted his experience of Guillain-Barré Syndrome and his recovery to Nick, and they planned how to tell Adam’s story to help raise awareness of GBS and GAIN Charity, who support people affected by the illness.

Following this, the show was granted £26,000 of Arts Council funding towards this national tour, with performances at places such as Louth, Grantham and London.

Tilly Branson, who is directing the play, said: “The thing that really interested me about Adam’s story and the idea to turn it into a piece of theatre is that though it’s a personal story, there are some really universal human themes and questions.

“I hope that the piece gives the opportunity for the audience to consider how they might respond in those moments that we are not in complete control of what happens to our bodies and our health; whether that’s through illness, an accident or something completely unpredictable.”

More information and ticket sales can be found here.

A Lincoln mum is hosting a twenties-themed ball to raise money for research into causes and prevention of late stage miscarriages and stillbirths after she lost her first born daughter.

The Octavia’s Trust charity was created by Kelly and Daniel Engstrom in 2012 after they lost their first child, Octavia, in a heartbreaking and unexpected stillbirth.

Kelly said: “It was not expected at all, nothing happened, she just died. Everyone was shocked, even the midwife.

“I had had no risk factors, I had attended all my appointments, and followed all the advice and everything had been going well. It just seemed impossible that this had actually happened to us, to Octavia.”

Kelly and Daniel Engstrom Photo: Kelly Engstrom

Kelly and Daniel Engstrom Photo: Kelly Engstrom

The miscarriage was devastating for Kelly and Daniel.

“We came home to an empty nursery and all we could think about was what could have been”, Kelly added.

“You just look at all the mothers with babies and feel so helpless, you feel like you let your baby down personally, although it wasn’t your fault.

Kelly and Daniel then found out how common stillborn deaths are. “Out of every one hundred pregnancies one baby will either be stillborn or will die shortly after birth. That’s nearly seventeen a day. Just in the UK alone.

“Research into cot deaths managed to cut the number of victims down from 3000 a year to 300 per year, still a devastating number but a huge decrease nonetheless. We don’t accept this and society shouldn’t either.”

So in Octavia’s honour, Kelly and Daniel set up Octavia’s Trust to provide bursaries for postgraduate students researching stillbirths and late stage miscarriages.

Kelly, who now has two daughters, said: “I want to provide an incentive to people to become doctors and scientists. We know so little about the placenta, and one little thing that we learn could make a huge difference.”

Octavia’s trust has raised money through bake sales and donations, which included Kelly’s sister asking for donations instead of wedding gifts, but the ball is going to be their biggest fundraiser to date.

So far Octavia’s Trust has provided two bursaries of £2,500 to students who are undertaking masters degrees at Manchester University.

Now they’re hosting a “Roaring Twenties” ball, which will take place at the Lincoln Assemly rooms on Friday, November 18 at 7pm and will include a three course meal, raffle and auction.

There will also be a vintage singer at the welcome drinks and a jazz band playing in the evening.

All the money raised at the ball will go towards more bursaries, with the end goal of being able to fund a PHD.

Tickets to the event cost £50 and can be bought here.

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