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Health gap widening between North and South

A major report out today sets out aims to tackle the widening health gap between the North and the South. Public health experts have discovered that a baby girl born in the North can expect to live up to 15 years less than a baby girl born in London. The report calls on the Government to give local authorities more resources to tackle the health inequalities. Professor Margaret Whitehead is the report author.


Actor takes on marathon number 13

Actor George Telfer is preparing to take on his 13th marathon in his home town of Chesterfield.

Actor George Telfer prepares to tackle his 13th marathon Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The star, best known for his roles in the Auton film series and Emmerdale, will join 1,000 runners today at the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon .

George, 52, has previously completed 10 London marathons, eight of them in aid of children's charity Whizz-Kidz.

He has also completed the Kielder Marathon and the York Marathon.

It feels fantastic to be running in Chesterfield. I've been running lots of routes here for years so it's great to do an official run.

"I train all year round, normally around three or four times a week. I just love to run, I love it that bit more every year. It's become part of my daily life."

– George Telfer

The Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will raise funds for Kids 'n' Cancer UK, as well as other charities including Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity.

80-year-old injured in Sheffield burglary

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 80-year-old woman was reportedly burgled at her home in Charnock, Sheffield.

Sheffield pensioner injured in burglary Credit: South Yorkshire Police

At around 9.15pm on Thursday the woman was in her home in Charnock Drive when it is reported that she heard noise upstairs.

Upon entering the hallway, it is believed that two masked men confronted the woman, demanding money. It is alleged that one of the men threatened her with a screwdriver.

The man continued to threaten the woman, who handed over some money. It is believed that the man kept hold of her to stop her from moving away.

She was able to free herself and tried to alert her neighbours but in doing so fell over, causing injuries to her face.

The two men had fled the scene when officers arrived and despite a search of the area, were not located.

They are described as being in their early 20s and of slim build. They reportedly spoke with local accents and wore woolly hats with a cloth mask over their faces and wore rubber gloves. One of the men was taller than the other.

York gears up for weekend of cycling

Cycling fever is set to hit York once again this weekend as the annual Festival of Cycling and Sky Ride York take place in the city.

The York Festival of Cycling will once again take place in Rowntree Park over the weekend with all sorts of pedal powered activities for residents and visitors to take part in. There will be bikes of all shapes and sizes including adaptive bikes and penny farthings for people to test ride.

There will also be an 'AirBag' for dare devils to try out their tricks on without the worry of a hard landing. Stunt team 'The Clan' will be on hand throughout the weekend to entertain people with their breathtaking stunt show, showing some of the amazing tricks that can be done on two wheels.

Tomorrow Sky Ride York will take place giving people the chance to ride around a 5.6km traffic free loop taking in some of the city's picturesque streets and historic landmarks.

The route will be open from 10.30am-4pm giving residents the chance to ride it as much, or as little as they want and at a pace to suit everyone.

After the amazing success of the Tour de France in York, this weekend gives people who may not be seasoned cyclists the chance to give cycling a go in a friendly and safe environment.

"People will even get the rare opportunity to ride on traffic free roads in the centre of York, just like the professional cyclists who took part in the Tour de France."

– Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism


East Yorkshire leading the way in migraine treatment

Migraines affect around one in seven people in the UK at some point leaving them in, at times, debilitating pain and unable to complete normal daily tasks.

But medics in Hull are leading the way in tackling migraines.

The area's hospital trust has one of just 15 specialist headache nurses in the country and next week the team will travel to a medical conference in Copenhagen to share their knowledge.

James Webster reports:

Bridge concessions for cancer patients

The Humber Bridge Board has announced plans to trial concessionary tolls for cancer patients who live South of the Humber Estuary to access medical treatment at the oncology department at Castle Hill Hospital, in East Yorkshire.

The Humber Bridge Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The six-month trial period, which will start on Wednesday 1st October 2014, will allow those who have no choice but to receive treatment on the north bank to be reimbursed for the Humber Bridge tolls. It will apply to those who require more than 12 separate appointments for a course of treatment.

The concessions will be made via pre-paid tickets, which will be given to patients and can be exchanged for future use of the Humber Bridge.

These will be held by the reception staff at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trusts, specifically for this trial at the oncology department in Castle Hill Hospital. They will be provided on the basis of two tickets per patient on each occasion that the patient attends for treatment.

For some time, the Board has considered introducing a concession for cancer patients, so it's great news that the trial has finally been agreed by all Directors and will commence shortly. It's something that is certainly needed and has finally been made possible by the New Humber Bridge Act which allows the Board to take this decision.

"The trial will enable us to test the management of this concession to see how feasible it is in the long-term. It will also be interesting to gather feedback from cancer patients who will benefit from this toll exemption about the positive impact it has. The scheme will be reviewed at the end of the six-month period, to see if any modifications are required."

– Cllr Chris Shaw, Humber Bridge Board chairman

This is a fantastic gesture from the Humber Bridge Board and something that we are sure our patients will welcome. Patients travel from south of the river for very complex and lengthy treatments in the Queen's Centre at castle Hill Hospital, so knowing the cost of their bridge tolls is covered will give them one less thing to worry about, and will serve as a great boost.

"We'd like to thank the Humber Bridge Board for their desire to make this happen. Some of our patients have been calling for exemption from bridge tolls for many years now, including the late Jenny Walton, who was a very strong and passionate campaigner. I'm sure many people will be delighted by this latest news."

– Dr Raj Roy, Clinical Director for the Specialist Services Division and Consultant Clinical Oncologist for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals
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